February 23, 2010 Some make music because they want to, but Newsom sounds like she makes music because she has to: She possesses the sort of artistic bravado that could only come from inner passion. She's just released her latest vision: A work called Have One on Me, it's two hours long, it fills three discs, it hardly has a hook or a hit, and you simply must hear it.
February 22, 2010 As the frontman for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec Ounsworth wrote brash, poppy songs. But the singer and songwriter clearly had more music to make. In the fall of 2009, he released a solo record called Mo' Beauty, an album he wrote and recorded in New Orleans with a number of local musicians. Here, Ounsworth performs songs from Mo' Beauty, accompanied only by two guitars.
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February 18, 2010 This is both simple and baffling, but fun. Go to codeorgan.com, type-in a Web site URL. It scans the words on the site, removes all the non musical letters, and makes "music" out of whatever's left. Amazing.
February 18, 2010 If All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen had to name a handful of musicians who shook the world in the 20th century, Fela Anikulapo Kuti would be somewhere near the top of the list. This week, nine of Fela's early recordings are being reissued.
February 8, 2010 Right from the start, it's clear that Gorilla Manor is a special album. The harmonies grab hold immediately, but there's also a gentleness to the singing. These aren't knockout vocals, but they're sweet, and they serve Local Natives' swaying, graceful songs just right. Hear Gorilla Manor in its entirety for the week leading up to its release.
February 3, 2010 The death of young musician Jay Reatard last month was a result of "cocaine toxicity." The autopsy report all says "that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death."
That autopsy was released this morning by Shelby County Medical Examiner Kar...
February 2, 2010 Valentines Day is almost here. Normally we use the occasion to feature love songs on All Songs Considered. But this year, the gang has decided to do breakup songs instead. We'll post that show on All Songs Considered on Feb. 8.
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February 1, 2010 Phantogram is a Saratoga Springs, N.Y., duo: Sarah Barthel plays keyboards and sings, while Josh Carter plays guitar. These folks have been friends since junior high — about a dozen years ago — and the chemistry is undeniable. Hear Eyelid Movies, the duo's new album of mysterious and danceable pop music, in its entirety.
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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