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Deceptive Cadence
12:32 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Seen The 'Brokeback Mountain' Movie? Now Watch The Opera

Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch star in the opera Brokeback Mountain.
Javier del Real Teatro Real

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 6:24 am

In 2006, at the 78th Academy Awards, the film Brokeback Mountain captured three Oscars and the attention of movie fans everywhere. That two handsome stars — Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal — played the lead roles helped propel the film's popularity.

But the tale of star-crossed sheepherders who fall in love on a rugged Wyoming mountain originated long before the film, as a tightly focused short story by Annie Proulx that was published in the New Yorker in 1997.

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Favorite Sessions
11:40 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West perform live for Folk Alley.
BeeHive Productions

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:21 am

Don't let Cahalen Morrison and Eli West's simple two-man sound fool you. The music itself isn't simple so much as an exercise in artful restraint. The Seattle duo's new album, I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands, is packed with exquisite instrumentation and close country harmonies. But the stories they tell and the melodies they employ are complex and wrought with nuanced emotion.

"Down in the Lonesome Draw" is about searching for work and opportunity — an old American story with nearly as much relevance now as when the Western states were still a frontier.

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All Songs Considered
9:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Civil Wars Cover Elliott Smith

John Paul White (left) and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars.
Allister Ann Courtesy of the artist

If you remembered that John Paul White and Joy Williams had announced they were taking a hiatus last year, the news of a new digital EP from The Civil Wars might make you scratch your head. But this cover of Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars," which lends its name to the EP, was actually recorded a while back with producers Rick Rubin and Charlie Peacock.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:18 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Update: 'I Have Begun To Hear A Little Again'

Takashi Niigaki stepped forward today in Japan as the ghostwriter for popular composer Mamoru Samuragochi — and added another twist to the breaking story.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 6:50 am

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9:06 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Black, Latino And Proud: Black History Month With Alt.Latino

Herencia De Timbiqui, one of the many Afro-Latino artists on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Stolen Stradivarius Found By Milwaukee Police

A Stradivarius violin is pictured in December 2009 at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 8:26 am

Police in Milwaukee have recovered "Lipinski" – a 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen last month from a concertmaster as he was walking to his car with the rare violin.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, quoting law enforcement officials, says the instrument has been found:

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The Record
9:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On

MJG (left) and Eightball in an early, undated photo.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 1:08 pm

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World Cafe
11:02 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Tony Joe White On World Cafe

Tony Joe White.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 12:33 pm

Tony Joe White pretty much invented the swamp-rock genre in 1969 with his first album, Black and White; Elvis Presley often covered White's huge hit "Polk Salad Annie." (As White sings in his song, Polk salad is a food synonymous with the rural poor South.)

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10:46 am
Wed February 5, 2014

R&B Star Miguel Gives Props To Kendrick Lamar



Finally, today, we turn to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. Today, we are hearing from R&B sensation Miguel. He's got a new single out now. It's called "Simplethings." Miguel was with us a while back to talk about his album "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Grammy-winning single "Adorn". He also told us about the tracks he's been listening to.


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10:43 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Metropolis: 2/1/14

Banks' "Brain" appears on this episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist.

This week's two-hour mix includes a new song from rising dance vocalist Banks, a Maps remix of Moby's "Almost Home," the Mary J. Blige edition of Disclosure's "F for You" (of course) and much, much more.


  • Moby, "Almost Home (Maps Remix)"
  • Banks, "Brain"
  • Andy Cato, "Rainfalls (Toulouse)"
  • Lancelot, "Givin It Up (MK Remix)"
  • Hostage, "Taxixi"
  • Green Velvet, "Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)"
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