Michael Katzif http://weku.fm en Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On': Songs We Love http://weku.fm/post/marvin-gayes-whats-going-songs-we-love <em>Marvin Gaye's masterpiece </em>What's Going On<em> turns 40 on Saturday. Click the link above to hear Gaye biographer David Ritz evaluate the album and its legacy on </em>Weekend Edition Saturday.<p>Marvin Gaye's <em>What's Going On</em> was an instant classic, as well as one of the most influential records from a passionate and enduring icon. Released on May 21, 1971, the album is an introspective, politically charged nine-piece song cycle that addresses the ravages of the Vietnam War, urban decay, drug abuse, civil unrest and injustice. Fri, 20 May 2011 21:53:00 +0000 Michael Katzif & NPR Staff 4367 at http://weku.fm Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On': Songs We Love First Listen: Thurston Moore, 'Demolished Thoughts' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-thurston-moore-demolished-thoughts When news surfaced last year that <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16257646/thurston-moore" target="_self">Thurston Moore</a> had hired <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck" target="_self">Beck</a> to produce his new album, it was easy to imagine their collaboration taking one of two paths: They could go loud, or they could go quiet. Mon, 16 May 2011 02:56:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 3792 at http://weku.fm First Listen: Thurston Moore, 'Demolished Thoughts' Hospital Ships: Optimism And Despair http://weku.fm/post/hospital-ships-optimism-and-despair Lawrence, Kan., doesn't immediately spring to mind when America's great music scenes are being rattled off. It can be easy to overlook the middle of the country when so many fans and tastemakers are situated on one coast or the other, and that makes it harder for landlocked bands to establish the biggest possible national following. Still, year after year, the college town consistently serves as an incubator for talent deserving wider recognition. Thu, 05 May 2011 16:18:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 2967 at http://weku.fm Hospital Ships: Optimism And Despair First Listen: Thao And Mirah, 'Thao And Mirah' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-thao-and-mirah-thao-and-mirah With most collaborations come a push and pull between what each artist brings to the table. The most successful musical partnerships use those differences, and occasionally opposition, to force each musician out of a comfort zone and create something new that neither would have come up with by his or herself. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 02:28:00 +0000 Michael Katzif 1701 at http://weku.fm First Listen: Thao And Mirah, 'Thao And Mirah'