December 4, 2006
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NPR’S ALL SONGS CONSIDERED’S “BEST CD OF 2006”
SPECIAL LIVE CALL-IN SHOW
TUESDAY DECEMBER 5

NPR MUSIC’S LIVE-ONLINE CONCERT SERIES
CONTINUES WITH RAY LAMONTAGNE FROM THE 9:30 CLUB
MONDAY DECEMBER 11



Washington, D.C.; December 4, 2006 – The top ten CD's of 2006, according to the listeners and fans of NPR’s online music program All Songs Considered, will be announced and celebrated in a special live call-in edition of the program Tuesday December 5 at 5:00pm ET at http://NPR.org/allsongs. Listeners who have been voting for their favorite CDs of the year for the past five weeks will be invited to call in to the program to discuss the winning selections with host Bob Boilen who will be counting down the top ten with a roster of special guests. The public is invited to continue voting for the year’s best CD until 10:00am ET on December 5 at http://NPR.org/allsongs.

A podcast version of the "Best CD of 2006" special will be made available on Thursday, December 7; the weekly All Songs Considered podcast continues to be one of the world's most-downloaded podcasts.

Music critics and experts joining Boilen on the program will be John Richards, morning DJ for NPR member station KEXP/Seattle; Robert Christgau, contributing music critic for NPR’s All Things Considered and contributing editor for Rolling Stone; Meredith Ochs, Host of Sirius Satellite Radio's "Outlaw Country" show and contributing editor for Guitar World magazine; and Will Hermes, reviewer for Spin Magazine and All Things Considered.

Additionally, NPR Music’s live-online concert series co-produced with All Songs Considered continues with folk singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne on Monday, December 11, at approximately 9:00pm ET. Hosted by Bob Boilen, the concert will be streamed live from Washington, DC’s prestigious 9:30 Club and archived on-demand listening at www.NPR.org/music.

Hailing from New Hampshire, the acoustic folk of LaMontagne has been compared to the likes of Van Morrison and Nick Drake. LaMontagne is currently on tour promoting his latest album, Till the Sun Turns Black.

NPR Music’s audio webcasts with All Songs Considered launched in January 2005 and have featured 39 live events to date. With listener response coming from around the world, the concerts have showcased an eclectic group of performers including Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, The White Stripes, Sleater-Kinney, OK Go, James Brown, The Secret Machines, Lucinda Williams, among many others. For information on the upcoming concerts and to hear the archived concerts, please visit www.NPR.org/music.

All Songs Considered also continues to feature interesting musicians in their “Guest DJ” series including recent appearances from harpist and singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom, musical-satirist Weird Al Yankovic, folk singer M. Ward and former Television front man Tom Verlaine. You can find these and other episodes of All Songs Considered at http://NPR.org/allsongs.