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Live Music From Bob Boilen's Desk

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Live Music From Bob Boilen's Desk

Live Music From Bob Boilen's Desk

Live Music From Bob Boilen's Desk

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If you love seeing live concerts, chances are you've gone to shows where the clinking beer bottles and incessant crowd chatter were louder than the music. After seeing the soft spoken Laura Gibson lose out to a noisy audience during a show in Austin, TX, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson came up with a novel solution: They invited Gibson to play at the NPR Music offices, specifically Bob Boilen's desk. A little more than a year later, we've had about two dozen artists come by to fill our workday with music. We call it the Tiny Desk Concert series. On this edition of All Songs Considered we feature highlights from some of our favorite performances.

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Live Music From Bob Boilen's Desk

laura gibson

Hands in Pockets

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Laura Gibson

  • Song: Hands in Pockets
  • from If You Come to Greet Me

This version of "Hands in Pockets" was recorded live at NPR. The studio version is available on the CD 'If You Come To Greet Me.'

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Song
If You Come to Greet Me
Album
If You Come to Greet Me
Artist
Laura Gibson
Label
Hush
Released
2006

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Sam Phillips

No Explanations

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Sam Phillips

  • Song: No Explanations
  • from Don't Do Anything

This version of "No Explanations" was recorded live at NPR. The studio version is available on the album 'Don't Do Anything.'

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Don't Do Anything
Album
Don't Do Anything
Artist
Sam Phillips
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2008

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Dr. Dog

The Beach

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Dr. Dog

  • Song: The Beach
  • from Fate

This version of "The Beach" was recorded live at NPR. The studio version is available on the album 'Fate.'

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Fate
Album
Fate
Artist
Dr. Dog
Label
Park the Van
Released
2008

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Jonathan Meiberg

Rooks

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Shearwater

  • Song: Rooks
  • from Rook

This version of "Rooks" was recorded live at NPR. The studio version is available on the album 'Rook.'

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Rook
Album
Rook
Artist
Shearwater
Label
Matador
Released
2008

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David Dondero

In Love With The Living And The Dead

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David Dondero

  • Song: In Love With The Living And The Dead
  • from The Transient

This version of "In Love With The Living And The Dead" was recorded at NPR. The studio version is available on the album 'The Transient.'

Tom Jones

We Got Love

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Tom Jones

  • Song: We Got Love
  • from 24 Hours

This version of "We Got Love" was recorded live at NPR. The studio version is available on the album '24.'

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24 Hours
Album
24 Hours
Artist
Tom Jones
Label
S-Curve
Released
2008

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Jason Vieaux

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, for lute in E flat major, BWV 998 (BC L132)

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Jason Vieaux

  • Song: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, for lute in E flat major, BWV 998 (BC L132)
  • from Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1

The studio version of this song is available on the album 'Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1.'

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Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1
Album
Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1
Artist
Jason Vieaux
Label
Azica
Released
2009

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The Avett Brothers

Laundry Room

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The Avett Brothers

  • Song: Laundry Room
  • from I and Love and You

This version of "Laundry Room" was recorded live at NPR. The studio version is available on the album 'I And Love And You.'

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I and Love and You
Album
I and Love and You
Artist
The Avett Brothers
Label
Sony
Released
2009

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