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All Songs TV
1:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Pattern Is Movement, 'Suckling'

Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward are Philadelphia's Pattern Is Movement.
Peter English Courtesy of the artist

The latest video from Pattern Is Movement is up close and personal, featuring the best music this Philadelphia duo has made in 14 years of recording together. Watch Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward perform "Suckling," with just drums, keyboards and voice. The cut is from the band's self-titled album, released earlier this year on Hometapes.

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Favorite Sessions
12:06 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

KCRW Presents: Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten visits KCRW's studios to perform "Nothing Will Change."
Alex Pieros KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 1:59 pm

Sharon Van Etten wrote her latest album Are We There over the course of two years, while touring in support of 2012's Tramp. In the process, she crafted a set of beautiful, slow-burning ballads that emphasize her emotive storytelling and unique voice. For her recent live session on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, she ran through highlights from the new album, including "Nothing Will Change."

All Songs TV
11:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Christina Vantzou, 'VHS'

A figure falls through a void in the latest video from Christina Vantzou, for the song "VHS."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:18 pm

You'll want to dim the lights for this video to accompany "VHS," from composer Christina Vantzou. The title implies a primitive digital universe. But in Vantzou's world, it's more of a void — a pitch-black emptiness where a lone figure chases her own barely perceptible reflection.

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Music
11:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

TMM Editor Says The Song 'Take It Easy' Captures Spirit Of Show

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:00 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally today as this program winds down, our last broadcast is scheduled for August first. We thought it would be nice to hear some of the music that members of our staff like to listen to, as part of our series In Your Ear. Alicia Montgomery is our editorial guru on the program. Let's hear what's on her playlist.

ALICIA MONTGOMERY: Hi, I'm Alicia Montgomery the supervising editor of TELL ME MORE and here's what's playing in my ear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAKE IT EASY")

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The Record
9:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

All The Rage

York Factory Complaint's Ryan Martin (left) and vocalist Michael Berdan.
Gillian Bowling Courtesy of the artist

Are you fed up with viral marketing, hype cycles and the 24/7 onslaught of social media? Are you resisting the urge to stop worrying and love the photobomb? Are you of two minds on the hive mind? Then you have a kindred spirit in York Factory Complaint, the Brooklyn duo of Ryan Martin and Michael Berdan. The two underground music stalwarts aren't shy about their frustration with society's trajectory, and their conviction is infectious, even inspirational, on the forthcoming album Lost In The Spectacle, one of 2014's best extreme records.

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All Songs TV
7:03 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler, 'Range On Castle'

Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler, 'Range On Castle'
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:18 pm

Bad acting meets good music in this collaboration between former Pixies bassist Kim Deal and Morgan Nagler, aka Whispertown. The new video for their single, "Range On Castle," includes classic footage from the 1963 Roger Corman film The Terror, starring Boris Karloff and a very young Jack Nicholson.

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Music News
4:25 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Dublin Has Garth's Heart, But Not His Concerts Anymore

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:39 pm

Garth Brooks fans abound in Ireland, and now 400,000 of them won't get to the chance to see him perform. Brooks has cancelled five concerts after the Dublin City Council refused to grant him more than three. Melissa Block speaks to Rachel Flaherty of The Irish Times about the controversy.

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Music News
4:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd

Inside RCA Studio A, whose sale has sparked a wave of backlash from the Nashville music community, Ben Folds (right, on staircase) addresses press and supporters.
Stephen Jerkins

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:27 am

News that a Nashville developer is paying $4.4 million for a half-century-old recording studio has sparked a battle in Music City. On one side is singer-songwriter Ben Folds, inspired by the musical history made in that studio. On the other, a trailblazing musician who made that history.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Saintseneca On World Cafe

Saintseneca.
Courtesy of the artist

Saintseneca is an Ohio-based folk-rock band led by Zac Little. After releasing an album called Last in 2013, the group went through changes in personnel and direction leading up to the appropriately titled Dark Arc, which came out this spring.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Family Gathering

Mary Ann Kennedy is featured on this week's show.
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Mary Ann Kennedy joins host Fiona Ritchie to introduce her family's album and book project, titled Fonn — a Gaelic word meaning both "land" and "melody." Along the way, Kennedy reveals the essence of rural community life that's reflected in songs of work, worship, land, sea and love.

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

Music Interviews
11:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Brazilian Singer Comes Out From Her Mother's Shadow, Honors Her Legacy

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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All Songs TV
10:04 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Nicole Atkins, 'Who Killed The Moonlight?'

Nicole Atkins
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:21 am

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All Songs Considered
9:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Song Premiere: Steve Gunn, 'Milly's Garden'

Steve Gunn will release his new album, Way Out Weather, in October.
Constance Mensh Courtesy of the artist

Steve Gunn's Time Off was one of 2013's most unfairly overlooked records. The guitarist blends the traditional and the avant-garde, fusing the sounds of John Fahey, The Grateful Dead and Will Oldham into back-porch masterpieces. Time Off is the kind of album that can suck the energy out of any room — in a good way.

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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Joe Henry On World Cafe

Joe Henry.
Courtesy of the artist

A veteran musician and producer, Joe Henry has worked with the likes of Mavis Staples, Aimee Mann and Loudon Wainwright III. His album with the late Solomon Burke won a Grammy in 2002.

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All Songs Considered
1:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

New Mix: Cat Power With Coldplay, Brian Eno, Broncho, The Wytches, More

Top row, left to right: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, Cat Power; Middle row: The Wytches, Chris Martin of Coldplay; Bottom row: Broncho.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:44 am

On this week's All Songs Considered: After some speculation on Pink Floyd's just-announced album The Endless River, Robin kicks off the show with Broncho's "Class Historian," which he describes as the most immediately catchy song he's heard all year. Not to be out-catchied, Bob retaliates with Rubblebucket's "Carousel Ride," from the band's upcoming release Survival Sounds.

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All Songs TV
10:11 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ásgeir, 'King And Cross'

Asgeir - 'King and the Crown'
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:21 am

Since winning the Icelandic Music Award for best album of the year in his home country a few years ago, Ásgeir Trausti — best known simply as Ásgeir — has begun to win over larger parts of the world, including the U.S. He has a calm upper range voice, a voice not unlike Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Later, he released In The Silence, a version of that award-winning album with the lyrics translated into the English.

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Music Articles
2:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

A Reluctant Star, Sia Deals With Fame On Her Own Terms

After becoming the kind of star she never wanted to be, Australian pop singer Sia is refusing to show her face.
PRETTYPUKE Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

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World Cafe
3:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

World Cafe Next: Kutosis

Kutosis
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  • Hear Two Songs By Kutosis

We call on Cardiff, Wales for our World Cafe: Next artists this week. Kutosis is a power-pop trio whose music has been described as "post punk, reverb-drenched and breezy." Their second album, Dream It Away, was released in June on Jealous Lover's Club Records. From album artwork to song titles, this group is all about surfing — a fitting match for their sunny power pop.

Don't forget to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with two songs from Kutosis.

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Music Articles
3:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Mobbed by teenage girls wherever he went, Billy Eckstine at one time rivaled Frank Sinatra's popularity.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:56 pm

Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone.

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All Songs TV
2:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Bear's Den, 'Elysium'

Bear's Den: 'Elysium'
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:20 am

Sometimes music and life intersect in ways beyond words. Filmmaker James Marcus Haney set out to do two things, make a music video for the British trio Bear's Den and capture the last days of his little brothers carefree college days with friends.

What he wound up with is tragic and poignant. Shortly after arriving in Seattle to film, a campus shooting occurred. Haney relayed his story to me via email. He's as good with words as he is with imagery. I'm going to let him tell the story.

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Metropolis
1:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Metropolis: 7/5/14

A remix of Kiesza's "Hideaway" was featured on this week's show.
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This Week's Tracklist

  • Bassnectar, "You & Me (feat. W. Darling)" (Amorphous Music)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves (feat. Youngblood Hawke)" ([PIAS] America)
  • Kiesza, "Hideaway (Static Revenger vs. Latroit Remix)" (Lokal Legend)
  • James Curd & Luke Million feat. Nah Man!, "Say The Words To You" (Mr. Kim's Records)
  • Watermät, "Bullit (Original Mix)" (Spinnin' Deep)
  • Oliver $ And Jimi Jules, "Pushing On" (Defected Records)
  • Louis La Roche, "Kaboom" (OM Records)
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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert

Moon Hooch performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:34 pm

People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.

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Front Row
12:36 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Front Row: Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys performing in March as part of Front Row Boston.
WGBH

It's fitting that the first episode of Front Row Boston (a new digital and television series produced by WGBH Music and Crossroads Presents in association with NPR Music) features Boston-based Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys. Here they perform "The Boys Are Back" from their eighth studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood.

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Music Interviews
12:32 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

For Audra McDonald, Experience And Raw Emotions Make Better Music

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:44 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Favorite Sessions
10:22 am
Mon July 7, 2014

KEXP Presents: Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe performs live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Renata Steiner KEXP

With all the sunlight in Los Angeles, it's easy to overlook the beauty in the darkness there. Yet Chelsea Wolfe doesn't. The SoCal singer-songwriter has carved a unique place in the musical landscape with her epic "drone-metal-art-folk" style. On her recent third album, Pain Is Beauty, she takes a decidedly more electronic approach to her haunting sound, further highlighting her timeless singing, powerful arrangements and seductively mysterious aesthetic.

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All Songs Considered
10:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay

Wish I Was Here
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:51 am

It seems the unlikeliest of collaborations: Cat Power, a American songwriter and singer who can be quiet and somewhat insular, and Coldplay, now a veteran band from London that is immensely popular, confident and bold. And still, what happens in this recording, the title track for the film Wish I Was Here, feels so right.

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First Listen
9:05 am
Mon July 7, 2014

First Listen: Slow Club, 'Complete Surrender'

Slow Club's new album, Complete Surrender, comes out July 15.
Andy Earl Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:08 am

Sheffield, England — the setting for The Full Monty and part of the British equivalent of the Rust Belt — seems an unlikely spawning ground for the wistful pop of this duo with a deceptively static name. But from the youthful, acoustic-and-harmony-based pop of their early material to the more elaborate arrangements of 2011's Paradise, Slow Club's music has always had an upful sheen that's sometimes belied by melancholy lyrics and melodies.

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Music Interviews
4:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

After Years Of Performing, Lake Street Dive Reaps Sold-Out Shows

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:14 pm

The members of the band Lake Street Dive have been making music together for nearly 10 years — but only recently have experienced commercial success. For many years, they toured and sometimes played shows without any audience members.

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Music Interviews
4:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

How To Create A Song: Lake Street Dive Style

Lake Street Dive's new album is Bad Self Portraits.
Jarrod McCabe Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:14 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're hearing throughout today's program from Lake Street Dive. The music group has two men, two women, and we'll talk here with them about how to create a song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU GO DOWN SMOOTH")

LAKE STREET DIVE: (Singing) Would it be true to say that I ordered you? Or was it you that ordered me?

INSKEEP: Like this one. They use jazz instrumentation, more or less - trumpet, stand-up bass, guitar, some drums, voice. They play pop and soul, and draw big following.

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Music
2:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Lake Street Dive And The Chemistry Of Harmony

Lake Street Dive's latest album is Bad Self Portraits.
Jarrod McCabe Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:23 pm

Lake Street Dive is two men and two women, all in the neighborhood of 30, who met at the New England Conservatory of Music. As a group they use jazz instrumentation, more or less — trumpet, stand-up bass, guitar, some drums — but they play pop and soul, and draw a big following doing it. In fact, a video of them performing on a Boston street corner has been viewed more than 2 million times.

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