Music

The Record
11:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

'Mellon Collie' Mystery Girl: The Story Behind An Iconic Album Cover

The dreamy cover image of The Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the work of illustrator John Craig.
EMI

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:50 am

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The Fresh Air Interview
10:42 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Celebrating The Life Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:28 pm

This interview was originally broadcast in 1999. Brubeck died on Wednesday at age 91.

In 1954, polls in the leading jazz magazines Metronome and Downbeat selected Dave Brubeck's band as the year's best instrumental group. That same year, Brubeck was the second jazz musician ever featured on the cover of Time Magazine (the first being Louie Armstrong).

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Best Music Of 2012
8:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums Of 2012

The Stray Birds released one of the finest debuts of the year.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 9:31 am

More than any year in recent memory, the folk and roots music of 2012 was focused on collective roots, elements of ancestry, the stories and events which unite us. The finest traditional albums released paid homage to Nova Scotia and Appalachia. The strongest singer-songwriter records told of the hard struggles of working class people — stories which haven't changed drastically from generation to generation, but continue to be provide hope and promise.

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Music Interviews
2:56 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Barry Manilow On Singing Standards And His Real Job

Barry Manilow's latest release, The Classic Christmas Album, includes holiday classics from his previous three Christmas albums.
Jacob Langston Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 7:47 am

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Music
11:36 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2012-12-13

It is Analog Overdose month on Galactic Travels.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

It is Analog Overdose month!  On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Fanger & Schonwalder continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Analog Overdose 4 on Manikin Records.

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World Cafe
5:01 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Django Django On World Cafe

Django Django.
Mikael Gregorsky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:41 pm

Most young bands hope to get some kind of break or media exposure as soon as they possibly can. But as Django Django, a four-piece originally from Edinburgh, discovered, it's possible to get noticed a bit too early. In 2009, the group released its first single, "Storm," as a seven-inch through a friend's Glasgow-based record label. The song quickly stirred up buzz, but the group didn't have anything to release as a follow-up — "Storm" was truly the first thing they had ever done together.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
4:50 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Miguel Zenón And Dafnis Prieto On JazzSet

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:12 pm

In 2008 and 2011, respectively, Miguel Zenón and Dafnis Prieto received MacArthur Fellowships — known as "Genius Grants" — from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. They were cited for their achievements in expanding boundaries and combining vocabularies. And you can hear them in action from Newport on JazzSet.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Anaïs Mitchell: Tiny Desk Concert

Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:49 pm

Her voice is soft and sweet, her guitar work deft and evocative, but Anaïs Mitchell is a songwriting storyteller first and foremost. Robbed of a gift for melody and poetry, Mitchell would probably (and may yet) write some tremendous novels.

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Alt.Latino
10:58 am
Thu December 6, 2012

How The Wolf Survived: 40 Years Of Los Lobos

Los Lobos.
Drew Reynolds

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:21 am

  • Hear Los Lobos Play Guest DJ

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A Blog Supreme
10:13 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Dave Brubeck: Beyond 'Take Five'

Dave Brubeck rehearses with the San Diego Symphony in 1995.
Mitch Tobias Getty Images

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