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Collector's Edition digs deep into the archives of the Magnolia Avenue studios of KDHX for exclusive live performances by national and local artists. Tune in for the music, stick around for the interviews.

Collector's Edition digs deep into the archives of the Magnolia Avenue studios of KDHX for exclusive live performances by national and local artists. Tune in for the music, stick around for the interviews.
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Collector's Edition digs deep into the archives of the Magnolia Avenue studios of KDHX for exclusive live performances by national and local artists. Tune in for the music, stick around for the interviews.




#37: The Mountain Goats

On 2017's Goths, the Mountain Goats channel one of singer John Darnielle's favorite musical subcultures while painting its songs in lighter shades of electric piano and saxophone. For this stripped-down set, Darnielle is joined by pianist and saxophonist Matt Douglas for one tune from the new record and a pair from 2007's Get Lonely. Songs performed are "Wear Black," "In the Hidden Places" and "Get Lonely." Engineered by Andy Coco and Cody Pees. Recorded on September 11, 2017 at KDHX in...


#36: Super Doppler

Formerly known as Major & the Monbacks, this Virginia-bred sextet revels in warm and fuzzy psych-pop built on a common language of Beatles, Beach Boys and Dr. Dog LPs. Super Doppler performs the songs "Moonlight Anthems," "Sandman" and "Over and Over" from its new LP Moonlight Anthems. Recorded at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri on August 10, 2017. Engineered by Jon Valley.


#35: Ha Ha Tonka

Hailing from West Plains, Missouri, Ha Ha Tonka has spent its past five albums working through vibrant and spirited Americana, and on this year's Heart-Shaped Mountain, the quintet wrestles with the rigors of adulthood. Songs performed are "Arkansas," "Race to the Bottom" and "Everything." Recorded on May 19, 2017 at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri. Engineered by Jon Valley.


#34: Charly Bliss

New York-based foursome Charly Bliss channels a fuzzy and effervescent strand of 90s pop-punk while making its own stamp on the genre. The band plays three songs from its debut full-length "Guppy" and singer/guitarist Eva Hendricks talks about the band's experiences on the road and in the studio. Songs performed are "DQ," "Percolator" and "Ruby." Recorded on April 30, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Engineered by Andy Coco.


#33: Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge and his six-piece band get a warm hometown welcome for this recording, done in front of a live audience at the Stage at KDHX ahead of the release of his latest "Manic Revelations." LaFarge and company perform the songs "Riot in the Streets," "Must be a Reason," "Going to the Country" and "Good Luck Charm." Recorded live at the Stage at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri on May 11, 2017. Engineered by Jon Valley and Andy Coco.


#32: Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt's gifts for songcraft and perfectly pitched delivery are old news at this point, but it's good to know that she can still turn a phrase and break a heart 15 years into her career. She and partner Eric Heywood offer up three acoustic songs from her latest "Stitch of the World." Songs performed are "Dusty Old Man," "My Boat" and "Wait for Me." Engineered by Jon Valley. Recorded on March 1, 2017 at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri.


#31: Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo's long career has led him through strains of punk, folk and Americana, but for 2016's Burn Something Beautiful he channels rangy, guitar-heavy rock & roll. He's joined on that album by Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (Minus 5), but for this session it's just him and his acoustic guitar. Songs performed on this episode are "Farewell to the Good Times," "Heartbeat Smile" and "Beauty and the Buzz." Recorded on November 13, 2016 at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri....


#30: Amanda Shires

When Amanda Shires isn't on stage -- performing her own songs or in support of her husband Jason Isbell or the legendary John Prine -- she pursues her MFA in creative writing; on her latest LP, My Piece of Land, she walks the line between biography and fiction. Shires sings three new songs and talks at length about her writing process, life on the road and much more. Songs performed are "Harmless," "Pale Fire" and "When You're Gone." Recorded on November 3, 2016 at KDHX in St. Louis,...


#29: Adia Victoria

On her debut album "Beyond the Bloodhounds," singer and guitarist Adia Victoria uses an updated and dark-tinted brand of electric blues to tell her stories and consider the intersections of her black, Southern, female identities. On this episode, we'll talk with Adia Victoria about the legacy of music as social protest in the era of Black Lives Matter. Songs performed are "Dead Eyes," "Head Rot" and "Invisible Hands." Recorded September 25, 2016 at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri. Engineered...


#28: Oh Pep!

Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs combined their first syllables and their musical talents in creating Oh Pep! in their native Melbourne, Australia a few years ago. Both have studied music at the university level but their earliest recordings show an unfussy freedom in adopting folk and Americana forms. On this year's full-length Stadium Cake, the pair embrace a fuller palette of pop sounds while still tackling some big-ticket issues in their lyrics. Songs performed are "Wanting," Doctor...


#27: Will Johnson

Will Johnson led the beloved Denton, Texas-based Centro-matic for over 15 years, and after that band's friendly dissolution, he released Swan City Vampires and embarked on a series of living room tours. Johnson will play three songs from that new LP -- "Call, Call, Call," "Nameless, But a Lover" and "Pulleys" on this episode. Recorded on May 25, 2016 at KDHX in St. Louis. Engineered by Andy Coco.


#26: The Staves

The three Stavely-Taylor sisters -- Emily, Camilla and Jessica -- have been recording as the Staves for a number of years, fusing the austerity of British folk with the rich overtones of their harmonies. Their latest, the three-song EP "Sleeping in a Car," reunites the band with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who lends production help on these songs as the Staves move outside of purely acoustic music and embrace electronic and ambient textures. Songs performed for this session are "Make It...


#25: The Jayhawks

Call the Jayhawks an Americana band if you must, but singer Gary Louris is more than likely to sling some German noiseniks your way. The band's latest, "Paging Mr. Proust," was recorded with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine, and Louris' detail-rich songs study the twin poles of stillness and movement. We'll hear three acoustic versions of tracks from that new LP: "Leaving the Monsters Behind," "Lovers of the Sun" and "Comeback Kids." Recorded at KDHX in St. Louis on June 27, 2016. Engineered...


#24: Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis' latest album is self-titled; that tidbit, along with a recent divorce, has had critics and writers salivating for a broken-heart narrative. But to hear Ellis tell is, he's still exploring the grey area in relationships, where people struggle to get what they want. We'll talk with Ellis at length and hear three new songs on this week's episode. Songs performed are "Perfect Strangers," "Amanda Jane" and "California." Recorded at KDHX in St. Louis on June 7, 2016. Engineering by...


#23: Oscar

Oscar Scheller self-records his songs under his first name, and the tracks on this year's Cut & Paste place his elegant baritone voice against scuzzy garage rock and the rainbow-colored remnants of Brit Pop. We caught him on his first full tour of the U.S. whilst opening for Bloc Party, and on this episode he'll talk about his musical upbringing, his fascination with American pop culture and the challenge of adapting home recordings in a full-band setting. Songs performed are "Sometimes,"...


#22: Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts

Miles Nielsen leads the rock-and-roots combo the Rusted Hearts through warm, weathered Americana on this year's Heavy Metal. We'll talk with Nielsen and the band about its evolution, its Midwestern sensibilities and growing up in the shadow of Cheap Trick. Songs performed are "Simple Times," "Is This The End" and "Honey Bee." Recorded on May 12, 2016 at KDHX in St. Louis. Engineered by Andy Coco.


#21: Parlour Tricks

Lily Cato leads this New York-based sextet with clear nods to '60s girl-group harmonies and an increasing reliance on taut, muscular synth pop. Parlour Tricks plays three tracks (including one as-yet-unreleased tune) on this week's show, and we talk with Cato and harmony vocalists Darah Golub and Morgane Hollowell about the band's evolution, its rejection of gender-as-genre, and how all the best post-show compliments deal with music theory. Songs performed are "Gone," "Requiem" and "Leave...


#20: Grant-Lee Phillips & Steve Poltz

These two singer-songwriters take different approaches to their craft -- Grant-Lee Phillips is often ruminative and mystical, while Poltz treats his songs as a catch-all for his expansive and idiosyncratic worldview. But as tour mates, Phillips and Poltz find commonality both in the songs and in conversation, as this special two-for-one episode of Collector's Edition proves. Phillips performs "Smoke and Sparks" and "Holy Irons" from his latest The Narrows, and Poltz plays "I Want All My...


#19: The Americans

This Los Angeles-based quartet calls itself the Americans, a broad and startlingly simple name and one that fits the group's catch-all approach to American roots music. After two self-recorded releases, the Americans will issue the studio album "I'll Be Yours" this spring. We talk with all four band members during this session and hear three new, forthcoming songs: "Stowaway," "Harbor Lane" and "I'll Be Yours." Recorded on January 14, 2016 at KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri. Recorded by Andy...


#18: The Bottle Rockets

Few bands in St. Louis are as storied and celebrated as the Bottle Rockets. The band was a leading light in the burgeoning alt-country movement in the early '90s and has been consistently releasing records and touring the country for nearly 25 years. The newest LP is called "South Broadway Athletic Club" (named for a local landmark), and the band talks about recording its first album in its hometown. Songs performed are "Monday (Every Time I Turn Around)," "Ship It on the Frisco" and...


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