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All Songs Considered Blog
10:44 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Watch Neil Young's 'Americana' Film

A still from Neil Young's film, Americana.

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:10 pm

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have a new record coming out Tuesday. Americana is blistering guitar romp through the classic American songbook, from the 1800s to doo-wop and beyond. Well today we we have a 40 minute film created by Bernard Shakey (Young's alias) filled with the music from Americana.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Patrick Watson: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 11:31 am

Patrick Watson has a lovely, flexible voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything from vintage keyboards to bicycle chains, but his real gift lies in his ability to maximize beauty at all times; to guide every noise in such a way that it coheres into something dramatic and graceful. When the Polaris Prize winner performs, he seems almost hypnotized by the sounds around him, yet every second and every unlikely component seems plotted to maximize its impact.

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Music
8:08 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Back To The Future: Six Songs That Travel In Time

Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" pays homage to the film Paris Is Burning.
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Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:23 pm

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
9:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

KCRW Presents: Father John Misty

Father John Misty's J. Tillman performs on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:53 am

In recent years, J. Tillman has moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, quit his gig as the drummer of Fleet Foxes and abandoned his real name, all to become Father John Misty. On his way into KCRW's studio for a live set, Tillman grabbed a photo of David Lynch off the walls in the hallway — a fitting gesture to his surreal musical alter ego. Here, he shimmies his way through a dedication of sorts to an L.A.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:54 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Paul McCartney's 'Ram'

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Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 1:31 pm

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World Cafe
11:27 am
Tue May 29, 2012

The Lumineers On World Cafe

The Lumineers.
Mark Sink

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 12:41 pm

This week's Vintage Cafe goes back to 2012, when good things were starting to happen for a trio of musicians from Denver. The Lumineers' original members, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, were high-school friends who moved to Denver thinking they'd have a better shot at getting noticed than they had in Brooklyn — plus, it was affordable. There, they met their third member, cellist Neyla Pekarek, through a Craigslist ad.

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Music
7:27 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros Are 'Here'

"There is no character, you know?" Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alex Ebert says. "I'm trying to be the most open and powered-by-the-universe version of myself than I can summon."
Julie Ling

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:52 am

The L.A. indie-folk band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros has been described as looking like something of a hippie cult on stage. Of course, every cult should have a leader, and this one is led by a singer whose real name is Alex Ebert. He has a long beard and long, unkempt hair, and he often doesn't wear a shirt or even shoes. During shows, he dances around in circles shaking a tambourine.

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Song Of The Day
5:03 am
Tue May 29, 2012

K-Holes: A Grimy Smear Of Rock 'n' Roll

K-Holes.
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K-Holes' frayed, exhausted, grimy smear of rock 'n' roll is swaddled in the uneven patchwork of New York City's '80s no-wave scene. The band wields its own unique sort of holler — an earth-colored concrete mold of sax and group mantras and waves of ricocheting build. Within "Child," the opener from K-Holes' second full-length album Dismania, the group's sonic theory is made plain: malignant patience and a straightforward attack, with all five tongues in cheek and aching jaws set firm.

Feature CD
12:00 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Dr. John, Locked Down Feature CD for Friday, June 1

Storied musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John—Mac Rebennack—released Locked Down, a startling album that marks a significant departure from his recent efforts. The new album, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, is an entirely new approach for the iconic Dr. John, featuring as it does his collaboration with Auerbach and a band of young musicians Auerbach hand-picked to make Locked Down at his Nashville studio.

World Cafe
2:19 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

John Mayer On World Cafe

John Mayer.
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Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 3:11 pm

Becoming a rock star has major implications — just ask John Mayer. The singer-songwriter's personal history and relationships are all public knowledge, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. The attention in turn attracts trouble, but Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, tries to take it all in stride.

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