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Music Interviews
7:05 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Watch: Pearl Jam In Conversation With Judd Apatow

Pearl Jam with writer and director Judd Apatow (third from right).
Karen Loria Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:53 am

When you operate within the pop world — that is, the world in which whatever you make becomes a cultural commodity (i.e. you record a song, it gets played on the radio and various hands exchange money) — you have to engage with the process of generating hype. It's a given, no matter how carefully made your work or how pure your intentions. Some people are in the thick of hype, but let's put thoughts of today's provocateurs aside for a moment. Instead, it's interesting to think about how artists who've had the machine spin around them a few times choose to play the game, or change it.

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World Cafe
7:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Pearl Jam On World Cafe: Part 1

Pearl Jam.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:50 am

Pearl Jam is set to release its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Oct. 15, making it the band's first record since 2009's Backspacer. The group members aren't doing much publicity for the album — but when they do, they make it count.

On Tuesday's edition of World Cafe, listeners can hear director and producer Judd Apatow (Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) talk with the premier American rock band in a wide-ranging interview.

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World Cafe
2:32 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

World Cafe Next: Jesse Woods

Jesse Woods.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 9:56 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Jesse Woods

Jesse Woods performs a unique style of echo-laden folk music. The singer moved to Austin, Texas, about four years ago — and says he was drawn to the area because of its "hint of strange."

Woods spent most of 2012 recording songs for his full-length debut, Get Your Burdens Lifted, in a studio he built himself. Hear a pair of tracks from the album and download this week's podcast.

World Cafe
2:11 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Vampire Weekend: A-Punks On Afro-Pop

Vampire Weekend
Courtesy of the artist

This segment, from Jan. 24, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:33 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Superchunk: Tiny Desk Concert

Superchunk performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 30, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:06 pm

It's remarkable to think that Superchunk's career has spanned four decades. The North Carolina band got its start in 1989, and here it is in 2013, with a new record called I Hate Music that demonstrates an undying passion for punk-fueled story songs with catchy phrasing.

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All Songs Considered
1:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Was The Last Record You Obsessed Over?

The Blow is a duo from Portland, Ore., featuring Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:57 pm

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Favorite Sessions
1:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

KEXP Presents: Shugo Tokumaru

Shugo Tokumaru performs live on KEXP.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:07 pm

KEXP's session with Japanese musician Shugo Tokumaru would be charming in any language. On his albums, the young multi-instrumentalist meticulously crafts every aspect by himself, and he's reported to have used more than 100 different instruments in his recordings. Live in the studio here, he's backed by a small army of musicians who wield a colorful arsenal of tiny plastic whistles, toy xylophones, bird whistles and more. The band even brings along a clown puppet.

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Music
11:24 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

Quazi King Blitz the Ambassador

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 12:23 pm

Rapper Blitz the Ambassador explains to Tell Me More for the occasional series "In Your Ear," that his favorite songs are the ones that helped shape his sound. "I keep these songs really close because they always remind me of where it all begins, and what makes me the artist that I am," he says.

As his name suggests, Blitz sees himself as an ambassador for Africa and hip-hop.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Guest DJ Angela Meade: Hitting The Big Time With Help From Verdi

Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 12:23 pm

Most opera singers work their way to the big league by singing bit parts in regional opera houses. Not soprano Angela Meade. She landed on top instantly with her professional debut in the lead soprano role of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2008.

It was a dream come true. The star soprano took ill and the understudy, Meade, was suddenly shoved into the spotlight. The press said she sang "like an old pro from start to finish."

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Music Interviews
11:03 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Returning To Music, Tested By Loss

Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander's new album is titled Claws & Wings.
Angelo Merendino Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 4:06 pm

Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander lost his wife of many years, dancer and choreographer Lynn Shapiro, to breast cancer in 2011. She'd been diagnosed a decade earlier, and Friedlander says music became a place of vital release for him as her condition worsened.

"During the difficult years, I did take refuge in working," he says. "It was a place where I could make the rules; where I could control what I could control."

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Music Interviews
6:18 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Measures 'The Speed Of Things'

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 4:30 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The last few years have been rough for the city of Detroit, which suffered through it's own orchestra lockout a couple of years ago. But despite all the economic instability, the Motor City has always had a strong music scene. Indy pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.'s members say their hometown has had a strong influence on their music.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:13 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

It's Been A Really Bad Week For Classical Music

In Minneapolis, demonstrations in support of musicians have drawn regular support during the yearlong Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute.
Euan Kerr Minnesota Public Radio

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 5:36 pm

The world of classical music has had a very turbulent week. Carnegie Hall's labor dispute with its stagehands led to the cancellation of its opening-night gala.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:20 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Lawrence Brownlee: Tiny Desk Concert

Lawrence Brownlee performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:07 pm

These days, Lawrence Brownlee spends most of his time on the stages of the world's great opera houses. That's where you'll find him singing Rossini and Donizetti. His supple, strong, high-flying voice can negotiate the tightest hairpin turns with grace and elegance; that, and his ability to command the stage as an actor, has won Brownlee the praise of critics worldwide.

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World Cafe
3:53 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Shuggie Otis On World Cafe

Shuggie Otis.
Courtesy of the artist

Blues and R&B musician Shuggie Otis is back with a new album for the first time in almost 40 years. For the reclusive Otis, the release of Wings of Love is major news. Its release is paired with his 1974 masterpiece Inspiration Information, which drew attention to Otis when it was first reissued by the Luaka Bop label in 2001.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:55 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Carline Ray On Piano Jazz

Carline Ray.
Jazz Promo Services

On this episode of Piano Jazz, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Carline Ray is Marian McPartland's guest for a session recorded in 1997. The two veteran performers get together to perform a set including tunes by Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke, and more.

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Music Reviews
12:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out

Barbara Hannigan and Bejun Mehta in the Festival at Aix production of Written on Skin.
Pascal Victor ArtComArt

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:05 am

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World Cafe
3:33 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Valerie June On World Cafe

Valerie June.
Courtesy of the artist

Valerie June has been perfecting a blend of folk, blues and Appalachian-influenced music for nearly a decade, jump-starting her career with well-received local releases in Memphis. After a relocation to Brooklyn, June released Pushin' Against a Stone — her national debut — which was co-produced by Kevin Augunus and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

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Alt.Latino
3:10 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:43 pm

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All Songs Considered
1:02 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

The Good Listener: Must We All 'Love' Music? Must We All Have 'Good Taste'?

This guy obsesses over your tastes in music. Should you?
Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the flyers urging us to replace our nonexistent maid service is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a pair of queries about the importance of loving the right music.

Jennifer Yousfi writes via Facebook: "I have horrible taste in music. How do I fix this?"

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:52 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Helen Sung On JazzSet

Helen Sung performs at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:09 am

This episode of JazzSet was recorded at the 18th edition of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Dee Dee Bridgewater is the emcee, while WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton serves as our co-host.

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Favorite Sessions
12:36 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

KCRW Presents: Jim James

Jim James.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:15 pm

Armed with a Golden Panda talisman and his iconic Flying V guitar, My Morning Jacket singer Jim James recently took the stage in front of a small Santa Monica, Calif., audience to perform several songs from his solo album debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God. With some tracks spanning nearly nine and a half minutes, James took the audience on one journey after another — including this one, "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)."

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All Songs Considered
11:25 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Watch: Julianna Barwick Performs 'Crystal Lake' At Judson Church In New York

Julianna Barwick at Judson Memorial Church in New York City
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:29 am

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All Songs Considered
7:08 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'

Video for the Jackson Scott song "Sandy."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:57 pm

Musicians have a long history of turning tragedy into art. From Neil Young's stirring indictment against the shooting of Kent State students in the 1970 song "Ohio," to the countless tributes and musical memorials to 9-11, artists often feel a need to make sense of the senseless and offer comfort through song.

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Heavy Rotation
12:33 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Bill Callahan's "Small Plane" is a favorite of World Cafe host David Dye.
Hanly Banks Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 12:04 pm

It's time to share what 10 of our favorite public radio personalities have been loving lately. Here's a list of this month's Heavy Rotation panelists:

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Deceptive Cadence
3:52 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

A Veteran Traces America's Biography In Music, From Coney Island To Vietnam

Ethel performs its Documerica program, featuring photos from Environmental Protection Agency archives, and music by composers including Vietnam veteran Kimo Williams, at the Park Avenue Armory in 2012.
James Ewing Brooklyn Academy of Music

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 4:29 pm

One summer night in 1969, Kimo Williams went to a rock concert in Hawaii, which led to one of the two most important decisions of his life.

"I started out on guitar. I wanted to be Jimi Hendrix," Williams says.

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Music Interviews
3:24 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

You're Only 69 Questions Away From A New Song (About You)

Jim Bianco wants to write a song about you. Yes, you.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 6:43 am

It was Dick Clark who said music is the soundtrack of your life. It's not that those songs are really about you — the best ones just feel like they are. But what if they really could be?

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World Cafe
2:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Little Comets On World Cafe

Little Comets.
Courtesy of the artist

Little Comets, a trio from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, recently released its U.S. debut, Life Is Elsewhere. Described early in its career as a British Vampire Weekend, the band smoothly incorporates tricky percussive rhythms and Afrobeat-tinged guitars.

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All Songs Considered
12:34 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

First Watch: Jacco Gardner, 'The End Of August'

Courtesy of the artist

Somehow this young Dutch musician has managed to capture an aesthetic that happened 20 years before he was born. Jacco Gardner makes music in the spirit of early 1960s baroque pop bands, such as The Left Banke (a group that featured a harpsichord) or late '60s Kinks, and certainly The Zombies from their Odessey and Oracle period. Gardner channels these sounds on a new song and trippy video called "The End Of August."

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Music Reviews
12:27 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

On 'Days Are Gone,' Three Sisters HAIM It Up

HAIM.
Tom Beard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:28 pm

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The Record
11:29 am
Wed October 2, 2013

This Beat's For You: The Making Of Drake's 'Furthest Thing'

Producer Jake One in Seattle in 2011.
Kyle Johnson for NPR

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:33 am

The journey of a song from farm to table, so to speak, is not something listeners are likely to consider in the course of absorbing an album. And that's for the best. The song is part of a longer narrative. It fits and then is over. In the context of a longplay, its own story is not meant to be lingered on.

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