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Games & Humor
6:26 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season One

Ask Me Another resident musician, Jonathan Coulton, keeps audiences entertained with his offbeat lyrics and entertaining covers of popular music. JoCo quit his day job writing software in 2005 to pursue a career in music.
Bill Wadman Courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 12:35 pm

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
5:12 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 8:45 pm

Today, All Things Considered continues its Mom and Dad's Record Collection series with a musician who is a heir of American musical royalty.

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Mountain Stage
4:54 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Great Lake Swimmers On Mountain Stage

Great Lake Swimmers perform on Mountain Stage at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn.
Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage.

Early in this show, fellow guest Tim O'Brien joked that the Ontario-based Great Lake Swimmers "had better get started" if they hoped to make it to the show on time. They didn't actually swim – but it was still great to have the Toronto band on an episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn.

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Favorite Sessions
4:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Cookers: A Bebop Supergroup

The Cookers.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 12:39 pm

If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. The band is an amazing collection of veteran jazz musicians: Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano).

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World Cafe
3:42 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Tracy Grammer On World Cafe

Tracy Grammer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 10:42 am

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of singer-songwriter Dave Carter from a sudden heart attack induced. He and Tracy Grammer, his partner in both music and life, were the fresh new act in folk at the time, having joined forces in 1996. In accordance with Carter's wishes, Grammer has continued to perform their songs even into her blossoming solo career, which so far includes three studio albums.

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Concerts
3:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Gang Gang Dance In Concert

Gang Gang Dance live from Celebrate Brooklyn
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:57 am

  • Gang Gang Dance Live From Celebrate Brooklyn

I was curious to see how Gang Gang Dance would present their edgy mix of dance and more experimental electronica at the outdoor Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn. The answer was: convincingly. Gang Gang Dance's set featured keening, alien vocal lines soaring over choppy keyboards, rhythmic samples and glitches, and two live drummer/percussionists.

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Alt.Latino
1:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Muito Legal! Brazilian Music For Summer

Rapper and São Paulo native Criolo is just one of many exciting artists appearing this year at Brasil Summerfest in New York.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 7:04 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:40 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

First Watch: The Dø, 'The Wicked And The Blind'

Courtesy of the artist

My favorite new discovery of the year is actually an album that came out last fall by a band called The Dø (pronounced "dough"). After months of living beneath a massive pile of other CDs, it finally surfaced a couple of weeks ago and blew me away. It's called Both Ways Open Jaws and it's an epic listen: beautiful but gritty, unpredictable, unsettling and full of mystery.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:02 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Cartoonist Misha Dichter (He Plays Piano, Too)

Misha Dichter's sketch of a pianist at work.
courtesy of Misha Dichter

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 3:19 pm

Misha Dichter is a man of many talents, though you probably know him as the gifted pianist who won the silver medal at 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition, spurring an international career that has lasted more than 40 years.

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NPR Music Essentials
9:34 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Baltimore hip-hop artist Al Great.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 8:34 am

Last month, we started a new feature called "Heavy Rotation" where we asked public radio DJs from around the country to tell us about the best new music on their playlist. The response was overwhelming, so we've decided to make it a monthly sampler.

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