Music

All Songs Considered
2:43 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Wanna Make An Album? Start Right Now!

The author, up for the "Challenge."
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 4:04 pm

  • Hear a song sung by Bob Boilen for the RPM Challege a few years ago

I love a deadline and every February I get one. Thanks to The Wire, a small New Hampshire magazine that started the tradition in 2006, I make an album every year. They call it the RPM Challenge, and the challenge is this: write and record an album in the time between the first and last days of February. To qualify as an album, it just needs to be 10 songs or 35 minutes of music.

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Song Travels
2:18 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis Jr. On 'Song Travels'

Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo.
Stephen Shugerman Getty Images

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. met as members of the iconic '60s R&B/pop group The Fifth Dimension, whose hits included "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "One Less Bell to Answer." Married in 1969, they went on to perform as a successful duo and host their own television show in the '70s.

Together, they've won seven Grammy Awards and sold millions of records. Their 2007 album The Many Faces of Love was released on their own label, and features some of the pair's favorites from the '60s and '70s.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bill Frisell On Piano Jazz

Bill Frisell.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell brings his sparkling, atmospheric sound to this episode of Piano Jazz with host Marian McPartland, in a session that originally aired in October 2007.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

I'm OK, You're Slightly Flat

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Music
11:27 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Exclusive Live Songs From World Cafe

Calexico performed live for World Cafe in December.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 8:31 am

This audio is no longer available.

Every Friday throughout February, World Cafe gave away downloads of live performances from our recent sessions, featuring the likes of Lord Huron, Beach House, Afghan Whigs, Trey Anastasio and many more.

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All Songs Considered
11:16 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Song Premiere: Jozef Van Wissem, 'Where You Lived And What You Lived For'

Jozef Van Wissem with his one-of-a-kind black lute.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:14 pm

When Jozef Van Wissem plays the lute, he doesn't sit. Instead, the New York-based Dutchman stands, looming over his low-hanging instrument like the "figure in black" character in "Black Sabbath" — that'd be the song "Black Sabbath," from the album Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath — that scares the living bejeezus out of everyone.

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Mountain Stage
10:17 am
Fri February 1, 2013

John Martyn On Mountain Stage

Courtesy of the artist

Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Martyn made his first and only Mountain Stage appearance on Sept. 26, 1993.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

  • Hugely good news for all you wandering minstrels: After years of pressure from groups like the American Federation of Musicians, the FAA has just passed a bill that (finally!) allows musicians to carry their instruments as carry-on luggage or, for larger instruments, to buy an extra seat. However, the federal agency has a year to implement the new standards.
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Music
12:17 am
Fri February 1, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-02-07

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Joint Intelligence Committee begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Grow on BogusFocus Records.  "Effectus super absolutionem."

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Music
12:09 am
Fri February 1, 2013

The Special Focus for February, 2013.

Joint Intelligence Committee is the Special Focus on Galactic Travels for February, 2013.
Credit Bill Fox

The Special Focus for February is Joint Intelligence Committee, comprised of Paul Nagle and Phil Smillie of the UK.  "Effectus super absolutionem."

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