Steve Seel

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio

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Steve Seel co-hosts weekday mornings on The Current with Jill Riley from 6-10 a.m. He possesses a broad knowledge of many musical genres, having hosted radio programs ranging from classical to jazz and even avant-garde music before joining Classical MPR in 1999. In 2005, Seel become one of the founding voices on MPR's The Current, and since then has enjoyed being an advocate for engaging, adventurous modern music with a particular soft-spot for artists who tilt slightly to the experimental side. His resume' includes in-depth interviews with musical luminaries ranging from Brian Eno to Wayne Coyne, David Byrne to Tori Amos, and he also conducted the first on-air interview with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Seel is an avid reader of political and social commentary as well, and he emcees The Current's popular Policy and a Pint community series, featuring discussions with noted scholars, politicians, community leaders, authors and big thinkers on important issues of the day.

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Dum Dum Girls perform in The Current studio

Fresh off playing a gig at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis, the Dum Dum Girls stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to talk to Steve Seel about their recent short-film project, their influences and their most recent album, 'Too True'.

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S. Carey performs in The Current studio

S. Carey -- well known for his percussion work with Bon Iver --stopped in to The Current's studio for a chat with Steve Seel and to play some solo-piano arrangements of tunes off his brand-new album, 'Range of Light', which gets released today.

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Jeremy Messersmith performs live in The Forum

Just before packing up the van to drive to Austin, Texas, Jeremy Messersmith and his bandmates played an exclusive show in The Forum at Minnesota Public Radio and chatted with The Current Morning Show's Steve Seel.

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Album Review: Beck, 'Morning Phase'

Billed as a sequel to his 2002 release, 'Sea Change', Beck's new album, 'Morning Phase' has a heavier gravity to it, writes Steve Seel. Beck's pensiveness is more reflective, his sadness somehow more informed. And the result is an extremely rewarding experience.

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks perform in The Current's studio

Stephen Malkmus -- who helped define the indie sound of the '90s with the band, Pavement -- continues his enduring career with his band, The Jicks. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks stopped by The Current's studio to play a few tunes off their new album, 'Wig Out at Jagbags', and to talk with Steve Seel.

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Album Review: Nick Lowe, 'Quality Street'

When Nick Lowe was first approached by his record company to write a Christmas album, he balked. So, he gave himself an assignment: come up with a Christmas album he would be proud to put his name on.

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Interview: Nick Lowe

One of the most respected performers, songwriters and producers in music over the past 40 years, Nick Lowe, has recently released a holiday album, Quality Street. Joining The Current's Steve Seel by telephone, Lowe talks about the new album and about how his initial hesitation turned to enthusiasm.

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Interview with Moby

Following the release of his 11th studio album, Innocents, Moby chats with The Current's Steve Seel. During the conversation, Moby talks about what it's like to make music in 2013, how he came to collaborate with Wayne Coyne and why he decided to move from New York to Los Angeles.

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