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B.J. Novak on Riff Raff

Posted February 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 755 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 | 2,113 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 | 1,215 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 | 1,200 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 | 1,021 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 | 3,369 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 | 1,983 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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Famed Photographer Douglas Kirkland is Our Guest DJ

Posted May 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,413 views]

One day I found myself looking through the photographs of Douglas Kirkland. His photos of Marilyn Monroe, with little more than a white sheet and a glass of champagne, are now legendary and he captured famous shots of John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson and many more. He’s traveled the world working on movie sets – he’s worked with Baz Luhrmann a bunch, including …

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Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis is Our Guest DJ

Posted May 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,281 views]

Saturday Night Live is finishing up its 38th season this weekend so we invited cast member Jason Sudeikis to share song songs that have shaped him as part of KCRW’s Guest DJ Project.
From favorites he inherited from his parents to the West Coast gangsta rap that informed him of a lifestyle far from his own in suburban Kansas, music seems to have been as …

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Guest DJ Project Celebrates 5 Years With Our Favorites

Posted May 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,604 views]

We’ve hosted five years of laughs, tears, and lots of great music. Nearly 250 guests bared their souls to us and took on the painful task of choosing FIVE songs that have inspired them throughout their lives.
Many have complained about how torturous it is to choose just five, but the result is a 10-minute window  into someone’s personality, more so than just their music …

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