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Lost Notes


KCRW’s acclaimed music documentary podcast, Lost Notes, is back for its fourth season! Co-hosts Novena Carmel (KCRW) and Michael Barnes (KCRW / KPFK / Artform Radio) guide you through eight wildly different and deeply human stories, each set against the kaleidoscopic backdrop of LA’s soul and R&B scene of the 1950s-1970s.

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Lost Notes presents a story about Soul Train, the Slauson Shuffle, and what’s lost – and found – when a regional dance suddenly belongs to the world.

10 days ago

Lost Notes introduces a pair of brothers - one from NASA, the other from Motown - who launched an entire musical universe from their Hollywood Hills hideout.

24 days ago

Lost Notes returns with a brand new episode next Wednesday. To tide you over, we’re featuring a deep dive into Kendrick Lamar’s 2022 album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers from our friends at Switched on Pop.

a month ago

Lost Notes explores how the song “Viva Tirado” exemplifies the inter-generational musical conversation between LA’s Black and Brown communities.

a month ago


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 737 ratings
  • Super Interesting, Accessible and Cool

    Hooked immediately from the first episode I listened to. Excellent hosts and super interesting, educational material. I’ll be binging this ASAP.

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    United Statesa month ago
  • The Chan Marshall “The Greatest” tribute is devastatingly good.

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

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • What a waste of time

    Just slightly more entertaining watching paint dry….

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • I like it a lot, but wishing there were more audio with Deirdre O'donoghue. Yes, there are extended interviews on the archival portion of the podcast site, but it feels like there may be more stories to tell using Deidre's own voice. I didnr have the pleasure of being able to tune in in the 80s as I was growing up in New England, but I can tell you I would have been a huge fan.

    2 years ago
  • Great concepts but not well-researched

    I like all of the concepts for each episode but the stories are so poorly executed that it’s hard to follow. For the Stevie Wonder podcast, how do they end up spending 90% of the episode gassing Stevie up instead of discussing actual facts/ historic influences? Seems the host is obsessed with how others “ripped off” of these artists but gives little to no examples of how this actually occurred.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 years ago

Chart Rankings

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#157 United States/Music
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#158 Canada/Music
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#58 Ireland/Music
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#88 Norway/Music
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#150 Austria/Music
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#222 Singapore/Music


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