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World Cafe
11:48 am
Wed November 26, 2014

David Gilmour On World Cafe

Pink Floyd (from left): Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason.
Andy Earl Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:41 am

Our guest today is David Gilmour, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Pink Floyd. The venerable British psychedelic band has released what they are calling the last Pink Floyd album, The Endless River. Once again, bassist, conceptualist, singer and founding member Roger Waters is absent.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Lead Belly, 'I'm So Glad, I Done Got Over'

Portrait in New York, in Lead Belly's final days, 1948-49
Dr Richard S. Blacher

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 2:22 pm

In the new, comprehensive boxed set Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, to be released in Feb. 24, 2015, the Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place reminds readers of the huge historical chunk of American music that the legendary singer and songwriter carried forward via his 12-string Stella guitar. "Lead Belly is often spoken of as the 'discovery' of folklorists, but in many ways he was a walking and singing collector of American folk songs in his own right," Place writes.

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Music News
4:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play

David Lowery, of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, says he's wary of the way Pandora pays for music.
Cooper Neill Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:18 am

The Internet radio service Pandora made its name by creating personalized stations using tools such as "like" and "dislike" buttons for listeners. But a deal between Pandora and a group of record labels has raised concerns that the company is favoring certain songs over others because it's paying the musicians behind those songs a smaller royalty.

When Pandora emerged a decade ago, its big selling point over traditional radio was that it created a station just for you, as the company's Eric Bieschke told NPR last year.

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A Blog Supreme
3:10 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

After Sandy Hook, A Saxophonist Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

"There was a lot of tears. There was a lot of anguish," Jimmy Greene says of writing Beautiful Life.
Jimmy & Dena Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 5:31 pm

Jimmy Greene's Beautiful Life is dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, one of the 20 children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The first song is an arrangement of "Come Thou Almighty King." The hymn was in a piano book that Greene's son, Isaiah, was learning.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:26 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Guest DJ Jessye Norman: From Augusta To Valhalla

Soprano Jessye Norman leaves the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on Thursday after taping the Late Show with David Letterman.
Ray Tamarra WireImage

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 10:39 am

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Songs We Love
10:57 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Father John Misty, 'Bored In The USA'

Father John Misty
Emma Tillman

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:23 pm

You might want to sit down for this one. The song is "Bored In The USA" and it's the first single from Father John Misty's upcoming album I Love You, Honeybear.

A biting spin on Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A.," "Bored In The USA" is a scathing takedown of the mindless materialism and overmedicated emptiness that has come to define the lives of far too many Americans.

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The Record
10:50 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Commerce Vs. Consumption: A Revolutionary Rethink Of Billboard's Album Chart

Taylor Swift, whose 1989 is currently the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and whose song "Blank Space" is at the top of the Hot 100, even though her music is not available on Spotify.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 5:32 pm

Imagine you're in a Tower Records in the late '90s. You head for the cash register with a credit card and two compact discs in your hand. Let's say one CD is by OutKast, the other by Smash Mouth (remember, it's the late '90s). The following week on the Billboard 200, America's premier album chart, both of the CDs you bought have been tallied.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Tue November 25, 2014

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs performs live for WAMU's Bandwidth.
Rhiannon Newman WAMU

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The Record
2:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Paramore Feat. Joy Williams, 'Hate To See Your Heart Break'

Hayley Williams (left) of Paramore and Joy Williams, formerly of The Civil Wars, perform together on a version of the song "Hate To See Your Heart Break" from the deluxe version of Paramore's self-titled album.
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Favorite Sessions
2:33 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

KEXP Presents: Merchandise

Merchandise performs live in the KEXP studio.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Some singers were born to brood across the stage with enigmatic allure, but Merchandise's Carson Cox is not one of them. When the Tampa, Fla., quintet arrived at KEXP's studio in October, the loquacious frontman spun a series of one-liners, ad-libs and shoutouts to fellow musicians. But in spite of Cox's gift for funny off-the-cuff remarks ("This song is for driving... so if you're at home... get in your car and turn on the radio"), his charisma never overshadowed the music.

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Metropolis
2:07 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Metropolis: 11/22/14

The 2 Bears contribute a mini-mix to this week's Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Klo., "Under Lie"
  • Ten Walls, "Walking With Elephants" (Life And Death)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Just Be Free Wit Ur Body" ([PIAS] America)
  • SBTRKT, "New Dorp New York (feat. Ezra Koenig)" (XL)
  • Alt-J, "Hunger Of The Pine (Penelopes Remix)" (Canvasback/Atlantic)
  • Jody Wisternoff, "Paramour" (Anjunadeep)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves (feat. Youngblood Hawke) (RAC Remix)" ([PIAS] America)
  • Urban Cone, "Sadness Disease" (Universal)
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World Cafe
1:57 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

World Cafe Next: Springtime Carnivore

Springtime Carnivore.
Eddie O'Keefe Courtesy of the artist

Greta Morgan, who records as Springtime Carnivore, writes concise, breezy pop songs, each wrapped in a warm layer of psychedelic fuzz. Her self-titled debut, co-produced by Richard Swift, came out earlier this month. Hear two songs from the album on this week's installment of World Cafe: Next.

World Cafe
1:30 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Sylvan Esso On World Cafe

Sylvan Esso.
Elizabeth Weinberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:52 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: Tiny Desk Concert

Songs We Love
10:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Theo Parrish, 'Be In Yo Self'

Theo Parrish's new album, American Intelligence, is due out in early December.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:35 am

For years, Detroit has been the undisputed cradle of techno music with producer/DJ/composer Theo Parrish one of its foremost ambassadors. With the release of his latest album, American Intelligence, Parrish ups the ante on techno's future, a direction epitomized by the track "Be In Yo Self."

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Gruff Rhys Journeys Into The 'American Interior'

Gruff Rhys' new multimedia project is titled American Interior.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 4:40 pm

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First Listen
10:09 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

First Listen: She & Him, 'Classics'

She & Him's new album, Classics, comes out Dec. 2.
Autumn De Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:43 am

Back in 2011, an album called A Very She & Him Christmas joined the eternal glut of holiday music. As might be expected, it featured a string of agreeably executed staples — "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Silver Bells," et al — played with timeless impeccability by the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.

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Music Interviews
4:11 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Thompson Family's Musical Sweater: 'Smells Funny, Lot Of Personality'

The group Thompson includes folk musicians Richard and Linda Thompson and their son Teddy, along with other members of their extended family.
Linda Thompson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 7:19 pm

In 1982, the beloved British folk duo Richard and Linda Thompson split up — both creatively and romantically.

Ever since, fans have longed for their reunion, including one fan in particular: their son, Teddy.

Teddy was just a boy back then. Now he's 38, with a recording career of his own, and he's brought together about a dozen musical members of the extended Thompson clan — including Richard and Linda, though they rarely appear in the same song — for a new album called "Family."

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Deceptive Cadence
4:53 am
Sun November 23, 2014

For The Season, Trio Mediaeval Spans Centuries

Trio Mediaeval is (from left) Berit Opheim, Anna Maria Friman and Linn Andrea Fulgseth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 12:26 pm

For all those who just can't bear to hear "Jingle Bell Rock" or any of the other Yuletide earworms that will invade shopping malls and radio waves in the coming months, Norway's Trio Mediaeval has some new old music for the holiday season.

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Music News
11:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders perform in concert at the Paramount in Huntington, N.Y.
Debby Wong Corbis

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 4:41 pm

Actor Jeff Bridges may have revealed his musical talent in a movie — as Bad Blake, the fading country singer in Crazy Heart — but music is more than just a side gig for him.

Bridges says he's always strumming his guitar, even when he's on a movie set.

"Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says. "And if there's a nice tree to sit by, or a little creek or something, I'll go out there. Anywhere is a good place to play music."

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

The Good Listener: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?

Is Yngwie Malmsteen too good at playing guitar for his own good?
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:26 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon products whose arrival signals our kids' descent into video-game-induced catatonia is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on whether superior technique can detract from music's quality.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

J Mascis: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

The loudest guy in the world came to the Tiny Desk to perform some of his quietest music. Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, for years a guy who's turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all lined up, but he decided to not plug in.

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Music Articles
1:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Bryan Adams Celebrates The Classics On New Covers Album

Bryan Adams' new album of covers is titled Tracks Of My Years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 6:24 pm

Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" has inspired many a late night in a karaoke bar.

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Song Travels
11:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Carsie Blanton On 'Song Travels'

Carsie Blanton.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton taught herself to play guitar by listening to the music of Ani DiFranco and Joan Osborne as a teenager, and her musical curiosity has continued throughout her life.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:37 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ravi Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Ravi Coltrane.
Courtesy of the artist

As the son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is continuing his family's legacy by developing his own sound and feeling. In 2012, he released his sixth album, Spirit Fiction.

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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 21

This week's Drum Fill Friday has something from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and today! (I hope you read that in the deepest, most resonate radio voice possible).

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

The Thistle & Shamrock
9:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Islanders

Maggie MacInnes.
John Slavin Courtesy of the artist

From Shetland and Orkney to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island, this week's diverse choice of music is far from insular.

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

World Cafe
9:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bobby Charles On World Cafe

Bobby Charles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 9:36 am

As a teenager in Abbeville, La., Robert Charles Guidry — better known as Bobby Charles — wrote songs that would become classics for Bill Haley and Fats Domino: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking To New Orleans," respectively.

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World Cafe
9:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Sonny Landreth.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 9:36 am

It's fitting that World Cafe ends its Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., with a performance from Sonny Landreth. The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player is a longtime Lafayette resident and a perfect ambassador for the city's music. Landreth's first sideman gig was with zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and several of his songs — like "Congo Square" — have become Louisiana standards.

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