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World Cafe
3:16 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Portland Cello Project: 'Winter' Songs On World Cafe

The Portland Cello Project.
Tarina Westlund Courtesy of the artist

For a special Christmas Eve episode of World Cafe, we welcome the Portland Cello Project to the WXPN studios for a festive live performance. This session takes place right after the collective's annual Holiday Sweater Spectacular, which has come to be a significant seasonal event in the band's hometown.

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Music Reviews
2:22 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Luscious Jackson Hits A Sweet Spot With New Children's Album

Luscious Jackson released a children's album, Baby DJ, last month.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 7:02 pm

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Music
1:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

At 60, Oliver Mtukudzi Still 'Giving Life To The People' With Music

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 9:30 am

Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi often says that you don't get to sing a song if you have nothing to say. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee, and shares a few tunes.

Music
1:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Musician Oliver Mtukudzi Digs Deep In 'Sarawoga'

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 9:30 am

At 60, Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi now has more albums to his name than birthdays. His latest, Sarawoga, is an emotional response to the death of his son. Mtukudzi joins guest host Celeste Headlee in studio for a special performance chat.

Best Music Of 2013
12:20 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

12 For The Road: A Music Podcast Playlist For Holiday Travel

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Whether you're traveling for the holidays or waiting for those who are on the road to come back to you — or if you just need to wipe your eardrums clean after weeks of holiday shopping music — the next week should offer ample listening time.

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Alt.Latino
11:42 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Festivo Alt.Latino: Cafe Tacvba, Molotov And Bajofondo In Concert

A driver disguised as Santa Claus drives a public bus at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Bob Boilen's Favorite Lyrics Of 2013

Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:32 am

I'm a lyrics guy. Great words drive me to a song. Bad lyrics drive me away. As a lyrics guy, I find that my favorite songs often also have my favorite words. I love a good melody and a beat, but I love it more when those elements support a good story, an insight, an emotional outpouring, something I can connect to.

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World Cafe
5:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

World Cafe Next: David Dye's Top 5 Rising Stars Of 2013

David Dye picked Parquet Courts (pictured) as one of his five favorite World Cafe: Next acts of the year.
Keven Pedersen Courtesy of the artist
  • World Cafe Next: David Dye's Top 5

Every week this year, World Cafe host David Dye has highlighted an up-and-coming artist to showcase as a part of the Next series. To wrap up the last full week of 2013, he recently picked five acts he felt were particularly special:

  • Parquet Courts released an album and an EP this year; the band's shambolic, punk-influenced attitude caught the attention of many rock 'n' roll fans.
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Music
1:06 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

After Hard Times At Home, Afghan Musicians Seek To Be Heard In America

Rubab master Homayoun Sakhi and legendary Afghan singer Mahwash perform together as members of the group Voices of Afghanistan.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:53 pm

Voices of Afghanistan is an ensemble of Central Asian musicians from different generations and varied musical backgrounds. They share a passion for the music of Afghanistan, as well as a desire to introduce it to audiences in their present home in the U.S. Banning Eyre recently spent time with these musicians as they created their debut album, Love Songs for Humanity.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

VIDEO: Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Ex-bandmate

Carlos Santana, left, and Marcus Malone when they reunited in Oakland. Malone was part of Santana's band in the late '60s, then spent the past four decades or so living on the streets or in prison.
YouTube

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World Cafe
12:35 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Dave Matthews Band On World Cafe

Dave Matthews Band.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:27 pm

This week's Vintage Cafe takes us back nearly two decades: In December 1994, a then-up-and-coming Dave Matthews Band climbed the stairs to WXPN's tiny third-floor studio and played a reflective but enthusiastic live set. At the time of this recording, the band had just released Under the Table and Dreaming and was already on its way to becoming a household name.

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Favorite Sessions
11:41 am
Mon December 23, 2013

KEXP Presents: Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma performed live on KEXP Dec. 10.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Jagwar Ma is on a quest to revitalize Britpop. Actually, the band may be unintentionally hindering the genre's revival; Noel Gallagher of Oasis has been quoted as saying he and his former bandmates are too busy listening to the budding Australian group to even entertain the idea of reuniting.

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Music
10:58 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Bunji Garlin: 'Here To Stand My Ground' For Soca Music

Bunji Garlin.
Tee Murphy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 3:58 pm

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Best Music Of 2013
10:29 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Top 10 Top 40 Of 2013

Bard Ylvisaker (L) and Vegard Ylvisaker of Ylvis perform "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" in September.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 10:38 am

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says

Maria Alyokhina, after her release from prison on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Sergei Karpukhin Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:03 pm

The remaining members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot have been released from prison in Russia, a few months short of serving their full two-year sentences for "hooliganism" — a charge that the band's supporters say was just a trumped-up effort to quash free speech.

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Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast
6:54 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

  • A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry.

Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Studio Sessions
4:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Christmas Jams From Mexico Come Alive In California

Cambalache performs in the studio at NPR West in Culver City, Calif.
Betto Arcos for NPR

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 6:24 pm

World music DJ Betto Arcos is a frequent guest on All Things Considered and the host of the program Global Village on KPFK in Los Angeles. Cambalache is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East L.A. that plays a musical style called son jarocho, the traditional roots music in Arcos' home state of Veracruz, Mexico.

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Music Lists
9:05 am
Sun December 22, 2013

The Best Latin Music Of 2013

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 8:36 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Right now, the folks at NPR Music are busy compiling their annual end of the year lists. Our regular musical aficionados from NPR's Alt.Latino are here. Felix Contreras, Jasmine Garsd to share some of their favorite music from the year 2013. Welcome back to the show, guys.

FELIX CONTRERAS, BYLINE: Good morning. Thank you.

JASMINE GARSD, BYLINE: Thank you so much for having us.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "NUESTRA SENORA LA REINA DE LOS ANGELES")

LA SANTA CECILIA: (Singing in foreign language)

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Deceptive Cadence
4:07 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

Pianist Lang Lang sits down with his own revered mentor Gary Graffman, to discuss what makes great teachers — and bad ones.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:52 am

The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. A teacher is part mentor, part manager — even a parental figure.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:14 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Leaders In Early Music Face A Final Curtain, With Grace

The Hilliard Ensemble, active in the early music world since 1973, will end its long tenure in 2014 with one last world tour.
Marco Borggreve Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 8:14 am

Since 1973, the four-man vocal chamber group The Hilliard Ensemble has been breathing new life into the sounds of the Renaissance. Now that they've reached their 40-year anniversary, the members have decided to call it a day. Fresh off the new album Il Cor Tristo, the Hilliards will spend 2014 celebrating their long tenure with one last world tour. Then, a year from now, it's all over.

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Music News
7:20 am
Sat December 21, 2013

At Christmas, The Tubas Finally Get The Melody

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 10:30 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Holiday music: Bing, "Silver Bells," Nat, evening carolers, and, of course, tubas. Well, maybe not. But hundreds of thousands of tubas oom-pah-pah their way through the holiday standards in annual concerts every year, all around the world. It's called Tuba Christmas and this is its 40th year. NPR's Gabrielle Emanuel swung by the Washington, D.C. event this week.

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Code Switch
7:10 am
Sat December 21, 2013

A Jew And A Latino Walk Into A Recording Studio...

Released November 2013
Courtesy of Cary Baker

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 10:30 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:14 pm

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Best Music Of 2013
6:03 am
Sat December 21, 2013

The Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Meagan Beauchemin for NPR

The best folk music released in 2013 was, almost without exception, of the intensely personal variety. These remarkable albums struggled with addiction and death, coming of age, faith and the unstoppable rhythm of change. Three of these releases came from well-loved artists making music in ways that nobody saw coming. But all of the recordings listed below challenged us to open our minds and consider things differently, find beauty in small places and discover possibility in life's many challenges.

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Music Interviews
4:20 am
Sat December 21, 2013

War Stories From Petula Clark

Petula Clark's new album, Lost In You, features a reworking of her signature hit "Downtown."
Clement Schneider Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 10:30 am

Petula Clark's show business career spans more than 70 years, from the time of the Blitz to the era of the blog. She found signature hits, including "Downtown" and "I Know a Place," in the 1960s and '70s.

But she began her career decades earlier, as an 8-year-old girl in a London theater, in the early years of the Second World War. The BBC had been using the theater as a studio because of its strategic location: underground.

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World Cafe
5:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Oscar Isaac On World Cafe

Oscar Isaac as the titular character in the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Alison Rosa Courtesy of the artist

Before Guatemalan actor and singer Oscar Isaac auditioned with the Coen Brothers for the title role in their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, his friends told him that he would love the brothers — and that he wouldn't get the part or ever hear back from them. They were right about him loving the filmmakers, but not so much when it came to Isaac getting a call.

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World Cafe
4:52 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Carey Mulligan On World Cafe

Carey Mulligan (left) and Justin Timberlake in a scene from the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Alison Rosa Courtesy of the artist

British actress Carey Mulligan plays a tough-skinned woman by the name of Jean Berkey in the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. In the movie, she sings alongside Justin Timberlake in the duo Jim and Jean, but has issues with the film's title character.

On Friday's episode of World Cafe, Mulligan talks with host David Dye about how playing the part was liberating, and how the challenge to sing live proved to be an enjoyable experience.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Dave Van Ronk Biographer Elijah Wald On World Cafe

Elijah Wald.
Sandrine Sheon Courtesy of the artist

Back in 2005, we talked with Elijah Wald about his biography of folksinger Dave Van Ronk, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. Wald was Van Ronk's guitar student and finished the book after the influential musician died in 2002.

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World Cafe
4:33 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Pretty Lights On World Cafe

EDM DJ Pretty Lights.
Courtesy of the artist

Pretty Lights is the stage name of Derek Vincent Smith, who describes his sample-based music as "electro hip-hop soul." Smith, an EDM DJ, has built up a large live following for his music, which he's given away on the Internet.

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Mountain Stage
4:19 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Mason Jennings On Mountain Stage

Mason Jennings performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Mason Jennings appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Raised in Hawaii by way of Pittsburgh, Jennings has made his home in Minnesota for the past two decades. During that time, he's built a loyal following throughout the Upper Midwest and beyond.

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