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2016 in Memoriam

Episode 178 • December 11, 2016

Too many musicians died this year. We haven't covered any of these stories at length yet, so now it's time for all the sadness at once.

Review of "Awaken, My Love!" by Childish Gambino

Episode 177 • December 7, 2016

This psychedelic soul album is a big shift from Donald Glover's typical rap stylings. It's a bold move for sure, but did he pull it off?

The History of Digital Music Piracy

Episode 176 • November 27, 2016

Illegal file sharing platforms have caused one of the largest modern upsets in the music industry. Could streaming services be the solution?

What Exactly is a Bootleg in Music?

Episode 175 • November 20, 2016

Before the age of digital piracy, bootleggers found a variety of ways to steal unreleased musical recordings and sell them to the public.

The Most Sampled Drum Break in History

Episode 174 • November 13, 2016

The "Amen Break" has been used in over 2,200 songs since 1969. There's a good chance you've heard it before without even realizing it.

Review of "Way of Life" by Brock Berrigan

Episode 173 • November 6, 2016

From behind a chicken mask, Berrigan weaves unique vignettes of hip hop, soul and electronic music, and this is some of his best work yet.

What Was the Personics System?

Episode 172 • October 24, 2016

In the late 1980s, the concept of on-demand music was being pioneered by mixtape kiosks similar to Redbox. So why has no one heard of this?

Review of Netflix/Marvel's "Luke Cage"

Episode 171 • October 9, 2016

Marvel's latest series features a delightful soundtrack packed with soul and hip hop music—a perfect fit for the show's Harlem setting.

The Music of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Episode 170 • October 4, 2016

Over the course of 33 years, Fred Rogers wrote over 200 songs that taught us some important lessons about life. Won't you be our neighbor?

Did They Steal It? Rihanna vs. Soft Cell

Episode 169 • September 26, 2016

What are the creative limitations of musical sampling? When used as the entire basis for a song, is it an "homage" or just laziness?