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DJ Sessions: Songs For The End Of Summer

HERE & NOW

Interview | Produced by Dean Russell

In this week's edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, Jeremy Hobson speaks with KCRW DJ Chris Muckley (@cmuckley) about the tunes he's listening to as the summer comes to a close, including San Diego's Birdy Bardot, tropical folkster Son Little and the latest from Randy Newman.

Note: We have a Spotify playlist and an Apple Music playlist for our weekly DJ Sessions.

Music From The Segment

Birdy Bardot, "Fortune"

The Dream Rebel, "Hurt Me Bad"

Son Little, "Blue Magic (Waikiki)"

Randy Newman, "Putin"

Jonathan Rado, "Night"

DJ Sessions: Remembering 9/11 Through Music

HERE & NOW

Interview | Produced by Dean Russell

Rita Houston was unable to get to work on Sept. 11, 2001. Blocked by the chaos surrounding the World Trade Center towers in New York, she stayed at home and called into WFUV, where she is a DJ. On that day and in the weeks to follow, listeners made repeated requests for songs that brought them comfort and reminded them of the character of New York.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks about those songs with Houston (@RitaHoustonWFUV), now host of the show "The Whole Wide World" and program director at WFUV, which is based in the Bronx at Fordham University.

Music From The Segment

Elton John, "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"

Ryan Adams, "New York, New York"

Dar Williams, "Better Things"

Paul Simon, "Was a Sunny Day"

DJ Sessions: The Many Forms Of Modern Gospel

HERE & NOW

Interview | Produced by Dean Russell

Cecilia Webb loves traditional gospel music. She grew up on it. But over time as she's seen its sound evolve, Webb's come to embrace all forms of the genre.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson gets a tour through gospel, from modern performances of traditional to contemporary, with Webb, host of "Train to Glory" Sunday mornings on KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Music From The Segment

Melvin Williams, "How I Got Over"

Bishop James Dixon II, "Trust in the Lord"

The Clark Sisters, "Pray for the USA"

David Daughtry, "God Is Great (Leap!)"

Earl Sweatshirt And A More Human Hip Hop

Earl Sweatshirt And A More Human Hip Hop

WBUR: THE ARTERY

Essay | Written by Dean Russell

“I made a promise,” says a young voice, hesitant, “I would never rap seriously on the radio. I’m ‘bout to break it for you.”

The voice is Thebe Kgositsile, the teenage rapper and producer better known as Earl Sweatshirt, if you know him at all. At 19 years old, Earl looks much younger in the YouTube upload from the hip hop show “Sway in the Morning.” Earl is skinny – sitting next to the hulking, 42-year-old host Sway Calloway, he’s really skinny – with a high forehead and wide-set eyes. His motions are two-parts measured, one-part unsure, as he speaks cautiously into the mic. They’re talking about one of the most anticipated hip hop releases of 2013 — his debut major label studio album “Doris”. [...]

John McCauley Raises The Bar For Folk Music

John McCauley Raises The Bar For Folk Music

WBUR: THE ARTERY

Essay | Written by Dean Russell

NEWPORT, R.I. – John J. McCauley III: It’s not a household name. Nor is the name of his band, Deer Tick. But for anyone who is familiar with New England’s folk scene; for anyone who has visited the Newport Folk Festival in its recent years; for anyone who has ever even been near Newport in the last weekend of July: you may know his face, and you’ll definitely know his voice.

It’s Friday night. The rain has soaked Newport and its flush of 10,000 festival-goers raw. I’m standing in mud, singing at full capacity, and it’s hard to tell if the wetness on my face is from a leak in the performance tent or a real, honest-to-God reaction to what I’m witnessing, what I’m hearing. [...]