Music

All Songs Considered
3:52 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Prescription To Bang: Listen To Kyle Hall's 'Dr. Crunch'

Kyle "KMFH" Hall.
Jeremy Deputat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 10:40 pm

Sometimes all you need for a banging dance track is an unstoppable rhythm and a nuanced hook. Tweak the hook every couple bars, don't mess with the beat too much, and you've got a potential stomper on your hands.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:43 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Septet On JazzSet

Eddie Palmieri performs at the Kennedy Center.
Juan L. Cruz Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:11 pm

Eddie Palmieri has been a force for Latin jazz since the 1950s, when he hosted the legendary mambo shows at New York's Palladium Ballroom. His groups, including the renowned La Perfecta, revolutionized Latin music in the 1960s and '70s. His records number more than 30 as a leader, and he's won nine Grammy Awards. At 76, Palmieri is still a foremost ambassador for the music he loves.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Slide Brothers On World Cafe

The Slide Brothers.
Brad Gregory Courtesy of the artist

Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent and brothers Darrick and Chuck Campbell are The Slide Brothers. The band's self-titled album debut album was produced by Robert Randolph, the spectacular young pedal-steel guitarist who became the first player from the Sacred Steel tradition to break out to a wider audience.

On this installment of World Café, the band plays three songs from its album and tells host David Dye about the difference between performing for the congregation at Church of the Living God and playing on club and concert stages.

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Mountain Stage
3:18 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Down Hill Strugglers On Mountain Stage

The Down Hill Strugglers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:02 am

The Down Hill Strugglers' members make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, Tenn./Va. The location was appropriate: In many ways, the band's music wouldn't have sounded out of place in the 1927 Bristol Sessions that Ralph Peer engineered.

Formerly known as The Dust Busters, the Brooklyn trio became The Down Hill Strugglers after a recent lineup change. The group's music encompasses a wide range of traditional string-band styles, from fiddle tunes to Scots-Irish ballads to African music.

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NPR @ LPR
3:09 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

An Evening With Nico Muhly, 'Two Boys' And Other Works

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:58 pm

Opera audiences are well acquainted with all manners of intrigue — whether political, romantic or psychological. The exciting American composer Nico Muhly is updating that paradigm to the 21st century with his opera Two Boys.

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A Blog Supreme
2:57 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

'A Strict Taskmaster': 5 Ways To Play The Jazz Clarinet

Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Earlier this year, the clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg released two remarkable albums with two almost entirely different bands. Goldberg has left a mark in many modern improvising contexts, including the New Klezmer Trio he co-founded and the Tin Hat chamber ensemble.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge

Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.
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Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 3:40 pm

We love mothers for all the Hallmark reasons: for their compassion and patience, not to mention giving birth. But some moms aren't exactly greeting card friendly — and none less so than those who live in the opera house.

This is opera, after all, so we expect the outrageous. But operatic moms seem to be disproportionately portrayed as murderers, harpies or generally women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Your Normas, Medeas, Butterflies, Queens of the Night and Clytemnestras.

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All Songs Considered
12:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

We Get Mail: How Can A Vinyl Lover Start Over From Scratch?

For fans of vinyl records who regret discarding their collections, it's not too hard to start over.
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Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:03 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the ironic promotional cassingles is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how a regretful fan of vinyl records can re-create her discarded collection.

Kirsten Elbourne Mathieson writes: "I'm big-time regretting getting rid of all of my record albums years ago. Any advice for someone starting from scratch with vinyl after all these years? What albums must be heard on vinyl rather than CD/digital?"

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NPR Story
12:17 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Insider Escapes Politics With Gospel And Eminem

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to a segment we call In Your Ear. Sometimes, after we've asked our guest about their work, we ask them about the music they listen to while they relax or play. Today, we hear from Ambassador Ron Kirk. He recently stepped down as United States Trade representative. But we caught up with him shortly before he left his post, and here's what he had to say about the music that kept him moving.

RON KIRK: Right now on now I'm enjoying "Once In A Lifetime" by Smokie Norful.

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Field Recordings
10:37 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Cayucas: Sunlight In Song Form

NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:42 pm

If you've ever been poolside on a hot day, you know what it's like to have your senses bombarded with leisure; to feel the sun radiating and shimmering off everything around you. Watch the first few moments of this Field Recording, with its bobbing inner tubes and lounging vacationers, and you can practically smell the spots where chlorine meets concrete. We filmed the band late one morning at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs — a setting that also produced an eager dancer, assorted rubberneckers and one particularly agreeable dog.

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