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

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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.

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

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Benjy Ferree

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

  • Artist: Andrew Bird
  • Album: Noble Beast
  • Song: Oh No
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  • "Oh No"
  • Album: Noble Beast
  • Artist: Andrew Bird
  • Label: Megaforce
  • Released: 2009
 
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Chopteeth

  • Artist: Chopteeth
  • Album: Afrofunk Big Band
  • Song: Eyi Su Ngaangaa
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  • "Eyi Su Ngaangaa"
  • Album: Afrofunk Big Band
  • Artist: Chopteeth
  • Released: 2008
 
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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.

 
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Begushkin

  • Artist: Begushkin
  • Album: King's Curse
  • Song: Convict's Lament
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  • "Convict's Lament"
  • Album: King's Curse
  • Artist: Begushkin
  • Label: Locust
  • Released: 2008
 
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The Bad Plus

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

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