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Deceptive Cadence
4:27 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day

A lone bugler plays "Taps" during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 7:52 am

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World Cafe
3:49 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Natalie Merchant On World Cafe

Natalie Merchant.
Dan Winters Courtesy of the artist

Natalie Merchant became the creative center of the band 10,000 Maniacs when she was only 17, then made seven albums with the group before leaving to pursue a solo career in 1993. After taking a hiatus to raise her daughter, Merchant is back with a new self-titled album — her first solo material in 13 years. On this session of World Cafe, Merchant plays a set of new songs.

World Cafe
1:52 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Latin Roots: The Mighty Sparrow

The Mighty Sparrow.
Courtesy of the artist

Our Latin Roots segment today is with Ernesto Lechner of the syndicated radio show The Latin Alternative. He joins us to talk about The Mighty Sparrow, a musical giant who has been a defining force in calypso and soca music for more than five decades. Lechner brings his personal passion to this discussion, focusing on how Sparrow's music was at first both familiar and exotic to him. He will play some examples from early and later in the Calypso king's career.

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World Cafe
1:30 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Latin Roots: Juan Formell

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:07 pm

On this installment of Latin Roots from World Cafe, writer and producer Rachel Faro discusses one of her heroes, bass player Juan Formell. Formell led the Cuban band Los Van Van for almost 45 years, and was one of its remaining original members when he died on May 1 at 71. The band is now led by Formell's son, Samuel. Faro praises Los Van Van's ability to reflect the changes in Cuban society over the years, while still keeping things moving.

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All Songs Considered
12:19 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Good Listener: When's The Right Time To Delete Your Music?

Sometimes you just have to erase some files.
Olivia Merrion NPR

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the six-pack of Hanson-branded beer that cost $25 to ship is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on disposing of music in a digital age.

Tami Anderson writes via Facebook: "How long do you keep songs in your collection when you rarely/never seem to listen to them?"

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The Record
12:17 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep'

D'Angelo with Nelson George (left) onstage at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday night.
Drew Gurian Red Bull Content Pool
  • Listen: D'Angelo In Conversation With Nelson George

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Music Interviews
11:38 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Donovan To Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:27 pm

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN")

DONOVAN: (Singing) Color and sky brush and blue. Scarlet fleece changes you. Crimson ball sinks from view. Wear your love like heaven. Wear your love like heaven. Wear your love like heaven. Wear...

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First Listen
7:03 am
Fri May 23, 2014

First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser, 'Black Hours'

Hamilton Leithauser's new album, Black Hours, comes out June 3.
Lauren Dukoff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:56 am

Hamilton Leithauser sounds worn-out and weary on Black Hours, his first solo record since his long-running band The Walkmen went on indefinite hiatus late last year.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Michael Benjamin Lerner Of Telekinesis

Michael Benjamin Lerner, drummer and lead singer for the band Telekinesis, performing live at Austin City Limits.
Tim Mosenfelder Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:38 am

Michael Benjamin Lerner is the drummer, lead singer and songwriter behind the Seattle-based band Telekinesis. There are times, while listening to his music, when I think it's just about the greatest pop band on the planet. Every song is perfectly realized and memorable.

Michael sits in as our guest Quizmaster for this week's puzzler, sharing fills and intros from some of his favorite drummers who've inspired his own work. Good luck, close-listeners!

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All Songs Considered
1:31 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Sole Of A Band, May 22

To what musician do these sparkly boots belong?
Bob Boilen NPR

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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Music
10:55 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Tom Scholz: Sound Machine

Songwriter, musician and engineer Tom Scholz in his studio.
Austin de Besche

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 3:34 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:24 am
Thu May 22, 2014

NPR Music Wants You To Play In A Massive World Premiere

Sunny Jain at the Brooklyn Public Library.
NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:24 am

Sometimes we like to turn things up really loud, especially in the summertime. So for this year's edition of Make Music New York, we commissioned Sunny Jain, founder of Red Baraat, to write a new song that would kick off the season in massive, marching-band style. He came back to us with "100+ BPM."

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Favorite Sessions
9:26 am
Thu May 22, 2014

KCRW Presents: Tycho

Tycho performs live on KCRW.
Rob La Fond KCRW

Tycho started as a solo musical project from graphic designer and photographer Scott Hansen, but has since evolved into a full band. The exhilarating music triggers strong emotions, which is unusual for instrumental music; the band was built around its live shows and the "arcs of energy" that define its performances. This version of "Awake" provides a great example.

Watch Tycho's entire Morning Becomes Eclectic session at KCRW.com.

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First Listen
8:03 am
Thu May 22, 2014

First Listen: Royksopp & Robyn, 'Do It Again'

Royksopp & Robyn's new mini-album, Do It Again, comes out May 26.
Kacper Kasprzyk Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 8:01 pm

Do It Again, by the Scandinavian dream team of Röyksopp and Robyn, is neither act's official "new album," but rather a five-song mini-album from the group Röyksopp & Robyn — which, truth be told, is a catchier name than Röykbyn or Robsopp.

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A Blog Supreme
4:03 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

Sun Ra's music sounds like it was intercepted from another world.
Baron Wolman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 10:12 am

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Music
2:28 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Dum Dum Girls On World Cafe

Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls.
James Orlando Courtesy of the artist

Founded by vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Penny, Dum Dum Girls takes its name from Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys." The group brings its mix of lo-fi rock and noise-pop to its latest album, Too True, which was produced by longtime collaborator Richard Gottehrer.

During this session for World Cafe, Penny discusses how damaging her voice affected the time it took to record Too True — and, of course, the band plays a few tracks from the album.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:40 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Tales of the Riverbank

Luka Bloom appears on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

Rivers run through many of our well-loved and best-known landscapes. Their quiet banks and neglected docksides are now often the focus of rural rediscovery and urban regeneration. Music, old and new, celebrates our rivers as sources of life and of timeless inspirations to song-makers.

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

The Thistle & Shamrock
2:31 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Newly Hatched For Spring

Matt and Shannon Heaton appear in this week's episode.
Courtesy of the artist

Hear new tracks from recent albums by artists who work to expand the reach of music from Celtic roots on both sides of the Atlantic.

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

The Record
10:24 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Long Shadow Of Tom Warrior, Metal's Dark Innovator

Throughout his career, Thomas Gabriel Fischer has hinted that he makes his best music under bleak circumstances.
Ester Segarra Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 10:11 am

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First Listen
12:01 am
Wed May 21, 2014

First Listen: Bok Bok, 'Your Charizmatic Self'

Bok Bok's new EP, Your Charizmatic Self, comes out May 25.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:10 am

Four years ago, a small U.K. label forced listeners to rethink what we call dance music. Night Slugs, co-founded by Alex Sushon (a.k.a. Bok Bok) and James Connelly (L-Vis 1990), coalesced around the pair's monthly London gig of the same name, a party that gradually fused house music and grime into a separate hybrid. Fans and critics weren't sure what to call this phase of the hardcore continuum, so they latched on to its most distinguishing feature: bass.

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Music
4:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way

Theo Croker's new album, AfroPhysicist, comes out May 20.
Thomas Brodin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

Jazz composer and trumpeter Theo Croker opens his new album, AfroPhysicist, with an ode to his grandfather: New Orleans jazz great Doc Cheatham. The thing is, Croker didn't grow up in New Orleans or any other jazz hub. He's from Jacksonville, Fla., and he was just a child when his grandfather died in 1997. It wasn't until his grandfather's memorial services — attended by jazz legends — that he decided to join the legacy.

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All Songs Considered
3:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview

Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 11:29 am

  • Listen To Jack White On All Songs

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World Cafe
2:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Conor Oberst On World Cafe

Conor Oberst.
Butch Hogan Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst started releasing his own music on cassette from his home in Nebraska back in 1993, when he was only 13. Best known for his work as Bright Eyes, Oberst is also a member of Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Led Zeppelin Sued Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Guitar Line

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, in 1970. A new lawsuit says the group borrowed from another band's work without crediting it, for the huge hit "Stairway to Heaven."
Roger Jackson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:47 pm

Did a band from Los Angeles get ripped off by Led Zeppelin? That's the claim in a new lawsuit by representatives of the band Spirit, which played some dates with the British rock legends in their early days in America.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ages And Ages: Tiny Desk Concert

Ages and Ages performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on April 3, 2014.
Meg Vogel Meg Vogel/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 8:56 am

Everyone knows there are five immutable truths in life. No. 1 is "Nothing's ever easy." No. 2 is "Nobody does the right thing." No. 3 is, well, you get the idea.

The Portland, Ore., band Ages and Ages will likely make you rethink these immutable truths — particularly the whole idea about doing the right thing in life. Pay close attention to the second song the group performs in this uplifting Tiny Desk Concert, and you'll see what I mean.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:57 am
Tue May 20, 2014

In 2014, The Classical World Still Can't Stop Fat-Shaming Women

How did the figure of Irish mezzo Tara Erraught prompt such a seething mass of contempt from a handful of London critics?
Courtesy of the artist

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Microphone Check
9:41 am
Tue May 20, 2014

A Conversation With D'Angelo

Listen to D'Angelo's conversation with author Nelson George on Wednesday night.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:04 pm

Michael Eugene Archer revolutionized soul music like few others. As part of the Soulquarian movement, and friend and collaborator to Questlove, Lauryn Hill and Raphael Saadiq, D'Angelo carried on the legacy of Marvin Gaye and Prince, while fusing it with the off-kilter beat flourish of J Dilla. One of the world's most celebrated performers, the Voodoo child will descend upon Brooklyn Museum for an intimate public lecture session, moderated by author, filmmaker and critic Nelson George.

Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Tue May 20, 2014

KEXP Presents: Shovels & Rope

Matthew Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:06 pm

For such a good-natured duo, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent can sound darker and more dangerous than you might imagine. As Shovels & Rope, they play gritty, boot-stomping roots-rock that spans rousing sing-alongs, heartwarming ballads and harrowing tales of vengeance.

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World Cafe
4:23 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

World Cafe Next: Haley Bonar

Haley Bonar.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is 31-year-old Minnesotan Haley Bonar. She was discovered at 19 by Alan Sparhawk of Low at an open mic in Duluth, Minn., and is about to release her fifth album, Last War. Here, we play two of its tracks, which you can download at the audio link.

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