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Soundcheck Guide To Brazilian Pernambuco; Kishi Bashi Plays Live; Girl Talk And Freeway Collab

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Girl Talk and Freeway's album, Broken Ankles, is out now. Girl Talk and Freeway's album, Broken Ankles, is out now. (Andrew Strasser/Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: With the World Cup starting in Brazil this week, Soundcheck takes a listen to various styles of music coming out of the country's northeast. Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of the Bourbon Street-meets-Brazil band Nation Beat, presents a "Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Pernambuco."

Then: The looping violinist and singer Kishi Bashi has played with Regina Spektor and the band Of Montreal -- and won over fans with his own gorgeously layered and catchy songs. Hear him performs songs from his smart and effervescent new album, Lighght, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The mash-up artist Girl Talk recently collaborated with the rapper Freeway for an experimental mixtape, Broken Ankles. The self-described “Pennsylvania Dream Team” talks about how the project made each of them re-think their respective styles.

Guests:

Freeway, Scott Kettner, Kishi Bashi and Girl Talk

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Rhythms Of Pernambuco

Soundcheck continues an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of Brazil-meets-Bourbon-Street ensemble Nation Beat, about the sounds of Pernambuco in the northeast of the country.

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