Music http://wdiy.org en 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler http://wdiy.org/post/la-marseillaise-unmasked-bastille-day-puzzler "The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/06/13/321696397/join-a-nationwide-performance-of-the-national-anthem" target="_blank">attention it's been getting</a> is again a reminder of how <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvQ5hZadFok" target="_blank">difficult it is</a> for many Americans to sing our national anthem.<p>Not so for the French, who have <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mW8D0UNyLk" target="_blank">"La Marseillaise,"</a> composed by Claude Joseph de Lisle in 1792 as the French Revolution was in ful Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 43709 at http://wdiy.org 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-alvvays-alvvays Music is at its most potent when it expands, dissolves, changes and challenges borders. Separations of genre, geography, politics — none are a force more powerful than people getting together to make music in a room. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Katie Presley 43692 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays' First Listen: Joyce Manor, 'Never Hungover Again' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-joyce-manor-never-hungover-again <em>Never Hungover Again</em> begins with a cold open — just a one-second chord and vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson "looking at your face in the dark" — of a lanky pop song that already seems to be in progress. Joyce Manor has never been one to extend the drama, with albums shorter than it takes to watch an episode of <em>Space Ghost Coast to Coast</em>; the punk band can pack an emotional wallop with as much as a yelp.<p>Now on its third album, the Torrance, Calif.-based band has embraced the shades of The Smiths that were merely suggested previously. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 43693 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Joyce Manor, 'Never Hungover Again' First Listen: White Fence, 'For The Recently Found Innocent' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-white-fence-recently-found-innocent Tim Presley has been performing as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/07/01/327231230/new-mix-bon-iver-white-fence-luluc-freddie-gibbs-more">White Fence</a> for a few years now, building on a diverse resume that borders on the impossible: He played in hardcore punk band The Nerve Agents in the late '90s, leads the space-rock group Darker My Love, was a member of the garage outfit Strange Boys, and even found time to join <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394687/the-fall">The Fall</a>. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Doug Mosurock 43694 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: White Fence, 'For The Recently Found Innocent' Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned American Composer, Dies At 84 http://wdiy.org/post/lorin-maazel-world-renowned-american-composer-dies-84 Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>And we end today's show with a remembrance world-renowned American conductor Lorin Maazel has died. Maazel was born in 1930 in Paris and was a child prodigy. By age 5 he was taking violin lessons, by 7 he was conducting. And by the time he was a teenager he had conducted most of the major American orchestras. He spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel in 2009.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>LORIN MAAZEL: I had the good fortune of not being exploited as so many child prodigies were. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 editor 43686 at http://wdiy.org Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies http://wdiy.org/post/conductor-lorin-maazel-who-brought-america-podium-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esL_i0nFBaA</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:41:00 +0000 editor 43679 at http://wdiy.org Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life http://wdiy.org/post/charlie-hadens-lessons-music-and-life Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>We take a moment now to remember jazz musician and composer Charlie Haden, who died Friday at the age of 76. Haden was one of the most respected and admired musicians in jazz. His fierce commitment to the music was matched by his intense belief in the rights of all human beings, and he spoke out for those rights verbally and musically around the world. As a young singer, Charlie Haden was struck by polio which foiled that career. So he switched to the acoustic bass where he developed a signature sound. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 editor 43675 at http://wdiy.org Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes http://wdiy.org/post/richard-reed-parry-turns-musicians-metronomes Richard Reed Parry is famous for making music sound big. As a core member of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16334660/arcade-fire" target="_blank">Arcade Fire</a>, the Grammy-winning indie rock group from Montreal, he wields multiple instruments to help create deep, layered textures in which strings and synthesizers, slow ballads and disco dance tracks are all at home.<p>Parry's first solo album is a departure even from that broad sound. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 NPR Staff 43676 at http://wdiy.org Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' http://wdiy.org/post/rock-icon-tommy-ramone-was-ahead-his-time Punk rock music has lost one of its earliest pioneers.<p>Tommy Ramone <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/12/330893277/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-of-the-ramones-dies-at-62">died of cancer on Friday</a> at his home in Queens, N.Y. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 43674 at http://wdiy.org 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert http://wdiy.org/post/john-grant-tiny-desk-concert John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album <em>Pale Green Ghosts</em> is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.<p>So when Grant came to the Tiny Desk with just an acoustic guitarist — and wanted to play piano himself — I feared that the power of the songs I'd come to love wouldn't translate amid such bare sounds. I was wrong, and his music was just right. The lyrics rush forward and hit hard. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43669 at http://wdiy.org John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert