Sparkles United

Theresa Andersson
January 21, 2010, 9:38 pm
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This is my most favorite artist at this very moment. The other day I was browsing through old Morning Becomes Eclectic Show on KCRW, and found Theresa’s live performance back in June or May 2009. WOW. The voice, the joy, the groove. She is quite something.

Watch it on Theresa Andersson – Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW.  I first listened to it on Podcast, but video is perhaps better.  It blows you away!  And I luv luv loove Jason Bentley’s voice, too.  I can listen to him all day long.

You can also watch her on Youtube below.  She is really playing in her kitchen. Ha.

今この瞬間(ここ2週間くらい)一番気に入っているアーティストです。スウェーデンの田舎?出身らしいテレサ・アンダーソン。とにかくスゴい。通勤途中に本を読みながら聴こうと思ったら、なんと歌から耳が放せなくなってしまって気がついたら会社でした。是非Morning Becomes Eclecticのライブを聴く、または観てみてください。今CDを取り寄せ中なので、届くのが楽しみ。ちなみに、聞こえてくる音は全部その場で彼女が鳴らしている&歌っているもので、それを複雑にサンプリングして重ねて、さらにボーカルを重ねています。

曲では、私のお気に入りはYouTubeの映像をリンクしたBirds Fly Awayです。

KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic のDJ、Jason Bentleyの声もスウィートでステキ。一日中聴いていたい。


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.