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Grammy Nominations, Strata Records, PigPen Theatre

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Friday, December 14, 2012

English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons got six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for 'Babel.' English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons got six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for 'Babel.' (courtesy of the artist)

Tonight on Soundcheck: Last week the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Soundcheck regular Joe Levy weighs in on the surprises, snubs, and a strange footnote known as "Walsergate."

Then, record collector and music historian Amir Abdullah talks about researching -- and reissuing -- the music of  Detroit's short-lived but ambitious jazz label Strata Records.

And the PigPen Theatre Company -- a band, as well as a group of writers, actors, puppeteers and theater producers -- play songs for us off of its debut LP, Bremen, based on the famous old story of the Bremen town musicians.

Guests:

Joe Levy

2013 Grammy Nominations: Surprises, Snubs, And 'Walsergate'

Last week the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Soundcheck regular Joe Levy weighs in on the surprises, snubs, and a strange footnote known as "Walsergate."

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The Saga Of Strata Records

Record collector and music historian Amir Abdullah talks about researching -- and reissuing -- the music of Detroit's Strata Records. 

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PigPen Theatre Company: Marrying Folk And Stage Musical

PigPen Theatre Company -- a band, as well as a group of writers, actors, puppeteers and theater producers -- play songs for us off of its debut LP, Bremen, based on the famous old sto...

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Joel Meyer's 2012 Music Survey

Soundcheck Executive Producer Joel Meyer gives us his favorite music of the year.

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Ice Level is the first full-length from Ava Luna.

Alex Abnos' 2012 Music Survey

Soundcheck and Gig Alerts producer Alex Abnos gives his picks for his favorite music of 2012.

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Gig Alert: Sweetback Sisters

Country-folk act The Sweetback Sisters play a Christmas-themed set at Jalopy Theater on Friday and Saturday nights. Download their version of "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."

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