All Songs Considered Blog
8:03 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Song Premiere: Touché Amoré, 'Whale Belly'

Touché Amoré.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:20 pm

An endless churn of new music constantly buries the past, so it's the mark of a great record when you still want to spin it long after a given year's best-of lists are published. Touché Amoré's exuberant road-worn confessional, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, hasn't left my iPod or my psyche since last summer. And, while fans have already begun inquiring about a new full-length, the post-hardcore band's never-ending tour schedule doesn't stop until late December — for now.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:30 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Song Premiere: BRAINSTORM, 'Flat Earth'

Jaclyn Campanaro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:20 pm

I'm a sucker for a stuttered guitar sound. It's a sound I came to love listening to Fela Kuti and other African greats in the '70s and '80s. American rockers often tend to crank their gritty guitars to 10 — they get loud and gritty about two and a half minutes into the tune. But it's that sweeter, stuttered sound that grabs me right away; you can hear it these days in bands like Fool's Gold or Vampire Weekend.

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Music News
5:16 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100

John Cage during his 1966 concert at the opening of the National Arts Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Rowland Scherman Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 6:05 pm

OK, let's get the elephant out of the room right away. John Cage's most famous, or infamous, work is "4'33"," in which a musician walks onstage and sits at the piano for 4 minutes and 33 seconds.

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Thistle and Shamrock
3:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Jean Redpath

Jean Redpath

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:37 pm

Singer Jean Redpath first travelled from Scotland to the United States in 1961 and was soon immersed in the American folk scene. Since then, she has performed throughout the world, released over forty recordings, and won the hearts of public radio listeners through her many appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Host Fiona Ritchie met up with Redpath to reminisce about five decades of sharing song.

All Songs Considered Blog
3:22 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Sept. 5


Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:57 am

Whitney Houston's 1992 Bodyguard soundtrack was a huge hit. Huge! It sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. Remember "I Will Always Love You"? It's from that record. But according to last week's poll, a staggering 90 percent of you either don't like it or haven't heard it.

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Field Recordings
2:19 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

We Are Augustines: Somewhere Over The Mountain

We Are Augustines perform for a Field Recording video
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:14 pm

The Brooklyn band We Are Augustines wouldn't seem to lend itself to windblown acoustic sing-alongs: The songs on 2011's Rise Ye Sunken Ships songs bellow and soar in the electric, anthemic spirit of, say, Titus Andronicus.

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World Cafe
1:33 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Melissa Etheridge On World Cafe

Melissa Etheridge.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:00 am

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has been making music since she first picked up a guitar at the age of 8. Playing in country groups throughout her teens in her home state of Kansas, Etheridge went on to a hugely successful and decorated 25-year solo career — and won two Grammy Awards and an Oscar along the way.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:19 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Song Premiere: How To Dress Well, '& It Was U'

Tom Krell records under the name How to Dress Well.
Jesse Lirola Courtesy of Acephale

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 1:10 pm

Tom Krell is only one man.

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Mountain Stage
10:51 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Milk Carton Kids On Mountain Stage

The Milk Carton Kids on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Minimalist folk duo The Milk Carton Kids makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Singer-songwriters Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale were pursuing their own solo careers when a serendipitous meeting led to full-time collaboration and a lovely new album titled Prologue.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
10:19 am
Wed September 5, 2012

KCRW Presents: Diamond Rings

Diamond Rings performs on set at KCRW.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:46 pm

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