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The Life of a Holiday Hitmaker

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

What's it like to write a hit holiday song? Randy Brooks has some idea. Nearly 35 years ago, he wrote “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” a holiday song which has sold an estimated 40 million copies worldwide, even outselling classics like “White Christmas” in some years. The song is Randy’s one and only real hit, and depending on who you ask, it’s either brilliant or awful. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how the song became such a hit and how he feels each year when he hears it on the airwaves.

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Operavore

An Operavore Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.
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WQXR Features

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Today at 10 am, a live broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the King’s College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service.

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Bob Boilen's Favorite Lyrics Of 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Often, great words are the secret ingredient in great songs: the emotion, the insight, the connection hidden beneath the surface. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares the lyrics that caught his ear this year.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Concert Pianist Irene Jacobi: WNYC American Music Festival, 1943

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

At the height of World War II, WNYC invited concert pianist Irene Jacobi and her husband, composer Frederick Jacobi, to perform some of his works for the station's fourth annual American Music Festival.

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New Sounds

A Very New Sounds Christmas (Eve)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Twas the night before Christmas, and all on New Sounds, John Schaefer has collected music for the season, in the vein of the strange and unusual.  From the inventive Respect Sextet, hear several arrangements of well-chosen and lesser-known tunes from the record, "Respect in Yule."  The selections include a holiday classic by the Band, "Christmas Must Be Tonight," an Ethiopian-inspired arrangement of a Herbert Howells choral piece, "A Spotless Rose," with help from the Ensemble Signal, and an arrangement of Sir John Tavener's "The Lamb," with the JACK Quartet.  Also, hear Tavener's original, "The Lamb," along with twisted songs by The Real Tuesday Weld and Sufjan Stevens. 

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Soundcheck

12 Days Of Soundcheck '13: Arctic Monkeys, 'Do I Wanna Know'

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

On Tuesday, December 24, download a special live performance of the Arctic Monkeys' song "Do I Wanna Know," recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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WQXR Features

Handel's Messiah from Trinity Church

Monday, December 23, 2013

Listen to Julian Wachner conduct Handel’s classic oratorio from Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, the venue where it received its U.S. premiere in 1770.

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World Cafe Next: David Dye's Top 5 Rising Stars Of 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hear and download songs from Parquet Courts, Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Hanni El Khatib.

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Dave Matthews Band On World Cafe

Monday, December 23, 2013

In a throwback session from 1994, the original members of the group play a reflective and enthusiastic live set in WXPN's old studio. In a discussion with host David Dye, the bandmates talk about how they initially came together.

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KEXP Presents: Jagwar Ma

Monday, December 23, 2013

With its debut album, Howlin', the young Australian trio is on a quest to revitalize the Madchester sounds of Britpop past. Watch the psych-rock band perform "Come Save Me," recorded live in the KEXP studios.

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New Sounds

Global Jazz (Special Podcast)

Monday, December 23, 2013

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Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways.

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Top 10 Top 40 Of 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

At the end of a year in which pop songs were a constant, provocative part of the national conversation, NPR Music critic Ann Powers sifts through the 100 most popular songs of the year to highlight 10 pure pop pleasures worth remembering.

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Bunji Garlin: 'Here To Stand My Ground' For Soca Music

Monday, December 23, 2013

Garlin has had a big year with his hit Caribbean anthem, "Differentology." The song recently won the 2013 Soul Train Award for Best International Performance. In a conversation with guest host Celeste Headlee, the popular Trinidadian artist discusses his unique style of music.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Radio Conductor

Monday, December 23, 2013

From the April, 1944 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Barzin, conductor of the WQXR Orchestra, is also conductor of the National Orchestral Association. He is one of the few men regularly conducting both for radio and for the concert hall. He has certain ideas about leading an orchestra over the air waves which we hope will throw new light on broadcasting musical programs.

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Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says

Monday, December 23, 2013

All three members of the band are now free. But the pardons are just an effort by President Vladimir Putin to shore up his country's reputation before February's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina said after her release.

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Pipedreams

An American Organist's Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2013

Performers, composers, arrangers, and instrument builders join in providing music for the holiday celebration.

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Chamber Music Society

All Brahms

Monday, December 23, 2013

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 the Brahms Piano Quartet in A.

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Exploring Music

Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Monday, December 23, 2013

Host Bill McGlaughlin explores Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

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Hammered!

A Hammered! Holiday Special

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's the time of year when candles are lit, presents are exchanged, thanks are given, and – here at Q2 Music – we indulge in two hours of hyper-modern, ravishingly beautiful keyboard music via Olivier Messiaen.

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