Music

Music Interviews
3:00 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

Ben Gibbard: Living With Ghosts

Ben Gibbard's first album as a solo artist is called Former Lives.
Ryan Russell Courtesy of the artist

Death Cab for Cutie is known for bittersweet love songs, stirring melodies and frontman Ben Gibbard's unmistakable voice, soft and sincere. After 15 years in the band, Gibbard is releasing his first solo album, Former Lives.

"Over the years, I've accrued a number of songs that I've always been very fond of but didn't fit tonally, lyrically, musically in with the palette of songs that were in front of us for a Death Cab for Cutie record," Gibbard tells NPR's Guy Raz.

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Author Interviews
7:16 am
Sat October 20, 2012

'John Lennon Letters' Reveal A Life As It Happened

John Lennon signs autographs during the filming of The Magical Mystery Tour.
Jim Gray Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 2:21 pm

John Lennon loved word play; he wrote songs that have not only become standards, but also milestones, like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields," which he wrote with the Beatles, and "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance," which he wrote on his own. For most of his life, he also composed letters to friends and family; then lovers, as he grew up; and strangers, as he grew famous. His notes, letters and postcards often contained small, funny drawings and self portraits.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Deep Sea Diver: Making The Most Of A Fresh Start

Deep Sea Diver performs on opbmusic.org.
opbmusic.org

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:44 am

Deep Sea Diver singer Jessica Dobson took a roundabout way to get where she is now. Signed to Atlantic Records at 19, Dobson moved to New York to record her first LP, which was eventually shelved; a second recording hit the same dead end. After leaving the label, she went on to play guitar in Beck's touring band, toured with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and most recently played with The Shins.

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Grizzly Bear On World Cafe

Grizzly Bear.
Tom Hines

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 3:46 pm

Grizzly Bear began in 2004 as a bedroom project for Ed Droste. By 2006, Droste had a full band alongside him: Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and Chris Taylor. They released Yellow House the same year, but it was 2009's Veckatimest that propelled the group to worldwide fame.

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All Songs Considered
1:43 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Bob Boilen's CMJ Discoveries: Day Three

Little Green Cars play at the Union Square Ballroom during CMJ 2012 in New York City.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 3:53 pm

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Live in Concert
8:56 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Buke & Gase In Concert

Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:34 am

  • Buke & Gase Live From (Le) Poisson Rouge (Audio Only)

Sitting down on stage isn't typical of rock bands, but Buke & Gase is neither typical nor really a rock band. Watching Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform feels more like witnessing a divination, as two solemn figures huddle over strange objects, stomp their feet and chant with an intense and eerie focus.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From Dinosaur Jr. Drummer Murph

Karl Walter Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:19 am

This week's drum-fill quiz comes from Murph, longtime drummer for the band Dinosaur Jr. A couple of these are pretty easy, but this was otherwise one of the harder ones I've done. See what you think. Just drag the drum fill or intro to the album it's from. If you get it right, the song names will appear.

Previous drum-fill quizzes.

Here's what Murph has to say about the fills and intros he picked:

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World Cafe
4:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Rodriguez On World Cafe

Rodriguez.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 6:59 am

Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez has finally found the fame that had eluded him for more than four decades. In the early '70s, he achieved cult status in South Africa, while at home, he remained virtually unknown. His public obscurity sparked rumors that he'd killed himself, but while he was alive and well, he'd retreated from music, earning a philosophy degree while working as a demolition man.

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All Songs Considered
12:38 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

CMJ 2012: Discoveries Day Two

Drummer Zach Hill of Sacramento-based band Death Grips, during the group's speaker-busting set at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 3:54 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:34 am
Wed October 17, 2012

CMJ 2012: Discoveries Day One

Ben Gibbard performs at The HiFi Bar in New York City's Lower East Side during the CMJ Music Marathon.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:05 pm

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