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This week's episode is presented by KQED Interactive.

This week, our podcast spotlights Michael Zapruder, an incredibly talented San Francisco singer-songwriter. Zapruder's been on our radar for quite some time, have received considerable acclaim for his 2006 sophomore release New Ways of Letting Go (Howells Transmitter). That album was a terrific blend of rock, folk and chamber pop buoyed by strong contributions from an impressive arsenal of friends and fellow musicians known as the Rain of Frogs. After many months of waiting for its follow-up, Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope arrived in late October on SideCho Records. Once he returned from a national tour in support of the album, we sat down to interview Michael Zapruder.

The new album is certainly worth the wait. Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope incorporates many of its predecessor's attributes--a large cast of skilled supporting players, strong melodies and intriguing lyrics--but it's also clearly a statement of progress for Zapruder. Notable producer Scott Solter worked with the artist to give the album its landscapes, and the two have created a dynamic work full of orchestral flourishes and musical surprises. In capturing a strong songwriter-as-auteur vision tempered by the freedom to improvise and experiment, Zapruder's latest is the sort of album that begs for--and ably rewards--repeat listens.

We spoke with Zapruder a few weeks back about his new album and recent tour. We're pleased to feature four songs from Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope in addition to the interview.

Upcoming Shows:

None at the moment.

Links:

- Visit Michael Zapruder's MySpace page and web site

- Purchase Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope from SideCho Records or on iTunes

- Check out a video for "Ads for Feelings" on YouTube

- Read Michael's excellent tour blogs for The Bay Bridged here, here and here.

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