Podcast: The Kids are Alright Pt.1
Episode #16-13 | airing 3-30-16

Many performers received their first inspiration at home. Many dance musicians recall falling asleep on piles of coats at dances and gently rocked to sleep by the melody of the music and the rhythm of the dancers. Songwriters often recall sessions in their homes while the parents and their friends … → read more

Change (and Spring) is in the Air

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for March 27, 2016 The last 12 months have seen a flurry of activity here at WFDU-FM. After receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the station installed a new transmitter last fall that essentially doubled the size of our listening area. We also launched two … → read more

Border Ballads: Bruce Springsteen as Corridista

Border ballads

Ghosts, Orchards, and Borders Last November, in a post about Bruce Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman,” I wrote of Nebraska’s palliative effects. I listened to that album without moderation during a hard time in high school. Years later, I listened to another Springsteen album during another hard time. It wasn’t vinyl, as … → read more

Carla Ulbrich Re-Defines “Average”

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for March 20, 2016 To label Carla Ulbrich as “average” would be like describing the Grand Canyon as just a hole in the ground. Never the less, Carla has chosen to call her new CD Totally Average Woman. Although I personally take exception to the title, … → read more

Podcast: For Sir George
Episode #16-12 | airing 3-23-16

This week’s episode is dedicated to Sir George Martin. The UK-based producer known best for his work with the Beatles passed way on March 8th 2016. The show features Beatles classics played by the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Tony Trischka, The Dillards, Bela Fleck, Bruce Cockburn, Jane Lewis … → read more

Carrie and Lowell: Conversations with Death 7

Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan StevensI first fell in love with Sufjan Stevens’ music in 2004; I was fifteen and a friend put “Romulus” on a mix cd. In the song, a young boy, growing up in Romulus, Michigan, tells of his distant relationship with his mother, who has moved … → read more

Podcast: Crossing the Big Pond
Episode #16-11 | airing 3-16-16

This week we take a look at Americans taking their shot at Celtic tunes, featuring talented artists such as Tim O’Brien, Liz Carroll, Solas, The Gaslight Tinkers and more! LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1611_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / “Title” / CD / … → read more

Vengeance and Loss: Yiddish Songs of the Holocaust, pt. 2

We return today with the second part of our interview with Anna Shternshis and Psoy Korolenko about their rediscovery and redevelopment of songs written by Jewish Holocaust survivors in 1940s Ukraine. Read Part One here. With this post, we’ll feature two of these songs, “The German’s Complaint,” and “At Night on … → read more

Podcast: Batter Up!
Episode #16-10 | airing 3-09-16


Well it’s that time of year again. With the start of Spring Training, just saying it makes me smile, we are once again assured that Winter is on the run and even better yet our favorite baseball team still has a shot at greatness-the regular season hasn’t started yet. Baseball … → read more