Music

First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

First Listen: GOAT, 'Commune'

GOAT's new album, Commune, comes out Sept. 23 on Sub Pop and Rocket Recordings.
Tammy Karlsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 8:36 am

If someone said that the band GOAT took its name from the initials for "Get Out A Tambourine," it'd be easy to believe. The Swedish collective makes irresistible trance/dance music that doubles as hypnotic hippie hoodoo. GOAT captures the spirit of the '60s in its guitar meanderings and acid tones; its rhythms feel inspired by rave culture and electronic music, but are made with hands instead of machines. Oh, and the band members wear masks, hit cowbells, and sing in unison a lot.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

First Listen: Mapei, 'Hey Hey'

Mapei's new album, Hey Hey, comes out Sept. 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 8:37 am

Pop music is constructed with many of the same base directives as candy, which is why the two are so often compared. Above all, both must feel good to consume, and both must make us want more. Pop meets basic human desires, and thus often gets dismissed as basic itself. It's true that the consumption of good pop is, by design, easy. But its creation is as exacting an art as tempering chocolate without scorching it, or whipping a capricious meringue into soft peaks.

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My Big Break
3:42 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break.
A&M Records

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Finally Cracks Billboard Top 10

Bob Marley, seen here performing in Paris in 1980, died years before Legend was released. It has since sold millions of copies — and this week, it hit No. 5 on the Billboard chart.
Guidot Lou Dalle /Landov

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:04 pm

Billboard's album sales chart has a new entry in its No. 5 spot: Legend, the greatest hits record by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It's the highest spot ever for Marley. And while the 30-year-old album has sold millions of copies over the years, it only reached No. 54 when it was released.

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Author Interviews
5:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

John Darnielle's new book is Wolf In White Van.
DL Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:57 pm

John Darnielle is best known as the man behind The Mountain Goats, a band defined for its 20-plus years by a certain literary quality. His songs are populated with high school burnouts, bitter, broken lovers, people living on the fringe who can't escape their own ghosts.

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Business
5:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

'Your Call Is Important ... ' Which Is Why You Hear Music

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 9:56 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. It can be maddening. You call your doctor, your cable provider, your utility company, and you get sent to hold.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: There are 12 callers ahead of you. (Music playing).

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Music News
5:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Bob Crewe Knew How To Make Artists Sing

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 9:56 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Music News
3:31 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

A group of Nile Project musicians play together at the Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda in January 2013. Left to right: Dina El Wedidi, Dafaalla El Hag, Lawrence Okello, Kasiva Mutua.
Julie Caine

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 11:32 am

In a quiet park in Kampala, Uganda, 14 musicians from seven East African countries sit together under a tree. They're working on an idea from Ugandan musician Lawrence Okello.

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Mountain Stage
7:39 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Toad The Wet Sprocket On Mountain Stage

Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Despite its cheerfully obscure moniker — a reference to a Monty Python sketch — Toad The Wet Sprocket became a household name in the early '90s thanks to inescapable pop hits like "All I Want" and "Walk On The Ocean."

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Music Interviews
3:10 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

Jason Moran's new album is titled All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 7:38 pm

Legend has it that pianist Fats Waller used to say, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it." That's a challenge that fellow pianist Jason Moran has been eager to take up lately.

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