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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December 18, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Last year we mapped out the locations of the top 100 bands you loved. It's fun to see where the music we care about comes from. So with the help of our intern Meg Ruddick, we've done it again.
Here's where the All Songs Considere...
December 3, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Today Moby shows up at NPR for Project Song. He'll have two days to write and record an original song.
I'll lay six pictures and six words in front of Moby at the beginning of the project. He gets to choose one word and one photogr...
November 30, 2009 By Bob Boilen
Our online ballot to vote for the year's best music is closed. Check back soon for the results!
November 17, 2009 by Bob Boilen One of this years best CDs is from the Brooklyn-based band The Antlers. Hospice tells the story of a man losing a loved one to cancer. It's an incredibly dark record at times, but stunning and even oddly uplifting. The band recentl...
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November 16, 2009 Over the past few months, contributors to NPR Music have been combing their collections, reading listener nominations and putting together a list of the Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings. Not our favorites, but the music that made an impact. ...
November 16, 2009 by Bob Boilen
When I first saw Devo, I was dressed in a yellow radiation suit. It was October, 1978, and the band was on its first tour. It was the first and last time I was inspired to "dress up" for a concert, but these guys were special. (I w...
Paul McCartney performing at New York's Citi Field.
November 13, 2009 Watch McCartney and his band perform "Flaming Pie" live from (what used to be) Shea Stadium. The clip is part of the multi-CD and DVD package of the entire concert to be released next week.
November 12, 2009 Few bands have mixed art, humor and new music as well as Devo. To some, the group from Akron, Ohio, was an absurd joke, with its flowerpot hats and spastic live shows. But to countless adoring fans, Devo remains the most memorable and innovative band of the new-wave movement, a status it earned with the release of its 1978 debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!. Now, the band has reunited to perform the groundbreaking album in its entirety.
November 10, 2009 by Bob Boilen
From the band's record Veckatimest comes this song by Grizzly Bear called "Ready, Able." It's done in loving stop-motion animation. It's the second video I've seen in as many days using this painstaking technique. When you're done ...
November 9, 2009 by Bob Boilen
This is one of the best songs of the year. It's by the Low Anthem, and the song is called Charlie Darwin from the album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.
The stop motion animation is pretty wonderful, though anyone who wishes to explain ...
November 5, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Sometimes, the Internet can seem to hold the brain cells of humanity. There's so much available on the Web, it's easy to take it all for granted. And then I see something like this little program I found on a Swedish Web site. It'...
November 4, 2009 On next Monday's All Songs Considered (Nov. 9), we'll talk about some of the developments, trends and memorable moments that helped define this decade. We'd love your help.
In the comments section below, tell us what moments, albums, artists, t...
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