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Gardens & Villa: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 18, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 4,542 views]

From KCRW DJ Chris Douridas:
As you might guess, I’m always on the hunt for exhilarating new artists and bands. It’s the life blood of my work here at KCRW. Often it happens in the mail, on a stage somewhere, through a trusted friend…I stumble across something that captivates.
It happened again this past Monday. Each week, I host School Night — a club night at …

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Paul Simon – Behind “The Sound of Silence”

Posted April 20, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 3,618 views]

From KCRW DJ Chris Douridas:
Last night, while watching Paul Simon’s spellbinding performance at the Music Box with my son, I was reminded of one of my favorite radio moments in my years at KCRW.
It was in the Summer of 2006, during his tour in support of his Brian Eno-produced album “Surprise”. I spent a couple of days following Paul Simon around at that time, …

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SXSW Preview: Agnes Obel

Posted March 3, 2011 by | 5 Comments | 7,763 views]

From KCRW DJ Chris Douridas –
It’s a rarity: a new album that comes through the door and is great from beginning to end. When it does, I get excited.
This month I got excited about Agnes Obel’s album Philharmonics.
I love simple, beautiful piano lines. I love Chopin. Satie. I also love simple, unadorned female voices with great lyrics, set in a bitterweet musical environment.
Joni Mitchell, …

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The Civil Wars: Artist You Should Know

Posted February 8, 2011 by | 7 Comments | 7,360 views]

From KCRW DJ Chris Douridas:
I must admit, The Civil Wars album Barton Hollow snuck up on me.
I saw it arrive in the mail and, after a quick listen, I set it aside. A few days later, a Nashville friend of mine asked if I’d heard the album. I told her I gave it a casual listen and it didn’t captivate me.
She gave me a …

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Raphael Saadiq Shares His New Album with KCRW!

Posted December 17, 2010 by | 17 Comments | 8,668 views]

On Raphael Saadiq’s last album he channeled the “ghosts of The Temptations,” as he says. On his new one, Stone Rollin’, he keeps that retro style, but takes it MUCH further – as DJ Jeremy Sole says, “it’s his “Electric Ladyland.”

At a listening party at his studio last night, all the DJs gathered there agreed it is an album you will be …

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GROUPLOVE: Local Band We Love

Posted December 13, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 3,046 views]

From KCRW DJ Chris Douridas:
Last August, my friend Heather emailed me to insist i check out this band GROUPLOVE. I immediately reached out to the band and got a copy of their EP, which was released last Spring.
After a quick listen, the first song to jump out at me was “Naked Kids,” a dreamy pop confection detailing a hazy day trip to the beach.
Stream …

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Album Preview: Black Dub

Posted October 26, 2010 by | 5 Comments | 4,629 views]

Black Dub is a new-ish band from uber-producer Daniel Lanois, but KCRW already has a long history with them. DJ Chris Douridas hosted their worldwide radio debut earlier this year and now we have their entire self-titled album streaming as part of our Album Preview series.
From Chris:
“It’s easy to recognize a project by Lanois: Shimmering guitar lines, earthshaking bass thumps and soulful, spirited …

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Fran Healy Live Set on KCRW

Posted October 11, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 1,616 views]

Fran Healy of Travis performed songs from his recent solo release on KCRW with an interview by host Chris Douridas on his show this Saturday. The charismatic singer talks about life in Berlin, the making of his first-ever solo project, and the contributions of special guests Neko Case and Paul McCartney. His solo performance includes songs from the release AND the Travis catalog. Check it …

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On Remixing David Bowie by Chris Douridas

Posted October 5, 2010 by | 2 Comments | 3,556 views]

Just a couple of weeks ago, a few of us from KCRW’s DJ collective were invited to create remixes of David Bowie’s 1975 gem “Golden Years”. Having the opportunity to re-approach such a classic was at once an absolute honor, and a harrowing and humbling task. How do you reconsider such an iconic piece of music?
Here’s my version of the remix of Golden Years …

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Lucy Schwartz w/ Aqualung & A Fine Frenzy at School Night

Posted September 27, 2010 by | 0 Comments | 4,010 views]

KCRW DJ Chris Douridas discovered singer Lucy Schwartz because she happened to live in his neighbourhood and her dad made sure to get a CD in his hands.
Check out “Graveyard”
He was immediately smitten with her talent and before you know it, the high schooler had one of her songs in Shrek Forever After (which Chris was a music consultant for).
She is now celebrating the …

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