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E the Red put me onto this podcast from the mighty Giant Step. New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop have a new 7" coming out for their track ‘The Raft’…it’s getting a lot of play on Garth Trinidad’s show on KCRW. Check out their Podcast stream below and keep your eye out for the 7" in stores soon!

Fat Freddy’s Drop – The Raft Special Podcast by Fat Freddy’s Drop

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on June 14, 2010 @ 3:40 PM
Posted in: Music


Special thanks go out to the nice folks over at Livio for sending me one of their snazzy new WIFI radios to test out. Those of you that know me, know that I’m down with radio. There’s something awesome about tuning into NPR (KQED here in lovely SF) and getting the straight scoop on what’s going on. But when I go down to LA, I’m always so envious of the radio down there. I mean, KCRW? Come on! That’s the truth! So, what if you could listen to KCRW and KQED on your radio in Oakland? Oh, wait…there’s more! What if you could also rock your Pandora channels with no commercials? Oh holy hell, wait…that’s not all! What if you could also tune into BBC Radio 1 and hear what’s going on with the dude Gilles Peterson? Now we’re talking! Want to listen to Solid Steel to see what those Ninjas are up to! It’s on there too. Over 2,000 stations around the world. I was listening to stations broadcasting out of Egypt, Cuba, and Maui all with a simple click. I’m old school. I like vinyl. I like terrestrial radio and I’m down with Pandora too. Here it is, all in one, and it’s got the audio output on the back so I run it into my speaker system. Freshness! I highly recommend picking one of these up if you’re down with the ultimate radio experience and getting more happiness in your life.

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on April 27, 2010 @ 3:18 PM
Posted in: Tech



Ever wonder where the Omies get our hair cut? Well, here’s a tip and a deal alert all in one! We go to see the marvelous Glenda Darling at the fabulous Acabello Salon (2423 California St at Fillmore). We first learned of her after 7X7 Magazine voted her ‘The Best Haircut and Color in San Francisco.’ She has amazing energy, teaches yoga, and makes us look and feel good. She uses ammonia free Organic Hair Color Systems, Kerastase Treatments and Bumble and Bumble. Mention “Om” when you come in and receive $25 off any service! Call 415-922-7577 to schedule an appointment.

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on April 2, 2010 @ 12:10 PM
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The Wanderlust festival is quite the special event. It’s a combination of yoga and music in the beautiful Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe! Bassnectar is scheduled to headline the Sat night show, but the festival is July 28th – Aug 1st. Moby, The Brazilian Girls and Orgone alongside yoga legends Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rhea and more. It’s going to be a spectacularly awesome time, hopefully you can join in on the fun! Click here to check out all the details!


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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on March 30, 2010 @ 2:29 PM
Posted in: Events



Samantha James turned me on to this band! They’re a conscious hip-hop live group from Venice, peep the Om symbol on the shirt. Positive hip-hop is always welcome on my stereo, and the Luminaries remind me of the good times I had when I first discovered the native tongues. Check them out live, Samantha thanks for the tip! Check out their video below and click here to visit their site.


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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on March 30, 2010 @ 1:47 PM
Posted in: Music


The new batch of Samantha James ‘Waves of Change’ remixes are here! Soulstice’s Andy Caldwell gets busy with an electro groove, Richard Grey takes the mix on a lap through his Pacha residency, Nikola Gala creates a potential track of the conference at WMC, and Valentin Huedo takes the track to the sunset at Cafe del Mar. Stay tuned for the new Samantha James album, “Subconscious” – coming on Om in June!

Click Here To Listen to “Waves of Change part 2” on iTunes

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on March 16, 2010 @ 11:10 AM
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Australian funk heavy hitters The Bamboos are recording their 4th album for one of my favorite imprints Tru-Thoughts and they were kind enough to share this little video from behind the scenes in the studio. Looks like they’re having a good ol time! If this new song ‘Like Tears in Rain’ is any indication of what we’re in store for, a lot more people will be knowing about them real soon!


Listen & Download: The Bamboos – Like Tears in Rain" (Right Click To Save)






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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on March 1, 2010 @ 4:35 PM
Posted in: Music


Hailing from Portland, OR, Rocket Empire is the next wave of Om’s midtempo chilled out roster. Think early Thievery Corporation mixed with Boozoo Bajou and you’re getting close to the vibe. Their track ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ is the #1 most played track on SIRIUS ‘Chill’ (Channel 35).

Click here to listen to the new album on iTunes.

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on February 17, 2010 @ 4:45 PM
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Groove Armada are coming to the USA for a select group of shows with the full band to celebrate their new album ‘Black Light’ (out on Om on March 2nd). These shows are not to be missed, check back soon for more info!

ALL SHOWS ARE WITH THE LIVE BAND UNLESS SPECIFIED

• Thursday, March 18th @ The Fillmore (San Francisco) tickets on sale 2/21
• Friday, March 19th @ The Fillmore (San Francisco) tickets coming soon!
• Sunday, March 21st @ Henry Fonda Theater (Los Angeles) tickets coming soon!
• Monday, March 22nd GA @ KCRW ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ (Santa Monica) listen online
• Wednesday, March 24th GA @ Webster Hall (New York City) tickets coming soon!
• Friday, March 26th @ ULTRA MUSIC FEST (Miami) tickets available now!
• Saturday, March 27th (DJ Set) @ ULTRA MUSIC FEST (Miami) tickets available now!

CHECK OUT THIS CLIP FROM THE BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL:


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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on February 17, 2010 @ 11:05 AM
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The 2nd single from Groove Armada is finally here! Following the success of ‘I Won’t Kneel’ (single #1) comes ‘Paper Romance’ also featuring vocalist SaintSaviour in a duet w/ Fenech Soler. If these two singles are any indication, the new Groove Armada album is going to be an epic smash. Playing heavily on KCRW, ‘Paper Romance’ is an alternative electronic rock smasher issuing in a new era in Groove Armada!


Click Here To Purchase Groove Armada “Paper Romance” From iTunes

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on February 9, 2010 @ 11:29 AM
Posted in: News
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