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11:45 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.
William Schaff

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:15 pm

I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. The people, the places, the sounds and even the smells become a part of your DNA.

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MUSIC
6:35 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken

Sam Baker's Say Grace is his fourth album since he started making them in 2004, at age 50.
Chrislyn Lawrence Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:31 pm

Sam Baker has a backstory that must be told. In 1986, at age 31, he was traveling by train in Peru when a bomb from the terrorist group Shining Path exploded right next to him. The little girl he'd been talking to was killed along with half a dozen others, and his own injuries required 18 operations. His mangled left hand was rebuilt; work on his ears left him with a loud ringing that never stops, though Baker says he's made his peace with it.

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Austin
7:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Toronto: Austin's Sister in the Music Scene?

Mirror images? Austin and Toronto may become the sister cities of the music industry.
Hequals2henry/48 Hour Film Project, Inc/Tyler Pratt

In what is being called the first-of-its-kind alliance worldwide, Austin and Toronto, Canada have established what they are calling the Music City Alliance.

While Toronto is roughly four times the size of Austin, the city has been publicly looking at Austin’s model of success to promote Toronto’s music scene. Officials from both cities met during this year’s South By Southwest to begin talks about forming a partnership to promote economic growth.

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Arts and Culture
4:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Photos: Inside the University of Texas Mariachi Camp

Mariachi campers get together from their seperate instrumental groups to rehearse for their final performance.
Minza Khan for KUT News

While some high school students idle over summer break, the 55 teens at the Longhorn Music Camp are learning the art of mariachi music. 

Ezekiel Robert Castro, a lecturer at the University of Texas’ Butler School of Music and director of UT’s Mariachi Ensemble, created the first ever mariachi camp at UT for students entering grades 10 through 12.

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Liner Notes
12:00 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Hank Mobley: An Individual's Individual

Hank Mobley was a self-taught hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophone player whose sound was situated between that of John Coltrane and Stan Getz. As a bandleader he worked to encourage musicians to develop their concepts and skills past what they may have thought possible, as he created a space for performers to work out their own vision within his compositions.

In this short feature, Rabbi Neil Blumofe illuminates the importance of those who will not settle for a glory in mediocrity – but who urge others to reach further and extend their concept of what is possible.  

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12:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Lena Horne: A Disarming Revolutionary

Jazz singer, actress, dancer and activist Lena Horne began performing at the Cotton Club in her teens before moving to Hollywood where she worked as an actress - and was blacklisted during the Red Scare. Over a long career spanning the mid-1930s to 2000, she enchanted audiences yet never budged from her principles and beliefs.

In this short feature, Rabbi Neil Blumofe talks about the revolutionary life and work of Lena Horne.  

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12:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Rembering 'The Judge,' Milt Hinton

Milt Hinton, known as “The Judge”, was the most recorded jazz musician in history.

Over his extensive career he played on more than 1,100 sessions as a bassist. He was also a very accomplished photographer whose images captured intimate moments shared between some of the greatest jazz legends in history.

In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe discusses the significance of Hinton’s life, his work and his perspective, and offers a view of what his legacy can teach us today.  

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Liner Notes
12:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Horace Silver: Jazz on a World Stage

Horace Silver’s powerful and transcendent music pushed him beyond the label of jazz pianist. The composing and instrumentation of his quintet created a unique sound that combined rhythm-and blues and gospel music with the jazz known as “Hard Bop.”

It’s this style of composing that helped him respond to the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960′s and 70′s with records like “United States of Mind” and “The Music of the Spheres.” 

Listen for a moment as Rabbi Neil discusses what lies behind the meaningful simplicity of Silver’s music.

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Music
10:48 am
Wed May 29, 2013

What It Means When 'Hip' Albums Top The Charts

Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week in stores, the second highest total for any new album in 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:50 pm

This past week, the No. 1 album in America was by a polo-shirted New York band that has never had a hit single. Even alt-rock radio doesn't play them much.

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Politics
1:16 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

GOP Donor Releases Songs Opposing 'Obamacare'

Surrounded by several Texas legislators, Dr. Steve Hotze announces his lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act on May 7, 2013.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

He's already a Houston physician, Republican campaign donor, radio talk show host and litigant in a federal lawsuit against the roll-out of "Obamacare." Now Dr. Steve Hotze may be adding aspiring pop star to that list. 

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Cab Calloway: The Media And Sense of Cool

Singer, dancer, and bandleader Cab Calloway is often referred to as the “hi-di-hi-di-ho” man. His nonsensical sounds and improvised melodies made him one of the fathers of scat. He was also a commercial success as a performer on stage and in film. In the 1979 movie “The Blues Brothers, ”he donned his trademark white tie and tails to perform “Minnie the Moocher.”

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Music
4:03 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

'A Truth Never Told': Remembering Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in 2011.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:57 pm

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Parks and Recreation
4:16 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Turf Improvements Could Close Auditorium Shores for a Year

Fun Fun Fun Fest will have to find a new home if park improvements shutter Auditorium Shores.
KUT News

Popular park and festival spot Auditorium Shores could close for a whole year if the Austin City Council approves a proposal from the Parks and Recreation Department.

The changes include an improved irrigation system, new turf grass and an enhanced off-leash area for dogs. The cost would be shouldered via a $3.5 million donation from the Austin-based promoters C3 Presents. The company has worked out similar deals to improve the grounds at Zilker Park, which hosts C3’s Austin City Limits Festival.

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Arts and Culture
7:35 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of Duo Kris Kross, Dies

Chris Kelly, left, and Chris Smith in 1992's "Jump" video, which was a hit for their rap duo Kris Kross.
KrisKrossVEVO

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 7:11 am

Update at 8:10 a.m. ET, May 3. A New Post:

Cocaine & Heroin May Have Played Role In Chris Kelly's Death

Our original post:

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Texas
3:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

It's Willie Nelson's 80th Birthday

Willie Nelson celebrates his 80th birthday today.
flickr.com/photos/whittlz

It’s official: the Red Headed Stranger is an octogenarian.

Willie Nelson, the Crown Prince of Texas Country, turns 80 today. And it seemed as mellow an affair as one would expect from Willie – despite a busy week.

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12:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of American Song

Ella Fitzgerald found solace in music and song. Discovered at age 17 in a talent competition, she went on to become the world's top female jazz singer for the next 50 years.

Fitzgerald's distinctive vocals and her ability to personally hear and feel the emotion in her songs made her an inspiration for female vocalists such as Aretha Franklin, Vannesa Williams, and Janis Ian.

Join us for this segment of Liner Notes discussing the impact of Ella Fitzgerald’s life and music.  

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12:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Dizzy Gillespie: A Relentless Innovator

With his revolutionary harmonics and driving tempos, Dizzy Gillespie was an architect of modern sound.  His virtuosity and creativity helped to define a whole new approach to improvisation and self-expression. An entertainer as well as an accomplished artist, Dizzy brought intelligence and wit to his playing – an example of confidently showcasing what is possible.

In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe explores how Gillespie’s legacy can teach us about living in accordance with an authentic self, while acknowledging the masks we wear.

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Music
1:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Study Names Austin’s Most Popular Music Genre

The demographics of Austin's music scene got examined in a study from the University of Toronto.
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A study from Canada has reaffirmed Austin's reputation as a scene for aspiring musicians. But they should be sure to play an acoustic guitar.

The study, which was released early this month from researchers at The Martin Prosperity Institute in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, used data garnered from Myspace to create music profiles of different cities across the United States. Austin was one of the fifteen cities examined in the study. 

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12:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Clifford Brown: A Beacon Of Hope

Jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown is known for his precise and captivatingly smooth technique. He recorded most notably with drummer Max Roach and saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and his compositions Joy Spring and Daahoud are jazz standards to this day. His lasting impact on the jazz cannon is profound.

In this short feature, Rabbi Neil Blumofe discusses what Brown’s legacy teaches us about the strength and importance of following one's own path, in spite of contradictory expectations.

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Arts and Culture
7:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:50 pm

If you have a CD or book you don't want anymore, you can sell it. The law says that's perfectly legal. But what about an MP3 or an e-book? Can you legally resell your digital goods?

This was the question before a judge in the case of Capitol Records v. ReDigi Inc.

Launched in 2011, ReDigi is basically a digital version of a used-record store. You can sell the company your old MP3s, and you can buy "used" MP3s that other people have sold.

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