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Songs We Love
12:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Lee Ann Womack, 'The Way I'm Livin" (Live)

Lee Ann Womack performs "The Way I'm Livin'" live in studio.
Courtesy of the artist

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 1:51 pm

In the summer of 1971, I was a camp counselor at a sleep-away camp for a bunch of 5- to 7-year-olds. For those eight weeks, I walked home with about $50. I bought a guitar and began to learn the songs I'd come to love from the recently released Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens.

"Father and Son" touched me most — it's a song about growing old, and about beliefs and conviction. More than 40 years later, that songwriter is performing at my desk with his son standing right behind me. You can never imagine the turns life will take.

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Music Interviews
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell in 1970.
Henry Diltz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:20 am

It turns out that Joni Mitchell keeps the same hours as the Morning Edition staff. She recently showed up at NPR's studio in Culver City, Calif., just before midnight to discuss Love Has Many Faces, a four-disc collection of songs dating back to the 1960s.

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Music News
9:28 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Just Who Is That 'Mean Old Daddy'?

Joni Mitchell, pictured here in 1970, wrote the song "Carey" while living in Matala, Crete.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 9:49 am

This song may take you back a ways — say, about 43 years.

That's Joni Mitchell, back when her voice was high and light. It's "a helium voice," as she describes it in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition.

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Metropolis
2:59 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Metropolis: 12/6/14

"Right Now," from Mary J. Blige's new album The London Sessions, is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Alex Lake Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Kraak & Smaak, "Love Inflation (NSFW Remix)" (Jalapeno)
  • Flight Facilities, "Down To Earth" (Glassnote)
  • James Curd & Luke Million, "Say The Words To You (feat. Nah Man!)" (Mr. Kim's)
  • Lion Babe, "Jump Hi (feat. Childish Gambino) (Todd Edwards Remix)" (Outsiders/Interscope)
  • Eddie Amador & Alex Costa, "New Sound (Dantiez Saunderson Mix)" (KMS)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Just Be Free Wit Ur Body" ([PIAS] America)
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Mountain Stage
2:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn On Mountain Stage

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn make their second Mountain Stage appearance together, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The two have been billed as the unofficial First Family of the Banjo by bluegrass writers, who've joked as far back as 2007 that the two might produce an heir who would one day become an emperor of the instrument. The jury is still out on the emperor part, but the couple can often be spotted backstage playing and singing to their young son, Juno.

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World Cafe
2:40 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

World Cafe Next: Angaleena Presley

Angaleena Presley.
Blu Sanders Courtesy of the artist

Angaleena Presley's American Middle Class — one of NPR Music's favorite albums of 2014 — is her first solo record. But Presley isn't exactly an unknown entity: As one-third of the Pistol Annies, performing with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, she's topped the country charts.

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World Cafe
2:21 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Peter Matthew Bauer On World Cafe

Peter Matthew Bauer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:46 pm

Peter Matthew Bauer, formerly the bassist and keyboardist for The Walkmen, released his first album as a solo artist — titled Liberation! — earlier this year. On his own, Bauer takes the lighter tones of The Walkmen's later albums, Lisbon and Heaven, and sets them loose in the air. Songs like "Philadelphia Raga," heard at the top of today's episode of World Cafe, move with a been-around-the-block swing that anchors glittering guitar work.

Hear the full episode at the audio link, as well as individual songs below.

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Holiday Music
2:12 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2014

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Courtesy of Rhonda R. Dorsett

For the 34th year in a row, saxophonist Paul Winter presents his Winter Solstice Celebration, a festive performance marking the year's longest night and the return of the sun. Since 1980, the concert has drawn thousands of visitors annually to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts NPR's broadcast.

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Favorite Sessions
2:02 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

KEXP Presents: FKA twigs

FKA twigs performs live in the KEXP studio.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

One of 2014's biggest breakouts, FKA twigs is no mere singer, songwriter or dancer. She's all those things, plus a director, a producer and more. Her ability to combine so many elements into a multi-sensory feast of performance art is what's propelled her from London cabarets to the international festivals and larger theaters she's filling now.

For her recent in-studio session at KEXP, FKA twigs stripped back her dazzling display to convey the strength and vulnerability that coexist within the spaces of her songs. It's so intimate, you can hear every sigh and breath.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
10:19 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Dream Time

Dougie MacLean.
Courtesy of the artist

There's more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes. Kick back with some soothing voices (Maire Brennan, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson) and some free-spirited instrumentals (Davy Spillane, William Jackson, Michael McGoldrick).

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

All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Song Premiere: San Fermin, 'Parasites'

Ellis Ludwig-Leone of San Fermin.
Denny Renshaw Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 11:54 am

San Fermin's self-titled 2013 debut is an intricately composed set of impeccable chamber-folk songs, written in solitude by Ellis Ludwig-Leone and performed by a small army of highly trained ringers. By the time the album came out, Ludwig-Leone had already written a sequel in a similar spirit.

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The Best Music Of 2014
7:20 am
Mon December 8, 2014

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

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Music Interviews
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

Ebet Roberts Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 10:38 am

"It took a mature woman to bring it to life. I grew into that song."

Joni Mitchell on re-recording "Both Sides Now," a song written after she'd chosen adoption for her daughter 54 years earlier. She talks about her new four-disc boxed set, Love Has Many Faces, and the different colors such a collection can reveal in a lifetime of work.

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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Music Interviews
6:38 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Before Dylan, Dave Ray's Blues Rocked Minneapolis

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 11:25 am

Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.mpr.org/.

Transcript

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The Record
8:51 am
Sat December 6, 2014

WKRP In Perpetuity

The cast of WKRP in Cincinnati, recently reissued on DVD by Shout! Factory, which collected licenses to include most of the original music broadcast on the show.
Courtesy Sony Pictures Television

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:06 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

St. Paul And The Broken Bones: Tiny Desk Concert

James Clark NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:07 pm

Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you're likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.

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Music Interviews
7:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

Prince celebrates his birthday and the release of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis.
Paul Natkin Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:47 pm

Here's a recipe for disaster: a low-budget movie with a cast that's never acted before, a first-time director, and a star who refuses to do publicity.

That's the story of Prince's iconic 1984 film Purple Rain. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

'Oxford American' Waltzes Across Texas

Willie Nelson, seen performing in the U.K. in 1980, is one of the featured artists in Oxford American's Southern Music issue about Texas.
David Redfern Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:51 am

A scholarly literary magazine is celebrating the music of Texas — but don't let that academic approach get in the way of enjoying it.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Liz Story On Piano Jazz

Liz Story.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Liz Story is a fascinating, ever-changing musician. She was inspired to pursue music after hearing Bill Evans perform, and her music has been compared to that of Aaron Copland, Frederic Chopin, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

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Mountain Stage
2:05 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ethan Johns On Mountain Stage

Ethan Johns.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Ethan Johns makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A gifted singer-songwriter, Johns has made a name for himself as one of the most important producers in modern music, taking the helm on recordings by Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon, Crowded House, Emmylou Harris and, perhaps most notably, Ryan Adams.

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Heavy Rotation
12:34 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Public Radio's Most Played Songs Of 2014

The War On Drugs, seen here performing live on KEXP, supplied several of public radio's most popular songs this year.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:24 am

NPR Music publishes a popular feature each month called Heavy Rotation, which collects 10 songs that public radio hosts across the country can't stop playing. We decided to do the series one better during our year-end festivities and create a 24/7 stream made up of the songs public radio stations couldn't stop playing.

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Mountain Stage
4:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Sons Of Bill On Mountain Stage

Sons Of Bill.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Sons Of Bill's members make their first Mountain Stage appearance, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. As its name suggests, the five-piece band is led by three brothers: James, Sam and Abe. Their love of music was inspired by their father, Bill Wilson, an associate professor of philosophical theology at the University of Virginia.

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Music Articles
3:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Supposedly Irie Thing I'll Most Certainly Do Again

Jr. Gong, Stephen Marley, Cham, Sean Paul — the list goes on. A massive jam session ensues and nearly everyone leaps onstage to spit some lyrics. To call this reggae history is no hyperbole.
Empress K For NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:21 pm

DAY ONE

How much Bob Marley paraphernalia can you cram on a single boat?

That's no riddle. I'm sincerely pondering this as I stand in line at the Port of Miami, about to board the Norwegian Pearl. I am going on a cruise.

I am going on a cruise.

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World Cafe
1:17 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Ranchera

Antonio Aguilar in The Undefeated.
Wikimedia Commons

Rachel Faro joins World Cafe's Latin Roots to talk ranchera. Sometimes called "Mexican country music," ranchera, Faro says, is a serenade style that began as a protest against the tastes of the rich during the Mexican revolution. In fact, the work of composer José Alfredo Jiménez sometimes resembles U.S. folk music — a form of protest music in its own right.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:09 pm

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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Alt.Latino
12:09 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Alt.Latino's Favorite Latin Music Of 2014

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World Cafe
11:56 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ex Hex On World Cafe

Ex Hex.
Jonah Takagi Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Vote For The Best Albums Of 2014

NPR

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 10:11 pm

For the past few weeks, the NPR Music team has been huddled together, trying to agree on a list of our 50 favorite albums. We'll post our final list on Dec. 8, followed by hundreds of our favorite songs on Dec. 9 and much more to follow. But we want you to get in on the act by telling us your favorite albums from 2014.

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The Two-Way
5:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Keyboardist Ian McLagan Dies At 69

Ian McLagan performs at Grimey's Americanarama in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 20. The keyboardist for the Faces and Small Faces, who was also a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday. He was 69.
Erika Goldring Getty Images for Americana Music

Ian McLagan, who played keyboard for the English rock bands Small Faces and Faces and was a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He was 69.

His official website listed the cause as "complications from a stroke suffered the previous day."

"I am completely devastated by this shocking news, said Kenny Jones, McLagan's bandmate in Small Faces and Faces.

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