Music

All Tech Considered
5:05 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

For Playlist Junkies, An App To Send You Down The Rabbit Hole

The Songza app lets music lovers build playlists for almost any mood or situation, from "Unwinding After a Long Day" to "Cooking" or "Eating Dinner."
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:18 pm

Chicago DJ Mary Nisi is no stranger to the art of the playlist. As president of the wedding DJ company Toast & Jam, she builds them regularly for receptions of all kinds.

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Music Reviews
2:47 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk, Reinvented

The debut album from Boston group Debo Band honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."
Shawn Brackbill

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:09 pm

Boston's Debo Band takes inspiration from a golden era of popular music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. During a brief period of cultural freedom in Ethiopia, funk and soul music fused spectacularly with local traditions. Debo Band's debut album both honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."

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Music
10:56 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Louisiana: Ingredients For Musical Melting Pot

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:28 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

For many years here at NPR, Gwen Thompkins was an editor and then went to East Africa as a correspondent. She's always had a great ear, so perhaps it's not surprising that her brand-new music radio show called "Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins" listens to music in a revealing way. The show is from Gwen's hometown, New Orleans, and every week she talks to people in Louisiana who have devoted their lives to music - songwriters, musicians, producers, you name it.

Gwen Thompkins joins us now from WWNO in New Orleans. Congratulations.

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Music Interviews
3:57 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

The Very Best: A Would-Be Lion Chaser's Backup Plan

Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Karlberg perform and record as The Very Best.
Niall Kenny Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:51 pm

How do a Swedish producer and a Malawian singer end up collaborating? The partnership that became The Very Best was sparked several years ago, when Johan Karlberg stopped into a London secondhand store that was run by the Malawi-born Esau Mwamwaya, and the two started talking music.

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First Listen
12:21 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

First Listen: Yeasayer, 'Fragrant World'

Yeasayer's new album, Fragrant World, comes out August 21.
Anna Palma

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 1:13 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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A Blog Supreme
11:44 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

Branford Marsalis spoke with NPR about modern jazz, his family, and his new album, Four MFs Playin' Tunes.
Courtesy of Marsalis Music.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:13 pm

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, oldest son of New Orleans pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, released an album with his quartet this week. He spoke to weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the failings of modern jazz, his hopes for the next generation and leaving New York City to move back to the South.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Busking In Lansing, To Rave Reviews

Alexis Dawdy plays her violin on the streets of Lansing, Mich.
Scott Pohl WKAR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 12:02 pm

All summer long, Weekend Edition has been sampling the sounds of America's street musicians. The latest to catch our ear is Alexis Dawdy, a young violinist who returned to her hometown of Lansing, Mich., to study at Michigan State University — and do a little busking on the side.

"I'm actually not a music major. This is really a hobby that accidentally became a profession," Dawdy says. "I'm studying linguistics, and I'm 17 credits out from graduation. My goal is to do it debt-free, and this helps a lot. This pays for books and this pays for food."

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Marian McPartland's Storied Life, Told 'In Good Time'

Marian McPartland hosted NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 11:32 am

More than half a century ago this week, on Aug. 12, 1958, some of the greatest jazz musicians of the day assembled in Harlem at what was, for them, the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. Fifty-seven players came to East 126th Street to have their picture taken for Esquire magazine.

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Music Inside Out
2:14 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Striking a Chord with Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint says he'd rather let his piano do the talking. Lucky for us.

Toussaint's fingers have done the talking on song after song for more than 50 years, defining the modern-day New Orleans sound. He's written, produced and arranged chart-topping hits for scores of artists. And lately, Toussaint has been performing his catalog more often around the world.

This week, Allen Toussaint has plenty to say to Music Inside Out. Check out his major chords. And the minor ones too.

Music Playlist

Classified
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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
2:55 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.
Ron Case Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 2:04 pm

The Mom and Dad's Record Collection series on All Things Considered continues with a memory of music and family from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts.

Pitts says his childhood mischief was set to the music of Nat King Cole, often courtesy of his mother's own voice. One afternoon, he remembers, she was singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" while he played out back.

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