The Hoboken Sound, With Ben Zimmer

Episode 34

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In this, the first ever episode, we are joined by linguist, columnist and host of the Slate Podcast “Spectacular Vernacular“, it’s Ben Zimmer.

Ben came on to talk with me about the Hoboken Sound, a hugely influential 80’s indie hotspot, based around Maxwell’s in New Jersey. And he chose ten songs for us to listen to.

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We discuss songs by the following bands: The Feelies, The Bongos, The dB’s, The Individuals, Let’s Active, The Trypes, Yo La Tengo, Yung Wu, Replacements, Yo La Tengo w/ Jeff Tweedy

Find out more about Ben at

If this isn’t enough you can hear more from other people at:

The McKenzie Tapes

Look At My Records

And read Jesse Jarnow’s marvellous book,

Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

Theme music and stings created by Jonathan Fisher

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Ben Zimmer

Ben Zimmer is a linguist, lexicographer, and all-around word nut. He is the language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and you can find also find his words on words in The Atlantic, Slate, Politico, and Wired. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, where his wife and son tolerate his peculiar obsessions.

Episode 34