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KCRW’s Guide to Record Store Day 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 6,260 views]
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For the last 7 years, Record Store Day has been celebrated the third Saturday in April.
While digital formats serve their undeniable purpose, it’s the vinyl record that manages to fuse artifact with art.
The vinyl record was invented by Emile Berliner and first marketed in 1889 and is still collected 125 years later.And thus, Record Store Day carves out its niche on every calendar as …

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Erol Alkan Takes Tame Impala “Be Above It” Above and Beyond

Posted December 11, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,279 views]
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Whether it be through his Phantasy label, DJing or production, Erol Alkan breathes pure dancefloor fire.
Now, he’s breathed twitchy acid vibes into Tame Impala’s already super trippy, breathy “Be Above It“.
It starts familiar enough but descends maddeningly into almost Broken-era Nine Inch Nails meets Surrender-era Chemical Brothers chaos, with the vocal loop swirling into whispery incantation amid a din of colliding drum loops. The track bubbles with acidic phrases and an …

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NEW Discodeine! Featuring Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala)!

Posted April 30, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,099 views]
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Cédric Marszewski, aka Pilooski, has maintained a relatively low-profile since the 2011 release of Discodeine’s self-titled LP.
Then, out of the blue, a few hours ago VICE France premiered this brilliant animated video for a brand new Discodeine single, “Aydin.”
Featuring Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, the track features Piloo’s signature psychedelic chugger vibes with a combination of Disco strings and 80s New Wave 7″  synthline reminiscent of Thomas Dolby’s …

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Tame Impala Live on KCRW – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

Posted April 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,944 views]
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It’s no secret that we love this Australian band. With two excellent albums under their belt, they continue to impress us with a live performance that puts everything we love on full display. Their dreamy, psychedelic rock stylings were meant to be played live. They simply killed it!
A lot of the songs for their sophomore album started while they were touring behind their debut …

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Review: Vive Latino!

Posted March 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,509 views]
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KCRW’s Raul Campos spun a set at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico last weekend. We hear about some event highlights from KCRW volunteer Jose Alejandro Castillo:
Oh man! After a bumpy 4 hours (ish) flight we got to the great Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City for the Anglo-Saxons). Weather wasn’t definitely the greatest, specially at 5am, but we are way to stoked too care. …

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KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums of 2/11/13

Posted February 14, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 1,916 views]

KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums of 2/11/13
1 TORO Y MOI == Anything In Return >> [Carpark]
2 TAME IMPALA == Lonerism >> [Modular]
3 FRIGHTENED RABBIT == Pedestrian Verse >> [Atlantic]
4 LOCAL NATIVES == Hummingbird >> [Frenchkiss Records]
5 CAYUCAS == Bigfoot – Sampler >> [Secretly Canadian]
6 CLARK, GARY, JR == Blak & Blu >> [Warner Bros.]
7 RHYE == Fall >> [Republic]
8 RUSSELL, ALICE == To …

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KCRW’s Top 50 Most Played Albums for the Week of 1/14/2013

Posted January 16, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,559 views]

KCRW TOP 50 FOR WEEK OF 01/14/2013
1 TORO Y MOI == Anything In Return >> [Carpark]
2 RA RA RIOT == Beta Love >> [Barsuk Records]
3 FLAKO == Eclosure Ep >> [Five Easy Pieces]
4 TAME IMPALA == Lonerism >> [Modular]
5 NOSAJ THING == Home >> [Innovative Leisure]
6 POOLEY, IAN == What I Do >> [Pooled Music]
7 LOCAL NATIVES == Hummingbird – Sampler >> [Frenchkiss Records]
8 …

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Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Work Out Songs

Posted January 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 3,802 views]
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It’s a new year and with that comes New Year’s resolutions, many of which involve hitting the gym. With that in mind, KCRW has created the ultimate workout mix, with contributions from DJs Mario Cotto, Anthony Valadez, Valida and our very own Music Director Jason Bentley. If you listen to these tracks, you too can proudly don a gladiator costume for Halloween!

Jason Bentley’s Top …

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KCRW’S Top 100 Most Played Artists of 2012

Posted January 7, 2013 by | 6 Comments | 5,079 views]
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Tallying an entire year’s worth of airplay takes a little time, especially since KCRW famously has no playlists and over 20 DJs who handpick each and every song.
It’s a beautiful thing.  And the resulting list is a melange of all their unique tastes. It’s always so interesting to see which artists cross over on many DJ playlists. If you want to know, take a …

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RR’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

Posted December 28, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 2,070 views]

My top 10 list can be summed us thusly – I like guitars. And strong voices. And I dabble in dance and soul. Mostly I like to be lifted up, but occasionally I like to be contemplative. Ok, I guess I like a little of everything.
Either way, these albums got the most spins in my house/car over 2012 and I expect to listen to …

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