Robin Hilton http://wuis.org en Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' http://wuis.org/post/rodrigo-y-gabriela-russian-messenger <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dN91dhERgA</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 23114 at http://wuis.org Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' Sebastien Grainger, 'The Streets Are Still A Mess' http://wuis.org/post/sebastien-grainger-streets-are-still-mess The video for Sebastian Grainger's "The Streets Are Still A Mess," directed by Eva Michon, was shot on 35mm film, taking visual cues from classic gang stories such as <em>Rumble Fish</em> and <em>Warriors</em>, crossed with the dance staples <em>West Side Story</em> and <em>Beat It</em>.<p>"The Streets Are Still A Mess" is from Grainger's most recent solo release, <em>Yours To Discover</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 23058 at http://wuis.org Sebastien Grainger, 'The Streets Are Still A Mess' Curtis Harding, 'Keep On Shining' http://wuis.org/post/first-watch-curtis-harding-keep-shining <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi6HgHgISws</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 22986 at http://wuis.org Curtis Harding, 'Keep On Shining' Tom Brosseau: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/tom-brosseau-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15129253/tom-brosseau">Tom Brosseau</a> possesses one of the most arresting voices in folk music today. Many people who hear him sing, without knowing his name or face, assume the voice belongs to a woman, as he hovers somewhere around the countertenor range, with an unusually pure tone.<p>The beauty of Brosseau's voice is magnified in this Tiny Desk Concert by the spare accompaniment of two acoustic guitars. Brosseau is on rhythm, accompanied by Sean Watkins. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 22875 at http://wuis.org Tom Brosseau: Tiny Desk Concert Drum Fill Friday: Bride Of Drum Fill http://wuis.org/post/drum-fill-friday-bride-drum-fill People often stop me on the street and ask, "Dude, what's with Drum Fill Friday? How are you picking that stuff?" Most of the fills come to me in peyote-induced fever dreams. Otherwise, I mostly just pick songs that have moments in them - fills and intros - that make me want to air-drum. They aren't all legendary or particularly defining moments — just awesome moments. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 22791 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week: The Last Song You'll Ever Hear? http://wuis.org/post/question-week-last-song-youll-ever-hear <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVBCE3gaNxc</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:38:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 22473 at http://wuis.org Name That Drum Fill: Revenge Of Drum Fill http://wuis.org/post/drum-fill-friday-april-4 This week's batch of drum fills comes from a mix of classic rock and pop, and more recent cuts. As always, I was drawn to them simply because I love the songs themselves and was captivated at some point by the percussion. Pro tip: If you don't recognize a fill, try matching the timbre of it — the power behind it, the sound of the recording, etc. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 22291 at http://wuis.org Drum Fill Friday: March 28 http://wuis.org/post/drum-fill-friday-march-28 You know what's awesome? Drum fills. A killer bass line is pretty great, too. And guitar solos. And melodies and chord progressions. But a really great drum fill is often the one thing that makes a song truly take off. Think of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" and try not to get <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOwAvW1CIJs" target="_blank">that song's classic fill</a> stuck in your head immediately.<p>The quiz is pretty simple. Just match the fill from each question to the song it's from. We include the artist's or band's names and album artwork to help you piece it all together. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 21812 at http://wuis.org Mr Little Jeans, 'Good Mistake' http://wuis.org/post/first-watch-mr-little-jeans-good-mistake Don't let the precious name fool you. Mr Little Jeans, a.k.a. Norwegian singer Monica Birkenes, makes propulsive, sometimes epic pop music with gnarled synth lines and alluring textures. In this brand new Mr Little Jeans video, for the moody song "Good Mistake," a trucker hopped up on meds finds himself traversing the haunted backroads of his past.<p>While the narrative for "Good Mistake" isn't immediately obvious, the imagery pulses with regret and yearning. The song "was written from a perspective of having done my fair share of mistakes," Birkenes tells us via email. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 21588 at http://wuis.org Mr Little Jeans, 'Good Mistake' Question Of The Week: Does The Death Of An Instrument Break Your Heart? http://wuis.org/post/question-week-does-death-instrument-break-your-heart Few things make us cringe quite like hearing about the untimely death of a musical instrument. A table or an appliance may be swept away by a hurricane, or a set of golf clubs may be mangled by baggage handlers, but they don't hold quite the emotional pull of seeing a crushed guitar or piano. It feels like something living has died.<p>Airports are ground zero for some of the most painful stories. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 21526 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week: Does The Death Of An Instrument Break Your Heart? Question Of The Week, SXSW Edition: What's Your Fake Band Name? http://wuis.org/post/question-week-sxsw-edition-whats-your-fake-band-name Every year Bob Boilen, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I prepare for South by Southwest by listening to songs from roughly 1,500 artists. And when you go through that many bands you start to see trends in the names. The two most commonly occurring words are always — always — "black" and "DJ." In addition to those two, this year we noticed that "white" appears an awful lot, too, as does the name John. Michael, Paul and Jesse are also pretty popular. Go figure.<p>Using the power of Internology, we compiled a list of all (or nearly all) of the bands playing SXSW this year (there are a lot). Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:04:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 20544 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week, SXSW Edition: What's Your Fake Band Name? Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/brass-bed-tiny-desk-concert It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/171818679/brass-bed">Brass Bed</a>. Their tour, for the band's debut album <em>The Secret Will Keep You</em>, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 19605 at http://wuis.org Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert First Listen: Nothing, 'Guilty Of Everything' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-nothing-guilty-everything The story of how singer and guitarist Domenic Palermo came to form the noise-rock band Nothing sounds like a <em>Behind the Music</em> episode gone bad. Growing up in the crime-infested neighborhood of Kensington in Philadelphia, Palermo hung with a tough crowd that, in <a href="http://www.antimusic.com/reviews/10/Frist_Look-_Nothing.shtml" target="_blank">his own words</a>, drove around with large amounts of cocaine and guns while listening to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/121485338/my-bloody-valentine">My Bloody Valentine</a>'s <em>Loveless</em>. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 19568 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Nothing, 'Guilty Of Everything' Your Songs: A Listener-Generated Valentine's Day Playlist http://wuis.org/post/your-songs-listener-generated-valentines-day-playlist <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lFxGBB4UGU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krf2fyazu_o</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhMzZ_KCp_E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvSY4NYkySM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6FXOVle3rs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmOe27SJ3Yc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYJwYjanCRQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIXs66BPooY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecxd9uzUbAE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwzdVHTNpXs</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 19009 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week, Valentine's Day Edition: What's 'Your Song'? http://wuis.org/post/question-week-valentines-day-edition-whats-your-song <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muGsGIFheFY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYWBGpFMRQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y_9xLw1ooc</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 18677 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week, Valentine's Day Edition: What's 'Your Song'? Song Premiere: Death, 'North Street' http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-death-north-street When you listen to "North Street," a just-released song by the band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100333731/death">Death</a>, it's hard to believe it's more than 30 years old. The cut, with its urgent beat and relentlessly propulsive guitars, is part punk and part avant-garde rock. Death originally recorded the track in 1980, but it never saw the light of day — until now.<p>Death had a short and ultimately futile run in Detroit in the early to mid-1970s. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 18662 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: Death, 'North Street' Beck On 'Morning Phase': The All Songs Considered Interview http://wuis.org/post/beck-morning-phase-all-songs-considered-interview <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukKOrldCiyQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIWbgR4vYiw</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 18263 at http://wuis.org Beck On 'Morning Phase': The All Songs Considered Interview Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What? http://wuis.org/post/question-week-what-musician-do-you-love-no-matter-what Tomorrow on <em>All Songs Considered</em> we'll post a conversation we taped recently with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck" target="_blank">Beck</a>, about his new album <em>Morning Phase</em>. (We'll also premiere a new song from that album called "Waking Light"). While prepping for the interview, I looked over Beck's body of work from the past 20 years, and realized I couldn't find a single song or project of his I disliked. Sure, there are plenty of recordings and songs I like more than others. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 18223 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What? Son Lux, 'Alternate World' http://wuis.org/post/first-watch-son-lux-alternate-world 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. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 18043 at http://wuis.org Son Lux, 'Alternate World' Sebadoh, 'A State Of Mine' http://wuis.org/post/first-watch-sebadoh-state-mine When bassist and singer Lou Barlow first formed <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/92513805/sebadoh">Sebadoh</a> 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. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 17863 at http://wuis.org Sebadoh, 'A State Of Mine' The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars' http://wuis.org/post/first-watch-zolas-ancient-mars Around this time last year, 21-year-old Elisa Lam went missing during a solo trip to Los Angeles. A month after her disappearance was reported, her body was found in a hotel's rooftop water tank. While it's unclear what happened, investigators ruled out foul play, leaving everyone to speculate wildly about her mental state and possible motivations. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 17465 at http://wuis.org The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars' A World Of Live Music, Captured With Pen And Paper http://wuis.org/post/world-live-music-captured-pen-and-paper While photographers click and shoot their way through live concerts, capturing the best moments in fractions of seconds, illustrator Michael Arthur prefers to preserve the highlights at what some might consider glacial speed, using pen and ink.<p>Of course, Arthur's methods aren't slow at all. In fact, he has to move pretty quickly to get a moment down before it passes. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:42:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 17057 at http://wuis.org A World Of Live Music, Captured With Pen And Paper Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album http://wuis.org/post/ambien-dreams-and-naked-desert-walks-st-vincent-her-new-album <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7LsBjrqqHA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c5BhXdVBqw</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 16508 at http://wuis.org Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album Lily & Madeleine: Tiny Desk Concert http://wuis.org/post/lily-madeleine-tiny-desk-concert Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz aren't <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/136336310/jackie-evancho-tiny-desk-concert">the youngest</a> musicians ever to play the Tiny Desk, but they come pretty close. Their music — a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies — certainly ranks among the loveliest we've heard.<p>Lily is just 16. Her sister Madeleine is 18. And while the older of the two Indiana natives recently headed off to college, leaving her sister behind to finish high school, they still write and record together. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 16456 at http://wuis.org Lily & Madeleine: Tiny Desk Concert Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014? http://wuis.org/post/question-week-what-are-your-music-resolutions-2014 I began last year with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/01/04/168638283/question-of-the-week-what-are-your-music-resolutions-for-2013">some ambitious goals</a> as far as music goes. I vowed to go to more live shows, to pay more attention to lyrics and to spend more time in general with the albums I hear. This was in addition to losing weight, writing a novel and quitting World Of Warcraft. (Ha ha, just kidding! Why would anyone quit World Of Warcraft?).<p>The perennial accounting of one's resolutions can be a grim affair, but I actually did pretty well. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 16392 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014? Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013 http://wuis.org/post/robin-hiltons-top-10-albums-2013 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehndmRDT2WU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqSgSffvFGU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgZdDydRJtU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iljkaDZvyw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX5wk-6Mn5s</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YTd8-IlbQY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DtQcXC4Xug</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bChlP50NkuA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k373c_kxBb0</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 15096 at http://wuis.org Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013 Question Of The Week: What Song Describes Your Family? http://wuis.org/post/question-week-what-song-describes-your-family We need some help putting together next week's show. Thanksgiving is coming up, and for a lot of you, this means you'll be spending some close time with family. Maybe it's more time with family than you want. Or maybe you can't get enough of it. Either way, it's an opportunity to reflect on the people in our lives and how they've shaped who we are.<p>This is where you come in. Tell us about a song that describes your family. It can be a happy song or sad, a literal or not so literal one. Whatever reminds you of your family. Tell us about the song in the comments section. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 13305 at http://wuis.org Question Of The Week: What Song Describes Your Family? Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love http://wuis.org/post/results-albums-everyone-can-love 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?<p>To answer that question (because we had to know) we spent much of the 2012 summer posting weekly polls with lists of album titles for people to vote on. Each poll had 20 albums to consider. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 12957 at http://wuis.org Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love Marijuana Deathsquads, Live In Concert http://wuis.org/post/marijuana-deathsquads-live-concert The Minneapolis-based noise-rock band Marijuana Deathsquads has a name that implies mind-altering chaos. And that's largely what you get in the group's live performances - a thrilling, relentless bombardment of sight and sound. For this concert, originally webcast live on Nov. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:31:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 12664 at http://wuis.org Marijuana Deathsquads, Live In Concert The 2013 Mountain Oasis Festival In GIFs http://wuis.org/post/2013-mountain-oasis-festival-gifs Late this past month, the first-ever Mountain Oasis music festival popped up in Asheville, N.C. for three days and nights of glorious weirdness. Officially called the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/243933770/mountain-oasis-electronic-music-summit">Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit</a>, the event featured bands both big (Nine Inch Nails) and small (Adventure Club), thrilling audiences with thumping dance, mind-blowing electronic, fist-pounding rock and more. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:53:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 12626 at http://wuis.org The 2013 Mountain Oasis Festival In GIFs