Belle and Sebastian, Frank Emilio Flynn, Arctic Monkeys

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New music from Belle and Sebastian; singer for New Pornographers Neko Case; the simple, sweet songs of Super XX Man; Contra dances from The Portland Connection; a medley of Irish reels from Lúnasa; Cuban jazz pianist Frank Emilio Flynn; John Coltrane as Latin jazz from Echu Mingua; and Britain's punk-inspired Arctic Monkeys.

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Belle and Sebastian, Frank Emilio Flynn, Arctic Monkeys

The Life Pursuit

Act of the Apostle II

  • Artist: Belle & Sebastian
  • Album: The Life Pursuit
  • Song: Act of the Apostle II

Belle and Sebastian defined the chamber pop sound of the '90s with precious, whimsical melodies set against a backdrop of richly orchestrated arrangements. The band's new CD is a bit of a departure from their previous work, drawing on a mix that includes classic Kinks and Motown.

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  • Album: The Life Pursuit
  • Artist: Belle and Sebastian
  • Label: Matador
 
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Margaret Vs. Pauline

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  • Song: Margaret Vs. Pauline

As a singer for New Pornographers, Neko Case is known for artful pop. But as a solo artist, Case leans more toward classic country. Her new CD features the country rock band The Sadies (featured on All Songs Considered episode 69), members of Calexico and Garth Hudson, a legendary keyboardist for The Band.

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  • Album: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
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Vol. VI, Collecting Rocks

  • Artist: Super XX Man
  • Album: Vol. VI, Collecting Rocks
  • Song: Collecting Rocks
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  • Album: Vol. VI, Collecting Rocks
  • Artist: Super XX Man
  • Label: Lelp
  • Released: 2003
 
Portland Selection 2

Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July/Grey Eagle/Walk Up Georgia Row

  • Artist: The Portland Connection
  • Album: Portland Selection 2
  • Song: Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July/Grey Eagle/Walk Up Georgia Row

The Portland Connection is a contra dance band featuring Georg Penk, Clyde Curley, Creighton Lindsay and Susan Songer. The quartet performs a mish mash of music from North America and the British Isles. They were previously featured on All Songs Considered episode 58.

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Boy in the Boat: The Ballivanich Reel/The Boy in the Boat/The Stone of Destiny

  • Artist: Lúnasa
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  • Song: Boy in the Boat: The Ballivanich Reel/The Boy in the Boat/The Stone of Destiny

Lúnasa is an Irish folk band from Dublin. On their sixth and latest album, the group offers a beautiful mix of traditional reels. Lúnasa was previously featured on All Songs Considered episode 67.

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  • Label: Compass
 
Musica Original de Cuba

Anita

  • Artist: Frank Emilio Flynn
  • Album: Musica Original de Cuba
  • Song: Anita

Frank Emilio Flynn is considered a grandfather of Cuban piano music. Born in 1921, Flynn started his music career in a ballroom orchestra. He would go on to help define traditional Latin and Cuban jazz, performing and recording for nearly seven decades. He died in 2001 and is remembered on this new collection of recordings made in 1959.

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Echu Mingua

A Love Supreme

  • Artist: Angá
  • Album: Echu Mingua
  • Song: A Love Supreme

Miguil Angá Diaz takes John Coltrane's legendary 1965 recording "A Love Supreme" and reimagines it as a Cuban jazz tune. Diaz is part of the Buena Vista Social Club family. This new CD marks his debut as a bandleader, composer and arranger.

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  • Artist: Angá
  • Label: Nonesuch
 
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

  • Artist: Arctic Monkeys
  • Album: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
  • Song: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

Arctic Monkeys are the latest in a bevy of new bands resurrecting early '80s post-punk rock. Much like 2005's hit-makers Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys borrow heavily from bands like The Clash and The Smiths. When their debut CD first hit stores in January, it sold more copies than the rest of the top 20 chart makers combined, setting a U.K. record.

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