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All Songs Considered
9:19 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Son Lux, 'Alternate World'

Scene from the Song Lux video "Alternate World."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:07 pm

Reality is nine-tenths perception, even in our most intimate relationships. Is it love? Infatuation? Is it real and lasting? All we have are the choices we make. In the latest video from electro-beat guru Son Lux, a torrid relationship plays out between two lovers, as frontman Ryan Lott reflects on the possibilities of an "Alternate World."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:12 am
Fri January 31, 2014

In The Puppy Bowl, Bach Goes To The Dogs

Bach, a 14-week-old Bernedoodle, is one of the competing canines in this year's Puppy Bowl.
Keith Barraclough Animal Planet

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:24 pm

Not every sports fan is glued to the Super Bowl. Sunday also brings Puppy Bowl X, the 10th iteration of the immensely successful Animal Planet program featuring playful pups and a beleaguered human referee. This year's new element is a fantasy game, in which each viewer may log in to a Facebook account and pick a trio of cuddly canines destined to dominate the dog-on-dog action.

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All Songs Considered
7:46 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Good Listener: Leave 'We Built This City' Alone!

Everyone piles on Starship's "We Built This City," at least in part, because it's too feeble to fight back.
George Rose Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:47 am

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Metropolis
8:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Metropolis: 1/25/14

Mary J. Blige's edition of Disclosure's "F for You" is part of this week's mix.
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This week's edition of Metropolis includes Mary J. Blige's guest verse in Disclosure's "F for You," Damon Albarn's new single from his upcoming solo album, the return of Crystal Method and much more.

Playlist

  • Kraak & Smaak, "Don't Let People (Moods Remix)"
  • Blamma Blamma, "Zsa Zsa (feat. Kristina Train) (Andy Cato Remix)"
  • Jagwar Ma, "Uncertainty"
  • Andy Cato, "Sunrise Sant Agnes"
  • Tensnake, "Love Sublime (feat. Nile Rodgers & Fiora)"
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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:29 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Tootie Heath And Matt Wilson On JazzSet

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street and Tootie Heath perform at the Village Vanguard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:14 pm

Tootie Heath says the drummer's responsibility is to be happy. There's no better believer in the happiness ethic than Matt Wilson — and we're happy, too, grooving first to Heath, then Wilson, in highlights of sets from August and September 2012.

Born in 1935 as the youngest of three brothers headed for great jazz careers, Albert "Tootie" Heath crosses two generations to join this trio with pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street.

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World Cafe
1:42 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Dumpstaphunk On World Cafe

Dumpstaphunk.
Silverback Music Courtesy of the artist

Dumpstaphunk has thrived in the New Orleans funk scene alongside some of the best in the business. The group's new album, Dirty Word, features a number of guest stars, including Ani DiFranco, who lives in New Orleans, and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The record hints at gospel, blues, R&B and rock while still preserving Dumpstaphunk's funky musical heritage. Here, the band performs in the studio for World Cafe.

Monkey See
1:42 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

A Story About A Little-Known Song In A Little-Known Movie That Got A Big Oscar Nod

The Oscar statue is seen at the entrance of the Hollywood & Highland Center before the 2012 Academy Awards.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:44 pm

Well, it's safe to say we're shocked — shocked — to find that Oscar campaigning was going on in here.

Tuesday night, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences — the Oscars people — rescinded the Best Original Song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the movie Alone Yet Not Alone.

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Alt.Latino
12:49 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Latin Metal, Uruguayan Hip-Hop And New Ana Tijoux

Kryone injects this week's episode of Alt.Latino with some killer Brazilian beats.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 5:19 am

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Deceptive Cadence
11:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

4 Ways To Hear More In Music

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:55 am

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Music
11:53 am
Thu January 30, 2014

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Darren Phillip Jones

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:58 am

For fans of world music, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no introduction.

The group has been singing a capella together for 50 years, brought together by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmhand turned factory worker from the town of Ladysmith. He had a dream of tight vocal harmonies and messages of peace.

That dream developed, and the band came to the attention of Paul Simon, who had it record "Homeless" on his album Graceland. It introduced the group to the world.

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