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1:29 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 9:30 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

At NPR Music, they're wrapping up the year the best way they know how, with their hotly contested list of their 50 favorite albums of 2013. Now, all this week, we'll get a peak of that list from our in-house experts, including NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, whose beat is the ever amorphous indie pop, which - Stephen, what exactly is that these days?

STEPHEN THOMPSON, BYLINE: I have absolutely no idea. It used to mean accessible but unpopular.

CORNISH: OK. So...

(LAUGHTER)

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Mountain Stage
1:09 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Sarah Jarosz On Mountain Stage

Sarah Jarosz performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:20 am

Sarah Jarosz makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Now 22 years old, Jarosz was signed to Sugar Hill Records when she was just 16. She shifted gears in 2009 to enter the New England Conservatory of Music, and graduated this year.

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World Cafe
12:19 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Bill Callahan On World Cafe

Bill Callahan.
Hanly Banks Courtesy of the artist

Those who love indie singer-songwriter Bill Callahan's music no doubt have their favorites among his solo albums, if not from records he previously made under the name Smog. Callahan's music has been remarkably consistent and deeply meaningful; as a writer, he's truly invested in making every word count. Callahan's latest album, Dream River, is a classic illustration of his artistry.

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Music Reviews
10:56 am
Tue December 10, 2013

A Nostalgic — But Bumpy — Journey With The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys in 1964. Top row: Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson. Bottom row: Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 2:44 pm

All it takes is two seconds of hearing "Round round get around / I get around" and you're there — in the sun, on the beach, in the '60s. The Beach Boys vaulted up the charts while branching out from surf music to psychedelia. This year the remaining band members released Made in California, a six-CD box set loaded with outtakes and other rarities. Critic Ed Ward examines the rise and long decline of a beloved group with a unique sound.

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Music
9:11 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Marc Myers' Holiday Music Picks

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Next, we have one writer's picks for the season's best Christmas music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHITE CHRISTMAS")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

TAMMY WYNETTE: (Singing) I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.

INSKEEP: Wow. That's a classic by Tammy Wynette, part of a new compilation that's been released with George Jones. The song made a list put together by Marc Myers of the Wall Street Journal, who's on the line to talk about it.

Hi, Mr. Myers.

MARC MYERS: Good morning, sir.

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A Blog Supreme
9:01 am
Tue December 10, 2013

O Brothers: Drummers Brian and Brady Blade

Brian (left) and Brady Blade.
Megan Holmes/Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 11:04 am

If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, sometimes two apples will land on similar turf. Brian Blade has been Wayne Shorter's drummer for several years and leads his own project called The Fellowship Band. His older brother Brady Blade is perhaps best known for his drumming with Emmylou Harris and is an all-around music industry mover and shaker.

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Best Music Of 2013
7:52 am
Tue December 10, 2013

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013

Abigail Oldham NPR

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 8:19 am

These are the albums we loved the most this year. In what we've written about each one below, you can see what we felt should be rewarded, what shook us up and what sucked us in over the 12 months of 2013.

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

World Cafe Next: Dott

Dott.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 7:14 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Dott

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Dott, a young quartet from Galway, Ireland. The music on the band's debut album, Swoon, calls upon the sounds of garage-pop, with chugging, jangly guitars out front and the vocals of Anna McCarthy on top.

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Mountain Stage
2:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott On Mountain Stage

Tim O'Brien (left) and Darrell Scott perform live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:21 am

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott perform together on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of East Tennessee State University. Recognized as two of roots music's most respected singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, O'Brien and Scott took a break from their busy solo careers in 2000 to record their first album as a duo, titled Real Time.

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World Cafe
1:21 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Andrew Bird On World Cafe

Andrew Bird.
Courtesy of the artist

This segment, from March 30, 2009, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Wielding many instruments and a remarkable whistling ability, Andrew Bird has developed an offbeat marriage of classical and pop music over the course of his decade-long career. The musical polymath has never been one to limit his sound, incorporating traditional folk, swing, zydeco, rock, electronica and indie-pop into his work.

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