Alex Kapelman

Producer, Pitch

I’m a musician and radio producer in New York City. I sing and shred in Blue & Gold; produce stories about music on my podcast, Pitch; and freelance for WNYC— specifically, SoundcheckThe Takeaway, and The Brian Lehrer Show. My work has aired on PRX RemixWCAI, and KSJD, and has been featured onHowSound. I’m a Transom Story Workshop alum (Spring 2014).

Follow me on TWITTER, hear my work on SOUNDCLOUD or license it at PRX, and/or email me at akapelman@gmail.com.

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Pitch: #8 Your Old Friend

Sep 28, 2014

In 1994, Nas put out his debut album, Illmatic. There’s been a lot of fanfare for the 20th anniversary, and for good reason.

Illmatic is, in my opinion, and a lot of people’s opinion, the finest hip hop album ever been created,” says Jay Kang, science and technology editor for NEWYORKER.COM. He was a gigantic hip hop fan throughout the 1990’s. “It’s the sort of cinematic quality of Illmatic, the storytelling in Illmatic, the writing, even of hooks in Illmatic.”

Pitch: #7 Piano Player

Sep 17, 2014

In 2007, there was a little Irish film called Once that starred Glen Hansard from the band The Frames and musician Markéta Irglová. If you never saw it, you might remember when it won the academy award for best song the next year. Glen and Marketa talked about the importance of dreaming big and taking chances and making art.

ROLLING STONE HAS A MASSIVE PROFILE OF WILLIE NELSON THIS WEEK. It goes in depth — they call it their “definitive profile” of the music and cultural legend — about his life, career, and, of course, marijuana.

Pitch: #6 Karaoke

Aug 30, 2014

The ingenuity of a phonograph’s mechanism may incite the inventive genius to its improvement, but I could not imagine that a performance by it would ever inspire embryotic Mendelssohn, Beethovens, Mozarts, and Wagners to the acquirement of technical skill, or to the grasp of human possibilities in the art.

When music can be heard in the homes without the labor of study and close application… it will be simply a question of time when the amateur disappears entirely.

-John Philip Sousa, September 1906

 

Pitch Encore: MOULTY

Aug 26, 2014

 

The second episode of Season 2 comes out next week, but we have a little something for you today — a new series we’re calling “Encore.” On our off weeks, we’ll give you a fun, interesting, or weird tidbit that we weren’t able to include in our last episode.

Pitch: #5 Moulty

Aug 16, 2014

The song “MOULTY" by THE BARBARIANS isn’t your typical love ballad. It’s not even really a love song.

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Last week the editorial staff of The New Yorker announced a "Summer Free-For-All" — they’re granting online access to all of their articles going back to 2007. (At least until September, when they unleash their subscription model.) Many, many roundups were done to mark this occasion — so many that THE AWL EVEN DID A ROUNDUP OF ROUNDUPS