All Songs Considered Blog
11:32 am
Fri June 22, 2012

First Watch: Family Band, 'Night Song'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 2:47 pm

For Family Band's Kim Krans, music and visual imagery are inexorably intertwined as means of expressing a dark, delicate vision. Recording with her guitarist husband Jonny Ollsin as Family Band, she's crafted a beautifully unsettling ballad in "Night Song," but it's almost difficult to imagine hearing it without the visuals she created for its video:

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Deceptive Cadence
10:19 am
Fri June 22, 2012

'Next!' How Do You Reduce Audition Anxiety?

The difference between being first sax and fourth is nailing the audition — and you can give your child the advantage of careful preparation.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:44 pm

All this week, we've been exploring the ways families help kids learn to play music. Along the way, we've gleaned lots of great tips on everything from choosing an instrument to tantrum-free practice from our readers, as well as young musicians who have appeared on From the Top and their parents.

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Cabinet of Wonders
9:48 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Cabinet Of Wonders: Episode Five

This week's Cabinet of Wonders lineup sing "Religious Experience" to close the show.
Patrick Monaghan Courtesy of Cabinet of Wonders

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:07 pm

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Games & Humor
6:25 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Are You Better Than Bieber?

Are You Better Than Bieber?
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images Entertainment

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 12:04 pm

  • Listen to 'Better Than Bieber' from Ask Me Another
  • Listen to 'Pen It Like Porter' from Ask Me Another

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The Record
5:01 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

He'll Retune Your Living Room

Tomasz Zajaczkowski

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:11 pm

Want better sound from your home music system? Electrical engineering professor Chris Kyriakakis says it might not be your stereo components that are the problem — it might be your home.

Kyriakakis, who is the principal investigator at the Immersive Audio Lab at the University of Southern California, has spent years figuring out how to make the experience of listening to recorded sound as close to what you hear in a live performance as possible.

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Music Interviews
4:37 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

David Byrne Finds A Disco Muse In Imelda Marcos

Musician David Byrne at his rehearsal space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Byrne's first musical, Here Lies Love, chronicles the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos.
Andrea Shea NPR

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 5:19 pm

For many, the mention of the Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos brings to mind her thousands-strong shoe collection. But the extravagant, ultimately disgraced wife of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos makes musician David Byrne think of something different: disco — and power.

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
2:28 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti

Santigold's latest album, Master of My Make-Believe, came out in April.
Sean Thomas

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 4:30 pm

All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with singer Santi White, who's best known by her stage name, Santigold.

White says her father steered her artistic development by introducing her to the music of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti at a young age.

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2:26 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Latin Music That Breaks Barriers And Pushes Boundaries

Singer Sarah Aroeste performs Ladino music — a style created by the Sephardic Jews of the Iberian Peninsula.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 10:04 am

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2:21 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra On JazzSet

With 46 years under its belt, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Bob Brookmeyer and Thad Jones at the Village Vanguard.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:32 pm

It started in 1966 as a three-week agreement among composer and conductor Thad Jones, drummer Mel Lewis and Max Gordon, the proprietor of The Village Vanguard in New York. And it continues, gloriously.

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Favorite Sessions
1:52 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Joe Pug: 'Hymn' For A Lasting Relationship

Folk Alley

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:32 pm

A hymn is a faith song, and Joe Pug knows about faith. It was a leap of faith which moved him to quit school in pursuit of songwriting in the first place. So it's no surprise that his stirring new song "Hymn #76" balances on faith. "To love me is to set up on a mountain," he sings. "Every step is harder than the last."

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