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DJ Sessions: Best Songs Of 2014

December 17, 2014
Pictured are artists featured in this week's DJ Sessions. Clockwise from top left: Cherub (cherubmusica.com), Shamir (Facebook), Ty Segall (alan/Flickr) and Courtney Barnett (Facebook).

Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe of KCRW listen back to some of the best songs of 2014, including sounds from Ty Segall and Caribou.

‘A Goyishe Christmas To You!’

December 15, 2014
Steven Blier is the creator of "A Goyishe Christmas to You!," a cabaret-style play filled with classic Christmas tunes penned by Jews, as well as a number of parodies and original songs. (PR)

Despite not celebrating Christmas, Jews have been historically influential on holiday music.

For Some Alzheimer’s Patients Musical Memories Still Stir While Others Fade

December 15, 2014
Margaret Simon, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, plays songs she learned as a child, in her apartment in Cherry Creek, Colo. (John Daley/CPR)

Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley tells us how elder care providers are using music to help those who suffer memory loss.

Ziggy Marley’s ‘Fly Rasta’ Up For Grammy

December 12, 2014
Ziggy Marley (ziggymarley.com)

Marley’s album has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, an award he won last year with “Ziggy Marley in Concert.”

Soprano Renee Fleming Releases A Christmas Album

December 11, 2014
Renee Fleming's new album is "Christmas in New York." (© Timothy White/Decca)

Her album “Christmas in New York” includes collaborations with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti and Rufus Wainwright.

DJ Sessions: The SoundCloud Generation

December 10, 2014
Singer/songwriters Tom Misch and Carmody collaborated on the track "So Close," which is featured in this week's DJ Session. (Facebook)

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez shares a playlist including Tom Misch & Carmody, Theophilus London, Antonio Sanchez and Ibeyi.

2015 Grammy Nominations Announced

December 5, 2014
Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/AFP/Getty Images)

Not surprisingly, Taylor Swift is among those nominated for “Album of the Year.”

Sharon Isbin, Guitarist Extraordinaire

December 4, 2014
Sharon Isbin has been called "the preeminent guitarist of our time." (J. Henry Fair/Shore Fire Media)

She has been called “the preeminent guitarist of our time” and was one of the first woman musicians in a field where there are few.

DJ Sessions: A Soundtrack From The Great Depression

December 3, 2014
Paul Whiteman is pictured with his orchestra in 1921. (Wikimedia Commons)

Dewey Gill, who hosts “The Sunday Big Band Show” on WMSE in Milwaukee shares music that was popular during the 1930s.

Idina Menzel Of ‘Frozen’ Has New Holiday Album

December 2, 2014
Idina Menzel performs during the CMA 2014 Country Christmas on November 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The Tony award-winning singer and actress who is the voice of Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen” is out with an album called “Holiday Wishes.”

St. Paul And The Broken Bones: A Soul Band With Church Roots

December 1, 2014
Paul Janeway (center), once groomed to be a preacher, is now the lead singer of St. Paul & the Broken Bones. (Dave McClister)

The first full album from this Birmingham, Alabama, soul band has been getting a lot of attention.

Can A Computer Compose The Music Of The Future?

November 21, 2014
Photograph of Greg Wilder (Sean Hurley/NHPR)

What will the music of the future sound like? New Hampshire composer Greg Wilder is hoping to build the machine that writes it.

Are We Making Pop Music More Bland?

November 20, 2014
Derek Thompson of The Atlantic argues that today's data-driven record industry is making pop music more repetitive. (Image via The Atlantic)

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic argues that today’s data-driven record industry is making pop music more repetitive.

DJ Sessions: Bands And Songs In Rebirth

November 19, 2014
Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio performs for fans on day 1 of the 2013 Splendour In The Grass Festival on July 26, 2013 in Byron Bay, Australia. . (Mark Metcalfe/AFP/Getty Images)

KCRW’s Anne Litt shares a playlist with new music from TV on the Radio, which is out with its first album since the death of a band member.

John Lloyd Young Takes ‘Jersey Boys’ From Theater To Screen

November 17, 2014
John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli in the new movie "Jersey Boys." (Warner Bros.)

When Clint Eastwood walked into the theater to scout him for the film, Young had already performed as Valli more than 1,300 times.

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