46 episodes

The award-winning anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. Top journalists present stand-alone audio documentaries that highlight music’s head, heart and beat. Prior seasons were hosted and curated by Hanif Abdurraqib, Jessica Hopper, and Solomon Georgio. The show returns in February 2024 with new co-hosts and curators Novena Carmel and Michael Barnes.

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    • 4.7 • 597 Ratings

The award-winning anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. Top journalists present stand-alone audio documentaries that highlight music’s head, heart and beat. Prior seasons were hosted and curated by Hanif Abdurraqib, Jessica Hopper, and Solomon Georgio. The show returns in February 2024 with new co-hosts and curators Novena Carmel and Michael Barnes.

    Lost Notes Returns with the True Story of ‘Tainted Love’

    Lost Notes Returns with the True Story of ‘Tainted Love’

    ‘Lost Notes’ returns for Season 4 with a special preview episode about the song “Tainted Love,” and its lesser-known origins as a forgotten ‘60s soul gem from LA.

    • 28 min
    Jonathan Demme: 'Stop Making Sense' interview and guest DJ set (1984)

    Jonathan Demme: 'Stop Making Sense' interview and guest DJ set (1984)

    Talking Heads’ 1984 film, Stop Making Sense, has long been regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest concert films ever made. A new A24 restoration of the film is out in theaters now.
    Director Jonathan Demme dropped in on Deirdre for a guest DJ set while the film was still in theaters. Demme sat in for SNAP No. 172 on November 8, 1984, spinning a wild selection of his favorite music — including the premiere of a then-unheard Talking Heads song — and discussing the making of the now-iconic film.
    Read on for their conversation and dive into his song choices with our Jonathan Demme Spotify playlist .

    • 2 hr 5 min
    Bent By Nature - Ep. 10: Rollins

    Bent By Nature - Ep. 10: Rollins

    Throughout “Bent By Nature,” you’ve heard many stories of the lifelong connections set in motion by Deirdre O’Donoghue. But none were quite as surprising as the bond between Deirdre and fellow iconoclast Henry Rollins , the former Black Flag frontman, musician, writer, actor, activist, and longtime KCRW host . After a chance meeting in early 1984, Rollins became a regular voice on “SNAP!” And he quickly became one of her most treasured co-hosts and friends.
    In our final episode of “Bent By Nature,” Rollins shares his remembrances of Deirdre: the DJ, tastemaker, and human being who changed his life irrevocably.

    “You’re impossible to pigeonhole is what you are. You are simply Rollins. That’s all there is to it. And I rather like it.”
    — Deirdre O’Donoghue, “SNAP!,” 3/22/84

    • 11 min
    Bent By Nature - Ep. 9: Promised Land (with Julian Cope)

    Bent By Nature - Ep. 9: Promised Land (with Julian Cope)

    The artist has got to be not like the historian. The historian’s got hindsight. He can go back and go, “That was a great moment.” But the artist’s got to go, “No, I was there.” It’s like, history is something that happens. You can’t be there at history. — Julian Cope, May 10, 1991
    It’s May of 1991. Deirdre is in London, chatting backstage with post-punk indie underground legend Julian Cope. Cope has just released “Peggy Suicide,” one of the most ambitious and successful albums of his career. And while Deirdre’s in town, they’re hatching plans for Julian to appear on “SNAP!”
    But just days after that announcement, “SNAP!” was off the air. Deirdre left KCRW for good in June of 1991. Then she left LA, too, for a while. The following year, she showed up in rural England to live with Cope and his family. Cope joins Bent By Nature to recount their unique relationship and roles in each other’s lives.

    • 15 min
    Bent By Nature - Ep. 8: Half A World Away (with Michael Stipe)

    Bent By Nature - Ep. 8: Half A World Away (with Michael Stipe)

    It’s September of 1984. And Deirdre is head over heels for a fast-rising quartet from Athens, Georgia called R.E.M. In just a few years, the band’s music will be inescapable on commercial and college radio alike — and their massive success will mark a turning point for the American musical underground.
    “There were moments when R.E.M., my former band, were hugely popular,” says ex-singer Michael Stipe. “And we were able to really push the boundaries of what's acceptable within mainstream culture. KCRW and Deirdre and ‘SNAP!’ were doing the same thing.” Stipe was a close friend of Deirdre’s, and of the countless bands who passed through their orbit. He gave Concrete Blonde their name; produced Vic Chesnutt’s first two albums; and introduced Deirdre to Hugo Largo, which led to their signing with Brian Eno ’s record label. In this episode, Stipe reflects on his life in LA in the mid-’80s, at a time when he and Deirdre were kindred spirits.

    • 22 min
    Bent By Nature - Ep. 7: Ages of You

    Bent By Nature - Ep. 7: Ages of You

    In the mid-1980s, two young women are coming of age in the San Fernando Valley. In a few years, when they’re teenagers, they’ll both latch onto DJ Deirdre O’Donoghue, for totally different reasons. Felicia Daniel becomes obsessed with the new music Deirdre is playing on “SNAP!” Her best friend, Tanja Laden, gets into Deirdre’s deep-dives into the past on her Sunday morning show, “Breakfast with the Beatles.”
    On this week’s episode of “Bent By Nature,” we pay tribute to the listeners, whom Deirdre called “the heart and soul of ‘SNAP!’” It’s a story about two young women finding their way as outsiders, and the courage that music gives us to imagine our futures.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
597 Ratings

597 Ratings

mindcentric ,

The Chan Marshall “The Greatest” tribute is devastatingly good.

The Chan Marshall “The Greatest” tribute is devastatingly good: Thank you.

Magazinefan ,

A great journalist and musicologist explores this great year

I started listening because of Joy Division. The host has a great voice, is very professional, and has scoured to world of music from this very special time. So many music genres were born in 1980 and he weaves a great story around each of them. Many are not my style, but its all fascinating.

Rdc20009a ,

What a waste of time

Just slightly more entertaining watching paint dry….

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