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Hannibal Buress; A Great Big Pile Of Leaves; Industrial Music; Father Figures At The Tiny Desk

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Monday, June 24, 2013

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In this episode: Comedian and "gibberish" rapper Hannibal Buress  reflects on the intersections between comedy and music.

And: Soundcheck producer Gretta Cohn talks with the Brooklyn indie-rock band A Great Big Pile Of Leaves about its latest album, which you can currently hear on Soundcheck's Web site.

Plus: writer S. Alexander Reed delves into industrial music in his new book Assimilate, from the defining elements of its sound to some of the genre's key figures including Throbbing Gristle, Skinny Puppy and Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails.

Also: hear New York jazz group Father Figures perform a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices in Washington, D.C.


Hannibal Buress: Where Rap And Comedy Meet

Comedy writer and stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress talks about interviewing musicians, mining rap lyrics for jokes, and getting the occasional pedicure.


Jumping Into A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

This week our Check Ahead is the sophomore album from Brooklyn-based indie rock band A Great Big Pile of Leaves, called You're Always On My Mind. Soundcheck producer Gretta Cohn talks with the band's drummer Tyler Soucy about some of the themes on the record -- and how the music we fall in love with as teenagers is the music that stays with us for a lifetime. Listen the band's album in full here.


From Skinny Puppy To Stomp: How Industrial Music Was Built

In his new book Assimilate, writer S. Alexander Reed delves into the sound and heroes of the loud post-punk genre industrial music -- from Throbbing Gristle to Skinny Puppy to Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails.

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Check Ahead: A Great Big Pile of Leaves, 'You're Always On My Mind'

On the summery new album from the Brooklyn-based indie rock band in full.


Mother Falcon's latest album 'You Knew' was released in May.

Video Premiere: Mother Falcon, 'Airbag'

The sprawling Austin ensemble is ending its two month-long residencies in New York with two ambitious blowouts covering Radiohead's classic album OK Computer. Watch Mother Falcon cover the Radiohead song "Airbag."


Gig Alert: The Greyboy Allstars

Veteran funk collective The Greyboy Allstars performs at Blue Note on Monday. Download "Profundo Grosso."