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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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All Songs Considered
11:43 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere

NPR

On Monday at noon we're premiering a brand-new song from an artist we love. Until then, we're leaving you this puzzle to ponder: Who is Monday's Mystery Musician?

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:29 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert

Olivia Merrion NPR

Tracy Silverman has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin.

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Music
7:49 am
Sat June 28, 2014

The Art Of Sampling: Stolen, Not Copied

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 12:43 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This song, it's one of the most sampled songs of all-time. It's been borrowed by hundreds of artists. Guy Raz at the TED Radio Hour has this look at the track and what it reveals about originality in music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LA DI DA DI")

SLICK RICK AND DOUG E. FRESH: (Singing) Doug E. Fresh and his partner...

GUY RAZ, BYLINE: In 1984, the rappers Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick released this song. And we heard about the story behind it from Mark Ronson, who's produced records for Amy Winehouse...

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Music Interviews
7:48 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Classical Dub-Step Violin Finds Its Audience

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:44 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Lindsey Stirling's been described as a dancing-hip-hop-dub-step-classical violinist - you know, another one of those.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

SIMON: She made her mainstream debut when she auditioned for "America's Got Talent" in 2010. Made it all the way to the quarter-finals, only to be told by Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne - there just isn't a market for a dancing hip-hop violinist. Well, what a mistake that turned out to be.

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All Songs Considered
3:03 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of June

Avalon Emerson's remix of Some Ember's "The Thrashing Whip" is one of our favorite tracks of June.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:28 pm

Another month means another Recommended Dose from All Songs Considered. We listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks each month, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

You can stream this month's mix here or through NPR Music's SoundCloud account. If you'd rather just hear each song individually, check out the playlist below.

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