Between the Liner Notes

Between the Liner Notes

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Why music is the way it is, and how it got to be that way.
Announcement
Jul 30, 2017 • 0 min
A special announcement about the show
21: Stone
May 22, 2017 • 50 min
Joe Stone is the youngest son of the founder of TK Records, Henry Stone, and wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Henry, however, refused to allow any of his children to work in the music industry. Listen as Joe chronicles how he convinced his…
20: Take Me Out to the Ball Game
May 1, 2017 • 38 min
If you attend a baseball game today, during the seventh inning stretch you’re likely to hear the entire stadium sing, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” We’ve grown so accustomed to singing the song during ballgames that it feels like the ritual has been…
19: Discophobia (Disco Part 2)
Mar 22, 2017 • 28 min
1978 set the record for most album sales with disco surpassing rock & roll for the first time ever. Industry insiders predicted the following year would continue to break sales records, but an economic downturn and a fierce anti-disco backlash proved…
18: The Dance Floor Doesn’t Lie (Disco Part 1)
Feb 21, 2017 • 39 min
In 1970, two deejays discovered they had the ability to take the dance floor on a journey by playing records back-to-back, continuously throughout the night. Soon clubs all over the world adopted this style of deejaying, and a new culture and music genre…
17: The Colored American Opera Company
Jan 17, 2017 • 26 min
The Colored American Opera Company was born at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church — the first all-black church in the nation’s capitol — where an Italian priest invited a white Spanish American veteran of the U.S. Marine Band, and teacher of march legend…
16: The Fake Zombie Invasion
Dec 19, 2016 • 20 min
When “Time of the Season” became a hit song in 1969, the Zombies had already disbanded. Yet for some reason, there was a band touring around America calling itself the Zombies. Listen as Daniel Ralston, author of the article “The True Story Of The Fake…
15: Boy Bands, Blimps & Ponzi Schemes
Nov 14, 2016 • 45 min
This is the story of boy band impresario and convicted Ponzi schemer, Lou Pearlman. Listen as Pearlman biographer, Tyler Gray and talent manager Jeanne Tanzy-Williams discuss an individual who was larger than life.
14: Give ‘em the Hook
Oct 11, 2016 • 31 min
Vaudeville was once America’s most popular form of entertainment. Audiences flocked to the theaters to watch an array of performances ranging from standard singers and comedians, to shadow puppets and a man who eats weird stuff. A few savvy businessmen…
13: The Execution of Joe Hill
Sep 2, 2016 • 43 min
In 1915, Joe Hill, a Swedish-American labor activist, was unjustly convicted and executed by the State of Utah, but not before leaving behind a body of work that would inform the next generation of American folk music. In this episode, we talk with…
12: 3,000 Beatniks Riot in Village
Jul 24, 2016 • 38 min
Every Sunday since the end of World War II, musicians journeyed to Washington Square Park to sing folk-songs. Until one Sunday—after the City of New York denied the musicians a singing permit—they decided to protest instead. What resulted was a violent…
11: The District
Jun 20, 2016 • 40 min
The story of how Jazz began in New Orleans
10: Jingle Brains
May 9, 2016 • 36 min
Jingles are traditionally defined as short songs about a product that are written for TV or radio, but—with songs like Poo-Pourri’s “Imagine Where You Can Go” being released on the internet—does the traditional definition need to be expanded? Listen as…
09: Castrati
Apr 4, 2016 • 30 min
It’s hard to believe, but only a few centuries ago, young boys were castrated for the sole purpose of preserving their high-pitched singing voices. These boys—commonly referred to as Castrati—started out singing the high parts in church choirs, but, with…
08: God Bless Tiny Tim
Feb 29, 2016 • 44 min
Ten years before hippies grew their hair long and twenty years before rock stars like David Bowie began wearing makeup, Tiny Tim did both. His unique appearance complimented his high-pitched falsetto singing and small ukulele. Like a performer out of step…
07: Extinguish Lights
Feb 1, 2016 • 43 min
Taps is a 24 note bugle call that was composed during the American Civil War. It is the only piece of music that is required to be performed at a United States military funeral. Oddly, when it was written it was never intended to be played at funerals. It…
06: That’s How Cuba Sang
Jan 3, 2016 • 46 min
Ramón Sabat once owned Panart Records, the largest indie label in Cuba. Legendary Cuban vocalists like Celia Cruz and Olga Guillot made their first recordings with Panart. Nat King Cole recorded his first Spanish album in Panart Studios. Success, however,…
05: Who Owns Happy Birthday?
Dec 1, 2015 • 36 min
Jennifer Nelson is a documentary film maker who wanted to make a movie about the song “Happy Birthday to You.” When she inquired about using the song in her film the owners of the song forced her to pay for it, and she did. However, while Jennifer Nelson…
04: Why Won’t They Let Sharkey on the Radio?
Nov 1, 2015 • 42 min
Imagine if all your favorite songs were banned from the radio. Well, that actually happened during the Great Radio Boycott of 1941. The United State’s most famous songwriters collectively decided to pull their catalogues from the public airwaves. This was…
03: I Want My MTV
Oct 4, 2015 • 53 min
In 1981, no one believed people would watch a cable channel that aired music videos 24 hours a day. This is the story about how MTV proved them all wrong.
02: The Tuning Wars
Sep 1, 2015 • 35 min
Back in the day, every A-list philosopher and scientist argued over the best method for tuning a musical instrument. The battles they fought were some of the fiercest intellectual scuffles the western world has ever seen. In 2003, Stuart Isacoff published…
01: Bing Crosby, Magnetophons, & Nazis
Aug 2, 2015 • 31 min
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States Military assigned a tech savvy GI named Jack Mullin the mission of investigating secret inventions left behind by the Nazis. Mullin’s journeys around Germany led him to a makeshift radio studio that had…