Music

The Record
10:03 am
Sun January 26, 2014

The Woman Behind The Curtain, Making Good Songs Sound Great

Mastering engineer Emily Lazar poses with producer Scott Jacoby (top right) and members of the band School is Cool at her Manhattan studio, The Lodge.
The Lodge

Originally published on Sun January 26, 2014 10:47 am

Mastering engineer Emily Lazar listens back to a section of the song "Envelop Me" by the baroque pop band School is Cool. She's trying to make the main vocals stand out more.

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World Cafe
1:31 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Unknown Mortal Orchestra On World Cafe

Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Courtesy of the artist

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the work of Ruban Nielson, a New Zealand-bred musician who moved to Portland, Ore., six years ago. While there, he started working with samples in his bedroom that would later become the first Unknown Mortal Orchestra album in 2011. He released another in 2013, called II, as well as an EP.

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All Songs Considered
10:44 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Good Listener: How Can I Conquer A Musical Blind Spot?

Devendra Banhart.
Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
2:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Lucius on World Cafe

Lucius' new album, Wildewoman, is out now.
Peter Larson Courtesy of the artist

A five-piece band from Brooklyn, Lucius is led by two singers, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who met at Berklee College of Music in Boston. They crafted their unique vocal sound over the decade they've worked together, and now even dress alike.

Their similarities, as well as the longevity of their friendship, led to the title of their debut full-length album, last year's Wildewoman. Lucius joins us in the studio to perform live and talk with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun.

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Music
8:30 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes, feature CD, 1/24

Bruce Springsteen's new album 'High Hopes' has just been released on Columbia Records.  The new album finds Springsteen in a number of different musical settings, and includes the members of the E Street Band as well as guitarist Tom Morello and many additional players. The album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City and marks Springsteen's 18th studio album. 

The High Hopes album packaging includes Springsteen's own liner notes that detail the album's evolution.

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Music Reviews
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

A Gifted Cellist Sails Beyond Sweden, Across 'Fields Of Love'

Linnea Olsson's debut album is called Ah!
Tammy Karlsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:01 pm

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World Cafe
2:28 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

San Fermin on World Cafe

San Fermin.
Tom O'Neal Courtesy of the artist

Ellis Ludwig-Leone went to Yale and studied music; then, after graduating, he went to the mountains in Banff, Canada, to write and arrange the music that became San Fermin's ambitious 2013 debut.

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Favorite Sessions
1:20 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

KEXP Presents: Joe Henry

Joe Henry performed some new, unreleased material live on KEXP.
Charina Pitzel KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:42 am

"If you're meaning to seduce anybody, you don't announce your intention," L.A. singer-songwriter Joe Henry joked when introducing his new song "Swayed." Nevertheless, he hooked us by the heart during a recent in-studio appearance.

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All Songs Considered
3:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

New Mix: Real Estate, Actress, Wax Fang, More

Clockwise from upper left: Real Estate, Actress, Saintseneca, Wax Fang
Courtesy of the artists

On any given day, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen bombards co-host Robin Hilton with a running list of new ideas for the show. Most of them never see the light of day. But on this week's program Bob explains his latest idea, one that everyone will want to see happen. It's called "The Sole Of A Band" and involves matching photos of the shoes worn by bands with their music. You can hear more about how it works at the top of this week's edition of All Songs Considered.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

First Listen: Quilt, 'Held In Splendor'

Quilt's second album, Held In Splendor, comes out Jan. 28.
Allison Pharmakis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 8:02 pm

Quilt is the perfect name for this band, whose every song seems to seamlessly knit together at least three distinct tunes. There's a sense of adventure, shifting perspectives and surprise in these pop treasures, each of which feels like a long jam distilled to its essence.

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