The pure theoretical idea of a “Weekend” -- as a physical and psychological destination – is sacred. A Weekend, after all, is essentially the recurring carrot dangled on the stick in front of the horse of our collective mundanity. In college, for most of us, a Weekend lasted from Tuesday morning through Sunday night. In Adult Land, though, the demands of reality are such that we’re lucky if we can kick off a Weekend on Thursday evening. The philosophy behind “Leave Work Now!,” then, is to not only inspire you to blow off your job and responsibilities as early as possible, by discussing a variety of timely and toothsome local entertainment options, but also to whet your curiosity about any number of lively arts and lifestyle topics.
Marc Zimmer on The State of Science
Marc Zimmer, a chemistry professor at Connecticut College and author of the new book "The State of Science," talks about the intersection of science and politics around issues like climate change and COVID-19, and what it was like to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony.
For The Rivergods, playing music is better than doing laundry
We talk with Ben and Nancy Parent of The Rivergods about releasing their new album "Passages" during the pandemic, and about the band's longevity.
Stream/download "Passages" at https://therivergods.bandcamp.com/album/passages
How do new words get into the dictionary?
We talk with Joshua Pendragon, an independent researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary, about how new words are added to the dictionary, the challenges of researching obscure words, and the evolving nature of language.
Lewis Shiner and the great rock novel
Author Lewis Shiner discusses his latest book "Outside the Gates of Eden." Shiner brings his experience as a musician - he once played in the house band at a Dallas club called Boogers - to writing about music.
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. - an ambassador for melody in pop music
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and former Jellyfish and Imperial Drag bandmates Eric Dover and Tim Smith have released a new EP as The Lickerish Quartet. Manning talks with Rick Koster about the band's new music, the reissues of his solo albums, touring with Beck and Cheap Trick, and the challenges of making melodic pop music in beat-driven musical landscape.
The Lickerish Quartet - "Lighthouse Spaceship"
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. - "Too Late For Us Now"
Jellyfish - "That Is Why"
You've heard of one-hit wonders, but what about one-album wonders? We talk about some of our favorite artists that released one great album with no follow-up.
Toy Matinee – “Remember My Name”
Wild Tchoupitoulas – “Brother John”
Hughes-Thrall – “Who Will You Run To”
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays – “It’s for You”
The Autumn Chorus – “Three Jumps the Devil”
Armageddon – “Buzzard”
Lauryn Hill - "Everything is Everything"
Mother Love Bone - "Stardog Champion"
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