Music

Mountain Stage
4:55 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

Todd Snider.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Todd Snider performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. One of the show's most frequent and favorite guests, Snider has appeared on Mountain Stage 12 times over the years, beginning with the release of his debut, Songs For The Daily Planet, in 1995.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:41 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell: Tiny Desk Concert

Bill Frisell (left), Sam Amidon and Shahzad Ismaily perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2014.
Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 5:08 pm

Sam Amidon takes traditional music and makes it his own. He might begin with a traditional murder ballad and then morph it into something of his own, fueled by Bill Frisell's languidly atmospheric guitar, Shahzad Ismaily's minimal but essential percussion and Amidon's own yearning voice. At other times, Amidon weaves his own new tunes into worn, weary, seemingly ageless sagas.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:48 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Dance Time

Alasdair Fraser is featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

The rhythms of Celtic music work their way down into your feet; before you know it, you're dancing. Limber up and tune into this hour of music featuring Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Metropolis
2:46 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Metropolis: 11/29/14

Cashmere Cat is featured on this week's Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • BMB Spacekid, "Cuba"
  • Blonde, "I Loved You (Braxton Remix)"
  • Fairchild, "I Just Want You"
  • Pomo X Kaytranada, "Cherry Funk"
  • Les Sins, "Why (feat. Nate Salman)" (Company)
  • Dante Klein, "Ertesuppe" (Spinnin Deep)
  • Beacon, "Only Us" (Ghostly International)
  • Klo., "Under Lie"
  • Kele Okereke, "Doubt (Remix)" (Lilac)
  • Say Lou Lou X Lindstrom, "Games For Girls (The Penelopes Remix)" (Columbia)
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World Cafe
2:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cookies

Cookies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 12:01 pm

World Cafe: Next's featured artist this week is the Brooklyn band Cookies. Led by Ben Sterling (formerly of Mobius Band) and featuring Melissa Metrick on vocals, Cookies crafts indelible, sophisticated pop songs.

The group's debut album, Music For Touching, works as a melting pot of genres and styles, drawing equally from house, contemporary R&B and West African guitar music.

World Cafe
2:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

TV On The Radio On World Cafe

TV On The Radio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:17 pm

Seeds is TV On The Radio's sixth album and the first since the band's bassist, Gerard Smith, died in 2011. In spite of geographical distance — the group is now split between L.A. and New York — and the profound loss of a collaborator and friend, TV On The Radio sounds tight and focused. The songs on Seeds are punchy, pleasurable, searing and concise.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Composer Steve Reich, whose Music for 18 Musicians pulled out ahead of Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bartok, Ives, Berg and all others in last year's Q2 poll.
Wonge Bergmann Courtesy of the artist

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

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First Listen
11:06 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936'

African-Americans on their way to church.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:43 am

In the history of American popular music, gospel is the great conveyor. People could hear it everywhere as the 20th century grew from infancy to adolescence: in churches, of course, but also on street corners, sung by wanderers whose guitar work and moaning vocals arose in dialogue with the blues; in factories and mines, where harmonizing quartets provided balm to frustrated workers; on the radio, where preachers and singers performed live to thousands of listeners; and through the new medium of recordings, which turned regional styles into national trends.

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First Listen
11:05 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: PRhyme, 'PRhyme'

PRhyme is Royce Da 5'9" (left) and DJ Premier.
Courtesy of The Chamber Group

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:42 am

PRhyme, rapper Royce Da 5' 9" and producer DJ Premier's collaborative project, is in actual fact a hardcore rap fan's fantasy realized; it's also one of those mythical instances of a good-looking tracklist exceeding all expectations. PRyhme is a nine-song testament to its creators' perseverance in changing times and proof positive that — even in an era when novelty supplants quality more often than not — the "dope rhymes, dope beats" formula can still yield something remarkable.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: Ghostface Killah, '36 Seasons'

Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, comes out Dec. 9.
Stan Oh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:42 am

It's fair to wonder why anybody would make an album today, much less a group of musicians who've proven themselves several times over. There isn't much money to be had, and what little there is can be got by other, less exhausting methods than touring to break new songs. Kool G Rap doesn't need to do this – everybody you respect wishes they could be like him when they grow up. Pharoahe Monch dropped an album this year that leveled whole tiers of his competition. AZ, when he cares to, rhymes circles around 99.99 % of the rapping population.

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