Music discussion with the staff of The Current
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Join Bill Deville while he runs down the weeks music headlines, talks about the next big thing to emerge from Belgium; Black Box Revelation, speaks with Ximena Sariana about what she's listening to these days on The Guest List, reviews the new album from Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame on The Music Meeting, Matt Perkins, The Current's Marketing Coordi…
This week on Musicheads, join Bill Deville while he runs down the week's music headlines; speaks with Matthew Murphy of The Wombats about what he's listening to these days on The Guest List; reviews the new album from Mayer Hawthorne titled "How Do You Do" on The Music Meeting; and welcomes Barb Abney, host on The Current, to talk about one of her …
This week on Musicheads, join Bill Deville while he runs down the weeks music headlines; talks about the next big thing to emerge from New Zealand, Kimbra; speaks with Dan Mangan about what he's listening to these days on The Guest List; reviews the new album from M83 titled "Hurry Up, we're Dreaming" on The Music Meeting; and welcomes Jade, The Cu…
Join Bill DeVille while he runs down the week's music headlines; talks about MNDR, the next big thing to emerge from the electro-pop world; speaks with Henry Rollins about what he's listening to these days on The Guest List; reviews the new album from Tom Waits, "Bad As Me," on The Music Meeting; and invites Ali Lozoff, The Current's Marketing Mana…
his week on Musicheads, Bill DeVille updates us on the news from Google, Sonic Youth's split and Leonard Cohen's collaboration with his son. We hear Mary Lucia confess her undying devotion to Spoon's Gimme Fiction, and Melanie Walker brings us the next big thing from Down Under. Plus a discussion of the new Feist record, and a sneak peek at Kate Bu…
Musicheads Episode 14
This week on Musicheads, news on Sylvia Robinson's passing, Emo's in Austin shutting its doors and the new biography from Courtney Love. Miles Kane is The Next Big Thing, and Wild Flag is the topic of the Music Meeting. All this, plus Mark Wheat shares his essential record from the band The Fall.
Musicheads check out new tunes from DJ Shadow, Florence and The Machine, Blake Mills and ODB. Bill will also be talking to Peter Wolf Crier about what music they've been listening to lately, check out Gary Clark Jr. the next big thing in blues music, review the new St. Vincent album "Strange Mercy", and revisit a classic album with Jill Riley: The …
Music news about Radiohead, Interscope records, Snoop Dogg and Megafaun. Laura Marling is this week's next big thing, and we feature an essential album from Willie Nelson. Plus a sneak peek at a new track from Kasabian.
This week on Musicheads, Bill covers the news, talks with TV on the Radio's Tunde Abimpe, tackles the new Blitzen Trapper release, and previews a new track from Wavves.
Musicheads Episode 9
The latest Musicheads, with news, record releases for 8/31, and a discussion about the Horrors' new record "Skying". Jacquie Fuller picks Wilco's "Summerteeth" as the 'essential' record, and we leave you with a sneak peak of a new M83 song.
Musicheads Episode 7
Musicheads Episode 6
This time on Musicheads...we talked about about Big Boi's recent drug bust in the Musicast. Bob Dylan, Jack White sing unreleased Hank Williams song on upcoming album. The Horrors' new album is out today! Melanie talked about Little Dragon in the Next Big Thing!Mount Moriah discussed a few of their favorites for the Guest List! In the Music Meeting…
In the Musicast segment, Jill and I talked about MTV bringing back 120 minutes with Matt Pinfield, as MTV just turned 30....remember the 1st video played? Kings of Leon have cancelled their tour. Damon Albarn is a busy guy! He now is busy working on a new Congo project. Melanie Walker talked about Cults! Rhett Miller of Old 97's talked about some o…
In the Musicast segment, the big story is the death of Amy Winehouse. Colin Melloy, from the Decemberists, has a children's book on the way! We also checked out a track from the Swedish band, Little Dragon, whose album is out today! For the Chart Breakouts we sampled a new one from Jill Scott, featuiring Anthony Hamilton. Melanie talked about the n…
Jill Riley dropped in for the Musicast. We talked about long awaited album from The Shins! They are playing in San Francisco in August!Headlines:Rilo Kiley splits up, Weezer set sail...literally! and They Might Be Giants are back with a new album! Their 15th album is called Join Us!The Muppets are back in action with the Green Album, featuring a to…
It's the debut of the newly revamped Musicheads. It has taken on more of a "music magazine" format. Let us know what you think?? The show will feature different segments with folks from The Current contributing to the show.
This time Bill welcomes Mark Wheat and Radio Free Current and Local Show host, David Campbell.The cast discusses the new collaboration of Danger Mouse and Italian composer Danielle Luppi, Rafael Saadiq's new Stone Rollin' album and the new release from local artist Haley Bonar called, Golder.This week's question, "What summer concert are you lookin…
This time Bill is joined by The Current's "In the Studio Host," Jade & "Local Show" host David Campbell.Up for discussion are the highly anticipated new album from Bon Iver, plus the San Francisco band, Vetiver, and the new collaboration of Thao and Mirah.This weeks question: "What's your favorite stormy weather song?"…
This time on Musicheads Bill is joined by The Current’s “In The Studio” host Jade and by Radio Free Current and Local Show host, David Campbell.They’ll discuss the highly anticipated new album from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes, it’s called Helplessness Blues. Also up for discussion is new one from Foo Fighters, which debuted at number 1 in several countri…
This time Bill is joined by The Current's, In the Studio Host, Jade and Local Show & Radio Free Current host David Campbell.Up for discussion are a couple of highly anticipated new albums from Dawes & Beastie Boys and a new band from Louisiana called Givers.This weeks question: “When you were a teen what rock posters did you have hanging in your ro…
This time Bill is joined by The Current's Co-Music Director's Melanie Walker and David Safar. Up for discussion are hot new albums from indie-rock vets My Morning Jacket & Death Cab as well as one of the the buzz band of the moment, Foster the People.This week's question: "what is your summer song?"
This week, we investigate the casual and formal uses of the word pretty. Also, we announce that the podcast will be taking a brief hiatus.
This week, journalist Andrew Haeg joins us to talk about when to use literally -- and when not to use it.
This week, we examine two easily confused words: adverse and averse.
(Repeat Episode) We look at interesting words having to do with Halloween. We're joined by MPR News arts reporter, Euan Kerr.
This week, we're talking about the ellipsis. What's an ellipsis, you ask? Listen to the podcast to find out...
We investigate the seldom-told story about the meanings of the words affect and effect.
(Repeat episode) Adding intensifiers can give emphasis to your speech and writing; but sometimes they serve to weaken the message and are best left out.
(Repeat Episode) We address a couple of words that sound somewhat alike and come fairly close in meaning, yet can cause a bit of confusion: ambivalent and ambiguous.
This week, we investigate a figure of speech called metonymy.
As the title suggests, this week's episode is all about adverbs.
We're back at the Minnesota State Fair to gain insights about vocabulary that comes from the crafts of weaving and spinning. Our special guest is Judy Payne of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.
This week, we visit the Minnesota State Fair to talk about a literary device called onomatopoeia.
We investigate a trio of words that share a common root and all have something to do with some aspect of belief, trust or worth: credible, creditable and credulous.
This week on Grammar Grater, we’re going to examine three words that sound similar yet they have subtle differences in meaning. Those words are discomfit, discomfort and disconcert.
Lexicographer Wendalyn Nichols joins us to give advice on how to best use and choose dictionaries.
(Repeat episode) No other part of speech causes as much confusion -- and demonstrates the continuous evolution of the English language -- quite like plural nouns. Today we'll try to clear up some misunderstandings about some plural nouns that tend to give writers trouble.
We feature some lighthearted summer fare by looking at expressions that include the word mustard. Joining us is Barry Levenson, an author of three books and the founder and curator of the Mustard Museum in Wisconsin.
(Repeat Episode)We dissect a veritable carnival of idiomatic expressions, including "the elephant in the room" and "the 800 pound gorilla."
Editor Catherine Winter joins us to talk about two common types of word confusion.
We investigate the meaning and history of the word erstwhile.
This week, we look at a pair of commonly confused homophones: principal and principle.
This week marks our 100th original episode, as well as the 2nd anniversary of Grammar Grater. We're celebrating the occasion by presenting a "clip show" of some of our favorite moments from the past two years.
We examine another pair of words that can cause confusion: amuse and bemuse. If you enjoy Grammar Grater, consider supporting it by becoming a member at http://www.mpr.org/grammargrater
This week, we continue our two-part look at the issue of trademarks in writing.