Music http://nhpr.org en 7.10.14: Seinfeld The Anti-Hero, New Summer Grilling Ideas, And The Green River Festival http://nhpr.org/post/71014-seinfeld-anti-hero-new-summer-grilling-ideas-and-green-river-festival <p>It’s been <em>25 years</em> since Larry David’s “show-about-nothing” debuted on NBC, but it lives on. Recently a critic made the argument that <em>Seinfeld</em> not only transformed the sitcom but paved the way for television’s anti-hero dramas. Plus, not even a month into summer, you may already be approaching capacity on grilled burgers and hot dogs. JM Hirsch, food editor for the Associated Press joins us to inject new ideas into the outdoor cooking season. And, a sneak peak of bands heading to western Massachusetts for this weekend’s Green River Festival.</p><p>Listen to the full show and <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:23:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 51663 at http://nhpr.org 7.10.14: Seinfeld The Anti-Hero, New Summer Grilling Ideas, And The Green River Festival 7.03.14: Megan Abbott, The Audio Orchard, And HitchBOT http://nhpr.org/post/70314-megan-abbott-audio-orchard-and-hitchbot <p>Looking for a gripping summer read? How about <em>The Crucible</em>, with text messaging? Writer Megan Abbott discusses her new novel <em>The Fever</em>, which is based on a true story of mass hysteria among high school girls. And then, rebellious teens take note: hitchhiking is ill-advised…but what if you’re a machine? We’ll chat with the developers of Hitchbot, a robot that is set to hitch rides across Canada. &nbsp;Plus, we visit the Audio Orchard to select to pluck the month’s best new songs.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:46:57 +0000 Word of Mouth 51278 at http://nhpr.org 7.03.14: Megan Abbott, The Audio Orchard, And HitchBOT Making Music In The Streets of Plymouth http://nhpr.org/post/making-music-streets-plymouth <p>Last Saturday Plymouth joined 800 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day. The general idea - music performed by anyone, anywhere they like. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bob King has a day job but he hosts open </span>mics<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at Tony's Restaurant on Thursdays. Today, he's standing in front of Thomas Roberts Hair Salon playing some of his favorite songs.</span></p><p><em>"It must be beautiful for people to walk around town and hear a different song every ten feet."</em></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Sean Hurley 50938 at http://nhpr.org Making Music In The Streets of Plymouth Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-voted-best-nh-radio-talk-show <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are so proud to have been voted </span><a href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/July-2014/Best-of-NH-2014-Arts-and-Culture/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show by the readers of <em>New Hampshire Magazine</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six years after launching Word of Mouth, we still feel like upstarts and appreciate our listeners coming through. Thank you!&nbsp; It's pleasure to bring you stories that spark curiosity and wonder about the world around us, and will continue spreading interesting information the best way we know how: through Word of Mouth.</span></p><p>And not only was Word of Mouth voted Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show, but NHPR was voted <a href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/July-2014/Best-of-NH-2014-Arts-and-Culture/">B</a><a href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/July-2014/Best-of-NH-2014-Arts-and-Culture/">est</a> FM Radio Station!</p><p>With all that in mind, here is a look back at some of your favorite Word of Mouth stories from the past year.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:39:34 +0000 Word of Mouth 50896 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage http://nhpr.org/post/61914-bonobos-granite-state-music-festival-and-found-footage <p>There’s a film festival coming to New Hampshire, but it’s not what you might expect. Instead of featuring independent films by aspiring artists, this festival will screen videos that have been stuffed into storage bins and garbage cans. Today we have a conversation with the curators of the Found Footage Festival. But first, biologist Frans de Waal on altruism, empathy, kindness and ethics among bonobo chimps. Plus, we catch you up with the Granite State Music Festival, coming to Concord this weekend.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:18:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 50494 at http://nhpr.org 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage The Other Songs Of The Summer http://nhpr.org/post/other-songs-summer <p>There’s always debate about what will be the ‘song of the summer,’ a title usually determined by airtime and download statistics. But what about all the other songs that deserve a chance at becoming <em>your </em>summer anthem? Here is an alternative summer playlist, with songs from all across the board. Pick your favorite and listen until you get sick of it, hopefully sometime around September.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:mollersaurus:playlist:1LqfToj9G727PxSmYsKMiE" width="300"></iframe></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:57:06 +0000 Molly Donahue 50305 at http://nhpr.org The Other Songs Of The Summer 6.16.14: The Song Of The Summer & The Worst Songs From The World Cup http://nhpr.org/post/61614-song-summer-worst-songs-world-cup <p></p><p>According to the calendar, it’s still spring for a few more days, but <em>some</em> music critics have already anointed the song of the summer. Today on Word of Mouth we’ll reveal the warm-weather anthem you’ll be hearing all summer long. Plus, for soccer-loving countries, the World Cup inspires passion, patriotism, and songs, bad ones. We’ll listen to a selection of the worst songs also inspired by the World Cup, from around the world.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and click&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read More</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:01:46 +0000 Word of Mouth 50290 at http://nhpr.org 6.16.14: The Song Of The Summer & The Worst Songs From The World Cup What Is "Twee"? http://nhpr.org/post/what-twee <p>We spoke with <strong>Marc Spitz</strong> about his new book <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062213044/twee"><em>Twee</em></a>, in which he tries to give a comprehensive and explanatory history of “the gentle revolution.”</p><p><em>(You can hear that conversation <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/6914-understanding-twee-michael-blum-and-comedian-todd-glass">here</a>.)</em></p><p>The tenants of Twee are varied but they come down to this: there is darkness in this world that can only be overcome by cultivating passions that foster beauty and evoke a sense of innocence, goodness, and childhood.</p><p>In other words, when the world gets scary, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo">just put a bird on it</a>.</p><p>As with any cultural movement, the question of Twee can spark long debates (and trying to sort through “Twee vs. Not Twee” makes an awesome party game). To get you up to speed, here’s a handy list of things that are definitively Twee. As Twee defies categorization, we present this to you as a holistic experience, books mixing with music mixing with…hairstyles?</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Molly Donahue 49822 at http://nhpr.org What Is "Twee"? 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass http://nhpr.org/post/6914-understanding-twee-michael-blum-and-comedian-todd-glass <p>We are in the midst of a cultural movement…it’s called Twee and boy is it precious. Today we look into the gentle revolution that is Twee…from artisanal pickles to Wes Anderson films, why this retro wish for innocence is thriving. Then, we hear from a local jazz musician who has just released his debut album to good reviews. He has a long career ahead of him since he’s only 20 years old. Plus, a conversation with comedian Todd Glass. He’s been performing stand-up since 1982, but he made his boldest move in 2012 when he came out publicly as gay on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:36:33 +0000 Word of Mouth 49893 at http://nhpr.org 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass 6.07.14: The Power of Music http://nhpr.org/post/60714-power-music <p>Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. Word of Mouth goes behind the glimmering façades and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David Kontak, a New Hampshire musician who makes instruments out of found objects. Plus, Sean Hurley shares the story of a band that deliberately created the world's most endangered song.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:42:03 +0000 Word of Mouth 49805 at http://nhpr.org 6.07.14: The Power of Music Memorable Moments From Movie Musicals http://nhpr.org/post/memorable-moments-movie-musicals <p>No matter your opinion on them, grand musical numbers are notorious earworms. Here we’ve compiled some of the most famous, beloved, and recognizable movie musicals. Go on, sing along, everyone else will too. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Top Hat </em></strong><strong>(1935)</strong></p><p>This was the first screenplay that was written specifically for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, though they would go on to do at least 6 more movie musicals together. The movie helped to save RKO from bankruptcy with $3 million in box office revenues and it was only beaten by <em>Mutiny on the Bounty</em>, which would go on to win the 1935 Best Picture. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:56:10 +0000 Molly Donahue 49382 at http://nhpr.org Memorable Moments From Movie Musicals 5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D http://nhpr.org/post/52914-movie-musicals-and-david-kontak-live-studio-d <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. We go behind the glimmering </span>façades<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David </span>Kontak<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a New Hampshire musician who makes instruments out of found objects. Plus, Sean Hurley shares the story of a band that deliberately created the world's most endangered song.</span></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:20:31 +0000 Word of Mouth 49370 at http://nhpr.org 5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" http://nhpr.org/post/52114-veterans-writing-project-music-rivalries-and-making-exile-main-street <p>As a soldier, an army officer, and then a Foreign Service officer Ron Capps experienced five wars in ten years, and came home with severe PTSD. Today on Word of Mouth, he discusses founding the Veterans Writing Project, and the power of the written word in coping with the psychic wounds of war. Then, from Scottish bag pipes in the mid-18<sup>th</sup> century to Metallica in the mid-2000s, we’ll take a brief tour through the history of music as a weapon of war. Plus, a diehard Oasis fan is forced to admit that the band’s rivalry with Blur has unfairly colored his perception for the past 20 years.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:12 +0000 Word of Mouth 48826 at http://nhpr.org 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" 5.8.14: Defending Millennials, Wheelchair Motocross & 'I Didn't Type This Article' http://nhpr.org/post/5814-defending-millennials-wheelchair-motocross-i-didnt-type-article <p></p><p><span class="st"><em>"No man ever steps in the same river</em> <em>twice" </em>- Heraclitus</span>, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher</p><p>While the philosophy of Heraclitus and his pre-Socratic peers is debatable, fans of <strong>Word of Mouth</strong> can attest that they never listen to the same WoM show twice. Ideas change. Concepts Change. Times change. Even when the segments stay the same, the takeaway, the emotion, the value in context of your life can change. Today, we bring you new ideas, old sound with new meaning, and new sound with retrospective importance. So join us, scholars of WoM, for today's show, and share your thoughts on <a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:26:11 +0000 Word of Mouth 48086 at http://nhpr.org 5.8.14: Defending Millennials, Wheelchair Motocross & 'I Didn't Type This Article' 5.1.14: Space Farming, The Birth of 'Cool', Caspar BabyPants, The Bitter Barista & The Audio Orchard http://nhpr.org/post/5114-space-farming-birth-cool-caspar-babypants-bitter-barista-audio-orchard <p></p><p>Make a lunch date today with your loyal friend, <strong>Word of Mouth. </strong>We're revisiting some favorites from the last year, and our nostalgia is set to max capacity. Kicking off the show are two stories about farming. <em>In space</em>. Then hit the juke box and press play for a segment on the origin of '<em>cool</em>'. Speaking of cool, <strong>Chris Ballew</strong> of the band The Presidents of the United States of America talks about his family friendly musical persona <strong>Caspar Babypants. </strong>Then, the internet can provide a place for venting about<em> Ventis</em>. Wrapping up the show, Producer <strong>Zach Nugent </strong>shares his latest picks for The Audio Orchard.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:11:43 +0000 Word of Mouth 47659 at http://nhpr.org 5.1.14: Space Farming, The Birth of 'Cool', Caspar BabyPants, The Bitter Barista & The Audio Orchard