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by Jane Jansen Seymour

17 Dec 2010


LCD Soundsystem stopped by the KCRW studio recently in the middle of their “last big tour forever,” according to founder James Murphy.  Everything sounds so fresh and accessible live, without the attention to minutia that exists in the studio of a music producer.  Keyboards sound like they’re actually being played, not programmed, and lyrics are strung out or cut off with each breath. The band starts with the plaintive chords of “All I Want” and plowed through “I Can Change,” “Drunk Girls” and “Pow Pow” from the latest release, This Is Happening, before an interview.

The easy conversation covers everything from growing up to Murphy’s early days in New York City, when indie rock felt like being plunked back in high school.  There is discussion about scoring the movie Greenberg and how creating a film score is so different than crafting tunes. He describes why the songs from This Is Happening are “weirder” to play live and how a record is like a “communication device.”  It’s a good reason to believe this certainly isn’t the last we’ve heard from the man, just maybe songs under this moniker.  The session ends with the party invitation of “All My Friends” off 2007’s Sound of Silver.

[Listen to session]

by Timothy Gabriele

17 Dec 2010


Last year, I spent the coldest winter in Philadelphia’s recorded history waiting for my dog to do her business somewhere on the thick layers of snow while tuning in to the Hotflush UK Youtube channel on my iPhone.  Later on, the fantastic ambient dubstep label dropped pivotal albums by Mount Kimbie and Scuba. January 2011 looks off to a good start with new signee Sepalcure’s Fleur EP. As this video promises, it’s going to be another winter wonderland.

by Devin Mainville

17 Dec 2010


The pop-electro, hip-hop group Electrolightz is excited to make a name for themselves after having independent success. Previously, lead singer Rami Dearest, who is the son of violin virtuoso Itzhak Pearlman, fronted the band Something for Rockets. They were featured on the MTV show You Hear It First as well as getting consistant airplay on college radio stations. Electrolightz has toured with A-Trak, Steve Aioki, Talib Quaili, Chemical Brothers, and more. Their remix of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” also landed on the Gaga’s remix album. Check out their video for their original song “The Future”.

by Sarah Zupko

16 Dec 2010


This is probably one of the funniest things I’ve seen all year. Interesting that I never noticed until now the uncanny resemblance between the Russian Prime Minister and Phil Collins. I think it may be the first time I’ve seen Vladimir Putin smile too.

by Eric Allen Been

16 Dec 2010


Conor Oberst has finally decided to resurrect his main band Bright Eyes after taking a more than two year break from the project to concentrate on his other groups Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and Monsters of Folk. Bright Eyes announced yesterday that they will be playing several shows across North America’s East Coast in March and a gig at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall in June. The tour will be in support of the band’s new album The People’s Key, which is set to be released by Saddle Creek on February 15 in the U.S. and February 14 in the UK. Superchunk and Wild Flag have been named as the openers for the New York City shows. The dates are listed below…

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