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M. Ward: Solo Again

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Musician M. Ward has become quite the collaborator, as part of the supergroup Monsters of Folk and one half of the duo She & Him. Today: M. Ward shows off his solo side, with a performance of songs from his new album, “A Wasteland Companion.” Plus: Aaron Freeman, aka "Gene Ween," talks about his solo debut - based on the work of best-selling poet and balladeer Rod McKuen. And: We turn to the "Copy Cat" for a look at recent copyright capers.

"Gene Ween" Sings Rod McKuen

For more than 25 years, Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) crafted twisted pop songs as one half of the duo Ween. But now, he’s shed his persona to release a solo album called Marvelous Clouds, consisting entirely of work by the best-selling poet and soft-rock balladeer, Rod McKuen. We’ll talk with Freeman about stepping out from behind his pseudonym, struggling with addiction, and taking on the challenge of soft rock.

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Copy Cat: Dajaz1 Goes Free

A popular hip hop music site called Dajaz1 was recently returned to its owner after being seized by the federal government in November 2010. Despite RIAA assertions that the site had committed copyright infringement, the government handed the site back without any civil or criminal charges - and without much explanation. We turn to the "Copy Cat" - aka intellectual property attorney Jonathan Reichman - for answers.

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M. Ward: In Studio

In recent years, M. Ward has come to be known as a masterful collaborator and producer. The Portland-based singer and songwriter teamed up with Zooey Deschanel for the project She & Him… and with Conor Oberst and Jim James for the guitar-wielding supergroup Monsters of Folk. But all along, he’s built a quiet arsenal of solo recordings. The latest is called “A Wasteland Companion.” We’ll learn more when M. Ward performs live.

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Gig Alert: Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran

Musicians Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran begin their week-long residency at the Whitney Biennial on Wednesday. Download Jason Moran's song "Break Down," from the jazz pianist's album Artist In Residence.

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