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An Organist's Yearbook

Monday, January 06, 2014

Pipedreams presents its annual Olde Yeare/New Year reflection, with highlights from recent recordings, concert excerpts, prize–winning performances, memorial tributes and more.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Kris Davis' Infrasound

Monday, January 06, 2014

The pianist and composer brings her large-ensemble project to Roulette on Monday. Download "Pass the Magic Hat."

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Soundcheck

Watch: Bobby Bare Jr., Live On Soundcheck

Monday, January 06, 2014

Watch the Nashville singer-songwriter perform new material from his forthcoming album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Don Was On Blue Note At 75; Bobby Bare Jr. Plays Live

Monday, January 06, 2014

In this episode: Today marks the 75th anniversary of the legendary Blue Note Records label. Label president Don Was reflects on Blue Note’s storied history, recording the likes of Joe Henderson, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, and also about his own experience as a musician and Grammy-winning producer for artists like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

Plus: Bobby Bare Jr. is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare Sr. He was also the godson of poet and singer-songwriter Shel Silverstein. He plays some of his alt country, rock and psychedelia-tinged music in the Soundcheck studio.

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First Listen: Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want'

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Less than a year after a terrifying cancer diagnosis, the soul star stages a triumphant return. Set, as always, against The Dap-Kings' characteristically springy horns, Jones growls and struts through 10 timeless songs that couldn't sound better suited to the big stage.

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First Listen: Damien Jurado, 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son'

Sunday, January 05, 2014

It's a testament to the singer-songwriter's versatility that he's made nearly a dozen albums of largely inward-looking folk and rock music, and yet has never made two records that sound the same.

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First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Each song on Cash's new album is rooted in the Southern soil connecting her family's old homestead in Arkansas to its ancestral Virginia homeland, expanding to survey its artistic roots in Alabama and Tennessee. Some narratives are fictional, while others mine family lore.

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Nash, Ronstadt Remember The Everlys' 'Sibling Sound'

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Phil Everly, half of the record-setting sibling duo The Everly Brothers, died on Friday. Legendary musicians Graham Nash and Linda Ronstadt offer remembrances of Phil Everly, and explain why the Everly Brothers had such a profound influence on their music.

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A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Leo Welch had played at picnics and parties and sang with a gospel group, but he didn't record an album until he cold-called a Mississippi record label. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the blues musician about his new release, Sabougla Voices.

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Spinning on Air

Amplifying Humanity with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Viginia-born Thao Nguyen spent much of her twenties on the road (including a tour with WNYC's Radiolab) performing her energetic music solo and with her band The Get Down Stay Down. These days she's mostly staying put in San Francisco, working not only on her music, but, as she explains here, on being human. "It's been a discovery process," she says in this interview, "humanity means acknowledging what's inside, and acknowledging that you have a duty to show up for people, as they show up for you." David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to the WNYC Studio to perform several rollicking songs, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, century-old color photographs, Rock and Roll, Chicken Tenders, and more.

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New Sounds

Musical Cross-Pollination

Sunday, January 05, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, we'll hear from singers who reach across musical traditions, including a new recording of a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan piece – “Mustt Mustt” - by Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, featuring the Tuareg musical rebels from Mali, Tinariwen.  Kiran says of the collaboration - "I knew it would be compelling to have a song from the South Asian Islamic tradition performed with Muslims from Mali."  We'll hear the results on this program.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Orthodox Christmas and Other Russian Exports

Sunday, January 05, 2014

For many people, Christmas begins on December 25 and ends 12 days later with the festival of the Three Kings. But on the Russian Orthodox calendar, Christmas is just about to begin on January 7.

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Hip-Hop's Aboriginal Connection

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Beat Nation is a traveling art exhibition that mines the similarities between hip-hop and indigenous culture. It's made a big splash in Canada, where indigenous protest movements have recently captured headlines.

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Pushing A Tradition Forward, Bandolim In Hand

Saturday, January 04, 2014

A master of the Brazilian version of the mandolin, Hamilton de Holanda is determined to show the world what the instrument can do — and he's found friends in disparate musical worlds who are helping him prove is point.

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Phil Everly Dies; Transformed Rock 'N' Roll With Brother Don

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The tight harmonies in the Everly Brothers' string of hits in the '50s and '60s were huge influences on others such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, and The Beach Boys. Among their biggest songs: "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Everly was 74. Brother Don is 76.

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Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, January 04, 2014

As a young girl in Vietnam, Van-Anh Vanessa Vo knew she wanted to be a traditional musician even though it was a world dominated by men. She pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons before he finally gave in.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Colorful Queen of the Night

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Before settling in to listen to the Metropolitan Opera's live broadcast of Mozart's The Magic Flute today at 1 pm, watch an animated score for the Queen of the Night's aria, "Der hölle rache."

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New Sounds

The Australian-American Connection

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Australia's surprising and flexible new music ensemble, Topology, comprised of saxophone, strings and piano, takes center stage on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear chamber works by American and Australian composers, some in the vein of the perpetual motion machines, all performed by Topology.  Plus, other works by Americans living and working in Australia.

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Standards from Saddle River with Radio Deluxe

Saturday, January 04, 2014

This week, Radio Deluxe is broadcasting from the Pizzarelli enclave in Saddle River, New Jersey. It's great talk and music streaming from the dining room table of the Pizzarelli family. 

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Movies on the Radio

Soundtrack Trends and Styles in 2013, Part II

Saturday, January 04, 2014

In this second of two parts, David Garland presents music from 2013 science fiction and adventure films such as "Gravity," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Europa Report," and several others.

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