Music

Deceptive Cadence
5:51 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Coaxing The Baby To Sleep: A Violinist's Hand-Picked Lullabies

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine says she had her infant daughter in mind when she decided to record an album of lullabies.
Andrew Eccles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 7:48 pm

In German, it's wiegenlied; in French, berceuse; in Norwegian, vuggevise. In any language, the universal effect of what we know as the lullaby is, of course, to coax a baby to sleep.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine had her own baby in mind when she decided to record a collection of lullabies. Her infant daughter appears on the cover of the new album Violin Lullabies — all folded up, fast asleep, so tiny she just about fits in her dad's hands.

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All Songs Considered
3:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Vampire Weekend On New York, Souls Of Mischief And The Secrets Of Its New Album

Vampire Weekend in New York City: (from left) Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig.
Alex John Beck Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 3:22 pm

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World Cafe
1:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pickwick On World Cafe

Pickwick.
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Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:49 pm

The first incarnation of the Seattle band Pickwick revolved around Galen Disston's strummy acoustic songs. Disston eventually found himself bored with his own music until a not-so-subtle shift took place; as the band began experimenting with new sounds and ideas, Disston shifted into the role of lead singer and crowds immediately noticed.

In this installment of World Cafe, you'll hear three songs from Pickwick's debut album, Can't Talk Medicine, as well as the full story behind the band's reinvention.

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All Songs Considered
12:03 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Viking's Choice: Enter Deafheaven's Exhilarating 'Dream House'

Deafheaven.
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Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:02 pm

Deafheaven makes music that's both intensely personal and incredibly universal. Its excellent 2011 debut, Roads to Judah, was a blast-beaten, shoegaze-indebted metal record that felt perfectly of its moment. With the new Sunbather coming up so quickly, I wondered where primary members George Clarke (vocals) and Kerry McCoy (guitar) could take a band with such an immediate sound. Apparently, I needn't look further than the Internet.

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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate And Billie Holiday Fan

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We'd like to end today with the occasional series we call In Your Ear. That's where some of our guests tell us about the songs they listen to for a little inspiration. Today we hear from Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. He recently received yet another honor, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award's Lifetime Achievement Prize. This unique prize is given to writers who broaden our vision of race and diversity. When we spoke to Wole Soyinka last year, he also shared his favorite music with us.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ISEL'OFIN")

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Classics in Concert
11:22 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Spring For Music: Detroit Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall.
Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:34 pm

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's performances at the 2013 Spring for Music festival represent a dramatic reversal of fortunes, and one that can only happen among modern-day American orchestras.

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Favorite Sessions
9:21 am
Wed May 1, 2013

KCRW Presents: James Blake

James Blake performed live for KCRW at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:08 pm

A multi-talented 24-year-old from the U.K., James Blake is most widely known for his production skills. But when he performed for a small audience at the Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW, it was his voice and piano that really stood out. Blake combines the buzzy beats and dramatic anticipation of electronic production with soothing vocals and melodies, and the result is a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Music Interviews
7:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mick Fleetwood On Fleetwood Mac: 'It Would Make A Great Play'

John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks have returned with their first new music as Fleetwood Mac in a decade.
Neal Preston Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:51 am

Not long ago, the idea of Fleetwood Mac ever touring again seemed far-fetched at best. But as of this spring, not only is the band back on the road — according to drummer and founder Mick Fleetwood, they're having an easier time filling seats than in the past.

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The Record
4:03 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

'The Talent Comes First': Roc Marciano Takes An A&R Gig

Roc Marciano.
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Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:37 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:52 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

New Music From Iggy Pop, Tricky, The National And More

Clockwise from upper left: Cover art for The National's Trouble Will Find Me, Iggy Pop, Walker Lukens and Tricky
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:18 pm

He's 66 years old, has beaten his body beyond belief and Iggy Pop will still out-rock you. We kick this week's All Songs Considered off with a cut from his new record with The Stooges, Ready To Die. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton chat about Iggy and the rest of this week's mix from different cities.

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