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World Cafe
6:56 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jenny Lewis On World Cafe

Jenny Lewis.
Rich McKie WXPN

We're fans of Jenny Lewis' latest album, The Voyager. Since she and her band already came in to play the new songs live, Lewis invited us to do something different — drive through the San Fernando Valley, where she grew up, to find the inspiration for the title of The Voyager. So it's kind of a mystery in the back seat of a rental car, where we will also hear an acoustic version of the album's title track.

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World Cafe
3:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Gary Calamar On World Cafe

Gary Calamar.
Rich McKie WXPN

Meet Gary Calamar. He's many things: A DJ, an author, a recording artist and a music supervisor for films and TV.

He has been very successful choosing atmospheric and expressive music for shows like Six Feet Under and True Blood with showrunner Alan Ball, as well as Weeds, Entourage, Dexter and others.

We'll find out how he does what he does — including deciding to make his own CD You Are What You Listen To.

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Drum Fill Friday
12:43 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Drum Fill Friday With Steve Jordan

Drummer Steve Jordan is this week's guest Quizmaster.
Buck Lewis

In last week's Drum Fill Friday I included one of my favorite drummers, Steve Jordan. (I won't say which song he was on in case you haven't taken the quiz yet.) I was first introduced to Jordan through his work with The Blues Brothers in the late '70s and early '80s, but his list of album credits is much longer.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Marilyn And Alan Bergman On Piano Jazz

Alan (left) and Marilyn Bergman.
David Livingston Getty Images

Renowned lyricists and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been the recipients of Oscars, Grammy, Emmys and many additional awards. Their works include "The Windmills of Your Mind" and lyrics for Yentl.

On this 1995 episode of Piano Jazz, they collaborate with host Marian McPartland as she accompanies Alan singing their trademark songs "The Way We Were" and "Nice 'n' Easy."

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Song Travels
9:41 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Nellie McKay On Song Travels

Nellie McKay.
David Kogut Courtesy of the artist

Singer, composer and actor Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age. Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey's Anatomy and Boardwalk Empire. Her latest album, My Weekly Reader, is out March 24.

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Music News
4:54 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

A Wrong Note Sets The Right Mood In 'House Of Cards'

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as the ruthless politician Frank Underwood.
David Giesbrecht Netflix

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:42 pm

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World Cafe
12:12 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Jungle Fire On World Cafe

World Cafe host David Dye (left) and Jungle Fire.
Rich McKie WXPN

World Cafe's Sense of Place visit to LA continues today with a bit more of a funky West Coast vibe. Our guests are the powerful new Latin funk band Jungle Fire, whose album Tropicoso is out on North Hollywood-based Nacional Records.

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World Cafe
11:51 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Las Cafeteras On World Cafe

Las Cafeteras.
Rich McKie WXPN

We have a special Latin Roots segment for our Sense of Place: LA today as we are joined by a band from East LA, Las Cafeteras. The band formed around a community space called the Eastside Café, where they studied Son Jarocho music from Mexico and made it their own.

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All Songs TV
10:15 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Black To Comm, 'Hands'

A still from Black to Comm's "Hands."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 11:02 am

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Madonna's Tumble At Brit Awards Lights Up Twitter, Stirs Ageism Debate

Singer Madonna falls during her performance at the Brit music awards at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday night.
Toby Melville Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:16 pm

Singer Madonna fell off the steps next to the stage while performing her song "Living for Love" at the Brit Awards in London. The 56-year-old singer picked herself up and continued her performance.

The fall at Wednesday's music awards show was apparently caused by a move that went wrong: A dancer tugged at Madonna's cape, which failed to detach, and the singer fell down a flight of steps. Almost immediately, she rose and continued singing.

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Heavy Rotation
1:04 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian At Best" was a favorite at WNYC in February.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 12:47 pm

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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Favorite Sessions
5:12 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

KCRW Presents: Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

North London four-piece Wolf Alice has been searching for the right spark to ignite a flame — and we think they found it with their latest EP, Creature Songs, released in May. While their early releases showcased more folk-pop-inspired tracks, their song "Moaning Lisa Smile" has a tougher, grittier rock sound the band is ready to explore on an album due in June. They put their new style on display with their debut performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

SET LIST

  • "Moaning Lisa Smile"
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World Cafe
3:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dwight Yoakam And Lenny Waronker On World Cafe

Dwight Yoakam and Lenny Waronker.
Rich McKie WXPN

We talk with Dwight Yoakam, whose career really took off in the 1980s when his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on Warner Bros. Records went to No. 1 on the country charts. Yoakam met our other guest today, Lenny Waronker, producer, A&R man and later president of Warner Bros., when that album came out.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:48 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dan Deacon: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 12:20 pm

Sometime years from now I may be asked: What was your favorite day at NPR? I am likely to say it's the day Dan Deacon got the NPR staff worked up into a giant dance party! It's also the day Deacon and staff wheeled in an upright piano and connected it to his computer — a magical mix of old player piano and electronic avant-garde.

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World Cafe
2:30 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Phil And Dave Alvin On World Cafe

Dave Alvin.
Rich McKie WXPN

The Blasters with Dave and Phil Alvin were an integral part of the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1980s, as well as the blues scene and even the cowpunk scene. Their high energy R&B was hard to deny. Phil sang, Dave played guitar and wrote songs. They parted acrimoniously in 1986, and it wasn't until last year's album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, Common Ground, that they recorded together again.

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All Songs Considered
1:56 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Jimmy Page Reflects On 40 Years Of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'

Jimmy Page is remastering and reissuing all of the Led Zeppelin albums, along with previously unreleased recordings.
Ross Halfin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 3:32 pm

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Songs We Love
1:41 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

George FitzGerald, 'Full Circle'

George Fitzgerald's new song "Boxed In" is a favorite on WXPN's dance program Making Time Radio.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Reviews
1:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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World Cafe
12:43 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Gary Burden On World Cafe

Gary Burden
Rich McKie WXPN

Check out this video of an unusual interview with art director and album cover designer Gary Burden. He takes us up and down Laurel Canyon and discusses his experience living there in the '60's and '70s.

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World Cafe
12:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Harvey Kubernik On World Cafe

David Dye and Harvey Kubernik.
Rich McKie WXPN

We get the history of the bohemian area of Hollywood known as Laurel Canyon from historian and author Harvey Kubernik. His book Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon describes the musically fertile area that has provided escape for Angelenos since the 1920's.

The Thistle & Shamrock
10:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Releases And Debuts

This week's episode features new music from Cassie and Maggie MacDonald.
Haley Anne MacPhee Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of The Thistle & Shamrock, host Fiona Ritchie handpicks more of the best new music from rising artists, as well as the latest from musicians whose work has shaped the sound of the show through the decades.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

All Songs Considered
10:29 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Viking's Choice: Bosse-de-Nage, 'A Subtle Change'

Bosse-de-Nage.
Georges Monceaux Courtesy of the artist

Bosse-de-Nage's III was one of 2012's most exhilarating black-metal albums, with movement that lunged from ponderous post-rock to searing screamo mania without inhibition, even if it paradoxically came from an anxious state of mind. The Bay Area band's fourth full-length album (and first that isn't self-titled), All Fours, continues on that path, but somehow sounds darker and more vicious in its attack. Listen to the explosive "A Subtle Change."

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Alt.Latino
9:51 am
Wed February 25, 2015

We're A Nation Of Immigrants, So Where Is Home?

Reggae singer Etana moved to the U.S. from Jamaica when she was 9.
Ryan Stone for NPR

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The Record
7:41 am
Wed February 25, 2015

A Rational Conversation: Is EDM Easy Listening Now?

Mr. Probz.
Ilja Meefout Courtesy of RCA Records

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Deceptive Cadence
7:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

Tenor Bryan Hymel sings shining high Cs in the Rossini aria "Asile héréditaire."
Dario Acosta Warner Classics

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:22 pm

Pavarotti, roll over. There's a new king of the high Cs. His name is Bryan Hymel and he pops off no fewer than 10 of them in "Asile héréditaire," the Rossini aria that opens his new album Héroïque, released Tuesday.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:52 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Chinese conductor Long Yu.
P.A.D. Studio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:40 pm

By some measures, China is now the world's largest economy. It's also a gigantic market for American brands, from Hollywood blockbusters to KFC and Pizza Hut. But one Chinese conductor, Long Yu, would like these cultures to hear each other a little more clearly. He's launching a new project to do just that, and it's starting tonight with the New York Philharmonic.

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Music Reviews
3:50 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Music Review: 'Rise And Fall Of Paramount Records Volume 2'

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:16 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

World Cafe
2:28 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Jackson Browne On World Cafe

Jackson Browne.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Jackson Browne is World Cafe's guest for the full hour today. The singer-songwriter and social activist has long resided at the heart of Los Angeles' famed Laurel Canyon sound.

A star for more than 40 years, Browne recently released a new album called Standing In The Breach. In this episode, he performs with his full band at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and discusses his early days.

Songs We Love
1:25 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Jane Weaver, 'I Need A Connection'

Jane Weaver is re-releasing her 2014 opus, The Silver Globe, on March 30 with a bonus mini-album, The Amber Light.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 2:01 pm

One of the best albums of 2014 that no one heard (read: that went unpublicized) was Jane Weaver's The Silver Globe. It's an epic kraut-pop opera of sorts, teeming with motorik rhythms and analogue synths. Weaver's lyrics indirectly examine what it means to succeed during our brief time on this planet, both as an artist and as a member of the human race.

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All Songs Considered
12:12 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

New Mix: Lord Huron, Metz, Patrick Watson, More

Top row, left to right: Sóley, Patrick Watson; Middle row: Metz, Summer Cannibals; bottom: Lord Huron
Courtesy of the artists

It may be freezing on the east coast, but on All Songs Considered this week, we've got the hottest tracks to keep you out of the cold.

At the top, North Dakota songwriter Tom Brosseau tells a heartbreaking story about a boy abandoned by his mother. Patrick Watson returns with a vast and beautiful sound that explores the distinction between humanity and technology.

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