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Dirty Projectors On Bringing Different Voices To The Forefront

Dirty Projectors
Jason Frank Rothenberg
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Dirty Projectors

Things are very different in 2020, and maybe David Longstreth had a hunch when he started work on the new project from the Dirty Projectors, a band with a lineup that has consistently rotated around him over the last 20 years. They jettisoned the traditional album format for a series of five EPs. Each one features one of the four band members as lead vocalist, with all of them sharing duties on the fifth.

We caught up with Longstreth and Felicia Douglass, who took on lead vocal duties for Dirty Projectors' most recent EP, Flight Tower. They'll explain the reasoning behind bringing different voices to the forefront, what they've learned from each other. David will do an excellent Werner Herzog impersonation, and we'll also hear some lovely live performances made for World Cafe. Listen in the audio player above.

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World Cafe senior producer Kimberly Junod has been a part of the World Cafe team since 2001, when she started as the show's first line producer. In 2011 Kimberly launched (and continues to helm) World Cafe's Sense of Place series that includes social media, broadcast and video elements to take listeners across the U.S. and abroad with an intimate look at local music scenes. She was thrilled to be part of the team that received the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for excellence in music programming. In the time she has spent at World Cafe, Kimberly has produced and edited thousands of interviews and recorded several hundred bands for the program, as well as supervised the show's production staff. She has also taught sound to young women (at Girl's Rock Philly) and adults (as an "Ask an Engineer" at WYNC's Werk It! Women's Podcast Festival).