6:08 am
Fri January 16, 2015

History Goes To The Illustrators: 'A Contrarian History Of The United States'

A Most Imperfect Union champions the progress and ideals of the U.S. while recognizing its missteps.
Lalo Alcaraz Courtesy of the artist

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Fri January 16, 2015

KCRW Presents: Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell performs live for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Australian singer Lisa Mitchell recently made her U.S. live radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic, which coincided with her first visit to Los Angeles. The 24-year-old has been writing music since her teens, and is about to release her third album. Here, the Australian Idol alum performs a soft, airy song called "Wah Ha."


  • "Wah Ha"

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Deceptive Cadence
1:23 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Gael García Bernal (right), Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell star in the classical music comedy series Mozart in the Jungle.
Nicole Rivelli Amazon Studios

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:41 pm

Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book of the same name published a decade ago by oboist Blair Tindall.

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All Songs Considered
1:04 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

All Songs At 15: How To Get The Greatest Job In The World

Robin's redesign demo for All Songs Considered from 2000. (Don't laugh, this looked pretty cool 15 years ago).
Robin Hilton

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:34 pm

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email:

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World Cafe
12:45 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Son Little On World Cafe

Son Little.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:19 pm

Philadelphia singer Son Little cut his teeth on collaborations with The Roots and RJD2. Now, he's got his own nationally released EP, titled Things I Forgot.

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All Songs TV
11:55 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Adventures, 'Heavenly'

A still from Adventures' "Heavenly."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:33 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Viking's Choice: Zs, 'Xe'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:24 am

Some noise freaks will have you believe that if the music doesn't kill you, it's not extreme enough. Since 2000, the Brooklyn band Zs and its rotating cast could sometimes be accused of that mentality, as they've looked to the caustic examples of '60s free jazz, '80s No Wave and minimalism. Zs' members take grand leaps into music with no place to land, which is what makes the approachable (but no less challenging) Xe, especially its title track, the group's most radical statement.

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The Record
8:59 am
Thu January 15, 2015

How One Of Gospel's Essential Songs Gave 'Selma' Its Soul

David Oyelowo (left) as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King in Selma.
Atsushi Nishijima Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:11 am

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All Songs Considered
6:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Song Premiere: Jackson Scott, 'Pacify'

Jackson Scott's sophomore album Sunshine Redux is due out April 28 on Bloodmoss Records.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 7:14 am

The young singer and guitarist Jackson Scott first popped up on our radar when he released his psych-pop debut Melbourne in 2013. It was a lo-fi wonder that included an unsettling but strangely sunny (and unforgettable) tribute to the children killed at Sandy Hook.

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3:15 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Thievery Corporation: All Things Considered's In-House Band For A Day

All Things Considered director Monika Evstatieva offers a little last-minute advice to the day's in-house band, Thievery Corporation.
Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

If you listen to NPR's newsmagazines, short bits of instrumental music often provide the connective tissue linking one story to the next. We call them buttons or breaks or deadrolls, and each is chosen by the show's director that day. Sometimes the selections make a sly reference to the story they follow — say, a snippet of "Baby Elephant Walk" after a story about elephants — but more often they're there to capture, enhance or brighten the mood while helping the listener differentiate between news pieces.

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