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The Avett Brothers: Head Full Of Doubt / Road Full of Promise

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When we were at the Calgary Folk Festival last year, we had the chance to catch the Avett Brothers' show. It was energetic, beautiful and dynamic. One of the best shows I've ever been to. Wish we'd been able to book them on the show, but they were in and out of town in a flash.

Thanks, The Riverboat Gamblers!

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The great indie record store Amoeba, which was outlets in the Bay Area and here in LA, has a video series called "What's In Your Bag?" Various high-cred bands go shopping at Amoeba and talk about why they picked what they pick.

In the episode above, sent to me by listener Paul, the Texas punk band The Riverboat Gamblers discuss their picks - among them Jimmy Cliff and No Age. One of the guys in the band picked out Killer Mike's debut LP, and much to my surprise, he said his inspiration was hearing Mike on his "favorite show," The Sound of Young America!

Thanks, guy from Riverboat Gamblers! That's nice of you!

(PS: I recommend Mike's two indie LPs, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind volumes 1 & 2, over his debut, which has some great tracks but is a bit hit-and-miss.)

Prince - If I Was Your Girlfriend

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This is my favorite Prince song, and I like a lot of Prince songs.

(via The Atlantic)

Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken and Zach Miller on Shame, Shame and More: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Dr. Dog

Zach Miller and Scott McMicken are members of the Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. Their music synthesizes the sounds of the 1960s and 70s with contemporary influences, and they've built a major following over the past ten years. Their latest album is Shame, Shame.

JESSE THORN: It’s the sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guests are Scott McMicken and Zach Miller, members of the band Dr. Dog. They’re a lovely, friendly, happy feeling; although sometimes sad lyricized band from Philadelphia. Their new album is called Shame, Shame. Let’s hear one of the singles from the record, “Stranger.”
Scott, Zach, welcome to the Sound of Young America. It’s great to have you here.
ZACH MILLER: Thanks for having us, Jesse.
SCOTT McMICKEN: Thanks for having us.

Click Here For a Full Transcript of Our Interview.

Matt Berninger of The National: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Matt Berninger

Matt Berninger is the frontman of the Brooklyn rock band The National. Their latest release is High Violet. He talked with us about the bands roots, in Cincinnati, and about slowly developing the group from hobby to headliner.

JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest, Matt Berninger, is ten years or a little bit more into his rock and roll career with his band The National. They’ve gone from a tiny, independent label of which they were partly the boss to, with each passing record, a little bit more national renown. They’ve now made the transition from critic starlings to at least the indie mainstream’s darlings, and they’re continuing to grow. Their newest album is called High Violet. Let’s hear a little bit of one of the singles from the record, “Bloodbuzz Ohio.”

Matt Berninger, welcome to the Sound of Young America. It’s so great to have you on the show.

MATT BERNINGER: Thank you, thank you. I’m excited to be here.

Click Here For a Full Transcript of Our Interview

Ronnie Spector & the E Street Band - Say Goodbye to Hollywood

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I'm interviewing Ronnie Spector in a few minutes for our holiday - she's got a new EP out called Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever. I'd never heard this great track she cut with Bruce Springsteen in the late 70s. There's never been another voice like Ronnie's, right? Amazing.

Eels - Baby Loves Me

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The other day I ran into Mark Oliver Everett, AKA E, from Eels, at Trader Joe's. He recognized me from his past Sound appearance and couldn't have been nicer.

Eels have (has?) a new album, and this is the single - Baby Loves Me.

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby & Pomplamoose

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Our pal Nick Hornby and past guest Ben Folds are collaborating on an album that's out in just a couple weeks. They've released this lovely video, featuring backup vocals and drums by the indie duo Pomplamoose.

Ted Leo - Bottled in Cork

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What's this? A new video from two-time Sound of Young America guest Ted Leo? Directed by two-time Sound of Young America guest Tom Scharpling? With special guest two-time Sound of Young America guest John Hodgman? And two-time MaxFun guest Paul F. Tompkins? And one-time Sound of Young America guest Julie Klausner?

SIGN ME UP!

Below: Ted performs "Bottle of Buckie" on The Sound a couple of years ago. Check out two more performances, plus the interview here.

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