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Patti Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Jens Lekman

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Patti Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Jens Lekman

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Horses remastered and live from Patti Smith; A preview of new music by Nellie McKay; A new retrospective on Jelly Roll Morton; Stunning slack key guitar from Sonny Lim; Medieval synthesizer work by Hurdy Gurdy; Swedish art pop from Jens Lekman.

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Patti Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Jens Lekman

Horses

Gloria: In Excelsis Deo/Gloria

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Gloria: In Excelsis Deo/Gloria

  • from Horses
  • by Patti Smith

Originally recorded in 1975, Patti Smith celebrated the 30th anniversary of her ground-breaking album, Horses, by performing the entire record live in London the summer of 2005. The full live recording and a remastered version of the original LP have been released together in a new 2-CD set.

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Pretty Little Head

There You Are in Me

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There You Are in Me

  • from Pretty Little Head
  • by Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay's music could be called political torch songs done tongue in cheek. First featured on All Songs Considered episode 55.

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The Complete Library of Congress Recordings

How Jelly Roll Got His Name/Original Jelly Roll Blues

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How Jelly Roll Got His Name/Original Jelly Roll Blues

  • from The Complete Library of Congress Recordings
  • by Jelly Roll Morton

It's hard to imagine, but Jelly Roll Morton began his life as a musician on the road 100 years ago. As the first great jazz pianist, he bridged the gap between ragtime and newer styles of jazz playing. This new collection of Morton's words and music were recorded by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1938. Issued from the Library of Congress and Rounder Records, it's the most comprehensive set of Morton's recordings to date.

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Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim

Hoku'ula

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Hoku'ula

  • from Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim
  • by Sonny Lim

Sonny Lim is a little-known master of slack key guitar, a sound made by loosening or slacking the guitar strings so that they can be easily bent into other notes. It's a style of playing often associated with music from Hawaii, though it was originally inspired by the cowboys who came from Spain and Mexico.

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Prototyp

Tok Jöns

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Tok Jöns

  • from Prototyp
  • by Hurdy Gurdy

Hurdy Gurdy is the music of Stefan Brisland-Ferner and Totte Mattsson, both of Sweden and masters of the Swedish hurdy gurdy. On their latest CD, they offer an impressive demonstration of the instrument's range. Calling it a "medieval synthesizer," the duo created the album exclusively with sounds generated from various kinds of hurdy gurdys.

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Oh You're So Silent Jens

Black Cab

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Black Cab

  • from Oh You're So Silent Jens
  • by Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman makes artful, Swedish pop that's at once comical, romantic and sad, with a voice reminiscent of Stephin Merritt. Just 24 years old, his home recordings were an instant success in his home country. Lekman's latest CD is a collection of EP and B-side recordings.

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