Tom Moon http://wuis.org en First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-adult-jazz-gist To music obsessives of a certain age, the current generation of listeners sometimes appears as lightweight grazers at the Internet smorgasbord who seem unwilling (possibly unable) to focus attention at depth on a single piece of music. The summary dismissal: The kids today, they can't handle all of what somebody like a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15715248/frank-zappa" target="_blank">Frank Zappa</a> (or a band like King Crimson) throws at them.<p>It's a reckless, ageist generalization. But as often happens, it carries a shred of truth. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 30140 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-bear-heaven-time-over-one-day-old Two minutes and 11 seconds into "They Dream," from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=bear+in+heaven">Bear in Heaven</a>'s fourth album <em>Time Is Over One Day Old,</em> the music takes a strange turn. The band has been shuttling along at a riveting adventure-movie clip, with Jon Philpot's reverb-swaddled voice functioning as the primary distinct element in a sleek blur. Then, abruptly, the tempo stops. A wash of Space Mountain synths dissolves slowly — the set has been struck. When Philpot begins to sing again, he's the sole occupant of the spotlight. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 29667 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old' A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present http://wuis.org/post/sax-trio-taps-tradition-while-thriving-present <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AueMO4N2BLA</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Tom Moon 29353 at http://wuis.org A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-cloud-boat-model-you "The madness runs in cycles," Tom Clarke sings forebodingly in "The Glow," one of the highlights of the U.K. duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/305887117/cloud-boat-carmine">Cloud Boat</a>'s second album. The music rushes along, propelled by the high-efficiency tick of a drum loop, but there's no trace of madness or even anxiety in his voice. Instead, Clarke radiates priestly calm as he gives listeners a set of vague, odd instructions: "Take some of these candles," he intones darkly, as if calling from some Middle Ages theater. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 28292 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You' Album Review: 'Ultraviolence' http://wuis.org/post/album-review-ultraviolence Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Hollywood sadcore is a term singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey came up with to describe her dark, moody pop songs. They're also full of old movie references. The 27-year-old returns this week with a follow-up to her 2012 breakthrough, "Born To Die." That album sold more than a million copies in the U.S. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Tom Moon 27519 at http://wuis.org Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping' http://wuis.org/post/album-review-while-you-were-sleeping Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: A jazz singer for the hip-hop generation - that's how Jose James was described after he released his first album last year for the famed Blue Note record label. James has now released a follow-up. It's called, While You Were Sleeping. And reviewer Tom Moon says the 35-year-old shows phenomenal growth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING")<p>JOSE JAMES: (Singing) Shadows long upon my face. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Moon 27450 at http://wuis.org Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History http://wuis.org/post/take-75-great-solos-blue-note-records-history Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.<p>One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Thu, 29 May 2014 00:36:00 +0000 Tom Moon & Patrick Jarenwattananon 26136 at http://wuis.org Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos http://wuis.org/post/xscape-deluxe-version-worth-it-three-words-michael-jackson-demos When he died in June 2009, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16782748/michael-jackson">Michael Jackson</a> left behind a trove of unfinished recordings — some were released on the 2010 album <em>Michael</em>, while many more were left behind because they were in rough demo form. Tue, 13 May 2014 19:10:00 +0000 Tom Moon 25035 at http://wuis.org Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-conor-oberst-upside-down-mountain You probably haven't been waiting around for some singer-songwriter to update Harry Chapin's inescapable 1974 hit "Cat's In the Cradle," the slightly cloying tune about the changing dynamic between parents and children over time. And if you did happen to be waiting for such a song, you probably wouldn't put <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15998977/conor-oberst">Conor Oberst</a>, noted sensitive indie-rock soul, in charge of writing it. Mon, 12 May 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 24902 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain' Album Review: 'Nikki Nack' http://wuis.org/post/album-review-nikki-nack Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Merrill Garbus topped critics' polls when her second album came out in 2011. She's the singer and multi-instrumentalist who records as tUnE-yArDs. After that release, she took time for a creative recharge. She studied Haitian drumming and incorporated its rhythms into the third tUnE-yArDs album. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Tom Moon 24554 at http://wuis.org Album Review: 'Everyday Robots' http://wuis.org/post/album-review-everyday-robots Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Damon Albarn's first solo album is out today. Albarn was the frontman of the acclaimed British rock band Blur in the '90s, and since 2000, he has spearheaded the multi-platinum group Gorillaz.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WINDMILL")<p>GORILLAZ: (Singing) Take it all it on your stride. And it's sticking, falling down. Love forever...<p>SIEGEL: Reviewer Tom Moon says Albarn's new work seeks out the flipside to the Gorillaz' manic intensity. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Tom Moon 24065 at http://wuis.org First Listen: tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-tune-yards-nikki-nack The creators of pop music are usually able to break down the fundamentals of their craft — that search for the clever rhyme, the killer beat, the singable chorus. They are less articulate, understandably, about the other quest, the one that powers those everyday searches: the pursuit of ecstasy in sound. There's something almost paranormal about that part of the creative process, yet we know those moments, instantly, when we hear them. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Tom Moon 23777 at http://wuis.org First Listen: tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack' First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-thievery-corporation-saudade Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15170703/thievery-corporation">Thievery Corporation</a> defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."<p>Though countless songs have "saudade" in the title, the condition of saudade isn't usually conveyed through words. It's evoked. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 21478 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-kevin-drew-darlings Back in 2007, Kevin Drew (of Toronto's baroque-pop collective <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15220123/broken-social-scene">Broken Social Scene</a>) gazed longingly at a woman and pronounced her too beautiful for the carnal escapades swirling inside his brain. That song, "Tbtf," was among the wondrous creations on his solo debut <em>Spirit If</em> — a worship-dream set in a sleek, gliding tempo, and sung in a mood of melancholy wistfulness.<p>Now Drew returns with the exceedingly direct "Good Sex," which looks at vanishing romantic ideals in the age of the Tinder hookup. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 20498 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings' In Rio, A Universe Of Samba http://wuis.org/post/rio-universe-samba <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vn9XK1c91c</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK9hZVbeBFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFfwRYf3YzE</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tom Moon 20169 at http://wuis.org In Rio, A Universe Of Samba Album Review: 'Morning Phase' http://wuis.org/post/album-review-morning-phase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.<p>TOM MOON: We hear it constantly. Everything in this on-demand culture seems to be moving fast and getting faster. Here's an exception: The new songs from noted contrarian Beck. They're slow. Deliciously, magnificently slow. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Tom Moon 19685 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-beck-morning-phase The thumbnail summary already circulating for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck">Beck</a>'s 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to <em>Sea Change</em>, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.<p>This is useful, to a point, for placing <em>Morning Phase</em> in a general neighborhood. But, like so many descriptors flying around, it doesn't convey much about the work itself — especially since "sequel" is often shorthand for "copy," which this most certainly is not. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 19115 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase' Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples http://wuis.org/post/album-review-sun-structures-temples Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Tom Moon 18848 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-temples-sun-structures It makes cosmic sense that <em>Sun Structures</em>, the debut album from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/14/262088531/heavy-rotation-10-songs-public-radio-cant-stop-playing">Temples</a>, arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion.<p>Like many young bands before it, the four-piece from Kettering in Northhamptonshire embraces — and proudly plays up — the influence of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15229570/the-beatles">The Beatles</a> and other '60s legends, notably <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/ Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:02:00 +0000 Tom Moon 18181 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures' First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-tom-brosseau-grass-punks The opening lament on <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15129253/tom-brosseau">Tom Brosseau</a>'s new <em>Grass Punks</em> is as old as the hills: You don't pay attention to me anymore. In a thin, reedy voice that grows more vulnerable as the song unfolds, Brosseau confronts the reality that he no longer commands his beloved's attention. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 16798 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks' When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point http://wuis.org/post/when-donny-hathaway-thelonious-monk-and-neil-young-hit-turning-point <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zP14N9ZQcE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROre63J0Lw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAQhtkWB0RU</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Tom Moon 14984 at http://wuis.org When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' http://wuis.org/post/pops-resident-provocateur-fizzles-artpop <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP3ctBs3510</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 12799 at http://wuis.org Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' Steady And Swingin': Tootie Keeps The Tempo http://wuis.org/post/steady-and-swingin-tootie-keeps-tempo Since playing on <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394783/john-coltrane" target="_blank">John Coltrane</a>'s first release in 1957, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath has participated in a number of landmark jazz records. Now 78, the musician is featured in a new trio session with players nearly half his age — pianist Ethan Iverson of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182358/the-bad-plus" target="_blank">The Bad Plus</a> and bassist Ben Street. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Tom Moon 10062 at http://wuis.org Steady And Swingin': Tootie Keeps The Tempo Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise http://wuis.org/post/tom-odell-polarizing-new-voice-shows-promise <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rgHYP0dD_4</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 9042 at http://wuis.org Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom http://wuis.org/post/buddy-guy-rhythm-and-blues-titan-channels-guitar-wisdom <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vNW0oeRltg</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:08:00 +0000 Tom Moon 6849 at http://wuis.org Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World http://wuis.org/post/pat-metheny-and-john-zorn-vivid-sound-world Guitarist <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fartists%2F15124280%2Fpat-metheny&ei=-tebUbSCINf-4APLkICAAQ&usg=AFQjCNHXjWctRNt3bG2V1msmN_686O3S0w&sig2=PZZXJTdrbtVPfD-eaYgRRw&bvm=bv.46751780,d.dmg" target="_blank">Pat Metheny</a> is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15510102/john-zorn">John Zorn</a> is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments. Metheny's new <em>Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. Tue, 21 May 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Tom Moon 3028 at http://wuis.org Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter http://wuis.org/post/dawes-story-gets-fine-new-chapter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH8Jjz6PRYk</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Moon 1541 at http://wuis.org Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter