In this episode: Research has found that generally the more that people hear a song, the more they like it -- unless, of course, they listen so much that they end up liking it even less than when they started. This topic is just one that's covered by Elizabeth Margulis, Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, in her book On Repeat: How Music Plays The Mind. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Margulis explains why repetition and music are so closely intertwined.
Plus: For a time -- long before Hobbits, before Flight of the Conchords, and before Lorde -- New Zealand's biggest pop culture export was Neil Finn, the singer-songwriter and frontman of Split Enz and Crowded House. Finn's third solo record, Dizzy Heights, released in February, is both a collaboration (Dave Fridmann produced) and a family affair: his wife Sharon plays bass, and his sons Liam and Elroy play guitar and drums. And the result is a collection of dreamy psychedelic pop and soulful, R&B-inflected jams.
This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.