John DeLore

Born and raised in the well-mannered dairyland of Wisconsin, John moved to Brooklyn in 2003 to face his fear of large crowds and to pursue a career in music and audio engineering. After two years working a major recording studio, the now defunct Right Track Recording, John began his freelance career at WNYC. He contributed sound design to American Icons: The Great Gatsby. (He also found himself unwittingly tasked with preventing a tempestuous Courtney Love from smoking in the studio.) After a stint as the Technical Director for PRI’s Fair Game with Faith Salie, John worked with On The Media, Soundcheck, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Spinning on Air, Radio Rookies, and WNYC’s newsroom, before joining the staff of Studio 360 in 2012. John writes and performs literary folk rock as The Reverend John DeLore. He enjoys reading Dostoevsky by moonlight, and still dislikes large crowds.

John DeLore appears in the following:

McConaughey vs. McConaughey: True Detective Meets Dazed and Confused

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

We’ll see your Oscars speech and raise you one, Matthew. Your Rustin Cohle says “time is a flat circle,” so we put Dave Wooderson behind the wheel of his 1970 Chevy and had him pick up our favorite Nietzschean True Detective. Let’s listen to how the conversation unfolds.

Listen: McConaughey vs. McConaughey

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Scary Shorts: Terror in 30 Seconds or Less

Friday, February 14, 2014

A couple weeks ago, we announced Studio 360's Scary Short Film Festival and gave you a challenge: create a scary movie on the theme of “young genius,” no longer than 30 seconds. Tim Thomas of Lynchburg, Virginia sent us Grey Matter, in which a Harvard graduate awakes to find ...

Watch the submissions and enter the contest

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Mike Doughty’s Biblical New Year’s Resolution

Friday, January 10, 2014

What is the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? Last year, we followed four listeners who, with our periodic encouragement/nagging, all reached their goals. When we put out the call for 2014, we heard from hundreds of people eager to throw their hat in the ring ...

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Mario Buatta: Prince of Chintz

Friday, November 08, 2013

In the 1970s and 80s, Mario Buatta made a name for himself creating opulent, English country style interiors for the rich and famous. He’s designed for Jackie Onassis, Barbara Walters, and Henry Kissinger — he also created rooms in Blair House, the White House’s guest residence. ...

Slideshow: Mario Buatta’s Interiors

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Live in-Studio: Bill Callahan

Friday, October 11, 2013

As a young man in 1990, Bill Callahan started making music under the post-industrial moniker Smog. Smog’s music was experimental and spartan: just Callahan’s baritone singing over minimalist guitar riffs. At the center of it was his poetic and spare lyrics, which always took priority for Callahan ...

Video: Bill Callahan, "Spring" live in Studio 360

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American Icons: Native Son

Friday, September 06, 2013

The story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. But some think Native Son exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. We trace the line from Bigger Thomas to Notorious B.I.G., and visit a high school drama class acting out Native Son, and struggling to grasp the racism their grandparents experienced.

Video: Author Richard Wright's screen test for the film adaptation of Native Son

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The Stench of Honolulu, by Jack Handey: Part 4

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Stench of Honolulu is the first novel by Jack Handey, the creator of Saturday Night Live’s “Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey.” In this final excerpt from the book, our narrator is attacked by natives shooting blowdarts. “I don’t know if you’ve ever had a blowdart hangover ...

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The Stench of Honolulu, By Jack Handey: Part 2

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Stench of Honolulu is the first novel by Jack Handey, the creator of Saturday Night Live’s “Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey.” In this second excerpt from the book, our narrator and his friend Don embark for “the vast, untamed vastness” of Hawaii. But what is a swarm of vicious bats ...

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Live in-Studio: Hem

Friday, June 28, 2013

When Dan Messé was forming a band in Brooklyn, in 1999, the New York City borough had yet to become an epicenter of hipster rock. Their origins are quaintly analog; Messé placed an ad in the newspaper seeking a lead singer, and Sally Ellyson gave him a cassette tape on which she ...

Video: Hem, "Walking Past the Graveyard, Not Breathing"

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Unplugs

Friday, June 21, 2013

Al Yankovic grew up in the ‘60s wanting to play in rock and roll cover bands. To his surprise, the other kids just didn’t take the accordion-playing teenager seriously. So Yankovic ditched the serious and carved out a career writing pop parodies, a field in which he’s Bob Dylan ...

Bonus Track: "Buy Me a Condo"

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The Stench of Honolulu, By Jack Handey: Part 1

Friday, June 21, 2013

“When my friend Don suggested we go on a trip to the South Seas together, and offered to pay for the whole thing, I thought, Fine, but what’s in it for me?” From a simple male-bonding vacation, two feckless friends hatch a plan to steal a precious piece of cultural patrimony ...


Jack Handey's Ideas for Paintings

Friday, June 14, 2013

Many a painter has stared at a blank canvas and pondered what to paint. Not any more! Jack Handey, whom you might remember as the author of Saturday Night Live's "Deep Thoughts," offers his best suggestions.


Weird Al Yankovic's High School Band

Friday, June 14, 2013

Alfred Yankovic had dreams of joining a rock band with the cool kids. Unsurprisingly, he was rebuffed: the cool kids didn’t need an accordion player. There were no hipsters to reclaim the instrument in those dark ages, he claims; “I was the original hipster.” ...

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Exclusive: Foxygen, "Cosmic Vibrations" (live video)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

A couple hours before their recent show at New York's Mercury Lounge, we caught up with Foxygen's Sam France and Jonathan Rado on a playground across the street from the venue. They played an acoustic version of their new song “Cosmic Vibrations.” And they told the story of how they gave ...

Video: "Cosmic Vibrations"

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Foxygen: Ambassadors of Peace, Magic, & Really Good Music

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

“On Blue Mountain, God will save us. Put the pieces back together." So sings Sam France, frontman of the young, psychedelic rock band Foxygen. ”Blue Mountain” is a track on their killer album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. Maybe "Blue Mountain" is based on some real ...

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Aha Moment: Maurice

Friday, May 24, 2013

Growing up in the 1970s and '80s, Brian Sloan remembers two types of gay characters in TV and movies: flamboyant decorators, and victims of AIDS. “There was no in-between. And there was no romance involved for gay characters either.” Sloan was in college when he saw Maurice ...

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Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Friday, March 22, 2013

While classical institutions usually bemoan the aging audience, Eric Whitacre’s fanbase is squarely in a prize demographic of 18-to-30 year olds. Whitacre is the most popular choral composer working today, his music performed by school choirs, university groups, and professional ...

Bonus Track: “Oculi Omnium,” performed by the Eric Whitacre Singers

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Live in-Studio: Richard Thompson

Friday, March 01, 2013

Guitarist Richard Thompson keeps good company. His name is regularly found alongside those of Hendrix, Clapton, and Jimmy Page on various "Best Guitarists of All Time" lists. But while they all riffed off the American blues, Thompson has always done his own thing. “It’s not really bluesy ...

Video: "Stuck On The Treadmill"


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Live in-Studio: Dwight Yoakam

Friday, February 15, 2013

Among country superstars, Dwight Yoakam has always been a guy who didn’t fit in. A cool, mysterious dude in a crowd of boys next door. An Appalachian-turned-Angeleno who spurned Nashville. An actor with a penchant for playing creeps, psychos, and other unsavories. And recently ...

Video: “Heart Like Mine”

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Hey! Ho! Let's Poe! Remixing NFL Names

Monday, January 28, 2013

I am an English major and a fan of professional football. So for this year’s Super Bowl, it will come as no surprise that I'm rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, the only team in the NFL named for a poem. In the spirit of literature and gridiron, I want to re-name all the NFL franchises. ...

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