First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

First Listen: Meshell Ndegeocello, 'Comet, Come To Me'

Meshell Ndegeocello's new album, Comet, Come to Me, comes out June 3.
Jason Rodgers Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:58 am

"That's how I think of music, is just layers of patterns on top of patterns. And just the emotion of when you say something over and over again, to be understood."

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Author Interviews
3:22 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Obscure Producer's Clear Impact On 'The Dirty Business' Of R&B

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:57 pm

Many of the hit-making songwriters of the 1960s are remembered by name: Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Lennon-McCartney, Holland-Dozier-Holland. But the man who wrote (or co-wrote) classics like "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart," "Hang on Sloopy," "I Want Candy" and "Here Comes the Night" remains unknown to all but the most ardent music fans.

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Arts & Life
2:21 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Jeff Goldblum Plays A Jazz Show Almost Every Week. No, Really.

Jeff Goldblum performs with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra on Wednesdays at Rockwell club in L.A.
Hayley Bartels for NPR

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:57 pm

Did you know the theme music to Jurassic Park has lyrics?

Well, according to Jeff Goldblum, who played "Dr. Ian Malcolm" in the film, here they are:

In Jurassic Park
Scary in the dark
I'm so scared that I'll be eaten.

At least that's what Goldblum said — or, rather, sang — at a recent performance of the jazz show he plays in Los Angeles almost every week. He's been playing there since the 1990s.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Sun May 25, 2014

The Current Presents: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:55 pm

The former leader of Pavement, one of the most important bands of the 1990s, Stephen Malkmus has continued his enduring career with The Jicks. Malkmus and his more recent group have released six albums together, the most recent being Wig Out at Jagbags. He and The Jicks recently performed "Chartjunk" live in the studio at The Current in St. Paul, Minn.


Photo/Video: Nate Ryan; Audio: Michael DeMark

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Music Lists
6:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Alt.Latino: Cumbia Tracks With Surf Guitars And Theramin

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:51 am




We are raising the energy level a little bit this morning with cumbia, old-school cumbia. It's a track brought in by our friends at Alt.Latino, NPR Music's show about Latin music.

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Music Interviews
6:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

'I Wanna Make Art': Sturgill Simpson's Twisting Path To Nashville

Sturgill Simpson's new album is Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.
Reto Sterchi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:50 am

There's an old joke that if you play a country song in reverse, your dog runs home, your wife comes back to you, and your pickup truck starts running again — the point being, modern country music is usually filled with distinctly blue-collar, down-to-earth woes.

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A Blog Supreme
3:03 am
Sun May 25, 2014

In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Wynton Marsalis leads a group of musicians through upper Manhattan's Riverside Church for the New Orleans-style funeral of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 2002.
Doug Kanter AFP/Getty Images

New Orleans may be the nominal birthplace of jazz, though it's also where a jazz tradition associated with death began: The jazz funeral, in which mourners taking a casket to the cemetery are accompanied by a band playing spirituals, hymns and dirges.

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12:03 am
Sun May 25, 2014

From A Guatemalan Ballad To 'Mextasy,' Alt.Latino Picks New Latin Music

Lido Pimienta, a Colombian musical treasure.
courtesy of the artist

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Deceptive Cadence
2:58 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

A Few Words With Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone became a fixture of global culture with his film music — but as a young composer, he was a radical.
Courtesy of Armonia AC

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 12:10 pm

Today at the Cannes Film Festival, attendees marked the 50th anniversary of the spaghetti western at a special screening of A Fistful of Dollars, the Sergio Leone classic that kick-started the genre. Leone's vision of the American West remains singular — and it's impossible to imagine without the iconic music of Ennio Morricone.

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10:03 am
Sat May 24, 2014

No Sleep 'Til Puerto Rico: Guest DJ With AJ Davila

Puerto Rican rocker AJ Davila.
Lizzie Chen for NPR NPR

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