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Heavy Rotation
7:18 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Damien Jurado.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 10:02 am

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Deceptive Cadence
6:41 am
Tue January 14, 2014

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

Conductor (and flutist) Nicholas McGegan fell in love with opera as a kid.
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British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his 'Beatle' birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera. It came by way of a newfangled record player and one heavenly Mozart recording. Remember when the operatic light bulb first sparked for you?

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A Blog Supreme
2:45 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Winter Jazzfest 2014: Tips Of The Iceberg

Rene Marie.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:07 pm

The logo for the 2014 Winter Jazzfest, marking the festival's 10th anniversary, is a giant iceberg floating into New York harbor. Like the iceberg, this year's edition was both big — 90-plus groups over five nights, representing just a small portion of a larger scene — and cold and wet, in that it rained both nights of the music marathon last Friday and Saturday evening. But Winter Jazzfest was hot on the inside, as we soaked up great music like a sponge.

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All Songs Considered
2:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Question Of The Week: Can You Imagine A World Without Music Genres?

Bombay Royale, performing at GlobalFEST 2014.
Ebru Yildiz/NPR

I've just spent the weekend at Winter Jazzfest and GlobalFEST in New York City. These are two of the biggest annual festivals of their kind, featuring several thrilling, packed days of music, with live performances that run late into the night.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:02 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Afro Blue: Tiny Desk Concert

Afro Blue performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 11, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 6:28 am

"Afro Blue" is a jazz standard written by Mongo Santamaria in 1959, with a lyric added later by Oscar Brown Jr. It's been performed countless times, by everyone from John Coltrane to Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu.

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World Cafe
10:54 am
Mon January 13, 2014

World Cafe Next: Quilt

Quilt.
Allison Pharmakis Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Quilt

Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler and John Andrews make up the Boston psych-folk band Quilt. Together, they released their self-titled debut in 2011 and spent the spring of last year in New York City recording Held in Splendor, which comes out later this month.

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World Cafe
10:37 am
Mon January 13, 2014

The Zombies On World Cafe

The Zombies.
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The Zombies' jazzy, sophisticated single "She's Not There" showed another side of the British Invasion back in 1964. In this World Cafe interview with the band, singers Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent join us to tell the stories behind songs like "Time of the Season" and new ones from their 2011 album, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

Blunstone and Argent are in fine voice in this session, recorded in front of an audience and originally broadcast in 2011.

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Metropolis
9:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Metropolis: 1/11/14

Chromeo's "Come Alive" appears on this week's mix.
Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 9:01 am

This week's two-hour mix features a collaboration between Chromeo and Toro Y Moi, new music from French producer Lifelike, classics from Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem, and much, much more.

Playlist

  • Lifelike, "Night Patrol"
  • Daft Punk, "Around The World"
  • Chromeo, "Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi)"
  • Sebastian, "Arabest"
  • Le Youth, "Dance With Me (feat. Dominique Young Unique)"
  • Blood Orange, "Clipped On"
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Favorite Sessions
8:47 am
Mon January 13, 2014

KEXP Presents: Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins performed live on KEXP.
Allyce Andrew KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:43 am

U.K. musician Jon Hopkins brings warmth to dance music through his inventive sampling of organic sound: hands clapping, hitting things, even using his own voice to build seductive percussion. It's no wonder his fourth album, Immunity, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2013.

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Music
12:28 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Rosanne Cash's Mythic Southern Road Trip

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Eliot Lee Hazel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 7:06 am

Let's take a musical road trip through the American South. Think of yourself crowded into the back of the car, next to the guitar case. The driver is Rosanne Cash, whose new album was inspired by her Southern travels in the Mississippi Valley.

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