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Guest DJ Project – Chefs Edition: Tasty Music for Thanksgiving

Posted November 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 331 views]

I’m yet to meet a chef who isn’t a giant music fan.
On the Guest DJ Project, we’ve hosted more than 20 of the best in the business and, without fail, they’ve all impressed me with their passion for music.
It clearly plays a huge role in what they do – whether it’s keeping them company in the kitchen while they work their magic, or setting …

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Guest DJ Project: Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones shakes to Rolling Stones

Posted November 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 772 views]

When I moved to Los Angeles in 2000, Lucy Jones quickly became a familiar name to me.
As I was new to “shaker” territory, I consumed everything I could about it. I also worked in a newsroom and, when anyone had a question about earthquakes, they went directly to Dr. Lucy Jones.
She studies seismic waves for a living and she quickly makes the connection with …

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Pro Surfer John John Florence Plays DJ For KCRW

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 715 views]
DJ Anthony Valadez (r) shows John John Florence (l) how a real DJ does it.

John John Florence practically lived in the ocean while growing up on the North Shore in Hawaii, so it’s not surprising he made history as the youngest competitor to surf the Triple Crown of Surfing, at age 13.
He’s a young surfer who has made a big impression. Now, at 22, he’s focusing attention on capturing the visual experience of his surf life and international …

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What music motivates Jillian Michaels’ workouts?

Posted October 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,387 views]
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Within seconds of meeting fitness guru Jillian Michaels, she yelled at me.
This will come as no surprise to followers of the famed trainer, who is best known from her work on the reality show “The Biggest Loser.” On the show, she couples her fitness expertise with tough love, which has earned  her a lot of  fans – and haters – in the process.
It’s fair …

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‘Casual’ actress Michaela Watkins gets Beastie for Guest DJ Project

Posted October 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,665 views]
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Actress/comedian Michaela Watkins is practically omnipresent these days, with roles in big projects including Emmy-winning series like Veep and Transparent, and the recent revamp of cult favorite Wet Hot American Summer. All the while, she manages to steals every single scene she’s in.
Watkins currently stars in the acclaimed dark comedy series Casual on Hulu (from executive producer Jason Reitman, also a Guest DJ Project alum!) …

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Let’s Talk About Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk is our Guest DJ

Posted May 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,579 views]
Chuck Palahniuk credit Allan Amato(2)

Chuck Palahniuk has a reputation.
As the author of the acclaimed, darkly satirical novel Fight Club, among a dozen others, he knows how to push people’s buttons.
So when we invited him to play Guest DJ and saw his picks included such hoary 70s epics as Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, & the hoariest of all, Don McLean’s deathless …

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Did Matt Dillon just take you on a date?

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 3,616 views]

There’s something rugged and cool about Matt Dillon, like your friend’s hot older brother. He knows all the cool bands, smokes cigarettes behind the bleachers, then you giggle when he says, “hello” in his sultry voice.

Well, that is exactly what his recent picks on this Guest DJ Project reflects.
Today is your lucky day because he is taking you out.
First, he picks you up in his 59′ El Camino with Bing …

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Contemplates the Universe Through Music

Posted April 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 7,451 views]

First off, it must be said that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has the best laugh.
Even if you only listen to his Guest DJ Project set to hear his chuckle as he reveals his longheld desire to be abducted by aliens (!!), you won’t be disappointed.
His admission comes through his choice of Styx’s “Come Sail Away”.
I never realized the prog rock hit was about an …

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Adam Carolla on Prince, The Boss and Why Smokey is the Best

Posted April 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,833 views]
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When I booked Adam Carolla for the Guest DJ Project, I was expecting it to be pure comedy.
And while he was absolutely hilarious in tearing apart people’s worship for artists like Prince and Bruce Springsteen (instead of artists he feels are more deserving, like John Hiatt), he was surprisingly sentimental, and chose songs with real meaning for him throughout his life and career.
Before I …

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Coachella Preview: AC/DC Guest DJ Project Special Edition

Posted April 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,974 views]
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When I heard AC/DC were headlining Coachella, I immediately thought of all the folks who have picked them for their Guest DJ Project sets in the past and immediately started putting together this tribute.
Their stories really stick with me (I produce the show), and even though I think everyone loves a great rock song, these Aussies had a major impact on some very cool …

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