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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

I'm OK, You're Slightly Flat

Pablo Helguera

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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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Music
5:59 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Andrews Sisters Had Their First Big Hit With A Yiddish Song

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

You may have heard already that Patty Andrews has died. She was the last surviving member of a hugely popular 1940s trio The Andrew Sisters.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BEI MIR BISTU SHEIN")

ANDREWS SISTERS: (Singing) Of all the boys I've known and I've known some, until I first met you I was lonesome.

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Music Interviews
4:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ron Sexsmith: At Midlife, A Songwriter Ponders Mortality

Ron Sexsmith's new album, Forever Endeavour, comes out Feb. 5.
Michael D'Amico Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

Somehow, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith makes a case of the deep blues sound sweet. The new album Forever Endeavour is his 13th, and the songs show him, at midlife, reflecting a lot on the passage of time.

"I think there's always something comforting about sad songs," Sexsmith says. "It's a shared thing that everyone can relate to."

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Beyoncé On Lip-Syncing: 'I Did Not Feel Comfortable Taking A Risk'

Pat Benic DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:34 pm

The Grammy-award winning singer Beyoncé has finally put an end to all the talk surrounding her performance during President Obama's second inauguration.

And she did it in diva fashion, during a press conference to preview her Super Bowl performance.

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