The Needle Drop

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If you’re anything like me, a search for the newest, most interesting music is not quite the fun exploration that it should be. It is more of an overwhelming odyssey through countless websites, blogs, and napkins with personal recommendations. And after all that, I usually just buy the new Black Keys record.

Today, we’ll help you if you’re in a similar predicament by presenting "The Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd," Anthony Fantano. He's the host of the wildly popular video blog "The Needle Drop." He got his start on WNPR,but now he has fans all over the world who hang on his every word about music.

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Anthony Fantano, host of The Needle Drop, came by WNPR studios and shared a few of his latest favorite musical sounds.

Appearing on WNPR's Where We Live, Fantano told host John Dankosky that it's been the best musical year that he can remember.

Jangle Pop and Techno Beats

Jun 26, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're spinning new tracks from BADBADNOTGOOD and Lee Bannon. We'll also be sampling a bit of music from the new Darkside remix album that takes on tracks from Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. The latest full-lengths from Jon Hopkins and Smith Westerns will be explored as well.

Jangle Pop and Techno Beats

Jun 26, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're spinning new tracks from BADBADNOTGOOD and Lee Bannon. We'll also be sampling a bit of music from the new Darkside remix album that takes on tracks from Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. The latest full-lengths from Jon Hopkins and Smith Westerns will be explored as well.

Quasimoto Raps and Bibio Dreams

Jun 5, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we'll be trying out new tracks from Queens of the Stone Age, Integrity, and Primal Scream. We'll also be listening to the latest full-lengths from Quasimoto and Bibio.

Quasimoto Raps and Bibio Dreams

Jun 5, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we'll be trying out new tracks from Queens of the Stone Age, Integrity, and Primal Scream. We'll also be listening to the latest full-lenghts from Quasimoto and Bibio.

Songwriters, Rappers, and Netherlands Hardcore

May 29, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we dive into the latest tracks from Tonetta and Melt Yourself Down. We'll also be taking a listen to music from the latest full-length releases by The Uncluded and This Routine Is Hell. We've even got a few tracks from Connecticut indie rock outfit The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die!

Songwriters, Rappers, and Netherlands Hardcore

May 29, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we dive into the latest tracks from Tonetta and Melt Yourself Down. We'll also be taking a listen to music from the latest full-length releases by The Uncluded and This Routine Is Hell. We've even got a few tracks from Connecticut indie rock outfit The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die!

Randomly Accessed Memories and Teethed Glory

May 22, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're serving up new tracks from Kimya Dawson's and Aesop Rock's the Uncluded, and black metal outfit Deafheaven as well. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from metal outfit Altar of Plageus and the kings of French house music, Daft Punk.

Randomly Accessed Memories and Teethed Glory

May 22, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're serving up new tracks from Kimya Dawson's and Aesop Rock's the Uncluded, and black metal outfit Deafheaven as well. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from metal outfit Altar of Plageus and the kings of French house music, Daft Punk.

Savages Go Silent, and The Haxan Cloak Excavates

May 8, 2013

This week on the Needle Drop, we're diving into the latest releases from post-punk outfit Savages and dark ambient producer the Haxan Cloak. We'll also be listening to new music from Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval.

Experimental Saxophone and Twelve Reasons To Die

May 1, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're taking a listen to new tracks from MGMT, Co La, and Savages. We'll also be sampling from the latest full-lengths by saxophonist Colin Stetson and New York emcee Ghostface Killah.

Experimental Saxophone and Twelve Reasons To Die

May 1, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're taking a listen to new tracks from MGMT, Co La, and Savages. We'll also be sampling from the latest full-lengths by saxophonist Colin Stetson and New York emcee Ghostface Killah.

Wakin On A Daze and A King Remembered In Time

Apr 24, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Gold Panda, Holograms, and more. We'll also be diving into the latest full-length releases from MIssissippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. and psychedelic singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

James Blake Shakes The Habitual

Apr 17, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're featuring brand new tracks from TNGHT, Young Fathers, and Queens of the Stone Age. We'll also be sampling the latest full-lengths from The Knife and James Blake.

James Blake Shakes The Habitual

Apr 17, 2013

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're featuring brand new tracks from TNGHT, Young Fathers, and Queens of the Stone Age. We'll also be sampling the latest full-lengths from The Knife and James Blake.

Nostalchic Hits The Waves

Apr 10, 2013

This Week on The Needle Drop, we're looking into the latest releases from Lapalux and The Mary Onettes. We'll also be trying out brand new tracks from Phosphorescent, Deerhunter, and Cold Cave.

Nordic Rock 'n' Roll and The Drones

Apr 3, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're checking out some new tracks from The Mary Onettes, Mikal Cronin, and Mount Kimbie. We'll also be sampling tracks from the latest releases from KEN mode, The Drones, Kvelertak.

Nordic Rock 'n' Roll and The Drones

Apr 3, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're checking out some new tracks from The Mary Onettes, Mikal Cronin, and Mount Kimbie. We'll also be sampling tracks from the latest releases from KEN mode, The Drones, Kvelertak.

The Next Day For Diane Young

Mar 27, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're tripping through some of the latest tracks from Vampire Weekend, The Knife, Savages, and more. We'll also be visiting with the latest full-length release from the one and only David Bowie.

The Next Day For Diane Young

Mar 27, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're tripping through some of the latest tracks from Vampire Weekend, The Knife, Savages, and more. We'll also be visiting with the latest full-length release from the one and only David Bowie.

Grave Babies Run Amok

Mar 6, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Call of the Void, Soap&Skin, Roomrunner, and more. We'll also be sampling the latest full-lengths from Atoms For Peace and Grave Babies.

Warm Soda and You're Nothing

Feb 27, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're diving into new releases from Warm Soda and Iceage. We'll also be sampling brand new tracks from Matmos, Shlohmo, Saltland, and more.

Beach Fossils and Soiled Denim

Feb 20, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're sampling music from the latest releases by bands such as Iceage, Pissed Jeans, and Veronica Falls. We'll also be taking a deeper listen into the latest Beach Fossils LP, Clash The Truth.

Bukes, Gases, and Oddfellows

Feb 6, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from the likes of Colin Stetson, Nails, Bonobo, and more. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from Tomhawk and Buke and Gase.

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Yes, I know - the easiest thing in the world is to come up with “lists” of things at the end of the year. Best movies, best shows, and of course best music.  

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 1

Dec 11, 2012

This week on The Needle Drop, we're starting our revisit to the best records of 2012. We'll be doing it for the next several episodes, actually. Here, we're revisiting past releases from post-punkers Cloud Nothings, electronic jazz experimentalists Portico Quartet, and pained singer-songwriter Perfume Genius.

Angel Olsen Gets Evens

Dec 4, 2012

This week on The Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Zoo Babies, Dumbo Gets Mad, and Holly Herndon. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from D.C. underground vets the Evens and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Angel Olsen.

Greed Waltzes and the Order of Noise

Nov 27, 2012

This week on the show, we've got new tracks from the likes of Michael Price, Voivod, Veronica Falls, and Susanne Sundfor. We'll also be diving into the latest full-length effort from UK music producer Vessel.

Sweet Beats and Vintage Folk

Nov 14, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tunes from Hot Sugar, M-O-D, Code Orange Kids, Dumbo Gets Mad, and more. We'll also be diving into the latest album from singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt.

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