Lost Notes

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An anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. This eight-part series includes a look at the FBI investigation into a classic rock anthem, unheard conversations with Captain Beefheart, a critical examination of New Edition’s...

Episode Date
Reissue: Unfictional - Nature Boy
00:28:13
The strange story of the postwar pop standard "Nature Boy" and its enigmatic creator, eden ahbez.
Jan 31, 2019
Reissue: Heat Rocks - Cymande
00:41:16

Legendary DJ/crate-digger Cut Chemist professes his love for Cymande’s 1972 self-titled debut.

Oct 10, 2018
Reissue: The Dove
00:12:24
A global pop icon appears in a most unexpected place in this story from Pod Planet’s Clive Desmond.
Aug 21, 2018
Reissue: Mad About The Boy
00:29:43

We resurface a story from Falling Tree Productions that takes a look at the empowering flip-side of pop fandom.

Jul 31, 2018
Searching for the Root: The Incredible Journey of Aisha Ali
00:30:46

In the wake of the swinging ‘60s, a young woman named Aisha Ali travels to North Africa in search of her roots. There, she single-handedly documents hours and hours of music and film from Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt ... much of it still unheard.

May 24, 2018
A Million Dollars Worth of Plastic
00:33:26

In 1989 McDonald’s ran the biggest flexi-disc promotion ever, sending out 80 million discs (playing the “Menu Song”) as inserts in newspapers all over the country. A very special copy of this record was almost burned to heat a family home in Galax, Virginia. Instead, it ended up winning the homeowner a million dollars.

May 17, 2018
Shaggs’ Own Thing: The Story of the Wiggin Sisters
00:31:17

One of the most unlistenable bands of the ‘60s became a cult favorite decades later, gaining praise from the likes of Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth. But did the Wiggin sisters from Fremont, New Hampshire even want to be in a band in the first place? The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean recounts her reporting on the band’s strange trip to unexpected fame.

May 10, 2018
Johnny Tried: The Ballad of Glen Sherley
00:36:16

When Johnny Cash played his iconic concert at Folsom Prison he covered the song of one very talented inmate. Johnny pulled some strings, plucked Glen Sherley from prison and brought him out on the road. Did this turn of fortune wind up helping or hurting the formerly unknown songwriter?

May 03, 2018
New Edition’s Neighborhood Secret
00:32:42

The boys in New Edition were basketball fans from Boston - Celtics country. So what happened when they hung out with the L.A. Lakers in a music video during the height of the 1980s Celtics/Lakers rivalry?

Apr 26, 2018
Electricity: Conversations With Captain Beefheart
00:35:51

In this intimate radio portrait of one of music’s most legendary eccentric geniuses, writer Kristine McKenna offers you a visceral experience of what it was like to be friends with Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart).

Apr 19, 2018
Outlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD
00:26:23

Pirate radio station WBAD in New York was a beloved source for fans of underground, unsanitized hip-hop in the 1990s, but how high could this illegal operation fly while also staying under the radar?

Apr 12, 2018
Louie Louie: The Strange Journey of the Dirtiest Song Never Written
00:31:40

An FBI Investigation, an engagement ring, wine coolers...  the surprising story behind the ubiquitous anthem that every teenager bangs out on their first guitar.

Apr 12, 2018
Introducing Lost Notes
00:02:04

Hear a preview of Lost Notes, an anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. Top journalists present stand-alone audio documentaries that highlight music’s head, heart and beat, with host Solomon Georgio as your guide.

Apr 05, 2018