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Fresh Air

A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society's Man Dance and its sequel Barbeque Dog are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages.

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Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Mercury Prize-winning band will return in September with a new album, This Is All Yours. The first song from that album, "Hunger of the Pine," is as adventurous as ever.

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Mother Falcon, 'Marigold'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In a new video, children battle purple and green cartoon monsters amid the joyous sounds of brass, strings, voice and more. That's the big, big sound of the 17-piece band Mother Falcon.

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Sturgill Simpson, 'The Promise'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sturgill Simpson's latest video, for his downcast cover of When In Rome's 1988 hit "The Promise," portrays the country singer as a struggling light in a murky void.

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Morning Edition

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Release 'A Long Way To The Beginning'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Seun Kuti, who is the son of Afrobeat star Fela, leads his late father's band. With their 3rd album, A Long Way to the Beginning, Kuti says he and the band have finally perfected their Afrobeat sound.

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Morning Edition

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe. But the quintessential high-society dance has surprisingly indecent roots.

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Soundcheck

John Carter Cash Releases His Father's 'Lost Album'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Johnny Cash recorded Out Among The Stars in the early 1980's, but it's never been heard until now. John Carter Cash talks about unearthing and releasing this "lost album."

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The genre known as "shoegaze" isn't very well understood -- probably because the label itself is awkward and misleading. Given the recent resurgence of the loud and melodic sound, Flavorwire senior editor Tom Hawking presents "The Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze."

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Mixtapes

An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Hurray For The Riff Raff, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Watch the folk pop band Hurray For The Riff Raff perform songs from its forthcoming record, Small Town Heroes, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

John Carter Cash On Johnny's Lost Record; Hurray For The Riff Raff; Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In this episode: John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter, talks about his father's "lost” record, Out Among The Stars. Recorded in the early ‘80s, it was shelved as Johnny Cash was in the process of being dropped from Columbia, but now it's finally seeing the light of day.

Then: Hurray For The Riff Raff is the country-folk project of Alynda Lee Segarra, a former freight train-hopper who left her home in the Bronx at 17 and made her way to New Orleans. She plays a stripped down set of new songs with fiddler Yosi Perlstein.

And: Soundcheck digs into the messy wall of noise and guitar distortion that is shoegaze, with a guide to must-hear bands, deep cuts, and music best left alone.

Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff perform in the Soundcheck Studio below:

 

 

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.

New Sounds

Variations on Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The quiet lyricism of pianist Keith Jarrett's intimate encounter with a Bosendorfer in 1975, all spontaneous improvisations - was the first ever jazz concert given at the Köln Opera House.  It was recorded and released as a double LP.  "The Köln Concert" became an instant classic, and many years later, in 1990, Jarrett finally agreed publish an authorized transcription.  In 2006, a new interpretation by the Polish conductor, composer, arranger, and pianist Tomasz Trzcinsk was published.  For this New Sounds, we'll hear Jarrett's original, Trzcinsk's new interpretation, and other recent works based on the concert.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Ebony Hillbillies

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The only all-black string band in NYC playing on the square outside Brooklyn Public Library tonight.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: Germany Ices Ronaldo, German-Americans Bolster Team USA

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More commentary from host John Schaefer, as he takes the week off to watch the World Cup.

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The Infamous Stringdusters On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Since the band's formation in 2006, The Infamous Stringdusters' perfectly balanced mix of old-time, bluegrass and indie jamgrass has developed a serious cult following. Hear a live performance.

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All Things Considered

Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jose James' music lives at the intersection of jazz harmony, pop songcraft and hip-hop rhythm.

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The Jonathan Channel

A Note of Thanks from Jonathan Schwartz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Recently, The Jonathan Channel sprang to life on the BAM stage with Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz. It was a complete success. The Harvey Theater was packed, the performances were top-notch and there was even a standing ovation. In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz expresses his gratitude for "a remarkable and profoundly moving afternoon".

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Ages And Ages, 'Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ages And Ages' jubilant plea for unity and understanding on the song "Divisionary" was made for a massive group singalong. The band's latest video finally delivers it, complete with a kids choir.

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Fresh Air

Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The quartet has drawn comparisons to the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.

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The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Know your "Marseillaise" from your "God Save the Queen?" If you fancy yourself a World Cup know-it-all, try matching the team to its national anthem in this musical puzzler.

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