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All Songs Considered
12:13 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff

The soundtrack album art for the film "Wish I Was Here"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:51 pm

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Music Lists
5:03 am
Mon June 30, 2014

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:50 pm

Songs announce themselves as essential in different ways. Some knock you off balance; some help you find your rhythm. Some insinuate themselves into your life slowly, until you can't imagine a time they didn't exist; some leap out of car windows, change the course of your week and then vanish.

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Music Lists
5:03 am
Mon June 30, 2014

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:38 am

At the year's halfway point, with summer just about to flip the calendar over to Side B, it's a challenge to get a satisfying picture of the year in music, even if you're just looking at a single genre. Consider the voices of the couple dozen obsessive listeners from NPR Music and our public radio partners who made this list, and the only thing that remains undeniably true is that great albums come out of every genre, from every corner of the world.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

Cloud Boat's new album, Model of You, comes out July 8.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:31 am

"The madness runs in cycles," Tom Clarke sings forebodingly in "The Glow," one of the highlights of the U.K. duo Cloud Boat's second album. The music rushes along, propelled by the high-efficiency tick of a drum loop, but there's no trace of madness or even anxiety in his voice. Instead, Clarke radiates priestly calm as he gives listeners a set of vague, odd instructions: "Take some of these candles," he intones darkly, as if calling from some Middle Ages theater. "The glow will guide you."

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Cold Beat, 'Over Me'

Cold Beat's new album, Over Me, comes out July 8.
Madeline Allard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:32 am

"New wave" is a much more precise descriptor than it gets credit for. Originally a space-filler genre title when "punk" was deemed bad for sales — when bands like Television and Talking Heads were nodding to but branching away from nose-bloodying Sex Pistols mayhem — "new wave" has left its interstitial 1970s origins and been refined to a point.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

First Listen: Braid, 'No Coast'

Braid's new album, No Coast, comes out July 8.
Mitchell Wojcik Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:03 am

Let's get one thing out of the way: Braid in 2014 is not Braid in 1999. As an album title, No Coast is either a clever turn on geographic identification or a challenge to reunited '90s bands not to rest on their laurels. As Braid returns with its first full-length album in 16 years, it's probably a little bit of both.

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Author Interviews
5:05 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Ja Rule at NPR's New York bureau in June.
Quoctrung Bui NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:55 am

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Music
8:31 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Galactic Travels Top 20 Report for June, 2014.

Galactic Travels Top 20 Report for June, 2014.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

WDIY 88.1 FM "Galactic Travels" Top 20 for June, 2014.
Shows #896 to #899; 5-June-2014 to 26-June-2014
Reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order.
Compiled by Bill Fox

This report is also available at Bill's Blog and the Galactic Travels website.

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Music Interviews
8:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Joe Henry On Marriage And The Songs That Embody It

Joe Henry's latest album is Invisible Hour.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:58 am

Joe Henry sounds like a pretty good name for a no-nonsense jack-of-all-trades, a guy devoted to family who knows about a day's pay for a day's work, and about commitment.

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Music Interviews
4:59 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Ani Cordero Pays Tribute To The History Of Latin Protest Music

Ani Cordero's new album is Recordar: Latin American Songs Of Love And Protest.
Erin Patrice O'Brien Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 6:22 pm

New York's Ani Cordero was one of the founding members of the Latin rock band Pistolera. On her new solo album, she's unplugged — but no less powerful.

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