Music Interviews
3:38 am
Mon February 17, 2014

That Old-Time Sound, Captured Live In The Moment

Songwriter John Paul Keith is one of a number of artists to record songs using 1930s-era technology as part of The 78 Project.
The 78 Project

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 12:11 pm

When you hear a musical recording that's scratchy and distant, you might naturally assume it's old: a relic from the early days of sound recording. But what would modern music sound like were it subject to the same limitations that musicians faced in those days?

That's the question posed by The 78 Project, which gives musicians the chance to record using 1930s technology.

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First Listen
11:09 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

First Listen: Death Vessel, 'Island Intervals'

Death Vessel's new album, Island Intervals, comes out Feb. 25.
Corey Grayhorse Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 3:18 pm

Joel Thibodeau's music doesn't emanate from a single place: The singer who records under the name Death Vessel was born in Germany and raised in New England, and he recorded his new album Island Intervals in Reykjavik with the aid of producer Alex Somers and Sigur Rós singer Jónsi. That list of places provides context beyond mere biographical background, because Thibodeau's music reflects virtually every direction in which he's been pulled.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase'

Beck's new album, Morning Phase, is out Feb. 25.
Autumn De Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 3:15 pm

The thumbnail summary already circulating for Beck's 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to Sea Change, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.

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Music Interviews
5:18 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot

Blues artist John Hammond is celebrating more than 50 years of recording with a live album called Timeless.
Marla Silver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:49 am

Coming up through the Greenwich Village folk scene, John Hammond collected the work of some of the greatest blues artists of all time. On his latest album, that music is presented as bare-bones and honestly as possible: just him, his guitar, his harmonica and a deeply appreciative audience.

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Music Interviews
8:10 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Rachel Ries' Album Reflects Her Urban-Rural Split

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 4:13 pm



The lilting voice of Rachel Ries comes to us courtesy of many different landscapes: the wide open spaces of South Dakota, the equatorial humidity of Africa, the bucolic green of Vermont and the managed urban chaos that is Brooklyn.


RACHEL RIES: (Singing) Time, I forgiven you, time. You were songs in my head, so I threw you over my little shoulder and you land, you landed on the floor...

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Music Interviews
8:10 am
Sun February 16, 2014

The Sunny Grunge Of Mozes And The Firstborn

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

The Dutch garage pop group Mozes and The Firstborn has a self-titled debut album out this month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Melle Dielesen of the band.

Music Interviews
5:00 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

A Man, A Plan, A Concept Album About Panama

On the new album Panama 500, pianist Danilo Pérez considers five centuries of his home country's history.
Raj Naik and Luke Severn Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 9:18 pm

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A Blog Supreme
6:09 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

After 18 Years Of Marriage And Two Children, A Couple Releases Their Debut Albums

Shamie Royston (left) and Rudy Royston, married for nearly two decades, have recently issued their own debut albums as bandleaders.
Mike Molaire/John Rogers for NPR

The basic story behind drummer Rudy Royston's first album sounds like that of many sidemen in jazz. He moved to the New York area. His talent got him into bands led by higher-profile artists like Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Ben Allison and Dave Douglas. And when it came time to document his own composing and arranging, he could rely on the network he had tapped into. Douglas issued Royston's album 303 earlier this month on his own record label, Greenleaf Music.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:43 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Grace Kelly On Piano Jazz

Grace Kelly.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist
  • Listen: Grace Kelly On Piano Jazz

Alto saxophone phenom Grace Kelly has recorded with icons Lee Konitz and Phil Woods and is a seasoned road warrior with tour dates around the world. And she's till in her early 20s. She recently added vocalist to her resume.

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