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KCRW Exclusive: Michael Kiwanuka’s “It Always Comes Back Around” from House of Lies Season 3 Finale

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 3,921 views]
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Rarely have I seen an artist grow in stature at KCRW faster than Michael Kiwanuka.
After only a couple of EPs releases, Michael was handpicked by Adele to open her US dates in 2011, that were subsequently cancelled due to her vocal chord issues.
Eventually, Michael made his way to the US in December of that year and made his U.S. radio performance debut at KCRW, …

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KCRW DJ Chris Douridas’ Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,163 views]
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Check out Chris Douridas’ Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here. 
1. Midlake – Antiphon (ATO)
2. Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird (The Drop)
3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Columbia)
4. M.I.A. – Matangi (Interscope)
5. Agnes Obel – Aventine (PIAS)
6. Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse (Decca)
7. Yasmine Hamdan – Ya Nass (Crammed Discs)
8. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)
9. White …

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RIP Lou Reed: Chris Douridas Pays Tribute

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 4 Comments | 2,217 views]
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Uncompromising.
Seems simple, but look at the real meaning: ‘showing an unwillingness to make concessions to others, esp. by changing one’s ways or opinions’.
Lou was uncompromising.
He stopped by KCRW several times during the years I hosted MBE.
The first time we met was in 1992, on the occasion of his latest album, “Magic and Loss“, a powerful portrait of loss, chronicling the death of two …

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KCRW Exclusive: Agnes Obel – “The Curse”

Posted September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,379 views]
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Agnes Obel’s 2011 release “Philharmonics” was a stunning debut.
I heard the music before I ever saw a picture of her.
The album felt like a Fall day, crisp air and yellowing leaves – a welcome and exotic outing given our beautiful southern California environs. Her take on John Cale’s “I Keep a Close Watch” is superb, forever rescuing a deeply powerful song from utter obscurity.
Now …

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Goat Rodeo: A World Class Collaboration at the Bowl THIS Sunday

Posted August 23, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,502 views]
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One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is the Hollywood Bowl.
If you’ve been, you know what I mean.
If you haven’t been, you owe it yourself and your loved ones to experience one of the greatest live performance venues ever constructed. Situated against the Hollywood Hills, comfortably distanced from its teaming city surroundings, the Bowl is arguably the beating heart of the …

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Grizfolk: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 22, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 10,304 views]
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Seemingly every time I come across a new band I like these days, if they’re not from LA, they’re either Australian or Swedish.
This time it’s a bit of a hybrid. And hybrids – when they work – always find welcome ears at KCRW.
I dare say the station’s ethos can be attributed in large part to successful hybrids of the past, specifically Paul Simon’s “Graceland“ …

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Jacob Banks: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,635 views]
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It happened again.
A voice conquering the tiny laptop speakers in my office, filling the room with its magnitude, lodged itself into my consciousness. At this very moment, “Worthy“, the song I first heard some weeks ago is now in constant replay in my mind, specifically a certain passage of the verse and then the booming chorus.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing, the hold a great …

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Ric Ocasek in Conversation With KCRW DJ Chris Douridas at Amoeba

Posted March 6, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 3,755 views]
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When I trace the roots of my love and appreciation for a variety of styles of music, I first credit my parents’ record collection. My mother, a lover of melody and harmony who was once part of a doo-wop-inspired quintet in our hometown of Columbus, Ohio – was a massive fan of Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mathis and The Carpenters, while my father …

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Austin Brown: Local Artist We Love

Posted January 7, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 4,128 views]

I am forever grateful my super-talented cohort Carly Evans turned me onto Austin Brown.
This dynamic fireball is the heir-apparent to the Jackson family throne. Son of Rebbie, the oldest member of the original family of musicians, he looks like a Jackson, sounds like a Jackson, albeit with a modern flare. (yes, he’s Michael Jackson’s nephew.)
Right now you can get a free download of his …

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Tribute to Former A&M Records President Gil Friesen

Posted December 14, 2012 by | 8 Comments | 3,768 views]

Gil Friesen, best known for his tenure as president of A&M Records and A&M Films, passed away after at battle with leukemia at age 75. He was an avid KCRW listener and supporter, as well as a friend to many of our DJs. DJ and former Music Director Chris Douridas tells this story:
“Gil was a man of distinction. he had a rabid thirst …

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