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Pick Three: B.J. Novak

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Office screenwriter, actor and producer about his new book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories -- and we hear some of his favorite music. 

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: The Peak Of Modern Rock

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pop chart analyst Chris Molanphy talks about the rise of modern rock and how it became an alternative radio format; how musicians like Trent Reznor and Eddie Vedder were forced into the top 40 spotlight; and about the influence that this "alternative" genre has had on music over the last 20 years.

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New Sounds

New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: The Peak Of Modern Rock; Tiny Victories Plays Live; B.J. Novak Picks Three

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In this episode: As part of Soundcheck's look back 20 years to the summer of 1994, charts guru Chris Molanphy walks us through the genre once labeled as alternative or "modern rock" -- bands like Soundgarden, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam and more.

Then: Two years ago, Tiny Victories wowed fans (and Soundcheck host John Schaefer) with Those Of Us Still Alive, an EP of ecstatic beats, layered electronic production, and ghost story songs built around haunting memories. Now its latest record, Haunts, the Brooklyn duo -- Greg Walters and Cason Kelly -- is back and further exploring that shadowy and complicated emotional territory of that EP live in the Soundcheck studio.

And: B.J. Novak is best known for his role as Ryan, the ne'er-do-well temp on the NBC comedy The Office. But he's also a screenwriter, producer, and author of a new book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Novak shares a decades-spanning playlist of some of his favorite songs and tells us why being a romantic person is delusional (even though he is one).

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Soundcheck

Camera Obscura: Brutal Honesty Through Soothing Love Songs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This Scottish band's most recent album features cutting lyrics paired with soothing melodies. Hear Camera Obscura perform songs from their album, Desire Lines, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Landlady

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If you’ve heard the Vampire Weekend song “Diane Young,” you’ve heard the musician Adam Schatz — he played sax on the tune. Well, Schatz's band Landlady makes its own smart, satisfying pop melodies — like “Girl.” The Brooklyn art-rockers play an album release show at Baby's All Right tonight.

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All Things Considered

In Memory Of Lorin Maazel, The Maestro Behind The Castleton Festival

Monday, July 14, 2014

World-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel died Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84. Robert Siegel spoke with Maazel about his life and career in 2009.

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Óli Palli On World Cafe

Monday, July 14, 2014

The radio personality spreads the word about five of his favorite Icelandic acts.

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Soundcheck

Bebel Gilberto: Warm And Intoxicating Bossa Nova

Monday, July 14, 2014

Part of the first family of Brazilian music, the alluring singer-songwriter performs songs from her latest album, Tudo!, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Metropolis: 7/12/14

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hear Jason Bentley's handpicked playlist of electronic music, featuring Mike Mago, Jungle, Chris Malinchak and more.

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Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 14, 2014

The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: An Evening with Juana Molina and La Mecánica Popular

Monday, July 14, 2014

With the Latin Alternative Music Conference in town, Soundcheck's John Schaefer and Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa teamed up in The Greene Space on July 11, 2014 to present a night of live music and conversation about music, the art of performance and the state of creativity in Latin America today.

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TMM Editor: Esperanza Spalding's 'I Know You Know' Is My Theme Song

Monday, July 14, 2014

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, editor Tanya Ballard Brown shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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Singer Sheryl Crow: Learning To Feel Helped Me Make Better Music

Monday, July 14, 2014

In this encore presentation, Grammy Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow talks about her music, motherhood, love, breast cancer and what she's learned from it all.

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The Jonathan Channel

Staff Picks: The American Songbook Live

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is committed to bringing you great music - it's our job. Each week, we compile a concert calendar that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most selective music fan (from New York to Stuttgart). In case you can't make it out, we've added a playlist to the page! Here are our picks for July 14 - July 20. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Lorin Maazel

Monday, July 14, 2014

During his career, he conducted over 150 orchestras (including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra), and at least 5,000 opera and concert performances.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Charlie Haden

Monday, July 14, 2014

Time magazine described him as "one of the most restless, gifted and intrepid players in all of jazz." 

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The Jonathan Channel

Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Monday, July 14, 2014

Every weekend, Jonathan Schwartz brings you a great mix of timeless music from the WNYC studios, and each week we listen and put together a playlist. Have you been trying to remember the name of that song you heard or maybe you didn't get a chance to tune in? No worries, here are Jonathan's weekend playlists. 

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The Apache Relay, 'Katie Queen Of Tennessee'

Monday, July 14, 2014

In this new video, 40 young dancers in a barn perform to the super-catchy tune "Katie Queen of Tennessee" by The Apache Relay — except there's a surprise in how the song and the routine sync up.

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KEXP Presents: The Antlers

Monday, July 14, 2014

Few artists combine heavy topics with sweeping music quite like The Antlers. Watch the Brooklyn band perform its dreamy, ambient pop song "Doppelganger" live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.

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