Music

Field Recordings
6:03 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:13 pm

When you're lucky enough to have cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. And we decided that the perfect match would be ACME Studio, a theatrical props warehouse in Brooklyn.

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Music News
3:10 am
Wed March 26, 2014

First Listen: Yasmine Hamdan's 'Ya Nass'

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 9:16 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

An album out this week is drawing international attention to a hidden gem of the indie Arab music scene, Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan. Her second album is called "Ya Nass." It showcases her hypnotic phrasing and modern take on traditional Middle Eastern sounds. And it's caught the ears of cultural taste-makers worldwide, from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch to NPR's Bob Boilen and Anastasia Tsioulcas.

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Music Reviews
1:34 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God

New Gods is Scottish songwriter Dan Willson's second album as Withered Hand.
Laura Lewis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 5:28 pm

The wry and tuneful Withered Hand is Dan Willson, a graphic artist from Edinburgh who drifted away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager — but not, you get the feeling, with a satisfied mind. His moniker is a scriptural reference, and he named his 2009 debut Good News, one way Christians refer to the New Testament. (More to the point, its key track is called "Religious Songs.")

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Mountain Stage
1:12 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Ed Kowalczyk On Mountain Stage

Ed Kowalczyk.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:44 pm

Ed Kowalczyk makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University's Creative Arts Center in Morgantown.

The founding member, songwriter and former lead singer of Live, Kowalczyk is responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 1990s. "I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes" were inescapable staples on radio and MTV, as well as countless mix tapes.

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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mr Little Jeans, 'Good Mistake'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:51 am

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.

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All Songs Considered
10:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More

Clockwise from upper left: The Black Keys, Tiny Ruins, Winged Victory For The Sullen, Dylan Shearer
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:02 am

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 2

Laura Thompson

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Sifting through the hundreds and hundreds of replies to NPR's request — Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life — we rediscover just how meaningful music can be in our lives, and the supermagical powers that some songs possess.

I Want To Hold Your Hand, for example ...

  • The song "ties into 7th grade mixers," recalls Leon Ritter, 62, of Indiana, and the "realization that girls weren't yucky."
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The Record
7:03 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Lil Jon's History Of Turning Up

Lil' Jon performing in Hollywood in March.
Chelsea Lauren WireImage

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Deceptive Cadence
6:58 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love

Over four decades, the Kronos quartet (from left, John Sherba, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington) has premiered more than 800 pieces.
Jay Blakesberg

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 4:12 pm

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Metropolis
2:37 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Metropolis: 3/22/14

SBTRKT's "Stifle" kicks off this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • SBTRKT, "Stifle" (Young Turks)
  • Bea, "Breadwinner"
  • Tensnake, "First Song" (Astralwerks)
  • Duke Dumont, "I Got U (feat. Jax Jones) (Bondax Remix)" (Astralwerks)
  • Booka Shade, "Crossing Borders (Pleasurekraft Remix)" (Blaufield Music)
  • Kolombo, "Whatever You Like" (2diy4)
  • Todd Terje, "Delorean Dynamite" (Olsen Records)
  • Hot Chip, "How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix)" (Astralwerks)
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