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Supercollectors: 50 Boomboxes, 500 White Albums

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mp3 players may be popular – but there’s nothing quite like the blast of a boombox. Today, our Supercollector series continues with a man whose love for portable radios – and their golden era – is massive. Plus, a collector who has more than 500 copies of The White Album. And, a live performance from Grammy nominated sax player Ben Wendel.

Supercollectors: Boomboxes

LL Cool J once proclaimed “I can’t live without my radio.” It was an ode to the massive, but portable, AM/FM/cassette players of the 1970s and ‘80s. Today, photographer Lyle Owerko still can’t live without boomboxes. He owns more than 50 of them, as documented in the book “The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music and the Urban Underground.” He joins us to take your calls, in the latest installment of Supercollectors.

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A Super Collection of White Albums

The New York artist Rutherford Chang tells us about his collection of more than 500 copies of The Beatles' White Album. He joins us for another installment of Supercollectors. And, we speak with Ann Chen, the friend who is very generously storing Rutherford's collection in her New York apartment while he's living abroad.

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Ben Wendel: In Studio

Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bassoonist and composer Ben Wendel is a part of the New York-based jazz-rock-funk band, Kneebody. His latest solo release, “Frame,” comes out at the end of the month – and he joins us with his band to give us a preview.

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Gig Alert: Markéta Irglová

Czech singer instrumentalist Markéta Irglová of The Swell Season brings her graceful, piano-driven ballads to Joe's Pub on Wednesday night. Download the wistful single "Go Back" from her recent solo debut.

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