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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.

Yo Yo Ma Draws Thousands

Jun 12, 2011
Uma Ramiah

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas opened in New Haven this weekend. And though the weather didn't cooperate, famed cellist Yo Yo Ma still greeted thousands for the free outdoor concert.

Despite heavy rainstorms, nearly 8,000 people turned out to see Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble perform. Under those grey skies the New Haven Green, in the center of town, was awash in a sea of brightly colored umbrellas.

The Science of Song

Jun 10, 2011
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What does it mean when we say we hate a song?

Thrash Metal and One-Minute Miracles

Jun 7, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, Denver's Havok revives the art of thrash metal with their latest album, Time Is Up. We'll also be visiting with a beat producer hailing from Canada whose songs only last about a minute each, and we're finishing things up with the latest progressive synth space odyssey from Zombi, Escape Velocity.

The Supremes

Jun 1, 2011

At their height, they were "living the dream, looking impeccable and flawless to a fault."  They began as four girls from the projects of Detroit who just loved to sing - four girls who were desperate to get on the road.  In The Supremes, Mark Ribowsky charts the rise of the most successful female singing group of all time - the first "girl-group" ever to make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - as well as the ruthlessness that fed their breakup. 

African Electronics and Irrational Love

Jun 1, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new music from South Carolina's Coma Cinema. This project is the solo effort of South Carolina musician Mat Cothran, and he's got some sad stories to tell on his latest album, Blue Suicide. We'll also listen to tracks from the new Africa Hitech record, 93 Million Miles, which fuses electronics with rhythms from around the world. Plus, the Shivers have a new album of songs from New York's the Shivers.

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.

Interview Synopsis:

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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