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Weird Al Yankovic is Back!

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 713 views]
Weird Al

Guest contributor Jeff Miller is a giant Weird Al fan and the only person who could write this post. Pictured above with Al at KCRW
I can’t recall a time in my life when I wasn’t a fan of Weird Al Yankovic — I’m pretty sure there’s a video somewhere of a 5-year-old me singing “Eat It” and I’m one of about 10 people who …

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From Rude Boy to B-Boy to SHIELD agent: Clark Gregg’s Guest DJ Set

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 810 views]
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Described as the glue that holds the increasingly-diverse Marvel cinematic universe (i.e. Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers, Agents of SHIELD) together, Clark Gregg’s role as Agent Phil Coulson has made him a favorite among fan-boys & fan-girls everywhere (including THIS fan-boy!)
But he’s also an actor of distinction and subtlety, having appeared in such films as State and Main, (500) Days of Summer and Much …

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Eddie Huang Spins Tunes on KCRW

Posted May 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,008 views]
by Atisha Paulson

KCRW is a magical place for many reasons but one of them is that you NEVER know who might be down the hall, because we produce so many different types of shows here.
One morning, Good Food  producer Gillian Ferguson pulled me aside to say NYC chef Eddie Huang was in the studio early and host Evan Kleiman was running late – did I want …

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B.J. Novak on Riff Raff

Posted February 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 933 views]
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B.J. Novak is a funny guy. Best known for his role on The Office, his type of humor is offbeat and somewhat twisted.
He’s an observer of people and culture and, during his eight seasons on the NBC show, he gathered notebooks full of his ideas, eventually gathering his reflections in the form of fictional short stories for his first book, “One More Thing: Stories …

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RuPaul’s Favorite Songs for Lip Syncing and More

Posted January 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,677 views]
RuPaul at KCRW by Larry Hirshowitz

When RuPaul, easily the most famous drag queen in the world, arrived at KCRW to tape his Guest DJ Project set, the initial discussion was about whether he should do the show in relation to his drag persona OR the five songs that, overall, influenced him most in his life.
We wanted to find out how the most famous drag queen in the world came to …

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Guest DJ Project – Best of 2013

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,355 views]

We decided to dedicate our year-end episode to the artists that topped our Guest DJ’s lists this year.
They are all asked to pick FIVE songs that have inspired them throughout their lives and — even with thousands of options — a handful of artists come up again and again.
In 2013, it was The Beatles, David Bowie, Talking Heads, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Jimi …

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Actress Judy Greer is Our Guest DJ!

Posted October 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,314 views]
with host Eric J Lawrence

Judy seems to be in just about everything and, if you don’t recognize her name, you probably recognize her face from shows like the Big Bang Theory or her blurred out chest from her memorable scenes as Kitty Sanchez on Arrested Development. Or perhaps you’ve heard of a little movie coming out this weekend called “Carrie”?
Judy probably didn’t set out to give relationship advice …

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Author Meg Wolitzer on Music and the “Culture of Intimacy”

Posted July 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,110 views]
Meg Wolitzer (c) Nina Subin

In her Guest DJ Project set, Author Meg Wolitzer selects songs that have the qualities of her favorite literature – from the “authoritative feel” of The Roches’ “Hammond Song” to the descriptiveness of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe”, which “opens like a novel”. (She even sings a few bars!)
She also talked about the meaning music holds for us as individuals and about …

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Val Kilmer Tells the Best Bob Dylan Story

Posted June 26, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 3,740 views]
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Val Kilmer still has that sly smile and a voice that is instantly recognizable.
We were all pretty excited that the Iceman would be visiting our studios to talk music for the Guest DJ Project, but little did we know he also had one of the best Bob Dylan stories of all time.
Val said when he was asked to choose five songs that inspired him, …

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Ellen Page is Our Guest DJ!

Posted June 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 2,201 views]
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Actress Ellen Page was a bit nervous to do the Guest DJ Project, well aware that revealing the songs most important to her would reveal a LOT about her.
(Some guests don’t realize that until they’re in the middle of taping the show and get surprisingly emotional.)
So, what did we learn about Ellen? She definitely uses music as a tool in her life to get …

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