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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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"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!

Jul 14, 2015

On this day in 1938, George Gershwin's first biographer, Isaac Goldberg, passed away in Boston.  Find out the significance of this writing on our long-term understanding and interpretation of Gershwin's music on today's "A Day in the Life."

Jul 13, 2015

Idris Goodwin recounts Run DMC's epic performance at the globally televised Live Aid supter concert, which took place on this day in 1985.

Jul 13, 2015

This episode we are talking about summertime.  What is summer all about and how is it represented in music?

Ryan Banagale, Idris Goodwin, and Steve Hayward discuss “Dear Summer” by Jay Z, “Heavy Metal Drummer” by Wilco, and “Summertime” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

All that and more—including “Band Name Pop Quiz”—on this month’s episode.

Jul 10, 2015

Idris Goodwin on a Global Music Day. Starting today July 10, 2015 all new music will be released globably on the same day. Why? Who? 

Jul 9, 2015

Matthew Mugmon on the musical world of Italian composer Ottorino Respghi, born on this day in 1879.

Jul 8, 2015

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Today is the birthday of beloved children's entertainer Raffi Cavoukian.  He became (and remains) the soundtrack to millions of young lives.  Find out how on today's "A Day in the Life."

Jul 7, 2015

Idris Goodwin on the release and stylistic ramifications of Eric B & Rakim's game chaging album Paid In Full. 

Jul 6, 2015

Today in 1944 one of the most fires in history struck the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey circus in Hartford, CT. Learn how the music of John Phillip Sousa helped reduce causalities.

Jul 3, 2015

Ryan Banagale breaks down the musical threads woven through the space time continuium of Robert Zemeckis's game changing sci fi comedy

Jul 2, 2015

Matthew Mugman on the premiere and roots of Seblius's Finlandia. Also it's connection to Bruce Willis. 

Jul 1, 2015

Proud Canadian Steven Hayward celebrates the musical contributions of his countrymen Arcade Fire, Rush, Neil Young and Justin Beiber. Go leafs! 

Jun 30, 2015

What's the link between arch duke Franz Ferdinand, a race horse of the same name and some scottish rockers? All will be revealed by Steven Hayward on this episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jun 29, 2015

On this day in 1911, film composer Bernard Herrman was born. Here Idris Godowin gives us a snapshot of his enormous decade spanning career working with some of the most important names in cinema.

Jun 26, 2015

The marriage of Sonny and Cher came to an end on this day in 1975.  Find out how they first met and how their relationship influenced their creative output, from the good times to the bad—today on “A Day in the Life” presented by Steven Hayward.

Jun 25, 2015

Today in 1996 Jay Z released his first album Reasonable Doubt.  Hear his 1989 duet with Jaz-O, his efforts to become a solo act, and why he started his own record label Roc-A-Fella today on “A Day in a Life” offered by Idris Goodwin. 

Jun 24, 2015

Today in 1880, “O Canada” was born in Quebec, Canada.  What are its international roots and circumstances of its first performance?  When did it get its English lyrics?  And what does it all have to do with hockey?  Matthew Mugmon explains all on today’s “A Day in the Life.”

Jun 23, 2015

It is June Carter Cash’s birthday, born today in 1929.  Learn about her musical pedigree and her accomplishments prior to and with eventual husband Johnny Cash on today’s “A Day in the Life” offered by Ryan Banagale.    

Jun 22, 2015

Today in 2009 the Eastman Kodak Company announced the end of the production of its Kodachrome color film stock.  What are its musical origins, connections, and inspirations?  Find out on today’s "A Day in the Life" offered by Ryan Banagale.

Jun 19, 2015

Guitarist and folk singer Nick Drake was born on this day in 1948.  His music never quite found an audience during the 1960s and 1970s.  But his posthumous success has been significant, due in no small part to a particular 1999 TV commercial.  Find our which one on today’s “A Day in the Life.”

Jun 18, 2015

Today in 1948, Columbia debuted a new audio format known as the LP, or long playing record.  What became possible with this “revolutionary” format?  Take a listen to today’s “A Day in the Life” to find out!

Jun 17, 2015

Today is composer Igor Stravinsky’s birthday, born in Russia on this day in 1882.  Why did his ballet Rite of Spring send listeners into a frenzy?  How did he come to influence nearly every twentieth-century composer through his musical output.  Find out on today’s “A Day in the Life.”

Jun 16, 2015

Today is the birthday of Tupac Shakur, born on this day in 1971.  Learn about his early influences and rise to stardom, including his original rap name and time Digital Underground on today’s “A Day in the Life.”

Jun 15, 2015

On this day in 1989, grunge band Nirvana released its debut album titled Bleach.  Find out how lead singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain was influenced by The Beatles while creating this music for this album on today’s “A Day in the Life.”

Jun 13, 2015

On this episode of Critical Karaoke we are talking about “cover songs.”  Songs that were written and recorded by one artist, but go on to be re-recorded and re-performed by many other artists in many other genres—it is kind of like karaoke of existing songs, but it is critical?  

Complete details available here: http://criticalkaraoke.com/critical-karaoke-episode-4-cover-songs/

Join us as we discuss covers of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet; "King Porter Stomp," first composed and performed by Jelly Roll Morton; and “The World Turned Upside Down” by Leon Rosselson.  All than and more, including a special "cover band" name pop quiz.  

Jun 12, 2015

Human’s Lib, the debut album by English musician and synth-pop guru Howard Jones is released on this day in 1984.  Where did he come from, where did he go?  Find out on today’s “A Day in the Life.”

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