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  1. BBC Radio 4 - Seriously…, Songs for the Dead

    Marie-Louise Muir explores the tradition of keening for the dead in Ireland.

    Keeners were the women of rural Ireland who were traditionally paid to cry, wail and sing over the bodies of the dead at funerals and wakes. Their role was to help channel the grief of the bereaved and they had an elevated, almost mythical status among their communities. The custom of keening had all but vanished by the 1950’s as people began to view it as primitive, old-fashioned and uncivilised.

    Now, broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir sets out to ask what’s been lost with the passing of the keeners.

    She travels to Inis Mor, a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, where one of Ireland’s last professional keeners - Brigid Mullin - was recorded by the song collector and archivist Sidney Robertson Cowell in the 1950’s. Brigid’s crackling, eerie evocation of sorrow echoes down the years to capture a tradition in its dying days - a ghostly remnant of another world.

    Dr Deirdre Ni Chonghaile is a native of Inis Mor and thinks modern funerals have taken on an almost Victorian dignity in a society that in general has become far less tolerant of extravagant displays of grief. Deirdre believes it was this very extravagance that helped lead to keening’s demise. Its emphasis on the body and human mortality was in direct conflict with the notion of a Christian afterlife and the influential role of the keening women may even have been regarded as a threat to the patriarchy of the Church.

    As the story of the keeners blends with the waves and winds of Ireland’s west coast, Marie-Louise reflects on the passing of this once rich tradition.

    Producer: Conor McKay.

    Recordings:

    Bridget Mullin with Sidney Robertson Cowell, keen performance and conversation. Smithsonian Folkways, Ralph Rinzler Archives.

    Neil O’Boyle, keen demonstration on fiddle. Irish Traditional Music Archive, Dublin

    Eithne Ni Uilleachan, ‘Grief’ from the album Bilingua (Gael Linn)

    The Gloaming ‘The Pilgrim’s Song’ from the album ‘2’ (Real World)

    Milk Carton Kids ‘Wish You Were Here’ (Anti/Epitaph)

    Brian Eno ‘The Ship’ (Warp)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0455jf1

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  2. BBC Radio 4 - Seriously…, Steve Earle’s Songwriting Bootcamp

    The legendary country singer-songwriter unveils the secrets of composing a great song.

    Legendary country singer-songwriter Steve Earle unveils the secrets of composing a great song. Every year he runs a four-day intensive training session in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. Journalist and aspiring songwriter Hugh Levinson joined around 100 other would-be balladeers to see what they can learn both from Steve and his fellow teacher, Shawn Colvin. Listen in to stories of dreaming, methadone, guns, jail, death and betrayal. All the good stuff.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04flsmq

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  3. Song Exploder | Jóhann Jóhannsson | Arrival

    Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson breaks down a piece from the Arrival score.

    http://songexploder.net/arrival

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  4. Hear Leonard Cohen’s Final Interview : All Songs Considered : NPR

    The conversation with KCRW’s Chris Douridas was recorded just after Leonard Cohen’s 82nd birthday. The two talked about the singer’s health and final album, You Want It Darker.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/11/11/501659528/hear-one-of-leonard-cohens-final-interviews

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  5. Song Exploder | MGMT

    Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden break down the MGMT song "Time to Pretend."

    http://songexploder.net/mgmt

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  6. Hear Ryan Adams and Bob Mould Play Music And Talk About Everything Under The Sun : All Songs Considered : NPR

    Bob Mould has a new solo album, and Ryan Adams, who is a fan, invited the singer to his home studio for a rambling conversation that’s occasionally interrupted by the pair recording a song together.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/03/24/471733566/hear-ryan-adams-and-bob-mould-play-music-and-talk-about-everything-under-the-sun

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  7. The National | Song Exploder

    The National’s Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner break down "Sea of Love" on Song Exploder.

    The National formed in 1999. They’ve released six albums, and have been nominated for a grammy. Their music is everywhere from Game of Thrones, to Bob’s Burgers, to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In 2013 they released their sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts. The band is made up of singer Matt Berninger along with two sets of brothers: guitarists Bryce and Aaron Dessner, who are twins, and Brian and Scott Devendorf, who play drums and bass, respectively. In this episode, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner break down “Sea of Love,” a song that they co-wrote. You’ll hear how it went from Aaron’s original guitar demo to a densely layered recording with contributions from their bandmates and others, and they’ll talk about how collaboration is an intrinsic part of their process and their band identity.

    http://songexploder.net/the-national

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  8. All Songs +1: A Discussion With Neko Case And John Grant : All Songs Considered : NPR

    Two of our favorite musicians talk about carnival rides, their ideal collaboration and being sexier than ever in their mid-40s. Eavesdrop on a conversation between Neko Case and John Grant.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/10/23/450926316/all-songs-1-a-discussion-with-neko-case-and-john-grant

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  9. 17. The Bird Fancier’s Delight with Sarah Angliss - The OdditoriumThe Odditorium

    A composer, inventor and historian of sound and the uncanny – Sarah Angliss’ music reflects her lifelong obsession with defunct technology, faded variety acts and English folklore. In this talk she discusses the practices of training animals to mimic human behaviour, language and song.

    Hoover the Talking Seal

    Jacko the Talking Fish

    Learned Pig

    Clever Hans

    The Serinette by Chardin

    Neurogenesis

    Sparky the Budgie

    http://oddpodcast.com/portfolio/the-bird-fancyers-delight-with-sarah-angliss/

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  10. Song ExploderEpisode 28: The Long Winters | Song Exploder

    "The Commander Thinks Aloud"

    http://songexploder.net/episode-28-the-long-winters/

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