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Rosanne Cash On World Cafe

Friday, January 10, 2014

Two things have come together for Cash in recent years: her deepening understanding of her place in her father Johnny Cash's legacy, and her desire to only make albums that expand on a theme.

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John Proulx On 'Song Travels'

Friday, January 10, 2014

Proulx performs Nat King Cole's "The Frim Fram Sauce," Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" and more.

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The Greene Space

2014 Battle of the Boroughs: The Contestants

Friday, January 10, 2014

Six shows. Five boroughs. One ultimate winner. Our citywide talent quest is back for a fifth season! See which musical acts were chosen for this year's competition.

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Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part Two

Friday, January 10, 2014

McPartland and guest host Elvis Costello stroll down memory lane as she discusses her favorite moments from more than 700 episodes of Piano Jazz. Costello serenades McPartland with a moving version of "P.S. I Love You" and introduces a new song, "You Hung the Moon."

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Fresh Air

Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ken Tucker says The River & The Thread is a travelogue; a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.

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Soundcheck

John Newman’s Early Contender For Song Of The Year

Friday, January 10, 2014

The year is only a little over a week old, but Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinks John Newman's single "Love Me Again" may be the next big thing from the U.K.

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Studio 360

Curtain Call: Industrial Strength Musicals

Friday, January 10, 2014

In the 1950, 60s, and 70s, a subgenre of musical theater entertained thousands. It had showstoppers composed by some of the brightest talent in the business. But instead of selling out Broadway houses, these shows played to packed hotel ballrooms and convention halls ...

Bonus Track: "My Bathroom" and other corporate musical hits

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New Sounds

1-bit Workout

Friday, January 10, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to Tristan Perich's 1-bit electronics together with Mariel Roberts' cello for a driving, hypnotic, and exhilarating work, “Formations.” Roberts, although still in her 20s, tests the limits of contemporary cello technique (cello as percussion instrument, working with looping) in the repertoire she chooses, from works by Kaija Saariaho to the works commissioned for her release, “Nonextraneous Sounds.”

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Soundcheck

Amy Tan Picks Three; Terry Teachout On Duke Ellington; Matana Roberts Plays Live

Friday, January 10, 2014

In this episode, Soundcheck revisits a few recent favorite segments. 

First: Best-selling author Amy Tan talks about her first book in eight years, The Valley of Amazement, tells us what playing in a band with Stephen King is like, and, she plays a few favorite songs for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

Then: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his new comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Plus: The jazz sax player and composer Matana Roberts continues her CoinCoin Project, which explores the history of "free people of color" in the early United States and her own family's long and widespread American tale.

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Studio 360

Mike Doughty’s Biblical New Year’s Resolution

Friday, January 10, 2014

What is the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? Last year, we followed four listeners who, with our periodic encouragement/nagging, all reached their goals. When we put out the call for 2014, we heard from hundreds of people eager to throw their hat in the ring ...

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Studio 360

A Frozen Orchestra in Minnesota

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra seemed to have it all: well-paid, world class musicians; a star conductor, Osmo Vänskä; a devoted audience in one of the most philanthropic cities in America. But last year, contract negotiations brought the orchestra to a screeching halt and management locked the players out ...

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Stephane Wrembel

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Django-inspired jazz guitarist plays Barbès on Sunday night. Download his lilting "Minuit aux Batignolles."

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Soundcheck

It's Time For A Home Audio Revolution

Thursday, January 09, 2014

When it comes to portable digital audio, we're in a pretty good place -- we have phones that can play music, as well as iPods and tablets. But when it comes to home audio systems that play digital audio, things seem to have come to a bit of a standstill. Yes, there are individual wired docks that play music, and high-end solutions like wireless speaker systems from Sonos are available. But there aren't many mid-market options that can wirelessly stream audio from devices and play that audio throughout our homes.

Until now. At least, that's according to Evolver.fm editor Eliot Van Buskirk, who has proclaimed that 2014 could be the year that the home audio war "gets real." We'll ask him what he means and who's going to be jumping into the fray. 

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On The Media

TLDR #10 - One Hundred Songs In a Day

Thursday, January 09, 2014

One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life.

Matt Farley is a musician who’s gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. PJ visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works.

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This Expensive Rubber Mat Could Be The Synth Of The Future

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Fit with rubbery keys and advanced electronics, the newly minted keyboard is designed to realistically mimic other instruments, thus allowing one player to sound like many. Christopher Werth speaks with the instrument's inventor, Roland Lamb, to understand just how it works.

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Soundcheck

The Everly Brothers' Lasting Influence

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Craig Havighurst of the Nashville radio show "Music City Roots" shares five artists influenced by The Everly Brothers. Phil Everly died Jan. 3 at age 74. 

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An Under-The-Radar Albums Preview For 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Here's a remedy to the new year's rush of overhyped albums by already famous musicians: a week-by-week selection of albums from worthy underdogs, up-and-comers and veterans

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Edmar Castañeda And Friends On JazzSet

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.

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The Takeaway

How Olympic Figure Skaters Pick the Perfect Song

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The song that frames an Olympic figure skater's routine needs to have a variety of tempos. It needs to have emotional resonance and perhaps a little bit of edge. Most importantly, it needs to be something the skater can listen to over and over and over again. As competitors gear up for the 2014 Olympics, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic Champion in ladies' singles, reflects on the kind of music that brings home medals.

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The Drummer Who Invented Jazz's Basic Beat

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Faced with a rapid tempo one night, Kenny Clarke devised a new way to play the beat on the ride cymbal. His "spang-a-lang," and the rhythmic ideas it generated, wound up transforming the way we feel swing ever after.

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