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Progressive Synths and a Bad, Bad Singer-Songwriter

Oct 28, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Tom Waits, Kuedo, Michael Beach, and more.

Chion Wolf

There are parallels -- and I don't think I'm forcing them -- between indie rock musician Mike Doughty -- whom you'll hear on the show today, and Mahler's first symphony, which Hartford Symphony conductor Caroyln Kuan will discuss in advance of performing it for the next four nights.

Rustie Electronics and Poetic Post-Hardcore

Oct 19, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we're delving into two very different records from Rustie and La Dispute. Rustie is a Glasgow music producer whose new album, Glass Swords, is a bight, heart-pumping piece of electronica. La Dispute should also bring heartrates up, but for different reasons. These guys are a hard-hitting Michgan band specializing in melodic guitar passages and extremely poetic lyricism.

We've got those artists and more!

Chion Wolf.

Some of my best friends are DJs, but for me, there's something magical about a band -- at a wedding or just about any place else. Sure, a DJ can bring a few thousand songs, but in a way that adds to the mystique of the band. When they play a song you like, it's even more of a gift.

Cool Kids and Whole Loves

Oct 13, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we explore the latest albums from Wilco and Teenage Cool Kids. We're also serving up some emotional hardcore from La Dispute's new LP; plus, some beautiful ambient waves coming off the latest Jacazek album, Glimmer.

Catchy Rock Tunes and Vintage Dance Mixes

Oct 3, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, it's new material from Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus. We've also got some vintage dance mixes from Factory Records, and some progressive rock from Wobbler.

Jazz-Hop Reinterpreatations and Ambient Classical Waves

Oct 3, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got Ambient Classical soundscapes from A Winged Victory For The Sullen. We'll also be backing that up with some jangly pop rock from Big Troubles' sophomore album, Romantic Comedy, and a load of Jazz-Hop reinterpretations from BADBADNOTGOOD.

Musicians from Europe, Canada and across the U.S. will meet in Connecticut on October 8th & 9th for the 9th annual Harp Guitar Gathering. What’s a harp guitar?   

Think of an acoustic guitar – either nylon or steel string - sitting on your lap. Between your chin and the guitar, half of a harp springs out from the top shoulder of the instrument. It's a sight to behold!  There are no frets on the additional strings. They’re either plucked or resonate as you play, but they expand the instrument’s range down as low as a grand piano.

Chion Wolf

Complex Ballads and Morbid Pop Rock

Sep 21, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new, experimental ballads from the new St. Vincent album Strange Mercy. We'll also be diving into new releases from Veronica Falls, Weekend, and Toro Y Moi.

Futuristic Jazz Fusions and Some Psychedelic Folk

Sep 21, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new music from Boxcutter, Kurt Vile, Thundercat, and more.

Daniel Hartwig

Amore: The Story of Italian American Song

Great Cover Songs

Sep 14, 2011
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Note: A complete playlist from today's show is below.

The cover version is an odd creature. Ideally, it pulls a new idea out of an old song and retains from the new artist, some of the old artist's sensibility.

On the recent Buddy Holly tribute album, one of the successes, I thought, was "True Love Ways" by My Morning Jacket, mostly because I never heard My Morning Jacket sound anything like that.

Math Rock and Bedroom Beats

Sep 7, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from bedroom beat producer Shlohmo's new album, Bad Vibes. We also catch up on the latest releases from dream pop project Active Child and California math rockers Hella.

A Salute To Banjos!

Aug 30, 2011
Chion Wolf

Maybe you think of the banjo as primarily a bluegrass instrument, but try not to forget that prior to about 1830, it was played pretty much exclusively by African-Americans, and it seems to have as ancestors several African instruments.

Gothic Rock and Hazy Folk Rock

Aug 24, 2011

On this week's the Needle Drop, we'll be trying out two new albums from the War on Drugs and Chelsea Wolfe. We've also got plenty of tracks from upcoming albums by acts such as Ganglians, Twin SIster, and Feist.

Hard Rock is Alive! Plus, Calming Electronics.

Aug 18, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we explore some long, winding electronic pieces from John Tejada. We'll also be hearing some sensual pop tunes from Blood Orange and get a surprisingly good hard rock revival album from Rival Sons.

Chion Wolf

**Hear the interview in its entirety by clicking on the player to the right. You can also stream individual songs by clicking on the track title**

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
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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 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 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.