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Unconventional Songs

Saturday, July 19, 2014

We'll hear unusual approaches to songs on this New Sounds program, including something from vocalist/composer/songwriter Julia Holter, whose recent "Ekstasis," both bewitches and confounds with its substantial song-craft and challenging freak-pop.  Listen to songs by Julia Holter, along with recent songs from violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt, and songwriter Lee Feldman.  Plus, ...

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Classics For Kids

How Rhapsody in Blue Was Written

Saturday, July 19, 2014

George Gershwin’s most famous piece is Rhapsody in Blue. Take a walk through this music this week on Classics for Kids and learn why Gershwin had to compose it in a very short time.

Movies on the Radio

The Mission, Mutiny on the Bounty, Solo Violin, and More

Saturday, July 19, 2014

David Garland hosts this weeks show featuring highlights from Ennio Morricone's score for "The Mission" and other films.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Bassist Charlie Haden

Friday, July 18, 2014

Last week, the jazz world lost the renowned and influential bassist Charlie Haden, who died at 76. Nate Chinen, the jazz and pop critic for the New York Times, reflects on Haden's diverse musical career and shares a couple of his must-hear recordings.

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All Things Considered

Mammut On World Cafe

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hear four songs by the popular band, recorded live from Icelandic National Day celebrations.

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Soundcheck

A 'Moving' New Song From James Is A Matter Of Life And Death, And Yarn

Friday, July 18, 2014

The British band James is returning with La Petite Mort, its first new album in six years. Watch the remarkable and poignant music video for the band's song "Moving On."

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Viking's Choice: Sleep, 'The Clarity'

Friday, July 18, 2014

Two decades after the epic Dopesmoker was written, "The Clarity" presents Sleep at its heaviest and weediest. The band describes it as a "lyrical follow-up to a lifetime of marijuana enjoyment."

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Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz

Friday, July 18, 2014

The contralto joined host Marian McPartland in 2000 to perform "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Lundy's own piece, "Quiet Times."

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Treasure Hunt: Discoveries From The Latin Alternative Music Conference

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hear some of the best up-and-coming artists Alt.Latino found at this year's event, from a hypnotic Dominican singer to a dramatic Chilean pianist and a Cuban crooner.

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Fresh Air

'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered

Friday, July 18, 2014

"You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world," Haden told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.

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Soundcheck

Keren Ann: Songwriter, Composer, Pop Music Chameleon

Friday, July 18, 2014

It's been nearly three years since her last album, 101, but Keren Ann seems to have shown no signs of slowing. Hear the diverse songwriter and composer perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Of Monsters And Men On World Cafe

Friday, July 18, 2014

Watch an exclusive acoustic performance of the Icelandic band's most recent song, "Silhouettes."

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Drum Fill Friday, For July 18

Friday, July 18, 2014

This week's puzzler for careful listeners includes something for everyone, from jazz and classic rock, to punk and speed metal. Hear a series of drum fills (and intros) and match them to the song.

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At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits

Friday, July 18, 2014

The long-running festival has a tremendous history of testing its genre's boundaries. From Anais Mitchell to Death Vessel to the one-man band Reignwolf, download five songs from this year's lineup.

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NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival

Friday, July 18, 2014

From July 25 to July 27, we'll stream more than a dozen concerts from the festival's main stage.

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New Sounds

Global Jewish Music

Friday, July 18, 2014

There's music from the expected places, like Brooklyn's Andy Statman, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, and some from very unexpected places. Hear Cuban-Jewish music from Roberto Rodriguez, and a DJ collaboration from Socalled, along with some Afrobeat-meets-Jewish Nigerian style arrangements of Jewish wordless songs of praise from Zion80.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Bassist Charlie Haden; Marco Benevento Sings; Keren Ann Plays Live

Friday, July 18, 2014

In this episode: Last week, the jazz world lost Charlie Haden, who died at the age of 76. One of the most influential bassists of all time, Haden played with luminaries like Ornette Colman, Pat Metheny, and Keith Jarrett -- with whom he recorded the fittingly titled album, Last Dance, released about a month ago. But he also sometimes stepped outside of the jazz realm, revisiting the country music of his childhood spent touring with his family’s band. Nate Chinen, the jazz and pop critic for the New York Times reflects on Charlie Haden's diverse musical career and shares a couple of his must-hear recordings.

Then: You may know Marco Benevento from his winding, sonically rich instrumentals -- or from the Soundcheck theme song, which he wrote. But now, with help of producer Richard Swift, Benevento's forthcoming album, Swift, features the longtime keyboardist singing. Get a taste with his new song "At The Show" -- and watch the music video.

And: Singer and guitarist Keren Ann wowed fans three years ago with a collection of smoky pop songs. Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

Studio 360

These Aren't the Droids

Friday, July 18, 2014

Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, and Ellie Kemper lament a future designed by and for teenage guys.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Bombay Rickey

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eccentric Brooklyn rockers play Tea Lounge tomorrow night. Download, "Tuco’s Last Stand."

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Soundcheck

The Real And Made Up History Of The Theremin

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Most will know the theremin from its eerie sound in film scores like The Day The Earth Stood Still and the Electro-Theremin used on the Beach Boys classic “Good Vibrations.” Now the theremin and its creator, Leon Theremin, are the subject of the new book by Sean Michaels, Us Conductors, a fictionalized take on the life of the instrument’s inventor.

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