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Nicole Atkins, 'Who Killed The Moonlight?'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

How do you animate a dream? The music and dreams of the fabulous singer Nicole Atkins interpreted are here by animator, Ilinca Hopfner in a video for Atkins' song, "Who Killed the Moonlight?"

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Song Premiere: Steve Gunn, 'Milly's Garden'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The guitarist blends the traditional and the avant-garde, fusing the sounds of John Fahey, The Grateful Dead and Will Oldham into back-porch masterpieces. Hear Gunn's earthy, epic new single.

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New Sounds

Drummers / Bandleaders

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear all sorts of drummer-led bands and ensembles, including music from composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra, alternative/avant-jazzer Jim Black, Afrobeat progenitor/drummer Tony Allen who played with Fela Kuti, and many others. There’s music from the brand-new record, “Drum Codes” by Electric Kulintang, which features co-leader Susie Ibarra on those traditional metallic gong-like percussion instruments of the Philippines and her percussionist/programmer husband, Cuban-American Roberto Rodriguez.

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Soundcheck

Summer '94 Listener Calls; The Rarest 78 RPM Records; Lead Belly's WNYC Show

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck hears from listeners about what they were doing and listening to 20 years ago, in the summer of 1994.

Then: Music writer Amanda Petrusich and record collector Chris King discuss her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records.

And: Back in 1940, folk and blues musician Lead Belly hosted his very own show on WNYC Radio, Folk Songs of America – produced by a young woman named Henrietta Yurchenko. Yurchenko would go on to become a famous ethnomusicologist -- and, at age 89, the co-founder of the Down Home Radio podcast. Soundcheck talks with her podcast co-host, Eli Smith, about Henrietta’s life – and about the time they both listened back to an episode of Folk Songs of America in which Lead Belly was joined by folk singer Woody Guthrie.

The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, legendary soprano Martina Arroyo returns to the Young Artists Showcase with a handful of talented young singers in this special 1,900th episode.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Nightmares On Wax

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Trip-hop pioneer spins along with a full band at Santos Party House tonight.

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Joe Henry On World Cafe

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Henry has worked with some of music's finest, and now he's back with another new album of his own. Hear him perform three songs live and discuss the themes of Invisible Hour.

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New Mix: Cat Power With Coldplay, Brian Eno, Broncho, The Wytches, More

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

On this week's All Songs Considered: fuzzy guitar rock from Broncho, a howling punk number from Brighton's The Wytches, a collaboration between Cat Power and Coldplay and much more.

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Soundcheck

WNYC At 90: Bob Dylan's First Radio Interview

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Soundcheck listens back to Bob Dylan's first radio interview from 1961, as part of WNYC's 90th anniversary. 

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Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

This summer, Kenya came to Washington, D.C. Artists, runners and Maasai elders were part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They spoke with us about music, goats and fusing tradition and modernity.

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The Jonathan Channel

Staff Picks: The American Songbook Live

Tuesday, July 08, 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 Syracuse to Rotterdam). Here are our picks for July 8 - July 13. 

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Soundcheck

World Cup Lingo, Explained

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

If you’ve been watching the World Cup on ESPN and/or ABC, then you may have noticed that most of the announcers are British. This is quite a comfort to the growing number of American fans of the English Premier League, where we’ve become used to announcers who are knowledgeable but also sound like they've read a book or two in their time. However, in soccer as in so many other things, England and America are two countries separated by a common tongue. The language of soccer uses familiar words that, in this context, have specific and often unfamiliar meanings. So just in time for the semifinals, Soundcheck host John Schaefer presents a little Soccer-English-To-English glossary.

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Ásgeir, 'King And Cross'

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ballerinas and a SWAT team suit up and perform to the music of Icelandic singer Ásgeir in a single-take video for the song "King And Cross."

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Morning Edition

A Reluctant Star, Sia Deals With Fame On Her Own Terms

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Australian singer never intended to be a pop star, but thanks to David Guetta, she was thrust into the spotlight. Now she's accepting her new stature without bending to the whim of others.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Blur

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Stereogum Editor Michael Nelson remembers Blur's defining moments from 1994 and shares some underrated songs from the Blur catalogue. 

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New Sounds

Fingerpicking Guitar and "Dark Was the Night"

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Listen to music that grows out of American blues, folk, and the ragtime tradition, with a whole lot of fingerpicking guitar, on this New Sounds. There’s music from the great blues guitarist, Blind Willie Johnson, and variations on one of his most famous themes, “Dark Was the Night,” with variations from the Kronos Quartet, guitarist Gary Lucas, ETHEL with Lionheart in a mass by Phil Kline, and one by guitarist Ry Cooder as well. Plus, listen to music from John Fahey, and other fingerstyle guitarists like English guitarist Davey Graham, John Renbourn ( one of the founders of Pentangle), and the late American guitarist Jack Rose. And more.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

18-piece group fuses jazz and pop tonight at Jazz Standard. Download "Construction + Destruction."

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: Blur's 'Parklife'; Au Revoir Simone Plays Live; Bob Dylan's 1961 WNYC Interview

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In this episode: Just a few months before Oasis released its debut, Definitely, Maybe in August 1994, the band's Britpop colleagues (sometime-rivals) Blur released Parklife -- an album that included hits like “Girls And Boys” and “End of a Century.” Stereogum's Michael Nelson talks about the album.

Then: Au Revoir Simone are a dreamy synthpop trio -- who also happen to have eaten tuna sandwiches together in David Lynch’s living room. Hear more about that story, plus hear the band perform songs from its superb 2013 album, Move In Spectrums, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Soundcheck joins in WNYC’s 90th anniversary bash by listening back to some of the greatest musical moments to ever happen during the station’s history. Today, hear Bob Dylan’s 1961 WNYC interview with host Oscar Brand -- in which he tells an entirely fabricated backstory about his life. Dylan biographer Dennis McDougal also joins to separate fact from fiction.

World Cafe Next: Kutosis

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Welsh band Kutosis is obsessed with the sights and sounds of surfing. Hear two songs from this trio's new album.

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Q2 Music

Summer 24-Hour Marathon: What's Your Roadtrip Playlist?

Monday, July 07, 2014

The windows are down, the cruise control is on, and the back seat is packed with snacks. Join us all day Friday and Sunday for 24 hours of your new-music roadtrippin' favorites, hosted by Suzanne Farrin.

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