Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:48 pm
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The windowsills were lined with people standing, as every nook between every office desk filled to capacity with NPR employees and their assorted guests. Pixies, after getting misplaced for a time in our parking garage during a moment worthy of This Is Spinal Tap, showed up in time to encounter the largest crowd we've ever assembled for a Tiny Desk Concert. (Our new office space allows for more guests than the old one did, but it's still a mark of this band's significance for so many youthful grownups.)
We made 20 stellar World Cafe in-studio performances available for download during February, but they're all coming down Feb. 28 at midnight. Grab music from Neko Case, Parquet Courts, Jason Isbell and more today, before they're gone tomorrow.
To download each song, click the title in the SoundCloud playlist (the song will begin playing), and then click "download" arrow to the right of the title.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:17 am
Dance Mania might have been Chicago house music's most popular 1990s label — not only in Chicago, but in the entire upper Midwest. To go to a rave between 1993 and '99 was to very likely encounter a handful of Dance Mania tracks per night. Odds were good you'd encounter one of its artists, too: DJ Funk, Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon and Robert Armani, to pick just a few artists on Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, kept full schedules of one-nighters across the U.S.
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:23 pm
Leyla McCalla, formerly of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, had an ambitious idea for her solo debut as a musician. She wanted to take poems by Harlem Renaissance legend Langston Hughes and put them to song. But McCalla told Tell Me More's host Michel Martin that she wasn't overwhelmed by the challenge.
Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 8:15 pm
Eric Church was surely aware that he was cribbing from one of America's most beloved young-adult novels when he called his fourth full-length album The Outsiders. The title song opens the record with lines that could have been ripped from the jacket copy of S.E. Hinton's classic heartland/gangland story: "They're the in-crowd, we're the other ones / It's a different kind of cloth that we're cut from." Electric power chords crest and crash as Church howls out declarations in a voice that's part preacher, part rapper, part metalhead and all alpha dog.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:18 am
Galore, the first album by the London duo Thumpers, is rooted resolutely in the first-person plural: Temperamentally as well as lyrically, it reaches out as a piecemeal missive both to and from you and me and everyone we know, assembling a steadfast vision of the whole world as a sprawling family in a tiny neighborhood. These are songs whose collective narrative engine is a belief in the power of a passionate few to forge meaningful connections, to keep life's ills at bay or, as "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)" would have it, to move the earth.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:16 am
Hear All Songs Considered Hosts Bob Boilen And Robin Hilton On 'Emmaar'
How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:15 am
It makes cosmic sense that Sun Structures, the debut album from Temples, arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion.
Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 1:29 pm
New Orleans is a tricky place to put into song. To a degree matched only by California and New York City, the Big Easy makes and is made by the American geographical zeitgeist, and has captured the imaginations of songwriters since its founding. It seems massively daunting, if not impossible, to tell a story about Storyville that hasn't been told before.
Duke Ellington added more than 3,000 songs to the American music vault before his death in 1974. He also started composing what he hoped would be a great American street opera — which composers have spent 40 years adapting, trying to figure out what the Duke wanted for his unfinished opus.
But before you imagine soothing arias or boisterous trills and vibrato, let me stop you: Ellington's opera is very much a work of jazz.
Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For The Week of Feb 3, 2014
1. St Paul & the Broken Bones / Half The City / Single Lock - These guys in their White Shirt-Suit & Tie looks have brought back Honest To Goodness Soul and they will definitely make our world a better place in which to Live and Dance and Carry On...
3. Isa & Joe Alan / Lifelines / Isa & Joe Alan - Our homies are making a big splash and their new CD is jam packed with 11 tracks that will make you proud, pleased and pumped!
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 9:57 am
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Shelby Earl always loved music, and straight out of college in Seattle, she went to work in the music industry. She worked as a booking agent, then at a record label, an eventually at Amazon's music department.
SHELBY EARL: So, all of those little blurbs you see all over the music page on Amazon - those are written by people. And I was one such person.
On this episode of Talkin Music, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot and DJMJ speak with Monika Evstatieva, the director of NPR's All Things Considered. Monika selects all the music you hear on the program and shares her secrets for finding the perfect music to accompany the news.