The Speed of Sound

Series produced by Louisville Public Media

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Get a complete taste of legendary musicians and up-and-coming bands in these 7 minute interview pieces set to the artists own music. Hosted by Kyle Meredith.

Kyle Meredith can be seen and heard in Paste Magazine, NYLON Magazine, Billboard, Salon.com, NBC, LEO Weekly, and Spin. Nominated FMQB's Music Director of the Year 2011-2015, he can also be heard daily on WFPK in Louisville, KY and on NPR's Here & Now.

For the past 6 years, his interviews have been widely published and syndicated, and now find themselves in the new series, The Speed of Sound. In these 7 minute pods, listeners are given a complete overview of their favorite musicians as we weave their music in and out of the conversations. From legends (Paul McCartney, U2) to up-and-comers (Young Fathers, Sylvan Esso), you'll hear it all... at The Speed of Sound.


150 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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It’s an election year and Ani DiFranco is on tour. You can bet that she’s not on the road just for the fun of it. As much an activist as a renowned...

Bought by KUCB, WOUB, WLPR, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", and KSUT


  • Added: Oct 03, 2016
  • Length: 07:03
  • Purchases: 5
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Twenty One Pilots is one of the biggest bands in the world today, and much of that has come at their own hard work and determination. Their early, ...

Bought by KUCB, WOUB, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", WLPR, and KSUT


  • Added: Oct 10, 2016
  • Length: 06:57
  • Purchases: 5
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Warpaint’s new album Heads Up may have thrown fans for a loop when hearing it’s lead single “New Song”. With a disco beat and sing along chorus, it...

Bought by KUCB, WOUB, WLPR, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", and KSUT


  • Added: Oct 10, 2016
  • Length: 07:01
  • Purchases: 5
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DJ Shadow has spent around 25 years as one of the most respected DJs in the game, thanks to his innovation and hunger for new directions. With this...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2016
  • Length: 07:00
  • Purchases: 5
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When you talk about De La Soul, you’ll inevitably bring up their legendary record, Three Feet High And Rising. It changed the game, blending sample...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2016
  • Length: 07:05
  • Purchases: 3
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Let’s start with the hook. Tanya Donelly has been part of three of the most important bands of the 90s, first with Throwing Muses, then briefly wit...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2016
  • Length: 07:02
  • Purchases: 5
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Have you heard the new Garbage record, Strange Little Birds? It’s been difficult for me to stop listening to it. Over 20 years in and the band hasn...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2016
  • Length: 07:08
  • Purchases: 5
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Fantastic Negrito has lived several lives already. He’s gone through the ringers of being signed, shelved, and dropped from a major label, survived...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 07:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Is Aloe Blacc everywhere right now? It certainly seems that way. Turn on the TV and there he is singing Candyman in an M&Ms commercial. Go to YouTu...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 07:00
  • Purchases: 5
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It’s been a lot of fun to watch the rise of The Black Keys. They started out as a couple of guys who like to jam on their amped up version of the b...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2016
  • Length: 07:01
  • Purchases: 5
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There’s a common misconception outside of the music industry, but for those of us that get to see the sausage made on a regular basis know, there i...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2016
  • Length: 07:08
  • Purchases: 5
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Sharon Jones’s story is an amazing one, which is how the Dap Kings vocalist ended up as the subject of one of the year’s most talked about document...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2016
  • Length: 07:04
  • Purchases: 6
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Lake Street Dive is easily one of the most fun bands out right now. A soul band that wears their pop hearts on their sleeves, they’ve kept the mass...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2016
  • Length: 07:01
  • Purchases: 7
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Hot Hot Heat arrived on the scene just after the turn of the millennium with 2002 Make Up The Breakdown, instantly grabbing our attention with song...

Bought by WOUB, WLPR, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", and KSUT


  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 06:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Arctic Monkeys had their biggest success ever with 2013’s AM, which is saying something as one of the UK’s biggest exports since they debuted in 20...

Bought by WOUB, KUCB, WLPR, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", and KSUT


  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 07:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Yes, Britta Phillips was the original voice of Jem and the Holograms. That’s really fun to say. She dropped into the band Luna in the late 90s, mar...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 07:02
  • Purchases: 3
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Dean Wareham had his first bit of notoriety in Galaxie 500 before heading off in the early 90s to form Luna. That’s eventually where he met his wif...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 07:07
  • Purchases: 3
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Let’s start with the roll call. Ace. Roxy Music. Squeeze. Mike + the Mechanics. These are the bands of Paul Carrack. The soul singing keyboardist h...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2016
  • Length: 06:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Tom Jones has seen it all, and played it all. We first fell in love during his 60s big band sounds, followed his early 80s country turn and rock re...

Bought by WLPR, KSUT, WOUB, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Dec 05, 2016
  • Length: 07:03
  • Purchases: 4
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With the announcement that his band The Walkmen would go on hiatus, Hamilton Leithauser found himself free to experiment with new sounds. His first...

Bought by WKMS, WLPR, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", and WOUB


  • Added: Dec 12, 2016
  • Length: 07:04
  • Purchases: 4