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World Cafe
11:55 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Ă“li Palli On World Cafe

David Dye and Ă“li Palli.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:46 am

World Cafe's Sense of Place series takes the show to Iceland, where Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson — known by most as Óli Palli — was voted the most important Icelandic radio personality of the 20th century. He can be heard on the Icelandic public radio station Rás 2, on which he hosts the music programs Poppaland and Rokkland.

Here, he joins World Cafe to play new Icelandic pop from newcomer GrĂ­salappalĂ­sa, as well as longtime favorite GusGus. He also tackles the question of why so many Icelandic artists sing in English.

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11:31 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Metropolis: 7/12/14

Jungle is featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 10:08 am

Check back on Tuesday, July 15 for a separate mix and interview with Chris Malinchak.

This Week's Tracklist

  • Ten Walls, "Walking With Elephants" (Life And Death)
  • The Presets, "No Fun (Lancelot Remix)" (Modular)
  • Claude Von Stroke, "Califuture (feat. Barry Drift)" (Dirtybird)
  • Oliver $ And Jimi Jules, "Pushing On" (Ultra)
  • Sharam Jey And Night Talk, "The Future" (Bunny Tiger)
  • Dusky, "Inta" (Ajunadeep)
  • Chris Malinchak, "Call My Name" (Ultra/Sony)
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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:02 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Holly Williams performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:56 am

Truth be told, Holly Williams brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

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10:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

TMM Editor: Esperanza Spalding's 'I Know You Know' Is My Theme Song



Finally today it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. Throughout our years on the air we've been asking some of our guests to share the music that inspires them. And in our final weeks on the air we thought it would be nice to hear about the songs members of our staff are listening to. Editor Tanya Ballard Brown advises us on All Things Digital but we wanted to hear what's on her playlist.

TONYA BALLARD BROWN, BYLINE: I'm Tonya Ballard Brown an editor with, and this is what's playing in my ear.

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Music Interviews
10:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Singer Sheryl Crow: Learning To Feel Helped Me Make Better Music



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. As we head toward production of our final program on August 1, we've been bringing you encores of some of our favorite conversations. Today, we're hearing again from Grammy-winning recording artist Sheryl Crow. She's been a rock star for more than a decade. Her breakthrough came in 1993 with her debut album, "Tuesday Night Music Club," and the monster hit "All I Want To Do." Well, seven albums and nine Grammys later, she's got a new concert video out featuring the late Johnny Cash.

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8:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Apache Relay, 'Katie Queen Of Tennessee'


Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:37 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

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:49 am

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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