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Everyday for your entire life, you've been force fed garbage, and you're expected to take it with a smile! Now is the time to stop those pesky schools, social media, and news networks from leading you off a cliff into an eternal sleep. Wake up today! Open your mind to the world, as real people fill you in on The Statist Quo! Join our host Matt, an Iraq War veteran and ex-convict. If a former, enthusiastic cog in the war machine can break away from the statist quo mentality, then so can you! ...
 
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Co-host and producer Nick, decided to take the lead in this exciting new episode. Nick sat down with author, and columnist, Naomi Schaefer Riley to discuss her book "The New Trail of Tears : How Washington is Destroying American Indians". Naomi's book portrays life on Indian Reservations in modern day America, and how poor the living situations of …
 
Songwriter Thao Nguyen performs with one of the best band names in the business: Thao And The Get Down Stay Down. Their 2013 album We The Common, marked a turning point both in Nguyen's musical career and in her life. During a hiatus from touring and recording with the band (Thao released a collaborative album with singer-songwriter Mirah in 2011),…
 
Alabama native Naomi Shelton came to Brooklyn as part of The Great Migration of African-Americans out of the South, and she brought along her deep affection for gospel and soul music. Her collection of gritty grooves and commanding vocals recalls both her Daptone labelmate, Sharon Jones, and R&B-infused rock bands like Alabama Shakes. Shelton sings…
 
Hailing from New Zealand’s Southern port town of Lyttelton, Aldous Harding digs deep into classic folk music with her acoustic-based brooding songs. Her music is utterly captivating, yet melancholy and bleak; the arrangements are delicate, simple, and elegant - with subtle harmonies, perhaps a touch of fiddle or keyboard, supporting acoustic guitar…
 
Lomelda is the stage name of Texas-born singer and guitarist Hannah Read. The distinction between Lomelda and Hannah is one she wrestles with on her new album, called “Hannah.” She has a remarkable voice and her songs can swing from softly sung ballads to roaring guitar-based rock; and those songs can cover topics like family, music, creativity, an…
 
New Orleans has produced plenty of remarkable singers, but few of those native sons and daughters sing quite like the legendary Aaron Neville. He joined us in 2010 to talk about one of his first loves – gospel music - and his album I Know I’ve Been Changed. That release marked 50 years of recording for him and featured fellow New Orleans heavyweigh…
 
PART B Irish History III This is the continuation of our series on Irish republican history. On this installment, Matt discusses the seminal moment in 20th century Irish history: The Easter Rising. He starts by reviewing some of the events that pushed radicals to rebel. Then he goes over the psychology and ideals of those that participated in the R…
 
Singer-songwriter Randy Newman's 50-plus year career has been filled with lyrical commentating on America’s brightest—and bleakest—moments. In 2011, he had just released the second volume of “The Randy Newman Songbook.” Randy joined us live in the studio to talk about chronicling his life's work on the three-volume retrospective, which features str…
 
This is the continuation of our series on Irish republican history. On this installment, Matt discusses the seminal moment in 20th century Irish history: The Easter Rising. He starts by reviewing some of the events that pushed radicals to rebel. Then he goes over the psychology and ideals of those that participated in the Rising, and the events of …
 
Ben Harper is a three-time Grammy winner, a singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist who’s played in a wide variety of styles and with a Who’s Who of famous musical colleagues. But his upcoming album, Winter Is For Lovers is just Harper and a single lap steel guitar, inspired by the so-called American Primitive style of the late John Fa…
 
Back in 2008, the English singer-songwriter Adele turned heads with her hit “Chasing Pavements" from an album called 19. Then in 2011, she released what would become a juggernaut of a record, called 21. Adele joined us to talk about it just about a week before it came out, and gave us a sneak preview with a live performance of her huge hit, "Rollin…
 
Monte is the project of Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo, whose new record Mirla is a meeting of electronic dance, ambient music, and environmental sounds. Mejía describes how he was inspired by the traditional folk music of Colombia, and Indigenous music from all over the Americas, which is largely based on bird sounds and natural sounds. So, Mejía go…
 
Simone Dinnerstein avoided the child prodigy route in her career – taking her time to mature and avoiding the "competition circuit" - catching the ears of many by playing the works of J.S. Bach, including The Goldberg Variations. The Brooklyn-based concert pianist returns to the studio to perform selected Bach compositions, specifically the Inventi…
 
Millions know Suzanne Vega’s hits, like “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner.” Since her debut album in 1985, she has been one of America’s leading songwriters; but her new album recorded last year at the Café Carlyle, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, shows that she is even more specifically one of the great New York City songwriters. For this podcast,…
 
This is a continuation of our Irish history series. In this installment, Matt picks up with the Howth Gun Running incident and resultant shooting, discusses the Curragh “Mutiny”, the 1913 lockout and the interplay between socialists, republicans and labor. Matt also talks some more about the Home Rule crisis, finishing with the outbreak of World Wa…
 
Singer, violinist, songwriter, composer, and arranger extraordinaire Owen Pallett has recently released a new album, Island, full of some of their most ambitious music yet. And that's saying something. (Pallett says that "there are more parts than a Ligeti score.") Pallett is known both for their own music: several albums of songs, the film score f…
 
Since releasing their first album together in 2004, the band CocoRosie has beaten its own path through a thicket of musical styles. You’ll hear elements of indie rock, freak folk, electronic music, and hip hop, but CocoRosie are not bound by any of those genres. The two American sisters who make up the band, Bianca and Sierra Casady, have brought t…
 
Today on TSQ, Matt talks about a very powerful force in American life: The American Civil Religion. This is not a new concept, but it is one that isn't discussed as much as it used to be. A civil religion is a phenomenon whereby the nominally secular state takes on things normally associated with organized religion, such as dogmas, holy sites or sh…
 
In 2010, jazz singer Gregory Porter made a big splash with his first outing, Water, billed as “an album of love and protest.” Porter, a New York-based Californian who spent long years in musical theatre, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Vocal Jazz Album category for the record. Gregory Porter talks about his love of Nat King Cole, and about t…
 
By the age of 21, Richard Thompson had already helped to define the sound of 60s folk-rock with his band Fairport Convention. He emerged as a leading songwriter of his generation in a series of albums with his then-wife, Linda Thompson, culminating in one of the most harrowing breakup albums ever made, Shoot Out The Lights in 1982. Since then, he’s…
 
In observance of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we take a deep dive into the history surrounding them. The A-bombings is one of those historical events just about everyone knows and has heard the story of, but hardly anyone really has a deep understanding of. So many important details get lost in the process,…
 
In observance of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we take a deep dive into the history surrounding them. The A-bombings is one of those historical events just about everyone knows and has heard the story of, but hardly anyone really has a deep understanding of. So many important details get lost in the process,…
 
From the 1940s to the 1960s, Eva Garza’s voice could be heard singing Mexican rancheras throughout Latin America. Though her story and music is largely forgotten today, her genes live on: Garza's great-niece is the Texas singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez. In 2016, she released Lola, a bi-lingual record that combines her own Americana sound with th…
 
Thundercat is Stephen Bruner - an electric bassist and vocalist who racked up some serious cred through his session work and touring with Erykah Badu and Snoop Dogg. Since that time, he's parlayed that success into his own solo career; after impressing Flying Lotus while playing on his 2010 album Cosmogramma, the esteemed producer ended up working …
 
Bruce Hornsby wrote a classic pop song with “The Way It Is” in 1986 (later sampled by Tupac Shakur for "Changes.") But his new album, Non-Secure Connection, is full of unexpected collaborations with Jamila Woods and Vernon Reid, and the late Leon Russell, as well as sounds drawing from contemporary classical music, hazy drones, driving minimalism, …
 
S.G. Goodman writes songs that deal with the hard lives and hard truths of the rural south. She's a farmer's daughter with a high lonesome sound to her voice who grew up singing in church. Her album Old Time Feeling is about being a progressive, gay songwriter who lives in and loves her conservative Western Kentucky community. She joins us via the …
 
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