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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Legendary Artist – Ella Fitzgerald Remixed

Every year, when the weather gets warm I turn the speakers toward the deck and reach for my complete set of Verve Remixed recordings. This set of electronic music sessions takes jazz artists from the Verve label vaults and sees them remixed by today’s top DJs and producers. Of the 5 discs, they are all … Continue reading »

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Indie Rock Crush: Tame Impala

Aussie psychedelic rock band Tame Impala perform onstage the way they must practice in their basement. Swaying to the music, heads bent to the floor. ¬†What they lack in stage moves, they make up for in sound. There’s a lush swirl of guitar effects, primal drumming and lots of sparse, deep lyrics. From their 2012 … Continue reading »

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The Soul of Rock: The Ramones!

I was a novice radio producer when I made a short radio story on the Ramones¬†for KEXP. It was only my second series for the station and the first one where I had creative control. Punk Evolution was to be a 10-part series. My friend Angela (title guru) came up with that one. The first … Continue reading »

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The Soul of Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley was discovered while doing his act as a James Brown impersonator going under the name “Black Velvet”. He had been to Brooklyn label Daptone Records as a handyman, but never thought he’d be one of their recording artists. Daptone founder Gabriel Roth must have been surprised to realized the man in his local … Continue reading »

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