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Sweet, art pop from Matt Pond PA; The vocoder voice of Imogen Heap; Canada's power pop New Pornographers; Concert for Bangladesh: George Harrison; A 1971 psychedelic reissue from The Move; The ambient, guitar-driven duo Hammock; Bach harpsichord from Christophe Rousset; Parlor music performed by Brent Watkins.

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Imogen Heap, New Pornographers, The Move

Several Arrows Later

Halloween

  • Artist: matt pond PA
  • Song: Halloween
  • From: Several Arrows Later

Matt Pond PA is a chamber pop group based in Brooklyn, NY. This is their fifth album in as many years. It's emotional and melodic with strong hooks and a fine balance between angst and beauty.

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Speak For Yourself

Hide and Seek

  • Artist: Imogen Heap
  • Song: Hide and Seek
  • From: Speak For Yourself

Imogen Heap is from Britain and known for artful pop with strong electronic textures. She was a solo artist for a few years before becoming half of the London-based duo Frou Frou. You might have heard Frou Frou perform the song "Let Go" on the soundtrack to the film Garden State. On this track from her new solo album, Heap sings a cappella through an old vocoder or voice processor.

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Twin Cinema

The Bones of an Idol

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The New Pornographers are considered an indie super group in their native Canada, comprised of members from several other popular groups. Carl Newman from the art pop band Zumpano and Neko Case share vocal duties. Bassist John Collins is from a group called Three Evaporators, while guitarist Dan Bejar writes and records under the name Destroyer. Synth player Blaine Thurier is a popular filmmaker/cartoonist. Carl Newman, or A.C. Newmann appeared on All Songs Considered earlier this year for his solo album The Slow Wonder.

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The Concert for Bangladesh

Bangla Desh

  • Artist: George Harrison and Friends
  • Song: Bangla Desh
  • From: The Concert for Bangladesh

Long before Farm Aid and "We Are the World," there was The Concert for Bangladesh. The 1971 performance was organized by George Harrison, fresh out of the Beatles, to raise money for the troubled country. It featured many of his friends and fellow artists like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Billy Preston. The full concert is being reissued on two CDs and on DVD.

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Message from the Country

Message from the Country

  • Artist: The Move
  • Song: Message from the Country
  • From: Message from the Country

The Move was a psychedelic, experimental rock group from the late '60s and early '70s that eventually became The Electric Light Orchestra. The Move was considered one of Britain's most important rock groups, but never made much of a run in the U.S. Their fifth and final album, originally released in 1971, is now being reissued on CD.

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Stranded Under Endless Sky

Stranded Under Endless Sky

  • Artist: Hammock
  • Song: Stranded Under Endless Sky
  • From: Stranded Under Endless Sky

Hammock is a southern guitar duo featuring the work of Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson. The two were originally featured on All Songs Considered's Open Mic, NPR's online showcase for great unknown artists.

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Klavierbuchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann

Prelude No. 1

  • Artist: Christophe Rousset
  • Song: Prelude No. 1
  • From: Klavierbuchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann

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The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 1

Poor Katie Redd

  • Artist: Brent Watkins
  • Song: Poor Katie Redd
  • From: The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 1

A piano player since he was eight years old, Brent Watkins here shares some of his favorite parlor tunes from turn-of-the-century composers. He lives and works in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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