Hammer Museum Director Annie Philbin is Our Guest DJ!

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KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole and Annie Philbin
KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole and Annie Philbin (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Saturday night was the opening of the Hammer Museum’s latest exhibit, “All of This and Nothing,” and I got dizzy in “Demon Hill,” a contribution from LA artist Julian Hoeber. It was a reminder of how the museum, on the UCLA campus in Westwood, has thrived under Director Annie Philbin. Contemporary art, ideas and new “voices” are her specialty and that comes through in her Guest DJ Project set as well.

Annie has an appreciation for emerging artists that goes beyond the art world. From the Arcade Fire track that captures her feelings about childhood to the Anthony and the Johnsons song that breaks her heart, she shares her favorites in this week’s edition.

I particularly loved her description of Frazey Ford, a KCRW favorite.

“I wanted to select a young emerging artist because the truth is that over the last 25 years, that’s kind of what I do in the visual art world – I discover emerging artists and that’s a really important part of my practice and what my institution does.

I had the same experience with her that I do when I walk into a studio and I go, ‘Oh my God, I’ve never seen this before.’ Which is always the greatest feeling in the world.”

Check out all her song picks below.


Annie Philbin Guest DJ Project Tracks

1 – Kiss and Say Goodbye – Kate and Anna McGarrigle
2 – O Superman – Laurie Anderson
3 – Cripple and The Starfish – Antony and the Johnsons
4 – Rebellion – Arcade Fire
5 – Firecracker – Frazey Ford