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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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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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    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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    '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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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Guest Picks: Graham Nash

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    Graham Nash was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his life in music, starting Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and his memoir, Wild Tales. He also told us he's been listening to the music of Bulgaria. Find out what else Graham Nash likes in his Guest Picks!

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    Barnburners: Vensaire Transforms A Barn Into A Flowery Performance Space

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    Watch Brooklyn band Vensaire transform an old 18th-century barn in Upstate New York into a dynamic and flowery performance space as part of the new music Web series Barnburners.

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    NYPR Archives & Preservation

    Latin Americans in Music

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    [Editor's Note] Composer Aaron Copland wrote the following for the WQXR Program Guide in June, 1942. It was, of course, the early months of the United States' involvement in World War II and the reader should keep that in mind. As well, Copland's use of 'Negro' for 'African' or 'African influenced' was common for the time in which he wrote, as was the phrase, 'serious music' for what is now generally referred to as classical music.  The program guide prefaced the article with this introduction:

    Aaron Copland, gifted American composer and writer on music ("Our New Music" and "What to Listen for in Music") writes about the place of Latin American countries in the world's musical scene, and of the increasing influence being exerted by the composers of our sister republics.

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    Pipedreams

    From the BBC Proms

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    This week's performances come from the world’s most popular classical music festival, the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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    Soundcheck

    Gig Alert: Garland Jeffreys

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    WNYC

    The veteran singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys will perform at Rockwood Music Hall Monday. Download "Any Rain."

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Barnard President Debora Spar; Zoë Heller and the Lopate Show Book Club; Graham Nash

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    On today’s show: Barnard College president Debora Spar talks about how American women’s lives have changed over the past 50 years, and why the challenges women face are more complex than ever. We’ll get a peek into the life of Huguette Clark, the eccentric and reclusive heiress who died in 2011. Zoë Heller joins us for September’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her novel Everything You Know! Graham Nash talks about his career with The Hollies and then with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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    Blitz The Ambassador: Spitfire Flow And Soulful Beats

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    Hear rapper and producer Blitz the Ambassador perform in the studio.

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    Muscle Shoals: Alabama’s Music Mecca; Barnburners; Blitz The Ambassador Plays Live

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    In this episode: A new documentary tells the story of two historic recording studios based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Staple Singers and many others turned in some now-legendary sessions. Guests include the film’s director Greg “Freddy” Camalier and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall.

    Plus: An 18th-century barn is the centerpiece of Barnburners, a new video documentary series that brings new artists to farm in upstate New York for a two-day recording session. Watch the premiere episode featuring the Brooklyn band Vensaire on Soundcheck.org – and hear a track from the session on the show today.

    And: Ghana-born, Brooklyn-based MC Blitz the Ambassador returns to the studio with his band, The Embassy Ensemble. They perform songs from a new EP, The Warm Up.

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      Exploring Music

      I Lost It At the Movies

      Monday, September 23, 2013

      This week, host Bill McGlaughlin celebrates the music of the cinema.

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      Soundcheck

      Check Ahead: Raccoon Fighter, 'ZIL'

      Monday, September 23, 2013

      On ZIL, the swaggering debut from the garage rock band Raccoon Fighter.

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      New Sounds

      On a Large Scale

      Monday, September 23, 2013

      On this New Sounds show, hear a world premiere recording by Dylan Mattingly written specifically for the New York-based ensemble of young musicians, Contemporaneous.  Mattingly is a composer, cellist and one of the founding co-artistic directors of the group (he’s also a pitcher for Bard College’s first ever club baseball team.)  Listen to part two of his epic and emotional poem for chamber orchestra depicting Amelia Earhart’s final flight, called “Atlas of Somewhere (On the Way to Howland Island): Islanded in a Stream of Stars.”

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      Q2 Music Album of the Week

      The Textured, Celestial World of Daniel Bjarnason's 'Over Light Earth'

      Sunday, September 22, 2013

      Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason's new album of orchestral music reacts to the art of two abstract expressionist painters with otherworldly soundscapes that draw freely on the sounds of the past and present. Stream it all this week.

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      Spinning on Air

      Yoko Ono Presents "Take Me to the Land of Hell"

      Sunday, September 22, 2013

      Yoko Ono has always pushed the boundaries of art, culture, and politics. At 80 years old she's still an active, daring artist and musician, and a provocative public figure. Now the controversial legend joins David Garland to present her newest work, the album Take Me to the Land of Hell.

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