December 12, 2007 Monitor Mix HQ was hit with a bout of the flu.So, in lieu of a full post, check out a piece I did for NPR's
December 10, 2007 Fellow NPR Music producer Stephen Thompson says there's no such thing as "guilty" pleasures when it comes to music. Anything we like, no matter how sappy or vapid, is simply a pleasure. That said, if anything ever happens to me, these are the five...
December 5, 2007 Every year while compiling a list of the year's best CDs there's inevitably a gem I completely miss... and kick myself for missing. Last year it was Shearwater; in 2005 it was the Shout Out Louds. Arcade Fire's Funeral would have been my num
November 27, 2007 I was a huge Nirvana fan, and Kurt Cobain's suicide (while not entirely unexpected) knocked the wind out of me. It's the only time I've ever felt grief over the death of a celebrity. Like a lot of fans, I spent the days and weeks immediately after...
November 20, 2007 I've only owned one rock poster my entire life and it was for U2's Joshua Tree. It was six feet by four feet and hung grandly on my wall all through college.
November 16, 2007 The top five bands/artists I should love but really can't stand are:
November 12, 2007 I haven't counted the number of times the word "quirky" appears in NPR music reviews, but I'm guessing it's a lot. It's not that we lack imagination when describing bands; it's that so many bands now are incredibly cutesy and kooky. Listen to just...
November 8, 2007 I was talking with a friend recently who told me she never listens to lyrics. She couldn't even quote a single line from a song, even though there are plenty she listens to and loves. She's probably not alone.
November 7, 2007 If anyone knows what language this is, let me know... the singer could be reading names out of a phone book and I'd still love it.
Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
August 3, 2006 More than a decade after the band first formed, Sleater-Kinney continues to make passionate, punk-inspired rock. The group recently announced plans to go on indefinite hiatus after its current tour.
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July 5, 2006 The latest issue of Paste magazine (possibly the finest music periodical around) offers a list of the 100 best living songwriters. I'm not sure why it should matter, but I always love a good "best of" list. I'll tear through the names and numbers, rolling my eyes with mouth agape at various placements. Paste's list has Patti Griffin 20 places higher than Ray Davies and the Kinks. Kris Kristofferson is twice as high as Outkast, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac. You gotta be kidding. I mean, I've got nothing against Patti Griffin or Kris Kristofferson. And I don't even really like Fleetwood Mac at all. But I can name a dozen Fleetwood Mac songs off the top of my head, and I'm hard pressed to come up with many Kris Kristofferson or Patti Griffin songs...
May 23, 2006 What was the worst decade for popular music? This is a question I've argued with friends and coworkers over for years. Some say the '70s, if only for disco; others say it's the current decade with its monotone noise trash. But for me, this distinct title belongs to one decade and one only: the 1980s...
May 16, 2006 As we have a plethora of really great music people here at NPR who are far hipper and better informed than I am (admittedly, not hard) and we want to feature new music on the blog, this week I turned to Robin Hilton, who produces All Songs Considered, to point us to something good. Definitely worth listening to...
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