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All Songs Considered
2:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New Mix: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, More

Clockwise from top: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, Marisa Anderson
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 10:53 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton travel through the decades for an eclectic mix of rock, folk, and, wait for it... disco.

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Mountain Stage
1:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Matraca Berg On Mountain Stage

Matraca Berg performs live on Mountain Stage with her husband, Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:44 am

Singer-songwriter Matraca Berg appears on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. As one of Nashville's most respected and sought-after songwriters, Berg has seen her songs recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride.

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All Songs Considered
12:45 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

America, The Primitive: 5 New Guitar Records That Would Make John Fahey Proud

Bill Orcutt has reinvigorated and befuddled our ideas about the guitar.
Hans van der Linden via Flickr

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 2:39 pm

The American Primitive guitar record is the soundtrack to the open road. It breathes in dust and exhales smoke. Blues, country, rock, psych, drone, folk, ragtime, bluegrass — it encompasses all of them and none at all. But ultimately, it's evocative of a landscape that doesn't know its boundaries. That's why, in particular, 2013 has felt like a 6- and 12-string renaissance that both celebrates and extends this music, especially since the passing of the beloved Jack Rose four years ago.

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The Record
10:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

A Rational Conversation: Molly Lambert On Music Biopics

The real TLC (from left to right, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas) in the early-'90s.
Tim Roney Getty Images

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness. It previously appeared at The Daily Swarm.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Perera Elsewhere, 'Giddy'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:06 am

The music of Perera Elsewhere sounds like it was picked up from outer space, like a strange, haunting frequency drifting through the ether from god-knows-where. So it makes sense that the Berlin-based DJ and ambient trip-hop artist brings an otherworldly vibe to life on the video for her song "Giddy."

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Music Interviews
3:04 am
Tue November 5, 2013

'I Built The Platform Myself': M.I.A. On Being Heard

M.I.A.'s fourth album, Matangi, is out now.
Daniel Sannwald Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 2:52 pm

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Live At The Village Vanguard
3:58 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart: Live At The Village Vanguard

Left to right: Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart and Peter Bernstein.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:36 am

When their busy schedules align, guitarist Peter Bernstein, keyboard player Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart play together as a trio. Their format isn't earth-shatteringly new — largely standards, a few original pieces, classic sonorities in which Hammond B3 organ meets electric guitar — but after nearly 25 years as a band, their rapport is. Theirs isn't an organ trio of greasy funk, but their cleaner language is plenty tasteful, overlaying smart choices atop plenty of swing.

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World Cafe
3:48 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

World Cafe Next: Jay Arner

Jay Arner.
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  • Hear Two Songs By Jay Arner

Vancouver musician Jay Arner has played in all kinds of bands over the years, be they pop, punk or otherwise. When it came time to make his new self-titled record, he decided to take the DIY route: Arner moved into his studio and played everything on the album himself.

The result is a concise set of songs that highlight the multi-instrumentalist's arsenal of capabilities. Hear a pair of tracks from the album and download this week's World Cafe: Next podcast.

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Mountain Stage
3:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Tom Paxton On Mountain Stage

Tom Paxton performing live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:46 am

Folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton's performance concludes a special series of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn.

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All Songs Considered
12:56 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Question Of The Week: Do Music Reviews Matter To You?

Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, was the target of mercilessly negative reviews. But did any of them change the way people feel about the band and its music?
Guy Aroch

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:56 pm

Last week's merciless onslaught of negative reviews for the new Arcade Fire record, Reflektor, sparked a conversation here in the All Songs Considered office about the weight of a writer's words, and whether those words have any real effect on a band's level of success (success in this case being album sales, or otherwise building a fan base).

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