'Ways of Hearing' Explores Listening in the Digital Age

I'm excited about this new Radiotopia podcast named Showcase. Mostly because the first season consists of the six part series Ways Of Hearing, hosted by Damon Krukowski who you may know as the drummer for Galaxie 500 and a member of Damon & Naomi.

Apparently inspired and culled from Damon's recent book The New Analog, Ways Of Hearing explores how listening has changed as audio delivery moves from analog to digital. It looks to go much deeper than that, touching on subjects like modern changes in the sharing of information and how audio affects our sense of time. So far the podcast doesn't go down the tired analog vs. digital rabbit hole, and I don't expect that it will. Listen to the first episode HERE.

On a side note: certain bands or songs send waves of melancholy down the spine. For me, Galaxie 500 is one of those bands. When "Tugboat" starts playing in the first episode of this podcast I'm overcome with tingles. The song evokes a time and a place, an overwhelming nostalgia, a part of my life (my early 20s) filled with loneliness and sadness. I recorded a Galaxie 500 copycat song, complete with my imitation of Dean Wareham's first album wail, and played it for a girl I liked. She asked me why I was so sad and then I never heard from her again.

And if you'd like to read the harrowing tale of a great band dissolving then you should check out this oral history of Galaxie 500 on Pitchfork.


Update: If you're having trouble listening from the player on the show's site then try this player on PRX's page.