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How Musicians Make Money (By The Fraction Of A Cent) On Spotify

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The streaming music service offers millions of songs to millions of users, but it's not yet a reliable source of income for musicians.

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Cyndi Lauper, Vijay Iyer, And Jingles

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tonight on Soundcheck, Grammy Award-winning singer Cyndi Lauper drops by the studio, not to sing, but to share tales from her new autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir.

Then, music from the latest collaboration between jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and spoken word artist Mike Ladd that delves deep into the psyche of modern-day veterans.

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Gig Alert: Bell X1

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Irish rock band Bell X1 plays The Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night. Download the song "Bad Skin Day" - recorded in an historic church in Utrecht, Holland.

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hear banjos, dulcimers, fiddles and other instruments used in traditional American string band music, New Sounds-style on this show.  There’s music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John.  Plus, from the back wall of the New Sounds library, listen to the trio, Ellipsis (from the early 1980’s, on Flying Fish Records), who combine bluegrassy and folk instrumentation with minimalism and Indonesian elements. 

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Vijay Iyer: Turning Veterans' Dreams Into Music

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd and and Iraq War veteran Maurice Decaul join us for a live performance and discussion about the Harlem Stage-commissioned work Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project.

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Revisiting A '70s Teen 'Dream'

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In 1979, teenage musician Donnie Emerson and his brother, Joe, recorded an album called Dreamin' Wild in a home studio built on their family's farm in Washington State. John talks with Emerson and New York Times reporter Steven Kurutz about an obscure gem that was recently reissued. 

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Frank Ocean And Bon Iver Surprise Lucky NYC Fans

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

See photos from a surprise show featuring two of today's most recognizable voices.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Hiatt's "Mystic Pinball"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Musician and songwriter John Hiatt talks about his new record, “Mystic Pinball.” Recently called “one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years” by the Los Angeles Times, Hiatt’s career as a performer and songwriter has spanned more than 30 years and everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bonnie Raitt and Iggy Pop has covered his work. He’s performing at City Winery September 25-26 at 8 pm, and November 20-21 at 8 pm.

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UMG, EMI... Oh My!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Last week, the number of major record labels dropped from four to three. News spread on Friday that Universal Music Group (UMG) received approval from industry regulators to take over EMI Music, home to acts like Coldplay and David Guetta, and the Beatles catalogue. Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us to explain what's happened, and what it means for you.

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Thinning The Crates And Hitting The Road

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Moving cross country can be a romantic thing: wide-open spaces, and America seen through the window. But deciding what to pack and what to abandon in the move can be painful, especially when it comes to your record collection. 

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New Sounds

Meredith Monk Live in the Greene Space

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On this New Sounds, hear live performances by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet from the record release party for Monk’s ECM release, “Songs of Ascension,” recorded in May of 2011 in the Jerome L. Greene Space.

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A Forgotten Album Rediscovered, British Soul In The Studio

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tonight on Soundcheck, Billboard magazine's Joe Levy attempts to walk us through the knotty details of Universal's acquisition of EMI last week. Then, a look back on a forgotten album of the 1970s that's now having somewhat of a comeback.

And British soul singer Lianne La Havas performs songs from her Mercury Prize-nominated album Is Your Love Big Enough? in the studio.

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Gig Alert: Matthew Silberman

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New York-based saxophonist and composer Matthew Silberman plays a record release party at ShapeShifter Lab Tuesday night. Download the new song "The Battle At Dawn."

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Lianne La Havas: A Young Voice With Old Soul

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

British soul singer Lianne La Havas performs songs off her critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize-nominated debut Is Your Love Big Enough? Plus, she tells us about meeting some of her new fans, including Prince and Stevie Wonder.

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Check Ahead: Rupa And The April Fishes, 'BUILD'

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

San Francisco-based band Rupa And The April Fishes is led by singer-songwriter and practicing physician Rupa Marya, who sings in a multitude of languages -- from Hindi to Tzotzil to French. But on the group's new album, BUILD, the prevailing language is one of social change. We bring you an exclusive full-album stream through October 2nd.

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Mick, Keith and a 'Friend'

Monday, September 24, 2012

When we asked listeners to tell us about being in music videos, our listener Eddie chimed in with the time he served as an extra for the Rolling Stones.

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'Hava Nagila': From Ukraine To YouTube

Monday, September 24, 2012

A new exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage charts the surprising history of the universally familiar, if not universally popular song, "Hava Nagila." Curator Melissa Martens shares the story of the Jewish tune, and its journey from Ukraine to YouTube. Plus, check out a playlist of some of our favorite versions of the song. And -- tell us what you think of Hava Nagila.

 

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Features

An American Punk-Rock Band On Tour In The Land Of The Arab Spring

Monday, September 24, 2012

Last year, the the Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips released an album called Arabia Mountain. Now, the band is in the middle of a tour of Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

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Band of Horses: Southern Rock And Trivia, In The Studio

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Southern rock ensemble Band of Horses performs songs from their new album, Mirage Rock, in our studio. Plus, John Schaefer challenges them to answer three difficult trivia questions. 

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Lessons From 'Einstein'

Monday, September 24, 2012

The opera Einstein On The Beach hit the stage for only the fourth time in its history.  John Schaefer wonders if there will ever be a fifth. 

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