Music http://ksjd.org en First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North' http://ksjd.org/post/first-listen-panopticon-roads-north There are a couple moments in "Where Mountains Pierce the Sky" — after nine minutes of acoustic guitar, fiddle and Native American flute, what could conceivably be called a black metal riff with a pop-punk bounce and flurry of twin lead guitars — that clue you into <em>Roads to the North</em>'s M.O. (As if the first nine minutes weren't enough.) First, the key-change climax, which may not seem like much, but this tectonic shift is the sound of a mountain piercing the damn sky. Then there's the chugga-chugga breakdown, the enemy of all that is grim. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 13163 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North' First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' http://ksjd.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 13164 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us' http://ksjd.org/post/first-listen-christopher-denny-if-roses-dont-kill-us Christopher Denny's voice wasn't the easiest to place when he debuted with <em>Age Old Hunger</em> in 2007. His sensitive vibrato was likened to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17079284/roy-orbison" target="_blank">Roy Orbison</a>'s, but there's really quite a chasm between the Big O's ethereal elegance and Denny's more earthbound timbre and flickers of humor. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Jewly Hight 13165 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us' First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter' http://ksjd.org/post/first-listen-spider-bags-frozen-letter Upon the dissolution of his old, great New Jersey punk band, the DC Snipers, Dan McGee's two former band members went the way of Horatio Alger, with Eric Holmgren running the Daggerman label in the boom-bust heyday of late '00s garage punk, and Mike Sniper helming the wildly popular Captured Tracks imprint. McGee stayed the course with music, moving down to North Carolina and toughing it out with his follow-up group, Spider Bags. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Doug Mosurock 13166 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter' Life Beyond The Dance Floor http://ksjd.org/post/life-beyond-dance-floor Fin Greenall is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His band, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396724/fink" target="_blank">Fink</a>, has been releasing albums since 2006 and dropped its latest, <em>Hard Believer</em>, this month. He's also a songwriter for hire, who has lent his talents to tracks by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15838633/john-legend" target="_blank">John Legend</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15159821/amy-winehouse" target="_blank">Amy Winehouse</a>. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 13156 at http://ksjd.org Life Beyond The Dance Floor Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/jenny-lewis-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15453251/jenny-lewis" target="_blank">Jenny Lewis</a>' voice has helped provide a soundtrack to the last 15 years, but it's not part of one specific sound: She's sung heartsick ballads and spiky rock (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14984051/rilo-kiley" target="_blank">Rilo Kiley</a>), summery surf-pop (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=%22jenny+and+johnny%22&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Jenny and Johnny</a>), winsome electro-pop (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16146357/the-postal-service" target="_ Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13153 at http://ksjd.org Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind http://ksjd.org/post/ceci-bastida-punk-roots-pop-sounds-and-political-mind <em>La Edad de la Violencia</em> — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Tijuana-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point: She was pregnant when she began writing her latest set of songs, and found her joy tempered with concern about raising a child in a violent world. Bastida spoke about the origins of the album with NPR's Arun Rath; hear their conversation at the audio link. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 NPR Staff 13139 at http://ksjd.org Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath http://ksjd.org/post/latin-funk-band-goes-metal-covers-black-sabbath <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Latin-Funk+Band+Goes+Metal%2C+Covers+Black+Sabbath&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzg0MDExMDEyMTYyMjc1MDE3NGVmMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 13138 at http://ksjd.org Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship http://ksjd.org/post/eric-clapton-and-jj-cale-notes-friendship <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsqF3p8ORDE</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 NPR Staff 13129 at http://ksjd.org Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert http://ksjd.org/post/highasakite-tiny-desk-concert My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at the Tiny Desk, an already intimate space, was a thrill. It was also the first appearance of a flugabone here. Kristoffer Lo plays that mournful horn and Ingrid Helene Håvik compliments the yearning with words that are mysterious, somewhat dark and contain surprising twists.<p>The song titles on their 2014 album <em>Silent Treatment</em> seem more like chapter headings in a crime novel<em>. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:42:54 +0000 Bob Boilen 13105 at http://ksjd.org Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert