Jason Brown

Operations Director

Jason is a bit of a public radio junkie, and eavesdrops on stations all over North America. His favorite program is RadioLab, and he sometimes ignores his family, severe weather, and basic traffic laws while listening to it. He thinks he reads more than most people, but concedes that’s not saying much. He enjoys working in public radio because he likes discovering new music and having access to what’s happening now. He lives with two dogs, who are relentless hug-beasts. 

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Ariel Pink's latest album is titled Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Jameson is a '60s-era LA singer songwriter who was long thought dead until he reemerged by way of a blog and YouTube channel in 2007. Jameson has since pass away in 2015 and Ariel Pink, using the autobiographical elements of Jameson's online presence has constructed a musical tribute to his life. 

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It's the stuff of legend. Malibu, California, 1976, Neil Young sits down with a guitar and records an album’s worth of material, largely unheard until now. Hitchhiker contains a lot of songs that have since been released with a full band arrangement, but this unearthed audio document offers those songs at their intimate core, and provides insight into Young’s songwriting process. 

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This week on the show I've got new music from Benjamin Clementine. He’s a London musician who comes from a sheltered Catholic upbringing, was once homeless on the streets of Paris, and is now a Mercury prize holder. His latest album is titled I Tell A Fly. It was recorded in Damon Albarn’s studio, on the heels of Clementine's appearance on the latest Gorillaz album. 

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You might recall from a few weeks back that we shared highlights from this year's Newport Folk Festival, thanks to NPR Music. There were way too many performances to share in a single program (and indeed there are enough for a third!) so we're getting our folk on again this week with a couple of headliner performances. We'll hear from Wilco, and John Prine, who closed out the weekend and had an all-star cast of musicians join him on stage, including Justin Vernon, Jim James, and Margo Price. It's still summer, the radio is BYOB, and these tunes are great, so enjoy!

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This week I slip in a Cocteau Twins track, the 1986 song "Love's Easy Tears," which led me to this lovely and now digitally memorialized piece of ephemera