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This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T., and some dreamy rockscapes from the Pains of Being Pure at heart on their new LP, Belong. We've also got a track review with a new track from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, and some new joints coming from Mono/Poly, Metronomy, and more.

Dreary Songs and Sing-Alongs

Mar 28, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, it's new releases and tracks from Explosions In the Sky, Blake Mills, Crystal Stilts, and Anna Von Hausswolff.

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The idea that music can be medicine may strike some of you as woo-woo new age piffle. To a degree I had not understood until now, serious researchers all over the world as studying these connections and making astonishing breakthroughs.

Jeffrey Rusch

One guest, twenty minutes, zero preparation… Faith's on the Hot Seat!

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Zoë's self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million Twitter followers.

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Orchestra New England is committed to quality and innovation, a commitment that has made its artistic achievements possible by generating and nurturing an unusual workplace and a remarkable orchestra.

Since its founding in 1974, Orchestra New England has presented over 700 concerts with a passion for excellence and signature enthusiasm. Most of these performances were presented at ONE’s home base at Yale’s Battell Chapel, with other engagements taking place in concert halls throughout New England and along the Eastern seaboard.

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For many years of my adult life, I rejected Irish-American culture. I don't particularly like the way St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in this country with green beer and bad music. Growing up in the 1960s, I had few exposures to anything deeper and "rootsier" than tacky Irish-American treacle.

Southern Doom, German Electro, Canadian Pop

Mar 10, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we visit North Carolina's filthiest metal band: Weedeater. We'll also be hearing new cuts from Desolate and Lykke Li; plus, new albums from the Rural Alberta Advantage and Siriusmo.

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The Essex Winter Series's goal is to bring the finest music, in live performance, to the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline Region during the winter months and to cultivate its appreciation to the widest audience.

Wolfie's Songs!

Mar 5, 2011
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Connecticut, unique among all states, has both a state poet laureate and a state troubadour. The first state poet laureate was James Merrill, appointed in the mid-1980s. Merrill graciously accepted the honor but said it was unlikely he would be writing poems for state occasions like, he said, the governor's birthday. Boy, was that an understatement.

Dance Music Remixes, Gloom, and Doom

Feb 28, 2011

This week on The Needle Drop, we explore new albums from PJ Harvey and Toro Y Moi. We've also got a nice handful of remixes, and an introduction to the band Balkans.

An Experimental Buffet

Feb 23, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we sample some of the most experimental records of this month from Mogwai, Nicolas Jaar, and Colin Stetson.

We also check in on some Vivian Girls sideprojects and scope a new track from Beach Fossils, too.

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Earlier this week, Bernie Madoff gave an interview to a reporter working on a book called "Wizard of Lies, Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust." Wow. Prison must be really boring if he's willing to give that writer his time.

Earth's Return to the Drone

Feb 14, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, the band Earth revisits the world of atmospheric drones with the album Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I. We've also got a review of the new Strokes single, and new tracks from James Blake and Anamanaguchi.

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Go Mad With Dumbo Gets Mad

Feb 10, 2011

On the Needle Drop this week, we're serving up new tracks from Fleet Foxes and Vivian Girls; plus, a review of the new Cloud Nothings album.

We'll also be looking into new releases from Braids, John Vanderslice, and Dumbo Gets Mad.

New Music and an Interview With VIMTV

Feb 2, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we scope new tracks from Dumbo Gets Mad and Times New Viking. We also sample new LPs from Deerhoof and Destroyer. The guys from Velocities In Music stop by for a little interview, too!

In the late 1960s, jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd sold millions of records by tapping in to the psychedelic sounds of the days

He achieved a “superstar” status, unfamiliar to jazz musicians today, thanks to the cross-over appeal of this soulful and experimental music.  His 1967 album, “Forest Flower” was one of the biggest selling jazz records of all time.  

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The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has named Carolyn Kuan its new music director.

Kuan visited our studios last year when she was touring Hartford as a candidate. She's the 10th music director for the HSO and the first woman to hold the position.

She sat down with us again to talk about her vision for the HSO's future. Kuan gave her thoughts on music, Mozart, symphonic performance and how she plans to make the HSO more accessible to patrons increasingly distracted by digital white noise.

New Haven Independent

Yann Beaullan’s mother is Jewish; his father is Cambodian. He grew up listening to Buddhist chants. On Sunday he was worshiping in Wooster Square—to the strains of alto saxes offering Coltranesque riffs on the Christian hymn “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.”

Beaullan has joined what might be called a “happening” new phenomenon in the pews: a weekly jazz-style eucharist that is transforming St. James and St. Paul’s from one of the “frozen chosen” Episcopal churches in town to one of the coolest places to worship in New Haven.

Revisit Metal's Roots with Ghost

Jan 24, 2011

This week on The Needle Drop, we've got oddball garage rock from Fergus & Geronimo, and some pop rock on the straight and narrow with Smith Westerns.

We're also serving up a track review from Tennis' new album, Cape Dory; plus, some Swedish metal that looks to the past on Ghost's Opus Eponymous.

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