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New Releases, June 2013 (Special Podcast)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WNYC
John Schaefer sorts through the abundance of submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox to present some of the finest new releases for the month of June 2013.

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The Takeaway

Why Sad Songs Make Us Happy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Sad songs say so much,” Elton John once sang. But what do they say, and why do they speak to us? In a recent study published in the journal “Frontiers of Psychology” researchers tried to find out. Jeff Spurgeon, the morning host for WQXR, shares his thoughts on this new study and shares some if his own sad music picks with The Takeaway.

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Yoko Ono At 80: Dancing Through Life

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The artist, activist and musician talks about her new album, Take Me To the Land of Hell, which was produced by her son, Sean Lennon, and features collaborations with Lenny Kravitz, the Beastie Boys and many others.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Delayed First Hearings

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

This week’s Young Artists Showcase takes a look at some previously featured young artists with performances that will be aired on the program for the first time.

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Live Broadcasts

Listen: NY Philharmonic's Opening Night Gala

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On Sept. 25, WQXR brought you the New York Philharmonic's season opener with Yo-Yo Ma as the soloist. Featured were works by Ravel, Piazzolla and Golijov.

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Gig Alert: Electric Six

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Detroit rock band Electric Six plays at The Bell House Wednesday. Download "Show Me What Your Lights Mean."

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Watch: Golden Suits: In The Studio

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Watch Golden Suits perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Yoko Ono At 80; Rachel Kushner Picks Three; Golden Suits In The Studio

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In this episode: The legendary artist, musician, and activist Yoko Ono discusses her new album, Take Me To The Land Of Hell.

Plus: Rachel Kushner, author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Flamethrowers, shares a Pick Three of some of her favorite music.

And: Golden Suits is the solo project from Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles, though "solo" is a weird way to describe a record that includes half of Grizzly Bear as well as members of Milagres and Ava Luna. Nicolaus joins us with his band to play live.

 

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Mixtapes

The Women Behind Maya Beiser

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor.

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Showdown @ High Noon

It's a Tie: You Chose Bach and Dvorak

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Choose from three Yo-Yo Ma performances—with him as soloist with orchestra, as a chamber musician, or just alone with his cello— and we'll play the winner today at noon.

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New Sounds

"Underground" Music

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Listen to music made in or about the underground – catacombs, cisterns, cellars- on this New Sounds.  There’s music by sax player, percussionist, and a composer for Sesame Street - Ken Field from his release “Subterranea,” recorded in several underground rooms in Roswell, New Mexico.  Ranging from overdubbed saxophones, 'sticks on juice cans, sticks on suitcase' and lots of percussion, the pieces include titles like “Five Saxophones in Search of Meaning” and “Om On the Range.”

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African Americans In Country Music

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The new book Hidden In The Mix dispels the myth that country music is exclusively "white" music. 

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WNYC News

Charity's Former CEO Charged with Stealing

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The former head of a major New York City charity is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing more than $5 million dollars from the group, and turning it into illegal campaign contributions.

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Watch: Mandolin Orange: In The Studio

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Watch the North Carolina folk duo perform new songs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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WNYC News

Levine Returns to Met Opera Stage

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WNYC

The Metropolitan Opera will welcome back its maestro Tuesday night.

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New Sounds

With Guy Buttery

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery joins John Schaefer in the studio to perform a live acoustic set without effects.  His exceptional world music for solo guitar evokes the rhythms of his native land unconsciously, while drawing on influences like Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Listen to a bit of guitar as percussion instrument in one of his pieces, “Sleep Deprivation.”  Then, hear another of Buttery’s insanely inventive techniques on a tune where he plays the guitar like a zither, as an extension of tapping, to achieve slap harmonics. 

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Gig Alert: Nervous Nellie

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WNYC

The Swedish indie rock band Nervous Nellie plays at Piano's Tuesday. Download "Gloves."

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The Queen Of Ska; African Americans In Country Music; Mandolin Orange Live

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In this episode: Pauline Black, frontwoman for the influential British 2-Tone ska band The Selecter, discusses her recent memoir, Black By Design, and a new album, String Theory.

Plus: The idea that country music is a “white genre” is one that’s been stubbornly hanging on for a long time. A new anthology by Diane Pecknold, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, sets its sights on shattering that understanding.

And: North Carolina-based country and folk duo Mandolin Orange brings its rootsy songs to the Soundcheck studio. 

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    'Muscle Shoals' Documentary

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    The new documentary Muscle Shoals tells the story of a small Alabama town that cranked out hits for two decades.

     

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Graham Nash Tells Wild Tales

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    Legendary musician Graham Nash talks about his life, from his lower-class childhood in post-war England to his early days in the British Invasion group The Hollies to his time as the lover and muse of Joni Mitchell to reaching superstardom with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. In his memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life he also writes about his career as a solo musician and political activist.

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