Pitch

Pitch is a documentary radio show about music. Season 2 starts on August 15, 2014. The show is produced by  WHITNEY JONES and ALEX KAPELMAN

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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.

How To Dress Well

How to Dress Well is one of several artists categorized as Alternative R&B. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)

by Ellen Mayer

Music is a universe. It’s huge and it’s constantly shifting. 

Not only that, the experience of music is highly contextual, personal, and sensuous. Consider, then, the daunting task of music writers: To reconcile this huge musical universe with the limited words we have in our lexicon.

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.

Unlocking the Truth

CARRIE BATTAN WRITES IN THE NEW YORK TIMES about Unlocking the Truth, who she calls “a boy band that rocks beyond it’s years. Here’s the opening paragraph, which hooked me immediately:

Pitch: Season 2 preview

Aug 8, 2014

After our 4 episode “EP” last winter, we took a break to work on some new material. Now, we are happy to announce that Season 2 will begin next week, August 15. Take a listen to a sneak peak below.

In the meantime, you might enjoy a sneak peek at the new season, and check out a version of our story "The Longbox" which aired on 99% Invisible

Jana Zills / Flickr

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