Godspeed Returns and Some Psych Rock Jams

Oct 16, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we're playing the latest tracks from Haleek Maul, How to Destroy Angels, Rhye, and the Babies. We'll also be diving into the colorfully psychedelic sounds of the new Tame Impala LP, Lonerism, as well as the full-length return of post-rock heavyweights, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Deerhoofs and Mountain Goats

Oct 9, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Stalin Gardens, Fins, Foxygen, and the Bad Plus. We're also diving into the latest full-length releases from Deerhoof and the Mountain Goats.

Beats, Beats, and More Beats

Oct 3, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we're diving into the latest beatmusic albums from Flying Lotus and the Gaslamp Killer. Both are at the forefront of some pretty interesting musical ideas right now with their respective albums, Until the Quiet Comes and Breakthrough.

An Emo Revival and Grizzly Bear Brings Sheilds

Sep 25, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we're exploring new tracks from a variety of genres from Flatlander, METZ, Dinosaur Jr., and the Bruiser Brigade. We'll also be diving into the latest albums from Grizzly Bear and Title Fight.

Witty Songwriters and a Tribute to Japan

Sep 12, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Dustin Wong, the Gaslamp Killer, Rustie, and Converge. We'll also be diving into the latest album releases from singer-songwriters Cat Power and Jens Lekman.

Moody Dance Pop and Some Heady House

Sep 4, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Ondatropica and the Meridian Brothers. We'll also be trying out the latest releases from Matthew Dear and Four Tet.

Dreamy Pop and Snarky Rock

Aug 28, 2012

This week on the show, we're trying out new tracks from Flying Lotus, Holy Others, Krule Kid, and more. We're also diving into the latest LPs from Wild Nothing and Parquet Courts.

Desaparecidos Are Back, and Get Some Lo-Fi Hi-Fives

Aug 15, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Grizzly Bear, Jessie Ware, Airhead, and Matthew Dear. We'll also be serving up a load of tracks from the new R. Stevie Moore compilation, Lo Fi Hi Fives.

This week on the Needle Drop, we're exploring new music from Swedish Pop duo Niki & the Dove; plus, we'll be hearing some compilation material from self-recording eccentric R. Stevie Moore. There will probably be a slew of other artists you're year to hear about as well. Let's go!

Swedish Post-Punk and Straight Up Bangers

Aug 1, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we take a listen to the latest singles from the Mountain Goats and Crystal Castles. We're also sampling some dark, moody post-punk all the way from Sweden via the new Holograms album; plus, some bass-heavy, electronic bangers on the new TNGHT EP.

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 51

Jul 22, 2012
Cindy Papish Gerber

Welcome to a new phase in the development of The Real Life Survival Guide, as we focus our efforts on brainstorming ideas for the Guide around a single theme or "chapter". For our 51st session we gathered at the amazing Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar in New Haven - to talk about the chapter on "Self Care".

Youth Vote: Connecticut Primary

Jul 20, 2012
CPBN Media Lab

Hartford, CT - Four candidates from Connecticut are fighting for a senatorial seat this fall, and continue to campaign for a chance to represent the state. Many Connecticut residents are following the race, but what about college students? Candidate Chris Murphy has stated that "today about 20 percent of 20 year olds vote, and 80 percent of the 80 year olds vote."

Calder in Connecticut

Jul 20, 2012

July 22nd is the birthday of Alexander Calder, one of the best-known and most prolific sculptors of the 20th century.  His work hangs in museums all over the world, but for over forty years, he lived and worked in Roxbury, a small town in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills.

Samuel Amadon, The Hartford Poet

Jul 18, 2012
Chion Wolf

Samuel Amadon is a poet who grew up just outside of Hartford. He left for college, and grad school, but kept finding himself coming back to the capital city. Now he teaches in South Carolina, and has recently published “The Hartford Book” – a collection of gritty poems he wrote about his time living in and around Hartford.

Chion Wolf

As the University of Connecticut gets bigger - with more global aspirations - what does that mean for the state university system?

This fall, Dr. Elsa Núñez starts her seventh year as president of Eastern Connecticut State University. Some view it as UConn’s little sister campus in nearby Willimantic. But Núñez has bigger plans. She wants ECSU to make a name for itself as a first-choice liberal arts school.

Bevin Bells On The Road To Recovery

Jul 17, 2012
Tucker Ives

It's been six weeks since the Bevin Brothers factory burned to the ground and the East Hampton company is moving forward with plans to rebuild. WNPR's Tucker Ives reports on what's ahead for the last bell factory in Belltown USA.

Since the devastating fire, Bevin Bells has received an outpouring of support from across the country. That support convinced the company's president, Matthew Bevin to get his family's business up and operating again.

"We will continue to put one foot in front of the next until we're continuing to make bells in Belltown," said Bevin.

Ethiopian Pop and Schizophrenic Rock

Jul 17, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we'll be sampling new tracks from Parquet Courts, Ariel Pink's  Haunted Graffiti, and electronic music producer John Tejada. We'll also be listening to the latest albums from these two artists: Ethiopian pop sensation the Debo Band, and the schizophrenic singer-songwriter duo known as Foxygen.

Pop-Up Storefronts

Jul 17, 2012
Chion Wolf / WNPR

Popup storefronts are popping up all over. Maybe even in your town.

Here’s the idea: You take one empty retail space and offer it up for free. A new business comes in for a day, a week, a month, or who knows?  

The hope? It can re-energize a commercial strip and fill in a sad, vacant storefront while giving entrepreneurs a chance to test out new ideas and hopefully turn it into a sustainable business.

Understanding Global Environmental Politics

Jul 16, 2012

At the Rio Earth Summit that just concluded, more than 100 world leaders gathered to talk global sustainability and set goals for the environment. President Barack Obama was not among them. Neither was Angela Merkel of Germany or David Cameron of the UK. This may say something about the real importance of these gatherings.

City Slighted By CEO's Comment

Jul 16, 2012

A comment by the European CEO of the clothing storeGant  in New Haven has drawn the ire of some in the city.

Dirk-Jan Stoppelenburg heads company, and one of his 600 or so stores opened on Broadway in New Haven last year. Here’s what he had to say about New haven in an interview last month:

“Only two things only ever came out of New Haven. Yale University and Gant.”

Connecticut's "Transportation Gap"

Jul 16, 2012
Chiyeuk (Wikimedia Commons)

New research from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy program finds a stark disparity in public transit options between Connecticut’s bigger cities and their surrounding areas.

Brookings researcher Adie Tomer spent two years running transportation models in 100 metro regions across America. He says having data on commuting times is crucial in figuring out how to jumpstart struggling economies.

“Public transportation is a critical cog in actually making sure our metropolitan economies function to the peak of their abilities," Tomer says.


Jul 13, 2012

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was one of the best-known French painters of the 1700s, known for his slightly risqué representations of upper class life in Paris before the French Revolution.  Why was one of his pictures showing men and women playing blind man’s buff printed and published in Hartford, Connecticut during the 1830s?  Why was court painter Jacques-Louis David’s famous portrait of Napoleon Crossing the Alps reproduced in no fewer than five different prints by Hartford’s Kellogg brothers?

The Rise of Women

Jul 13, 2012
UNE Photos

Women outpace men in colleges and graduate school and account for half of the workforce, so why are there still so few women in top jobs?

Because women have more education and career opportunities than ever before, because they’ve entered male-dominated fields like medicine, the military and engineering in numbers only dreamed about by their grandmothers...there’s a case that we’ve reached a kind of “gender equity.”

But women hold only 14% of corporate executive jobs.  Only a third make partner in law firms, and their wait is longer.

Dancing In The Big City

Jul 12, 2012
Christopher Duggan

The dance ensemble, the Brian Brooks Moving Company returns to Wesleyan University for a pair of performances tonight and tomorrow night at Wesleyan's Center for the Arts Theater in Middletown. On the program is the New England premier of his new work Big City. The dance company has performed all of the world. Joining us by phone this morning is dancer and choreographer Brian Brooks. 

America, We Need To Talk: Take a Vacation

Jul 12, 2012
Doug Wheller (Flickr Creative Commons)

Everyone counts down the days to vacation, right? Well not in America...it seems we’d rather keep working.

Yes, despite all the data that time off makes you happier, healthier and MORE productive, a majority of americans - some 57percent had unused vacation time at the end of 2011, and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table.

Meanwhile, profits per-employee are at a 10 year high. What if we just cut into those corporate profits by taking a day we’ve earned here and there?

The Needle Drop: 07-07-12

Jul 10, 2012

This week on TND, we've got tracks off the latest releases by H-SIK, Hot Chip, and Dirty Projectors. We'll also be sampling tracks from the new Blur single as well.

Transforming The Local News

Jul 9, 2012
Jon S / Creative Commons

The whole point of the company Journatic is that you’re not supposed to know that they exist.

What do they do? Well, they provide news stories for papers - sometimes written under fake bylines - often “reported” from far flung places. Think that story about West Hartford gas prices had the local touch? Might be someone from California...or the Philippines.

The Greatest Showman on Earth

Jul 7, 2012

Born in Bethel, CT in 1810, Phineas Taylor Barnum was one of history’s most colorful characters. At the age of 21, he purchased a printing press and soon learned to use sensational advertising to capture the public’s attention and create what we today would call “buzz”. Barnum moved to New York City in 1834 and in 1841 opened Barnum’s American Museum, which featured over 500,000 artifacts, curiosities, and human attractions, including the Feejee Mermaid, Chang and Eng the “Siamese Twins”, and Sara Swan the “Tallest Girl in the World”.

Effects of Sprawl on Water

Jul 5, 2012
fishhawk (Flickr Creative Commons)

Lee Epstein, in a recent piece for the Atlantic Cities blog, wrote that healthy watersheds and sustainable in-town development are directly linked: “what happens on the land affects the water downstream” across a wide area.

He says sprawling development damages water quality for the whole region. When we spread out our town development, rather than keeping it in areas that are already developed, there’s more waste and less vegetation to absorb it.

Epstein is with the Lands Program of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

Lincoln's Hundred Days

Jul 5, 2012
Kevin Burkett (Flickr Creative Commons)