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All Songs Considered Blog
5:03 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 17

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:06 am

The deeper we get into our search for the albums everyone can love, the more intriguing our findings become. For example, last week's poll, shows us that a solid majority of you don't care for the Guns N' Roses album Appetite For Destruction, even though it was a huge record when it first dropped in 1987.

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World Cafe
4:17 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Damien Jurado On World Cafe

Damien Jurado.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:54 pm

Folk-pop singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has come a long way since he first started self-releasing lo-fi folk recordings on cassette. Jurado has been making music since the early '90s, and he recently released his 10th studio album, Maraqopa — his second produced by best friend and Secretly Canadian labelmate Richard Swift.

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Music Interviews
4:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Jimmy Cliff's 'Rebirth' Gives New Life To Vintage Reggae

Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff performs in Rabat, Morocco, in May. His new album is titled Rebirth.
Fadel Senna AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 5:16 pm

Pop music in the 21st century has been flush with precise re-creations of '60s and '70s American R&B — think of Sharon Jones, Adele, Raphael Saadiq and the late Amy Winehouse. Meanwhile, I've been waiting for a similar revival of Jamaica's R&B: ska, rocksteady, roots-reggae.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:15 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Song Premiere: Two Gallants, 'My Love Won't Wait'

Eric Ryan Anderson

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 12:52 pm

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The Record
3:03 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

At The Pitchfork Festival, Best New Music In Real Life

Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes, on stage on Saturday during the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

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Mountain Stage
2:20 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Kathy Mattea On Mountain Stage

Kathy Mattea performs on Mountain Stage.
Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

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Music Reviews
12:49 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Ravi Coltrane: A Noble Sound, Witness To Its Heritage

Ravi Coltrane's new album is called Spirit Fiction.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 10:54 am

The jazz musician Ravi Coltrane, 47, didn't make his burden any lighter by choosing to play tenor and soprano saxophones — the same instruments his father, John Coltrane, indelibly stamped with his influence.

Ravi knew early he needed his own voice. On tenor, he has his own ways of bending and inflecting a note, applying flexible vibrato. Even when his noble sound bears witness to his heritage, Ravi Coltrane can draw on his father's language and make it his own.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:36 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Song Premiere: TNGHT, 'Higher Ground'

TNGHT pairs up producers Lunice (left) and Hudson Mohawke.
Georgia Kuhn

High-profile producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice recently teamed up to adopt the vowel-less moniker TNGHT and assemble a self-titled, five-track stampede of brazen electronic instrumentals. The two have been busy individually; Mohawke's touch is all over Kanye West's blockbuster banger, "Mercy," as well as on a new mixtape from sharp-tongued wunderkind Azealia Banks.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:01 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Young Conductor Steers A Vivid, Drug-Addled Dream

Robin Ticciati conducts beyond his years in a debut recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Marco Borggreve

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 10:20 am

Robin Ticciati is the principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Bamberg Symphony in Germany. He's conducted at the Metropolitan Opera and just finished a run of Britten's Peter Grimes at La Scala. Ticciati has also been tapped to take over England's storied Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2014. And did I mention he's under 30?

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:47 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Song Premiere: She Keeps Bees, 'Counter Charm'

Andy LaPlant and Jessica Larrabee of She Keeps Bees.
Courtesy of the artist

The Brooklyn-based duo She Keeps Bees likes to go it alone. Singer-guitarist Jessica Larrabee and drummer Andy LaPlant have been recording their music at home and self-releasing it since 2006. Their sound is intimate and moody, with incredibly spare arrangements that mix swampy blues with gritty rock.

To record the band's latest single, "Counter Charm," the duo headed to Paris, where they set up a makeshift studio in a small restaurant, late on Halloween night. If they were hoping to bottle the airy creepiness of the time and space, they found it.

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