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All Songs Considered Blog
10:39 am
Wed August 8, 2012

First Watch: Wolf Larsen, 'If I Be Wrong'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:14 pm

Wolf Larsen's life is a complicated mix of mysterious and nearly debilitating health issues and desire to dig deep in art for meaning and hope. Wolf Larsen is the stage name (and pen name) of the singer and writer Sarah Ramey. In 2008, Ramey served as the personal blogger for Obama's presidential campaign and is currently writing a book — The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness — due out in 2013 under her own name. Her new record as Wolf Larsen, Quiet at the Kitchen Door, is a bedroom recording, a project that began as a way to deal with her illness and solitude.

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World Cafe
9:18 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Lisa Marie Presley On World Cafe

Lisa Marie Presley.
Courtesy of the artist

Being the only child of rock 'n' roll's king has kept Lisa Marie Presley under a long shadow, but she's found ways to make her music stand out that don't involve her lineage or occasionally stormy personal life.

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Field Recordings
9:13 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Now, Now At Graffiti Park

Now, Now performs for a Field Recording video at Graffiti Park in Austin, Texas, during SXSW in 2012
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 9:56 am

The "Graffiti Park" in Austin, Texas, is stunning from any angle: Essentially a giant public canvas, the staggered façade on Baylor Street is constantly refreshed with new eye-popping murals by aerosol artists. When the members of Now, Now met us there, they were good enough sports to haul their guitars and amplifiers all the way to the top.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:08 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Song Premiere: Enslaved, 'Thoughts Like Hammers'

Enslaved.
Christian Misje

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:16 pm

In its 21-year career, Enslaved has stayed ahead of the curve. While defenders of the orthodox black-metal sound have a field day hating modern-day mold-breakers like Wolves in the Throne Room and Deafheaven, Enslaved was tearing down Valhalla with Pink Floyd-ian psychedelia and '70s prog-rock back around 2000's Mardraum.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:24 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

In 282 Songs, Blur Comes Into Focus

Blur, from left: Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Damon Albarn.
Steve Pyke

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:41 pm

Blur was never huge in the U.S. Even the British group's best-known song (the two-minute explosion "Song 2") failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. So the moment the group is having right now might be confusing for casual listeners. Blur has reunited in recent years to play live (it'll headline the closing ceremony of the Olympics this weekend) and release a few new songs (last month's "Under the Westway" is lovely). Last week, the band put out a career-spanning box set.

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All Songs Considered
10:54 am
Tue August 7, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening: Blur, Tame Impala, More

Blur (clockwise from upper left), Drop Electric, Miguel, Tame Impala
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:45 am

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The Record
10:18 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Antony's 'Future Feminism': Stage Banter As Statement Of Purpose

Antony performs in Oslo, Norway in 2011.
Jan Erik Svendsen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:22 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:17 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Watch Tom Waits' Bracing, Beautiful 'Hell Broke Luce' Video

Tom Waits.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:59 am

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:15 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Song Premiere: Stars, 'Backlines'

Stars' new album, The North, comes out Sept. 4.
Norman Wong

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 8:04 am

Predicting the sound of any given Stars song takes some doing: The Montreal band traffics in everything from joyfully guitar-driven power-pop to synth-based dance music to string-swept ballads that detail the heartbreaking minutiae of doomed romance. Even the lead voices shift from song to song, with Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell singing to, over and about each other, occasionally swapping verses.

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