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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Bryan Adams Celebrates The Classics On New Covers Album

Bryan Adams' new album of covers is titled Tracks Of My Years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:06 pm

Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" has inspired many a late night in a karaoke bar.

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Song Travels
11:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Carsie Blanton On 'Song Travels'

Carsie Blanton.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton taught herself to play guitar by listening to the music of Ani DiFranco and Joan Osborne as a teenager, and her musical curiosity has continued throughout her life.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:37 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ravi Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Ravi Coltrane.
Courtesy of the artist

As the son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is continuing his family's legacy by developing his own sound and feeling. In 2012, he released his sixth album, Spirit Fiction.

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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 21

This week's Drum Fill Friday has something from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and today! (I hope you read that in the deepest, most resonate radio voice possible).

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

The Thistle & Shamrock
9:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Islanders

Maggie MacInnes.
John Slavin Courtesy of the artist

From Shetland and Orkney to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island, this week's diverse choice of music is far from insular.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

World Cafe
9:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bobby Charles On World Cafe

Bobby Charles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 9:36 am

As a teenager in Abbeville, La., Robert Charles Guidry — better known as Bobby Charles — wrote songs that would become classics for Bill Haley and Fats Domino: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking To New Orleans," respectively.

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World Cafe
9:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Sonny Landreth.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 9:36 am

It's fitting that World Cafe ends its Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., with a performance from Sonny Landreth. The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player is a longtime Lafayette resident and a perfect ambassador for the city's music. Landreth's first sideman gig was with zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and several of his songs — like "Congo Square" — have become Louisiana standards.

Mountain Stage
8:59 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Kat Edmonson On Mountain Stage

Kat Edmonson.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Kat Edmonson makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Originally from Houston, Edmonson eventually relocated to Austin, where her jazz-inspired singing soon made her a local favorite. She released her debut album, Take To The Sky, in 2009; that led to a gig singing alongside fellow Texan Willie Nelson and occasionally recording with Lyle Lovett.

Edmonson's fun, timeless new album is titled The Big Picture.

SET LIST

  • "Rainy Day Woman"
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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Does Singing Help Achieve Stillness?

"Singing for me is sweet relief. It is the only time when I feel fluent." - Megan Washington
Jean-Jacques Halans TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Megan Washington's TED Talk

Megan Washington is one of Australia's most popular singer-songwriters, and since childhood she has had a stutter. She discusses how she finds quiet and serenity in singing.

About Megan Washington

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Music News
5:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

'Only The Truth' Gets At Reality Through Legend

Gabriela Ortiz is the composer of Unicamente la verdad.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 6:22 pm

Gilberto Reyes is a musician who grew up to Mexican parents in Southern Texas. He says as a kid he was not afraid of El Cucuy, or the boogeyman. He was more concerned about Camelia La Tejana, or Camelia of Texas.

"I remember when I was a kid listening to the songs, thinking, 'Wow. Una bandida,' " Reyes says. "This incredible woman with power to make men do whatever she wants at her will, you know."

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Music Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Walking Through Bad City In The First 'Iranian Vampire Western'

In A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Sheila Vand plays a vampire who wanders a town called, of all things, Bad City.
Kino Lorber Inc.

In a recent essay for Wired about Pulp Fiction, Ana Lily Amirpour put forward an outsider's dichotomy for judging films. "Movies trying to be popular, those aren't the real heroes," she wrote. "The real heroes are the odd, off-the-beaten-path weirdos."

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World Cafe
3:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Accordion Music

Cedric Watson.
Lucius Fontenot Courtesy of the artist

The accordion provides the point of connection for World Cafe's special Latin Roots edition of Sense Of Place: Lafayette. Diego Martin Perez, host of the radio show La Vellonera on KRVS, plays a few examples of the accordion in Latin music and lays out how these tunes relate to Cajun and zydeco styles.

Hear some of his selections at the audio link — and many more in Perez's extended Spotify playlist.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

The Lost Bayou Ramblers On World Cafe

The Lost Bayou Ramblers.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:40 pm

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Favorite Sessions
3:19 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

KCRW Presents: Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Jeremiah Garcia KCRW

It had been been nearly six years since Jenny Lewis released a solo album. For The Voyager, the former Rilo Kiley singer turned to Ryan Adams as her "spirit guide" in the studio. The two combined their specialties to create a sophisticated, Americana-driven pop sound with touches of folk and, as always, Lewis' smart and personal lyrics. Here, she performs "She's Not Me" at Los Angeles' Apogee Studios.

SET LIST

  • "She's Not Me"
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Mountain Stage
2:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Robert Ellis On Mountain Stage

Robert Ellis.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Robert Ellis appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A country-influenced singer-songwriter from Houston, Ellis has released three albums — the latest of which, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, earned Ellis a handful of Americana Music Association award nominations.

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All Songs Considered
1:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Sleater-Kinney 2.0: The Band Talks About Its First Album In 10 Years

Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss (left), Carrie Brownstein (center) and Corin Tucker (right) join All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to discuss new album No Cities To Love.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:46 pm

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The Record
12:20 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Nora Jane Struthers, 'The Same Road'

Courtesy of the artist

Nora Jane Struthers is guided by fire. Coming up within the tradition-minded bluegrass world, she spent her youth in a family band with her father, a good daughter learning tradition. But since she's been leading her own band, the Party Line, Struthers has poured more and more emotion into her songwriting, coming up with some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists.

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All Songs Considered
11:59 am
Thu November 20, 2014

NPR Music Presents A Screening Of 'Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russell'

Illustration by Tyler Boss

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Alt.Latino
11:06 am
Thu November 20, 2014

'World Music' With A Kick

Davide Salvado.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:50 am

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Thu November 20, 2014

A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

This weekend Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in several premieres, webcast live.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
12:18 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Ellis Marsalis' 80th Birthday Concert

Ellis Marsalis celebrates his 80th birthday in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Lawrence Sumulong Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:12 am

Ellis Marsalis is a father figure of modern jazz — in quite a few ways. As a pianist, he was among the first generation of musicians to bring bebop to New Orleans, and even worked with Ornette Coleman before the saxophonist recorded his landmarks of free jazz. As an educator, many great musicians came through Marsalis' tutelage, whether in New Orleans' arts high school or at various university programs. And of course, he is also the actual father of several exceptional musicians named Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis.

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The Two-Way
5:14 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Motown's Jimmy Ruffin Dies; Sang 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted'

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:13 pm

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Music Reviews
3:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Music Review: 'Here is Barbara Lynn' Reissue

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:48 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Music News
3:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago

Ela Stein Weissberger joins the cast of Brundibár for a final song.
Cheryl Corley

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:53 pm

Brundibár, a children's opera that premiered during World War II, became both a symbol of hope and resistance and a Nazi propaganda tool. Now, Petite Opera, a small company in suburban Chicago, is reprising the opera, originally performed by Jewish children held in a concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia.

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World Cafe
2:20 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

Herman Fusilier.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:38 pm

World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., has to include a long look at zydeco music. As the host of The Zydeco Stomp on KRVS — and food and culture editor of the Lafayette newspaper The Daily Advertiser -- Herman Fusilier has made zydeco his life. Here, Fusilier discusses the differences between Cajun music and zydeco, the many styles of zydeco, and why he's not worried about the genre's future.

World Cafe
2:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band On World Cafe

CJ Chenier.
Noah Silvestry XPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:38 pm

When the "King Of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier died in 1989, his son CJ Chenier, already part of the famous Red Hot Louisiana Band, shouldered the accordion and followed in his father's footsteps. This past July, World Cafe talked with the younger Chenier — who was performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia — about growing up with zydeco and what it was like to take over his father's band.

Hear the conversation and full set at the audio link.

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World Cafe
2:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Soul Creole On World Cafe

Soul Creole.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:39 pm

For the next stop on World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., the show visits a group of young musicians who combine the two French cultures of the state. Soul Creole — led by Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler Louis Michot and zydeco accordionist Corey Ledet — fuses Cajun and Creole music into a wild, boundary-blurring mix.

Hear a live set by the band, performed at The Blue Moon Saloon in downtown Lafayette, at the audio link.

Mountain Stage
1:43 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger On Mountain Stage

Hiss Golden Messenger.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Hiss Golden Messenger makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Led by Durham, N.C., songwriter M.C. Taylor, the band plays folk in the broadest sense of the word, as it stews influences from country, punk, pop, atmospheric music and beyond.

The group's fourth album, Poor Moon, prompted none other than David Bowie to describe the music as "mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph." Its newest record is titled The Lateness Of Dancers.

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A Blog Supreme
1:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home To Los Angeles

Herbie Hancock and Pharrell Williams performed Williams' hit "Happy" at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.
Imeh Akpanudosen Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 2:38 pm

Last weekend, at a sold-out, star-studded gala concert in Hollywood, Pharrell Williams and Herbie Hancock remixed Williams' hit "Happy," Kevin Spacey served up a compelling Frank Sinatra imitation singing "Fly Me To The Moon" and former President Bill Clinton offered a heartfelt reminiscence about his early days as a John Coltrane wannabe. ("Sometimes frustrated jazz musicians end up in another line of work and it ends up pretty good," he joked.) The opener was a jazz concert: Three virtuosic young trumpet players — Adam O'Farrill, Billy Buss and Marquis Hill — deftly negotiated standards.

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All Songs Considered
1:10 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Viking's Choice: Cretin, 'Ghost Of Teeth And Hair'

Cretin.
Sean Wix Courtesy of the artist

How's this for an opening line? "Gross. They say I ate you in the womb, that Mom had no room." After eight years of other projects, members joining Repulsion on tour, and vocalist/guitarist Marissa Martinez-Hoadley's sex-reassignment process, Cretin has crawled back out of its delightfully gore-obsessed grindcore hole for Stranger and the pit-baiting song "Ghost Of Teeth And Hair."

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