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William’s 9th anniversary mixtape for Cristy.

Download or listen to the two-hour summation of the ninth year of love, scholarship, and the blossoming of silly language in toddler Ba.

For our final scheduled show, Cristy and William explore the discontinuous topic of great closing tracks on great albums. Except for “Hang Loose,” which we forgot, which Cristy is still mad about, even though she wouldn’t even let William consider including any They Might Be Giants songs. So we’re burying the hatchet right between your ears.

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Into the sunset, radio on.

Into the sunset, radio on.

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Neal Cassady Chair of Psychedelic Folk Art Philip Graham and Professor of Rockthropology Alma Gottlieb lead Cristy and William through some of the uncharted early albums of the nexus of the cultural myth known as the “Summer of Love.” Learn which ruthless, murderous dictator the pacifist Country Joe was named after, and which band member went on to be a voice actor for the Smurfs. And lots of great music eclipsed in the shadow of the Grateful Dead and Woodstock.

All recorded in an authentic underground basement. Download here or listen below:

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Babysitting Fanfare for the Speeding Bullet, Austin and William deliver two hours of unplanned or intentional technical and musical problems, with an emphasis on implausible cover songs, featuring an entire hour of a beloved Julie Andrews song being brutally stripped of all innocence, and most of its melody.

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No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

No doubt. By way of illustration, I call the court’s attention to the songs of Cole Porter.

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Let's do it.

Let’s do it.

Richard Posner, writing for Slate:

Related to the preceding point, the chief justice’s dissent is heartless. There is of course a long history of persecution of gay people, a history punctuated by such names as Oscar Wilde, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Alan Turing. Until quite recently, many American gays and lesbians took great pains to conceal their homosexuality in order to avoid discrimination. They value marriage just as straight people do. They want their adopted children to have the psychological and financial advantages of legitimacy. They are hurt by the discrimination that the dissenting justices condone. Prohibiting gay marriage is discrimination.

Prior to his live radio concert on The WEFT Sessions, Kurt Bielema joins William to share his eclectic musical history of alter egos, unreleased tracks, his work with the scorching Angie Heaton, and new and old tracks from teen metal to trip hop to power pop to kids playing improvised jazz piano for six hands. Featuring a quiz: a guest appearance by Cristy “Rockcyclopedia” Scoggins who is charged with guessing the birth years of rock stars of note who celebrated birthdays in the previous two weeks.

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But don’t stop there. Later, Kurt gives a live performance of original material and covers live in the studio on the WEFT SESSIONS.

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And he gets the girl at the end. It was a long day but worth it.

Sorry, ladies. This one's taken.

Sorry, ladies. This one’s taken.

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At the end of a lovely Independence Day weekend, Austin and William stand in for Jason Finkelman on Fanfare for the Speeding Bullet, bringing you music from the distant fringes of jazz and the flip side of patriotism.

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Drawing inspiration from this LP, Constructing the Legend, William plays through every song on Bob Dylan’s eponymous debut followed by the song that inspired it, with additional information about the artists, and an ad hoc reading of Rick Wakeman’s eulogy to Chris Squire. In all, a lot of deep history is swept into Bob Dylan’s first collection, before he became …  BOB DYLAN!

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Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Rock Geek FM party? Here’s an hour of songs with lyrics by Bertholt Brecht, performed by a variety of artists, and interspersed with recordings of Brecht’s interrogation by the HUAC.

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Art Theater manager and all-around film lover and hater, REDACTED, joins us for a spirited hour of odd music removed from its context and rolled in vigorously unstructured dialog.

Sitting in the basement with a dude with no name….

Sitting in the basement with a dude with no name….

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