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G I R L by Pharrell Williams
TED Radio Hour: Is There A Secret To Happiness?
Fresh Air: Pharrell Williams Just Exhilaratingly Happy
Morning Edition: Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds
All Things Considered: Pharrell Williams Blurs Lines With Daylong Music Video
NPR’s The Record: A Rational Conversation: Ambition Returns To The Music Video
NPR’s Monkey See: Pharrell Williams And The Power Hat
Music Review: Hats Off To Pharrell’s New Album
Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early ’90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Britney Spears’s “I’m A Slave 4 U,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.”
With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He’s also created a new way of looking at established stars like SnoopDogg, Madonna, and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brands Louis Vuittonand Moncler. Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube channel Williams’ vision continues to push pop culture forward.
G I R L is Pharrell’s highly anticipated new album, and features the hit single, “Happy”, an international phenomenon and radio smash. “Happy” was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). It is nominated for an OSCAR this year for Best Original Song, and Pharrell will perform “Happy” on the OSCARs on March 2nd, on ABC.
"Happy" has sold more than 2.3 million tracks worldwide, and has topped the chart in more than 175 countries. Currently in the US, the song generates over 120 million weekly audience impressions across 6 radio formats - Top 40, Rhythm, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. "Happy" has also just been certified Platinum.
In addItion to the excitement of Pharrell’s new album, he just took home four Grammy Awards, including including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk s Random Access Memories, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
St. Vincent by St. Vincent
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All Songs Considered: Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album
All Things Considered: St. Vincent’s Eerie Musical Alchemy
First Listen: St. Vincent, ‘St. Vincent’
Morning Becomes Eclectic: St. Vincent
On Point: Digital Princess St. Vincent On Her Self Titled Fourth Album
The word “eccentric” pops up often in descriptions of Annie Clark and the music she performs as St. Vincent. It’s a word attached to trailblazers of many kinds. Often though not always, there’s a degree of respect wrapped up in the idea of eccentricity — and intrigue, certainly — but there’s also a gentle admonishment, a “we both know you’re breaking the rules” eyebrow-raising inherent in that descriptor. A more apt word for St. Vincent, written into every inch of her self-titled fourth album, is fearless.
Clark credits David Byrne, her collaborator on 2012’s Love This Giant, with teaching her fearlessness. While it’s true that she started work on this record 36 hours after returning home from a tour with Byrne, and while that project (particularly its irrepressible horn section) is writ large upon this one, Clark doesn’t give herself enough credit. She’s been making unapologetically individual music since her 2007 debut Marry Me, and she continues to rewrite the boundaries of contemporary indie rock with each of her projects. That, too, is where eccentricity as a concept fails to capture Clark’s quiddity. It’s not strangeness that dominates her music, but a sense of exploration, experimentation and artistic discovery, executed with impeccable production instincts. Every defiant growl, jaded vocal fry and distorted guitar lick on St. Vincent flirts with the avant garde, yet uses an accessible, if inventive, musical vocabulary to do so.
English Oceans by Drive-By Truckers
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Drive-By Truckers will release English Oceans on March 4, 2014 on ATO Records. English Oceans, the band’s 12th release, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. ‘It can go from this chainsaw rock ‘n’ roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,’ says Mike Cooley.
English Oceans was recorded over 13 sessions at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with their longtime producer, David Barbe. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on ‘Til He s Dead or Rises.’
In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. ‘Pauline Hawkins,’ is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT’s ever-keen political edge can be seen in two songs on the record. Cooley s ‘Made Up English Oceans’ and Hood’s ‘The Part of Him.’ ‘It’s about political assholery — there’s someone new playing that role every few months,’ says Hood. ‘Grand Canyon,’ the final song on the album, is an emotionally overwhelming tribute to Craig Lieske, a longtime member of DBT’s touring family. Lieske died suddenly in January and the album is dedicated to him.
The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008 as keyboardist, has added guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. ‘It’s a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly,’ says Hood.
The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World by Zachary Karabell
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Marketplace: 25 for 25: Leave the big numbers to Janet Yellen
The Daily Circuit: What GDP, unemployment rate and inflation really tell us about the economy
All Things Considered: The Invention Of ‘The Economy’
WICN’s Public Eye: ZACHARY KARABELL
WAMC Northeast Public Radio: "The Leading Indicators" By Zachary Karabell
How did we come by the “leading indicators” we place such stock in? We allocate trillions of dollars and make public policy and personal decisions based upon them, but what do they really tell us?
“The leading indicators” shape our lives intimately, but few of us know where these numbers come from, what they mean, or why they rule the world. GDP, inflation, unemployment, trade, and a host of averages determine whether we feel optimistic or pessimistic about the country’s future and our own. They dictate whether businesses hire and invest, or fire and hunker down, whether governments spend trillions or try to reduce debt, whether individuals marry, buy a car, get a mortgage, or look for a job.
Zachary Karabell tackles the history and the limitations of each of our leading indicators. The solution is not to invent new indicators, but to become less dependent on a few simple figures and tap into the data revolution. We have unparalleled power to find the information we need, but only if we let go of the outdated indicators that lead and mislead us.
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
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Weekend Edition: Allons-y! Why We’ve Been Traveling With ‘Doctor Who’ For 50 Years
Morning Edition: After 50 Years, Regeneration Keeps ‘Doctor Who’ Current
The Two-Way: Almost Nerd Wars: ‘Doctor Who’ & ‘Star Wars’ Fans Have Spat
In this hugely anticipated follow-up to the record breaking Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, we bid adieu to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and welcome Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, The Hour) in his first televised appearance as the new Doctor. Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them - the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. This landmark episode is bound to be a thrilling adventure for the ages.
Thor: The Dark World
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NPR: Turns Out One Does Simply Walk Into More ‘Thor’
SCPR: Filmweek: Thor: The Dark World
From the Studio that brought you the #1 Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers, comes another must-own, epic blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor. Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction.
Inside Llewyn Davis
All Things Considered: On Becoming Llewyn Davis, A Hero Who Excels At Failing
NPR: A Spinner Of Sad Songs, Struggling To Sing Past The Gloom
NPR First Listen: Soundtrack, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Fresh Air: Great Soundtrack Aside, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Hits A Sour Note
Here & Now: The Man Who Inspired ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Take Two: 'Inside Llewyn Davis': Carey Mulligan on singing and working with the Coens
Colorado Public Radio: Movie Review: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is beautiful, but then what?
MPR News: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' was education in folk for actress Carey Mulligan
KCRW: Inside Llewyn Davis
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making.
A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka
Morning Edition: 'A' Is For Anxiety, 'G' Is For Guilt: The ABCs Of Breast Cancer
This guide to life during and after breast cancer shares advice on how to plan a life after diagnosis. It covers topics ranging from intimacy and hair loss to working and managing the profound emotions that accompany the disease and its treatments.
My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future by Keith Ellison
Tell Me More: Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith
Filled with anecdotes, statistics, and social commentary, the first Muslim elected to Congress presents a thought-provoking look at America and what needs to change to accommodate different races and beliefs.
The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again) by P. J. O’Rourke
NPR’s Three Books: Over The Hump: Three Books To Help You Through A Midlife Crisis
The best-selling author of Parliament of Whores turns the lens on himself and fellow baby boomers to celebrate the bad trips, questionable politics and outrageous styles of his generation while analyzing how the boom shaped the America of today.
Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O’Connor
Fresh Air: 'Out Of Order' At The Court: O'Connor On Being The First Female Justice
The former Supreme Court justice shares stories about the history and evolution of the Supreme Court, tracing the roles of key contributors and sharing the events behind important transformations.
12 Years a Slave
Morning Edition: '12 Years A Slave' Wins Oscar's Best Picture
Morning Edition: Conversations About Slavery Inspired By ‘12 Years A Slave’
Tell Me More: Best Picture Win For ‘12 Years A Slave’ Sends New Message To Hollywood?
Tell Me More: Actress Alfre Woodard On Truthful Storytelling In ‘12 Years A Slave’
All Things Considered: Hard To Watch ‘12 Years A Slave’? Try Editing It
Morning Edition: '12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie
All Things Considered: For A Free Spirit, A Grim ‘12 Years’ In Chains
Weekend Edition: '12 Years' Is The Story Of A Slave Whose End Is A Mystery
Fresh Air: '12 Years A Slave' Was A Film That 'No One Was Making'
Fresh Air: Historian Says ‘12 Years’ Is A Story The Nation Must Remember
NPR: '12 Years A Slave' Screenwriter Talks Grit, Grace And Survival
NPR’s The Record: '12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘12 Years’ And Rites Of Passage
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Steve McQueen (Hunger) directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star.
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NPR’s The Two-Way: '12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big At The Oscars
All Things Considered: Sandra Bullock, Boxed In On The Set Of ‘Gravity’
All Things Considered: What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don’t
Fresh Air: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn’t Make You Feel Small
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Gravity’ And The Thrill Of The Fiasco
Science Friday: Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Gravity’
NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos & Culture: Space Is Not Our Friend
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
All Things Considered: Two Very Different Movies, Two Heroines With Spine
Morning Edition: 'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'
NPR’s Monkey See: What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend
Morning Edition: More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By ‘The Hunger Games’
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration by Bob Dylan
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The Current: From Another World: Bob Dylan tribute album features a global village of musicians
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On October 16, 1992, New York City’s hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants, legend and archetypes who’d come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first Columbia Records album and play a selection of Dylan songs from culturally iconic (John Mellencamp’s no-nonsense “Like A Rolling Stone”) to bootleg obscure (Lou Reed’s acerbic take on “Foot of Pride”) that had moved and inspired them over the decades.
The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Ritchie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O’Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinéad O’Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more. Providing musical backing throughout the show was an ensemble dream team featuring three members of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, G.E. Smith on guitar with Jim Keltner and Anton Fig on drums.
Dubbed “Bobfest” on stage by a jubilant Neil Young, the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reached a transcendent crescendo with an unforgettable performance and all-star jam featuring the evening’s honoree.
Viewed anew from a 20-year perspective, Bob Dylan - The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - Deluxe Edition is a remarkable testament to the enduring legacy and ongoing musical influence of Bob Dylan. That valedictory gathering from more than 20 years ago proved to be a mid-career retrospective of a recording artist and performer who continues to inform and transform the cultural landscape.