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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Join us for a live broadcast in The Greene Space, with performances from two master storytellers: singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, and indie rocker John Darnielle with his band, The Mountain Goats. Plus: We turn a critical eye to "The Universal Sigh," the just-released print component of Radiohead's "newspaper album."

Hit-maker Suzanne Vega writes about a literary hero in a new original play called “Carson McCullers Talks About Love.” She joins us to talk about the iconic author and perform songs from the play. Later: The Mountain Goats is a band built around John Darnielle, who just might be indie rock’s most inventive storyteller. The group joins us to play songs from their new album, "All Eternals Deck."

Guests:

The Mountain Goats and Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega

Early in her career, Suzanne Vega turned slices of life into hits like “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner.” More recently, her music has told stories from her own life – and from other New Yorkers. Now, Vega has written about a literary hero in an original play called “Carson McCullers Talks About Love.” She joins us to talk about the iconic author and perform songs from the play live in the Greene Space.

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Radiohead's Newspaper

When Radiohead released the digital version of their eighth album, "The King of Limbs," last month, they dubbed it "the world's first newspaper album." What exactly that meant was the subject of much debate. But the band may have cleared up some of the mystery this week, with the release of "The Universal Sigh," a 12-page print publication distributed by real-life paperboys (and girls) at various points around the globe. We discuss the newspaper - with a look at the state of the print industry - with On the Media host Brooke Gladstone.

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The Mountain Goats

Led by indie rock yarn-spinner John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats’ songs have been inspired by Darnielle’s troubled adolescence, geography, heavy metal, and on their newest album, “All Eternals Deck,” by a mysterious deck of tarot cards. They’ll play live in The Greene Space.

The Mountain Goats is a band built around John Darnielle, who just might be indie rock’s most inventive storyteller.  The Mountain Goats’ songs have been inspired by Darnielle’s troubled adolescence, geography, heavy metal, and on their newest album, “All Eternals Deck,” by a mysterious deck of tarot cards.   They’ll play live in The Greene Space.

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Playlist: Suzanne Vega + The Mountain Goats

Click through to see today's Soundcheck playlist!

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The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck album cover

John Schaefer on The Mountain Goats' "All Eternals Deck"

John Schaefer on the latest yarn from one of indie rocks master yarn-spinners…

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Warpaint

Gig Alert: Warpaint

The all-girl indie outfit Warpaint brings its underwater songs to Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday night. Download the track "Undertow."

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S--- Robot

Gig Alert: S— Robot

Irish electronic musician and deejay Marcus Lambkin is the man behind the the beats of S— Robot. Download the track "Tuff Enuff?" from his 2010 debut album and check out a video from labelmate James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

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