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The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’s a new episode every weekday, about ten minutes long and ready for you to enjoy while you commute, exercise, cook, or tune your guitar.

The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’s a new episode every weekday, about ten minutes long and ready for you to enjoy while you commute, exercise, cook, or tune your guitar.
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The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’s a new episode every weekday, about ten minutes long and ready for you to enjoy while you commute, exercise, cook, or tune your guitar.

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Episodes

Signing off

6/20/2019
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This is the last regular episode of The Current Music News podcast, but we have more great podcasts available -- and we hope you'll continue to follow us online and on air. Thanks to everyone who listened and shared our podcast! Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Ashley O - "On a Roll"

Duration:00:05:34

An interview with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

6/12/2019
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Backstage at the Armory in Minneapolis, Jade had the chance to catch up with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. In the news today: White Sox take heat for celebrating 'disco demolition,' Spice Girls animated movie planned, rapper Bushwick Bill has died at 52, Radiohead dropped 18 hours of rare audio, and a 2008 fire is revealed to have destroyed priceless master recordings. Plus, this week in music history and a dive into new tunes from Iron & Wine and Calexico; Bruce Springsteen;...

Duration:00:21:35

Jack White finally meets Jack Black

6/6/2019
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Can all the 'Jack Grey' jokes stop now? In other news: iTunes is ending; Roky Erickson has died at 71; Billboard is launching songwriter and producer charts; and Blink-182 are playing 'Enema of the State' front-to-back on tour. Plus, a look back at this week in music history and new releases from Aurora, Prince, Dylan LeBlanc, and Silversun Pickups...and Keanu Reeves goes viral just for walking to music. Music in this episode: Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); James Scott: "Frog Legs Rag";...

Duration:00:16:49

Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' hits theaters

5/31/2019
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How's the new Elton John movie? Pretty great, say Jade and Jay. Also in the news today: labels are paying more to sign artists, 'Old Town Road' continues to ride tall, and two music stars are releasing books on Oct. 1. Plus, highlights of this week in music history and new releases from Bedouine, Patti Smith, Sinkane, and Ian Noe - plus, how Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' is going viral every which way. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), James Scott - "Frog Legs Rag" (Public Domain),...

Duration:00:23:55

BONUS: The Current Rewind on Soundset

5/25/2019
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As a special weekend bonus, we share a complete episode of The Current Rewind. This new podcast digs into fascinating stories from Minnesota music history, and this first episode explores the history of the pioneering hip-hop festival Soundset. Music sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), Lazerbeak - "Winging It" Stock media provided by SplashStudio / Pond5

Duration:00:46:12

Rolling Stones give 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' songwriting credit back to the Verve

5/23/2019
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Two decades after suing the Verve for songwriting credit on 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,' the Rolling Stones have given it back. Also in the news today: the Netherlands win Eurovision, a synth repairman accidentally trips on vintage LSD, 'Bongo Rock' drummer Preston Epps dies, Natalie Portman criticizes Moby's portrayal of their relationship, and Aretha Franklin's three maybe-wills. Plus, music history highlights and new LPs from Cate Le Bon, Justin Townes Earle, Sebadoh, and Sting, as well as a...

Duration:00:19:34

Eurovision lands in Tel Aviv, amid protests

5/16/2019
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The annual Eurovision music contest is taking place in Tel Aviv, amid protests. Also in the news this week: Vampire Weekend hit number one, Soundgarden announce immersive film events, and punk pioneer Susan Beschta dies at 67. Plus, an interview with the Rock Bottom Remainders and a new book chronicles the history of Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" cover. Also, new releases from The National; Alex Lahey; Tyler, the Creator; and Carly Rae Jepsen. Plus, Mick's got his moves-like-Jagger back. Audio...

Duration:00:18:14

Musicians slam industry for poor support of mental health needs

5/9/2019
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A new study finds four-fifths of young musicians report mental health challenges, and the vast majority say the industry isn't doing enough to support artists in that respect. Also in the news today: Common describes childhood abuse, Rolling Stone rolls out charts to challenge Billboard, and Tinder is targeting festival-goers seeking connections. Plus, music history highlights involving Prince, Buffalo Springfield, and Tom Waits; new music from Jamila Woods, Charly Bliss, Mac DeMarco, and...

Duration:00:21:10

Woodstock 50 is off. Or is it?

5/2/2019
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Is Woodstock 50 happening? The anniversary festival's promoter and its backers can't seem to agree. Also in the news this week: Spotify reaches a landmark, and Drake's the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus: a look back at this week in music history, a new release roundup, an explainer on Taylor Swift's reference-laden new video, and a conversation with the legendary Alan Parsons. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), James Scott - "Frog Legs Rag" (Public Domain),...

Duration:00:18:53

Bruce Springsteen announces new album, 'Western Stars'

4/25/2019
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Huge new Bruce Springsteen and Prince album announcements lead today's Music News. Plus, Jade and Jay spotlight new LPs from the Cranberries, Marina, Craig Finn, and Guided By Voices, as well as the new FKA twigs single 'Cellophane.'

Duration:00:10:47

Academic conference to examine 'the connection between Phish and philosophy'

4/24/2019
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If you're a Phish fan who's also a deep thinker, make your way to Oregon State next month. Also in the news today: Record Store Day sets vinyl sales record, Britney says she's okay, Michael Jackson musical moving forward, compilation master Gary Stewart dies at 62, and Lil Dicky goes viral with star-studded Earth Day song. Music in today's episode: Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games: "Against The Wall" (CC BY 3.0); The Rolling Stones: "She's a Rainbow"; Britney Spears: "Oops! ... I...

Duration:00:09:49

Unfinished Prince memoir gets publication date

4/22/2019
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A memoir that Prince started writing prior to his 2016 death will be published Oct. 29, with supplemental commentary by his editor. Also in the news today: M.I.A. responds to Sri Lanka bombings, Woodstock 50 delays ticket sale, one musician marriage ends and another begins. Plus, a roundup of Coachella weekend two news, and Florence Welch's 'Game of Thrones' song. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Michelle Branch - "Hopeless...

Duration:00:11:52

Bandcamp announces vinyl-pressing service

4/18/2019
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Bandcamp is launching a new service described as 'like Kickstarter for vinyl.' Also today, Jade and Jay round up new releases by Lizzo, Cage the Elephant, and Jade Bird. Plus, Jay talks about the singing-competition drama 'Teen Spirit,' and we dig into the musical highlights of Beyonce's new live album.

Duration:00:10:52

Beyonce 'Homecoming' documentary comes with surprise live album

4/17/2019
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Beyonce's 'Homecoming' concert documentary hits Netflix today, and she added a surprise live album to go with it. Also in the news today: St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein are making a movie together; Sia video star joins 'West Side Story' remake; musicians make Time's most-influential list; Britney Spears fans concerned over star's absence; and Lorde plays Christchurch benefit. Music in today's episode: Jahazzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); West...

Duration:00:08:06

Aretha Franklin awarded honorary Pulitzer Prize

4/16/2019
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There are two Pulitzer Prizes being awarded to musicians this year: the regular prize, to composer Ellen Reid, and a Special Citation for the late Aretha Franklin. Also in the news today: Mick Jagger's bouncing back, Fender designs Game of Thrones guitars, and a Paris crowd respond to the Notre-Dame fire with healing song. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Aretha Franklin - "Rock Steady", Ellen Reid - "Blue Exceprt (P r i s m),...

Duration:00:05:52

Grammys organization to name first-ever woman president

4/15/2019
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Billboard reports that for the first time ever, the Recording Academy will be led by a woman. Also in the news today: Coachella recap, Jay-Z to reopen Webster Hall, fans petition to rename black hole in Chris Cornell's honor, and Spoon respond to video of Pete Buttigieg playing their music. Plus, what are Taylor Swift and Madonna teasing? Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Soundgarden - "Black Hole Sun", Weezer - "No Scrubs ft....

Duration:00:11:36

Record-store managers weigh in on Record Store Day

4/12/2019
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Saturday, April 13, is Record Store Day 2019. In the run-up to the nationwide blitz on record stores, The Current's Music News checked in with record-store operators at five locations across the country to learn their perspectives on the biggest day of the year. Music in this episode: Jahazzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); Jesse Spillane: "Dance Rocket" (CC BY 4.0)

Duration:00:08:14

Record Store Day 2019 releases: Our top picks

4/11/2019
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Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, so Jay and Jade each pick their favorite releases vinyl (and cassette) fans will be able to get their hands on. Also, we talk with Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton, who talks about how the event got started and shares some of her favorite RSD memories.

Duration:00:14:49

Record Store Day 2019 releases - our top picks

4/11/2019
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Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, so Jay and Jade each pick their favorite releases vinyl (and cassette) fans will be able to get their hands on. Also, we talk with Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton, who talks about how the event got started and shares some of her favorite RSD memories.

Duration:00:14:49

Songwriters ask concert promoters for a raise

4/10/2019
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BMI is trying to get concert promoters to share more revenue with songwriters. Also in the news today: an L.A. intersection will be renamed for Nipsey Hussle, Sharon Osbourne opens up about Ozzy's health struggles, Mandy Moore's making new music, Escort recreate a classic Journey video, and two pieces of exciting news for fans of movies and music. (Hint: tell me more, tell me more...) Music in this episode: Jahazzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0);...

Duration:00:08:39