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All Songs Considered
9:02 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Viking's Choice: Pygmy Lush, 'On A Plain (Nirvana Cover)'

Pygmy Lush.
Alex Christopher Williams Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:18 am

It took seven years for Robotic Empire to finish its tribute to Nirvana's In Utero, featuring covers by Thursday, Jay Reatard, Ceremony and Thou. With a lineup like that, it's no wonder the vinyl sold out quickly on Record Store Day.

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All Songs Considered
8:17 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Jess Gowrie Of Happy Fangs

Happy Fangs drummer Jess Gowrie, getting it done.
Jen Cash Calibree Photography

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:03 pm

This week's guest Quizmaster is Jess Gowrie, drummer with the San Francisco-based band Happy Fangs. Earlier this year the group released its debut full-length, Capricorn, a collection of lean, raw and noisy guitar rock cuts anchored by Gowrie's bone-breaking beats. Given her love of power-hitters, some of the fills she selected for this week's Drum Fill Friday should come as no surprise. But there are at least a couple of unexpected picks here. As always, good luck, careful listeners!

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:03 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Rosa Díaz: Tiny Desk Concert

Carlos Waters NPR

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 9:54 am

Rosa Díaz is nothing if not passionate: Her performance behind Bob Boilen's desk practically burst with the kind of passion that made it feel almost confessional. Her sophisticated lyrics reflect deeply felt emotions in this performance with cellist Daniel de Jesus.

This is the kind of performance best experienced for yourself rather than having me trying to explain it all. Believe me, you'll get it too.

Set List

  • "Beware Of Men Who Don't Remember Their Dreams"
  • "Lloronsito"
  • "Daddy Said"
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NPR Story
3:15 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Demand Increases For Vinyl Records

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 5:35 am

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Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

I'm David Greene, wishing you a happy Record Store Day.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL")

BOB SEGER: (Singing) Just take those old records off the shelf.

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Music
12:03 am
Fri April 17, 2015

As Joan Jett Is Inducted, Women Still Scarce At Rock Hall

Joan Jett.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:22 am

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Music
2:21 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Breaks Spotify Streaming Record

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 5:40 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It was streamed on Spotify 4.2 million times in just a single day this week. Last week it streamed a total of nearly 22 million times.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SEE YOU AGAIN")

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Favorite Sessions
2:09 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

KCRW Presents: Ride

Ride performs live on KCRW.
Brian Lowe KCRW

The pioneering Oxford shoegaze band Ride had been on a 20-year break before reuniting for a world tour, which kicked off in earnest at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival this month. Before heading to the desert, the group chose KCRW for its first U.S. appearance since getting back together. During its set, Ride soared through classic songs like 1992's "Leave Them All Behind," which would come to help define the shoegaze sound.

SET LIST

  • "Leave Them All Behind"
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Microphone Check
2:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Hank Shocklee: 'We Had Something to Prove'

Hank Shocklee, of Public Enemy's production team The Bomb Squad, in Austin, Texas for an interview with Microphone Check.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 8:07 pm

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Music Interviews
1:08 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

Mark Ronson is a music producer, DJ and guitarist who's recorded with Adele, Paul McCartney, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen and Duran Duran, among others.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 2:43 pm

When singer Bruno Mars and producer Mark Ronson first landed on the instrumental track and a few lines of what would become the hit song "Uptown Funk," Ronson says the room was filled with electricity.

"There's nothing more exciting than that period of the song, because the potential is unlimited," Ronson tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Music Interviews
12:59 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

In Compton, Boogie Just Wants To Empower His Neighborhood

Boogie.
Jack Wagner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 5:40 pm

On the surface, Boogie's got the kind of backstory often told in hip-hop: The child of a single mom and an absent father, a high-school dropout, a former gang member. He's from Compton, Calif., home to N.W.A, The Game and Kendrick Lamar. It's the birthplace of gangsta rap, but for Boogie, "It's about me showing my friends and homies that we can honestly make a change."

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