Chion Wolf

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Nigerian Funk and Heavy Electronics

Aug 11, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we're diving into new electronic releases from Hudson Mohawke and Machinedrum. Plus, some tracks from a compilation of Nigerian funk and disco music recorded in the late 70s and early 80s: Brand New Wayo.

Song Of The Summer

Aug 3, 2011
Flickr / Creative Commons / by Vancouver 125

What makes a summer song?

Joan Holliday says two things: heat and joy. The Internet has sort of informally agreed Katy Perry's Last Friday Night is the 2011 song of the summer, but our panelists weren't so sure. 

Photo by Mark Walz (Flickr)

The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival gets underway in East Hartford and runs through the weekend. Some of the best Bluegrass acts in the country will perform this weekend. What started 16 years ago as a small get together of local bluegrass musicians and fans has become one of the biggest Bluegrass festivals in the US.

Joining us by phone is C. Roger Moss, director of East Hartford's department of parks and recreation which organizes the event

Little Dragons and Experimental Saxophones

Aug 2, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got one smooth, sexy dance pop cut after another from the new Little Dragon album, Ritual Union. We'll also be sampling electronica from Machinedrum, and some solo sax work from the forthcoming Colin Stetson EP, Those Who Didn't Run.

Yale Student Nominated for Primetime Emmy

Aug 1, 2011

A Yale School of Music student has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. The 25 year old earned the nod for his score of a PBS documentary film.

Garth Neustadter says he spent some time in Yosemite Park in California to prepare for scoring the film, John Muir in the New World. The documentary follows the life of explorer and naturalist John Muir, who founded the environmental advocacy group The Sierra Club in 1892.

"Just being in the places that John Muir explored over 100 years ago definitely inspired me in a way that I didn't expect," he says.

Grimy Thrash Riffs and Glam Rock Revivals

Jul 27, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Toxic Holocaust's cut-throat thrash metal album, Conjure and Command. We'll also hear Alaska's Portugal. The Man embrace the sounds of glam rock, and we'll also be featuring tracks on upcoming albums from the Drums, Girls, M83, and Siskiyou.

Ambient Interludes and One Band's Weezer Worship

Jul 20, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we dive into new records from Theophilus London and Jeff and the Brotherhood. We'll also be serving up new tracks from Bill Baird and the Young Maths. Finally, we've got tracks from two favorites from my neck of the woods as well: Sidewalk Dave and the Guru.

Singer-Songwriters and Jazz / Hip Hop Fusions

Jul 14, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new albums from Herman Dune and Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis. We'll also dive into a fusion of jazz and hip hop courtesy of Canada's BADBADNOTGOOD; plus, a listen to the Indian garage rock trio Sleeping Bag.

Noise Rock and Electronic Soul

Jul 6, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from the Danish post-punk outfit Iceage. The band's new full-length, New Brigade, is easily one of the most blood-pumping albums I've heard this year. We've also got cuts from the new Washed Out LP, and we'll be polishing things off with a hybrid of dubstep and soul via the new SBTRKT album.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Faith Middleton does an interview about health while walking on a moving treadmill. She dives into the subject of sharks. And, the film about gay activist musicians in the deep South, Whistlin' Dixie.

Sounds Around Us

Jun 30, 2011
ky olsen, creative commons

If you stop and really listen, there’s a world of sound all around you.

For many people, this ambience of life is drowned out by the constant soundtrack of music...in our cars...on our headphones as we walk a city block or hop a subway.  

But today we’ll explore a different soundtrack, that of our actual surroundings.  

The idea came to us from two recent shows we did...one about how new technology is allowing us to map our worlds in all kinds of new ways...and another about field recordings as a type of cultural anthropology.

Occult Metal and Cold Electronics

Jun 28, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we visit the latest album from metal occultists Blood Ceremony. Living With the Ancients not only spins tales about witches and demons, but they do it using the heavy guitar riffs of Black Sabbath and the folky flute timbres of Jethro Tull. It's the Anderson and Iommi collaboration that should have been.

We've also got new solo material from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, and electronics hailing from Germany via Kangding Ray's latest album, OR.

How to rock concert performers set up for huge stadium events? How do the singers on American Idol get that special sound to capture the attention of the judges? Find out when The Faith Middleton Show goes on the road to Connecticut's Sennheiser Corporation in Connecticut, where they work with some of the world's top recording artists.

Filthy Garage Rock and Hyper Rock Instrumentals

Jun 14, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got cuts from one of 2011's most intense instrumental rock albums: Battles' Gloss Drop. We've also got another serving of instrumentals from a Connecticut band that just droped its self-titled debut, Snake Oil.

Black Lips, Tommy Four Seven, and Poor Lilly bring tracks to the table, too.