Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 5:31 am
Last week, Joel Rose wrote about the compact disc on its 30th anniversary, but it could have been an obituary. In the last decade, CD sales in the United States have dropped by more than two thirds, fulfilling a cycle that dates back to wax cylinders and 78 rpm discs: the 20 to 30 year lifespan of a format, followed by the rise of a new technology. So we decided to look at the format that usurped the CD's place in music listener's ears and hard drives, if not always hearts.
Iris DeMent has returned with her first album of original music in 16 years, Sing The Delta, on her own Flariella label. The album brings the delta to life through timeless songs, DeMent's richly evocative voice and support from a cast of first-call musicians including Al Perkins, Reese Wynans, and album co-producers Bo Ramsey and Richard Bennett.
This week, Bob and Robin kick off the show by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, and how well it coincides with a new cut from Swedish pop trio Peter Bjorn and John called "I Wish I Was A Spy."
Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:50 am
It's been a while for The Helio Sequence. The Portland, Ore., duo returned in September with its first album in nearly five years, and Negotiations finds the band's tight, inventively spacey rock sound in fine form. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel recently played a set of songs from the new record, including the lead single, "October," for our in-studio audience.
Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:46 am
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The annual CMJ Music Marathon is exactly that — a marathon, not a sprint. As hundreds of bands from all over the world descend on New York City in the middle of October, it's easy to feel like you have to see as many of them as quickly as you possibly can.
At the beginning of 1997, Nigel Godrich was a relatively unknown recording engineer. He'd been looking for a band that would trust his instincts as a producer, and he'd finally gotten his chance — with the band Radiohead. By the end of 1997, Godrich was one of the most talked-about names in music.
Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 6:09 pm
The legendary East Los Angeles band Los Lobos came through KCRW's studios to perform its album Kiko when it was originally released back in 1992. Now, it's back to celebrate Kiko's 20th anniversary. The hometown heroes' brand of roots-rock sounds as fresh as ever, particularly during this performance of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon."