Music

The Record
12:17 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Afghan Whigs: Songs Of Love Gone Wrong, Done Right

Greg Dulli at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City Wednesday night.
Dominick Mastrangelo BrooklynVegan

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:07 am

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Music Reviews
10:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:11 pm

What were you doing when you were 16?

When he was 16, James Burton was inventing the American guitar. He'd been born in Dubberly, La., in 1939, and was apparently self-taught on his instrument. At 15, he cut a single backing local singer Carol Williams, and then one day he came up with a guitar riff that he liked. He took it to a singer from Shreveport he was touring with, and they worked out a song to use in his act. One thing led to another, and it wound up on a record called "Suzie Q," credited to Dale Hawkins, the singer.

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Song Of The Day
5:03 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Chuck Prophet: Tawdry, Tattered Glory

Chuck Prophet.
Charlie Homo

San Francisco has long been a refuge for people on society's fringes, from sailors and hookers to beatniks, hippies and non-conformists of every stripe. Chuck Prophet revels in their oddness as much as he revels in the retro coolness of shoo-be-doo-wop pop and the chime of a pedal-pushed guitar chord. On his latest album, Temple Beautiful, he injects healthy doses of both into sonic portraits of his city's most outrageous inhabitants.

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The Record
2:33 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Metalheads Are People, Too

The author in the pit.
Markus Shaffer

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:46 pm

For one long weekend at the end of May, nearly every hotel, hostel, B&B and flophouse in Baltimore is booked up. Traffic gets brutal, the sidewalks fill and locals are more than a little miffed by all the clueless tourists. Many of them are in town for Maryland's high school lacrosse state championships, but for plenty of others, a stay in Charm City promises the polar opposite of all the good clean fun going down at the stadium. These visitors are ready to sweat too, but they've come for something quite different: feedback, blood and distortion.

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Song Of The Day
5:03 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Turing Machine: End Of The Road

Turing Machine.
Michael Vadino

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 1:40 pm

Seven years in the making, What Is the Meaning of What marks the end of a difficult road for Turing Machine, the often-snarling instrumental trio. The group's prolific drummer, Jerry Fuchs, died suddenly in 2009, about a year into the recording of What Is the Meaning of What and left behind his last work within the still-fleshless new record.

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Music News
1:18 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Glad To See You Again: Joey Ramone's Unearthed Demos

Joey Ramone: Weightlifter.
Laura Levine

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 12:25 pm

The Ramones were there at the birth of punk rock.

None of the Ramones were actually related, but they all changed their last names to Ramone. They wore matching skinny jeans and leather jackets, and their songs were short and to the point, with hooks that are still impossibly catchy. The band's first album stunned listeners and critics. Joey Ramone described its influence in a 1991 interview in Finland that's posted on YouTube.

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Music Interviews
1:16 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Birth Of An Album: In The Studio With Neko Case

Neko Case in the studio in 2009.
Jason Creps Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 10:58 am

In the months ahead, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep will check in from time to time as singer-songwriter Neko Case creates the follow-up to her 2009 album Middle Cyclone. In the first installment, we listen in to a song that's not quite finished, not quite recorded, not even quite written. First, Case has to learn what the song is.

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World Cafe
4:15 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Kent Hartman On World Cafe

Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 8:24 am

Almost every record you know that was a 1960s radio hit had a secret weapon — a crew of L.A. backing musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew." This group, which included the likes of Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye, helped artists ranging from the Partridge Family to the Beach Boys make great-sounding albums.

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World Cafe
1:25 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Joachim Cooder On World Cafe

Joachim Cooder.
Courtesy of the artist

Joachim Cooder is no stranger to collaborations, nor is he new to scoring soundtracks, yet Cooder's newest project combines his past experiences in an unexpected way. Son of legendary guitarist Ry Cooder, he took to the drums early on, and eventually played in the famous documentary Buena Vista Social Club. He's also worked behind the scenes, writing for the soundtracks of films such as Lars and the Real Girl.

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Mountain Stage
7:03 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Paul Kelly On Mountain Stage

Paul Kelly.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 8:25 am

Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly makes his fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Kelly has been recording for more than 25 years, earning awards back home for his film and TV compositions and a cult-like following in the U.S. and abroad. Though Rolling Stone has called him "Australia's rock icon," Kelly has diversified through the years, recording albums that borrow from country, rock, folk and bluegrass.

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