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6:13 am
Sat June 16, 2012

I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With

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Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:01 pm

A few days before my internship at All Songs Considered started, Bob Boilen posted an article titled "I Just Deleted All My Music" on this blog. The post is about entrusting his huge personal music library to the cloud. Though this seemed like a bold step to many people who responded to the article, to me, it didn't seem so bold at all.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Even 'The Star-Spangled Banner' Had A First Draft

"The Star-Spangled Banner" handwritten manuscript by Francis Scott Key, 1814.
Special Collections Department Maryland Historical Society

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 2:22 pm

Monday is the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. Americans may not know much about that war, but they do know a song the war inspired: "The Star-Spangled Banner." The first scratches of those phrases are on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.

The original quill-and-ink manuscript was written by Francis Scott Key. He wrote the lyrics while being held aboard a British ship. Trying to work out a prisoner release, he watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry — the rocket's red glare, bombs bursting in air.

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Music Interviews
7:52 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Glen Hansard: The Best Songs Come 'As A Gift'

Glen Hansard's new album, his first proper solo release, is titled Rhythm and Repose.
Heidi Rose

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:59 am

Glen Hansard began singing on the streets of Dublin when he was just 13. Now, in his early 40s, it's almost hard to count his honors. Once, the musical featuring his songs, just won eight Tony Awards.

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Annoying Music
7:48 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer (So Far)

No one ever said summer music had to be fun.
Ryan Lane iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 2:22 pm

NPR Music has already put together a list of 50 of our favorite songs to help you celebrate the summer. On it, you'll find cheery synth-pop singles, smooth R&B ballads, thumping club bangers and fist-pumping rock anthems.

Missing, however, are those "deep cuts" that lend themselves to a detached, ironic, slightly campy appreciation — the songs that are so bad they're good.

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The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Euro Crisis Has A Beat (And You Can Cry To It)

The Guardian/YouTube

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 8:52 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:42 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 15, 2012

Could Andrew Litton be the next Colorado Symphony leader? Check your inbox.
Unbenannt Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 7:46 pm

  • The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, under the new leadership of chief exec Gene Sobczak has pulled off "a kind of short-term miracle." Less than a year ago, the orchestra was "so toxic that 20 trustees made an angry and abrupt exit," and they've been looking for a new artistic director for about four years.
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Mountain Stage
1:51 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Lera Lynn On Mountain Stage

Lera Lynn.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:52 am

Lera Lynn makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A native of the music haven and college town Athens, Ga, country singer-songwriter Lera Lynn has been winning accolades and fans at an astounding pace. She was named "Best American Artist" at Athens' 2011 Flagpole Music Awards, and her tune "Bobby, Baby" won the same year's Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest.

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World Cafe
1:19 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Sense Of Place: A Voodoo Tour With Dr. John

Dr. John.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:30 pm

Dr. John knows New Orleans like no one else. The gritty, growly music legend boasts a lengthy career, during which he's perfected a blend of New Orleans voodoo blues, funk and rock 'n' roll. Locked Down, his latest album — produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach — was released earlier this year.

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The Record
12:13 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

A Cover Album Is A Tiny Museum Of Songs

The cover of Justin Vivian Bond's album Silver Wells, on which the cabaret performer uses other people's songs to construct a plotline that echoes the Joan Didion novel Play It As It Lays.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:40 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Wichita (Symphony) Lineman

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:46 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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