January 25, 2010 This is one deep, dark, beautiful record. Midlake has been working on The Courage of Others for a few years now, even scrapping it all entirely at one point. The band stopped touring in 2007, in part, to make this album — and now, for the first time in almost three years, it's finally ready. A gentle masterwork, it's available here in its entirety for the week leading up to its release on Feb. 2.
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January 24, 2010 Ali Farka Toure died of cancer in 2006. Shortly before his death, he got together with his young friend, the kora player ToumanI Diabate, and made his what would be Toure's final record. That record, Ali and Toumani, will be released on Februar...
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January 22, 2010 Originally from Colombia but now based in New York, La Cumbiamba eNeYe cooked up a dance party at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 10. The fusion of Colombian sounds made for a festive atmosphere from the moment the band took the stage.
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January 22, 2010 Throughout the 00's, Dillon has received a great deal of attention from the folk world, and from her performance at GlobalFEST, it is easy to understand why. Backed by an array of acoustic guitars, whistles and winds, her Celtic style set a peaceful mood in the auditorium.
January 20, 2010 When The Low Anthem came to perform at NPR Music, the band seemed humbled and comfortable sitting on and around Bob Boilen's desk, playing music as if it were hanging around in someone's living room. The group's sullen, spacious music was a perfect fit for the intimacy of an office.
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January 19, 2010 As a singer-songwriter growing up in the hills of east Texas, Cedric Watson took an interest in Cajun music that made him want to learn the fiddle and accordion. Watson moved to Lafayette, La., to learn zydeco music. There, he played amongst the Creole community, and eventually formed his own band, Bijoux Creole. Hear Watson's gripping zydeco music, recorded live at New York City's GlobalFEST on Jan. 10.
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January 19, 2010 Naaba opened GlobalFEST 2010 in New York City on Jan. 10, and his was a welcoming voice — warm and friendly. His spirit was infectious and the music made the crowd at Webster Hall smile and sing along, and that was after only a few minutes of hearing "The Barefoot Prince" perform.
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January 19, 2010 At GlobalFEST in New York City on Jan. 10, Nguyen Le's group made some of the best music Bob Boilen heard that day. There, the performer cut a small figure, but with a mighty electric-guitar sound. It helped that he was flanked by the extraordinary Mieko Miyazaki on koto (a zither-like Japanese stringed instrument) and Prabhu Edouard on tabla.
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January 13, 2010 Jay Reatard, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. of Memphis, died early this morning. The cause of death isn't known as of 4:25 p.m. today, though his former label, Goner Records, is reporting that he died in his sleep.
January 10, 2010 When Arcuragi came to the NPR Music offices to play a Tiny Desk Concert, many of us hadn't heard his music. After hearing him play three songs, many walked away dazzled by his voice. Arcuragi's voice is powerful, but without unnecessary melodrama.
January 10, 2010 by Bob Boilen
If you're in New York on Sunday, Jan. 10, and have any love for world music, get yourself to Webster Hall. You may not know a single band, but that's okay: The folks putting on GlobalFEST do. Last year's GlobalFEST was a huge treat ...
January 4, 2010 Ten years ago this week, we launched All Songs Considered. It was an ambitious idea. We wanted the show to be a multimedia program, so that when the music played, you'd see a slide show about the artists and their instruments, along with text and...
December 22, 2009 by Bob Boilen
A small holiday wish from Devo to you.
December 22, 2009 For some diehard Kinks fans, the idea of mixing the band's classic songs with a full choir had little appeal. One of those fans, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, was dubious, before he heard the results on the latest CD from Kinks frontman Ray Davies, The Kinks Choral Collection. Boilen was part of a rapt audience at a Nov. 20 performance of the songs, recorded live in New York, by Ray Davies and the Dessoff Chamber Choir. Hear that show in its entirety here.
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December 21, 2009 Veirs' latest release, July Flame, is a stripped-down album, using atmosphere and tension as the connective tissue for the songs. Veirs says she was in a writing slump going into this record, so she challenged herself with odd tunings on her nylon-string guitar. She dug deep inside for inspiration, did away with her full band for most of the album and wrote many of these tracks in her barn in Portland, Ore.
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