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Monday, December 03, 2012

Bettye LaVette's new memoir 'A Woman Like Me' is a dramatic look at the R&B singer's life and musical career. Bettye LaVette's new memoir 'A Woman Like Me' is a dramatic look at the R&B singer's life and musical career. (courtesy of the artist)

Today on Soundcheck: Soul and R&B singer Bettye LaVette shares stories about the ups and downs of her fifty-year career in music as detailed in her dramatic memoir A Woman Like Me.

Then, Melena Ryzik, from the New York Times' blog the Carpetbagger tells us how this year's Academy Awards season differs from previous Oscars years.

And singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane accompanies himself on piano and banjo in a lovely session from the studio.

Guests:

Gabriel Kahane, Bettye Lavette and Melena Ryzik

It's Oscars Season: New Rules And Early Frontrunners

Melena Ryzik, writer of the New York Times' award season blog Carpetbagger, joins us to share a couple of important updates to this year's Academy Awards, including a change to the controversial "Best Original Song" category.

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Bettye Lavette Is 'Thankful N' Thoughtful' In New Memoir

R&B singer Bettye Lavette talks about the ups and downs of her fifty-year career, as detailed in a new memoir, called A Woman Like Me. And, she reflects on her recent successes, including a new album called Thankful N Thoughtful.

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Gabriel Kahane: A Little Bit Of Everything

Singer, songwriter and pianist Gabriel Kahane performs songs in our studio, including an excerpt from his musical February House.

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Comedy duo Key and Peele spoof 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' with the far-creepier 'Just Stay For The Night.'

A Creepy Christmas To All, And To All A Dark Night

John Schaefer recalls the Christmas song that scared the holiday cheer out of him.

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Song Premiere: Nils Frahm Reworks The Presets 'Promises'

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Gig Alert: Anais Mitchell

Singer-songwriter (or singer-storyteller) Anais Mitchell stops by the Bowery Ballroom on Monday night. Download her track "Coming Down."

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