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10:35 am
Tue October 2, 2012

New Rap Royalty: Killer Mike, El-P, Mr. Mf'n eXquire & Despot

El-P, Killer Mike, Despot and Mr. Mf'n eXquire celebrate a successful studio session at KEXP in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 5:04 pm

I was beyond excited and just a little nervous as I made the 30-second walk from the booth to the live room for this session in the KEXP studios. Usually, these things happen with one artist, but tonight I'd corral a round-robin of five MCs, a couple of whom were behind some of my favorite hip-hop of all time. Between the MCs, the DJs, the hype men and the keyboardists (not to mention KEXP's photographers and videographers), there were a dozen people waiting at the end of the hall.

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All Songs Considered Blog
8:03 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78'

Philip Glass (left) and Beck.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 12:58 pm

The latest tease from this fall's upcoming collection of remixed Philip Glass tunes comes from Beck. The 20-minute song, "NYC: 73-78," includes snippets from more than 20 Glass songs, which Beck cut together and re-imagined.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:24 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Kat Edmonson: Tiny Desk Concert

Kat Edmonson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 17, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:46 pm

We first met Kat Edmonson nearly four years ago, when All Songs Considered put out a challenge to songwriters on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration. We asked musicians around the country to capture the moment in song, and Edmonson, a native of Texas, wrote and sent us "Be the Change." It was clearly the best song we received, and she sang it with a unique voice and wonderful phrasing — so spot on.

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Art & Design
4:59 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

In 'Music Of Trees,' A Symphony In The Key Of Cedar

Composer Abby Aresty recorded the sounds of a Seattle arboretum and mixed them into seven compositions that are now playing throughout the park.
Courtesy of Abby Aresty

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 7:38 pm

There's a symphony of sound playing this month at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty recorded the natural sounds of the park over the course of a year — including a gurgling pond, a bicycle rolling by on a gravel path, bird song — and then mixed the recordings into seven compositions.

The pieces are played through speakers that have been installed at seven sites around the arboretum. The project is called Paths II: The Music Of Trees.

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World Cafe
3:57 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Next: The Lighthouse And The Whaler

The Lighthouse and the Whaler.
Ming Wu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:42 pm

  • Hear two new tracks from The Lighthouse and the Whaler

The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band based in Cleveland, Ohio, though its name actually references the waters off the coast of Massachusetts. Originally, Michael LoPresti and Aaron Smith were its only members, and the very first song they wrote together, "The Field Song," ended up picked for a Paste sampler CD.

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Music Reviews
3:52 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

The English Beat.
Adrian Boot Urbanimage.tv

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:40 pm

In 1978, it seemed that every kid in Britain wanted to be in a punk band. But in Birmingham, that blighted industrial scar in the middle of the island, there wasn't much punk to be seen. The oasis was a club called Barbarella's, and that's where Dave Wakeling and Andy Cox hung out.

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Mountain Stage
2:40 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Hot Club of Cowtown.
JR Ancheta Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:03 pm

Hot Club of Cowtown makes its fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The band formed in 1996, when guitarist and singer Whit Smith answered an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James.

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The Fresh Air Interview
2:07 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

In Memoir, Neil Young Wages 'Heavy Peace'

Neil Young.
Pegi Young

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:00 pm

At age 66, Neil Young has taken the advice of his doctor and stopped smoking marijuana — though he's not "making any promises," he says.

The Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist has a new memoir titled Waging Heavy Peace, in which he talks about his music, family and medical conditions, including polio, epilepsy and a brain aneurysm. In the book, he describes a particularly painful procedure he went through, which has since been banished.

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The Mix
8:03 am
Mon October 1, 2012

The Mix: The Mississippi Blues Project

Mississippi-born harmonica player Big George Brock performs at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
John Vettese

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 1:39 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:03 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Song Premiere: Black Moth Super Rainbow, 'Gangs In The Garden'

Tobacco (a.k.a. Tom Fec), frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, wants to show you something in the trunk.
The Seven Fields Of Apehlion

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 1:03 pm

After raising more than $125,000 on Kickstarter, the synth-psych-rock group Black Moth Super Rainbow is set to self-release its fifth full-length record. The gritty, beat-heavy Cobra Juicy is due out on Oct. 23, but the band is giving fans an early taste now with the thick and dirty "Gangs in the Garden."

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