Radio Classic: Bleachers and Madlib

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Cleaning out the radio vaults! Here’s me on Bleachers’ Strange Desire and Madlib’s Rock Konducta. Co-critic Steve Hochman gets jazz-punk. Hear here:

Radio Radio: Run the Jewels and Grouper

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Clearing out the vaults. Here’s an October visit to KPCC’s Take Two, in which I tricked public radio listeners into listening to Run the Jewels and Grouper.

Radio Radio: D’Angelo, Caribou, Doug Paisley, Angel Olsen, and More Best Music of 2014

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Another one from the vault. Shirley Halperin and I talk about some of our favorite albums from 2014. My picks included excellent works by D’Angelo (also reviewed for SPIN), Doug Paisley, Angel Olsen, and Caribou. Listen up here:

Fifth Harmony Take on the Patriarchy

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Stow your preconceived notions of what makes a pop star. These five young women of color broadcast a message of empowerment and inclusion, plus have a handful of hit singles (“BO$$”, anyone?) and Barbie dolls made in their image. We met up in a Hollywood hotel, then at their dance rehearsals the next day.

Radio Radio: Howlin’ Rain and Cotillon

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Another “Tuesday Reviewsday” segment from earlier in the year for KPCC’s Take Two show. This time: Howlin’ Rain’s Mansion Songs and Cotillon’s, er, Cotillon.

Jack Black Acts Hard, Rocks Harder

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As part of their “Double Threats” cover storyBillboard had me chat with Jack Black. It’s only a shame they couldn’t run the whole transcript. I mean, he told me how to cure cancer, end war, and beat all video games by merely stroking a guitar, but I guess that kinda stuff doesn’t really translate to the page. Next time.

Radio Radio: Slutever and The Amazing

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Every three weeks I hit KPCC’s Take Two show to jaw-jack about new music for the “Tuesday Reviewsday.” Of late, though, I’m popping out these posts in bulk, trying to catch up on all the ones I never shared (partly because it’s taken me a year and a half to get used to hearing my voice). Anywho, here’s me talking about two albums you should definitely look into: Slutever’s Almost Famous, and the Amazing’s Picture You. Stream the talk (with Shirley Halperin) right here: