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"Critical Karaoke" is a monthly show about music and the ideas it inspires. We also produce daily music history segments called "A Day in the Life." Both currently air on KRCC
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Now displaying: April, 2015

"A Day in the Life" is a 2-minute podcast about music, history, culture, and ideas.  We release at least one new episode every weekday on an incredible range of genres and artists.  We hope you enjoy these quick listens!

Apr 30, 2015

Today in 1900, the famous train engineer Casey Jones made his final, infamous journey.  Learn how his tragic death became musical inspiration for countless musicians on today's "A Day in the Life."

Apr 29, 2015

On this day in 1982, American music journalist and rock critic Lester Bangs submitted his manuscript for a massive book to be titled "Rock Gomorrah."  It was never published.  Find out why on today's "A Day in the Life."

Apr 28, 2015

Today in 1990, A Chorus Line closed after a fifteen-year run on Broadway.  It was reality TV before there was such a thing.  Learn more on today's "A Day in the Life."

 

And when you are done: Listen to episode two of "Critical Karaoke" 

Apr 27, 2015

Today is the birthday of Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist August Wilson, whose plays exude music.  Learn about his inspiration and output on today's "A Day in the Life."

And when you are done: Listen to episode two of "Critical Karaoke" 

Apr 24, 2015

On this day in 1792, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle was inspired to write "La Marseillaise"--a little ditty that would become the national anthem of France and find its way into a variety of compositions over the course of time.

Apr 23, 2015

Today on 1564 William Shakespeare was born, or was he?  Regardless, his music has inspired countless composers over the course of time.  Learn more today on "A Day in the Life."

 

Apr 22, 2015

On this day in 1978 Bob Marley returned to the stage for the first time in more than a year for the "One Love Peace Concert" held in Kingston, Jamaica.

Apr 21, 2015

Today on "A Day in the Life": Dick Clark testifies before congress in 1960 about his involvement in the practice known as "payola."

Apr 20, 2015

It's 4/20!  And if you don't know what that means, then man, we aren't going to tell you.  Oh, wait: no.  We will...you, know...  Just listen carefully. 

Apr 17, 2015

Today in 1960, rocker Eddie Cochran--the creative force behind songs such as "Summertime Blues"--died in a tragic car crash.  Learn more on todays "A Day in the Life."

 

Apr 16, 2015

Which innovating jazz saxophonist won the Pulitzer Prize on this day in 2007? Find out on today's "A Day in the Life."

 

 

Apr 15, 2015

Today in 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Find out about the musical response created by Buddy Johnson, today on "A Day in the Life."

Apr 14, 2015

Which co-founding member of the indie band Arcade Fire was born on this day in 1980?  Find out on today's episode of "A Day in the Life."

 

Apr 13, 2015

"We Are The World" hit #1 on the charts on this day in 1985.  Find out the who/why/how today on "A Day In The Life."

Apr 12, 2015

Critical Karaoke Episode 2: Sampling a little of this and a little of that...

Discussion, insight, and tangents on music by:

Foxygen

Public Enemy

Einstürzende Neubauten

Cannonball Adderly

Joe Zawinul

Vince Guaraldi

The Rolling Stones

Apr 10, 2015

The famous and much-recorded arrangement of "Ave Maria" had its premiere on this day 1853. Find out which two composers were responsible for its cretion and why they never met on today's "A Day in the Life."

Apr 9, 2015

On this day in 1924 Sears, Roebuck and Company began running its own radio station, providing a venue for a wide range of country and bluegrass performers.  Find out which mainstay of radio and performance traces its origins to this station with the call-sign WLS.  

Apr 8, 2015

Which of the many Doucette's was responsible for "Mama Let Him Play," a song that had its debut on this day in 1977 and ultimately won its composer a Juno award for most promising new artist?

Apr 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, John Oates--born on this day in 1949 and responsible for six number one hits with bandmate Daryl Hall.  Find out which Hall & Oates song was the first number one hit to make use of the Roland 78 electric drum machine.

Apr 6, 2015

ABBA wins the Eurovision contest on this day in 1974--and the world was never the same.  Find out which song helped them capture the hearts of millions.

Apr 3, 2015

Why did the BBC ban The Coasters' hit song "Charlie Brown" on this day in 1959?

Apr 3, 2015

Which of Beethoven's symphonies had its premiere on this day in 1800?  Take a listen and find out!

Apr 1, 2015

Come join us in the wonderful world of "Nutopia," founded on this day in 1973 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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