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This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear

Stream "Fears of Your Life" in Windows or Quicktime.

by Michael Bernard Loggins, read by Tom Wright

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by David Sedaris

"Each week, some 1.7 million listeners tune-in to This American Life, an insightful, innovative radio program that broadcasts touching true-life stories that unfold like audio movies to listeners on over 500 public radio stations nationally.  This fall, listeners can own a selection of the greatest stories from the show on a two-CD compilation, This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear, available November 7th from Shout! Factory.  Host Ira Glass and the staff of This American Life selected some of their favorite segments from the Peabody® Award-winning series, organized along the title theme which, Glass admits, “Not only summarizes the theme of nearly every story on our program, but all human drama and literature besides.”  Featuring segments by bestselling writer and humorist David Sedaris (Naked), Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” correspondent John Hodgman, and many others, this eclectic anthology addresses topics ranging from gender reassignment to karaoke comedy, with over two hours of alternately hilarious and heart-breaking spoken performances set against the music of Thurston Moore, Blonde Redhead, RZA, Calexico, Philip Glass, Morcheeba, Mogwai, Tom Zé, Tortoise, Carly Simon and others.  The third installment in the This American Life CD series, the two-disc This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear set, includes 11 complete stories from the Chicago Public Radio series, with an album insert featuring original artwork by Divya Srinivasan (Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois) and liner notes by Ira Glass, for the suggested list price of $19.98." -- Shout! Factory

The Shimmers

The Letter [MP3]

from The Way You Shine on Transit of Venus, released: 17 October 2006

The Trolleyvox

I Know That You're High [MP3]

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65daysofstatic

Full album: One Time For All Time [stream]

"At long last, 65daysofstatic's label Monotreme Records has inked a deal for an American release of the album's refreshing gene-splice of electronic glitch and guitar girth this fall. Its sound seems to posit a perfect world in which Squarepusher joined a post-hardcore incarnation of Mogwai and Radiohead pitched in its pop lilt. The album's futuristic tone makes for a seductive score for an unwritten sci-fi epic that melds cutting guitars and electronic tones with sampled beats, live drums and computer glitch. But where IDM culture cuts out in the low end, 65daysofstatic delivers a thunderous wall of guitars that's reportedly still shaking some festival grounds since last summer's performances." -- Monotreme Records

Akon

I Wanna Love You feat. Snoop Dogg [windows | real]

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Parts & Labor

Stay Afraid [MP3]

Cover down, pray through: Bob Dylan's underrated, misunderstood "gospel years" are meticulously examined in this welcome new installment of his Bootleg series.

"How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?"
-- Bob Dylan, "When He Returns," 1979

Bob Dylan's career has been full of unpredictable left turns that have left fans confused, enthralled, enraged – sometimes all at once. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival – accompanied by a pickup band featuring Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper – he performed his first electric set, upsetting his folk base. His 1970 album Self Portrait is full of jazzy crooning and head-scratching covers. In 1978, his self-directed, four-hour film Renaldo and Clara was released, combining concert footage with surreal, often tedious dramatic scenes. Dylan seemed to thrive on testing the patience of his fans.

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Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Rockabilly Female stakes her claim with her band on accomplished new set.

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Love You To Life

Label: Self-released
Release Date: 2017-08-11
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