Tom Moon http://ksut.org en First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' http://ksut.org/post/first-listen-thievery-corporation-saudade Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15170703/thievery-corporation">Thievery Corporation</a> defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."<p>Though countless songs have "saudade" in the title, the condition of saudade isn't usually conveyed through words. It's evoked. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 31339 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' Album Review: 'Morning Phase' http://ksut.org/post/album-review-morning-phase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.<p>TOM MOON: We hear it constantly. Everything in this on-demand culture seems to be moving fast and getting faster. Here's an exception: The new songs from noted contrarian Beck. They're slow. Deliciously, magnificently slow. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Tom Moon 30239 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase' http://ksut.org/post/first-listen-beck-morning-phase The thumbnail summary already circulating for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck">Beck</a>'s 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to <em>Sea Change</em>, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.<p>This is useful, to a point, for placing <em>Morning Phase</em> in a general neighborhood. But, like so many descriptors flying around, it doesn't convey much about the work itself — especially since "sequel" is often shorthand for "copy," which this most certainly is not. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 29862 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase' Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples http://ksut.org/post/album-review-sun-structures-temples Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Tom Moon 29706 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures' http://ksut.org/post/first-listen-temples-sun-structures It makes cosmic sense that <em>Sun Structures</em>, the debut album from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/14/262088531/heavy-rotation-10-songs-public-radio-cant-stop-playing">Temples</a>, arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion.<p>Like many young bands before it, the four-piece from Kettering in Northhamptonshire embraces — and proudly plays up — the influence of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15229570/the-beatles">The Beatles</a> and other '60s legends, notably <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/ Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:02:00 +0000 Tom Moon 29274 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures' When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point http://ksut.org/post/when-donny-hathaway-thelonious-monk-and-neil-young-hit-turning-point <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zP14N9ZQcE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROre63J0Lw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAQhtkWB0RU</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 27306 at http://ksut.org When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' http://ksut.org/post/pops-resident-provocateur-fizzles-artpop <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP3ctBs3510</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 25933 at http://ksut.org Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise http://ksut.org/post/tom-odell-polarizing-new-voice-shows-promise <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rgHYP0dD_4</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Tom Moon 23526 at http://ksut.org Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur' http://ksut.org/post/sigur-ros-navigates-unknown-terrain-kveikur <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF6E47Pn6mY</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Tom Moon 19562 at http://ksut.org Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur' Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World http://ksut.org/post/pat-metheny-and-john-zorn-vivid-sound-world Guitarist <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fartists%2F15124280%2Fpat-metheny&ei=-tebUbSCINf-4APLkICAAQ&usg=AFQjCNHXjWctRNt3bG2V1msmN_686O3S0w&sig2=PZZXJTdrbtVPfD-eaYgRRw&bvm=bv.46751780,d.dmg" target="_blank">Pat Metheny</a> is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15510102/john-zorn">John Zorn</a> is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments. Metheny's new <em>Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. Tue, 21 May 2013 20:55:00 +0000 Tom Moon 17958 at http://ksut.org Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World