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Metropolis
1:46 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Metropolis: 11/29/14

Cashmere Cat is featured on this week's Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • BMB Spacekid, "Cuba"
  • Blonde, "I Loved You (Braxton Remix)"
  • Fairchild, "I Just Want You"
  • Pomo X Kaytranada, "Cherry Funk"
  • Les Sins, "Why (feat. Nate Salman)" (Company)
  • Dante Klein, "Ertesuppe" (Spinnin Deep)
  • Beacon, "Only Us" (Ghostly International)
  • Klo., "Under Lie"
  • Kele Okereke, "Doubt (Remix)" (Lilac)
  • Say Lou Lou X Lindstrom, "Games For Girls (The Penelopes Remix)" (Columbia)
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World Cafe
1:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cookies

Cookies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:01 am

World Cafe: Next's featured artist this week is the Brooklyn band Cookies. Led by Ben Sterling (formerly of Mobius Band) and featuring Melissa Metrick on vocals, Cookies crafts indelible, sophisticated pop songs.

The group's debut album, Music For Touching, works as a melting pot of genres and styles, drawing equally from house, contemporary R&B and West African guitar music.

World Cafe
1:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

TV On The Radio On World Cafe

TV On The Radio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:17 pm

Seeds is TV On The Radio's sixth album and the first since the band's bassist, Gerard Smith, died in 2011. In spite of geographical distance — the group is now split between L.A. and New York — and the profound loss of a collaborator and friend, TV On The Radio sounds tight and focused. The songs on Seeds are punchy, pleasurable, searing and concise.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Composer Steve Reich, whose Music for 18 Musicians pulled out ahead of Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bartok, Ives, Berg and all others in last year's Q2 poll.
Wonge Bergmann Courtesy of the artist

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

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First Listen
10:06 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936'

African-Americans on their way to church.
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Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:43 am

In the history of American popular music, gospel is the great conveyor. People could hear it everywhere as the 20th century grew from infancy to adolescence: in churches, of course, but also on street corners, sung by wanderers whose guitar work and moaning vocals arose in dialogue with the blues; in factories and mines, where harmonizing quartets provided balm to frustrated workers; on the radio, where preachers and singers performed live to thousands of listeners; and through the new medium of recordings, which turned regional styles into national trends.

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First Listen
10:05 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: PRhyme, 'PRhyme'

PRhyme is Royce Da 5'9" (left) and DJ Premier.
Courtesy of The Chamber Group

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:42 am

PRhyme, rapper Royce Da 5' 9" and producer DJ Premier's collaborative project, is in actual fact a hardcore rap fan's fantasy realized; it's also one of those mythical instances of a good-looking tracklist exceeding all expectations. PRyhme is a nine-song testament to its creators' perseverance in changing times and proof positive that — even in an era when novelty supplants quality more often than not — the "dope rhymes, dope beats" formula can still yield something remarkable.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: Ghostface Killah, '36 Seasons'

Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, comes out Dec. 9.
Stan Oh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:42 am

It's fair to wonder why anybody would make an album today, much less a group of musicians who've proven themselves several times over. There isn't much money to be had, and what little there is can be got by other, less exhausting methods than touring to break new songs. Kool G Rap doesn't need to do this – everybody you respect wishes they could be like him when they grow up. Pharoahe Monch dropped an album this year that leveled whole tiers of his competition. AZ, when he cares to, rhymes circles around 99.99 % of the rapping population.

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Music Interviews
5:43 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

At 86, A 'Jazz Child' Looks Back On A Life Of Sunshine, Sorrow

Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan doesn't mind that, despite her critical acclaim, she's not a household name. "The people that respect what I do and hire me, that's all I need, you know?" she says. "I just need to keep doing this music as long as I live. "
Richard Laird Courtesy of the artist

Many fans first encountered one of the great voices in jazz as a whisper: Sheila Jordan made a quiet but lasting impression as a guest singer on pianist George Russell's 1962 arrangement of "You Are My Sunshine."

Since then, Jordan's career has taken her all over the world, and in 2012, she received one of the highest honors in jazz: she became an National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Her music has soared, but her story starts with pain.

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Music News
4:08 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Billboard Music Chart Marks First Major Change In 20 Years

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 5:43 pm

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Favorite Sessions
2:18 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

KCRW Presents: Caribou

Caribou performs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, has moved freely between musical aesthetics on each of his previous records, but on his fifth studio release, Our Love, he's fine-tuned and settled into a warmer, more personal approach.

On his third visit to KCRW, Snaith performed songs off his newest and perhaps best album to date, including the captivating title track.

SET LIST

  • "Our Love"
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Music Interviews
7:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Warm Latin Music For The Chilly Holiday Season

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 11:44 am

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

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It's official, the holiday season is upon us. Maybe you've even been out to the shopping malls to scope out what you could buy for friends and family for the upcoming holidays. You know what makes a good present?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

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Music Interviews
7:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

NPR Staffers Pick Their Favorite Music Interviews

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 11:44 am

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

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Business
4:49 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Vinyl, Once Thought Dead, Makes A Comeback In The Digital Age

An employee demonstrates how a mother is checked for sound quality before it is duplicated during production at the Rainbo Records factory in Canoga Park, Calif. The vinyl record industry has seen an uptick in sales in recent years, keeping manufacturers like Rainbo busy.
Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 1:27 am

In the '90s, Rainbo Records owner Steve Sheldon wanted to keep his vinyl presses going.

Everyone thought he was crazy; they told him it was a dead format. But Sheldon was adamant.

"I actually said, many times, 'I think it will be around longer than CDs,' " Sheldon says.

Today, his Canoga Park, Calif., operation is massive. There are sound testing rooms, large printers for making labels and rows of workers stuffing sleeves. And then there are the actual presses themselves — 14 of them — giving off smoke and smelling of burnt rubber.

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Author Interviews
3:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Backstage With Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs And Compassion

Janis Joplin
Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:08 pm

Janis Joplin felt a sense of outsider isolation throughout her life. She once said, "On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people. Then I go home alone."

But she wasn't alone — she had John Byrne Cooke.

Cooke was Janis Joplin's first and only road manager, from 1967 until her death from a heroin overdose in 1970. He was the one who found her body. In a new memoir, On the Road With Janis Joplin, he details the electrifying performances — and the drugs — that marked Joplin's tours.

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Favorite Sessions
12:37 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Sound Opinions Presents: Broken Bells

James Mercer of Broken Bells performs live in Portland during a Sound Opinions taping.
opbmusic

Broken Bells was initially viewed by some fans as a side project for James Mercer and Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton — a respite from Mercer's leadership of The Shins and Burton's multiple production jobs, including his partnership with Cee Lo in Gnarls Barkley.

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All Songs Considered
5:08 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of November

Helena Hauff's "Heimal Quietus" is one of our favorite dance tracks of November.
Courtesy of the artist

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

November's selections include our favorite track from Theo Parrish's upcoming American Intelligence album, a solo cut from Hercules And Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman, and four more exceptional tunes worthy of your time.

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Music Articles
4:05 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Killer Mike: 'Rap Has Given Me Voice'

"If I trust you with the power of human life, your standard has to be much higher," says rapper Killer Mike, son of a policeman, on police violence.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:22 pm

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Music Interviews
8:08 am
Fri November 28, 2014

How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 12:17 pm

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.

Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.

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

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Remembrances
4:53 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Iconic Lebanese Singer Sabah Dies At 87

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:16 am

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

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
8:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Harry Connick Jr. On Piano Jazz

Harry Connick Jr.
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When Harry Connick Jr. sat down with host Marian McPartland in 1991, he was in his twenties, had already won two Grammy Awards and was coming off a worldwide big band tour. He has gone on to record multiple best-selling albums and develop a successful acting career.

On this Piano Jazz, Connick sings and plays "They Didn't Believe Me" and joins McPartland for "Stompin' at the Savoy."

Originally broadcast fall 1991.

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Music Interviews
8:03 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Marty Stuart: Keeper Of Country Music's Cowboy Couture

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:01 am

Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. "People were throwing things away," he says. "I just took it as a family matter."

Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2014.

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

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Music News
4:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Mendelssohn And Other Classic Composers Offer Musical Thanks

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 2:50 pm

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

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There are lots of ways to say thank you today that don't include turkey or cranberry sauce. For example, there is music.

(SOUNDBITE OF FELIX MENDELSSOHN ORATORIO, "ELIJAH")

CHORUS: (Singing in German).

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Music Interviews
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Sneak Peak: Conversation With Melissa Etheridge

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Tomorrow on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, we're bringing you some Thanksgiving treats. We've got olives and celery, wild turkeys and also a wild rocker.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MONSTER")

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World Cafe
4:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Jessie Ware On World Cafe

Jessie Ware.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:40 am

This year, British singer and songwriter Jessie Ware released her second album, Tough Love. It features a number of high-profile guest songwriters — Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco — but Ware is the record's beating heart. Ware's songs work from a subtle, muted palette — a restrained take on the pounding pop of the '80s — with her voice adding color.

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Music Interviews
3:46 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

The Kinks in 1970.
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 12:19 pm

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Music News
2:02 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Remembering Sabah, An Iconic And Thoroughly Unconventional Arab Star

Lebanese singer Sabah in a 2008 photo from Lebanon.
Anwar Amro AFP/Getty Images

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Music Interviews
1:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Opens Her Heart

"What's gonna all bring us together is when we recognize that diversity in each other and not be afraid of it," Melissa Etheridge says.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 8:30 am

Melissa Etheridge is one of America's biggest female rock stars. She has all the trappings and then some: two Grammys, an Oscar and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Thanksgiving, however, takes her back to before all that, to her childhood in Kansas.

"Thanksgiving is — it was the one meal that my mother would really cook," the 53-year-old musician tells NPR's Ari Shapiro. "She worked very hard. ... It was a lot of frozen food, my life, you know."

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Alt.Latino
12:28 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Latin Musicians Respond To Ferguson, Ayotzinapa

Rebel Diaz wrote the song "Run" in reaction to the Ferguson police shooting.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 11:18 am

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Deceptive Cadence
12:15 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Stabat Mater: Young Composers Explore An Ancient Text

The British choral group called The Sixteen have taken on new settings of the ancient Stabat Mater text.
Molina Visuals The Sixteen

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 8:10 am

The words of the Stabat Mater come from an ancient Latin text describing Mary weeping at the cross over her son, Jesus. While the Catholic poem has been set to music by many — from Vivaldi to Arvo Pärt — three contemporary composers have put their own spin on the old verses.

Alissa Firsova was born in Moscow, but has lived in England since she was 4.

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World Cafe
11:52 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Shakey Graves On World Cafe

Shakey Graves.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

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