June 19, 2001 Noah Adams talks with Tom Moon, who writes about music for the Philadelphia Inquirer, about some of the hippest, most interesting music heard these days. It's not on the radio, not on MTV, but in the background of television commercials. Electronica, indie rock, big name artists like Sting and Cat Stevens, and esoteric songs by Nick Drake and the Red House Painters, all have found their way into ads for cars, clothes, banks and more. Moon says there are several reasons for it. And a new CD is the ultimate statement of this hot trend. (8:00) The CD, in stores this month, is called As Seen On TV — Songs From Commercials, featuring all of this music on UTV Records.
June 10, 2001 The Kerrville Folk Festival turns thirty this year. It's one of the longest-running open-air music events in North America. From member station KUT in Austin, Texas, Joe Bevilacqua reports.
June 10, 2001 You all know what jazz is. There's classic, fusion, Afro-Cuban and Latin. If you haven't heard, there's also Asian American jazz. From San Francisco, Reese Erlich reports that this type of jazz blends activism and art.
June 7, 2001 NPR's Emily Harris reports on a Federal Communications Commission fine against a Colorado radio station for playing a song by rap artist Eminem. The recording, The Real Slim Shady, had been altered to change some racy lyrics, but the federal agency said even the edited version was offensive.
May 11, 2001 Reggae — with its island rhythms, religious roots, and frequently political messages — has held its place as a popular musical form for more than a quarter century. Today, on the 20th anniversary of Bob Marley's death, NPR's Tom Cole looks back at the history of the genre.
May 11, 2001 Music critic Milo Miles reviews the new documentary about Latin jazz, Calle 54.
May 5, 2001 Lisa talks with author Bill Milkowski about his book Swing It! An Annotated History of Jive. "Jive" encompased music, coded language, and indeed a whole way of life in the 1930s, '40s, and 50s. We play musical examples along with the conversation. (11:30) (Watson-Guptill Publications; ISBN: 0823
April 29, 2001 The favored mandolin of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, was sold this week for more than one million dollars. The instrument's new home is The Bill Monroe Foundation, based in Monroe's hometown of Rosine, Kentucky. Liane speaks with the foundation's executive director, Campbell Mercer.
April 24, 2001 NPR's Alex Van Oss reports on Lang Lang, a brilliant young pianist from China. The 18-year-old will make his Carnegie Hall debut this week in a performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Some critics already are hailing him as one of the great pianists of our time.
April 21, 2001 Scott talks with history professor and FDR biographer Patrick Maney about the enormous number of songs that were written for Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt during their time in the White House. (12:00) For more on this story, visit our FDR music feature page.
April 16, 2001 Joey Ramone, lead singer of the punk rock group, the Ramones, died of lymphoma yesterday. He was 49. The Ramones helped to define punk in the 1970s with songs like I Wanna be Sedated and Teenage Lobotomy.
April 13, 2001 A note on the anniversary of the first performance of George Friderich Handel's Messiah, for Easter in 1742.
April 11, 2001 Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to boost national pride. But some Russians are already plenty proud-- of their homegrown pop and rock music. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Moscow on a radio station called Nasha Radio — "our radio."
April 7, 2001 Scott speaks with David Prown of Red Bank, New Jersey, about what happened when Bruce Springsteen showed up unexpectedly at a local record store selling his new album.
March 23, 2001 Talking Blues is a song form that can trace its surface roots to a recording by the Greenville Trio in April of 1926. Its lineage goes much deeper -- to spirituals -- and an odd combination of the religious and the profane.
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