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Guest DJ Project

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KCRW's Guest DJ Project invites an array of cultural luminaries to share and discuss songs that have inspired and moved them with a KCRW DJ.
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0:00 | Apr 16th, 2014

Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton shares her “internal soundtrack” in her Guest DJ set, from her friends Marilyn Manson and David Bowie to Barry White and Bjork.

13:06 | Mar 14th, 2018

WWE Champion and front for the band Fozzy, Chris Jericho, shares the bands that inspired both of his career paths. He also dedicates a song to his mom!
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11:38 | Feb 28th, 2018

Off camera, music serves as an inspiration for living life right, and Brian Tyree Henry's Guest DJ set features everyone from A Tribe Called Quest to Rufus and Chaka Kahn.

10:16 | Feb 14th, 2018

Actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker Greta Gerwig describes herself as a person who “lives with very vivid emotions” and she gravitates towards musicians who are like that as well, from Kate Bush and Judee Sill to Brian Eno.

12:09 | Jan 31st, 2018

His Guest DJ set ranges from Broadway classics to The Boss and The Beatles.

11:04 | Jan 17th, 2018

For his Guest DJ set, we learn about Elon Musk's early beginnings as an inventor, the song he whistles while he works and much more.

13:17 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Acclaimed actor Willem Dafoe has appeared in over 100 films throughout his remarkable career and his latest, The Florida Project, is generating a lot of awards season buzz. He grew up absorbing the musical tastes of his siblings and his tastes...

10:03 | Dec 20th, 2017

For the final installment of the Guest DJ Project for 2017, we share some heartwarming, subversive and reflective stories about Christmas from actor Patrick Stewart, author Sarah Vowell, raconteur John Waters, comedian Jason Sudeikis and Cassandra...

11:22 | Dec 13th, 2017

Joni Mitchell is widely considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time. She's a folk legend who crafts timeless songs that are deeply moving and have made a big impression on many of the creative individuals we've hosted on the Guest....Show More

13:30 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Evan Kleiman is the beloved host of KCRW's award-winning program Good Food. From a cello suite to chaotic classic rock and an Italian classic, she takes us on a musical trip from her childhood to her first time in Europe with lots of eye-opening...

14:18 | Nov 8th, 2017

Warren Olney tells personal stories about growing up in Washington DC, his affinity for jazz and, not surprisingly, picks some artists who make political commentary part of their poetry.

28:44 | Oct 25th, 2017

Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark share their favorite murder-related songs, plus a couple personal favorites. This show includes explicit language

11:10 | Oct 11th, 2017

Radiolab host Jad Abumrad is known for experimenting with sounds on his show and his Guest DJ picks reflect both his musical sophistication as well as some guilty pleasures. Jad will be speaking at the Luckman Fine Arts Center on October 14.

11:59 | Sep 27th, 2017

Wolfgang Puck takes us back to his early years in Austria.

11:13 | Sep 12th, 2017

John Holmstrom shares music by some of the artists who shaped his life and explains what rock music and comic books have in common.

11:14 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Actress and director Regina King made a name for herself early in her career in films like Friday and Boyz n the Hood. She's gone on to win two Emmy Awards for her role on ABC's American Crime and is nominated again this year. For her Guest DJ set,.....Show More

10:52 | Aug 16th, 2017

Motown and soul are the sounds that speak to Jeff Garlin and he shares some of his favorite hits from his childhood.

11:35 | Aug 2nd, 2017

The legendary showman shares his love for a couple fellow scene stealers --Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly -- as well as some Broadway classics.

10:16 | Jul 19th, 2017

From a Miami Sound Machine party starter to a J Dilla masterpiece, Kyle Mooney tells us about the songs that influenced him.

13:00 | Jul 5th, 2017

Mario Batali highlights fellow Seattle native Jimi Hendrix, describes Jack White's music as "tangy", and talks about how music from John McLaughlin and Shakti helps him put life into perspective.

10:32 | Jun 21st, 2017

Rising star Eiza González chooses all 80's songs inspired by her family, epic road trips and her move to Los Angeles for her Guest DJ set.

09:57 | Jun 7th, 2017

From the soundtrack to her teenage rebellion to the music that sets the mood for her to create art, Alexa Meade shares a wide-ranging set of songs.

10:28 | May 24th, 2017

From straight-edge punk to quirky pop and the folk song that defined his childhood, Justin Theroux skips across genres to share the songs that mean the most to him.

10:36 | May 9th, 2017

Actor Tim Roth's Guest DJ set is in large part a love letter to his family, his adopted home of America, and his storied career.

12:45 | Apr 26th, 2017

Deepak Chopra song picks are by artists who were fascinated by his work, including Michael Jackson and George Harrison.

10:16 | Apr 12th, 2017

Actress and singer Megan Mullally's Guest DJ set includes the song she wants played at her funeral, a few favorites from her youth and a band that is responsible for her marriage to fellow actor Nick Offerman.
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0:00 | Mar 29th, 2017

Ludo Lefebvre tells us how music from Black Sabbath to French hip hop purveyors NTM and cooking saved him from himself.
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0:00 | Mar 15th, 2017

Photographer and director Ellen von Unwerth features her favorite German singer, a dancefloor classic and a song she uses to set the mood during photo shoots.
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0:00 | Feb 15th, 2017

Rachel Bloom co-writes songs and reveals her early influences in her Guest DJ set, as well as her favorite love song AND breakup song.
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0:00 | Feb 1st, 2017

Roger "Rog" Bennett co-hosts the wildly popular Men in Blazers podcast and weekly show on the NBC Sports Network. The Liverpool native shares favorites from his youth.
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0:00 | Jan 18th, 2017

YouTube star Hannah Hart's personal Guest DJ set focuses on songs that reflect her life's struggles, including coming to terms with her sexuality.
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0:00 | Jan 4th, 2017

Wagner Maura returns to his roots for his Guest DJ set, playing some Brazilian favorites alongside moody tracks from The Cure and Radiohead.
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0:00 | Dec 14th, 2016

We honor the legacy of Prince by sharing stories from five guests we've hosted on KCRW's Guest DJ Project over the years: Actress Michaela Watkins, actor Jemaine Clement, chef Marcus Samuelsson, choreographer Kyle Abraham and comedian Fred Armisen.
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0:00 | Nov 30th, 2016

John Waters the filmmaker, author, and raconteur explores sexuality, juvenile delinquency and Christmas in his song picks for this week.
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0:00 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Emeril Lagasse is one of the most recognizable chefs in the world. For his Guest DJ set, he highlights the music of New Orleans and some songs that simply make him happy.
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0:00 | Nov 16th, 2016

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna got his start playing in a rock band, so his song picks represent a lifelong love of music.
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0:00 | Nov 9th, 2016

Andy Cohen is the host of Watch What Happens: Live and the brainchild of The Real Housewives franchise on Bravo. He is a self-described hippie excitedly shares his how love for the Grateful Dead, as well as some of the greatest divas of all time, in ...Show More
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0:00 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell is one of the most promising players in the current lineup. We visited the Lakers' practice facility to find out his favorite songs.
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0:00 | Oct 19th, 2016

Actor Bruce Campbell, known for his starring role in the Evil Dead, picks a couple jukebox jams, a Tom Jones song he uses for motivation and a country favorite.
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0:00 | Oct 12th, 2016

Bill Hader was a standout during his eight seasons on Saturday Night Live and starred in Amy Schumer’s breakout comedy Trainwreck. We catch up with him for a live taping of the Guest DJ Project at the LA Podcast Fest.
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0:00 | Oct 5th, 2016

Actress and model Maggie Q talks about growing up in Hawaii and shares some 80's favorites, from hair metal to hip hop.
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0:00 | Sep 21st, 2016

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger hosts the comedy game show Separation Anxiety on TBS and has a new stand up special premiering on Netflix this month.
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0:00 | Sep 7th, 2016

Eric Andre hosts the wildly original late night talk show The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. He is a fearless performer and his favorite musicians also hold nothing back, from experimental hip hop group Death Grips to Canadian electronic musician Ven...Show More
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0:00 | Aug 24th, 2016

Award-winning actor and director John Krasinski is beloved for his role as Jim Halpert on The Office. From the “unbelievable talent” of Nick Drake and The Strokes, to a timeless classic by Bobby Darin, he talks about “musical awakenings” from through...Show More
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0:00 | Aug 10th, 2016

Actor, author, and raconteur Penn Jillette, better known as half of the Emmy award-winning magic duo Penn and Teller, reveals all in his Guest DJ set. He talks about how a Frank Zappa concert inspired his career in entertainment, how "word poems" are...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 27th, 2016

Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as the singer for new wave legends Devo, and has expanded his creative output through film scoring, visual arts and even designing his own line of eyewear. In his Guest DJ set, he talks about discovering The Beatles, h...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 20th, 2016

From his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation to hosting the popular gaming web series Tabletop, it's safe to say that Wil Wheaton is a geek icon.
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0:00 | Jun 29th, 2016

London-based chef Nigella Lawson is often referred to the domestic goddess and her Guest DJ set revolves around the kitchen – and the dancefloor.
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0:00 | Jun 15th, 2016

Off screen, beloved actor Jeff Goldblum is as offbeat, quirky and charming as some of the characters he plays. In his Guest DJ set, he talks about discovering his love for acting, how his dad turned him on to jazz and the Miles Davis song he uses to ...Show More
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0:00 | Jun 1st, 2016

Comedian W. Kamau Bell calls Jimi Hendrix the “patron saint of black weirdos,” talks about how John Coltrane inspired his particular brand of comedy, and credits Rollins Band with pumping him up to do standup. Bell currently hosts the United Shades o...Show More
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0:00 | May 18th, 2016

Paul Scheer relates to Weezer’s lovelorn lyrics, channels his inner pop diva, and shows his softer side with a dedication to his wife.
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0:00 | May 3rd, 2016

Actress Gillian Jacobs starred in the cult favorite comedy Community and recently attracted attention for her role in the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix comedy, Love. She picks a few songs she likes to sing to while driving, talks about her high school...Show More
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0:00 | Apr 20th, 2016

Before Tommy Chong joined up with Cheech Marin to form Cheech and Chong, he found fame as a musician. He tells us how Elvis changed his life, how Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" was an inspiration for the incredibly popular comedy duo, and much more.
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0:00 | Mar 30th, 2016

Actor and director Ethan Hawke plays jazz legend Chet Baker in his latest film, but his personal connection to music goes beyond any single role. In his Guest DJ set, he shares the Wilco song that helped him through hard times, celebrates the neveren...Show More
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0:00 | Mar 16th, 2016

Pee-wee Herman returns to our TV screens with his first movie in 28 years. What songs inspire the iconic character? He gives us the scoop, with a playlist heavy on funk and soul.
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0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Jon Taffer is an entrepreneur and nightlife consultant with a knack for turning around failing businesses. His energetic, inspirational personality is on full display as he talks about how artists like Jimi Hendrix and Traffic changed how he saw the ...Show More
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0:00 | Feb 17th, 2016

Chef and award-winning actress Madhur Jaffrey is known as the godmother of Indian cooking and is credited with bringing Indian cuisine to the Western World.
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0:00 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Rob Corddry is a comedian, writer and actor who stars in the Adult Swim show Children’s Hospital, as well as the HBO series Ballers. Rob’s song picks tackle the topics of love, procreation and real estate –all in a humorous fashion. He also pays trib...Show More
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0:00 | Jan 20th, 2016

Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford is truly one of a kind. Her comedy is imaginative and unconventional, as are some of her favorite artists, including Bjork and Nina Simone.
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0:00 | Jan 6th, 2016

Legendary broadcaster Larry King got his start as a disc jockey in Miami. He has a great affection for music, particularly American classics like Frank Sinatra, and tells us tales about wooing women and launching his career.
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0:00 | Dec 16th, 2015

Comic book artist Alex Ross recently took on the Beatles, transforming some of their famous imagery into his painted, photorealist style. The Fab Four made his Guest DJ set song list, as did David Bowie, Queen and The Monkees. Alex also tells us the ...Show More
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0:00 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins specializes in mixed-media sculpture – transforming household objects into creations that speak to the chaos of domestic life. She strives to transfer the feeling of music she loves into her work. Hear s...Show More
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0:00 | Nov 24th, 2015

Food and music are almost always plated together and, in this special edition of the Guest DJ Project, six all-star chefs share songs that inspire their process. KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman guides the way.
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0:00 | Nov 18th, 2015

Dr. Lucy Jones is among the world's most influential seismologists and works for the U.S. Geological Survey, based at CalTech.  She may be LA’s resident earthquake expert, but she’s also an expert in 15th century classical music. She digs into the co...Show More
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0:00 | Nov 4th, 2015

Professional surfer John John Florence made history as the youngest competitor to surf the Triple Crown of Surfing at age 13. The Hawaii native selects some classics from Neil Young and the Rolling Stones alongside the premiere of a brand new track b...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 21st, 2015

Jillian Michaels is a fitness guru who appeared on the NBC show The Biggest Loser for a decade. Her Guest DJ set includes a track that brings out her inner fighter, a “cheesy pop song” she uses for work out motivation and a dedication to her haters.
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0:00 | Oct 6th, 2015

From her memorable stint on Saturday Night Live, to scene-stealing moments on VEEP, The New Girl and Transparent, actress Michaela Watkins is always one to watch. She narrates her life through music in her Guest DJ set, with many laughs along the way...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 30th, 2015

Sophia Amoruso may be the founder of online fashion retailer Nasty Gal, but music is her true love. She shares her appreciation for loner ballads, finds the joy in “feel bad music” and picks a track from the irreverent – and uber-stylish – funk singe...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Actor Andrew Garfield followed up his stint as the title character in the Amazing Spider-Man movies with critically acclaimed work on Broadway. His thoughtful song selections are deeply connected to his pursuit of acting and show his more playful sid...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 17th, 2015

Photographer Mick Rock is known as “the man who shot the 1970’s,” for his iconic photos of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, Blondie, and many more. He not only captured the era with his photos, but took part in the action as well a...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 9th, 2015

Author Ransom Riggs is best known for the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The evocative imagery and haunting quality that define his writings can also be found in all of his song picks, from an old blues tune to...Show More
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0:00 | Aug 26th, 2015

Lance Robertson is better known as DJ Lance Rock from the hugely popular children's show Yo Gabba Gabba! For his Guest DJ set, he shies away from the hits in favor of deeper album tracks and edgier material from Iggy Pop, the Isley Brothers, Skinny P...Show More
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0:00 | Aug 5th, 2015

Actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker Greta Gerwig describes herself as a person who “lives with very vivid emotions” and she gravitates towards musicians who are like that as well, from Kate Bush and Judee Sill to Brian Eno.
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0:00 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Comedian Jonah Ray co-hosts the popular Nerdist podcast as well as the Comedy Central series The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. In his Guest DJ set, Jonah tells us how punk saved him as an awkward teenager, Mel Brooks proved anything was possible in...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 8th, 2015

In honor of Comic Con, we wanted to revisit our Guest DJ Project set with award-winning comic book writer and graphic novelist Ed Brubaker. He does not shy away from dark themes in his work - or his song picks.
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0:00 | Jun 24th, 2015

From her early attraction to the Grateful Dead to the kinship she feels with The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and a master guitarist from Congo, Susan Orlean's song picks are diverse and deeply personal.
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0:00 | Jun 10th, 2015

Alex Guarnaschelli is a Food Network star and executive chef at Butter in New York City. She represents kitchen camaraderie with a Van Halen track, selects a sexy food song courtesy of Prince and compares her own far reaching career to Dr. Dre.
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0:00 | May 27th, 2015

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of over a dozen books including the award-winning novel Fight Club, which was also made into a feature film. Not surprisingly, he tends toward storytellers like Don McLean and Gordon Lightfoot in his music picks.
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0:00 | May 13th, 2015

Actor Matt Dillon’s deep appreciation for the Beat generation, hot jazz and Latin music is on display in his Guest DJ set. He also praises the Clash’s musical exploration and tells us how Cuban scat singer El Gran Fellove inspires him as an actor.
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0:00 | Apr 29th, 2015

From a Mariachi cover of the Eagles to the political activism of Brother Ali and blatant sexuality of Led Zeppelin, actor Martin Starr takes us on a genre-hopping ride through his musical favorites.
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0:00 | Apr 15th, 2015

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an author, astrophysicist, and Director of The Hayden Planetarium at The American Museum of Natural History. He names blues as his favorite genre, but his song picks are mostly a celebration of life – from a gospel classic ...Show More
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0:00 | Apr 1st, 2015

Aussie hard rockers AC/DC formed in 1973, but 2015 may be one of their best years yet. They are slated to headline Coachella next week and, as a tribute to their greatness, we’ve gathered reflections on their music from four guests we have hosted on ...Show More
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0:00 | Mar 18th, 2015

Comedian Adam Carolla, host of the hugely successful podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, was surprisingly sentimental in his Guest DJ set, sharing the song that prompted him to pursue his comedy dreams as well as his favorite Motown cut and the singer-so...Show More
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0:00 | Mar 4th, 2015

Baratunde Thurston is a comedian and bestselling author of the book How To Be Black. In his Guest DJ set, he tells us how Beethoven opened his ears, the Sarafina! soundtrack opened his mind and how his heart led him to Nirvana.
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0:00 | Feb 25th, 2015

Comedian Hannibal Buress is a cast member on Comedy Central’s Broad City as well as the co-host of The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. In the midst of a nationwide stand up tour, he laid out the similarities between hip hop and comedy, from lyricism a...Show More
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0:00 | Feb 18th, 2015

Jemaine Clement is best known as part of Flight of the Conchords. In his Guest DJ set, he shares some of the artists that inspired the Kiwi comedy duo and delves into a couple tracks that scared him as a kid.
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0:00 | Jan 21st, 2015

Author Anne Rice has written over 30 books throughout her career. She shares a couple songs that helped her through tough times, a sensual track from Tina Turner, a protest song for women, as well as the artist that has inspired her most well-known c...Show More
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0:00 | Jan 14th, 2015

From Shakespeare to Star Trek and the hugely successful X-Men series, Patrick Stewart is a beloved and accomplished actor and he gravitates to music that is emotional yet humorous.
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0:00 | Jan 7th, 2015

Professional snowboarder, skateboarder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White first started playing the guitar after winning one as a trophy. Music has carried him throughout his entire career, including tracks by AC/DC and ELO that get him i...Show More
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0:00 | Dec 31st, 2014

Terry Jones is beloved by comedy fans everywhere as a member of the ground breaking troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He’s also an acclaimed writer, director, poet and historian. He brought in a few of his favorite tunes to share in his Guest DJ s...Show More
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0:00 | Dec 10th, 2014

Bill Nye the Science Guy also happens to be a big fan of music, from Frank Sinatra to Fred Astaire. The TV host and longtime educator tells us how music impacts us – scientifically speaking – and shares his song choices with a great sense of humor. H...Show More
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0:00 | Nov 21st, 2014

Kari Byron was a fan favorite on the long-running Discovery Channel series MythBusters and continues to host programs on the Science Channel. In her Guest DJ set, we learn that she finds strength in Nina Simone, is a French pop aficionado, and turns ...Show More
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0:00 | Nov 12th, 2014

Chef Duff Goldman returns to his roots for songs that forever changed his life, from Minor Threat to Led Zeppelin. Duff is a judge on the Holiday Baking Championship series, which recently premiered on the Food Network.
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0:00 | Oct 15th, 2014

From the hip hop that gets him pumped to the gentle guidance of Curtis Mayfield and the funky affirmation of Sly and the Family Stone, radio host Jesse Thorn takes us through his musical inspirations in his Guest DJ set.
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0:00 | Oct 1st, 2014

For his Guest DJ set, author Jeff VanderMeer shares his writing soundtrack, from the late night vibes of The Black Heart Procession to the mysteriousness of Spoon. Jeff just released Acceptance, the final novel in his 2014 Southern Reach Trilogy.
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0:00 | Sep 17th, 2014

Gregory Arlt is a world famous makeup artist who has worked with everyone from Cher to Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani. Boy George and Nina Hagen shared space on his bedroom wall as a teenager and inspired his move into the world of makeup, while The...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 3rd, 2014

In her Guest DJ set, actress, activist and best-selling author Jamie Lee Curtis makes it clear that she values family above all else.
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0:00 | Aug 20th, 2014

Michael Fassbender is one of the most in-demand actors of the moment. From a new wave staple to soul, he offers a mix of genres, including the revelation that he mimicked Michael Jackson moves before becoming a teenage metalhead.
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0:00 | Aug 13th, 2014

Actor Daniel Radcliffe starred in one of the most successful film franchises of all time but when it comes to music, the Harry Potter star likes a bit of anarchy.
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0:00 | Aug 6th, 2014

Multi-hyphenate Mark Duplass has seen success as both a star/creator of indie cinema and in mainstream TV shows like The Mindy Project and The League. From his youthful adoration of Roberta Flack to the perfect sensitivity of Iron and Wine’s songcraf...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 23rd, 2014

Graphic designer Chip Kidd is best known for his unforgettable book covers, from Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park to David Sedaris’ Naked. He locates the elusive connection between songwriting and graphic design with his Guest DJ Project picks.
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0:00 | Jul 9th, 2014

Astrophysicist Amy Mainzer "lets her nerd flag fly" with a selection from the Star Trek II soundtrack, a roller disco classic and more on this week's Guest DJ Project.
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0:00 | Jun 25th, 2014

Before he left for Brazil to cover the World Cup, former soccer star Alexi Lalas stopped by KCRW to share some songs that have inspired him.
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0:00 | Jun 18th, 2014

Acclaimed actor and director Clark Gregg's tastes vary from funk to ska to the smooth sounds of Frank Ocean in his Guest DJ picks.
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0:00 | Jun 11th, 2014

Two-time Academy Award nominated actor Jonah Hill shared his favorite band, some fellow LA natives and his love of hip hop in his Guest DJ set.
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0:00 | May 28th, 2014

In his Guest DJ set, dancer David Hallberg chooses artists that have helped him bring his own modern energy into works of classic ballet.
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0:00 | May 14th, 2014

Chef Eddie Huang never shies away from the spotlight, and his Guest DJ set is a celebration of the different sides of his dynamic personality.
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0:00 | Apr 30th, 2014

Reddit co-founder and tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian picks songs from Metallica and System of a Down, and looks to Jay Z for motivation to "stay hungry."