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9:03 am
Sat February 1, 2014

The Jersey-Boardwalk Sound Of Nicole Atkins

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:57 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Nicole Atkins is a New Jersey artist with a voice that has been compared to Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin and Roy Orbison - that's quite a trio - all rolled into one.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

NICOLE ATKINS: (Singing) I first saw you (unintelligible), from my (unintelligible) down for me...

SIMON: A voice that could melt the heart of a devil. Sense of humor dryer than a drought. Nicole Atkins's latest album is called "Slow Phaser." She joins us from our studios in New York. Thanks so much for being with us.

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Music Interviews
8:29 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

Sam Cooke in 1964, performing on the ABC variety show Shindig! just a few months before his death that December.
ABC Photo Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 5:45 pm

Fifty years ago this week, Sam Cooke strolled into a recording studio, put on a pair of headphones, and laid down the tracks for one of the most important songs of the civil rights era.

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Favorite Sessions
7:02 am
Sat February 1, 2014

KCRW Presents: The Crystal Method

The Crystal Method performed live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:22 pm

The Crystal Method has been instrumental in the evolution of dance music for more than 20 years now — and, on the occasion of its return to Morning Becomes Eclectic, the duo took another step by bringing along a full band. Having only played with this setup one other time (and never before on stage), Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland played new songs from their latest album in unexpected ways. Here, they work their way through "Over It," featuring Dia Frampton on vocals.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:37 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Herbie Hancock On Piano Jazz

Herbie Hancock.
Kwaku Alston

On this episode of Piano Jazz, composer and keyboardist Herbie Hancock stops by in a program recorded in 1987. The ever-inventive Hancock sticks with the acoustic piano for this set of solos and duets with host Marian McPartland. Hancock performs a mix of his originals — "Dolphin Dance" and "Still Time" — and standards including "Limehouse Blues," "It Never Entered My Mind" and "That Old Black Magic."

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Song Travels
1:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Elaine Stritch On 'Song Travels'

Elaine Stritch.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Three-time Emmy winner Elaine Stritch became a star on Broadway before going on to play a string of highly regarded film and television roles. She recently played Colleen, mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy, on the hit sitcom 30 Rock.

After more than 40 years in New York, Elaine Stritch moved home to Michigan not long ago. But before leaving town, she sat down with host Michael Feinstein for an episode of Song Travels full of hilarious music and candid talk about her life and career in the spotlight.

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World Cafe
12:22 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Bell X1 On World Cafe

Bell X1.
Rich Gilligan Courtesy of the artist

For its sixth album, last summer's Chop Chop, Bell X1 simplified its recording process and ended up with some of its strongest songs. The Dublin band formed out of another group led by Damien Rice, but when Rice went solo, Paul Noonan took over songwriting duties and Bell X1 was born — named after the first airplane, Bell X-1, to break the sound barrier. Hear a full live set from the band on World Cafe.

Music Reviews
11:56 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

Jane Ira Bloom.
Johnny Moreno Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 3:08 pm

When soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom plays Kurt Weill's "My Ship" on her new album Sixteen Sunsets, a pale glow around her notes comes from a simple special effect: pointing her horn under the hood of a piano whose strings are free to resonate. Bloom has always been preoccupied with sound, and has one of the prettiest, clearest tones around on soprano.

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World Cafe
11:22 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Latin Roots: Songs In Two Languages

Carlos Santana.
Keystone Getty Images

Josh Norek from the Latin Alternative radio show returns to World Cafe with Latin music for Spanish speakers and English speakers alike. Hear a pair of bilingual songs, with a classic from Carlos Santana and another from Los Abandoned that speaks to the Mexican immigrant experience.

All Songs Considered
11:19 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Son Lux, 'Alternate World'

Scene from the Song Lux video "Alternate World."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:07 pm

Reality is nine-tenths perception, even in our most intimate relationships. Is it love? Infatuation? Is it real and lasting? All we have are the choices we make. In the latest video from electro-beat guru Son Lux, a torrid relationship plays out between two lovers, as frontman Ryan Lott reflects on the possibilities of an "Alternate World."

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All Songs Considered
9:46 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Good Listener: Leave 'We Built This City' Alone!

Everyone piles on Starship's "We Built This City," at least in part, because it's too feeble to fight back.
George Rose Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 1:47 pm

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Metropolis
10:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Metropolis: 1/25/14

Mary J. Blige's edition of Disclosure's "F for You" is part of this week's mix.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's edition of Metropolis includes Mary J. Blige's guest verse in Disclosure's "F for You," Damon Albarn's new single from his upcoming solo album, the return of Crystal Method and much more.

Playlist

  • Kraak & Smaak, "Don't Let People (Moods Remix)"
  • Blamma Blamma, "Zsa Zsa (feat. Kristina Train) (Andy Cato Remix)"
  • Jagwar Ma, "Uncertainty"
  • Andy Cato, "Sunrise Sant Agnes"
  • Tensnake, "Love Sublime (feat. Nile Rodgers & Fiora)"
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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
4:29 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Tootie Heath And Matt Wilson On JazzSet

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street and Tootie Heath perform at the Village Vanguard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:14 pm

Tootie Heath says the drummer's responsibility is to be happy. There's no better believer in the happiness ethic than Matt Wilson — and we're happy, too, grooving first to Heath, then Wilson, in highlights of sets from August and September 2012.

Born in 1935 as the youngest of three brothers headed for great jazz careers, Albert "Tootie" Heath crosses two generations to join this trio with pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street.

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Alt.Latino
2:49 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Latin Metal, Uruguayan Hip-Hop And New Ana Tijoux

Kryone injects this week's episode of Alt.Latino with some killer Brazilian beats.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 7:19 am

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World Cafe
2:33 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Dumpstaphunk On World Cafe

Dumpstaphunk.
Silverback Music Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 3:42 pm

Dumpstaphunk has thrived in the New Orleans funk scene alongside some of the best in the business. The group's new album, Dirty Word, features a number of guest stars, including Ani DiFranco, who lives in New Orleans, and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The record hints at gospel, blues, R&B and rock while still preserving Dumpstaphunk's funky musical heritage. Here, the band performs in the studio for World Cafe.

Music
1:41 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Darren Phillip Jones

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:58 am

For fans of world music, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no introduction.

The group has been singing a capella together for 50 years, brought together by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmhand turned factory worker from the town of Ladysmith. He had a dream of tight vocal harmonies and messages of peace.

That dream developed, and the band came to the attention of Paul Simon, who had it record "Homeless" on his album Graceland. It introduced the group to the world.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:29 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

4 Ways To Hear More In Music

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:55 pm

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Monkey See
8:33 am
Thu January 30, 2014

A Story About A Little-Known Song In A Little-Known Movie That Got A Big Oscar Nod

The Oscar statue is seen at the entrance of the Hollywood & Highland Center before the 2012 Academy Awards.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:44 pm

Well, it's safe to say we're shocked — shocked — to find that Oscar campaigning was going on in here.

Tuesday night, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences — the Oscars people — rescinded the Best Original Song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the movie Alone Yet Not Alone.

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A Blog Supreme
7:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
2:28 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain.
Javier del Real Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 1:38 pm

In 2005, the film Brokeback Mountain broke ground as a major motion picture portraying a love story about two men: a pair of young cowboys, Ennis and Jack, in the 1960s.

They fall in love during a summer spent tending sheep in the isolation of a fictional mountain in Wyoming. They spend the rest of the film — and their lives — grappling with a love that they have to keep secret.

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Music Reviews
4:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Angélique Kidjo Shouts Out Africa's Women With Funk And Fire

Angélique Kidjo's 10th album, Eve, is dedicated to the women of Africa.
Pierre Marie Zimmerman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 10:00 am

Angélique Kidjo started singing as a young girl in her native Benin, in West Africa. She moved on to Paris and Brooklyn — her current home — and, along the way, became one of the most acclaimed African singers alive.

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Music Reviews
11:55 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline

Jon Pardi.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:20 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:02 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Winter Sounds

Gillian Boucher.
Kt Lamond Courtesy of the artist

Fiona Ritchie introduces new releases from debuting artists that have caught her ear as well as favorite players who have helped to define the genre.

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

All Songs Considered
6:02 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Sebadoh, 'A State Of Mine'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:32 am

When bassist and singer Lou Barlow first formed Sebadoh in 1986, he was an early-twentysomething who wrote sublime, brooding songs about youthful angst and heartache. Now in his late 40s, Barlow writes songs under the Sebadoh moniker that are no less introspective. But he's more agitated and inspired by the trappings of adulthood, from the pressures he feels to make money to life lessons he should have learned by now, to how best to care for his children.

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Gregory Alan Isakov on World Cafe

Gregory Alan Isakov.
Erin Preson Courtesy of the artist

Gregory Alan Isakov made his debut in 2003 and released his fifth album, The Weatherman, last year. Isakov was born in South Africa but lives in Colorado where — with the aid of his degree in organic farming — he grows his own food. Controversy erupted among his fans when one of his songs appeared in a McDonald's ad, and he offers a thoughtful response in this session for World Cafe.

Code Switch
4:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Remaking All That Jazz From Shanghai's Lost Era

Electronic music producer Dave Liang and jazz singer Zhang Le collaborated on a new album of Shanghai jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s.
Zhuang Yan Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 5:55 pm

You may not hear it when you're listening to Shanghai jazz standards from the 1930s and '40s, but dig deeper into their history and you'll find a generational skip in the record.

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World Cafe
4:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Potty Mouth On World Cafe

Potty Mouth.
S.C. Atkinson Coutresy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 11:56 am

Potty Mouth formed in Northampton, Mass., in 2011. The band released a vinyl EP in 2012, and last year put out a full-length record called Hell Bent. With a name inspired by the title of a Bratmobile album, Potty Mouth revels in the sheer volume and eager, youthful enthusiasm of punk.

One of the loudest bands ever to play the World Cafe studios, Potty Mouth performs songs from Hell Bent in this session.

Music Lists
1:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

5 Pete Seeger Songs To Sing Together

Pete Singer performs at a convention of The Public Citizen in Washington, DC in 1981.
Mickey Adair Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 5:40 pm

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All Songs Considered
12:02 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Mix: Wye Oak, Ratking, John Lurie, More

Clockwise from upper left: Holly Herndon, Ratking, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak, and John Lurie.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:19 pm

On this week's show, host Bob Boilen has new magical powers. He's not sure what's behind these new powers, but it has something to do with a Romanian brass band and Tuvan throat singing.

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The Fresh Air Interview
11:45 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger Remembers Guthrie, Hopping Trains And Sharing Songs

Pete Seeger.
Joe Kohen WireImage

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 1:48 pm

Pete Seeger believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause. He popularized "This Land is Your Land" and "We Shall Overcome" and wrote "If I Had a Hammer." In 1940s, he co-founded The Weavers, who surprised everyone, including themselves, when they became the first group to bring folk music to the pop charts — until they were black listed. Seeger refused to answer questions about his politics when he appeared before House Un-American Activities committee in 1955.

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All Songs Considered
10:55 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of The Month

Detroit luminary Moodymann is included in this month's Recommended Dose.
Courtesy of the artist

Welcome to the first edition of Recommended Dose, a monthly mix series for All Songs Considered that will collect our favorite new electronic music at the end of every month.

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