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Chion Wolf

We got interested in whistling after the Library of Congress launched its National Jukebox, an amazing online compilation of playable, often scratchy music from the library's collection. There's a lot of music there, including a whole section devoted to whistling. (Also yodeling, but that's another show ... )

Indie, Indie Everywhere!

May 25, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, it's independent rock, pop, and electronic music from all over the world: Brazil, Denmark, Australia, and even the UK. We'll also be dropping new tracks from Bon Iver, and diving into the new Balkans album.

Indie, Indie Everywhere!

May 25, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, it's independent rock, pop, and electronic music from all over the world: Brazil, Denmark, Australia, and even the UK. We'll also be dropping new tracks from Bon Iver, and diving into the new Balkans album.

New Haven Musicians Protest Symphony Cuts

May 17, 2011
Uma Ramiah

Contract negotiations are underway between musicians and management of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. But some of the proposed changes have performers taking to the streets. 


Dressed in her concert black, cellist Chris Coyle stood in front of Woolsey Hall, passing out bright yellow flyers to audience members as they arrived for an evening performance by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

"We're afraid that our next season we're going to be cut down to the bone, playing very small works, leaving out some of our colleagues."

Black Metal Gets a Makeover

May 17, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got some uplifting doom ballads from Jesu's latest LP, Ascension, and some danceable art pop on the new Wild Beasts album, Smother.

The Brooklyn band Liturgy also gives the dark art of black metal a musical makeover on their new LP, Aesthethica.

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I don't usually recommend that you touch your radio tuner, but, after today's show, flip over to a station playing what used to be called Top 40 radio and notice how many songs use the effect known as auto-tune

Ambitious Folk Tunes, Filthy Garage Ballads

May 10, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we're diving into new records from garage rockers Natural Child and folk heroes Fleet Foxes. We'll also be taking on new tracks from King Tuff, Clams Casino, and Snake Oil.

Bill Callahan's Quiet Apocalypse

May 4, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Australian garage rockers the UV Race. We'll also be sampling new material from Thee Oh Sees, Ganglians, and They Might Be giants. We'll also take some extended listens to new albums from Bill Callahan and Lento.

Jerry Kristafer

May 4, 2011
"The 60s in Connecticut" Documentary

“In the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut," producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film.  Since the documentary can only include small portions of each interview, we are making the full interviews available on-line.  The "60s in Connecticut" can be seen on May 9, at 9:30 PM on CPTV.  

Jerry Kristafer, radio personality, was interviewed in late fall 2010.

Interview Synopsis:

Arnold Dean

May 4, 2011
"The 60s in Connecticut" Documentary

“In the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut", producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film.  Since the documentary can only include small portions of each interview, we are making the full interviews available on-line.  The "60s in Connecticut" can be seen on May 9, at 9:30 PM on CPTV.   

Arnold Dean, sports radio commentator in the 60s, was interviewed in the Fall of 2010.

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This week on the Needle Drop, things get strange on the new tUnE-yArDs album, W H O K I L L. We'll also be smoothing things out with some instantaneous indie pop from Metronomy and mixing it up again with some brand new glitches and beats from Mono/Poly.

Fall In Love With Oblivion

Apr 18, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, rock 'n' roll gets a dark and hazy makeover with Crystal Stilts' latest album, In Love With Oblivion. We've also got tracks from one of the creepiest bands to come out of Canada: Timber TImbre.

We've visit with those two albums and hear even more from Natural Child, Grouper, and the Shivers.

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We're talking today about independent record stores. At first I thought the show would be mostly about the romance of vinyl, but I see now that that's not the point. (Or at least that the emphasis should be on romance and not on vinyl.

Tomboys and Holy Ghost!s

Apr 11, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we touch down on new Releases from Holy Ghost! and Panda Bear. We'll also be listening to some Australian electronica, and some Connecticut psych rock from Snake Oil.

Chion Wolf

*This episode originally aired April 6, 2011*

We all know what it's like to slip into the gravitational pull of a musical artist. You might have a few weeks where you just can't stand to listen to to anything else. In fact, the musical universe seems divided up exactly that way - Your Guys. And Everybody Else.

New Wave Revival, a Bounty of Electronics

Apr 6, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we touch down on new electonica from Four Tet, Burial, and Wagon Christ. We're also be scoping new releases from new wave revivalists Craft Spells and a true musical chameleon: Bibio.

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**Today we get music advice from Colin McEnroe, Joan Holliday, Eric Danton and Wally Lamb. Check out their playlists below.**

We need a better name for these music shows we do with Wally Lamb, Eric Danton and Joan Holiday. At the moment, we call them Peekaboo Radio, and the deal is that we introduce you to music you may not know about. Or may have forgotten about.

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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**NOTE: Today's Playlist Is Posted Below**

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.

Playlist:

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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
Chion Wolf

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.

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