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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 story of the Bremen town musicians. Watch the PigPen Theatre Company perform "Song  From The Stone."

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Django Django's infectious and inventive self-titled album is one of the best debuts of 2012.

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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