This week's puzzler for careful listeners has a little something for everyone, from jazz and classic rock, to punk and thrashing metal. It also features several fills listeners suggested from previous puzzlers. So, as always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, heroes!
From its legendary beachfront locale to its celebrations of folk music's past, the Newport Folk Festival draws on more than half a century of celebrated traditions. But it's also an event in which folk's boundaries are tested: This is, after all, where Bob Dylan famously plugged in an electric guitar 49 years ago, in the process enraging the purists in the crowd.
Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 10:39 am
The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now ÔÇö this is its 55th year, to be exact ÔÇö and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it?
On World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland trip, we felt inspired during our visit to Reykjavik's famed 12 T├│nar Records. It's a homey, welcoming place where the shelves are filled with Icelandic CDs and vinyl.
Behind the counter, fielding all questions, was Einar ├×├│r Kristj├ínsson, who has worked at 12 T├│nar since it opened 15 years ago. We asked him to make a list of some of his favorite Icelandic music; he obliged, giving us the history of the unique store and picking five bands. (Some you may know well, others not so much.)
Our Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is Sindri M├ír Sigf├║sson, who performs under the name Sin Fang for his solo work. He also leads the folk-pop group Seabear; in fact, the first Seabear recordings were released in conjunction with another ursine band, an early version of the American band Grizzly Bear. Sigf├║sson released his third solo album, Flowers, last year.
It still surprises me that a few of my colleagues who regularly attend music festivals like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Budweiser Made in America still haven't heard of, or don't seem to know much about, the annual Essence Festival, held every July 4th weekend in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
In February, Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero was flying home from Uganda to the U.S. when her plane had to land unexpectedly near the Arctic Circle. It was so cold that to keep her fingers warm she put on oven mitts (decorated with an African print) that she'd bought to bring home.
On a video promoting Bill Frisell's album All We Are Saying, the guitarist shares the depth of his connection to John Lennon's music: "I don't know if I'd be playing guitar if it weren't for The Beatles." Frisell tells the story of how, several tours ago, a European presenter asked Frisell's band to play a Lennon set.
World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is a busy man. Composer and musician ├ôlafur Arnalds creates beautiful, sweeping neoclassical music, perfect for the soundtracks that have won him high praise. He's been in especially high demand since winning a BAFTA award for his musical contributions to the British TV series Broadchurch.
As part of World Cafe's week-long Sense of Place series, we resurface this 2000 interview with Bj├Ârk, recorded in conjunction with the release of Selmasongs. At the time, the singer had just starred in the Lars von Trier film Dancer in The Dark, in which she played the character of Selma. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, where Bj├Ârk also won the award for Best Actress.
Will Holland, better known by his DJ and producer name Quantic, has mastered the art of global citizenship. The U.K. native, one-time Colombian and current New Yorker blends traditional cumbia rhythms with contemporary electronic beats, introducing new sounds to new audiences.
At an intimate gathering at Sonos Studio in Hollywood, Quantic recently performed songs from his most recent album, Magnetica -- including the song heard here, "Duvido."
And finally, as this program winds down - the last broadcast is scheduled for August the 1st - we thought it would be nice to hear what music members of our staff are listening to as part of our series In Your Ear. Davar Ardalan has been the senior producer of TELL ME MORE for the past three years. Let's hear what's on her playlist.
DAVAR ARDALAN, BYLINE: The first song that I'm listening to is called, "Song Of Exile," and it's by a musical group known as Niyaz.
Circumnavigate the world of Celtic music with an Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion hour: This week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock features Eileen Ivers, Sharon Shannon, Afro Celt Sound System and more.
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Melissa Aldana, who became the first female instrumentalist and first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition last fall, is not the average talent-contest winner.
Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Chris Malinchak broke into house music with his 2013 hit "So Good to Me." In this interview with Metropolis' Jason Bentley, Malinchak describes how the song was created and what it's meant to his career. They also chat about his follow-up success with "Stranger" and where the young DJ might go from here.
Malinchak also brings an exclusive mix of his own edits and remixes, which is linked on this page.
On this week's episode of Metropolis, DJ and producer Chris Malinchak brings an exclusive 30-minute mix of his own material. His interview with host Jason Bentley can be found at the link on this page.
As Sense of Place: Iceland continues on World Cafe, we have a thoughtful interview with Siggtryggur Baldurson; he's head of the Iceland Music Exchange (IMX), which is tasked with expanding the musical footprint of Iceland around the world. Baldurson is also the former drummer of the groundbreaking Icelandic band The Sugarcubes.
Here, he discusses various efforts to spread Icelandic music ÔÇö including the Iceland Airwaves Festival, which draws visitors to the island every fall to experience more than 300 bands in Reykjav├şk's clubs.
On today's episode, we hear the first of the live sessions World Cafe recorded during its Sense of Place trip to Iceland in June. ├ürst├ş├░ir's performance was recorded in front of an audience of World Cafe Travel Adventurers at Reykjavik Public Radio station R├ís 2.
With piano, two guitars, violin and vocals, ├ürst├ş├░ir re-created the richly delicate classical-folk sound that helped the band make it big on Icelandic radio and in mainland Europe. A new album is due out in September.
Finally today, it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. Throughout our years on the air, we've been asking our guests to share the music that inspires them. In our final weeks on air, we thought it'd be nice to hear about the songs members of our staff are listening to. Today, editor Amita Parashar Kelly tells us what's on her playlist.
AMITA PARASHAR KELLY, BYLINE: I'm Amita Parashar Kelly and I'm an editor here at TELL ME MORE. The first song playing in my ear is Paul Simon's "Obvious Child."
On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob kicks off the show with The Juan MacLean's "A Place Called Space," an ecstatic dance-rock number from the group's upcoming album In A Dream. Seeking to find a subdued yin to Bob's euphoric yang, Robin premieres London producer The Bug's "Void," the opening track to his upcoming album Angels and Devils.
Throughout her career, punk icon Brody Dalle has embraced her aggressive side. Best known as the lead singer of The Distillers and Spinnerette, Dalle has a sandpaper- and velvet-tinged voice that speaks to rebellious young punks who are curious about the world yet vulnerable to its sharp edges. "I've never understood why there was such a fuss about aggressive women in music," Dalle says. "To me, aggression is a human instinct. ... I've felt provoked for most of my life, especially as a child. I guess I've carried those feelings into my songs."
A week ago, my wife and I drove deep into the Piedmont region of Virginia to Rappahannock County in the lush foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our destination was a chamber concert at the Castleton Festival, a showplace for young musicians.
World Cafe's Sense of Place series takes the show to Iceland, where ├ôlafur P├íll Gunnarsson ÔÇö known by most as ├ôli Palli ÔÇö was voted the most important Icelandic radio personality of the 20th century. He can be heard on the Icelandic public radio station R├ís 2, on which he hosts the music programs Poppaland and Rokkland.
Here, he joins World Cafe to play new Icelandic pop from newcomer Gr├şsalappal├şsa, as well as longtime favorite GusGus. He also tackles the question of why so many Icelandic artists sing in English.