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The Music of Late Night TV; Low In The Studio; National Recording Registry 2012; That WASN'T A Hit?!?

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Alan Sparhawk of Low performs in the Soundcheck studio. Alan Sparhawk of Low performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Last week, the news leaked that NBC plans to move The Tonight Show back to New York -- and replace current host Jay Leno with the comedian, actor and musician Jimmy Fallon. We take a look at how this decision could change the sound of late night TV.

Plus: Twenty-five more recordings have been marked for preservation by the Library of Congress. We’ll take a listen to the songs and artists that made this year’s list.

And: Duluth, Minnesota indie trio Low plays songs from their new album, The Invisible Way, live in our studio.

Also: Pop chart columnist Chris Molanphy turns the tables on our occasional series about surprising hits, "That Was a Hit?!?," by giving us a now-ubiquitous pop song that flopped when it was first released.

Guests:

Phil Gallo, Low and Chris Molanphy

Jimmy Fallon Takes Over The Tonight Show - Will the Roots Come Along?

According to news leaked last week, Jimmy Fallon will become the new host of The Tonight Show in a year and a half – and The Roots, current house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, will be headed there with him. Phil Gallo, senior correspondent for Billboard, talks to us about the late night musical landscape.

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Low: Minimal Aesthetic, Delightfully Weird

Watch the band perform two songs from its latest album The Invisible Way, in the Soundcheck studio.

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25 Enduring Recordings Added To National Recording Registry

Twenty-five new recordings have been added to National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress -- from The Wild Tchoupitoulas to Betty Carter and Pink Floyd. Matthew Barton, Curator of Recorded Sound at the library, tells us about the enduring power of these latest additions to the registry.

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That Wasn't A Hit?!?: Squeeze, 'Tempted'

Every so often, our series, “That Was A Hit?!?,” catalogues songs that — however unlikely — charted in the Top 40. Chris Molanphy, who previously profiled Prince’s “Batdance” in our series, suggested that we turn the series on its head, calling it, “That WASN’T A Hit?!?”

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A Hawk And A Hacksaw's Ecstatic New Album

This week’s Check Ahead is from the band A Hawk and a Hacksaw. The New Mexico-based folk duo of Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes has built its reputation on performing music that is rooted in Eastern European folk traditions. And as Barnes tells us, their new album, You Have Already Gone To The Other World, (out Apr. 2), draws inspiration from a 1964 Soviet film from Sergei Parajanov called Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. You can listen to the ecstatic You Have Already Gone To The Other World in full over here, in Check Ahead.

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Gig Alert: Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

The San Francisco-based rock band plays Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night. Download the song "Little Too Late."

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