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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.
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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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All Songs Considered
8:12 am
Wed February 5, 2014

First Watch: Deleted Scenes, 'Stutter'

Dustin Diamond plays a struggling actor in the new video for the Deleted Scenes song, "Stutter."
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Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:28 am

The sound of Deleted Scenes, a D.C.-based quartet formed in 2005, is potent, angular and distinct. The lyrics of Dan Scheuerman, who sings and plays guitar, can be simultaneously poetic and direct. The best part of Deleted Scenes is the unexpected, the unpredictable, and "Stutter" is a perfect example of their hard-to-label style. It mixes grating vocals with sporadic bursts of guitar, those abrasive sounds morphing into a likable, memorable track.

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2:03 am
Wed February 5, 2014

First Listen: Tinariwen's New Album, 'Emmaar'

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 10:30 am

How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.

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Cabin Fever Playlist
2:16 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Trade Your Snow Boots For Dance Shoes, And Just Press Play

For our Cabin Fever playlist, we asked for songs that get your blood pumping and body moving, despite weeks of cold, gray days

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 5:06 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
12:57 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) presents the "Hero of Labour" award to conductor Valery Gergiev, head of the Mariinsky Theatre.
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Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:10 am

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World Cafe
11:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

テ《geir On World Cafe

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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 7:14 am

One in 10 people in Iceland own singer-songwriter テ《geir's first album 窶 the fastest-selling debut in the country's history. Its lyrics are all in Icelandic, and written by テ《geir's father. But for the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with テ《geir's melodies.

Here, テ《geir sings live in the World Cafe studios, a performance we originally aired on Feb. 4, 2014.

This episode was re-aired on July 14, 2014.

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All Songs Considered
10:40 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Solvent, 'Burn The Tables'

A still from "Burn the Tables."
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Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:20 am

Once you cross wires with a modular synthesizer, it's like your bloodstream turns into sine waves. The documentary I Dream of Wires looks at the technological and philosophical genesis of the instrument, all the way to its demise and subsequent resurgence. Make no mistake, this movie is for the fanatics 窶 it clocks in at four hours (!) 窶 but with a shorter theatrical release set for Moogfest in April, maybe it'll inspire a new generation of synth wizards.

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