Episode #914

Del, Dinnerstein, Swedish Pop

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 914, Del, Dinnerstein, Swedish Pop Del the Funky Homosapien (Heather Leah Kennedy)

Studio 360 dives into music’s deep end. Kurt talks with Del the Funky Homosapien, who’s made huge hits but has also carved out a niche as hip-hop’s oddball. Simone Dinnerstein performs a few "Goldberg Variations," and Swedes plot their government-backed global takeover of indie rock. Plus, photographer Taryn Simon with tips on gaining access to forbidden zones.

Del the Funky Homosapien

West Coast hip-hopper Del the Funky Homosapien hit stardom when he rapped on “Clint Eastwood” –- a mega pop hit from 2001 by the Gorillaz. But he's also carved out a niche as hip-hop’s oddball, rapping about science fiction and comics. Kurt talks to Del about his ...

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Bonus Track: "Workin It"

"Workin It" from Del the Funky Homosapien's Eleventh Hour (Definitive Jux).

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Van in the USSR

Fifty years ago, a pianist from Texas named Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. It was the height of the Cold War and when he returned to the States, he was honored with a ticker tape parade down Broadway’s “Canyon of Heroes.” Produced by WNYC’s

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Simone Dinnerstein

34-year-old pianist Simone Dinnerstein scraped together the cash to record Bach’s "Goldberg Variations." The album was picked up by a major label, and reached #1 on the Billboard classical charts. She performs live and tells Kurt why that piece never goes out of style.

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Bonus Track: "Eine Kleine Mitternacht Musik"

Simone Dinnerstein performs "Eine Kleine Mitternacht Musik" by George Crumb live in Studio 360.

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National Secrets

Photographer Taryn Simon spent five years quietly gaining access to all sorts of secret hazardous places across the U.S., including a munitions test site, a nuclear waste storage facility, and a wildlife refuge. The images are collected An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. ...

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Stockholm Syndrome

The post-ABBA generation of Swedish pop stars is taking over international airwaves and iPods. Studio 360’s Leital Molad connects the dots with singer-songwriter José González and band members of the Shout Out Louds and Peter Bjorn and John.

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