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Amplifying Humanity with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Viginia-born Thao Nguyen spent much of her twenties on the road (including a tour with WNYC's Radiolab) performing her energetic music solo and with her band The Get Down Stay Down. These days she's mostly staying put in San Francisco, working not only on her music, but, as she explains here, on being human. "It's been a discovery process," she says in this interview, "humanity means acknowledging what's inside, and acknowledging that you have a duty to show up for people, as they show up for you." David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to the WNYC Studio to perform several rollicking songs, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, century-old color photographs, Rock and Roll, Chicken Tenders, and more.

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Battle of the High School Bands: The Winner

Friday, August 23, 2013

In our Battle of the High School Bands contest, we ended up with 350 submissions spanning six decades of adolescence — from psychedelic pop to soulful hip-hop. Our rock star judges, Andrew W.K. and Thao Nguyen ...

Bonus Track: Andrew W.K. and Thao Nguyen cover the winning song

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Battle of the High School Bands: Meet the Judges

Friday, June 07, 2013

Our judges come battle-tested by the tribulations of high school. Andrew W.K., the self-described “partiest man alive,” played in his Ann Arbor school’s jazz band, as well as bass and drums in several groups outside of school. Thao Nguyen (of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and her band ...

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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down; Take a Rock ‘n’ Roll Day Trip; Rap Lyrics On The Street

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In this episode: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, led by singer-guitarist Thao Nguyen, plays songs from their latest album, We The Common, in our studio.

Plus: Lonely Planet’s US editor, Robert Reid, presents a Hudson Valley rock and roll day trip that includes stops inspired by Levon Helm and the B-52s’ Kate Piersen.

    And: Here in New York City, rap lyrics could be coming to a street corner near you. Street artist and graphic designer Jason Shelowitz – known as Jay Shells – explains his latest subversive project. 

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      Oscar’s Youngest Nominee & Macklemore’s Thrift Shop

      Friday, February 22, 2013

      Benh Zeitlin, the director of Beasts of the Southern Wild, tells Kurt Andersen about his Oscar-nominated debut film, an apocalyptic fairytale set in Louisiana with a six-year-old hero. We visit indie rocker Thao Nguyen in her mother's laundromat. Plus, the rapper Macklemore says homophobia in hip-hop is so over.

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      A Trip Home with Thao Nguyen

      Friday, February 22, 2013

      At just 24, Thao Nguyen put out one of 2008's best indie rock records, We Brave Bee Stings and All. But she didn’t turn into a rock star overnight. Thao grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where her mother owned a coin laundromat and dry cleaning business. She started working there ...

      Bonus Track: "We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)"

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      Gary Shteyngart & Amanda Palmer

      Friday, July 30, 2010

      Kurt Andersen talks to Gary Shteyngart about his new novel Super Sad True Love Story. It's a dystopian, social media-plagued epic that reads like a hilarious 1984. An 11-year-old from Rhode Island becomes an international pop star by continuing the musical traditions of his Cape Verdean heritage. And Amanda Palmer of the band Dresden Dolls plays Radiohead songs on a ukulele, live in our studio.

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      Thao's Story

      Thursday, July 09, 2009

      Ever since we ran this piece about Thao Nguyen, we've been hooked on her music--'Bag of Hammers' is so catchy! Our reporter went to visit Thao at her mother's Laundromat in Virginia, where she grew up practicing guitar and making change.

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      Thao Nguyen

      Friday, May 29, 2009

      At just 24, she put out one of 2008's best indie rock records, We Brave Bee Stings and All and she's touring the country now with her band. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where her mother owns a coin laundromat and dry cleaning business. We sent

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      Ellison, Thao, Fallingwater

      Friday, May 29, 2009

      People with something to prove. Author Harlan Ellison makes the case that he's heir to Poe, Kafka, and Borges. We visit indie rocker Thao Nguyen in her mother's laundromat. Miranda July reads her short story, "This Person." And hear why a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece failed to start a revolution.

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      Page, Blind Boys, Piaf

      Friday, February 22, 2008

      Youth isn't wasted on the young. Ellen Page, the 21 year-old star of the hit movie "Juno," put in everything she had after landing her dream role as a smart, savvy, pregnant teen. And 23-year-old indie-rocker Thao Nguyen tells us how spending her teen years working at her mom’s laundromat honed her guitar skills. All that plus the amazing gospel sounds of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

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      Thao Nguyen

      Friday, February 22, 2008

      At 23, Thao Nguyen is poised for her breakout. Her new record, We Brave Bee Stings and All, is getting national attention, but Thao's heart stays close to home in the Northern Virginia. That's where she taught herself guitar while working at the coin laundry ...

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