Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, has moved freely between musical aesthetics on each of his previous records, but on his fifth studio release, Our Love, he's fine-tuned and settled into a warmer, more personal approach.
On his third visit to KCRW, Snaith performed songs off his newest and perhaps best album to date, including the captivating title track.
Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 10:44 am
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Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 12:27 am
In the '90s, Rainbo Records owner Steve Sheldon wanted to keep his vinyl presses going.
Everyone thought he was crazy; they told him it was a dead format. But Sheldon was adamant.
"I actually said, many times, 'I think it will be around longer than CDs,' " Sheldon says.
Today, his Canoga Park, Calif., operation is massive. There are sound testing rooms, large printers for making labels and rows of workers stuffing sleeves. And then there are the actual presses themselves — 14 of them — giving off smoke and smelling of burnt rubber.
Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:08 am
Janis Joplin felt a sense of outsider isolation throughout her life. She once said, "On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people. Then I go home alone."
But she wasn't alone — she had John Byrne Cooke.
Cooke was Janis Joplin's first and only road manager, from 1967 until her death from a heroin overdose in 1970. He was the one who found her body. In a new memoir, On the Road With Janis Joplin, he details the electrifying performances — and the drugs — that marked Joplin's tours.
Broken Bells was initially viewed by some fans as a side project for James Mercer and Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton — a respite from Mercer's leadership of The Shins and Burton's multiple production jobs, including his partnership with Cee Lo in Gnarls Barkley.
Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.
November's selections include our favorite track from Theo Parrish's upcoming American Intelligence album, a solo cut from Hercules And Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman, and four more exceptional tunes worthy of your time.