5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D

May 29, 2014

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. We go behind the glimmering façades and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David Kontak, a New Hampshire musician who makes instruments out of found objects. Plus, Sean Hurley shares the story of a band that deliberately created the world's most endangered song.

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Dangerous Rhythm

Richard Barrios joins us to discuss his new book Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter which is full of razzly-dazzly hits, dismal flops, sharp criticism, and enough insider gossip to make the case for the movie musical.

The Audio Orchard for May

Producer Zach Nugent shares his favorite songs and artists of the month.

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David Kontak, Live from Studio D

David Kontak creates new instruments from, well, from just about anything and everything. He joins us for an explanation, and a performance, live from Studio D. You can also see the ensemble at the upcoming Thing In The Spring, June 5-8 in Peterborough.

The World’s Most Endangered Song

Sean Hurley brings us the story of a band which created a song with a sole purpose in mind: to save it from extinction.

Day Job: The Burrito Maker

Produced by Joshua McNichols for his new series “Day Job: How Musicians Pay the Rent,” in which he examines the backstage lives of aspiring artists.