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Bardo Martinez (R) with Chicano Batman; Credit: courtesy chicano batman

In Search Of: Bardo Martinez on Colombia, Cumbia, Champeta And More

Bardo Martinez is the singer, guitar player, keyboardist, and occasional accordionist for Chicano Batman, as well as a former member of Buyepongo. He speaks now about the cultural context of Colombian cumbia, Cuban and Colombian claves, and Rafael Cassiani Cassiani. Your Master's thesis is on a Colombian accordion player--who? I'm......
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Interview: Bomb Zombies On Autotune, Smashing Pumpkins, Moms

Bomb Zombies "FWUH (Fuckwhatchaheard)" by Hellfyre Club Bomb Zombies is a collaboration between Low End Theory's DJ Nobody and Nocando, offering smart lyrics executed overbass-heavy 808-and-autotune backing tracks. Their Sincerely Yours EP with a provocative cover was released two weeks ago on Nocando's Hellfyre Club. Nobody and Nocando speak now......
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In Search Of: KCRW's Jeremy Sole on Rare African Psych And More

Jeremy Sole spends Wednesday night from midnight to 3 AM spinning records for KCRW; Thursdays, he's at Zanzibar, co-hosting Afro-Funké with Glenn Red and Rocky Dawuni. He joins us now and discusses digging through records in Ghana and the popularity of African psych. What's the best place you've ever gone......
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Interview: Teebs on Art, Ardour And The Christmas Records No One Wanted

Teebs' Ardour (Brainfeeder) is one of the most delicate and lovely albums of the year--all blooming tones, jingling percussion and subtle artful beats. Teebs joined us just before his record release party to discuss his art--his paintings on discarded record sleeves--and the Christmas music hidden inside his album. Culinary school......
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Origami Vinyl's Local Top Ten (Plus One!)

Independent Echo Park record store Origami Vinyl carries a strong collection of local music as well as new releases and luxurious reissues. Proprietor Neil Schield told us about their most recent top ten local sellers--as well as a local band he'd like to see make it to the top ten......