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The Who Hits 50! by The Who
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There is no more significant a milestone in Rock Music than the 50th Anniversary. Alongside The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, THE WHO complete the holy trinity of British Rock bands that have the honor of celebrating that landmark. Through the decades, THE WHO redefined rock music as we know it and their influence continues in all areas of popular culture to this day. WHO HITS 50! is the definitive collection of the band’s greatest tracks from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track ‘BE LUCKY.’

The Who Hits 50! by The Who

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There is no more significant a milestone in Rock Music than the 50th Anniversary. Alongside The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, THE WHO complete the holy trinity of British Rock bands that have the honor of celebrating that landmark. Through the decades, THE WHO redefined rock music as we know it and their influence continues in all areas of popular culture to this day. WHO HITS 50! is the definitive collection of the band’s greatest tracks from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track ‘BE LUCKY.’

War Movies
With Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ about to reign over the box office charts, Public Radio Market decided it was time to look at a few of the best war movies ever made.  We would also like you to weigh in on the question as to what it your favorite war movie on our facebook fanpage.  Our list varies from AMC’s list of the top 20 War Films but in both, you will find some thought provoking and historically significant films.  Films about war not only have compelling drama and special effects but generally highlight a historical moment in time and the best ones do this with compelling casts, a great script and usually a seasoned director who will craft the event with a compelling narrative.  
Morning Edition: Starring in ‘Fury’: The Horrors People are Capable of in War
So, here are a few of our best picks, along with 2 televised must have’s:
Platoon - Oliver Stone’s personal portrait of war is a tale of war, hate, self-realization, and survival. It garnered 4 Academy Awards including the Oscar for Best Picture.  It features a wonderful performance from Charlie Sheen as the young , idealistic soldier Chris Taylor who begins to question the act of going to war in any situation.  Like most of Oliver Stone’s films, this one comes with a grand political statement portrayed via real life drama, ala his other films such as Betrayed, JFK and Salvador.
Full Metal Jacket - Stanley Kubrick’s interesting portrait of military life almost feels as its two separate films.  The first half of the movie gives one a realistic feel for what one experiences while attending boot camp in preparation for war, an unrelenting portrait of how a drill sargeant breaks down they psyche of recuits to prepare them for war.  It is unflinching and uncomfortable to watch.  The second half of the film follows Private Joker as he is deployed to Vietnam.  The film wasn’t a commercial hit but has found a much wider audience thanks to DVD and television. 
Apocalypse Now - This classic starring Martin Sheen was artfully directed by Francis Ford Coppola and finds Sheen’s character, Army Captain Willard, sent on a mission to find and assasinate an American Colonel portrayed by Marlon Brando, in war torn Cambodia.  This Best Picture winner often finds itself, rightfully so, on many “All Time” best lists.
Saving Private Ryan - After learning that 3 brothers have died in battle, a military search is launched for the fourth brother, Private James Ryan, in this wonderful film directed by Steven Speilberg and starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon
The Hurt Locker - Winner of the Best Picture Oscar and the most successful film directed by a woman, Kathryn Bigelow, was the first to capture a realistic account of the war in Iraq.
From Television:
The Band of Brothers - Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brotherstells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers’ journals and letters,Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear.
The Pacific - A 10 part miniseries creating a realistic portrait of the experiences of 3 marines in WWII.  Often seen as a sequel of sorts to Band of Brothers since it is from the same producing team of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

War Movies

With Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ about to reign over the box office charts, Public Radio Market decided it was time to look at a few of the best war movies ever made.  We would also like you to weigh in on the question as to what it your favorite war movie on our facebook fanpage.  Our list varies from AMC’s list of the top 20 War Films but in both, you will find some thought provoking and historically significant films.  Films about war not only have compelling drama and special effects but generally highlight a historical moment in time and the best ones do this with compelling casts, a great script and usually a seasoned director who will craft the event with a compelling narrative.  

Morning Edition: Starring in ‘Fury’: The Horrors People are Capable of in War

So, here are a few of our best picks, along with 2 televised must have’s:

Platoon - Oliver Stone’s personal portrait of war is a tale of war, hate, self-realization, and survival. It garnered 4 Academy Awards including the Oscar for Best Picture.  It features a wonderful performance from Charlie Sheen as the young , idealistic soldier Chris Taylor who begins to question the act of going to war in any situation.  Like most of Oliver Stone’s films, this one comes with a grand political statement portrayed via real life drama, ala his other films such as Betrayed, JFK and Salvador.

Full Metal Jacket - Stanley Kubrick’s interesting portrait of military life almost feels as its two separate films.  The first half of the movie gives one a realistic feel for what one experiences while attending boot camp in preparation for war, an unrelenting portrait of how a drill sargeant breaks down they psyche of recuits to prepare them for war.  It is unflinching and uncomfortable to watch.  The second half of the film follows Private Joker as he is deployed to Vietnam.  The film wasn’t a commercial hit but has found a much wider audience thanks to DVD and television. 

Apocalypse Now - This classic starring Martin Sheen was artfully directed by Francis Ford Coppola and finds Sheen’s character, Army Captain Willard, sent on a mission to find and assasinate an American Colonel portrayed by Marlon Brando, in war torn Cambodia.  This Best Picture winner often finds itself, rightfully so, on many “All Time” best lists.

Saving Private Ryan - After learning that 3 brothers have died in battle, a military search is launched for the fourth brother, Private James Ryan, in this wonderful film directed by Steven Speilberg and starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon

The Hurt Locker - Winner of the Best Picture Oscar and the most successful film directed by a woman, Kathryn Bigelow, was the first to capture a realistic account of the war in Iraq.

From Television:

The Band of Brothers - Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brotherstells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers’ journals and letters,Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear.

The Pacific - A 10 part miniseries creating a realistic portrait of the experiences of 3 marines in WWII.  Often seen as a sequel of sorts to Band of Brothers since it is from the same producing team of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi
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Weekend Edition: Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics
The Daily Circuit: Talking Volumes (Nov 5th EVENT)
Author Azar Nafisi has a gift for using literature for her own purposes in her best-selling memoir “Reading Lolita In Tehran” it’s a key - the path to internal liberation in the midst of an oppressive revolutionary Iran. In her new book, “The Republic Of Imagination: America In Three Books,” literature becomes a map of American culture, society, and the disparate elements that make up the adopted home she loves. The three books that guide her are Mark Twain’s “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn,” “Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis and “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers.

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi

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As Heard on Public Radio:

Weekend Edition: Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

The Daily Circuit: Talking Volumes (Nov 5th EVENT)

Author Azar Nafisi has a gift for using literature for her own purposes in her best-selling memoir “Reading Lolita In Tehran” it’s a key - the path to internal liberation in the midst of an oppressive revolutionary Iran. In her new book, “The Republic Of Imagination: America In Three Books,” literature becomes a map of American culture, society, and the disparate elements that make up the adopted home she loves. The three books that guide her are Mark Twain’s “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn,” “Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis and “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers.

Melody Road by Neil Diamond
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NPR First Listen: Neil Diamond, ‘Melody Road’
Neil Diamond, one of the world’s premiere recording artists, internationally renowned and record-breaking concert performer and revered songwriter, is set to release his brand new studio album. The album marks his first original studio release in six years and first since signing with Capitol Records. Acclaimed producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee co-produced the album. In addition, there will be a special 36-page lyric book with guitar chords included in the packaging of each album.
It takes tremendous vision, focus and determination - combined with a mega-dose of God-given talent, charisma and soul - to create music that becomes indelibly ingrained in the fabric of our culture, shared Melody Road co-producer and Blue Note President Don Was. For decade after decade, Neil’s songs have been such a major part of our lives. Making this record with him has served as a profound reminder of what a powerful and amazing artist he truly is, he continued.

Melody Road by Neil Diamond

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NPR First Listen: Neil Diamond, ‘Melody Road’

Neil Diamond, one of the world’s premiere recording artists, internationally renowned and record-breaking concert performer and revered songwriter, is set to release his brand new studio album. The album marks his first original studio release in six years and first since signing with Capitol Records. Acclaimed producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee co-produced the album. In addition, there will be a special 36-page lyric book with guitar chords included in the packaging of each album.

It takes tremendous vision, focus and determination - combined with a mega-dose of God-given talent, charisma and soul - to create music that becomes indelibly ingrained in the fabric of our culture, shared Melody Road co-producer and Blue Note President Don Was. For decade after decade, Neil’s songs have been such a major part of our lives. Making this record with him has served as a profound reminder of what a powerful and amazing artist he truly is, he continued.

Hope by Susan Boyle
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Singing sensation Susan Boyle catapulted to international stardom in 2009, smashed music records around the world, sold over 22 million albums. Susan’s new album, Hope, is an incredible collection of inspiration songs, and her sixth studio album in five years. 
Hope, heralds a new era of music for Susan Boyle, where ballads marry with uptempo songs. Susan’s raw and powerful vocals ranging from the ethereal to the dramatic are showcased in her own inimitable style. Featuring breathtaking renditions of Pink Floyd’s,”Wish You Were Here’” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Susan also fearlessly takes on the iconic John Lennon song, “Imagine” giving it a new identity. 
Talking about the record Susan said, “I have really enjoyed making this album. I had a huge input in music suggestions and finally have been able to record one of my all time favorites, “Angel,” originally by Sarah Mclachlan. I also am pleased to be able to sing some uptempo songs that show variation in my repertoire. There are also iconic songs, which were a risk to take on but I hope I’ve done them justice in my own way. John Lennon’s “Imagine” was one of the hardest to record, not because of the music or the vocals but because I wanted to do his song justice. Of course the die -hard Lennon fans will probably criticize but I hope that people like my personal take on the song. I themed this album around inspiration and hope because those are two elements we all need in our life to drive us forward and inspire us to go out and capture our dreams- they worked for me after all.”
Susan continues to defy expectations with her globally successful career. This astounding sixth album is set to once again remind people of the voice the world fell in love with in 2009, when she stepped on to the Britain’s Got Talent stage, with hope and a dream. Best known for her element of surprise and a powerful and heart stopping voice, Susan has become a global top selling artist. With phenomenal album sales, record breaking achievements and multi platinum chart domination, sold out UK tours as well as feature film roles- Susan has come a long way from the Britain’s Got Talent stage in 2009. To date her previous five albums, I Dreamed a Dream, The Gift, Someone To Watch Over Me, Standing Ovation and Home For Christmas have sold over 22 million copies and stormed to the top of the charts in over 30 countries.

Hope by Susan Boyle

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Singing sensation Susan Boyle catapulted to international stardom in 2009, smashed music records around the world, sold over 22 million albums. Susan’s new album, Hope, is an incredible collection of inspiration songs, and her sixth studio album in five years. 

Hope, heralds a new era of music for Susan Boyle, where ballads marry with uptempo songs. Susan’s raw and powerful vocals ranging from the ethereal to the dramatic are showcased in her own inimitable style. Featuring breathtaking renditions of Pink Floyd’s,”Wish You Were Here’” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Susan also fearlessly takes on the iconic John Lennon song, “Imagine” giving it a new identity. 

Talking about the record Susan said, “I have really enjoyed making this album. I had a huge input in music suggestions and finally have been able to record one of my all time favorites, “Angel,” originally by Sarah Mclachlan. I also am pleased to be able to sing some uptempo songs that show variation in my repertoire. There are also iconic songs, which were a risk to take on but I hope I’ve done them justice in my own way. John Lennon’s “Imagine” was one of the hardest to record, not because of the music or the vocals but because I wanted to do his song justice. Of course the die -hard Lennon fans will probably criticize but I hope that people like my personal take on the song. I themed this album around inspiration and hope because those are two elements we all need in our life to drive us forward and inspire us to go out and capture our dreams- they worked for me after all.”

Susan continues to defy expectations with her globally successful career. This astounding sixth album is set to once again remind people of the voice the world fell in love with in 2009, when she stepped on to the Britain’s Got Talent stage, with hope and a dream. Best known for her element of surprise and a powerful and heart stopping voice, Susan has become a global top selling artist. With phenomenal album sales, record breaking achievements and multi platinum chart domination, sold out UK tours as well as feature film roles- Susan has come a long way from the Britain’s Got Talent stage in 2009. To date her previous five albums, I Dreamed a Dream, The Gift, Someone To Watch Over Me, Standing Ovation and Home For Christmas have sold over 22 million copies and stormed to the top of the charts in over 30 countries.

Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics by Aretha Franklin
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MPR News: Aretha Franklin covers Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Fresh Air: Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years
Here & Now: Aretha Franklin Performs The National Anthem At Harvard Graduation
Aretha Franklin, the incomparable “Queen of Soul,” will release her highly anticipated brand new studio LP ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS on October 21st, featuring the . album s lead single, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version).” 
Aretha’s unsurpassed vocal styling permeates on popular diva classics ranging from Barbra Streisand’s “People,” and Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train To Georgia,” to Alicia Keys’ “No One,” and a mash up of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny’s Child’s “I m A Survivor,” and more. Also lauded as a skillful pianist, Aretha tickles the ivories on The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”
ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS reunites Franklin with Sony Music Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis as they take the helm as co-producers to bring Davis’ album concept to fruition. A-List producers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, André 3000, Harvey Mason, Jr., Terry Hunter and Eric Kupper add their award-winning production skills.
Rightfully earning the #1 spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s prestigious “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list, and #9 on 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, Franklin has won a total of 19 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics by Aretha Franklin

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MPR News: Aretha Franklin covers Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’

Fresh Air: Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years

Here & Now: Aretha Franklin Performs The National Anthem At Harvard Graduation

Aretha Franklin, the incomparable “Queen of Soul,” will release her highly anticipated brand new studio LP ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS on October 21st, featuring the . album s lead single, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version).” 

Aretha’s unsurpassed vocal styling permeates on popular diva classics ranging from Barbra Streisand’s “People,” and Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train To Georgia,” to Alicia Keys’ “No One,” and a mash up of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny’s Child’s “I m A Survivor,” and more. Also lauded as a skillful pianist, Aretha tickles the ivories on The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”

ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS reunites Franklin with Sony Music Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis as they take the helm as co-producers to bring Davis’ album concept to fruition. A-List producers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, André 3000, Harvey Mason, Jr., Terry Hunter and Eric Kupper add their award-winning production skills.

Rightfully earning the #1 spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s prestigious “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list, and #9 on 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, Franklin has won a total of 19 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

The Fall: A Father’s Memoir in 424 Steps by Diogo Mainardi
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Weekend Edition: 424 Steps to Happiness A Father’s Journey Beyond ‘The Fall’
THE FALL is a memoir like no other. Its 424 short passages match the number of steps taken by Diogo Mainardi’s son Tito as he walks, with great difficulty, alongside his father through the streets of Venice, the city where a medical mishap during Tito’s birth left him with Cerebral Palsy. As they make their way toward the hospital where both their lives changed forever, Mainairdi begins to draw on his knowledge of art and history, seeking to better explain a tragedy that was entirely avoidable. From Marcel Proust to Neil Young, to Sigmund Freud to Humpty Dumpty, to Renaissance Venice and Auschwitz, he charts the trajectory of the Western world, with Tito at its center, showing how his fate has been shaped by the past. Told with disarming simplicity; by turns angry, joyful, and always generous, wise and suprising, THE FALL is an anstonishing book.

The Fall: A Father’s Memoir in 424 Steps by Diogo Mainardi

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As Heard on Public Radio:

Weekend Edition: 424 Steps to Happiness A Father’s Journey Beyond ‘The Fall’

THE FALL is a memoir like no other. Its 424 short passages match the number of steps taken by Diogo Mainardi’s son Tito as he walks, with great difficulty, alongside his father through the streets of Venice, the city where a medical mishap during Tito’s birth left him with Cerebral Palsy. 

As they make their way toward the hospital where both their lives changed forever, Mainairdi begins to draw on his knowledge of art and history, seeking to better explain a tragedy that was entirely avoidable. From Marcel Proust to Neil Young, to Sigmund Freud to Humpty Dumpty, to Renaissance Venice and Auschwitz, he charts the trajectory of the Western world, with Tito at its center, showing how his fate has been shaped by the past. 

Told with disarming simplicity; by turns angry, joyful, and always generous, wise and suprising, THE FALL is an anstonishing book.

Start Together (Limited Edition 7-LP Box Set) by Sleater-Kinney
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All Songs Considered: Sleater-Kinney Reunites, Announces New Album
Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994. Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest. Start Together is a deluxe box set compiling all seven of Sleater-Kinney’s critically-acclaimed albums, plus a 44-page hardcover book and an art print. Each LP is on a different color of vinyl, and this box is the only way to get these albums on colored vinyl. Each album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.

Start Together (Limited Edition 7-LP Box Set) by Sleater-Kinney

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All Songs Considered: Sleater-Kinney Reunites, Announces New Album

Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994. Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest. Start Together is a deluxe box set compiling all seven of Sleater-Kinney’s critically-acclaimed albums, plus a 44-page hardcover book and an art print. Each LP is on a different color of vinyl, and this box is the only way to get these albums on colored vinyl. Each album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone by Yusuf/ Cat Stevens
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NPR First Listen: Yusuf/Cat Stevens, ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is the first new Yusuf album to be released since 2009’s acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf, with Rick Rubin also producing select tracks.
Each track on Tell ‘Em I’m Gone revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. On this album, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.
Stunning originals like “I Was Raised In Babylon” and “Cat And The Dog Trap” plus covers of American standards (“Big Boss Man,” “You Are My Sunshine”) and a moving version of Edgar Winter’s “Dying To Live” find Yusuf as strong of voice and as engaging a performer as ever before.

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone by Yusuf/ Cat Stevens

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NPR First Listen: Yusuf/Cat Stevens, ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is the first new Yusuf album to be released since 2009’s acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf, with Rick Rubin also producing select tracks.

Each track on Tell ‘Em I’m Gone revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. On this album, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.

Stunning originals like “I Was Raised In Babylon” and “Cat And The Dog Trap” plus covers of American standards (“Big Boss Man,” “You Are My Sunshine”) and a moving version of Edgar Winter’s “Dying To Live” find Yusuf as strong of voice and as engaging a performer as ever before.

With a Little Help From My Fwends by The Flaming Lips & Fwends
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NPR First Listen: The Flaming Lips, ‘With A Little Help From My Fwends’
It’s hard to divine, on paper anyway, a formula for effectively covering The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. It’s not an album that had been crying out for improvement — to put it mildly — nor has it ever receded far enough toward the cultural margins to require rediscovery. These songs still occupy the ether of the everyday, even for those who’ve never sat down and studied the record from front to back.
Enter The Flaming Lips, whose members have been playing with house money — or an artistic blank check, if you’d prefer that metaphor — for much of a career spanning more than 30 years. Last year’s pulverizing and strangely pretty The Terror was often punishingly uncompromising, but With A Little Help From My Fwends tackles its impossible task with a comparatively light touch. That lightness is clear from the title alone, and yet The Flaming Lips’ audaciously playful streak (required in order to cover Sgt. Pepper’s in the first place) still gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness, aggression and detours down strange side roads.
Befitting its title, concept and intentions — all proceeds from the album go to an organization that helps provide veterinary care to needy pet owners — With A Little Help From My Fwends calls on a motley assortment of boundary-pushing guest players. These include obvious natural allies (My Morning Jacket, Foxygen, Dr. Dog) and the less obvious likes of Tegan And Sara and avowed Lips enthusiast Miley Cyrus, who turns up in both “A Day In The Life” and an appropriately sprawling “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” (In fact, “Lucy” reunites the team behind a bizarre video in which Cyrus and The Flaming Lips ham it up alongside Moby.)
Even The Flaming Lips can’t cover such a canonical record without having to walk a series of fine lines — between reverence and irreverence, between adherence to the text and a career-spanning urge to fly off into outer space. There’s obviously no sense in cobbling together a straight-ahead remake, but it’s also difficult to imagine anyone seeking out a “tribute” album that cuts one of the most beloved classics in rock-music history down to size. But the band and its many collaborators ultimately walk all these fine lines by smearing, crossing, ignoring and obliterating them. The strange and sprawling result sounds both loving and deeply, deeply weird — which, for The Flaming Lips, mean just about the same thing.

With a Little Help From My Fwends by The Flaming Lips & Fwends

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NPR First Listen: The Flaming Lips, ‘With A Little Help From My Fwends’

It’s hard to divine, on paper anyway, a formula for effectively covering The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. It’s not an album that had been crying out for improvement — to put it mildly — nor has it ever receded far enough toward the cultural margins to require rediscovery. These songs still occupy the ether of the everyday, even for those who’ve never sat down and studied the record from front to back.

Enter The Flaming Lips, whose members have been playing with house money — or an artistic blank check, if you’d prefer that metaphor — for much of a career spanning more than 30 years. Last year’s pulverizing and strangely pretty The Terror was often punishingly uncompromising, but With A Little Help From My Fwends tackles its impossible task with a comparatively light touch. That lightness is clear from the title alone, and yet The Flaming Lips’ audaciously playful streak (required in order to cover Sgt. Pepper’s in the first place) still gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness, aggression and detours down strange side roads.

Befitting its title, concept and intentions — all proceeds from the album go to an organization that helps provide veterinary care to needy pet owners — With A Little Help From My Fwends calls on a motley assortment of boundary-pushing guest players. These include obvious natural allies (My Morning Jacket, Foxygen, Dr. Dog) and the less obvious likes of Tegan And Sara and avowed Lips enthusiast Miley Cyrus, who turns up in both “A Day In The Life” and an appropriately sprawling “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” (In fact, “Lucy” reunites the team behind a bizarre video in which Cyrus and The Flaming Lips ham it up alongside Moby.)

Even The Flaming Lips can’t cover such a canonical record without having to walk a series of fine lines — between reverence and irreverence, between adherence to the text and a career-spanning urge to fly off into outer space. There’s obviously no sense in cobbling together a straight-ahead remake, but it’s also difficult to imagine anyone seeking out a “tribute” album that cuts one of the most beloved classics in rock-music history down to size. But the band and its many collaborators ultimately walk all these fine lines by smearing, crossing, ignoring and obliterating them. The strange and sprawling result sounds both loving and deeply, deeply weird — which, for The Flaming Lips, mean just about the same thing.

My Dream Duets by Barry Manilow
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Take Two: 6 questions for Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman on ‘Harmony’
Song Travels: Barry Manilow On ‘Song Travels’
Morning Edition: Barry Manilow On Singing Standards And His Real Job
For his Verve Music debut MY DREAM DUETS, Manilow demonstrates that he is a fan celebrating his own musical heroes who have inspired him through the years. From cherished idols like Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong to contemporary icons like Whitney Houston and John Denver. Barry has joined together with them in his recording studio, emerging with a collection of remarkable duet classics. 
Although the extraordinary guest artists on MY DREAM DUETS are no longer with us, Manilow’s mission is to ensure their immortal voices live on to excite and entertain all generations of music lovers.

My Dream Duets by Barry Manilow

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Take Two: 6 questions for Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman on ‘Harmony’

Song Travels: Barry Manilow On ‘Song Travels’

Morning Edition: Barry Manilow On Singing Standards And His Real Job

For his Verve Music debut MY DREAM DUETS, Manilow demonstrates that he is a fan celebrating his own musical heroes who have inspired him through the years. From cherished idols like Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong to contemporary icons like Whitney Houston and John Denver. Barry has joined together with them in his recording studio, emerging with a collection of remarkable duet classics. 

Although the extraordinary guest artists on MY DREAM DUETS are no longer with us, Manilow’s mission is to ensure their immortal voices live on to excite and entertain all generations of music lovers.

1989 by Taylor Swift
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Morning Edition: Taylor Swift Aims For Pop’s Throne
Press Play with Madeleine Brand: T-Swizzle Fever
As Billboard s youngest-ever Woman of the Year prepares to release her fifth album, 1989, she finds herself, as always, in the glare of a blinding spotlight of expectation but if you think that scares her, you haven t been paying attention. She calls 1989 her most sonically cohesive collection, and armed with first single, Shake It Off, she s ready to blaze into the next phase of her still-young career, where she ll continue to dance like no one s watching, write like she stole our collective diary, and inevitably soar to ever-greater heights.

1989 by Taylor Swift

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Press Play with Madeleine Brand: T-Swizzle Fever

As Billboard s youngest-ever Woman of the Year prepares to release her fifth album, 1989, she finds herself, as always, in the glare of a blinding spotlight of expectation but if you think that scares her, you haven t been paying attention. She calls 1989 her most sonically cohesive collection, and armed with first single, Shake It Off, she s ready to blaze into the next phase of her still-young career, where she ll continue to dance like no one s watching, write like she stole our collective diary, and inevitably soar to ever-greater heights.

Le Chef
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KPBS: Review: ‘Le Chef’ Serves Up French Confection
Studio 360: Food, Coming Soon to a Cinema Near You
A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group s new CEO, who wants the restaurant to lose a star from its prestigious Michelin rating, in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Le Chef

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KPBS: Review: ‘Le Chef’ Serves Up French Confection

Studio 360: Food, Coming Soon to a Cinema Near You

A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group s new CEO, who wants the restaurant to lose a star from its prestigious Michelin rating, in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Snowpiercer
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All Things Considered: In ‘Snowpiercer,’ A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track
NPR: The Satisfying Chill Of The Audacious ‘Snowpiercer’
Fresh Air: In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip ‘Transformers,’ See ‘Snowpiercer’
The Takeaway: Movie Date: Snowpiercer
The Business: Radius’ Tom Quinn on ‘Snowpiercer’
The film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.

Snowpiercer

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All Things Considered: In ‘Snowpiercer,’ A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track

NPR: The Satisfying Chill Of The Audacious ‘Snowpiercer’

Fresh Air: In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip ‘Transformers,’ See ‘Snowpiercer’

The Takeaway: Movie Date: Snowpiercer

The Business: Radius’ Tom Quinn on ‘Snowpiercer’

The film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.

Sex Tape
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AirTalk: Filmweek: Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy, Planes: Fire and Rescue and more
The Takeaway: Movie Date: Sex Tape
Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one three-hour marathon session. It seems like a great idea until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure – tracking down leads, roping in friends and duping Annie’s boss – all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity and, most importantly, their marriage.

Sex Tape

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AirTalk: Filmweek: Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy, Planes: Fire and Rescue and more

The Takeaway: Movie Date: Sex Tape

Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one three-hour marathon session. It seems like a great idea until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure – tracking down leads, roping in friends and duping Annie’s boss – all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity and, most importantly, their marriage.

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