July 2, 2003 The Polyphonic Spree consider themselves a symphonic rock band, and play upbeat songs of happiness and celebration. But in their uniform white robes, the 23 members of the band look more like a religious cult. NPR's Bob Boilen profiles the band — hear a cut from their debut album, featured in All Songs Considered.
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December 7, 2002 Scott Simon talks with Bob Boilen, the director of All Things Considered and the producer of a new CD called All Songs Considered 2. The CD is the second volume of songs collected from the All Things Considered music library. Boilen talks about the art and science of picking music for a news broadcast. The link below takes you to the NPR Shop, where you can purchase a copy of the new CD.
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November 19, 2002 Almost a year since former Beatles guitarist George Harrison died of cancer, his final studio album, Brainwashed, hits the record stores Tuesday. NPR's Bob Boilen talks to longtime collaborator Jeff Lynne and Harrison's only son, Dhani Harrison, about putting the finishing touches on George Harrison's swan song.
November 19, 2002 All Things Considered director Bob Boilen talks with George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison and producer Jeff Lynne about the making of "Brainwashed," a posthumous CD release from the former Beatle. The tracks were in various stages of completion before Harrison died last November from cancer. Dhani Harrison and Jeff Lynne discuss the process of finishing this record without its star. (8:00) The CD is "Brainwashed." It's on Capitol/Darkhorse records.
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December 4, 2000 The Ramones' first album contained 14 songs, and lasted less than 30 minutes. It's these short, fast and loud songs that reflect the band's trademark sound — in 1976, a very different approach to rock music.
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June 19, 2000 Brian Wilson composed The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" by stitching together many recording sessions. The result is a song that today stands as an American classic. Bob Boilen speaks with Wilson and other musicians from the "Good Vibrations" sessions about the revolutionary song.
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