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Guest Host Erin McKeown's 'Daily Rituals'; A Black Sabbath Primer; The Handsome Family Live

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Friday, June 28, 2013

The Handsome Family performs in the Soundcheck studio. The Handsome Family performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Guest host and musician Erin McKeown discusses the daily routines and schedules of artists like George Gershwin, Steve Reich, Gertrude Stein and Ludwig van Beethoven with author Mason Currey, whose new book is called "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work." 

Plus: Writer and so-called "Sabbathologist" Steve Smith gives Erin McKeown a lesson in Black Sabbath 101, after the band's new album 13 was the number one album in the country last week. 

And: The Handsome Family -- led by the husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks -- have been making their idiosyncratic Americana for more than twenty years.  The band visits us in the studio to play songs from their latest album, called Wilderness.

Guests:

Mason Currey, Handsome Family and Steve Smith

Hosted by:

Erin McKeown

Coffee, Deadlines and Bathroom Habits: The Odd and Interesting 'Daily Rituals' of Artists

A new book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work" offers a glimpse into the mundane daily lives of some of the world's most productive and creative people, from Mozart to John Updike to Maya Angelou. Author Mason Currey shares some of the habits held by musicians and composers -- from drug use to rigid writing timetables -- and guest host (and singer-songwriter) Erin McKeown talks about her own creative schedule. 

Do you have certain habits or routines that aid your creativity? Leave us a voicemail at 866 939 1612, or write a comment below. 

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Erin McKeown Listens To Black Sabbath For The First Time

Writer and so-called "Sabbathologist" Steve Smith gives Erin McKeown a lesson in Black Sabbath 101, after the band's new album 13 was the number one album in the country last week. 

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The Handsome Family: Dark Americana, In The Studio

The Handsome Family -- led by the husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks -- have been making their idiosyncratic Americana for more than twenty years.  Over the course of ten albums, they’ve sung murder ballads, myths and tales of historical figures, like Amelia Earhart and Nikola Tesla. Above all, they’re storytellers. Now, for their latest album, called Wilderness, the band has taken a journey into all things wild -- with every song named after an animal.

The Handsome Family joins guest host Erin McKeown to play songs from the new album. See them play on Saturday June 29th at The Knitting Factory

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