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8:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Apache Relay, 'Katie Queen Of Tennessee'

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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:54 am

The Apache Relay's "Katie Queen of Tennessee" is easily one of the catchiest tunes I've heard this year. And in the song's new video, a troupe of 40 young dancers raise the fun to heights I hadn't imagined with a blissfully, perfectly choreographed routine.

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Favorite Sessions
7:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Antlers

The Antlers performed live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:15 pm

The Brooklyn band The Antlers frequently finds inspiration in dark places: On 2009's Hospice, singer-guitarist Peter Silberman reflects on terminal illness and emotional abuse, while this year's Familiars turns the Buddhist notion of bardo, a state of being between incarnations, into the impetus for a dialog about multiple selves.

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Code Switch
6:23 am
Mon July 14, 2014

How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians

An album cover for Lee S. Roberts and J. Will Callahan's 1917 song "Ching Chong."
The Library Of Congress

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:01 am

When Kwok-Ming Cheng went to a Whole Foods in New York City to pick up some pre-ordered sandwiches over the Fourth of July weekend, he wasn't expecting to get tapped with a new nickname.

"Are you Ching Chong?"

That's the question Cheng said he heard from a customer service representative at the grocery store.

It's a slur I and many other Asian-American folks have heard at some point in our lives. But every time I hear it, I can't help but wonder, "How is this thing still around? And where did it even come from?"

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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Mon July 14, 2014

'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Citizens of Paris, headed by the National Guards, storm the Bastille prison in an event which has come to be seen as the start of the French Revolution, 14th July 1789.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:52 am

"The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the attention it's been getting is again a reminder of how difficult it is for many Americans to sing our national anthem.

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First Listen
8:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

Alvvays' new album, Alvvays, comes out July 22.
Courtesy of the artist

Music is at its most potent when it expands, dissolves, changes and challenges borders. Separations of genre, geography, politics — none are a force more powerful than people getting together to make music in a room. That borderlessness is sewn into the fabric of the self-titled debut album by Alvvays, a Toronto band whose beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore.

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First Listen
8:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: Joyce Manor, 'Never Hungover Again'

Joyce Manor's new album, Never Hungover Again, comes out July 22.
Dan Monick Courtesy of the artist

Never Hungover Again begins with a cold open — just a one-second chord and vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson "looking at your face in the dark" — of a lanky pop song that already seems to be in progress. Joyce Manor has never been one to extend the drama, with albums shorter than it takes to watch an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast; the punk band can pack an emotional wallop with as much as a yelp.

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First Listen
8:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: White Fence, 'For The Recently Found Innocent'

White Fence's new album, For The Recently Found Innocent, comes out July 22.
Ruth Swanson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 12:54 pm

Tim Presley has been performing as White Fence for a few years now, building on a diverse resume that borders on the impossible: He played in hardcore punk band The Nerve Agents in the late '90s, leads the space-rock group Darker My Love, was a member of the garage outfit Strange Boys, and even found time to join The Fall.

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Remembrances
2:32 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned American Composer, Dies At 84

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 3:22 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

And we end today's show with a remembrance world-renowned American conductor Lorin Maazel has died. Maazel was born in 1930 in Paris and was a child prodigy. By age 5 he was taking violin lessons, by 7 he was conducting. And by the time he was a teenager he had conducted most of the major American orchestras. He spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel in 2009.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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Deceptive Cadence
10:41 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:58 am

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Music Interviews
6:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 8:47 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

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