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John Peel's Record Collection

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

For almost 40 years, the late BBC radio host John Peel spun cutting-edge tracks and launched entire careers with his legendary “Peel Sessions.” Along the way, he amassed an enormous, meticulously organized record collection. Today, we look into John Peel’s archives - and the online museum that has become its home. Plus: Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo has a new solo record. He joins us with his band to play live.

John Peel’s Vault

For almost 40 years, the late BBC radio host John Peel spun cutting-edge tracks and launched entire careers with his legendary “Peel Sessions.” Along the way, he amassed an enormous, meticulously organized music collection. Now, artifacts from that collection are finding a home online. Joining us to tell us more about the project are Tom Barker of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, and Peel’s widow, Sheila Ravenscroft.

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Lee Ranaldo: In Studio

Lee Ranaldo has written songs and played guitar in the veteran alternative rock group Sonic Youth for three decades. With the group facing an uncertain future after the breakup of members Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Ranaldo has released a solo record titled "Between the Times and the Tides." Ranaldo and his band join us in studio to play some songs off the new album.

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Gig Alert: Medeski Martin & Wood

Jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood plays the Brooklyn Masonic Temple as part of the Undead Festival on Thursday night. Download the group's song "Amber Gris."

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