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James Murphy On Broadway; Nicholson Baker’s Musical Novel; Sarah Jarosz Plays Live

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is currently working on a Broadway musical. Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is currently working on a Broadway musical. (Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy discusses his latest project: composing music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's drama "Betrayal."

Plus: Nicholson Baker’s new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a man who is having a hard time writing a new book — so he picks up a guitar instead. Baker discusses the book and the real-life companion album he recorded.

And: Sarah Jarosz is just 22, but she’s already made a mark on the folk and bluegrass scene thanks to her deep bluegrass knowledge and exceptional instrumental skills. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Texas plays live.  

Guests:

Nicholson Baker, Sarah Jarosz and James Murphy

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Nicholson Baker’s Musical New Novel

Novelist Nicholson Baker’s new book, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a fairly well regarded poet named Paul Chowder who is having a hard time writing a new book. So he picks up a guitar instead -- and composes a series of songs. And, it turns out, so did Nicholson Baker. He joins us in the studio to discuss his new book -- and the actual companion album he recorded.

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The Head And The Heart's Exuberant 'Shake,' Live On Soundcheck

Seattle indie-pop band  The Head and The Heart debuted in 2009 with a self-titled album that released on its own. Now, on the brink of releasing a followup record, Let's Be Still, the band stopped by the Soundcheck studios to play us some songs from its new album. We'll bring you the entire session in a couple of weeks, but today, hear a preview: a live performance of the song "Shake." 

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Download This: The Sharp Things

Chamber pop collective The Sharp Things performs at Galapagos Thursday. Download "Can't Get Started."

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