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Gig Alert: John Nemeth

Monday, June 16, 2014

Soul singer and harmonica player performs with his 8-piece band at Hill Country Brooklyn. Download "Sooner Or Later."

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Turmoil in Iraq, a World Cup Rivalry Rematch, and an Unsettling Discovery

Monday, June 16, 2014

1. Christiane Amanpour: This May Be 'The End of Iraq' | 2. World Cup Rivalry Rematch: NYC Immigrant Weighs in As His Countries Compete | 3. Grammy Winner Loudon Wainwright on His New Album | 4. Iraq: A Nightmare Coming True?

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The Takeaway

Loudon Wainwright III on His New Album

Monday, June 16, 2014

Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and actor Loudon Wainwright III discusses his forthcoming album—what he's been calling a “posthumous” collaboration with this father.

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Chamber Music Society

Delightful Winds

Monday, June 16, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features woodwind works by Mozart, Milhaud and Ligeti.

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Soundcheck

Ministry Frontman Al Jourgensen; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live; Mexico's 'Narco Cultura'

Monday, June 16, 2014

In this episode: Ministry might have started off playing new wave and synth pop in the 1980s, but it evolved into one of the most important industrial rock bands of all time. Ministry's frontman Al Jourgensen has been there through it all, and tells it all in his memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen. Jourgensen discusses his insane life and talks about what the future holds for the band.

And: There’s plenty to unpack in the wry, confessional lyrics of Speedy Ortiz -- the solo-moniker-turned rock band of singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis. With lines like "Spent the summer on crutches and everybody teased / except for this one friend I almost forgot" (“No Below”), Dupuis lets us in, revealing her distinctively sharp point of view -- equal parts hilariously self-deprecating and brutally honest.

And: A narcocorrido is a popular type of Mexican song that glamorizes and celebrates outlaw drug traffickers. Those songs -- and the culture they celebrate -- are at the heart of Shaul Schwarz's recent film, Narco CulturaIn an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Schwarz talks about the burgeoning genre, its history, and the ongoing Mexican drug war. 

 

This is an encore edition of Soundcheck.

Exploring Music

Artists in Exile, Part I

Monday, June 16, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music the theme is Artists in Exile, a nod to Joseph Horowit's book of the same name, which refers to "how refugees from 20th century war and revolution transformed the American arts." On this and the next program, you will hear stories of the appreciation of new places but also the terrible loneliness that comes from being in exile, forced from one's home by internal strife and placed thousands of miles away in a new world.

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First Listen: Circulatory System, 'Mosaics Within Mosaics'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Elephant 6 veteran Will Cullen Hart returns again as Circulatory System with a masterfully orchestrated, 31-song cycle that touches upon dreamlife and waking fears.

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First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The ten songs that comprise Heal had their genesis in personal crisis, with frontman Timothy Showalter's marriage crumbling apart while he was thousands of miles from home on an endless tour.

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First Listen: Brownout, 'Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Latin funk, Black Sabbath tribute reminds listeners of the timeless sound the iconic heavy metal band made, with horns, congas and attitude.

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First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Twelve albums and more than 1,500 shows into its career, Phish has never seemed more at ease embracing what it does best, while still trying to refine and reinvent its own formulas.

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Soundcheck

Check Ahead: Phish, 'Fuego'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Twelve albums and more than 1,500 shows into its career, Phish has never seemed more at ease embracing what it does best, while still trying to refine and reinvent its own formulas.

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All Things Considered

Willie Nelson Dusts Off His Songwriting Chops

Sunday, June 15, 2014

NPR's Arun Rath reached the country icon on his tour bus to talk about the new album Band of Brothers, the first Willie Nelson album in nearly 20 years to come packed with originals.

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Who Can I Be Now? How David Bowie Spent 1974

Sunday, June 15, 2014

To say that '74 was a year of change and challenge for David Bowie and his fans is an understatement as extreme as the lurid outfits he'd worn as his just-abandoned alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.

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Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice Of American Radio

Sunday, June 15, 2014

There was a time when you didn't know what the No. 1 song in America was until Casey Kasem said so. The listener had an emotional relationship with the American Top 40 host for four decades.

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Transcending Music In A Special High School Band

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Music's power to transform lives has been noted by ancient poets and modern-day neuroscientists. Our correspondent saw this in action at a New York school for students with disabilities.

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SNL Music Director Writes A Finnish 'Prescription'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Longtime Saturday Night Live music director and sax player Lenny Pickett has a new album. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about The Prescription, recorded with Finland's UMO Jazz Orchestra.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live from Ecstatic Music 2012

Sunday, June 15, 2014

From the New Sounds Live concert series recorded in 2012, the extremely talented genre-blind sextet yMusic performs new works by Richard Reed Parry & Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott.)  Hear some new works by Richard Reed Parry, including a piece for stethoscopes & yMusic.  Parry is a multi-instrumentalist with the Grammy-winning rock band, Arcade Fire, and the co-founder of the post-rock outfit Bell Orchestre.

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Pipedreams

The American Influence

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The traditions of organ music may be international, yet American composers have found their own unique voices.

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Spinning on Air

Father & Son: Tim & Jeff Buckley

Sunday, June 15, 2014

For Father's Day, David Garland presents music recorded by a father and son who both wrote beautiful, adventurous songs before meeting tragic early endings.

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Orbison's Lost Tracks Included In 'Mystery Girl' Re-Issue

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl turns 25 this year. NPR's Scott Simon talks with two of Orbison's sons about the re-issued album and the songs no one has heard before.

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