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RIP Frankie Knuckles, “The Godfather of House”

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,667 views]

As the shocking news spread like wildfire, the dance music community hoped beyond hope that news of his passing was a cruel April Fool’s Day joke, but it soon became clear that Chicago House Music legend and godfather Frankie Knuckles had indeed passed away.
A formidable DJ and producer, Knuckles began DJing in New York in the late 70s with Disco legend Larry Levan. He moved …

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RIP: Reggae Pops

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,474 views]
by Anthony Valadez

Reggae Pops was a fixture on the music scene here in LA and, with the news of his passing, a flurry of tributes went up on Facebook.
He visited KCRW’s studios when Lianne La Havas performed, and it was a pleasure to have his incredible spirit here.
Watch Lianne’s video featuring Reggae Pops and read a tribute from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez below.

Lianne La Havas “Age” …

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RIP Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells

Posted December 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 916 views]
by Andrew Youssef

I had heard the news that Benjamin Curtis was battling cancer, but it still somehow came as a total shock when I found out he passed away last night.
Needless to say, he was way too young. You can find a note with more info from his manager here.
I had the pleasure of meeting Benjamin in studio during the two School of Seven Bells live …

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RIP Fruit Bats – A Tribute

Posted November 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,044 views]
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I’m always sad to see a band I love call it quits. But in this case, there is a happy ending.
Fruit Bats frontman/founder Eric D. Johnson wrote an open letter to fans letting them know he’s going to still be making new music under his own name and has been scoring movies and producing bands. SO, after 13 years and 5 albums, he’s simply …

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RIP Lou Reed — A Tribute from KCRW

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 6,709 views]

All of the KCRW DJs were devastated to hear about the loss of Lou Reed and we communicate our grief in the best way we know how — through the music itself.
The above photo hangs in Master Control, a daily reminder of Lou’s powerful impact on music and a major moment in the history of the station.
Chris Douridas was the first DJ on the …

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RIP Lou Reed: Chris Douridas Pays Tribute

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 4 Comments | 1,835 views]
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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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RIP Lou Reed: Eric J Lawrence Pays Tribute

Posted October 27, 2013 by | 3 Comments | 2,141 views]

Having attended most years of the first decade of the Coachella festival, I now feel like I can skip a year every now and again.  2013 was maybe going to be one of those years, as I had seen most of the bands that I cared to see already.
The exception was Lou Reed, who I had never seen before, and his presence alone was …

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RIP Lou Reed: Anne Litt Pays Tribute

Posted October 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,311 views]
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I’m listening to Chris Douridas as he fills in for me on KCRW while I am back east.
Lou Reed has just died, Chris is playing a thoughtful and moving tribute to Lou, and the day is a little greyer.  What a strange day to not be with you on the air, but I can’t think of a better host to pay tribute to Lou …

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RIP George Duke

Posted August 7, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 1,298 views]
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Jazz keyboardist George Duke, who collaborated with Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, passed away in LA at age 67.
KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad proclaimed him “one of the greatest to ever do it” on Twitter when he heard the news and opened his show with four of his tracks – “Feel”, “Reach For It”, “The Dream that Ended”, as well as fellow DJ Jeremy …

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Tribute to Music Mogul Gil Friesen From Liza Richardson

Posted December 17, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 2,291 views]
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(DJ Liza Richardson dedicated her Saturday show to music mogul Gil Friesen. You can hear it here and read more below.)
Gil Friesen is a great man I feel lucky to have known. Aged 75, he passed away on Thursday after heroically fighting a battle with leukemia. As president and partner of the legendary independent record label A&M, he was considered the ampersand in A&M …

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