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

Laura Gibson

  • Artist: Laura Gibson
  • Album: If You Come to Greet Me
  • Song: Hands in Pockets

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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  • "Hands in Pockets"
  • Album: If You Come to Greet Me
  • Artist: Laura Gibson
  • Label: Hush
  • Released: 2006
 
Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips

  • Artist: Sam Phillips
  • Album: Don't Do Anything
  • Song: No Explanations

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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  • "No Explanations"
  • Album: Don't Do Anything
  • Artist: Sam Phillips
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Released: 2008
 
Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

  • Artist: Dr. Dog
  • Album: Fate
  • Song: The Beach

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

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  • "The Beach"
  • Album: Fate
  • Artist: Dr. Dog
  • Label: Park the Van
  • Released: 2008
 
Jonathan Meiberg

Shearwater

  • Artist: Shearwater
  • Album: Rook
  • Song: Rooks

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

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  • "Rooks"
  • Album: Rook
  • Artist: Shearwater
  • Label: Matador
  • Released: 2008
 
David Dondero

David Dondero

  • Artist: David Dondero
  • Album: The Transient
  • Song: In Love With The Living And The Dead

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.'

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Tom Jones

Tom Jones

  • Artist: Tom Jones
  • Album: 24 Hours
  • Song: We Got Love

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

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  • "We Got Love"
  • Album: 24 Hours
  • Artist: Tom Jones
  • Label: S-Curve
  • Released: 2008
 
Jason Vieaux

Jason Vieaux

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

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

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  • "Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, for lute in E flat major, BWV 998 (BC L132)"
  • Album: Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1
  • Artist: Jason Vieaux
  • Label: Azica
  • Released: 2009
 
The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

  • Artist: The Avett Brothers
  • Album: I and Love and You
  • Song: Laundry Room

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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  • "Laundry Room"
  • Album: I and Love and You
  • Artist: The Avett Brothers
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 2009
 

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