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First Watch: The Moth & The Flame, 'Winsome'

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Watch 'Winsome' and witness a romance gone wrong between a mermaid and her human boyfriend.

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Pitch

1. The Clearmountain Pause

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This episode of Pitch tracks the strange history …

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Fiddler On The Slopes

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One of the world's most successful crossover musicians, violinist Vanessa-Mae, will fulfill a lifelong dream by skiing the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next Tuesday. Though she is British, she is one half of the Olympic team from Thailand.

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New Sounds

World Music With a Side of Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

There’s world music from Iran, Mali, Algeria, Egypt, and Benin, with occasional Bob Dylan on this New Sounds program.  Listen to music from the late Malian guitarist and griot Tiecoro Sissoko, who also played as a sideman for years with Toumani Diabate in Bamako. We'll hear the title track of his only recording, which praises Keme Borama (Bourama), the brother of Samory Touré, noted 19th century warlord who fought against the French occupation of Guinea. Then, hear a celebration of African women from Angelique Kidjo’s latest, “Eve,” where Kidjo recorded women from Benin, Kenya, and numerous African countries, and used those tapes as the basis for her songs.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

A Lithuanian Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Around 40 years ago, host Bob Sherman began to mark Lithuanian Independence Day each February on his WQXR show, The Listening Room. Sherman's mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg, was born in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. So to celebrate Lithuanian Independence Day, this Young Artists Showcase features music either composed or performed — or both — by Lithuanians.

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Soundcheck

The Most Familiar Cadence In Western Music Has A Very Funny Name

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC's David Garland explains how -- and why -- you can hear a pattern called "the Diatonic Phrygian Tetrachord" in everything from 'Greensleeves' to *NSYNC. 

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Soundcheck

Movie Date: The Beatles On The Big Screen; Benmont Tench Plays Live; Andalusian Cadence 101

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In this episode: Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first TV appearance here in the U.S., so The Takeaway’s Movie Date co-hosts look back at the band’s many appearances on the big screen -- from A Hard Day’s Night to How I Won The War -- as well as the role that their music has played in film soundtracks over the years.

Then: If you’ve ever heard a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, or seen them in concert, or watched a music video, then you know that keyboardist Benmont Tench is an essential part of the Heartbreakers' sound. Now, for the first time, the longtime go-to sideman is releasing his own solo album. Hear Tench perform songs from You Should Be So Lucky in the Soundcheck studio.

And: For years, WNYC and WQXR host David Garland has been fascinated by “the Andalusian Cadence” -- a musical pattern that has been at the core of great music for more than 500 years. Hear how this distinctive sequence of four notes links together Beethoven, the Supremes, Bowie, Rihanna and many others. (Want more? Check out Garland's recent episode of Spinning on Air.)

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Soundcheck

Veteran Sideman Benmont Tench Goes Solo

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

He's served as the keyboardist in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and as a go-to veteran session player for Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and countless other greats. Now, Tench is taking center stage with his debut solo album, You Should Be So Lucky

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Steve Earle

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Troubador in residence with a series of all-request shows at City Winery. Download the exclusive live track "Valentine's Day."

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Mixtapes

Wilco's Glenn Kotche Spins His Offbeat Influences

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche has composed music for such classical ensembles as Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. His Mixtape shares influences, from minimalism to electronics.

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First Listen: Phantogram, 'Voices'

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The New York duo plays spiky, dense and danceable pop-rock songs with an electronic pulse. Voices is the sound of a band at ease and assured in its moment, as it seizes every scrap of momentum it's created for itself.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: Daniel Levitin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To mark the occasion of his landmark 1000th media interview, author and neuroscientist Dan Levitin drops by Soundcheck to share three of his favorite songs.

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The Jonathan Channel

The Life of Louis Armstrong

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To celebrate Black History Month, we are highlighting the life and career of four significant African American contributors to the American Songbook. Last week, we shined the spotlight on Ella Fitzgerald - this week, we turn our focus to Louis Armstrong. Tune in this Friday at 3 to 4PM ET for an hour of music, focusing on Louis Armstrong. 

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Temples On World Cafe

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The English band's new album, Sun Structures, draws on the past while still sounding fresh.

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Fresh Air

In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Lenin's Favorite Songs

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Soviet hit parade.

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The Worst Songs Of All Time?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Carrie Brownstein returns to All Songs Considered to chat with hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson about relentless earworms, annoying novelty songs and other songs they think of as quite possibly the worst of all time.

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Nigerian-American Writer Teju Cole Shares His Personal Playlist

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole is as well-known for his creative Twitter feed as he is for his works of fiction like Open City. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear," series, he shares his music playlist.

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Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For Valentine's Day, get to know pairs of lovebirds making beautiful music together. "It's always nice to be onstage and get a little alone time — even if there's an orchestra of a hundred and an audience of 2000," says conductor David Robertson, who is married to pianist Orli Shaham.

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New Sounds

Orchestral Pop

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This New Sounds program serves up orchestral pop in various guises, including brand new music from the reclusive Scott Walker, from his forthcoming release "Bish Bosch," where he uses the sounds of samurai swords and falling marbles, among other unsettling things.  There's also music from American singer/songwriter and composer Daniel James, under the name Canon Blue, from his "Rumspringa," with orchestral arrangements contributed by string quartet Amiina (most famously for being Sigur Rós’ string section.)

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