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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Feodoq

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Today, find out about an experimental jam band from St. Petersburg that dabbles in dub, called Feodoq. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exploring New York's Past Through Sound

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Emily Thompson, historian at Princeton University and the author of Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933, talks about her study of sound and her website featuring sounds of New York City in the 1920's.

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Real Estate Sings Us Some Brand New Songs From 'Atlas'

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Real Estate's summery brand of indie pop draws its crisp the melodies, shimmering guitars, and Martin Courtney's evocative lyrics.

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Gary Shteyngart Picks Three; Real Estate Unveils New Songs, Live In The Studio

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck continues with Gary Shteyngart who shares a Pick Three playlist of songs with connections to Leningrad, Queens and, of all things, ABBA. Real Estate. He also discusses his comic memoir, Little Failure, which recounts his family’s life in the Soviet Union – and their eventual move to New York in 1979.

Then, a couple more modern day Russian pop music picks from Sasha Kondukov, editor in chief of Rolling Stone's Russia edition.

And, Real Estate returns to the Soundcheck studio with an exclusive debut of new songs from Atlas, the band's forthcoming third album.

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Russia: Where No Pop Star Is Ever 'Washed Up'

Monday, February 03, 2014

We talk pop culture with the editor-in-chief of GQ magazine's Russian edition, in a conversation that meanders from hipster foodies in Moscow... to the shocking revelation that Russia is where pop stars go when their careers have died. 

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Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What?

Monday, February 03, 2014

Nobody's perfect, but some musicians create a body of work consistent enough to earn undying love. Who gets your free pass?

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KEXP Presents: Lee Ranaldo And The Dust

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Sonic Youth guitarist began recording his 10th album, Last Night on Earth, the week Hurricane Sandy hit. Watch Ranaldo and his band, The Dust, stir up a dissonant sound in "Key/Hole," recorded at the KEXP studios.

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The Jonathan Channel

A Month of Celebration

Monday, February 03, 2014

To celebrate Black History Month, The Jonathan Channel will highlight the life and career of four significant African American contributors to the American Songbook. 

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Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, February 03, 2014

This three-song set features a 2014 tune called "Greens and Blues," a song yet to make it onto a Pixies release called "Silver Snail," and 1989's "Monkey Gone to Heaven," which melted hearts and seared minds with a new memory from a time long past.

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First Listen: 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997'

Monday, February 03, 2014

It's fitting that this house-music collection comes out so soon after Daft Punk cleaned up at the Grammy Awards; it's a bedrock part of that band's roots.

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Langston Hughes Poetry Reimagined On Singer Leyla McCalla's New Album

Monday, February 03, 2014

Fans of the Americana group Carolina Chocolate Drops know the power of singer Leyla McCalla. She honed her musical talents growing up in New York City to Haitian-born parents. Host Michel Martin speaks with McCalla about her first solo album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes.

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Exploring Music

Magnificent Magyars

Monday, February 03, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin delves into the rich musical history of Hungary, starting with ancient sacred music and working his way through Liszt, Kodaly, Bartók and Hungarian gypsy music.

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Chamber Music Society

Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar

Monday, February 03, 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 an all-English program of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar.

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New Sounds

After the Storm

Monday, February 03, 2014

Hear music from Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, inspired by Bossi’s mother’s recollection of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Carol in 1954 on this New Sounds.  Then there’s a musical warning from the Australian band Coolangubra, along with an excerpt from Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads.” Also, listen to music from Alexander Desplat and Benjamin Britten’s score to “Moonrise Kingdom,” where the pivotal scene takes place as a hurricane sweeps through the island off the New England coast.

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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Anna Koroleva and Jump

Monday, February 03, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Seymour Hoffman; Exiled from an Ultra-Orthodox Community; Profiting from Climate Change

Monday, February 03, 2014

We're so sorry about the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. We're remembering him by re-airing a 2005 interview with him about the film "Capote." Leah Vincent tells us about growing up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and what happened when she was thrown of it. And we’ll take a look at how some countries and entrepreneurs could benefit from climate change, while the rest of the world suffers.

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Brass Tracks

Monday, February 03, 2014

Bold and brazen are the organ's trumpet pipes and the ensemble that pits its energy against the King of Instruments.

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From Russia With Soundcheck: Russian Pop Quiz; When Automakers Made Musicals; Tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Monday, February 03, 2014

In this episode: With the 2014 Winter Olympics kicking off in Sochi on Friday, Soundcheck launches our week-long series, From Russia With Soundcheck. First up, the editors from Russian editions of Rolling Stone and GQ help describe the state of the country’s pop landscape.

Then: The new book Everything’s Coming Up Profits digs into the golden age of post-WWII “industrial musicals” created by big American corporations. Co-author and Late Show With David Letterman writer Steve Young shares some of the Broadway quality songs composed for the auto industry in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

And: Lawrence Brownlee is a major force in the opera world, playing leading roles rarely given to African-American singers. The tenor, Tweeter, and Pittsburgh Steeler fan performs live in the Soundcheck studio, with pianist and arranger Damien Sneed.

 

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Lawrence Brownlee: Elegant And Operatic Gospel Songs

Monday, February 03, 2014

Lawrence Brownlee is a major force in the opera world, playing leading roles rarely given to African-American singers. Hear him perform selections from his latest recording, Spiritual Sketches, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Music For Folks Who've Been Through A Few Things

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Shelby Earl worked behind the scenes in the music industry for years — until the late 2000s, when she decided to take the plunge and become a full-time singer/songwriter. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Earl about her second album, Swift Arrows.

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