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Paolo Nutini Live at KCRW on Chris Douridas 09.05.09
December 12, 2009, 10:17 pm
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Paolo Nutini Live at KCRW on Chris Douridas 09.05.09.

The other day I blogged about this guy, Paolo Nutini. I had one of his song called “Million Faces” as part of the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack, and it is really great. So I bought his last album, These Streets
The album is great, and I was going to write about it on this blog again. It’s kind of like Jamie Callum’s mature voice singing Jason Muraz songs.

Then, the other day I was browsing through Chris Douridas Shows on KCRW, and found an episode with Paolo Nutini and his new album. You know what? I was stunned. What happened to him? He is like 23, from Scotland, and now singing like Southern blues or something. It’s kind of like one day he was wearing a T-shirts and jeans, then the next day he showed up wearing a pink jacket. He’s a got great voice, though.

Anyway, These Streets was great.


Chris Douridas
December 8, 2009, 3:03 pm
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Oh, how I love his voice!  (English text below)

ネットラジオを聴き始めたのも、KCRW(サンタモニカのインディペンデントラジオ局)に辿り着いたのも、今聞いている色々なアーティストに出会ったのもChris Douridasからです。

Chrisはダラス出身、DJや音楽番組ホストをやりながら音楽にまつわるプロデュースを様々手がけ、「Taste Maker」と紹介されている人物。映画のサントラの監修、ラジオ局の音楽プロデューサー、AOLがネットラジオ事業を立ち上げたときの立役者(そして看板番組のDJ)、そして極めつけは、AOLのあとSteve Jobsに雇われてiTunesの立ち上げ時のいわゆるプロデューサー的役割を果たした人らしいです。(Wikipediaによる)

しかしなんといっても、長年看板DJ兼プロデューサーを勤めたKCRW。さっきも久しぶりにTune Inしたらいきなり偶然Chrisの番組をやっていて、その声の良さにしびれてしまったのでした。天職でしょう。しばらくラジオから遠ざかっていたようだったのですが、最近また結構番組を持っているみたいね。何が凄いって、やっぱりその音楽のテイストです。もう時代に揉まれた過去の名曲ではなく、全く無名のアーティストをピックアップしてプッシュするちから。

Sessions@AOLは実にいい番組でした。まだそれほど有名じゃなかったIndia Arie やAlicia Keysなどをスタジオに招いての生演奏、しかも他の人のカバーなどをギター片手に歌ったりして、珠玉の、本当にもう一度聴きたい放送ばかり。うん、もう一度聴きたい。気に入った放送があるとひたすら繰り返し、10回でも15回でも聴いた回もありました。


Photo of Chris Douridas, from Dallas Observer



He is the reason I started listening to the Internet Radio, how I found KCRW, and how I discovered many of my favorite musicians.

Chris Douridas is from Dallas, a famous DJ and program host, a music producer behind many award-winning soundtracks, and helped setting up AOL’s web radio project and had run a popular program called Sessions@AOL.  Later on, Steve Jobs hired him to set up the iTunes business, and he acted as a music producer there, too. (From Wikipedia)

But above all, I love his shows at KCRW.  Today for the first time in several months, I tuned in on KCRW and the first thing I heard was his voice.  Some people can find their “profession” and Chris is one of them.  He not only has the voice, but the divine taste of recognizing the up-and-coming talents.

Sessions@AOL was such a wonderful program.  I remember India.Arie or Alicia Keys appeared on the show soon after they had first released their albums, and played live at the studio, with just a guitar or a piano and a vocal.  Those were so powerful.  I really want to listen to those shows again.  Very much.

These days we can see “top 10″s of everything, top 10 articles, top 10 movies, top 10 albums.  But I am more interested in the eclectic selection by someone with a taste and excellent producership.  Directionally, I think that’s the way to go.  Are those rankings really the result of the “wisdom of crowds”?  I think not.