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Hurts So Good
12:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Science And Music Of Heartbreak

Dr. Helen Fisher studies why after a break-up all we want to do is wallow in sad music.
Flickr Photo/Lis Ferla

There are a lot of songs about love, but perhaps there are even more songs about loss. That raises a serious scientific question: Why are so many songs written about heartbreak, and what happens to the brains of people who are experiencing a really bad break-up?

Biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher studies what happens in our brains when we are in love and when we are heart broken. She says that Tylenol is helpful, but staring at pictures of your ex and listening to a sad song when your brain is going through massive dopamine withdrawal is not.

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Sochi Olympics
10:01 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Olympic Snowboarders Groove To DJ Naka G

Who pumps up the crowd as Shaun White throws down in Sochi? DJ Naka G.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 10:29 am

It's hard to tell on TV, but in person, the Olympics are loud.

Every competition has its own DJ, and for the snowboarding, Russia has brought in a little help from the USA: Mike Nakagawa, better known as DJ Naka G.

The men's snowboarding team is hitting the halfpipe Tuesday in Sochi, and it's Naka G's job to pick the song for each rider.

"We're really providing the soundtrack for a story," he says. "We're making it dramatic. We're making it exciting. We're making it just pure fun."

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Film & Music
3:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Mayor Murray's Shake Up Causes Outrage In Arts Commmunity

Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton.
Flickr Photo/Elen Nivrae

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton about the shake up at City of Seattle's Office of Film and Music.

Music
7:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Seattle's Rafe Pearlman Finds New Music In Old World Traditions

Singer-songwriter Rafe Pearlman brings a new audience to ancient spiritual traditions.
Credit Courtesy of Rafe Pearlman

Rafe Pearlman came into his music career 20 years ago, right when grunge was capturing the world's attention. He didn’t have a meteoric rise to the top, but the singer-songwriter is still moving forward, selling out local shows where he mixes rock music with the chanting of many faiths.

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White Privilege
8:57 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 5:51 am

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Music
10:50 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Grammys 2014: Big Night For Seattle Musicians

Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore accept the award for best new artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles

David Hyde checks in with NPR pop music correspondent Ann Powers on what Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' big Grammy sweep means for the Northwest music scene.

Music
10:19 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Daft Punk, Lorde And Macklemore Win Major Grammy Awards

Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and for Record of the Year for "Get Lucky."
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 9:29 am

French dance music producers Daft Punk won Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year for their hit "Get Lucky" at the 56th annual Grammy awards on Sunday night. In a ceremony heavy on collaborative performances (Robin Thicke with Chicago, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons and Metallica with Lang Lang were a few of the more random pairings) and light on surprise, no single artist dominated.

Read The Complete List Of Winners

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Obituary
4:50 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

From The Archives: Norman Durkee On Art That Never Aired

Norman Durkee, music director of Teatro Zinzanni.
YouTube Photo/Patricia O'Brien & Gabriel Miller

In 1985, KUOW’s Marcia Alvar interviewed Norman Durkee, the longtime music director of Teatro Zinzanni, the over-the-top musical theater production held in a tent on lower Queen Anne. Durkee died on Sunday at the age of 65.

Durkee, a soft-spoken man with a long white beard, had a long career in jazz, classical and rock music, including playing the piano part on Bachman Turner Overdrive’s song, “Takin’ Care of Business.” He also did a stint making ads in Los Angeles, where his creative impulses didn’t always meet the approval of the businesses that hired him.

RadioActive Youth Media
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Deep Dark Secrets Of The (Orchestra) Pit

Maeve McIver-Sheridan in Shorecrest High School's instrument storage room. She plays in pit orchestras.
Credit KUOW Photo / Sophie Ding

Tuning her violin for a performance, Maeve McIver-Sheridan knows that she's preparing for a forgotten and thankless task. "You get to the end of a show and no one acknowledges us," McIver-Sheridan said, "unless my parents are there."

McIver-Sheridan, a senior at Shorecrest High School, plays in a pit orchestra underneath the stage, invisible to the audience. It's a different story from the glamor on stage.

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Music History
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

How Jewish Composers Created Iconic Christmas Music

Irving Berlin was a Jewish composer who created one of the most popular songs of all time: "White Christmas."
From Wikipedia.

Steve Scher talks with Amanda Wilde, host and producer of KUOW's The Swing Years,  about how immigrant Jewish popular music composers shaped America’s perceptions of Christmas through music.

Amnesty
3:55 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says

Maria Alyokhina, after her release from prison on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Sergei Karpukhin Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 10:03 am

The remaining members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot have been released from prison in Russia, a few months short of serving their full two-year sentences for "hooliganism" — a charge that the band's supporters say was just a trumped-up effort to quash free speech.

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Author Interview
10:55 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Poetry Of Rock And Roll

Paul Muldoon poses for a photo in his Griggstown, N.J., home April 7, 2003. Muldon, a Princeton University professor, won a Pulitzer Prize in poetry for "Moy Sand and Gravel."
AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price

Not every rock song is poetry, but Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon argues that some are. Ross Reynolds talks with the New Yorker poetry editor and professor at Princeton about poetry, songs, his band Wayward Shrines, and his new book, "Word On The Street: Rock Lyrics."

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Author Interview
3:35 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Ben Fong-Torres Tells The Story Of Little Feat

Ben Fong-Torres' book "Willin'"

Ross Reynolds talks with author Ben Fong-Torres about his new band biography, "Willin': The Story of Little Feat."

Seattle Music Legends
3:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Nirvana Headed To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Seattle's Experience Music Project has a collection of Nirvana material as part of celebration of the band's 20th anniversary of their album In Utero. Now, the band is receiving another honor by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Flickr Photo/Courtney Johnston

Marcie Sillman talks with music journalist and author Charles R. Cross about Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Radio Retrospective
12:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Sad Story Behind ‘White Christmas,’ America’s Favorite Christmas Carol

Bing Crosby recorded "White Christmas" in 1942, pictured, after the song premiered on a Christmas radio broadcast in 1941. The original song has been lost, leaving the 1947 re-recording.
Credit From Wikipedia.

The most popular Christmas carol in America stands apart from the others in a number of ways: It’s not upbeat, there are no fanciful characters and it isn’t religious. Instead, it’s melancholy and wistful – full of longing for bygone days.

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