September 29, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Last week, Lily Allen sparked a debate when she wrote some passionate words on her blog (she's just shut it down) about the dangers of music piracy. She had some thoughtful things to say, though she also happened to copy the views o...
September 28, 2009 Looking sharp in his tailored suit, the Grammy-nominated R&B artist performed three acoustic interpretations of his soul-inspired tunes. He was joined by guitarist Rob Bacon in this intimate performance at Bob Boilen's desk.
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September 22, 2009 by Bob Boilen
I was completely knocked out last year when artist-musician Brian Eno, along with programmer-musician Peter Chilvers, created a music making application called Bloom.
Now Brian Eno has two new applications for the iPhone and iPod T...
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September 19, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Tom Overby & Lucinda Williams kissing
(c) 2009 photograph by Alan Messer
I received this bit of news in the form of a press release this morning. I'll just paste it below.
We can only be happy for Lucinda. But how does happin...
September 15, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Perhaps only a musician could see this photograph of birds on wires as notes on a musical staff. Surely, only a musician would think to play what the birds so clearly have "written."
Listen to this, courtesy of musician Jarbas Agn...
September 14, 2009 The young Swedish folksinger Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, is passionate, gruff, a great guitar picker and a damn good poet.
September 12, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Thirty years ago on Saturday, I walked on stage for the very first time.
(pictured: Michael Barron, guitar; Susan Mumford, vocals; Chris Thompson, drums; Joe Menacker, bass; and Bob Boilen, synth)
Besides a few aborted attempts a...
September 10, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Do you ever just sit down and listen to music? No phone calls, no surfing the Web... just listening?
What do you listen with? I'm talking about the gear you use.
Do you have a favorite pair of headphones? (Mine are Grado S60.)
September 10, 2009 Hear singer, songwriter and guitarist M. Ward in a full concert, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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September 8, 2009 On Sept. 9, Apple and EMI will release all of The Beatles' albums, newly remastered and sounding better than ever. There will be two box sets; a limited-edition mono box set will contain everything from 1963's Please Please Me through The White Album (The Beatles), the last Beatles record mixed in mono. It'll also include a CD full of mono mixes of the band's singles.
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September 8, 2009 by Bob Boilen
If you're planning to buy some or all of the remastered Beatles recordings due out on 9.9.09, you may be wondering whether to get the mono versions or stereo. While most will probably go for the stereo sets, the truth is that The B...
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September 4, 2009 by Bob Boilen
I woke this morning with one thought: Today is the day my Beatles Remastered box sets were coming — both the stereo and mono sets. I knew everyone else in the NPR Music office would be filled with jealous rage and venom.
September 1, 2009 by Bob Boilen I don't know where this started, but a friend of mine asked me to make a list of 50 bands or artists I've seen live. The instructions are simple. You have to do it from memory, ordering them as they pop into your head. Some of the f...
September 1, 2009 I still remember the first time I heard it. It was June 1967. My friend Alan bought the LP at the local Times Square Store, a department store in Queens. He saw me on the street and invited me and my friend Jimmy over for a listen. Alan hadn't ...
August 31, 2009 by Bob Boilen
My favorite Rolling Stones records were with Brian Jones. Jones was the band's other guitarist, but really he was so much more: Think of Jay Bennett and Wilco. Brian Jones helped take the Rolling Stones in interesting new direction...
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