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Nightsounds Blog
12:48 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

A History of the Sounds of the Night

Credit Brian Snelson

Nightsounds was originally chartered in 1987 as a locally produced radio program that showcased artists loosely affiliated with New Age music, which became quite popular with the ascension of such labels as Windham Hill, Optimism, Higher Octave and Narada Records; all studios which featured artists loosely affiliated with acoustic and electronic instrumental music that did not pigeon hole into jazz or even soft record categories.

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Metropolis
11:03 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Metropolis: 11/16/13

MK's remix of Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Henrik Purienne Maison Kitsune

This week's two-hour Metropolis mix includes a brand-new Disclosure song, Rudimental remixed by Maya Jane Coles, an extended remix of Basement Jaxx's latest jam, MK remixing Sky Ferreira, and the U.K. chart-topping hit by Morgan Geist's Storm Queen alias.


Playlist

  • Tiga vs. Audion, "Let's Go Dancing (Solomun Remix)"
  • Basement Jaxx, "Mermaid Of Salinas (Jaxx Extended Club Mix)"
  • Disclosure, "Apollo"
  • Booka Shade, "Love Inc. (Hot Since 82 Remix)"
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Favorite Sessions
10:10 am
Mon November 18, 2013

KEXP Presents: London Grammar

London Grammar performs live at KEXP in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:49 pm

For all the terrific live sessions Cheryl Waters witnesses in the KEXP live room, she's not often knocked speechless after a first song. Clearly, London Grammar has learned from the best: Thanks to the moody atmospherics of guitarist Dan Rothman and keyboardist Dot Major, as well as the soulfully smoky voice of Hannah Reid, the young U.K. trio has already attracted comparisons to Daughter, The xx and Florence Welch.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Flume And Chet Faker, 'Drop The Game'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:18 am

Nicholas Murphy chose his moniker to honor Chet Baker, the American jazz musician known both as a trumpeter and a fragile, intimate singer. The Australian electronic musician, producer and rising soul singer — a.k.a. Chet Faker — has teamed up with his countryman Flume, the 22-year-old electronic producer. Together, they're releasing this fabulous track, "Drop the Game." This isn't their first collaboration: Flume and Chet Faker worked on Flume's self-titled record, and that record is up for an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:13 am
Sun November 17, 2013

'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony.
Eric Thayer for NPR Music

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:01 am

In the classical music world right now, many eyes are focused on Jeremy Denk.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

At The Tiny Desk Or A Sold-Out Arena, John Legend Delivers

John Legend's latest album, Love in the Future, is out now. Legend also appears on the soundtrack album for the film 12 Years a Slave.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:56 am

John Legend has a way of writing songs that create a sense of intimacy. The Grammy-winning soul singer recently performed at one of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. The performances are exactly what they sound like: just a musician in a cubicle with an audience that's really, really close — no frills, no fuss.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook

Anthony Strong.
Thibault Stipal Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 10:24 am

The so-called "Great American Songbook" is made up of popular songs that made your grandparents and parents dance. They were written for movies and Broadway musicals by composers like Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and others.

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Music Interviews
11:03 am
Sat November 16, 2013

'Something That Is Very Real For Me': Ted Nash Completes His 'Chakra'

Ted Nash's new album, Chakra, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 4:29 pm

Working as a jazz musician in the 21st century is difficult enough, but hardly anybody tries to make a go of it with a big band anymore. Yet that's exactly what Ted Nash does on his latest album, Chakra.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat November 16, 2013

John Legend: Tiny Desk Concert

John Legend performs at the Tiny Desk Concert on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Abbey Oldham Abbey Oldham/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:28 pm

At 34, John Legend has sold millions of records, won nine Grammys, collaborated with many of the biggest stars in music (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, The Roots, et al), and achieved the kind of statesmanlike musical-ambassador status usually afforded to artists twice his age.

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NPR Story
1:03 am
Sat November 16, 2013

The Soulful, Swinging Sounds Of Stax: A Look Back

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 10:22 am

Memphis' Stax Records was an international sensation, putting out hits like Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming," "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MGs and Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness." But behind the music, Stax's story features racial harmony in a city with a troubled history. There are tragedies, lost opportunities and legal disputes, but also some of the most soulful music you'll ever hear.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:54 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Robert Glasper On Piano Jazz

Robert Glasper.
Erich Schlegel The Washington Post/Getty Images

Born and raised in Houston, pianist Robert Glasper literally grew up in jazz clubs. His mother performed with a jazz band, and she preferred to bring her young son with her, rather than leave him with a sitter. Glasper and his mother were also active in music at their church — his mother sang and played piano, and by age 12, her son had assumed some of the piano duties.

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World Cafe
2:24 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jian Ghomeshi On World Cafe

Jian Ghomeshi, host of the Canadian radio and TV show Q.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's Sense of Place: Toronto series continues, as Jian Ghomeshi welcomes us to the set of his popular CBC radio and TV show, Q. The program covers arts and culture daily through in-depth interviews.

Ghomeshi has a unique perspective on Toronto's music scene, having been a member of Moxy Früvous, a politically satirical a cappella band from the '90s. In conversation with host David Dye, the Iranian-Canadian musician talks about how immigration has shaped Toronto as a city and as a music hub.

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jimmy Webb On World Cafe

Jimmy Webb.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter and composer Jimmy Webb appears on this special episode of World Cafe, as our Sense of Place: Toronto series continues.

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All Songs Considered
11:38 am
Fri November 15, 2013

First Watch: Marian McLaughlin, 'Before You Leave'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 11:57 am

I've never seen anyone play guitar quite the way Marian McLaughlin does, or sing the patterns she sings. After catching her live a few years ago, I thought this could either be someone naively noodling or deliberately taking an adventure. I've come to the conclusion it's a bit of both. You can see and hear how McLaughlin pulls this off in a new video for her song "Before You Leave."

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Music Reviews
11:08 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe

Kelly Clarkson's new holiday album is titled Wrapped in Red.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 1:57 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Good Listener: Is There Too Much Music?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the whale-sedatives we ordered to help us endure the Green Bay Packers' losing streak is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how to handle the desire to take a break from music.

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Favorite Sessions
9:48 am
Fri November 15, 2013

KCRW Presents: Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote's Nai Palm performs live in KCRW's studios.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:00 pm

When your first full-length album draws fans like ?uestlove of The Roots and Gilles Peterson from the BBC, you've probably hit on something special. That's just what Melbourne, Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote did with Tawk Tomahawk, a record that blends jazz and soul with warm vocals and fuzzy effects.

It's hard to keep your eyes off singer Nai Palm: She's a true original, as you can see in this live performance of "Nakamarra" as part of Hiatus Kaiyote's Morning Becomes Eclectic debut.

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The Record
4:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Business As Usual At The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

John Digweed, shown here performing in August at Electric Zoo, was one of the biggest names at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival last weekend.
Daniel Zuchnik Getty Images

Friday night at 1:45 a.m., at least a hundred people were on the main door line for Output, a dance club in Brooklyn that opened near the beginning of the year. They wouldn't be getting in for a while: the spot had reached capacity a half-hour before, shortly after the night's headliner, John Digweed, had begun his DJ set, and they were only letting in folks who'd bought tickets specifically for the show. "No wristbands," said the doorman. The wristbands were all-events passes for the sixth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) — the nominal reason for Digweed's appearance.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:46 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers On JazzSet

Two Rivers achieves long meters at breakneck speeds, even in non-Western modes and odd.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:33 am

"I feel as though there's almost two streams going through my veins, two bloodstreams," says trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar, leader of Two Rivers. "A lot of my life has been about reconciling the two."

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World Cafe
2:30 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Latin Roots: Rachel Faro On Candombe

Ruben Rada.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:25 pm

On this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, music producer and singer-songwriter Rachel Faro discusses an Afro-Uruguayan style of Latin music called Candombe.

Separated by a river from Argentina and nestled next to southern Brazil, Uruguay experienced the same influx of African slaves as Brazil, which resulted in a similar but often overlooked musical impact. Played on sets of three drums, Candombe is highly rhythmic; it's been an integral part of carnival celebrations for centuries.

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World Cafe
2:03 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Okkervil River On World Cafe

Lead singer Will Sheff (above center) and Okkervil River.
Ben Sklar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 3:26 pm

Today's Vintage Cafe is a studio performance from the Austin band Okkervil River. The music performed here, from 2013's The Silver Gymnasium, pays homage to singer Will Sheff's life as a boy in Meriden, N.H., during the late '80s.

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Mountain Stage
1:56 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Red Baraat On Mountain Stage

Red Baraat performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:34 am

Red Baraat appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. The Brooklyn band's eight members draw on North Indian rhythms, hip-hop, funk and New Orleans jazz to create undeniably singular party music. The band has performed during its own TED Talk, at the White House and at Google's Mountain View headquarters, and closed the 2012 Paralympic Games.

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Alt.Latino
11:20 am
Thu November 14, 2013

From Peruvian Jungle Laments To Grand Theft Auto V

Lulu Jankilevich, singer of the Argentine band Los Labios.
Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
10:07 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Jeffrey Remedios & Kevin Drew On World Cafe

Jeffrey Remedios (left) and Kevin Drew, co-founders of the label Arts & Crafts.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 9:58 am

World Cafe's Sense of Place visit to Toronto continues with a discussion between host David Dye and the co-creators of the Canadian label Arts & Crafts: Jeffrey Remedios, formerly of Virgin Records, and Kevin Drew, co-founder of Broken Social Scene.

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Mountain Stage
9:49 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Dawes On Mountain Stage

Dawes performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:35 am

Dawes appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. Founded by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Dawes' breakthrough debut, North Hills, drew instant comparisons to work from iconic California rock acts like Jackson Browne and Buffalo Springfield.

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Live in Concert
9:39 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Bill Callahan, Live In Concert

Bill Callahan, performing live at the Sixth And I Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
Gabriella Garcia-Pardo NPR Music

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:25 am

This was a perfect night. The setting: A magnificently refurbished synagogue from the turn of the 20th century, with a stunning domed ceiling, menorah's flanking the sides of the stage. Add to it a minimal band of guitar, bass, drums and the beautiful, if deadpan, baritone of singer and guitarist Bill Callahan.

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Music Interviews
1:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Omar Souleyman: America's Favorite Syrian Wedding Singer

Omar Souleyman's new album, Wenu Wenu, is out now.
Hisham Bharoocha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:53 am

The growing Syrian diaspora streaming out of a country being torn apart includes one of its most popular singers: Omar Souleyman. The musician combines songs of love and desire with driving techno beats, performed on a synthesizer.

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All Songs Considered
3:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 9:07 pm

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?

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The Record
1:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

'12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:02 pm

12 Years a Slave is the most compelling film about music to be released this year, maybe this century. It's so many other things, too, as others have noted: a corrective to the weird cocktail of piety and cartoonishness that Hollywood usually supplies when depicting slavery; a gorgeous art film and an actor's hellish paradise; a cultural highlight of the Obama administration.

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Music Reviews
4:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades

Latyrx's new record, The Second Album, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:49 pm

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