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A weekday download of standout songs, including advance releases, exclusive live tracks recorded at KCRW, remixes, and an introduction to new artists on our radar.

A weekday download of standout songs, including advance releases, exclusive live tracks recorded at KCRW, remixes, and an introduction to new artists on our radar.

Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

Description:

A weekday download of standout songs, including advance releases, exclusive live tracks recorded at KCRW, remixes, and an introduction to new artists on our radar.

Twitter:

@kcrw

Language:

English

Contact:

1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Silas Short: ‘ROOMS’

9/28/2021
Growing up in both the inner city and suburbs of Milwaukee, Silas Short found himself in one of the most segregated cities in the U.S. Silas’ mixed racial identity was under constant attack, so he turned to art and music to fortify his soul. On “ROOMS,” Silas appreciates his biracial identity with a safe space for what he calls “Black people into alternative music.”

Duration:00:04:25

Petite Amie: ‘Adios’

9/27/2021
They may have a French name, but psych-pop outfit Petite Amie are Mexico City-based and release their self-titled debut album at the end of the week. But why wait? Get familiar with them through an acoustic and serene track titled “Adios.”

Duration:00:03:26

Shintaro Sakamoto: ‘The Feeling of Love’

9/24/2021
A legendary figure in Japanese psychedelic rock, Shintaro Sakamoto brings a laid back and experimental approach to his work. We love the old timey sound of “The Feeling of Love.”

Duration:00:04:11

FERLA: ‘I See You’

9/23/2021
We’ve been discovering a wide variety of artists via our Global Beat: Australia program, with Melbourne after-dark pop darlings FERLA as one of those stand out groups. We want to make sure you don’t miss this one, a down-tempo new wave stunner on a baritone bed called “I See You.”

Duration:00:03:36

Shannon & The Clams: ‘Do I Wanna Stay’

9/22/2021
Wanda Jackson meets The Ronettes on Shannon & The Clams’ new album, “Year Of The Spider.” Gutsy and strong, Shannon sings her heart out on “Do I Wanna Stay.”

Duration:00:04:30

Blond In Car: ‘Another Girl’

9/21/2021
LA-based Robin Schorr makes music under the handle of Blond in Car. Hints of Sade lace the song “Another Girl,” a vignette that calls out smooth operators.

Duration:00:03:57

Durand Jones & The Indications: ‘Sea of Love’

9/20/2021
Catch the unstoppable Durand Jones & The Indications as they unlock a wide range of new sounds on their new album “Private Space,” anchored by the lush vocals of Aaron Frazer on “Sea Of Love.”

Duration:00:03:49

Willy Mason: ‘Worth It’

9/17/2021
Singer-songwriter Willy Mason digs deep into his heart when it comes to his music. Mason’s fourth album, and his first in nine years, is an offering of sorts to restore our faith. Let’s take a listen to “Worth It.”

Duration:00:04:47

Little Dragon: ‘Hold On’ (Pote Remix)

9/16/2021
If you are a fan of Little Dragon’s “New Me, Same Us,” go soak in their new remix EP to listen to fresh treatments of songs from Georgia Anne Muldrow, FKJ, Ela Minus, and Pote’s version of “Hold On.”

Duration:00:04:28

Ghost of Vroom: ‘James Jesus Angleton’

9/15/2021
Soul Coughing’s Mike Doughty and longtime collaborator Andrew “Scrap” Livingston merge their talent as Ghost of Vroom with their self-titled album. Doughty continues to pen songs that emerge as short stories, as on “James Jesus Angleton,” which recalls the dichotomy behind the head of the CIA during Vietnam.

Duration:00:04:04

Khruangbin: ‘Pelota’ (Cut A Rug Mix) Quantic Remix

9/14/2021
The Texas trio with a nomadic sound Khruangbin recently shared the new “Mordechai Remixes” album with fans. Songs find new life as they team up with friends and favorites like Ron Trent, Knxwledge, and Quantic (Cut A Rug Mix) on “Pelota.”

Duration:00:05:03

Bardo: ‘Patterns of Being’

9/13/2021
We know Bardo as the frontman of LA outfit Chicano Batman, but now he’s stepped out with his own debut solo album, “Everywhere Reminds Me Of Space.” Quarantine had its creative upside for Bardo, giving him the time to collect material he’s been recording for years. The result is tracks that focus on the beat and are influenced by his love of hip-hop, like “Patterns of Being.”

Duration:00:03:04

Heartless Bastards: ‘How Low’

9/10/2021
Heartless Bastards are anything but! Instead, their new album “A Beautiful Life” turns toward a “wide-eyed and radiant vision for harmonizing a broken world.” Pay attention to the lyrics on “How Low.”

Duration:00:04:06

Jordan Rakei: ‘Send My Love’

9/9/2021
Vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumental musician Jordan Rakei transmits a sonic dispatch from his London base to his family in Australia, letting them know he’s doing fine. “Send My Love” follows a shift in tone as Rakei aims to write from the heart.

Duration:00:04:06

Early James: ‘Tumbleweed’

9/8/2021
Here’s a little old-time sounding ditty from our Americana jamming friends Early James called “Tumbleweed,” produced by Black Keys’ madman and producer Dan Auerbach.

Duration:00:02:10

Dante Elephante: ‘Find Someone To Love’

9/7/2021
While driving to SXSW from their hometown of Santa Barbara back in 2018, Dante Elephante frontman Ruben Zarate began building a boppy beat and then passed the guitar to his bass player. Back and forth they went throughout that tour, working on the lyrics, verses, and bridge to what would become “Find Someone to Love.”

Duration:00:03:13

Novedades Carminha: ‘Típica Cara’

9/6/2021
Ever meet someone and they seem kinda familiar? Yup. That’s what inspired Spanish band Novedades Carminha to write “Típica Cara,” Spanish for “familiar face.”

Duration:00:04:07

Ben Harper & Ziggy Marley: ‘Spin It Faster’

9/3/2021
Ben Harper pays tribute to Innocent Criminals bassist and friend Juan D. Nelson via song, saying, “Since 1993, Juan Leon and I spun around this world so fast and as far as we could dream together.” Here is Ben Harper & Ziggy Marley on “Spin It Faster.”

Duration:00:03:57

Yuma Abe: ‘Omaemo’

9/2/2021
“Omaemo,” Japanese for “you too,” can be found on Tokyo-based singer/songwriter Yuma Abe’s debut solo album, “Fantasia.” The song captures a moment of unexpected introspection, joined by Devendra Banhart on guitar.

Duration:00:04:27

Adia Victoria: ‘Magnolia Blues’

9/1/2021
After a year spent in her room, barely able to see beyond the magnolia tree in her backyard in Nashville, Adia Victoria wondered what stories she’d have to tell when she emerged. Turns out she’ll have plenty to share on her forthcoming album “A Southern Gothic,” executive produced by T Bone Burnett. We’ll start with the gem, “Magnolia Blues.”

Duration:00:03:31