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Randomly Accessed Memories and Teethed Glory

May 22, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're serving up new tracks from Kimya Dawson's and Aesop Rock's the Uncluded, and black metal outfit Deafheaven as well. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from metal outfit Altar of Plageus and the kings of French house music, Daft Punk.

Randomly Accessed Memories and Teethed Glory

May 22, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're serving up new tracks from Kimya Dawson's and Aesop Rock's the Uncluded, and black metal outfit Deafheaven as well. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from metal outfit Altar of Plageus and the kings of French house music, Daft Punk.

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Once upon a time in a second term, a president used his power to go after journalists in Hartford. I could be talking about President Obama's justice department seizing AP phone records, including some from AP's Hartford office. But I could also be talking Thomas Jefferson in 1806.

Chion Wolf

Once upon a time in a second term, a president used his power to go after journalists in Hartford. I could be talking about President Obama's justice department seizing AP phone records, including some from AP's Hartford office. But I could also be talking Thomas Jefferson in 1806.

Hartford's outdoor concert season is about to start.  And while that's fun for a lot of people, some call it a scheduled mass casualty event.  Binge drinking is a serious concern for law enforcement and public health officials. 

Remixing Middletown

May 10, 2013

Middletown is gearing up for a special celebration Saturday.

The city's north end will will come alive with music, dancers and visual art Saturday. MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More is a festival of Art and Sound that features a flash mob dance, a laptop computer Orchestra, and a host of other events.

Savages Go Silent, and The Haxan Cloak Excavates

May 8, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're diving into the latest releases from post-punk outfit Savages and dark ambient producer the Haxan Cloak. We'll also be listening to new music from Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval.

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It's possible to oversell the idea of a modern revival of so-called American roots music. Maybe that revival is always happening.

Nick Spitzer's terrific public radio show "American Routes" has been around since 1998, when it was featuring people like Steve Earle. So, you know ... the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons didn't exactly invent anything.

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It's possible to oversell the idea of a modern revival of so-called American roots music. Maybe that revival is always happening.

Nick Spitzer's terrific public radio show "American Routes" has been around since 1998, when it was featuring people like Steve Earle. So, you know ... the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons didn't exactly invent anything.

Chion Wolf

The music, culture and movement of Brazil is evocative of a certain kind of lifestyle to many Americans - like me - who’ve never been there. The beach at Ipanema, dense rainforests, a lyrical language and laid-back people.

But the real Brazil is booming and complex, one of the world’s emerging economies.

Connecticut is also home to many thousands of Brazilian immigrants - who occupy an uneasy space as part of a Latin American diaspora with a different language and cultural heritage.

Experimental Saxophone and Twelve Reasons To Die

May 1, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're taking a listen to new tracks from MGMT, Co La, and Savages. We'll also be sampling from the latest full-lengths by saxophonist Colin Stetson and New York emcee Ghostface Killah.

Experimental Saxophone and Twelve Reasons To Die

May 1, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're taking a listen to new tracks from MGMT, Co La, and Savages. We'll also be sampling from the latest full-lengths by saxophonist Colin Stetson and New York emcee Ghostface Killah.

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John Lennon said they were the greatest comedy team since the Marx Brothers.

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John Lennon said they were the greatest comedy team since the Marx Brothers.

Wakin On A Daze and A King Remembered In Time

Apr 24, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Gold Panda, Holograms, and more. We'll also be diving into the latest full-length releases from MIssissippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. and psychedelic singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

James Blake Shakes The Habitual

Apr 17, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're featuring brand new tracks from TNGHT, Young Fathers, and Queens of the Stone Age. We'll also be sampling the latest full-lengths from The Knife and James Blake.

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We had a big menu of things we could talk about on The Nose this week, but there was no possibility we weren't going to tackle "Accidental Racist,' the collaboration between country star Brad Paisely and rap star LL Cool J, mainly because of all the heat and light this song as generated among journalists and critics. 

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We had a big menu of things we could talk about on The Nose this week, but there was no possibility we weren't going to tackle "Accidental Racist,' the collaboration between country star Brad Paisely and rap star LL Cool J, mainly because of all the heat and light this song as generated among journalists and critics. 

Nostalchic Hits The Waves

Apr 10, 2013

This Week on The Needle Drop, we're looking into the latest releases from Lapalux and The Mary Onettes. We'll also be trying out brand new tracks from Phosphorescent, Deerhunter, , and Cold Cave.

Nostalchic Hits The Waves

Apr 10, 2013

This Week on The Needle Drop, we're looking into the latest releases from Lapalux and The Mary Onettes. We'll also be trying out brand new tracks from Phosphorescent, Deerhunter, and Cold Cave.

Hartford Gets Folksy This Weekend

Apr 5, 2013

Kate Callahan is one of our favorite local folk artists. Now she’s a music festival organizer as well. This weekend, the Hartfolk Festival is taking place at the University of Saint Joseph. Musicians from throughout the area will take the stage and show us what modern folk music sounds and looks like. Performers include past Where We Live guests like Kate Callahan and String Theorie.

Chion Wolf

What is folk music? Phillip Phillips sounds like a folk singer, but he won American Idol. Does that disqualify him? Charles Bradley is the living embodiment of the sound of James Brown, but he played the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival last year. A few years ago, Richard Thompson started covering Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again," as a folk tune, even playing part of it "in the manner of the 16th century."

Nordic Rock 'n' Roll and The Drones

Apr 3, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're checking out some new tracks from The Mary Onettes, Mikal Cronin, and Mount Kimbie. We'll also be sampling tracks from the latest releases from KEN mode, The Drones, Kvelertak.

Nordic Rock 'n' Roll and The Drones

Apr 3, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're checking out some new tracks from The Mary Onettes, Mikal Cronin, and Mount Kimbie. We'll also be sampling tracks from the latest releases from KEN mode, The Drones, Kvelertak.

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Why do we have, in our studio today, a whole bunch of trumpet players, plus a trombonist, French horn player and what do you call someone who plays the tuba?  A tubist?  A tubaist? A tubista? 

The Next Day For Diane Young

Mar 27, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're tripping through some of the latest tracks from Vampire Weekend, The Knife, Savages, and more. We'll also be visiting with the latest full-length release from the one and only David Bowie.

The Next Day For Diane Young

Mar 27, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're tripping through some of the latest tracks from Vampire Weekend, The Knife, Savages, and more. We'll also be visiting with the latest full-length release from the one and only David Bowie.

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If you had to tell the story of 10 years ago today, the story of our invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, what story would you tell? How hard would it be to assemble a narrative?

Today we'll look at that story through the lens of collective (or collected) memory, a fascinating branch of history that looks at the way people and societies assemble and preserve factual narratives.

 We'll also look at one high school history teacher's attempt to teach the Iraq War even as it hovers on the cusp that separates contemporary issues from history.

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