Is a 15-year-old girl L.A.'s best DJ?

A kick-ass podcaster proves that teenage girls can rock too.

Published January 11, 2006 9:26PM (EST)

Today Boing Boing sings the praises of Zoe, a 15-year-old music impresario from Santa Monica, Calif. Every week, from her Web site, the precocious DJ puts together diverse playlists featuring everyone from Aretha Franklin and Dinosaur Jr to Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Eat World.

Zoe has been making waves in the music scene for over a year now and has been featured in the pages of Spin and the New York Times. According to the Times, Zoe's big break came when her father, a former webmaster for the Beastie Boys, posted one of her mix tapes on his personal Web site. Soon after, one of his music biz buddies suggested she start her own show, and an indie legend was born. Asked why she decided to go public, Zoe told the Times: "I got to talk about whatever the hell I wanted to talk about and nobody got to say anything. And I got to play my favorite music and I could be a goofball.''

So listen up, people. She's this good already, and she's not even a sophomore.

By Sarah Karnasiewicz

Sarah Karnasiewicz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Until recently, she was senior editor at Saveur magazine; prior to that she was deputy Life editor at Salon. She has contributed to the New York Times, the New York Observer and Rolling Stone, among other publications. For more of her work, visit and Signs and Wonders.

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