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MK Asante's Childhood Tales Of 'Killadelphia'; That Was A Hit!?!; Goldspot Plays Live

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

MK Asante (Lee Steffen)

In this episode: In his new memoir, Buck, writer and filmmaker MK Asante charts the story of his Philadelphia (or as he calls it, "Killadelphia") childhood, and finding an education through rap, poetry and mystical strangers.

Then, Soundcheck's ongoing series That Was A Hit!?! continues with a look at a musician whose entire career is one long string of improbabilities, including his second No. 1 hit, which zoomed its way to the top of the charts due to its use on the daytime soap General Hospital.

And singer-songwriter Siddhartha Khosla -- who fronts the band Goldspot -- performs songs from his new album Aerogramme, a record that brings together the story of his family's eastern roots with the sounds of his western pop music heroes.

Guests:

MK Asante and Goldspot

MK Asante's Hip Hop Memoir, 'Buck'

The writer and filmmaker MK Asante has charted the history and politics of hip hoptold the story of Kwanza, and explored the power of poetry – all topics that are close to his heart. But his latest work is his most personal yet -- it’s a memoir called Buck.

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That Was a Hit!?!: Herb Alpert, 'This Guy's In Love With You' And 'Rise'

Our series That Was a Hit?!? is all about improbable chart success -- generally, of a single song that unexpectedly rose to the top. Today, music writer Chris Molanphy joins us to talk about trumpeter Herb Alpert, whose entire career full of surprises.

The incredibly successful musician and record label founder ruled the 1960's with five No. 1 albums -- second only to The Beatles. By the end of the '70s, Alpert had scored two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Top 20: "This Guy's In Love With You" (with the Tijuana Brass) and "Rise." 

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Goldspot: Bubbly Electro-Pop, In The Studio

Hear electro-pop band Goldspot perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Paul McCartney returns with his latest album 'New' on Oct. 15.

Paul McCartney Unveils Something 'New'

Hear "New," the title track single from Paul McCartney's just-announced upcoming album.

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She Keeps Bees

Download This: She Keeps Bees

Indie rock band She Keeps Bees plays Glasslands Thursday night. Download "Counter Charm."

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