April 30, 2009 When artists from different bands collaborate on a new project, they usually (or at least hopefully) come up with a completely different and surprising sound — something outside their comfort zone. In the case of the newly formed collective The Accidental, the results aren't terribly surprising; but they are no less compelling. The group of musicians from several British experimental folk groups have a new album of, well, experimental folk. It's not new territory for the band, but it's a cozy, inspired collection.
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April 30, 2009 When a press release from Neutral Milk Hotel popped up in my email today, I admit that I stopped everything I was doing to read. Was it a new album? A new tour? Some new project? It turns out it is a new project, but not the one most fans we
April 30, 2009 Why do some bands seem to find an audience overnight, while others fail to reach anyone even after years of hard work? This, of course, is the million-dollar question for music labels — and one that mystifies me on a nearly daily basis.
April 29, 2009 For their self-titled, debut release, Tallahassee, Fla. band The Woods decided to package all the CDs in the pages of old books. With an initial "pressing" of just 40 discs, the group glued together the pages of used thrift-store books, cut a hole for the CDs and stamped the band's name on the cover with a typesetting machine. It's the same kind of inspired care they took with the music itself. The Woods is an enchanting collection of songs rooted in acoustic folk music, with pleasantly unpredictable turns toward more experimental soundscapes.
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April 29, 2009 As NPR Music producer Stephen Thompson noted on Twitter (@idislikestephen) last night, watching All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen sit through an episode of American Idol is a b
April 28, 2009 A fugue state is a kind of selective amnesia brought on by traumatic events. As the title for the new CD from Brokenkites, Fugue State is a digital world of glitchy electronica, populated by lonely, disillusioned and isolated people. "Fugue State has a medical definition as well as a musical one," says Brokenkites frontman James Willard. "I like the concept that music is directly related to mood or mental state."
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April 28, 2009 Yes, you are getting old. Lenny Kravitz's breakthrough hit, Let Love Rule, celebrates its 20th birthday this year.
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April 27, 2009 Remember a number of years ago, when the Recording Industry Association of America started suing people for illegally sharing music with each other over the Internet? The RIAA, which collects licensing fees and royalties for record companies, file...
April 23, 2009 Music can obviously serve many purposes. It can make us think, feel and act. It can be a deeply meaningful and profound experience that leaves us pondering life's greater mysteries. And sometimes it's just entertainment, in the way a sitcom is ent...
April 22, 2009 This morning, NPR Music producer Stephen Thompson and I were having our regular weekly debrief about American Idol, rating and reviewing the previous evening's performances. Our most heated and frequent debate centers on contestant Adam Lamb
April 21, 2009 Capitol/EMI has been busy reissuing albums this year. There's all the Beatles recordings coming out in September, not to mention the >
April 21, 2009 All Songs Considered has gotten a lot of ribbing over the years for its name. I can't tell you how many times I've met someone and said I work for All Songs Considered, only to hear them say, "I love Robert Siegel! I listen
April 17, 2009 I'm not sure where they came from, but I stumbled upon a blog where you can download some incredible outtakes from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the M
April 17, 2009 Bob thought this was dumb and stopped it about halfway through, but I found it giggle-worthy. What do you think?
April 15, 2009 I'm having one of those mornings where only Mozart can make it better. The brain is a little crispy. It's rainy and dreary in D.C. I started off with some Beatles, thinking that's always a good standby when you need something to make you feel bett...
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