March 28, 2008 These are shows I actually paid money to see:
March 18, 2008 When I first fell madly in love with Giant Drag's 2005 album Hearts and Unicorns, I never could have imagined I'd one day play a role in producing the band's much-anticipated follow-up. But today, I took a critical first step by forking over
March 14, 2008 Knowing my innumerable idiosyncrasies (I'm not much of a schmoozer and don't like having my face touched... I'm also terrified of gnomes), Stephen Thompson tried and decidedly failed to get publicists to shower kisses on me yesterday. But the day ...
March 14, 2008 When we first sat down to pick the bands we dreamed of having in the NPR Music showcases this year, each of us brought our own personal favorites to the table. Mine was The Shout Out Louds.
March 13, 2008 I can't tell you what a treat it was to get to hear Lightspeed Champion play a few songs for me and Bob Boilen at SXSW 2008. Here's the long-promised video of the performance:
March 13, 2008 If I could only have one band to listen to for the rest of my life, at this moment in time that band would be Shearwater.
March 11, 2008 It was a spectacularly beautiful day today for recording a few songs from Lightspeed Champion. Full audio and video is on its way. For now, here's Bob with Dev Hynes (left) and Mike Siddell, who's been playing violin with Dev.
March 11, 2008 Bob and I arrived in Austin, TX today for NPR Music's complete South by Southwest coverage. We've got a lot planned. For now, here's what you can count on:
February 22, 2008 NPR is lucky to get great interns. One of them this winter is Ariel Kitch, who's working for All Things Considered.
February 22, 2008 If stranded on a desert island (with, of course, electricity and a stereo) the 5 CDs I'd have to have:
February 19, 2008 Watch a video for 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'
February 4, 2008 Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is drawing near. We want to know your favorite love song. We did this before on All Songs Considered back in 2006 and got
January 29, 2008 Geffen Records is re-releasing Beck's phenomenal masterpiece Odelay today with a bonus disc featuring 16 previously unreleased rarities, remixes and b-sides. Odelay has never sounded better and the bonus tracks are worthy of their o
January 28, 2008 My head is sloshing with a thick glop of sentimentality.
January 17, 2008 I just finished reading Steve Martin's short memoir Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. It's a great (and very fast) read that traces the path he took from his childhood in California (a hard family life, extreme anxiety and loneliness, his lo
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