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SXSW ART

Here we got! Recently I posted a complete list of all the artists I wanted to see at this year’s SXSW. I wanted to go deeper and actually share some of these artists that I think could have a nice buzz in 2018 and beyond. If you are out in Austin this year, let’s connect! Ill be around in search of the best coffee, tacos and also participating on the Co-Sign panel. Details here.

TRACKLIST:

Anna Wise – Precious Possession
A.Chal – Love N Hennessy
Demo Taped – Not Enough
Suzi Wu – Speed
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye
Buddy – Find Me
Knox Fortune – Lil Thing
Stimulator Jones – Soon Never Comes
BLVCK SPVDE – Dance 4 Me
El Combo Chimbita – Puro Show
CAPYAC – Speedracer
Men I Trust – Tailwhip
DUCKWRTH – Get Ugly (Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
Homeboy Sandman – Bamboo
Nubla Garcia – Lost Kingdoms
Princess Nokia – Bart Simpson
Ezra Collective – Pure Shade
Jade Bird – Cathedral
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2:00 PM: Extending Your Reach at College Radio
Moderated by: Jessica Weber (co-sign)
Panelists: Rodney Carmichael (NPR), Anthony Valadez (KCRW / TuneIn), Dessa (Artist)

Keeping what you do at your station relevant beyond the bounds of your campus involves thinking beyond just your on-air signal. Podcasts, on demand programming, online features and reviews; all these things and more help expand your programming and vision to a much larger audience. Learn how to do this, even with limited budgets.

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I was away this past Monday night and didn’t get to rock on the KCRW airwaves but in lieu I present to you an hour long mix of some of my favorite cuts of the year. Most released this year, a few from the previous. These should be on your radar. Hope you enjoy!

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Anenon – Verso
DVSN – Mood
1954 – It Was Love
Frances And The Lights – Faithful
Future – Mask Off (Smooth Operator Remix)
Setwun – Erykah
Crayon – I Came By To Let You Know That I’m Leaving
Moodymann – I’d Rather Be Lonely
Jorja Smith – I Am
Cautious Clay – So Many Details (Toro Cover)
Charlotte Day Wilson – Nothing New
Matthewdavid – Contemporary
SIR – Something New (Feat (Etta Bond)
Fieh – 25
Jono McCleery – Gabriel
Aaron Childs – Tangerine
Any Ngana Drop – Michael Ozone’s Lital Rhythm
Four Tet – Daughter
Kiefer – We (Coulda)
Kokoroko – Abusey Junction
Post Malone – I Fall Apart (Medasin Remix)
WhoMadeWho – Goodbye To All I Know
Remi – For Good (Feat Sampa The Great)
30/70 – Source
Tiron & Ayomari – It’s A Trip
Jonny Greenwood – Sandalwood I
Penthouse Penthouse – Koopa Beach
System Olympia – Call Girl
Harrison Gundam/Prologue
Eli Escobar – Interlude 4 (Unity)
Fortune – Finesse
Miguel – Come Through and Dub (J boogie Edit)
The Bad Plus – Salvages
Clairo – Flaming Hot Cheetos
Yaeji – Passionfruit (Janee Flip)
Daichi Yamamoto – Untitled 1
The Jefferson Park Boys – Pasta Boys
Meshell Ndegeocello – Tender Love
Crayon – Pink (Feat. Lossapardo)
Ta-Ku – You And I
Nils Frahm – Kaleidoscope

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It’s been a crazy past few weeks and months. I’m going to try and help get you through the next 4-8 years with this new series of sounds that are curated to help make you feel a little better. – av

TRACKLIST: 

Drake – Summers Over Interlude
Yukihiro Kanesaka – For Your Page One
Meshell Ndegeocello – Oyster
Gizmo – Elegua (A Prayer For The Children)
Nick Hakim – The Light
Jono McCleery – Age Of Self
Gizmo – Lift Me Up (Feat. Nick Hakim)
Everything Is Recorded – Close But Not Quite (Feat. Sampha)
Alfa Mist – Nucleus

 

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For those who don’t know I stepped away from my weekly show on Dash Radio to pursue new ventures. My weekly KCRW show is still amazing but I still want to use the online platform to share new discoveries found in record bins during my travels. It’s been a minute since I dropped a Personal Favorites mix. Here’s my first of 2017! Enjoy!

Tracklist: Personal Favorites 2017

The Baka Forest People of South East Cameroon – Liquindi 2
Undersea Poem – Te Encontrar
Gwilym Gold – The Root (D’Angelo Cover)
Oumou Sangare – Ne Bi Fe
Moruf and Iman Omari – Fallen
Ryo Kawasaki – Bamboo Child
Maths Time Joy – So Many Details (Toro Y Moi Cover)
Norman Conners – You Are My Starship
Vic Mensa – Holy Holy (Feat. Ab. Soul and Bj The Chicago Kid)
Aphex Twin – Avril 14th
Nils Frahm – The Shooting
Ptaki – Krystna
Axel Boman – Let’s Get Nervous
Lill Lindfors – Feel Like Making Love
Jose Feliciano – Golden Lady (Stevie Wonder Cover)
Jze Baqti – Visions Of A New World
Nick Hakim – Green Twins (Live Version)

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Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Valadez moved to Venice almost exactly eight years ago. “I moved in the day before Barack Obama got elected,” he recalls, as he takes his dog Smedley for his daily walk. “My first meal here, Obama got elected, and the place was cheering super loud. This is Venice. I like it. Eight years. It flies by.”

Known for his shows on KCRW and Fuse TV, Valadez doesn’t often release his own music. He’s more recognized for interviewing artists about their music than he is for being interviewed about his. But after dealing with the deaths of his mother and grandmother over the past two years, it was time for a release of his own.

“I wanted a proper release with a good label, and I wanted it to sound nice, and good, and cohesive. Kinda like a diary,” Valadez says of his new album, Fade Away, which is out now via Plug Research. “All these things that were happening in my life while I was recording I wanted to put into this cohesive project, and I wanted it to get heard, most importantly. “

As its title implies, Fade Away explores the idea of letting go of different things, people and emotions. “It fades away several things. It’s just how people come and go in our lives,” Valadez explains. “And I think recording, I just had a few people in my family pass away that were monumental to some degree.”

Losing his grandmother last year and his mother two years ago inspired him to make this album. “We were never close, but it was still sad,” says Valadez, who was raised by his grandfather, who passed away in 2001. “That feminine element that puts you in the world is no longer here. When that womb is gone it really makes you look at things differently.”

Recording Fade Away was therapeutic for Valadez, but not in the way he initially intended for it to be. At first, putting all his energy into the music was mainly a distraction. “There were unresolved issues” with his mother and grandmother, he admits. “So maybe to avoid dealing with that, I just kinda worked on music.”

But after a while, it became hard for Valadez to overlook the impact that losing these relatives had on him. The music itself, the instrumentation, reminded him of their influence on his life. He was forced to deal with the very thing he wanted to avoid.

“For some reason, there’s a lot of strings on this album,” he says. “I’ve grown up appreciating strings and I’ve always wanted to make an album that would make me feel a certain way. I’d send a track to people who were performing the strings, and I’m like, ‘I need this song to cry.’”

Valadez’s love of strings started when he was five years old and he heard Diana Ross’ “Theme From Mahogany” for the first time. “There’s a crazy string section in that song. And I’ve always wanted to replicate that because strings move me,” he explains. “And so, when I had access to all these string players, I knew that I wanted to do that on this album. I wanna make people feel the way I did when I was five.”

To make the video for Fade Away track, “Onward Solo Samba” (premiered above), Valadez and his friend Holly Gable took to the streets of L.A. and Long Beach to echo the concept on the album on camera. “The video is about fading away,” Valadez explains. “Fading away into the streets. Fading away into one another or with one another. Fading away across L..A, and finally into the ocean.”

In the end, that’s what Fade Away is about: savoring each passing moment, then releasing it to make room for new moments and experiences. It’s not about death or loss, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be sad or depressing, either. It’s about waking up to take Smedley for a walk as the sun rises and the waves come and go. It’s about letting go of the old you and embracing the new.

“As you grow older you react differently to things, you develop new sides to yourself that you didn’t know existed,” Valadez says. “Where does the old you go? It just fades away.”

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Not only did he drop an incredible EP entitled PwEP2, but this man is writing grants that incorporate the parallels between insects and African Amercians, teaching courses in Afrofuturism and experimental music, playing out with various communities across LA at the ACE and NY jazz scenes. And then on top of that you find him playing with Karen, the house band for the Late Late Show on CBS! This turned out to be a great chat. Hope you dig!

MoodSwings airs Tuesday nights at 8pm [PST] on Dash Radio.