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Beck Song Reader
All Things Considered: Beck Explains ‘Song Reader,’ An Album Fans Perform Themselves
The Current Presents: Local musicians perform Beck’s Song Reader
Studio 360: BECK’S SONG READER: OPEN TO INTERPRETATION
WFUV: Beck Eyes A Starry Song Reader Collection
This 20-track collection features exclusively recorded versions of Beck songs from the Song Reader release, with Beck and music supervisor Randall Poster producing the album.
'Like a kid getting a special package in the mail and opening it up with anticipation, these interpretations of songs from the Song Reader book have surpassed what I could have imagined…' says Beck. 'It amazes me to hear how these musicians have made the songs their own and in the process revealed that the interpretation is the living breathing soul of the piece. These interpretations have made the book something new - something better.'
The 20 songs on Song Reader include versions by Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, Sparks, Loudon Wainwright III, Norah Jones, Fun. and Jack Black. There is also a tune by Tweedy, the new band formed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown
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All Things Considered: Lessons In ‘Essentialism’: Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less
The co-author of Multipliers outlines a systematic framework for enabling greater productivity without overworking, sharing strategies on how to eliminate unnecessary tasks while streamlining essential employee functions.
Tigerman: A Novel by Nick Harkaway
All Things Considered: 'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You
Assigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who during a violent uprising desperately relies on him for help.
Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua
All Things Considered: Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity
A U.S. release of an award-winning novel by the creator of the Israeli sitcom, Arab Labor, follows the experiences of a highly respected Jerusalem attorney who embarks on a jealous search upon finding a love letter in his wife’s handwriting.
Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk
All Things Considered: When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?
Shenk surveys the inner workings of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—and describes how their creative techniques can be adapted and used in everyday life.
Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel by Tiphanie Yanique
All Things Considered: 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands
Chronicles the families of three siblings who survived a shipwreck off the Virgin Islands in 1916 and raised three generations on the islands, adapting to the unique language, rhythm, and magic of island life over sixty years.
Rambling Boy by Charlie Haden
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All Things Considered: Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass
Fresh Air: 'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered
Listeners familiar with the Charlie Haden’s celebrated career may not know of the legendary jazz bassist’s early years in country music performing with his family. Charlie Haden Family & Friends: Rambling Boy brings the artist’s personal history full circle and presents a new generation of the Haden Family - a legendary Midwest music institution in the 1930s and 1940s, now reborn in the 21st century. Rambling Boy includes songs made famous by the Stanley Brothers, the Carter Family, and Hank Williams alongside fabled traditional tunes and some striking original compositions. The performing cast includes Haden, his wife and co-producer Ruth Cameron, all four of his children (the triplets Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden, their brother Josh Haden), and his son-in-law Jack Black— each of whom has his or her own career in music. In addition, Rambling Boy features guest appearances by some of the most illustrious names in contemporary Americana and popular music: Roseanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Vince Gill, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs & the Whites, and Dan Tyminski and also includes such illustrious musicians as Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton and more.
All of My Life 2-CD Set by Billy Eckstine
All Things Considered: Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers
Billy Eckstine was one of the greatest Male pop stars to emerge from the 1940s and was a star of the concert stage, radio, television, recordings, films and night clubs. The distinguished orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Hugo Winterhalter and Pete Rugolo are featured. Plus all four selections from his Duke Ellington EP and his sessions with the great George Shearing. Many tracks are debuting on CD along with the major hits “I Apologise”, “My Foolish Heart”, “Jealousy” and “Prisoner Of Love”. What’s more, this set also comprises numerous show tunes such as “Younger Than Springtime”, “So Far” and “Gigi”.
The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
The Current: Album Review: Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’
NPR: Jenny Lewis: Newport Folk 2014
NPR First Listen: Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’
All Things Considered: Rainbow In The Dark: Jenny Lewis On Staring Down Sadness
Morning Edition: Jenny Lewis Stands Out with ‘Voyager’
Celebrated California singer songwriter Jenny Lewis presents The Voyager. This is the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman s third solo album and first in six years, following 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat (with The Watson Twins) and 2008’s Acid Tongue.
The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager’s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck, and Lewis’ longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice. The Voyager finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness.
Angels Make Their Hope Here by Breena Clarke
All Things Considered: Book Review: ‘Angels Make Their Hope Here
Russell’s Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family.
Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and his two rambunctious nephews. As Dossie busies herself with cleaning, cooking, and tending the chickens at Duncan’s homestead, she wonders: Could this man, her rescuer—so godlike in her eyes, so much older than she—expect her to become his helpmeet?. Tentatively, Dossie begins to put down roots—until a shocking act of violence propels her away from Russell’s Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City’s mean streets.
With the same storytelling brio that distinguished the acclaimed novels River, Cross My Heart and Stand the Storm, Breena Clarke weaves a richly dramatic story of interracial harmony in the Civil War era—and of one woman’s triumph in the crucible of history.
Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones by Sammy Kershaw
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All Things Considered: 50 Great Voices - George Jones
Grammy-nominated, Multi-Platinum selling artist with more than 30 charted singles and multiple number one hits, Sammy Kershaw is releasing a much-anticipated 14-song collection of tunes made famous by his long-time, dear friend, George Jones. The CD, titled Do You Know Me? A Tribute to George Jones, contains some of George’s biggest hits, like “White Lightning,” “Why Baby Why,” “The Grand Tour,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and many others, including Sammy’s very own song written by himself for George, “The Route That I Took.”
Sammy has sold in excess of 5 million albums and continues to perform sold-out shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. Every George Jones, Sammy Kershaw and true Country music fan will enjoy this collection of George Jones hits, sung by the artist that has been most compared to his idol, mentor and dear friend
50 Years of Hits by George Jones - his low-priced 50-track set takes you on a chronological “grand tour” of 50 hit-filled years from one of country’s greatest voices, Mr. George Jones. From early hits “Why Baby Why” and “The Race is On” to latter day favorites such as hit duet with Garth Brooks on “Beer Run” and the old age anthem “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair”, one will be amazed by the range of Mr. Jones voice. A must have album for any fan!
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NPR: James Garner Dies
All Things Considered: ‘Rockford Files’ Actor James Garner Dies
KPBS: James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice
Actor James Garner, whose wise-cracking but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.
Garner had a long career and remained active as a TV and film actor well into his 70s. His style as a leading man who was quicker with his tongue than his fist was established early as gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s TV Western Maverick.
Garner carried that smooth-talking charisma into the private eye business in the ’70s TV show The Rockford Files, for which he won an Emmy. Among his work on the big screen are roles in The Great Escape, Victor Victoria, Space Cowboys and The Notebook. He was nominated for an Oscar for the 1985 film Murphy’s Romance, which co-starred Sally Field.
Weekend Edition: James Garner Dies at 86
"[James Garner] will be remembered as a guy who made it look very easy. You know, he was once asked by an interviewer how he wanted to be remembered, and he said, with a smile. And I think he’s achieved that."
NPR: Appreciating James Garner: TV’s Best Unhero
“Maverick became a classic role thanks to Garner’s easy charm and quick wit. Some of that came from his down-to-earth approach to acting; claiming that he stole much of his technique from Henry Fonda while working alongside him as a bit player in a 1954 stage production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Garner boiled his creative process down to a few short phrases in a 2005 People magazine interview.
“‘I’m a Spencer Tracy-type actor,’ he said, referencing another famously down-to-earth acting legend. ‘Be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth.’”
The Rockford Files: Iconic television featuring James Garner in virtually every scene as the bumbling detective Jim Rockford. Episodes are fast paced and fun to watch. The combination of having James Garner in the leading role along with great writing generally led to some amazing guest stars, pre “Love Boat” or “Fantasy Island.”
Maverick: This Western follows professional gambler Bret Maverick across the plains and prairie in search of love and the next big poker game.
Murphy’s Romance: The perfect foil to Sally Field in this wonderful romance. Sally Field plays a divorcee who needs all sorts of help running her horse farm and ultimately ends up in a love triangle featuring her ex husband and the older, wiser pharmacist portrayed by James Garner. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Victor/Victoria: A woman masquerading as a man portraying a woman. .. sounds like the perfect scenario for a farce from Blake Edwards. All goes fine until the woman, portrayed by Julie Andrews, falls in love with King Marchand, a Chicago club owner portrayed by James Garner. Excellent score by Henry Mancini as well as Oscar nominated supporting turns by Robert Preston and Lesley Anne Warren help this musical rank among the finest.
The Notebook: The love story of love stories is anchored by James Garner’s portrayal of Duke, who remains true to his one true love despite her battling dementia as he recounts their courtship every day in hopes of breaking through the fog and capturing one more moment with his wife.
Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland
All Things Considered: Writing The Wicked Ways Of The ‘Worst. Person. Ever.’
Weekend Edition: How Bad Can He Be? Only The ‘Worst. Person. Ever.’
A cameraman with no redeeming social virtues endures a comedic downward spiral that takes him to an obscure Pacific island, where, while filming a reality show, he suffers comas, humiliation and wrongful imprisonment.
The Grimm Reader: The Classic Tales of the Brothers Grimm
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All Things Considered: Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life
This collection of classic fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, including both famous and lesser-known works such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White” and “The Seven Ravens,” highlights the historical and cultural context of the stories, as well as their contemporary significance. Original.
The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 by Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras
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All Things Considered: How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game
Recorded live on stage on the eve of one of the world’s greatest sporting events, The 3 Tenors In Concert 1994 re-united four of classical music’s premier and most popular talents. The legendary tenors José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, together with conductor Zubin Mehta, celebrated the finale to soccer’s 1994 World Cup with a concert described as “probably the biggest single musical event in history.”
Brought together for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, The 3 Tenors and Mehta joined forces again, this time in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on July 16th 1994 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus, to perform a selection of operatic arias and international favorites specially orchestrated by composer/arranger Lalo Schifrin. The result is an outstanding album, reflecting a unique event, featuring three legendary performers who share a united passion for opera and football.
The concert culminated in Pavorotti’s famed performance of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma,” which is now engrained in soccer culture worldwide.