MUSIC

Favorite Sessions
8:58 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Menomena: Keeping Portland Weird

Nathan Quigley opbmusic.org

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:12 am

The Portland, Ore., rock band Menomena has just released Moms, its fourth album — and first since co-founder Brent Knopf left the group last year. The band's core members, Justin Harris and Danny Seim, carry forward Menomena's musical hallmarks (meaty baritone sax, bassline spines, rhythms that turn on a dime), which have made its sound such an original all these years.

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All Songs Considered Blog
8:36 am
Tue September 18, 2012

First Watch: Corin Tucker Band, 'Neskowin'

The Corin Tucker Band, from left: Sarah Lund, Corin Tucker, Seth Lorinczi and Mike Clark — dressed up as X-Ray Spex in the video for "Neskowin."
Alicia J. Rose aliciajrosephotography.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:17 pm

Kill My Blues, the second album by the Corin Tucker Band, is out today, and to celebrate, we've got the excellent video for the band's song "Neskowin."

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World Cafe
1:46 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Next: Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Holy Ghost Tent Revival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 10:21 am

Since 2008, the North Carolina band Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been crafting a sound rooted in its members' Southern upbringing. Along the way, it's made the transition from playing acoustic bluegrass and folk to becoming a soul-rock horn band that recalls '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz.

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World Cafe
1:46 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Langhorne Slim On World Cafe

Langhorne Slim.
Courtesy of Todd Roeth

Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim (real name: Sean Scolnick) took his stage name from his hometown of Langhorne in Bucks County, Pa. After studying at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Slim moved to Brooklyn and built a national following by touring with The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. Eventually, he made his way to Portland, Ore., where he's lived since the 2009 release of Be Set Free.

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Monkey See
1:20 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

'American Idol' Picks New Judges And Makes A Surprising Grab For Relevance

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson will work together on this season of American Idol.
Michael Becker FOX

American Idol has always been a show with two audiences: the real one and the imagined one. The real one has a median viewer age of about 50, while the imagined one has a median age of about 15. You don't see the real audience frantically waving signs during the live show, but the imagined one. Idol enjoys presenting itself as a phenomenon for excitement-hungry teenagers, but in fact, it's just as much a phenomenon for their parents.

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Mountain Stage
11:28 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Justin Townes Earle On Mountain Stage

Justin Townes Earle performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:11 pm

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Backed by his own band — which includes Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, Vince Ilagan on upright bass and Jon Radford on drums — Earle plays songs from his new album, Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

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The Record
10:10 am
Mon September 17, 2012

International Hits: Keep Summer Alive With 'Tacata'

Tacabro.
Courtesy of the artists.

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 3:11 pm

Here comes summer! Oh, whoops, there it went. And as September kicks in with its accompanying browning of leaves and multiplication of clothing layers, you'd think that maybe the sounds of summer would be set aside along with the bikinis.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Aimee Mann: 'Charmer Is Just Another Word For Narcissist'

For Aimee Mann, the moment a song begins is often just before a performance.
Sheryl Nields

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:52 am

Fans of Portlandia may recall a recent episode in which its main characters (played by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen) get a good look at their new cleaning lady. They think the cleaning lady might be — and realize that it actually is — the singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.

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Music Interviews
2:43 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Joe Jackson Pays Tribute To 'The Duke'

Joe Jackson's new album is The Duke.
Frank Veronsky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 7:50 am

As the 1970s punk scene was turning the corner into a new decade, Joe Jackson showed them the way with a pair of essential new wave albums, Look Sharp! and I'm the Man.

But as soon as fans thought they knew the angry young Brit with the sharp suits and even sharper commentary, Jackson changed. His Gershwin-esque piano music became huge hits in the '80s, but then he changed again.

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Music Interviews
4:40 am
Sun September 16, 2012

The Coal Porters: Pulling Bluegrass Up By The Roots

Find the One is the latest album by the alt-bluegrass act The Coal Porters, led by Sid Griffin (far left).
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 6:27 pm

Sid Griffin is an "alt" kind of guy: In the 1980s, he got in on the ground floor of the alt-country music scene in Los Angeles with his band the Long Ryders.

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Alt.Latino
4:23 am
Sun September 16, 2012

You Say Autumn, I Say Otoño: Fall Latin Music Preview

Cafe Tacvba main singer Ruben Albarran.
ORLANDO SIERRA AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 9:34 am

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Music
3:47 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

In South Korea, K-Pop Gets New King

Korean rapper PSY is responsible for the song Gangam Style, whose flashy and humorous video has brought K-pop to new ears.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 10:24 am

For 12 years, Park Jae-Sang — better known to his fans as the rapper PSY — has had a successful career in his native South Korea.

But now, thanks to the viral video for Gangnam Style, his new single, he's on top of the world.

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The Record
11:37 am
Sat September 15, 2012

The Week In Music: What To Read Now, Virgo Edition

The crowd at Outside Lands in San Francisco in August.
Douglas Mason Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 6:50 pm

This week, we had our ups and our downs. Missy Elliott had promised us new tracks over Labor Day weekend — instead, this Monday we got a 90-second snippet and a countdown clock for a week later. Amanda Palmer and Steve Albini tussled.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Exitmusic: A Dark, Brooding Love Song

WFUV

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:16 am

Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church have forged a profound partnership: The couple came together in a romantic, cinematic way, meeting on a transcontinental train. Then, over the course of two albums — Passage came out earlier this year — they've created an artistic identity that's beautifully beguiling and darkly unsettling.

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A Blog Supreme
6:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul

Cannonball Adderley.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 6:56 pm

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Calexico: Road Songs For Wandering Souls

John Convertino and Joey Burns have been performing as Calexico since 1996. Their latest album is called Algiers.
Jairo Zavala Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 8:55 am

At 11 a.m. on a weekday, Calexico rehearses for its upcoming tour in a cramped studio on the south side of Tucson, Ariz. The stereotypical musician would just be getting up, but lead singer and songwriter Joey Burns has been up since dawn with his twin baby girls.

Trumpet player Jacob Valenzuela arrives late to the rehearsal — and that's because his washing machine broke and he had to deal with a small flood. Valenzuela grabs his trumpet as the band launches into "Splitter," the first single from Calexico's new album.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Radiohead's Guitarist Adapts To Life In Widescreen

Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood.
S. Katan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 11:47 am

Reviews of the new film The Master have ranged from acclaim to disdain. Almost all the critics, though, seem to admire the film's music, composed by Jonny Greenwood.

Greenwood's story begins in the early 1990s, when he was playing the viola at Oxford University and not making much of an impression — even on himself.

"I was headed for the back of the viola section in some orchestra," Greenwood says. "If I practiced hard enough."

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Deceptive Cadence
12:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Trouble In The Twin Cities: Two Orchestras In Labor Disputes

The Minnesota Orchestra may go on strike after management proposed to cut musicians' salaries by 28 percent.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:47 pm

For a metro area of only about 3.5 million people, the Twin Cities region is unusual in the way it supports not one, but two world-class orchestras. Now, with looming deficits on the horizon and musicians' contracts at both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra expiring Sept. 30, the Twin Cities may have two orchestras on strike.

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Music Reviews
2:30 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Haunted Harmonies On The xx's 'Coexist​'

The xx's new album, Coexist, comes out Sept. 11.
Jamie-James Medina Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 3:50 pm

The focal point of The xx, on its debut as well as its new album Coexist, is the existential romance between the singers, Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft — each of whom sounds adrift in his or her own bubble.

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World Cafe
1:26 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Dirty Projectors On World Cafe

Dirty Projectors.
Courtesy of the artist

This past July, the prolific indie-rock band Dirty Projectors returned with a new record, Swing Lo Magellan. Just as accessible as the group's 2009 breakthrough, Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors' sixth studio album places an added emphasis on the songs' concepts rather than just unique pop arrangements.

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World Cafe: Sense Of Place
11:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Experience Havana, Cuba With World Cafe

WXPN

Explore an interactive map for city highlights, photos and videos — including a video tour of Havana with jazz singer Janet Valdes and live performances from World Cafe's trip to Cuba.

A Blog Supreme
10:10 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 14, 2012

The Neil Cowley Trio is: (L-R) Evan Jenkins, Cowley, Rex Horan.
Courtesy of the artist

Next Wednesday: new Dave Douglas band live in concert. But first, these news:

  • Burning Ambulance has been counting down the 50 Greatest Saxophonists ever all week. Featuring guest lists from Jon Irabagon and Rudresh Mahanthappa.
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Studio Sessions
10:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Son Of Music Royalty Ben Taylor Takes The Stage

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 2:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. You know that old saying, you have big shoes to fill? As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor probably knows more about that than most. His dad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His mom has an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Each is one of the most beloved artists of their generation, so a little pressure, maybe?

Thankfully, critics found, in his 2003 debut album, "Famous Among the Barns," a unique twist on American folk music.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:53 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Mostly Cloudy With A Chance Of Beethoven

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:48 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

A Blog Supreme
8:37 am
Fri September 14, 2012

A Piece Of Technology That Makes Listening To Jazz Better

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:11 pm

Maybe you remember when you first realized that the rabbit hole of jazz was far, far deeper than you'd possibly imagined. That the same tenor saxophone player on Kind of Blue also made Blue Train and Giant Steps and A Love Supreme and Interstellar Space and dozens of other albums and who knows how many guest appearances, and that that was just what people recorded of John Coltrane. And that all those records involved scores of other contributors, who in turn played with scores of other people over scores of years.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Van Cliburn Speaks, Atlanta's War Of Words And Domingo's Successor

Pianist Van Cliburn made a surprise appearance at the 50th Anniversary Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalists concert in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6.
Courtesy of the Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:26 am

  • Very touching: the ailing Van Cliburn addressed the Fort Worth audience at the concert celebrating his competition's 50th anniversary: "I personally want to thank you all for all of your faithful support. Never forget that I love you all from the bottom of my heart forever."
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MUSIC
11:59 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Releases Sept 10, 2012

Artist Title Genre
David Byrne & St Vincent Love This Giant Rock +
Helio Sequence Negotiations Rock
Two Gallants Bloom & The Blight Rock
Bob Mould Silver Age Rock
Pet Shop Boys Elysium Rock
Ryan Bingham Tomorrowland Rock Folk
Grateful Dead Spring 1990-So Glad You Made It Rock
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MUSIC
11:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Sugar's Picks for 9/10/2012

Bettye LaVette / Thankful N' Thoughtful / Anti

The Soul Blues Jazz singer with a lot of history and great pipes takes on songs by Dylan, Neil Young, Black Keys, Tom Waits & Sly Stone and celebrates her 50 years on stage.

The Helio Sequence / Negotiations / SubPop

2 guys writing, singing, producing & playing a variety of instruments create a lush, sultry sound that is refreshing.

David Byrne & St Vincent / Love This Giant / 4AD

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MUSIC
3:58 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

The XX // Coexist

9.10.12 Young Turks

If you haven’t heard The xx before, their unique sound is hard to describe, but it's irresistible. (I still regularly turn to their first record from 2009 for everything from road trips to cooking music.) The music is soft, and although the vocals are lovely centerpieces, they also somehow fade into the songs. Chord arrangements are simple but combine to make beautiful tracks.

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