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The Art Of The Segue

Photo by Dan Stark on Unsplash

Photo by Dan Stark on Unsplash

There’s a popular term in the DJ community called “cauliflower ear.” It’s when you wear big headphones – a.k.a. cans – so frequently that the cartilage in the upper part of your ear begins to knot.

I have a very specific habit of twisting the cartilage between my fingers in private, the way someone might dig into their nose at a red light or scratch at their privates beneath the dinner table.

My gnarled right ear is a souvenir from a past life. It’s a scar, a tattoo, a piercing that never fully healed over. It’s a reminder of the way things were when I was fully immersed into a particular scene, dunked fully into the exquisite cultural tank of all-things music.

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New Music: The 88

The 88 are a four-piece rock band from Los Angeles known for their unexpected and powerful live shows. Their self-titled 6th studio album, out now, signifies a momentous return to their signature hooky and hi-energy sound. Together since high school, the guys seem to have a blast playing together and it definitely comes through both live and on their recordings.

The album is a great listen. Weeks after receiving a copy, I’ve still got it in heavy rotation.  It’s a swaggering, strutting romp mixed with a few slow-slung ballads for good measure.

If you’re in LA, hope to see ya at the record release party! It’s Tuesday, October 12th at the Troubadour.

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WATCH: The 88 perform on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

http://www.the88.net

Ida Maria on KCRW

I love this band so much. Their energy level is infectious and they’re all great musicians with a really tight sound. Admittedly we were short-staffed in the New Media department this day but successfully got the video shoot off the ground thanks to a lil’ teamwork. Check out the bands’ U.S. Debut below, taped live from the KCRW studios! 

Fortress Around My Heart is available now as an import.

Ida Maria on Myspace

Other recent performances at the station: Glasvegas, The Walkmen.  Check it out