Best Music podcasts (Updated August 2019; image)
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People say that music is the world's universal language through which artists express different emotions and relay powerful messages to listeners. Listening to podcasts enables you to follow your favorite music shows on your way home, at work, while walking in the park, even in the farthest breathtaking regions deprived of Internet connectivity. The podcasts listed in this catalog cover all genres, ranging from classic to rock, from blues to pop. Some of the podcasts listed in the catalog discuss about the latest charts, the hottest music news and cover musical events as well as new music discoveries and conversations with emerging artists, icons. Also, there are shows where musicians dissect their songs and analyse them verse by verse, telling the story behind how they were made as well as the ideas that went through their minds in the process of writing and recording. Other podcasts reveal genuine chunks of the personal lives of authors, told by their associates or themselves.
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Song Exploder
Monthly+
 
Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
 
Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
 
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KZradio הקצה
Monthly
 
An independent radio station from Tel Aviv. For music lovers by music lovers.
 
Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.
 
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Popcast
Weekly
 
The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.
 
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Pop Shop Podcast
Weekly
 
Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson offer weekly Billboard chart breakdowns, discuss the hottest music news and cover the year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans, chart junkies and everyone in between are invited to this weekly half-hour discussion.
 
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Soul Music
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Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact
 
From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.
 
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Next Music Online
Weekly
 
Next is a new music show with a simple goal: Find you a new favorite song. I firmly believe that good people listen to good people. Please check out the website http://allthingsnext.com. Enjoy it all, stay sexy and if you love someone hug them right now.
 
WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians
 
Mountain Stage Podcast
 
The writers and editors of Rolling Stone take you inside the biggest stories in music. Featuring interviews with our favorite artists; what's playing in the office; expert insight on the week's biggest music news; and much more.
 
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, Songlines magazine covers the world's most exciting music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, featuring artists from all around the globe. Songlines is packed full of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, concert-listings, travel stories and every issue comes with an exclusive compilation CD.
 
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Defected Radio
Weekly+
 
Podcast from Defected Records
 
Mike Watt (solo artist, Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Iggy Pop and The Stooges) playing some tunes and doing some spiel. Assisted by brother matt and coming to you from the wild kingdom at the pleasure point, in San Pedro California! TWFPS www.twfps.com
 
The Guardian's Music podcast is our irregular but ever excellent look at music culture. The latest in this series is the Brasil Music Exchange - bringing you the freshest music from Brazil emerging artists. Plus the podcast version of our live radio shows on NTS, The Guardian Radio Hour. Each week a special guest joined the Guardian’s Kate Hutchinson to discuss a musical theme, from Neneh Cherry on her journey from jazz to punk, to Stewart Lee’s survey of music and stand-up comedy. It’s very ...
 
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Travels in Music
Daily+
 
Stories About Music From Around The World
 
KEXP's Song of the Day podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP thinks listeners should hear along with songs from more well-known artists.
 
It takes years for a Broadway musical to hit the stage, but on OFF BOOK: The Improvised Musical, you get a brand new original musical every week! Each episode, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and a special guest create a new musical on the spot. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to stitcher.com/premium and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!).
 
Every week KEXP hosts live performances from our studios and now you can take them with you. With roughly 200 performances each year, KEXP boasts an impressive line-up of guests. Go to KEXP.ORG for a list of upcoming performances. 628142
 
An hour of fresh new tunes from BBC Music Introducing handpicked by Tom Robinson each week in the early hours of Monday morning.
 
Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every Friday morning a musician or band comes into the studio to play one of their own songs and a cover of a song they love..
 
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Reasonably Sound
Daily+
 
A podcast about sound by Mike Rugnetta
 
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
 
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Country Fried Rock
Monthly
 
Country Fried Rock’s podcast
 
Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
 
Themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment. There is a plan and there is no plan. The mix consists of found sound of many kinds and from many sources, old and new, put together on the run as the continuous audio collage continues. OTE sometimes employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you.
 
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Punch Up The Jam
Weekly
 
Every week, comedians/best friends Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe attempt to fix a popular song despite absolutely no qualifications. PUNCH UP THE JAM is a show cataloging their descent into madness as they review, rewrite, and remix all the hits you love to hate, or just love (until they ruin it for you.)
 
UPDATE: We moved over to simplecast https://albumbyalbum.simplecast.fm/Album by Album is a weekly conversation about music and the way it changes our lives.
 
The Free Music Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free and legal MP3 downloads. Our Song of the Day podcast features handpicked tracks including live in-studio recordings and Creative Commons releases. Every MP3 you discover is pre-cleared for certain types of use that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws, ranging from downloads to use in videos and remixes. Visit freemusicarchive.org for more information about individual tracks and artists.
 
A Conversational Music Podcast
 
#1 Syndicate Caribbean Radio Show Worldwide! Official Worldwide Dancehall Hot 20 Countdown
 
Sodajerker On Songwriting is a programme devoted to the art and craft of songwriting. The show, created and hosted by the UK songwriting team Sodajerker, features interviews with some of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the world.
 
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The Music Life
Daily+
 
The Music Life is an exploration of what it means to be a contemporary maker of music during what could be considered 'the wild west' era of the music industry. This exploration is done through conversations with a diverse array of working music artists, producers, and industry professionals. There are many questions to be asked and stories to be told.The podcast is hosted and produced by two working musicians and record producers, Louis Abramson & Joey Secchiaroli. Both have spent the bette ...
 
The Music Business Worldwide Podcast profiles some of the brightest sparks – and most successful executives – working in the global music industry today.
 
an interesting podcast from your old pal, Wil wheaton
 
This is the Sub Pop Podcast, a product of Sub Pop Records, the Seattle-based record label since 1988. Hear stories from inside, outside, and adjacent to Sub Pop, straight from the horse's mouth. Season 3 begins May 23, 2017 with a new episode out every other Tuesday. Absolutely nothing sounds better.
 
Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the Home Recording Studio Owner
 
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Dissect
Daily+
 
The anatomy of an album. Named “Best Podcast of 2018” by The New York Times. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode.Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4).Past seasons:S3 - Blonde by Frank OceanS2 - MBDTF by Kanye WestS1 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick LamarMS1 - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
 
B.o.B Unsigned is one of the fastest growing music shows in the world played on over 80 FM stations in 16 countries.** Also available on iTunes: http://apple.co/1clvR9g **
 
A daily spotlight on international musical artists and trends. Created by host Marco Werman, the Global Hit features interviews with musicians, critics and deejays around the globe.
 
The Barbican Centre in London features the world's greatest artists in jazz, folk, world, roots, soul, country, contemporary classical and the more experimental ends of rock, pop and electronica. Look out for new episodes every fortnight with exclusive interviews, lots of good music and backstage reports.
 
In each episode of Tell Me About Your Song, host Jacob Haller talks to a different songwriter about a song they wrote. Concisely edited, with a variety of guests, this show is recommended for anyone who wants to take a deep dive into the creative process!
 
Hosts Andrew King and Mike Raine bring you the latest insider look at the Canadian music industry. Listen to in-depth interviews with music experts, industry professionals, musicians, songwriters, and producers. Produced by Canadian Musician Magazine - www.canadianmusician.com. For more information contact us at cmpodcast@nwcworld.com. Listen and subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
 
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Composers Datebook
Daily
 
Composers Datebook™ is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present, with appropriate and accessible music related to each.
 
Build your career as a sound engineer. The podcast for live audio professionals. Interviews with the leading innovators in concert, theatre, and corporate production. Submit your questions: http://buff.ly/Nwpsf0Nathan Lively is a Career Coach for Audio Professionals, Podcast Consultant for Small Businesses, and Author.
 
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Live From Music City
Daily+
 
Live From Music City is directed to singers/musicians who have achieved at least mid-level entry points in their careers. We try to help the artists define the steps they need to take to advance their careers.*We'll discuss a variety of topics through commentary and with guests to showcase their roles within the performing and recording industry. We'll also focus on the music business from the perspective of service to the artist, as well as how the artist can achieve the next levels of succ ...
 
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The Music Scout
Monthly+
 
The Music Scout is the podcast for the best new music around broken up into 30 minute bite-size episodes for you to enjoy. From alternative to blues to folk and indie, the genre style knows no boundaries on this podcast.
 
Colin Murray gathers together four music obsessives to debate and argue their favourite tracks.
 
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Beyond Synth
Weekly
 
The podcast about people who make cool music! BEYOND SYNTH is the best synth music chat show there is. Featuring artists and producers who make synthwave/new-retro/electronic music and much more!!We talk Music, games, movies, the 80s, and lots more while I play samples of the guests music.
 
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Graham Finlay of UCD discuses the Hong Kong Protests with Dave.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Dublin born tech entrepreneur Annie Slattery has just won a prestigious tech award in Australia and talks to Dave about the win.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Journalist Louise Walsh talks to Dave about a new exhibition on the Meath born Moores brothers who were huge stars in the early years of Hollywood.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Neuroscientist Shane O'Mara talks to Dave about his new book "In Praise Of Walking" which uncovers the many benefits of walking.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Critic Paul Whittington reviews some of this weeks latest release including Quentin Tarantino's latest release - "Once Upon a time In Hollywood"By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
On today's date in 1928, the Columbia Phonograph Company of New York announced that the Symphony No. 6 by the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg was the winner of its $10,000 Schubert Memorial Prize. The Competition was intended to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Schubert's death, and originally, Columbia wanted the prize to go to the compose ...…
 
The girls discover that when cows sit down, it means rain is about to happen. They try desperately to get them standing up, as Dad won’t go to the beach if it's about to rain. This series entertains your little listeners and encourages them to discover that the weather outside is something to be embraced and enjoyed! #CBeebiesRadio…
 
The world’s funniest podcast on music production, engineering, & mixing! Someone wins a plugin every episode, listen to find out who!
 
Joni Mitchell used them, so did Jimmy Page, Paul Simon and Keith Richards.By ABC Radio National.
 
Miles Davis's masterpiece was a game changer in modern music.By ABC Radio National.
 
Instead of watching reaction videos, why not learn a music theory hack from the new TOOL song, and how to use it to write odd time signature bass lines and drum beats! Subtitles/CC available. WELCOME Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make ...…
 
Complete Show Notes: https://www.sounddesignlive.com/?p=44527In this episode of Sound Design Live I talk with Michael Lawrence who is Document Jockey at Rational Acoustics, Technical Editor at Live Sound International, and a freelance audio engineer. We discuss lots of tips for fighting microphone feedback without a graphic EQ (and without Smaa ...…
 
Watch a young cellist on the rise, offering music of virtuosity, sweet lyricism and a little fire from his Persian roots.By NPR.
 
Conversations about his songwriting, his struggles and his striking sweetness outside of music. Guests: Jeff Johnson; The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich; and Nick Weidenfeld.
 
Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna and Sidney Madden as they share their picks for the best albums out on Aug. 16. FEATURED ALBUMS: Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold; Frank Turner - No Man's Land; Snoh Aalegra - Ugh, Those Feels Again; Cousin Stizz - Trying to Find My Next Thrill; Shura - Forevher; Lilli ...…
 
Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna and Sidney Madden as they share their picks for the best albums out on Aug. 16. FEATURED ALBUMS: Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold; Frank Turner - No Man's Land; Snoh Aalegra - Ugh, Those Feels Again; Cousin Stizz - Trying to Find My Next Thrill; Shura - Forevher; Lilli ...…
 
In this monthly mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Tom Breihan, senior editor at Stereogum and writer of their long-term blog project “The Number Ones,” a chronological review of every song that’s hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tom gives Chris his reviews of the three Lennon-McCartney hits Chris discussed in the l ...…
 
Continuing the month-long celebration of the show's third anniversary, Brian and Brian lay down in the tall grass and do their stuff with Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. Mick-mails: volcanovinyl@gmail.com Tweetwood Mac: twitter.com/volcanovinyl
 
The Berries - Fruit - from the 2019 album Berryland on Run For Cover Records. Support the show.By KEXP.
 
Red, Gold, Green & Blue is a new album revisiting some of the classics that sparked the Reggae revolution. Featured artists include Toots & The Maytals, who reinterpret favorites, including Peter Green's classic "Man Of The World."By KCRW.
 
Seattle’s local favorite The Black Tones invigorate audiences with their original blend of blues and punk. Listen to them perform 4 songs from their debut full-length album, Cobain and Cornbread, produced by the legendary Jack Endino. Recorded 06/18/2019 in the KEXP Live Room. 4 songs - Ghetto Spaceship, The Key of Black (They Want Us Dead), Ma ...…
 
On today's date, Elvis left the building — permanently.On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935, Elvis first earned his living as a mechanic and furniture repairman who occasionally played cowboy ballads on the guitar at parties. But somehow Elvis reinvented himself and became the archety ...…
 
Andy jets off in his safari mobile, heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo to record the sound of a mountain gorilla beating its chest for Jen’s audio database back at Safari World. Along the way, he meets a group of playful chimpanzees, follows some tree felling forest elephants and comes across a hungry pangolin searching for its dinner.…
 
Kazyak - Zombie DreamBy Minnesota Public Radio.
 
We’re big fans of Holly since her debut of Tahoe Tweezer piano composition. For the uninitiated, Holly takes songs by both Phish and The Grateful Dead, transcribes each members parts and then builds out a new composition where she plays everyone’s parts. It’s phenomenal stuff. Aside from her solo work, Holly plays keyboards in Ghost Light anoth ...…
 
Ceres perform 'Viv in the Front Seat' before covering Vanessa Carlton's 'A Thousand Miles' for Like A Version.
 
Themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air, consisting of found sound of many kinds and from many sources, old and new, put together on the run as the continuous audio collage continues.By Over the Edge presents.
 
Back in 2004, Andrew Stafford published a book called Pig City. It captured the Brisbane music scene, the politics that fuelled this artistic reaction and so much more. From the Saints to Savage Garden, it became a bible in music history. Fifteen years passed, and Staffo finally returned with his follow up. This time a personal memoir, taking u ...…
 
Bonus mini episode time. We wanted to let everyone in on what’s going on over on our Patreon site, so we discuss Chop Shop’s “Discrete Emissions” 7” on Banned Production. This episode is also timely as Chop Shop will be making a rare live appearance at the Haters 40th anniversary in Oakland this Saturday, August 17th. We travel to a hazy past t ...…
 
The Album: Earth, Wind & Fire That's The Way Of The World (1975) On March 15, 1975, Columbia Records released "That's The Way Of The World" the sixth studio album of Earth Wind & Fire, a band of 10 members who fused rock, jazz, funk and soul. The album sold five million units, and won a Grammy for the single "Shining Star" (Best R&B Performance ...…
 
Did you know the secret to an amazing mix is actually in wise sound selection? Wise sound selection is the foundation of your song's frequency spectrum, and in this episode, we discuss how to think in terms of your lows, mids, highs, and how to use certain instruments powerfully in your music. Additionally, the main course I wanted to share in ...…
 
This week we review YBN Cordae's 'Lost Boy' and Rick Ross' 'Port of Miami 2' and rate them. Then 'Let's Talk' about Drake triggering us again and id music is starting to be shadowed by materialism. Lastly lets get 'Into the Unknown' where we tell you guys about some low-key artists that need to be on your radar.…
 
All Together Now chat, tracks from Hare Squead & Marie Davidson and we review Bon Iver's i,i.By Nialler9.
 
Tommy Zee runs Tommy Zee and Co., a music production company that makes music for some of the world's largest brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Google, Sony, and more. He aims to move people emotionally with his music. Tommy began as a banker by day and DJ by night before quitting his job and starting his company. In this episode, Tommy Zee talks a ...…
 
Mary Lattimore's Ambient Harp in Echoes Podcast Mary Lattimore (Pic: Jeff Towne) In the Echoes Podcast, Mary Lattimore, a diva of new music harp. She’s performed with Harold Budd, Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Thurston Moore and dozens of others with her electric harp. On her album, Hundreds of Days, she manipulates her instrument with electroni ...…
 
What actually happens in "The Freshmen" by The Verve Pipe? What happens to us when we have to listen to it? Which result is more tragic? Listen on to find out! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Barenaked Ladies. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talks ...…
 
Twice a month, guitar amp guru Skip Simmons fields your questions on vintage tube amp buying, restoration and repair. Co-hosted by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde. Submit your guitar amp questions to Skip here: fretboardjournal@gmail.com or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848. Some of the topics discussed on this episode: 1 ...…
 
A hearty sandwich of an episode, the meat of which is an interview with Palestinian musician and activist Samir Eskanda. We talk about BDS organizing and tactics for musicians and music listeners to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. We also discuss the BDS movement’s focus on institutions rather than individuals, and how the same ...…
 
In this episode your hosts Sam Hysell and Jordan Williams chop it up on topics that have been on their mind in the industry, strategies for emerging artists, and resources to stay up to date in the industry. In this episode we discuss... Scooter Braun buying Taylor Swift’s catalog of masters Contemplating the pros and cons of remaining independ ...…
 
Ty Segall - The Arms - from the 2019 album First Taste on Drag City. Support the show.By KEXP.
 
Check out this slinky R&B earworm, "Too Much To Ask," from the LA-based 3-piece Moonchild. They channel a mellow, sonic melody that's sexy enough for late night romance.By KCRW.
 
Brandy and Monica, Miel and Demi, Naomi Ekperigin And Andy Beckerman (Couples Therapy podcast) OH MY!!!! The whole damn team assembles to dissect the 90's R&B classic two-chord love triangle anthem, "The Boy Is Mine". I LOVE YOU, THE GOOOOOOOD WIIIIIIIIIFEEEE (this joke will make sense once you listen). UNPUNCHABLE JAMS: "Nobody's Supposed To B ...…
 
Myf and Zan are back from Brisbane and still flying high after a Bang Fam reunion in the sunshine state. South Korea’s most famous boy band is taking a breather, and it marks a shift in how the industry treats it’s biggest stars. A piece on art feeding your soul in the age of social media has us jazzed… How can art touch your soul when your sou ...…
 
NEW FOR AUGUST 15, 2019 Billion-year-old carbon . . . Back To The Garden - The Best Radio You Have Never Heard Vol. 369 1. Woodstock (live) - David Crosby 2. Suzy Q (live) - Creedence Clearwater Revival Buy From iTunes 3. Amazing Journey / Sparks (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes* 4. Dance To The Music / Music Lover / I Want To Take You Higher M ...…
 
Charles reveals his creative outlet between Pixies albums, a couple of problem lyrics are resolved, the Eagles Greatest Hits make their influence felt, Captain Beefheart, David Vanian and Elvis all get a name check and Charles is instantly sold on Tom’s kooky shit.
 
A rhyming dragon challenges Billy and friends to complete three special rhymes for him. In return, he'll heat up their special Dragon Day hot chocolate! This series of whimsical, modern fables are infused with simple life lessons. They combine the joy of being read a book and seeing a film, encouraging imaginative thinking. #CBeebiesRadio…
 
Gauche - Pay DayBy Minnesota Public Radio.
 
In the Catholic Liturgical calendar, today is celebrated as the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. In the Middle Ages, when the veneration of Mary as Notre Dame – French for "Our Lady" – was at its peak, a "Lady Mass" would be sung on a day like this.And it's quite likely that one of the earliest-known settings of t ...…
 
Dubways with AFX on RJ!Mixed By: M.H ProjectCubicolor - No Dancers (Adam Port Remix)Gorge - Don't StopMax Oazo feat. CAMI - What Is Love (T.I.M Remix)Calvin Harris, Rag'n'Bone Man - Giant (Purple Disco Machine Remix)Fatboy Slim - Praise You (Purple Disco Machine Extended Remix)Julien Jabre - Swimming Places (Purple Disco Machine Re-Work)Sebasti ...…
 
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