KCRW Presents: Pumpkin Spice and Music So Nice

Forget about pumpkin spice lattes for a minute to register that Christmas is 68 days away. Crazy! So we’re happy to share a newly minted KCRW Presents show with Christmas coolness from She and Him at the Wiltern. Click yourself over to the ticketing page to buy your tickets to the holiday show. A couple more updates below too. Natalia Lafourcade at The Fox Theater Pomona on Friday, November 2 A Very She & Him Christmas Party with Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward at The Wiltern on [Read Entire Story]

Song of the Day: Gord Downie – A Natural

photo by: Gordon Hawkins By Jason Anderson Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “A Natural” by Gord Downie, a song from the album Introduce Yerself, which is available via Arts & Crafts. Gord Downie – A [Read Entire Story]

The Bleak Cold of Karg’s "Heimat bist du tiefster Winter"

Catharsis absolute -- listen to a new single from the band's upcoming album "Dornenvögel." Continue reading… SOURCE: Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The Irresistible Malian Modal Groove

I have lately been listening to Kassé Mady Diabaté, a titan of Malian music who was the lead singer of Badema National in the 1970’s and 80’s. The irresistible modal grooves on the 1999 Syllart reissue called Original Kasse Mady inspired the idea of this post and playlist. These selections reflect my long-time love of Malian music, especially those earlier recordings from when African music was just becoming popular in Europe and the U.S. At KCRW, we started seeing new stars like Salif [Read Entire Story]

Geotic: Traversa

Ostensibly a side project to Will Wiesenfeld’s Baths, Geotic comes into its own on an album that treats background listening as a springboard into a world of color and texture. SOURCE: RSS: Album Reviews - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Step Rockets ‘You/ Bad Dreams’

Kings favorite Step Rockets drops the new tracks which are coupled together You/ Bad Dreams. We first profiled Step Rockets and their debut track Kisser in 2013. The track immediately became an internet hit clocking over millions of streams. Giving the band plenty of interest among music labels, the band continued to stay course as a DIY indie band. Since then, they’ve continued to crank out infectious indie pop tunes. The band tells kings, “We’ve found it the most fulfilling as [Read Entire Story]

Manowar guitarist Karl Logan arrested for child pornography

The 53-year-old, who replaced David Shankle in Manowar in 1994, was charged with six counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Continue reading… SOURCE: BrooklynVegan - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Stream Thom Yorke’s Suspiria Soundtrack

Next week, Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino will release his remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror classic Suspiria. Even though the film itself might be doing too much, its Thom Yorke-scored soundtrack is still something to be excited about -- as well as the fact that the … More » SOURCE: Stereogum - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Summer Nights @ the Hammer Museum

Words / Lidia Margaryan This Thursday (July 12), KCRW launches its 9th annual Summer Nights series at the Hammer Museum with lo-fi duo NEIL FRANCES, plus a headlining set featuring the dreamy sounds of multi-instrumentalist Still Woozy. On Thursday July 19th, don’t miss rising songwriter Sam Evian, along with LA-based producer Kauf, who will surely get the courtyard moving. Want more? We got you covered with a killer finale on July 26th featuring trailblazing DJ Cut Chemist and the vibrant, [Read Entire Story]

Tribute: The Musical Side of Food Critic Jonathan Gold

We are all incredibly saddened by this weekend’s tragic news of the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, food critic and longtime friend of the station Jonathan Gold. And by “we” I mean the whole of Los Angeles, because whether or not you regularly read his work, or even heard his hilarious, but informative segments on “Good Food” with Evan Kleiman, Gold’s impact on the way we go out to eat today is impossible to overstate. He is the one who caused the [Read Entire Story]

Manilla Road founder Mark "The Shark" Shelton, RIP

”I'm very sorry to announce today that my longtime brother and best friend since 1981 has passed through the Halls Of Valhalla,” wrote bandmate Bryan Patrick. Continue reading… SOURCE: Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Rhythm Planet’s Pavilion of Dreams

This week, I’ve put together a playlist for relaxation, meditation, or simply for listening pleasure. These instrumental pieces straddle multiple genres—modern classical, minimal, electronic, new age, world—and are songs that I have enjoyed listening to over the years. They’re beautiful, moody, mysterious, abstract, and dreamy—an antidote to the hectic summer days. We begin with Jóhann Jóhannsson’s 2016 Deutche Grammophon album Orphée, inspired by the Greek Orpheus myth. For Jóhannsson, the [Read Entire Story]

Ross From Friends: Family Portrait

On his debut album, the UK producer attempts to shake the shackles of “lo-fi house” in search of a more nuanced understanding of dance-music nostalgia, but he can’t quite escape the shadow of his influences. SOURCE: RSS: Album Reviews - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Femme Royale ‘How Bad’

Singer/songwriter Emmy Åsblom who goes under the moniker Femme Royal drops her debut track How Bad.  The upbeat 80’s influenced track was helmed by producers Niklas Marklund and Anton Sandgren. The 25 year old Swedish pop singer had her beginnings in sleaze rock, jazz, and finally morphing into Femme Royale. Check it out! emmyasblom@hotmail.com SOURCE: Kings of A&R - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Panorama Fest Friday cancelled due to severe weather in NYC

It's not the greatest weather in NYC right now, with flash flood watches till 6 PM. Due to that, NYC's Panorama Festival, which just got underway at Randall's Island, has cancelled the rest of Friday and are currently evacuating the venue... Continue reading… SOURCE: BrooklynVegan - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

DJ Khaled – “No Brainer” (Feat. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, & Quavo) Video

DJ Khaled scored his first career #1 single last year by putting Justin Bieber, Quavo, and Chance The Rapper on the same pop-rap posse cut. A year after "I'm The One," Khaled has assembled the same all-star lineup for a second go-round -- or in Khaled's chosen parlance, another one. Appropriately, it's titled "No … More » SOURCE: Stereogum - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Show #269: New Music Gems

This week, we listen to the newest gems in jazz, classical, and world music. We begin with an unusual and interesting version of Erik Satie’s famous “Gymnopédie #1,” featuring the superb Taiwanese-Australian virtuoso violinist Ray Chen. Although I’ve heard this famous Satie piece many times, Chen’s take on it from his debut Decca Classics album sounds completely new and fresh. Chen won the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2008. Geoffrey Keezer, a two-time Grammy nominee, is a wonderful [Read Entire Story]

John Coltrane’s Lost Album and His Enduring Legacy

When the iconic jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins compares a musical discovery to “finding a new room in the Great Pyramid,” it’s bound to create both curiosity and excitement. Such was the case when the archeologists cum treasure hunters at Impulse! Records located a copy of a lost John Coltrane studio recording that had been discarded back in the late 1970’s, probably winding up in dumpster. Released just last week, the newly-discovered tracks were recorded over 55 years ago at Rudy Van Gelder’s [Read Entire Story]

July Music Mix

 This week, we feature mostly new releases and mix in a couple of classics. We begin with a 1993 Elektra release by the short-lived Northern California group Papa’s Culture. “Swim” is a quintessential summer song, clever and always fun to hear. The group’s one and only record isn’t available on Spotify, but we found the song on Youtube. Their former frontman, E. Blake Davis, offers downloads on his website. Our Spotify playlist starts with a muscular song from the Paris-based roots trio [Read Entire Story]

A Study in Contrasts: Elvin Jones & Jimmy Garrison’s “Illumination!”

I’ve recently spent a bit of time listening again to the 1963 album Illumination!, by the Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison Sextet. I find it an interesting study of contrasts and a very unusual album. It features one of the greatest—if not the greatest—rhythm sections in the history of jazz: McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; and Elvin Jones, drums. This famous trio backed John Coltrane on his best-known Impulse! Records albums. I’ve wondered why the trio moved away from Coltrane duties to [Read Entire Story]

Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Children of the New Dawn”

With the passing of certain artists, the loss hits immediately and keenly, given their monolithic stature. In other cases, their death may receive less fanfare, but their absence will be increasingly felt over time. The later may be the situation with the late Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who died at the age of 48 back in February of this year. Jóhann Jóhannsson – photo by Sachyn Mital Although Jóhannsson began his music career playing in indie-rock bands in the late [Read Entire Story]

Song of the Day: Sufjan Stevens – Tonya Harding (in Eb Major)

Photo by Andrea Morrison By Michael Tedder Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Tonya Harding (in Eb Major)” by Sufjan Stevens, a single which is available via Asthmatic Kitty Records. Sufjan Stevens – [Read Entire Story]

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