Jacob Ganz

Jacob Ganz appears in the following:

Can You Have An Album On iTunes If You Don't Exist?

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Internet is a strange and wonderful place.

Say you're an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and you're looking for an audience. You've got an active presence on social media, a deal with a major label and a proven sound that, while a little dated, probably would have sold reasonably well if it ...

Comment

From Jazz To Latin To R&B, NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of 2015 So Far

Friday, July 03, 2015

NPR's favorite albums of the year so far range from hip-hop to Latin music.

Comment

A Rational Conversation: Are B-Sides For Die Hards, Or Everybody?

Friday, June 19, 2015

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on the phone or instant messenger with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

Last month Jay Z performed two intimate concerts in ...

Comment

Apple Announces Music Streaming Service

Monday, June 08, 2015

Apple has announced the launch of Apple Music, an app that adds a subscription streaming service to iTunes, the largest music retailer in the world.

The announcement, made at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, comes more than a year after Apple acquired Beats Music, the streaming service founded by Jimmy ...

Comment

All Songs +1: The Art Of Streaming

Friday, June 05, 2015

For our +1 mini-podcast this week, Bob is joined in the studio by NPR Music's Jacob Ganz to talk about how we connect to songs we love in the age of streaming. The conversation highlights what we'll miss most about physical forms of music and what we hope the future ...

Comment

How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Recently, the rapper Jay Z relaunched the subscription streaming music service Tidal, which includes the option to listen to high-definition audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal's HiFi, with its uncompressed audio files, promises a better listening experience than any other streaming service on the market.

Many listeners cannot hear the ...

Comment

How Streaming Is Changing Music

Monday, June 01, 2015

There was a moment in the mid-2000s when it seemed like we might be collecting songs, one-by-one, into eternity. Internet connections were getting faster, hard drives stored more data in tinier spaces, songs were easier than ever to find and available for little or no money. Every year, the new ...

Comment

Sharon Van Etten Explains The Heartbreak Behind Her New EP, Track By Track

Monday, June 01, 2015

Sharon Van Etten's 2014 album, Are We There, was one of the more focused, devastating recordings of the year, an unflinching set of songs that trace the contours of a doomed relationship. The album doesn't spare either party — Van Etten is as critical of her own decisions ...

Comment

New Mix: Six Musical Discoveries You Can't Miss

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob is joined in the studio by NPR Music's Katie Presley and Jacob Ganz and the crew sets its sights on discovery. None of the musicians featured in this episode have ever been played on All Songs before — we set out to find ...

Comment

Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Explains 'Escape From Evil,' Track By Track

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

There's something mysterious, almost opaque, about the songs of Lower Dens. The ones on the band's new album, Escape From Evil, are lush but distant, beautiful things held just out of reach. As Jason Heller writes in his First Listen review, "For an album so sculpted ...

Comment

Have Brunch With Bleachers' Jack Antonoff

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"I've been coming here for so long," Jack Antonoff says of SXSW while waiting for a breakfast table at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. "The first time I came, in 2003, I had one show at a sushi place that like nine friends came to. Which I thought was ...

Comment

Courtney Barnett, 'Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party' (Live At SXSW)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"This song's for anybody who couldn't make into this show, if there is anybody," Courtney Barnett says before blasting through "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party," from her just-over-the-horizon debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The modesty is cute but ...

Comment

Hear Lydia Loveless Cover Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Last year, as an April Fools' Day joke, the label Bloodshot Records announced that it had brought together 21 affiliated artists for a roughed-up roots take on the music of Prince, to be pressed as a "purple swirl colored double vinyl LP" set. To the label's surprise, fans ...

Comment

Sam Smith Wins Four Grammy Awards, Including Song Of The Year

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The British singer also won Best New Artist and Record of the Year, for "Stay With Me." Beck won Album of the Year for his subdued, folky Morning Phase.

Comments [1]

NPR Music's 302 Favorite Songs Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Traditionally, the folks at NPR Music make a list of their 100 favorite songs of the year. But this time, they expanded the list to 302 songs and made a really long mix tape.

Comment

NPR Music Presents A Screening Of 'Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russell'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Though he collaborated with Talking Heads, made classic disco records and influenced countless fellow musicians, Arthur Russell was not well-known during his too-short life, which ended in 1992 due to complications from AIDS. To those who knew him he was a singular musician: a fan of ...

Comment

Wild Beasts: A 'Beautiful Truth' In A Beautiful Bar

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You can be 10 feet from The Campbell Apartment, a bar tucked into the corner of New York's Grand Central Station, and not have any idea it's there. The office of a member of the New York Central Railroad's Board Of Directors in the 1920s (and later a storage closet ...

Comment

RSVP For NPR Music's Showcase During The CMJ Music Marathon

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Next week, the CMJ Music Marathon will fill New York City with even more great music than normal. Every fall, the festival brings hundreds of bands to the city's many venues, and NPR Music will be there again this year. On Oct. 22 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, we ...

Comment

Reimagining Brubeck

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The late pianist Dave Brubeck left jazz with incredible performances, recordings and advocacy — as well as a large body of compositions. His iconic music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, discussing the decisions the arrangers made ...

Comment

First Listen: Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

If you're feeling raw, Jessie Ware's Tough Love is a perfect companion, whether you use it as a balm or an echo chamber for your despair. On her second album, Ware comes on like a good listener offering support in the wee hours, singing direct lyrics about love and ...

Comment