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In The 'Puppy Bowl,' Bach Goes To The Dogs

Friday, January 31, 2014

This Sunday's Puppy Bowl X is the first to feature a fantasy game. We've drafted a team that includes a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bach — and two other pups with classical connections.

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The Good Listener: Leave 'We Built This City' Alone!

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's largely accepted as truth that Starship's 1985 song "We Built This City" is the worst atrocity in all of music, in all of time. But we can do better — or worse, depending on how you look at it.

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On The Media

The 10th Anniversary of the "Wardrobe Malfunction"

Friday, January 31, 2014

10 years ago, the 90 million people who were watching the 38th Super Bowl's half time show bore witness to the first so-called "wardrobe malfunction" when Justin Timberlake accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's breast. That nine-sixteenths of a second had profound and far reaching effects on our culture, writes Marin Cogan for ESPN Magazine. Brooke talks with Cogan about her article, "In the Beginning, There Was a Nipple," that explores how history changed in the wake of "Nipplegate."

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Gig Alert: Flor De Toloache

Friday, January 31, 2014

Meet the group that claims to be New York City's all-female mariachi band. Before they play tonight at Rockwood Music Hall, download a free track.

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New Sounds

New Releases, January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's the end of the month, which is the time for sharing the latest releases that have come across John Schaefer's desk and into the New Sounds inbox.  On deck, a work by Bryce Dessner that was premiered at a New Sounds Live concert event just a few years ago, "St. Carolyn by the Sea," as well as film music by Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame.)  Then, listen to some music, both early and late from Denmark, along with what very well might place highly on John Schaefer's end-of-year best-of list: the debut record from the Irish "supergroup," the Gloaming.  That, and more.

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Studio 360

Black Panther Party Funk

Friday, January 31, 2014

The heyday of soul and classic R&B is full of socially conscious empowerment anthems: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “People Get Ready,” “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” But the stars didn’t get involved in radical politics. So when Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party’s Minister of Culture, heard Bill Calhoun ...

Bonus Track: The Lumpen, “Free Bobby Now”

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Studio 360

A Final Visit with Pete Seeger

Friday, January 31, 2014

Pete Seeger was a giant, and barely a singer-songwriter has touched a guitar who doesn't owe him a musical debt. He died this week, at age 94. In 2010, Kurt Andersen went to Seeger's home — a house he built himself on the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. They talked about "This Land Is Your Land" ...

Video: Pete Seeger at Home

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Watch: Quilt, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, January 31, 2014

Watch the dreamy psychedelic folk of Quilt, playing songs from its latest album, Held In Splendor, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The 'Super Bowl Shuffle' Revisited; When Athletes Sing; Quilt's Psychedelic Folk Live

Friday, January 31, 2014

In this episode: It was almost 30 years ago that the Chicago Bears had a legendary season, winning 15 games, crushing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl -- and of course releasing a huge rap hit, "The Super Bowl Shuffle." That year, 1985, the Bears became the first-ever American professional sports team to have a hit single, or a Grammy nomination. Now, radio producer Sean Cannon has produced an all-star cover of the "Shuffle" featuring artists like My Morning Jacket's Jim James and the internet-famous cat, Lil Bub. 

Then: What happens when athletes get into the music game? We revisit a recent favorite segment with NPR's Mike Pesca, who walks us through some of the offenders -- from tennis star Serena Williams and basketball great Shaquille O’Neal to the ‘86 Mets.

And Boston-based psych-folk band Quilt makes the kind of warm, expansive music perfectly suited to its namesake. The band performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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New York Now

Hospitality and Face the Music Kick Off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival®

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jan. 31, Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival live in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch the entire performance on demand.

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Metropolis: 1/25/14

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This week's edition of Metropolis includes Mary J. Blige's guest verse in Disclosure's "F for You," Damon Albarn's new single from his upcoming solo album, the return of Crystal Method and much more.

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Tootie Heath And Matt Wilson On JazzSet

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fast hands, cymbals that shimmer, drop-kicks on the bass drum; these are two drummers who appreciate each other. Albert "Tootie" Heath performs in a trio with Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) and Ben Street (Danilo Perez Trio), followed by Wilson's Arts & Crafts quartet, in Surround Sound on JazzSet.

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Latin Metal, Uruguayan Hip-Hop And New Ana Tijoux

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In Alt.Latino's eclectic and danceable mix, hear Chilean rappers, Argentine rockers and Mexican DJs.

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Dumpstaphunk On World Cafe

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dumpstaphunk has thrived in the New Orleans funk scene alongside some of the best in the business.

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4 Ways To Hear More In Music

Thursday, January 30, 2014

You love the music you love, but you'll love it even more if you listen closely. Here's a cheat sheet for diving deep into music's most basic components: rhythm, melody, harmony and color.

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'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Thursday, January 30, 2014

South Africa's award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing its message of peace and unity for 50 years. The group joins host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.

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On The Media

A New Website Lets You Hear Some of Spotify's 4 Million Unheard Songs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In our podcast about Matt Farley, the musician who has written fourteen thousand songs in the past six years, we mentioned that twenty percent of the songs on Spotify have never been played. 

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Beats Music: Changing The Game, Or More Of The Same?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In a market crowded by Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and many other streaming services, how does Beats Music compare? Eliot Van Buskirk, editor at Evolver.fm, gives his first impressions after a week with the new service.

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A Story About A Little-Known Song In A Little-Known Movie That Got A Big Oscar Nod

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Academy rescinded a nomination for Best Original Song. Why? An Academy music executive, who wrote the song, was a bit too enthusiastic about campaigning for it.

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Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sixty years ago, a jazz pianist found himself in much the same bittersweet position as a rapper did on Sunday night. Surely proud of their hard work, they also sensed that their privilege as white musicians had something to do with their new success.

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