Episode #653

Pop Songs, Alpendub, Willie

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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Studio 360 stops the suffering…from awful holiday music. Kurt Andersen brings you interviews and performances with some of the best musicians around: including ukuleleist Herb Ohta, singer MeShell NdegeOcello, and country music legend Willie Nelson.

They Might Be Giants: Idlewild

A few years ago Studio 360 spent the day at Coney Island with the Brooklyn-based indie rockers They Might Be Giants. After a morning on the sand, they set up their instruments at the Coney Island Museum and they played this song for us.

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They Might Be Giants: Boat of Car

They Might Be Giants perform another tune from Studio 360's day at the beach.

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Indian Brass Bands

When the British withdrew from India in the late 1940s, they left behind railroads, cricket, and ... tubas. Rob Weisberg explains how the brass instruments cast off by the British army have become an integral part of India's musical culture.

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Pop Song Muses

Writing love letters takes courage, but it's a little gutsier to write and perform songs about the object of your affection. Steve Nelson and Jocelyn Gonzales have their own personal takes on rock and roll's long love affair with that one special girl.

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Meshell NdegeOcello

A singer, songwriter, bass virtuoso, and bandleader, Meshell NdegeOcello is unique in contemporary pop. Her 2005 album Dance of the Infidel features jazz heavyweights like Don Byron and Cassandra Wilson. NgedeOcello doesn't care for interviews, but after years of trying, Studio 360's Ave Carrillo got her into our ...

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Brian and Gene

Rockabilly revivalist Brian Setzer was rummaging in the Sun Records vaults, looking for unknown gems he could cover. He struck gold with Gene Simmons' "Peroxide Blonde in a Hopped-Up Model Ford," but half the tune was missing, and Gene couldn't remember the other half. What's a rockabilly junkie ...

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Ukulele

You've probably never heard the tiny Hawaiian guitar like this before. Herb Ohta and Lyle Ritz talk about working together on their album, A Night of Ukelele Jazz: Live at McCabe's. Produced by Steve Nelson.

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Alpendub

Dub music is a remix style developed in Jamaica that takes just the rhythm track of a song, then lays on heavy reverb and avant-garde production effects. A few years ago Robert Cummings, a Canadian drummer living in Berlin, began to apply dub ideas to folk music from the Bavarian ...

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