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This Week in Jazz: Staff Music Selections

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Jonathan Channel brings you great music - no matter where you are. Here are our staff picks for the week of April 14-20.

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Lost In The Trees On World Cafe

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The North Carolina band's new album is quite different from its previous projects. Past Life is stripped down, relies on more electronic elements and represents a major evolution for the band.

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All Things Considered

Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself — and he joins the program to talk more about it.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: New York City Council Member Stephen Levin

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Pick Three this week comes from Stephen Levin, New York City Council member for the 33rd district – which includes some of the hipsteriest parts of New York: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights and part of Bed-Stuy. We talk with the bass player-turned-politician about some of his favorite new music.

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Sebastien Grainger, 'The Streets Are Still A Mess'

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A dance-off is always fun until someone gets hurt. For Sebastian Grainger's ambitious new video, hardened thugs trade their best moves to make peace until things take a turn for the worse.

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Coachella 2014 In Photos

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We sent photographer Adam Kissick out to the desert to get happy with a giant astronaut, OutKast's reunion, an Este Haim mask and much more at the music festival in Indio, Calif.

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Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Muslim pop star Yuna shares some of her favorite songs for Tell Me More's series "In Your Ear."

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Why We Fight About Pop Music

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.

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Song Exploder

Loren Bouchard - Bob's Burgers (Theme Song)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Loren Bouchard is the creator of the animated television comedy Bob's Burgers, a series about a family and the restaurant they own and live above, currently in its fourth season on Fox. In addition to being the co-executive producer and showrunner,...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jessie Mueller and Doug McGrath on "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jessie Mueller, who plays Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” talks about her role, along with Doug McGrath, who wrote the book for the show. It tells the story of how Carole Klein, an awkward teen living in Brooklyn, became a hit songwriter. She and her husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin become a songwriting powerhouse, churning out hits like “One Fine Day,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” and “The Loco-Motion.” “Beautiful” is playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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New Sounds

Dramatic Works

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Listen to music from Wires Under Tension, a NYC-based band formed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Christopher Tignor and drummer Theo Metz.  Their latest creation is called “Replicant, ” and is, yes(!) inspired by Philip K Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, along with the film adaptation, “Blade Runner.”  According to the album’s site, “‘Replicant’ takes on the questions of mechanized identity, the feeling of flawed copies, and the inescapable bummer of being too self-aware.”  The music is layer after tasty layer of impossible sounds created by synth, swirls, drum licks, offered up all together as post-rock with grooves.

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Soundcheck

Kiss Co-Founder Paul Stanley; A Political Pick Three; Roy Nathanson Plays Live

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In this episode: Fresh off of Kiss' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we talk with co-founder Paul Stanley -- known to fans as “Starchild” -- about meeting Gene Simmons, the ear deformity that affects his hearing, writing the unofficial anthem of rock and roll, and why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is important for Kiss fans.

Then: Stephen Levin, New York City Council member for the 33rd district (which includes some of the hipster-iest parts of New York: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights and part of Bed-Stuy) shares a Pick Three of some favorite new music.

And: Saxophonist and bandleader Roy Nathanson assembles another of his all-star New York bands to play songs that fuse jazz, pop harmonies, beatboxing and poetry. Hear the band play live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Juana Molina

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Idiosyncratic Argentine pop songstress plays Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to "Wed 21."

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Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Monday, April 14, 2014

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The judges said it "suggests a relentless tidal surge."

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The Jonathan Channel

DJ for A Day: Maude Maggart

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vocalist and jazz sensation Maude Maggart is no stranger to the stage, so it only makes sense that we would invite her into the studio to share with us some of her favorite tunes. Tune in tonight at 7PM as vocalist she spins some of her favorite jazz records.

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Q2 Music

Sample Rate: 24-Hour Marathon of Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 27, join us for a special encore presentation of Sample Rate: 24-hours of electronic and electro-acoustic music curated and hosted by Morton Subotnick, Tyondai Braxton, Tristan Perich, Angélica Negrón, Matmos, Olga Bell and Daniel Wohl.

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All Things Considered

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

Monday, April 14, 2014

The rap duo OutKast launched what may be its farewell tour over the weekend at Coachella, but the group and its fans, who have waited a decade for the reunion, might not have the same expectations.

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All Things Considered

Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them'

Monday, April 14, 2014

The rapper has earned a global name for fusing hip-hop, samba and Afro-Brazilian sounds with lyrics about the plight of Brazil's poor black and urban population.

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World Cafe Next: SACCO

Monday, April 14, 2014

The San Diego psych-rock trio is named for Sacco and Vanzetti, the famous Italian anarchists who were executed in 1927. Download two of SACCO's songs as part of the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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Courtney Barnett: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 14, 2014

Barnett can tell you a story like she's your best friend, provided your best friend is a funny Australian poet. Hear three of her thoughtful, acerbic rambles, including the new "Depreston."

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