Moby, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Rob Wasserman

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On this 6th edition of All Songs Considered, we play some eclectic offerings from the Penguin Café Orchestra; Moby; Richard Bone; Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's familiar fiddle from the PBS Civil War documentary; Aubrey Ghent; Ben Trout; and bass master Rob Wasserman.

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Moby, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Rob Wasserman

Broadcasting From Home

Prelude and Yodel

  • Artist: The Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  • Album: Broadcasting from Home
  • Song: Prelude and Yodel

Anything could happen on a recording by the Penguin Café Orchestra. Telephone tones could become rhythm sections. Guitars would strum with ring modulators. It's a world where Wurlitzers, whistles and whimsy combine.

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Prelude and Yodel
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Broadcasting From Home
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Penguin Café Orchestra
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Plan 9/Caroline

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Play

Porcelain

  • Artist: Moby
  • Album: Play
  • Song: Porcelain

Moby's record has been heard by many but unknown to most. This anti-corporate music maker decided to sell his sounds for use in television ads and movies. He takes the money and puts it to causes he cares about. Play is one of the most licensed CDs ever.

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Porcelain
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Play
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Moby
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V2

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Coxa

Amorita Drive

  • Artist: Richard Bone
  • Album: Coxa
  • Song: Amorita Drive

Richard Bone's music takes two forms: an ambient sound, and a quirky electronic jazz sound.

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Amorita Drive
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Coxa
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Richard Bone

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Harvest Home: Music for All Seasons

Prairie Spring

  • Artist: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
  • Album: Harvest Home: Music for All Seasons
  • Song: Prairie Spring

"I see our compositions as essentially organic, flowing from the natural unfolding of simple melodic ideas without the composer's hand being very evident."

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Prairie Spring
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Harvest Home: Music for All Seasons
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Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
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Angel

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Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

  • Artist: Aubrey Ghent
  • Album: Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection
  • Song: Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Part of the "sacred steel" movement in Florida, Aubrey Ghent plays gospel music on an electric lap-steel guitar.

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Just a Closer Walk with Thee
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Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection
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Aubrey Ghent

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Metalgrass

Shady Glade

  • Artist: Ben Trout
  • Album: Metalgrass
  • Song: Shady Glade

In the mid 1990s, Ben Trout was playing with a band called "Psykovsky."

Space Island

Wildside

  • Artist: Rob Wasserman
  • Album: Space Island
  • Song: Wildside

People may recognize the bass parts, but they don't know where the other parts are coming from. Believe it or not, aside from all the percussion and drums, 99 percent of the album is the bass.

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Wildside
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Space Island
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Rob Wasserman
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Atlantic

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