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The Music Of L. Ron Hubbard; Asgeir Plays Live; Soundcheck's Guide To Brazilian Music

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

L. Ron Hubbard seated at desk, 1950 L. Ron Hubbard seated at desk, 1950 (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library. Copyright Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.)

In this episode: Many know science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard as the founder and main proponent of the Church of Scientology. Fewer know of his musical career. Nathan Rabin -- who wrote about L. “Rock” Hubbard for Slate recently -- talks about the idiosyncratic musical offerings from the enigmatic icon.

Then: Icelandic songwriter Ásgeir's album, In the Silence, drew raves in his native country and the U.K. -- becoming the best-selling debut in Iceland. Hear the the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist perform songs from the the English-language version of the record, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: In the run-up to the World Cup, Soundcheck will be exploring the myriad musical sounds coming out of Brazil. Today, WNYC contributor and producer Marlon Bishop shares the sounds of an exciting new scene emerging north of the Amazon, influenced as much by Caribbean rhythms as it is by the urban sounds of Rio and Sao Paolo.


Marlon Bishop and Nathan Rabin,

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