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Oh, 'Danny Boy'; Max Raabe Plays Live; Soundcheck's Running Playlist

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Max Raabe. Max Raabe. (Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: The ballad "Danny Boy" has lived a thousand lives, as detailed in a new British documentary. The filmmakers talk about the movie along with author Malachy McCourt, who has written a book about the song.

And: Take a cool, Cabaret-style voice, add a sly sense of humor, and pull from a treasury of great songs on both sides of the Atlantic, and you have Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester. Echoes of Weimar Germany, Tin Pan Alley, and much more recent pop have made this German singer a cult favorite. Hear him perform in the Soundcheck studio.

And as two Soundcheck producers get ready for this weekend's NYC Half Marathon, we pool songs from listeners to build the perfect running playlist.

Guests:

Max Raabe

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Max Raabe: Live On Soundcheck

Take a cool, Cabaret-style voice, add a sly sense of humor, and pull from a treasury of great songs on both sides of the Atlantic, and you have Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester. The German singer has become a cult favorite thanks to music that echoes of Weimar Germany, Tin Pan Alley, and more recent pop. Hear Raabe perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Alsarah of Alsarah & the Nubatones

Download This: Alsarah & The Nubatones, 'Nuba Noutu'

Ambassadors of East African retro-pop at Baby's All Right. Download 'Nuba Noutu.'

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