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Derek John

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Props to Glenn Beck

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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If, as predicted, the Tea Party fuels a Republican surge in today's midterms, you'll likely hear pundits credit the usual suspects: an awful economy, a broken political process, and a President unable to communicate a clear vision of what to do about it.   But special recognition should go to some Tea Partiers who not only got the message out, but encapsulated their anger and frustration in song.

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Tea Party Troubadours

Friday, October 29, 2010

Who says protest songs are just for liberals? Chris Cassone, a right-wing Woody Guthrie, and MC Hi-Caliber, aka Mr. Conservative, have a beef with the government. They're channeling their frustrations into their music and bugging liberals in the process. Produced by Studio 360's

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Jason Moran

Friday, July 02, 2010

Pianist Jason Moran tells Kurt how he's always drawn inspiration from unlikely sources, from avant-garde and hip-hop to modern painting and rural quilts. Moran also performs songs from his new album, Ten, live in the studio.

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Piano Man

Friday, June 04, 2010

Kurt's brother David Andersen went to L.A. to pursue rock n' roll thirty years ago, but today he's one of the top piano technicians in southern California. Now rock stars are his clients, along with film composers and jazz musicians. Produced by Studio 360's Derek ...

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Daedelus Captures Lightning in a Bottle

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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This Memorial Day weekend kicks off the Lightning in A Bottle festival in Irvine, California.   The four-day event bills itself as 'equal parts music, art and green workshops' — and the name isn't a bad description for the music of one of its headliners.

The musician and producer ...

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360 Staff Pick: Bloody Sunday

Monday, May 24, 2010

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Paul Greengrass' recent theatrical release, Green Zone, gets bogged down with heavy-handed story about the search for (nonexistent) WMDs in Iraq. Far more satisfying is his 2002 film, Bloody Sunday. It portrays the Irish civil rights protest and massacre at the hands of British paratroopers in ...

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Daedelus' Victorian Electronica

Friday, May 21, 2010

Musician and producer Daedelus creates music from orchestral samples, funky breakbeats, and anything else that strikes his fancy - including an inkjet printer. It sounds au courant, but his primary inspiration is England's Victorian era. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.

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Mingering Mike Goes Forth

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Mingering Mike lives!  As soon as I saw the homemade cover art gracing the new debut album from Milwaukee-based soul band Kings Go Forth, I knew it could only be the work of one man.

I first stumbled upon the magical realist tale of Mingering Mike ...

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Eavesdrop on Jimmy Cliff’s Existence

Monday, April 05, 2010

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Last month, one of reggae’s founding fathers, Jimmy Cliff, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On this week's show, Kurt talked with Jimmy about his long, illustrious career and whether he had plans to retire soon; to which Jimmy replied, “Oh ...

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The City From Three Stories Up

Friday, March 12, 2010

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger's new book is called Why Architecture Matters. To talk about that idea, Kurt and Paul headed to the High Line, a formerly dilapidated train track thirty feet above the street that was recently transformed into an extraordinary public park.

 

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I'll See Your Lorrain and Raise You a Turner

Friday, February 05, 2010

The directors of the New Orleans and the Indianapolis art museums have a lot more riding on this weekend's Super Bowl than a couple of bucks in the office pool. After an arts blogger posed a challenge, they've each put up a treasured painting from their ...

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About that "Negro dialect"...

Monday, January 11, 2010

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Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in political hot water this week for past remarks he made about President Obama's race. According to the new book Game Change, Reid encouraged Obama's run for the White House, in part, because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, ...

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Encyclopedia Brown

Friday, December 25, 2009

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.

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360 Staff Pick: Brazil via Minnesota

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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The hottest music out of Brazil at the moment might actually be from Minnesota.  On Rádio do Canibal, Twin City beat-makers BK-One and Benzilla have crafted one of the most musical hip-hop records of the year.  As the title indicates, the American DJs cannibalized a slew of records gathered on a recent trip to Brazil.  Dirty salsa beats mix with Tropicália melodies in a seamless 19-track excursion from the City of God to the beaches of Ipanema.  It helps that the roster of guest hip-hop talent includes such stellar wordsmiths as Black Thought, Murs, and Raekwon.

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Aha Moment: Billy Squier

Friday, October 23, 2009

Indie rocker Mitch Davis recently got to collaborate with his childhood idol: 80's guitar hero Billy Squier. Davis performs as Orba Squara -- his new album features Squier and brings everything full circle. Produced by Studio 360's Derek ...

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What Does it Mean to Sound Black?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Black is not just a skin color; it's a quality of voice. Sarah Jones, the Tony Award-winning performer, talks with linguist John McWhorter about what it means to sound black today. They look at how Barack Obama has used his "blaccent" to drive audiences wild. Produced ...

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Homage to "Manhatta" Celebrates Newark

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The movie "Manhatta" was released back in 1920. It was a silent, black and white film, only six minutes long, with ground-breaking photography that captured the rapidly expanding metropolis. Now, almost 90 years later two filmmakers, have created a modern homage to "Manhatta" that showcases ...

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Design for the Real World: Sticky Fingers

Friday, August 07, 2009

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister's favorite album cover of all time is one of Warhol's notorious designs: The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, with the fully operational zipper. Produced by Derek John. And Cale reveals Warhol's inspiration for the Velvet Underground's signature banana cover.

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Desert Hot Rods

Friday, May 15, 2009

Gene Winfield has been creating futuristic cars for nearly 50 years, including the vehicles in "Blade Runner" and the Delorean in "Back to the Future." At 82, he's still working. Studio 360’s Derek John headed into the Mojave Desert to see Winfield's custom hot rod ...

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No Particular Place to Go

Monday, April 27, 2009

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'No Particular Place to Go' as Chuck Berry sang in 1964 is as good a metaphor as any to describe the current plight of the U.S. auto industry. It was just announced that the once mighty Pontiac is no more, and at least two of the Big Three are in serious danger of being relegated to museum status. Ironically, a museum is where I recently saw an exhibit celebrating General Motors' 100th (and perhaps final?) anniversary.

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