Whistle-Rock, Pink Floyd Jazz, West African Funk And More

collage 300

We start the new year with a new mix, featuring an exclusive preview of Andrew Bird's latest album, Noble Beast. The classically trained violinist and singer performs a quirky mix of whistled melodies, Gypsy ballads, folk and art-rock. We've got the song "Oh No" here, but you can also hear the entire album as part of our "first listen" series. Also on the show: classic folk-rock singer Benjy Ferree, the Afro-funk rhythms of Chopteeth, an eclectic mixtape from Malawi-born singer Esau Mwamwaya, the haunting guitars of Begushkin, and the jazz trio Bad Plus covers the music of Pink Floyd.

Download this show in the All Songs Considered podcast.

Sign up for the All Songs Considered newsletter and we'll tell you when new music features are available on the site.

Register with the NPR.org community to join in our discussions.

Contact us with your questions and comments.

Whistle-Rock, Pink Floyd Jazz, West African Funk And More

cover for benjy ferree

Benjy Ferree

  • Artist: Benjy Ferree
  • Album: Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee
  • Song: Big Business

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Big Business
Album
Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee
Artist
Benjy Ferree
Label
Domino
Released
2009

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for andrew bird

Andrew Bird

  • Artist: Andrew Bird
  • Album: Noble Beast
  • Song: Oh No

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Oh No
Album
Noble Beast
Artist
Andrew Bird
Label
Megaforce
Released
2009

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for chopteeth

Chopteeth

  • Artist: Chopteeth
  • Album: Afrofunk Big Band
  • Song: Eyi Su Ngaangaa

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Eyi Su Ngaangaa
Album
Afrofunk Big Band
Artist
Chopteeth
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for esau

Esau Mwamwaya

  • Artist: Esau Mwamwaya
  • Album: The Very Best Mixtape
  • Song: Salota

This album is available for a free download from the artist's Web site.

cover for begushkin

Begushkin

  • Artist: Begushkin
  • Album: King's Curse
  • Song: Convict's Lament

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Convict's Lament
Album
King's Curse
Artist
Begushkin
Label
Locust
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

cover for the bad plus

The Bad Plus

  • Artist: The Bad Plus
  • Album: For All I Care
  • Song: Comfortably Numb

Purchase Featured Music

Song
Comfortably Numb
Album
For All I Care
Artist
The Bad Plus
Label
Emarcy
Released
2008

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.