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All Songs Considered Blog
8:03 am
Tue September 11, 2012

First Watch: The Raveonettes, 'The Enemy'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:18 pm

Just a year after releasing the full-length album Raven in the Grave, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo — the Danish musicians behind The Raveonettes — are back with yet another shimmering noise-pop record. Observator is out today, and includes the gorgeous cut "The Enemy."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:31 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Atlanta Symphony Locked Out

The Atlanta Symphony performs at New York City's Carnegie Hall in 2011.
Jennifer Taylor

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:49 pm

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are at an impasse. The players' contract expired at the end of last month. The symphony is facing a $20 million budget deficit, and it's seeking millions in concessions from the musicians. Both sides say they want to reach an agreement, but they've left the bargaining table, putting the orchestra's 68th season in jeopardy.

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Mountain Stage
2:35 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Arlo Guthrie On Mountain Stage

Arlo Guthrie performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:04 pm

Iconic folksinger, songwriter and raconteur Arlo Guthrie makes his fifth appearance on Mountain Stage here, recorded live in Huntington, W.V. For decades, Guthrie has performed the heavy task of carrying on his father Woody's legacy, while maintaining a place as a highly regarded musician in his own right.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:03 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

First Watch: Ty Segall, 'The Hill'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:20 pm

The basic overlays and spectral effects used in '80s music videos are so rough and out-of-place, they now seem cutting edge. The prolific, endlessly inspired lo-fi garage-rock musician Ty Segall re-creates that psychedelic vibe on his latest video, "The Hill."

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Music Reviews
12:42 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

The Forgotten Story Of Memphis' American Studios

"Son of a Preacher Man" was Dusty Springfield's debut on Atlantic. The entire album that spawned it, Dusty in Memphis, was recorded at American Studios.
Stan Meagher Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:41 pm

Memphis has been a music town since anyone can remember, and it's had places to record that music since there have been records. Some of its studios — Sun, Stax and Hi — are well-known, but American Studios produced its share of hits, and yet it remains obscure. But that's all likely to change with Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios, both a book and a CD out now.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:03 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

First Watch: Tilly And The Wall, 'Defenders'

Tilly and the Wall's new album, Heavy Mood, comes out Oct. 2.
Jason Meintjes

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:18 pm

Once based in Omaha, Tilly and the Wall's members have since scattered to the four winds: They live in different cities, and their busy lives led to a lengthy hiatus following the 2008 release of O. Still, even after a long absence, the band's music embodies unity, togetherness and empowerment.

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Economy
11:39 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Master Violin Maker Feels Economy's Sour Notes

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. And today a story about the business of music.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIOLIN)

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Music
11:39 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Strawberry Fields For 'MasterChef' Christine Ha

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where guests of the program tell us the songs they're listening to for a little inspiration. Today is a very special, probably stressful day for "MasterChef" contestant Christine Ha. Why?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MASTERCHEF")

GARY RHODES: The person joining Josh in the "MasterChef" finale, that person is Christine.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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A Blog Supreme
11:32 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Five Ways To Mix Jazz And Punk

The quartet Garage a Trois.
Michael Weintrob Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 4:10 pm

Jazz is a sponge for outside sounds. Add another idea to it — say, European classical or gospel-inflected R&B music — and it absorbs, assimilating the sound into a new subgenre: like "third stream" or "soul jazz," respectively. Wring it out, and its own improvisatory essence remains in the mix.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Avi Avital: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 10:02 am

Other than bluegrass virtuosos like Ricky Skaggs, players of the mandolin don't often get taken very seriously. But a young Israeli musician named Avi Avital is trying to change that. He's not a bluegrass star; instead, his mandolin sings with the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ernest Bloch and contemporary composers like Avner Dorman.

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