Posts Tagged ‘kcrw’

New Cold War Kids

March 19, 2013

SoCal rockers Cold War Kids debuted a brand new tune on radio station KCRW. Loner Phase is a moody, brooding, post-punk track and a very welcome new signature sounding song from the veterans. They’re all set to release their fourth full length album, titled Dear Miss Lonely Hearts, this April 2. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing the new album.

The Postal Service blast from the past

February 8, 2013

It looks like someone uploaded a 40 minute The Postal Service set performed at KCRW in 2003. Perfect timing for the coming reunion tour and release of their archival album. Is there any other veteran band on the cusp of reunion as widely loved, revered, and celebrated? Rilo Kiley, Dntel, Ben, we’re ready. Take us back to the early 2000’s. We’ve always loved you, and will forever love you. And hey, look! It’s Ben with his old, dorkier hair style! Wow. This really IS 2003.

The Postal Service blast from the past

February 8, 2013

It looks like someone uploaded a 40 minute The Postal Service set performed at KCRW in 2003. Perfect timing for the coming reunion tour and release of their archival album. Is there any other veteran band on the cusp of reunion as widely loved, revered, and celebrated? Rilo Kiley, Dntel, Ben, we’re ready. Take us back to the early 2000’s. We’ve always loved you, and will forever love you. And hey, look! It’s Ben with his old, dorkier hair style! Wow. This really IS 2003.

Stripped down version of The One

December 12, 2012

Wow. Twin Shadow visited the KCRW studios and recorded a raw, stripped down, heartfelt, emotion rousing version of his song The One off album Confess. It’s breathtaking and immense. It’s soul searching and heart moving. George Lewis, Jr. decided to release the recording with a black and white video. And he’s struck gold with the combo. This is really something. 

Stripped down version of The One

December 12, 2012

Wow. Twin Shadow visited the KCRW studios and recorded a raw, stripped down, heartfelt, emotion rousing version of his song The One off album Confess. It’s breathtaking and immense. It’s soul searching and heart moving. George Lewis, Jr. decided to release the recording with a black and white video. And he’s struck gold with the combo. This is really something. 

Guess who I’m catching live tonight in an intimate venue?

February 17, 2012

Here’s a 7 track set they did the other day for KCRW.

Sold out show!!! Jelly? 😉

http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb120214bombay_bicycle_club/embed-video

Stream Chairlift’s Something

January 18, 2012

For the time being, you can stream the whole album Something from electropop duo Charilift below. Something will be released on January 24th. The music is quirky, poppy and seductive, as expected from Chairlift. You can’t miss the new wave/80’s influence in some of these. I’m growing very fond of the album as I listen to it, nor can I ignore the remix potential of some of these tracks, which I’m sure some of our favorite musicians will be quick to jump on. However, my all time favorite Chairlift song is still the uber fun, older track Amanaemonesia.

http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/ap/ap120116chairlift_something/embed-audio

Kiwanuka blowing up

January 12, 2012

As expected, UK soul singer songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has lead and won in a bunch of 2012 new artist polls and grown even more popular since I last posted and explored his music. His debut album Home Again comes out in March. Nary a day goes by without hearing his name somewhere in the machine. 

Here’s his US debut on NPR’s KCRW (yes, first time ever). The set includes five tracks. Setlist is below the stream.

http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=145033526

“Tell Me a Tale”
“I’m Getting Ready”
“Any Day Will Do Fine”
“I Won’t Lie”
“Home Again”

Cut Copy on KCRW

October 17, 2011

cut copy

Cut Copy was great on day 1 at Treasure Island Music Festival 2011. They were on KCRW just beforehand, and here’s the set. The Aussie’s voice at times reminds me of Morrissey, more so live than in recordings. For some reason the sound seemed muted live during Cut Copy’s set at TIMF; I wasn’t the only one who noted after the loudness (and awesomeness) of Chromeo’s set earlier on the same stage. Was still mega enjoyable and great though! I love the album Zonoscope.

http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb111014cut_copy/embed-video

And so it begins…

September 21, 2011

Tonight, I begin a busy, busy show run starting with James Blake at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Starting off with minimalist, post-dubstep, night bus goodness. Tomorrow, moving onto folky, sometimes minimalist, sometimes lush, oh so beautiful Bon Iver (with Other Lives opening), and possibly off to Popscene afterwards for Monarchy and Penguin Prison (though it will probably be too late for PP). Friday, Two Door Cinema Club with Grouplove and The Lonely Forest opening. And possibly Popscene again after if up for it, as Junior Boys is headlining and TDCC is heading over to DJ after the Warfield show. And I’m not even going to get into what goes on after that… a day off and possibly Twin Shadow and Diamond Rings.. then so on and so on. Yea, buddy. Time to listen to some Blake to prep for tonight. He did a set and interview for radio station KCRW. This is perfect for my morning multitasking before I have time to search for new gems.

http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb110919james_blake/embed-video

UPDATE: In the interview he talks about the difference between dubstep when he was first influenced by it as a South London DJ versus what some people think is the one and only dubstep nowadays, particularly in America. He about sums it up perfectly. All you people who think dubstep is all about the super hard hitting endless Transformers sounds, wakey wakey and hope you listen to all that is out there to understand your “favorite” genre better. Nothing wrong w/the new stuff, but a lot of people hate on dubstep because they only listen to some of the “garden variety” noisy new stuff without realizing the complexity of the genre and how different dubstep can be depending.