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All Songs Considered Blog
12:02 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Aliens Have Landed, Hoping To License All Of Humanity's Music

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 2:13 pm

  • Hear John Hodgman read the first chapter of 'Year Zero' by Rob Reid

This just in: Aliens from pretty far away have been listening to music from Earth for the past 35 years. As it turns out, the planet's only redeeming quality is our music. From a legal standpoint this is great news, the biggest copyright violation since forever. That's the first thing you want to know about Rob Reid's smart and wacky novel Year Zero, out this week.

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Music Interviews
11:18 am
Mon July 9, 2012

'Brownout,' From Music Experiment To Fan Favorite

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 1:59 pm

The Latin funk group began as a side band by some members of the Grammy-winning Latin ensemble Grupo Fantasma. They wanted to test new sounds but quickly learned they had something bigger to offer. Now, Brownout is getting lots of fans and glowing reviews. Their newest album is Oozy. Member Greg Gonzales talks with guest host Maria Hinojosa.

Tiny Desk Concerts
10:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Brandi Carlile: Tiny Desk Concert

Blake Lipthratt NPR

It's possible to place countless movies and TV shows within a very specific time frame based on whether they feature certain songs: Baja Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out," Smash Mouth's "All Star" and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' "Home" all provide a form of pop-cultural carbon dating, as well as signifiers of a tone that's both specific and universal.

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World Cafe
10:37 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe

Sharon Van Etten.
Elisabeth Vitale

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:01 pm

Sharon Van Etten's raspy, elegant vocals and deeply confessional folk-rock have made her a rising star. Ever since her official debut in 2009, the heart-breakingly intimate Because I Was In Love, Van Etten has been expanding her sound and adding grit to her delivery.

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:03 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Put Down The Camera And Watch The Show ... Really?

Concertgoers at Webster Hall in New York City during a show by M83 on Nov. 22, 2011.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:47 pm

I try and see music as much as I can. I've been going to the 9:30 Club since it opened. In fact, I was in the first band to ever play the club. So when I walked in the front doors of the club to see an M. Ward show recently, I was surprised that I, along with everyone else getting their hand stamped, received the following marching orders: "Tonight, no photography or videos. Including cell phones."

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Music
5:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Who Is She? Just One Of The Most Popular Songs Ever

Astrud Gilberto performs "The Girl From Ipanema." Gilberto, the wife of Brazilian singer Joao Gilberto, had never sung professionally before recording the song.
YouTube

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 5:57 pm

Amy Winehouse. Ella Fitzgerald. Sammy Davis Jr. The Yale Whiffenpoofs. Mike Tyson.

All of these artists — and non-artists — are members of a big club. They're among many who've crooned the second-most recorded pop song ever, according to a count by Performing Songwriter magazine.

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Music Interviews
5:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

'Initial Here': Jazz Musician Linda Oh Plays Out Her Heritage

Linda Oh's latest album, Initial Here, was released May 22.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 5:48 pm

Jazz bassist and bandleader Linda Oh says her new album, Initial Here, is an exploration of her heritage. She was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, but as a toddler, she moved with her family to Australia.

Oh started taking piano lessons there when she was 4. Music was just a hobby back then, but once her uncle strapped a bass guitar around her neck, that's when she fell in love.

Oh cut her teeth playing bass in both jazz and rock bands all over her hometown of Perth in Western Australia.

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Music Interviews
6:08 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Old Crow Medicine Show: Something Borrowed

Old Crow Medicine Show's new album, Carry Me Back, comes out July 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 2:59 pm

Old Crow Medicine Show didn't count on the runaway success of its 2004 song "Wagon Wheel." In fact, say members Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua, the Nashville band was just trying to finish a job Bob Dylan had started.

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:07 am
Sun July 8, 2012

The Shredder Behind '100 Guitar Licks' Speaks

Alex Chadwick, an employee of the Chicago Music Exchange, recorded a 12-minute video that chronicles the history of rock in one take and 100 songs.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:47 pm

By now it isn't news that a Chicago guitarist recorded 100 famous rock licks in chronological order without breaking a sweat. The video of Alex Chadwick blazing through "Smoke on the Water," "Day Tripper," "Satisfaction" and others, all in one 12-minute take, has gone certifiably viral.

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The Record
4:42 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Conquering Reverb: Behind The World's Oldest Sound Effect

Reverb is a natural phenomenon, but sound engineers have been finding artificial ways to reproduce it since the 1940s.
niknikon iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:33 pm

Accounts vary on the first use of artificial reverb, but the most widely acknowledged origin story just turned 65. That was the harmonica instrumental "Peg O' My Heart," and it was a No. 1 hit in the summer of 1947. It owes its hypnotic tone to a crafty production trick.

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