Music

All Songs Considered
11:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

We Get Mail: How To Make A Mixtape Without Looking Like A Creeper

Artwork for Every Breathe You Take: The Singles by The Police.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:32 pm

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All Songs Considered
5:12 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Dear 'Awful Band Name,' We Forgive You

Singer Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople made some amazing music. The band name, on the other hand, could have used some work.
Robert Altman Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 10:00 am

I first found the music of Gashcat buried among 2,000 other songs in a playlist NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson put together to help us prepare for South By Southwest earlier this year. I assumed I wouldn't like them and only listened because I thought the name was ridiculous. Gashcat. What does that even mean?

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Benjamin Gibbard On World Cafe

Ben Gibbard.
Ryan Russell

After 15 years as the singer of Death Cab for Cutie, Benjamin Gibbard has finally released his first solo album, titled Former Lives. The record moves beyond the indie-pop confines of Gibbard's band, touching on Latin music, alt-country and '70s power pop. It largely consists of songs written in the last eight years that never fit the themes of past Death Cab records.

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All Songs Considered
2:24 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

New Mix: Andrew Bird, Ty Segall, Pantha Du Prince, Casket Girls And More

Asha Mines Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:26 am

Host Bob Boilen has been on the road having way too much fun. (CMJ Music Marathon, Moogfest, Peter Gabriel).

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Music
10:37 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Mumford & Sons, Babel, feature CD, Friday 11/9

Babel, the follow up to Mumford & Sons 2009 debut album Sigh No More, was released on September 24. The album is produced by Markus Dravs.

Mumford & Sons has this to say about their highly anticipated new CD:

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Bob Mould: He's Going Down Singing

Bob Mould performs "The Descent" live at WFUV in New York City.
Claire Lorenzo WFUV

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:43 am

Bob Mould has spent the last couple years exploring his past. He published his autobiography, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, last year. More recently, he revisited the complete recordings of his '90s band Sugar for the purpose of reissuing them. All that looking back gave Mould the idea that the time was right for a return to the earlier sounds of his legendary '80s band Hüsker Dü, which blurred the lines separating punk, rock and pop.

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World Cafe
1:13 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Next: The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy.
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Scott Yoder and Brendhan Bowers formed The Pharmacy in 2002, envisioning it as a garage-punk band before also embracing dance-pop and psychedelic rock. In 2007, classically trained pianist Stefan Rubicz joined the group, which has since maintained a steady schedule, earning positive reviews and touring with Vivian Girls, Matt+Kim and Japanther.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:10 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Jason Lytle: Tiny Desk Concert

Jason Lytle performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 28.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:58 pm

Sometimes, it's hard to know what constitutes a band. Billy Corgan wrote and sang all the songs for The Smashing Pumkpins and still records under the name, even though the other original members are long gone. Same deal with James Mercer and The Shins.

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Live Fridays From XPN
10:27 am
Mon November 5, 2012

JD McPherson In Concert

JD McPherson puts on a fiery show at WXPN.
John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:47 pm

Set List

  • "Dimes For Nickels"
  • "Your Love (All That I'm Missing)"
  • "Oil In My Lamp"
  • "Signs & Signifiers"
  • "Fire Bug"
  • "Abigail Blue"
  • "North Side Gal"
  • "Wolf Teeth"
Music Interviews
3:07 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Aerosmith: A Tumbling Down, Then A 'Magic Moment'

Music From Another Dimension!, Aerosmith's first studio album in over a decade, is out Nov. 6. Left to right: Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton.
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Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:08 am

They were there in the 1970s,through the '80s and on into the '90s. Aerosmith has managed to become one of the most enduring bands in American rock history. Now, the group is releasing its first studio album in 11 years. It's called Music from Another Dimension!, and it's out this week.

The album is a labor of love, one that lead singer Steven Tyler says almost didn't happen. Speaking with NPR's Rachel Martin, Tyler points to a particularly rough experience in the time between albums: the day in 2009 when he fell off the stage during a live performance.

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