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A Blog Supreme
12:31 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

The Jazz Men And Women We Lost In 2013

The late documentary filmmaker Jean Bach stands next to an enlarged 1958 photograph of many jazz musicians titled "A Great Day in Harlem." Her documentary about the photo shoot was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995.
Thomas Monaster/New York Daily News Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 7:21 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:33 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Lily & Madeleine: Tiny Desk Concert

Lily & Madeleine, at a Tiny Desk concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 12:11 pm

Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz aren't the youngest musicians ever to play the Tiny Desk, but they come pretty close. Their music — a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies — certainly ranks among the loveliest we've heard.

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World Cafe
4:16 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

World Cafe Next: U.S. Royalty

U.S. Royalty.
Courtesy of the artist
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Our first World Cafe: Next artist of the new year is the Washington, D.C., band U.S. Royalty. Led by brothers John and Paul Thornley, the group will release its second album (Blue Sunshine) on Jan. 21. After a year of touring and the death of the Thornleys' father, U.S. Royalty found a way to infuse its polished new album with the raw energy of its live shows.

World Cafe
4:03 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

The Decemberists On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 8:39 pm

The Decemberists have been on hiatus for quite a while — so long that the non-Colin Meloy members of the band have their own group, Black Prairie. We love these musicians together, and that's why we picked their session from 2011's The King Is Dead to feature on Vintage Cafe.

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All Songs Considered
4:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014?

NPR

I began last year with some ambitious goals as far as music goes. I vowed to go to more live shows, to pay more attention to lyrics and to spend more time in general with the albums I hear. This was in addition to losing weight, writing a novel and quitting World Of Warcraft. (Ha ha, just kidding! Why would anyone quit World Of Warcraft?).

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Toast Of The Nation
11:19 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live In New York

The Wynton Marsalis Septet.
Frank Stewart Courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:15 pm

Much as families reunite around the holidays, Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director Wynton Marsalis convened his own family reunion of sorts at the end of the year. His septet(s), his working configuration of the 1990s and easily among his best bands, gathered anew for a six-night run to cap the year — including New Year's Eve. The four-horn frontline showcases Marsalis the arranger; the rhythm section floats it with buoyant bounce. Along with WBGO host Josh Jackson, the septet rang in 2014 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York.

Set List

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Metropolis
11:11 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Metropolis: 1/4/14

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Mat Zo's "Easy" is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Andy Willsher Courtesy of the artist

On this week's two-hour show, KCRW's Jason Bentley showcases a Todd Terje remix of Hot Chip's "How Do You Do," Jagwar Ma's "Come Save Me" remixed by Pachanga Boys, Mat Zo's EDM anthem "Easy," and much more.

Playlist

  • Burial, "Come Down To Us"
  • Jon Hopkins, "Garden's Heart (feat. Natasha Khan)"
  • Unkle, "Follow Me Down"
  • Pretty Lights, "Pretty Lights VS Radiohead VS Nirvana VS Nin"
  • Hot Natured, "Reverse Skydiving (Shadow Child Remix)"
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Favorite Sessions
8:02 am
Mon January 6, 2014

KEXP Presents: Mary Lambert

Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:54 pm

Last month, Seattle songwriter Mary Lambert was nominated for a Grammy for her contribution to the gay-rights anthem "Same Love," by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This past summer, she took to the KEXP airwaves to perform her rendition of "She Keeps Me Warm," which expands on the chorus to the hit that made her voice famous.

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Europe
3:02 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Madrid's Street Performers Now Must Audition To Hold Out A Hat

Street musician Valentino Juanino, right, plays his bagpipe at the Conde Duque Cultural Center last month after taking a quality test to obtain official permission to perform in the streets of Madrid.
Paul White AP

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

On the train, in the park, on the famed medieval Plaza Mayor — the Spanish capital of Madrid is famous for its street performers.

And with more than a quarter of Spaniards out of work, more people than ever before have been crisscrossing the city with their violins and voices, for extra cash. People squeeze giant accordions onto the metro, and roll amplifiers on carts across cobblestones.

The street performers are a tourist attraction. But Madrid's mayor, Ana Botella, says the clamor has reached its limit.

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First Listen
10:58 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First Listen: Gripe, 'In His Image'

Gripe's In His Image comes out on Jan. 14.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:34 am

The weird thing about bands from Athens, Ga., is that they tend not to leave Athens, Ga. It's a cozy town with cheap food, cheap beer and cheap rent. Why leave, right?

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