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Favorite Sessions
1:18 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

KCRW Presents: Caribou

Caribou performs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, has moved freely between musical aesthetics on each of his previous records, but on his fifth studio release, Our Love, he's fine-tuned and settled into a warmer, more personal approach.

On his third visit to KCRW, Snaith performed songs off his newest and perhaps best album to date, including the captivating title track.

SET LIST

  • "Our Love"
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Music Interviews
6:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Warm Latin Music For The Chilly Holiday Season

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 10:44 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It's official, the holiday season is upon us. Maybe you've even been out to the shopping malls to scope out what you could buy for friends and family for the upcoming holidays. You know what makes a good present?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

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Music Interviews
6:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

NPR Staffers Pick Their Favorite Music Interviews

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 10:44 am

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Business
3:49 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Vinyl, Once Thought Dead, Makes A Comeback In The Digital Age

An employee demonstrates how a mother is checked for sound quality before it is duplicated during production at the Rainbo Records factory in Canoga Park, Calif. The vinyl record industry has seen an uptick in sales in recent years, keeping manufacturers like Rainbo busy.
Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 12:27 am

In the '90s, Rainbo Records owner Steve Sheldon wanted to keep his vinyl presses going.

Everyone thought he was crazy; they told him it was a dead format. But Sheldon was adamant.

"I actually said, many times, 'I think it will be around longer than CDs,' " Sheldon says.

Today, his Canoga Park, Calif., operation is massive. There are sound testing rooms, large printers for making labels and rows of workers stuffing sleeves. And then there are the actual presses themselves — 14 of them — giving off smoke and smelling of burnt rubber.

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Author Interviews
2:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Backstage With Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs And Compassion

Janis Joplin
Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:08 am

Janis Joplin felt a sense of outsider isolation throughout her life. She once said, "On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people. Then I go home alone."

But she wasn't alone — she had John Byrne Cooke.

Cooke was Janis Joplin's first and only road manager, from 1967 until her death from a heroin overdose in 1970. He was the one who found her body. In a new memoir, On the Road With Janis Joplin, he details the electrifying performances — and the drugs — that marked Joplin's tours.

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Favorite Sessions
11:37 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Sound Opinions Presents: Broken Bells

James Mercer of Broken Bells performs live in Portland during a Sound Opinions taping.
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Broken Bells was initially viewed by some fans as a side project for James Mercer and Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton — a respite from Mercer's leadership of The Shins and Burton's multiple production jobs, including his partnership with Cee Lo in Gnarls Barkley.

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Movie Interviews
10:05 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Documentary Recalls The Talented, Difficult Life Of Bing Crosby

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Bing Crosby is the voice of Christmas still.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHITE CHRISTMAS")

BING CROSBY: (Singing) I'm dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones I used to know.

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All Songs Considered
4:08 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of November

Helena Hauff's "Heimal Quietus" is one of our favorite dance tracks of November.
Courtesy of the artist

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

November's selections include our favorite track from Theo Parrish's upcoming American Intelligence album, a solo cut from Hercules And Love Affair's Kim Ann Foxman, and four more exceptional tunes worthy of your time.

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Music Articles
3:15 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Killer Mike: 'Rap Has Given Me Voice'

"If I trust you with the power of human life, your standard has to be much higher," says rapper Killer Mike, son of a policeman, on police violence.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 4:22 pm

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Music Interviews
7:08 am
Fri November 28, 2014

How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 11:17 am

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.

Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.

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