1:29 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

An Americana Christmas, feature CD, 12/12

An Americana Christmas is a collection of classic Christmas songs and brand new holiday recordings from the icons and today’s current stars of the Americana genre. It features 16 songs, including 6 brand new recordings exclusive to the collection. Artists include John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Valerie June, The Band, Bob Dylan and more.  KSUT will play the CD in its entirety 12/12/14 at noon. Take a chance at our trivia question at 12:30, for your chance to win free lunch at Zia Taqueria.

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A Blog Supreme
12:45 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Eighty Years Of Master Educator Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis performs at the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 in New Orleans.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

If anyone has earned the nickname Pops, it's Ellis Marsalis.

As jazz's best-known father figure, the senior Marsalis has four noted musical offspring: Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. But if you consider all the musicians he's taught or mentored, his clan is even more extensive, diverse and influential.

I talked to six musicians who gave us the long view of the Marsalis family tree, and how they were schooled by its patriarch.

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The Best Music Of 2014
9:05 am
Wed December 10, 2014

NPR Music's Favorite Songs Of 2014


Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 2:58 pm

We made you a mixtape. A really long mixtape. In the past, we've kept this list, of our favorite songs of the year, to 100 songs. A nice, round, semi-arbitrary number that always meant leaving out dozens of our favorites.

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1:43 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Russian Pop Stars Pay A Price For Speaking Out On Ukraine

The Russian pop group Televizor has criticized Russia's involvement in Ukraine. Here, frontman Mikhail Borzykin performs at a 2011 show in St. Petersburg. At some concerts he sings, "Putin is a fascist," a reference to the Russian president, shown on the screen behind him.
Svetlana Bobrova Courtesy of Televizor

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 6:44 am

The conflict over Russia's role in Ukraine is spilling over into many aspects of Russian life, including its music scene. Some of the country's most popular musicians have taken stands against the annexation of Crimea and Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

And those who oppose Russian involvement have been facing a backlash from the authorities.

The veteran band Televizor is a case in point.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Bob Dylan, In New Album, Will Cover Frank Sinatra

Bob Dylan performs onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. In his next album, Dylan will "uncover" Frank Sinatra.
Christopher Polk Polk/Getty Images for VH1

He's doing it his way – even though "My Way" won't be on Bob Dylan's new album of Frank Sinatra covers.

Dylan's new album, Shadows in the Night, is being released in February. It's his 36th studio album, and will come three years after Tempest.

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World Cafe
2:46 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Robyn Hitchcock On World Cafe

Robyn Hitchcock.
Rich McKie XPN

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Music Reviews
2:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, sees the rapper revive his Tony Starks alter ego.
Brian Level Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:06 pm

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Songs We Love
11:39 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Lee Ann Womack, 'The Way I'm Livin" (Live)

Lee Ann Womack performs "The Way I'm Livin'" live in studio.
Courtesy of the artist

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 12:51 pm

In the summer of 1971, I was a camp counselor at a sleep-away camp for a bunch of 5- to 7-year-olds. For those eight weeks, I walked home with about $50. I bought a guitar and began to learn the songs I'd come to love from the recently released Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens.

"Father and Son" touched me most — it's a song about growing old, and about beliefs and conviction. More than 40 years later, that songwriter is performing at my desk with his son standing right behind me. You can never imagine the turns life will take.

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Music Interviews
3:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell in 1970.
Henry Diltz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 9:20 am

It turns out that Joni Mitchell keeps the same hours as the Morning Edition staff. She recently showed up at NPR's studio in Culver City, Calif., just before midnight to discuss Love Has Many Faces, a four-disc collection of songs dating back to the 1960s.

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