Tom Moon http://klcc.org en First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-adult-jazz-gist To music obsessives of a certain age, the current generation of listeners sometimes appears as lightweight grazers at the Internet smorgasbord who seem unwilling (possibly unable) to focus attention at depth on a single piece of music. The summary dismissal: The kids today, they can't handle all of what somebody like a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15715248/frank-zappa" target="_blank">Frank Zappa</a> (or a band like King Crimson) throws at them.<p>It's a reckless, ageist generalization. But as often happens, it carries a shred of truth. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 18282 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-bear-heaven-time-over-one-day-old Two minutes and 11 seconds into "They Dream," from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=bear+in+heaven">Bear in Heaven</a>'s fourth album <em>Time Is Over One Day Old,</em> the music takes a strange turn. The band has been shuttling along at a riveting adventure-movie clip, with Jon Philpot's reverb-swaddled voice functioning as the primary distinct element in a sleek blur. Then, abruptly, the tempo stops. A wash of Space Mountain synths dissolves slowly — the set has been struck. When Philpot begins to sing again, he's the sole occupant of the spotlight. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 17854 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old' A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present http://klcc.org/post/sax-trio-taps-tradition-while-thriving-present <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AueMO4N2BLA</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tom Moon 17543 at http://klcc.org A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-cloud-boat-model-you "The madness runs in cycles," Tom Clarke sings forebodingly in "The Glow," one of the highlights of the U.K. duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/305887117/cloud-boat-carmine">Cloud Boat</a>'s second album. The music rushes along, propelled by the high-efficiency tick of a drum loop, but there's no trace of madness or even anxiety in his voice. Instead, Clarke radiates priestly calm as he gives listeners a set of vague, odd instructions: "Take some of these candles," he intones darkly, as if calling from some Middle Ages theater. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 16532 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You' Album Review: 'Ultraviolence' http://klcc.org/post/album-review-ultraviolence Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Hollywood sadcore is a term singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey came up with to describe her dark, moody pop songs. They're also full of old movie references. The 27-year-old returns this week with a follow-up to her 2012 breakthrough, "Born To Die." That album sold more than a million copies in the U.S. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Tom Moon 15830 at http://klcc.org Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping' http://klcc.org/post/album-review-while-you-were-sleeping Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: A jazz singer for the hip-hop generation - that's how Jose James was described after he released his first album last year for the famed Blue Note record label. James has now released a follow-up. It's called, While You Were Sleeping. And reviewer Tom Moon says the 35-year-old shows phenomenal growth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING")<p>JOSE JAMES: (Singing) Shadows long upon my face. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Moon 15761 at http://klcc.org Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History http://klcc.org/post/take-75-great-solos-blue-note-records-history Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.<p>One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Thu, 29 May 2014 00:58:00 +0000 Tom Moon & Patrick Jarenwattananon 14568 at http://klcc.org Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos http://klcc.org/post/xscape-deluxe-version-worth-it-three-words-michael-jackson-demos When he died in June 2009, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16782748/michael-jackson">Michael Jackson</a> left behind a trove of unfinished recordings — some were released on the 2010 album <em>Michael</em>, while many more were left behind because they were in rough demo form. Tue, 13 May 2014 19:10:00 +0000 Tom Moon 13561 at http://klcc.org Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain' http://klcc.org/post/first-listen-conor-oberst-upside-down-mountain You probably haven't been waiting around for some singer-songwriter to update Harry Chapin's inescapable 1974 hit "Cat's In the Cradle," the slightly cloying tune about the changing dynamic between parents and children over time. And if you did happen to be waiting for such a song, you probably wouldn't put <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15998977/conor-oberst">Conor Oberst</a>, noted sensitive indie-rock soul, in charge of writing it. Mon, 12 May 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 13444 at http://klcc.org First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain' Album Review: 'Nikki Nack' http://klcc.org/post/album-review-nikki-nack Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Merrill Garbus topped critics' polls when her second album came out in 2011. She's the singer and multi-instrumentalist who records as tUnE-yArDs. After that release, she took time for a creative recharge. She studied Haitian drumming and incorporated its rhythms into the third tUnE-yArDs album. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Tom Moon 13141 at http://klcc.org