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11:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 29

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:59 am

Bob Boilen and I were out in Portland and Seattle last week on our summer listening party tour, so we didn't post a new poll of albums everyone can love. Fear not: To make up for the week off, this week we've got 40 albums for you. In the coming weeks we'll let you know which records have been doing the best and have some sort of runoff between the highest vote-getters to come up with a top ten we all can agree on (well, most of us, anyway).

Here's this week's double-size poll. Just tell us whether you love, don't love or haven't really heard each album.

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Mountain Stage
10:46 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit On Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The North Alabama rock band Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage here. As a member of Drive-By Truckers for six years, Isbell was responsible for some of the band's most memorable work, including "Never Gonna Change" and "Outfit." Out on his own since 2007, Isbell has released three studio albums with his band The 400 Unit, the most recent being Here We Rest.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
8:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

KCRW Presents: Beachwood Sparks

Beachwood Sparks performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KCRW.com

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 8:22 am

The L.A. band Beachwood Sparks took a decade-long hiatus before releasing a fantastic new album, Tarnished Gold, earlier this year. A standout on a set of easygoing alt-country, the title track is sure to appeal to fans of The Grateful Dead and especially cosmic-country hero Gram Parsons.

A Blog Supreme
7:28 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Could Thelonious Monk Win The Jazz Competition Named After Him?

Pianist Kris Bowers performs in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He was later named the winner.
Brendan Hoffman WireImage

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:12 pm

Last week, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz announced the 12 semi-finalists for its annual competition for young musicians, often seen as the most prestigious in jazz today.

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Music Interviews
5:22 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Dan Deacon On Computers, College And 'Electronic Music'

Dan Deacon's latest project combines his signature electronic sound with live musicians and instruments.
Shawn Brackbrill Courtesy of Domino Records

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:52 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:25 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Electronic Music Legend Added To Moogfest 2012

Morton Subotnick performing Silver Apples of the Moon in 2011
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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:00 am

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Deceptive Cadence
2:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Barenboim's Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim captured in a 2006 photo from Berlin.
MIGUEL VILLAGRAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:15 pm

Conductor, pianist and peace advocate Daniel Barenboim first recorded all five of Beethoven's piano concertos in 1967. Barenboim, a brash and fantastically smart 24-year-old, was paired with an elder statesman, conductor Otto Klemperer. There was real magic in that collaboration, yielding recordings that still set a benchmark.

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World Cafe
2:05 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Diamond Rugs On World Cafe

Diamond Rugs.
Amie Ledford

Muddying the waters separating indie rock, country and Southern blues, Diamond Rugs formed in Nashville as an all-star music collective assembled by John McCauley of Deer Tick.

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The Picture Show
1:51 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Drinking, Dancing, Dolly Parton: Photos Of The '70s Country Music Scene

Last Call, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tenn., 1974
Henry Horenstein

It may come as a surprise that the photographer who shot these country stars — and their fans — is from Massachusetts. But, Henry Horenstein explains, country music "was a rural music, not necessarily a Southern music."

As a young photographer, Horenstein spent a good part of the 1970s and early '80s at bluegrass festivals, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, New England honky-tonks and elsewhere, documenting what he believed was an "era that was going to go away."

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All Songs Considered
1:25 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening, From Animal Collective, Cat Power, Menomena And More

Menomena (clockwise from upper left), Cat Power, Matthew E. White, Buke & Gase
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 10:59 am

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back from their 2012 World Tour, which is to say they visited Seattle and Portland, Ore. last week, and have returned with a batch of new songs and stories to share. On the west coast Bob and Robin hosted a couple of listening parties, where they played music for an audience, the audience got to rate the songs, then everyone talked about them, just like hardcore music fans.

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