As a DJ and host for the tastemaking public radio station KCRW since 1991, Liza Richardson has more street cred than she knows what to do with. Regarded as the hipster music supervisor since she received a 2003 Grammy nomination for the “Y tu mama tambien” soundtrack , Richardson cemented that perception this year with her work on Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right.” Working closely with the director, she mixed indie bands like Deerhoof and Fever Ray with a rare jazz cut by Gabor Szabo, classic Bowie tracks and Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want” — 20 songs in all, which she secured for an unheard-of $215,000.
But she’s setting her sights on even more challenging terrain these days: the mainstream. “I always wanted to get to this place where I wasn’t just hired to do things that are left of center,” she says. “I wanted to prove that I could do mainstream music, too.”
With six primetime TV shows on her plate this season, Richardson is getting her wish — and then some, whether she’s creating the “warm, adult-but-cool” landscape of “Parenthood”; the moody feel of “Lie to Me”; “No Ordinary Family’s” diverse, upbeat sound; the fun, young vibe of “Friends With Benefits”; or the hip-hop and rock of “Hawaii Five-0.” “Friday Night Lights,” which she’s been on for five seasons, remains the most edgy of the lot, showcasing anything from TV on the Radio to traditional Texas blues.