Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Whether you know the original, or covers by Jeff Buckley, Imogen Heap or Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah" has, against all odds, become one of the most widely recorded songs in music history. Music journalist and author Alan Light explains the enduring popularity of the song in his book, The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & The Unlikely Ascent Of Hallelujah.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop has a problem -- she's addicted to a song. Luckily, she's not alone in her obsessive musical behavior.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
Nathaniel, a young Berkeley biologist, met a beautiful yeast who promised opportunity and adventure, but once they got together, Nathaniel was clumsy, the yeast not what he'd hoped, and their romance? Well, it didn't work out. It's now a song. Sung by Nathaniel. The yeast, lacking vocal chords, is silent.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friday, March 09, 2012
As the longtime president of Leiber and Stoller Music Publishing, Randy Poe has represented songs like "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," and "Love Potion #9." In 2006, his boss (songwriter and producer Jerry Leiber) sent him on a personal mission to pitch a song to Willie Nelson - resulting in an epic journey that still hasn't quite ended. The tale is recounted in the new book "Stalking the Red Headed Stranger, or How to Get Your Songs into the Hands of the Artists Who Really Matter." Randy Poe joins us to share the story - and the history of "song-plugging."
Thursday, September 08, 2011
By Amy Eddings
It sounds weird, but Beth Kronk and Jim Horch owe their relationship to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Beth and Jim met on a subway in the sad, chaotic week that followed.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
By Jad Abumrad : Host, Radiolab
"Faking The Books," by Lali Puna
When I first heard this song, I went into one of those strange deliriums that happen to me once a decade, and I played the song fifteen times in a row, no joke. I’ve since heard from a few other people who’ve had the same reaction. There’s something narcotic about the way the song builds, and about what’s being described – people trying to fake their way to being good. But I won’t bore you with my thoughts. Just listen to it. Let me know if this song does to you what it does (still does, now 7 years later) to me.
Monday, April 04, 2011