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Song Travels
3:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Allen Toussaint On 'Song Travels'

Allen Toussaint.
Glade Bilby II Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, singer, composer and producer Allen Toussaint is one of the leading figures of New Orleans R&B.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:46 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Cedar Walton On Piano Jazz

Cedar Walton.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist Cedar Walton rode high on the cresting wave of '60s hard bop. He performed with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and in Lee Morgan's band, and was house pianist at Prestige Records. Walton died in August 2013.

In this 1980 session, he performs his tune "N.P.S." and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Lover Man."

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All Songs Considered
2:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Good Listener: What's The Perfect Soundtrack To Teenage Flirtation?

These teenagers in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait needed their own nostalgia — which is why today's teenagers might not connect with Can't Hardly Wait the way an earlier generation did.
Columbia Pictures

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Bachelor Bouquets we ordered ourselves in order to appear loved is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on music to play at a dance for nervous, flirtatious teenagers.

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World Cafe
12:28 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

John Butler Trio On World Cafe

John Butler Trio.
Kane Hibberd Courtesy of the artist

Don't call the John Butler Trio a "jam band." As Butler himself says on this episode of World Cafe, the jams are part of the songs, not a springboard to more improvising. Butler, who was born in the U.S. but has lived in Australia since he was 11, discusses his love for the land he now calls home, songwriting and much more.

And, of course, Butler and his band — who've been together since 1998 — perform songs from a new album called Flesh and Blood.

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The Fresh Air Interview
10:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Fresh Air Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Beatles' Arrival

Members of The Beatles play in the snow outside Washington, D.C.'s Coliseum where they were scheduled to perform before a sell-out audience in 1964.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 2:33 pm

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 7, 1964, The Beatles touched down at JFK airport. Two days later they broke TV viewing records and changed music, fashion, history — and basically an entire generation — when they appeared live on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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The Record
9:36 am
Fri February 7, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Ambition Returns To The Music Video

A still from the 24-hour-long interactive video for Pharrell Williams' song "Happy."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 11:11 am

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

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Music Reviews
4:12 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past

Penny Penny.
Courtesy of the artist

The appearance of Penny Penny's Shaka Bundu in the American market is welcome not only in itself, but also as a sign of a larger trend. Five or six years ago, it was clear the music business was going into long-term sales decline, and I was certain that a prime victim of that would be African pop. The established imports of the '80s and '90s would be available as MP3 downloads, but surely new discoveries and reissues would slow to a trickle, if not cease altogether. I'm grateful that that has simply not happened.

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Music News
3:59 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Violin Worth $5 Million Makes A Safe Return Home

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:55 pm

Police in Milwaukee have recovered a Stradivarius violin and arrested three suspects in its theft. The instrument, said to be worth approximately $5 million, was stolen in a brazen armed robbery from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra late last month. Mitch Teich of WUWM in Milwaukee reports on the violin's recovery.

World Cafe
3:23 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Warpaint On World Cafe

Warpaint.
Mia Kirby Courtesy of the artist

Four years ago, the women of Warpaint — Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass, Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman on vocals and guitar, and Stella Mozgawa on drums — released their successful debut album, The Fool. Considering it took them five years after forming in 2004 to release their debut, they're right on schedule.

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All Songs Considered
3:13 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Playing SXSW 2014? Send Us Your Songs

Several of us loved The Soil and the Sun at SXSW 2013 — and we'd have never heard the band if it hadn't sent us an MP3 before the festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:23 pm

Every year around this time, the All Songs Considered team begins the process of listening to nearly 2,000 MP3s by bands playing the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. We acquire them from any number of sources, as bands willing to circulate their songs for consideration make them available online. But every year, we wind up missing something. In pursuit of music by thousands of bands, hundreds slip past our radar altogether.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:33 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Jason Moran's 'Live: Time On The Quilts Of Gee's Bend' Suite On JazzSet

Jason Moran (left), Alicia Hall Moran (center), The Bandwagon and Bill Frisell (right) perform at the KC Jazz Club.
Scott Suchman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently commissioned Jason Moran to write music in conjunction with its exhibition of quilts made by a remarkable group of African-American women in a small rural community on a bend in the Alabama River.

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Favorite Sessions
1:40 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West perform live for Folk Alley.
BeeHive Productions

Don't let Cahalen Morrison and Eli West's simple two-man sound fool you. The music itself isn't simple so much as an exercise in artful restraint. The Seattle duo's new album, I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands, is packed with exquisite instrumentation and close country harmonies. But the stories they tell and the melodies they employ are complex and wrought with nuanced emotion.

"Down in the Lonesome Draw" is about searching for work and opportunity — an old American story with nearly as much relevance now as when the Western states were still a frontier.

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All Songs Considered
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Civil Wars Cover Elliott Smith

John Paul White (left) and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars.
Allister Ann Courtesy of the artist

If you remembered that John Paul White and Joy Williams had announced they were taking a hiatus last year, the news of a new digital EP from The Civil Wars might make you scratch your head. But this cover of Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars," which lends its name to the EP, was actually recorded a while back with producers Rick Rubin and Charlie Peacock.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:32 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Update: 'I Have Begun To Hear A Little Again'

Takashi Niigaki stepped forward today in Japan as the ghostwriter for popular composer Mamoru Samuragochi — and added another twist to the breaking story.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 8:50 am

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Alt.Latino
11:06 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Black, Latino And Proud: Black History Month With Alt.Latino

Herencia De Timbiqui, one of the many Afro-Latino artists on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Stolen Stradivarius Found By Milwaukee Police

A Stradivarius violin is pictured in December 2009 at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:26 am

Police in Milwaukee have recovered "Lipinski" – a 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen last month from a concertmaster as he was walking to his car with the rare violin.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, quoting law enforcement officials, says the instrument has been found:

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The Record
11:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On

MJG (left) and Eightball in an early, undated photo.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 3:08 pm

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World Cafe
1:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Tony Joe White On World Cafe

Tony Joe White.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 2:33 pm

Tony Joe White pretty much invented the swamp-rock genre in 1969 with his first album, Black and White; Elvis Presley often covered White's huge hit "Polk Salad Annie." (As White sings in his song, Polk salad is a food synonymous with the rural poor South.)

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Metropolis
12:43 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Metropolis: 2/1/14

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Banks' "Brain" appears on this episode of Metropolis.
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This week's two-hour mix includes a new song from rising dance vocalist Banks, a Maps remix of Moby's "Almost Home," the Mary J. Blige edition of Disclosure's "F for You" (of course) and much, much more.

Playlist

  • Moby, "Almost Home (Maps Remix)"
  • Banks, "Brain"
  • Andy Cato, "Rainfalls (Toulouse)"
  • Lancelot, "Givin It Up (MK Remix)"
  • Hostage, "Taxixi"
  • Green Velvet, "Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)"
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All Songs Considered
10:12 am
Wed February 5, 2014

First Watch: Deleted Scenes, 'Stutter'

Dustin Diamond plays a struggling actor in the new video for the Deleted Scenes song, "Stutter."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 1:28 pm

The sound of Deleted Scenes, a D.C.-based quartet formed in 2005, is potent, angular and distinct. The lyrics of Dan Scheuerman, who sings and plays guitar, can be simultaneously poetic and direct. The best part of Deleted Scenes is the unexpected, the unpredictable, and "Stutter" is a perfect example of their hard-to-label style. It mixes grating vocals with sporadic bursts of guitar, those abrasive sounds morphing into a likable, memorable track.

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World Cafe
1:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Ásgeir On World Cafe

Ásgeir.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:58 am

One in 10 people in Iceland own singer-songwriter Ásgeir's first album — the fastest-selling debut in the country's history. Its lyrics are all in Icelandic, and written by Ásgeir's father. But for the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with Ásgeir's melodies.

Here, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios, a performance we originally aired on Feb. 4, 2014.

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All Songs Considered
12:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Solvent, 'Burn The Tables'

A still from "Burn the Tables."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:27 pm

Once you cross wires with a modular synthesizer, it's like your bloodstream turns into sine waves. The documentary I Dream of Wires looks at the technological and philosophical genesis of the instrument, all the way to its demise and subsequent resurgence. Make no mistake, this movie is for the fanatics — it clocks in at four hours (!) — but with a shorter theatrical release set for Moogfest in April, maybe it'll inspire a new generation of synth wizards.

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All Songs Considered
7:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Beck On 'Morning Phase': The All Songs Considered Interview

Beck's 12th studio full-length, Morning Phase, will be released Feb. 25.
Peter Hapak

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:33 pm

  • Hear Beck Discuss 'Morning Phase'

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Music Interviews
1:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Broken Bells: Life 'After The Disco'

James Mercer (left) and Brian Burton (right) of Broken Bells.
James Minchin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 7:12 am

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All Songs Considered
4:04 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What?

Henry Ruggeri

Tomorrow on All Songs Considered we'll post a conversation we taped recently with Beck, about his new album Morning Phase. (We'll also premiere a new song from that album called "Waking Light"). While prepping for the interview, I looked over Beck's body of work from the past 20 years, and realized I couldn't find a single song or project of his I disliked. Sure, there are plenty of recordings and songs I like more than others.

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Favorite Sessions
3:35 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

KEXP Presents: Lee Ranaldo And The Dust

Lee Ranaldo and his band The Dust perform live at KEXP in Seattle.
Jim Bennett KEXP

With the fate of Sonic Youth up in the air, founding guitarist Lee Ranaldo has found steady ground with his group The Dust, featuring fellow SY orphan Steve Shelley on drums, along with guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim Lüntzel.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:48 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert

John W. Poole John W. Poole

The windowsills were lined with people standing, as every nook between every office desk filled to capacity with NPR employees and their assorted guests. Pixies, after getting misplaced for a time in our parking garage during a moment worthy of This Is Spinal Tap, showed up in time to encounter the largest crowd we've ever assembled for a Tiny Desk Concert. (Our new office space allows for more guests than the old one did, but it's still a mark of this band's significance for so many youthful grownups.)

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World Cafe
12:22 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

20 World Cafe Downloads To Get You Through February

Dr. Dog.
Nicky Devine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 6:37 pm

We made 20 stellar World Cafe in-studio performances available for download during February, but they're all coming down Feb. 28 at midnight. Grab music from Neko Case, Parquet Courts, Jason Isbell and more today, before they're gone tomorrow.

To download each song, click the title in the SoundCloud playlist (the song will begin playing), and then click "download" arrow to the right of the title.

First Listen
11:03 am
Mon February 3, 2014

First Listen: 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997'

Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 comes out Feb. 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 10:17 am

Dance Mania might have been Chicago house music's most popular 1990s label — not only in Chicago, but in the entire upper Midwest. To go to a rave between 1993 and '99 was to very likely encounter a handful of Dance Mania tracks per night. Odds were good you'd encounter one of its artists, too: DJ Funk, Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon and Robert Armani, to pick just a few artists on Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, kept full schedules of one-nighters across the U.S.

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First Listen
10:02 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

First Listen: Eric Church, 'The Outsiders'

Eric Church's new album, The Outsiders, comes out Feb. 11.
John Peets Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 9:15 pm

Eric Church was surely aware that he was cribbing from one of America's most beloved young-adult novels when he called his fourth full-length album The Outsiders. The title song opens the record with lines that could have been ripped from the jacket copy of S.E. Hinton's classic heartland/gangland story: "They're the in-crowd, we're the other ones / It's a different kind of cloth that we're cut from." Electric power chords crest and crash as Church howls out declarations in a voice that's part preacher, part rapper, part metalhead and all alpha dog.

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