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A Dotted Line by Nickel Creek
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A Prairie Home Companion: Nickel Creek
NPR First Listen: Nickel Creek, ‘A Dotted Line’
Mountain Stage: Nickel Creek On Mountain Stage
Folk Alley: Sara And Sean Watkins: Folk In The Family
The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals) officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described “indefinite hiatus” with the album A Dotted Line, followed by a tour of the US in support of the Eric Valentine-produced album, which includes the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass and Newport Folk Festivals.
As Nickel Creek’s 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile’s apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips’ “Where Is Love Now” and Mother Mother’s “Hayloft. ” There they worked with Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had produced Nickel Creek’s previous album, Why Should the Fire Die?.
"We were excited every day to be there," Sara Watkins says. "Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it’s really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other’s really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get. " Sean Watkins continues: "It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature. "
"There’s a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we’re doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place, " concurs Thile. "We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism. "
Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems by Kevin Powers
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NPR: With Poetic Intensity, Kevin Powers Tackles The Terror Of War
An Iraq war veteran, National Book Award finalist and author of The Yellow Birds offers poems capturing the life of a soldier, including waiting in the dusty Middle Eastern heat and writing a love letter back home.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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NPR: Bilbo’s Back, With More Baggage Than Ever
All Things Considered: 'Hobbit 2,' 'Mr. Banks' Are Not Your Parents' Family Films
NPR’s The Two-Way: How Precious: You Can Explore Middle-Earth On Google Chrome
NPR’s The Salt: Elevenses And Then Some: How To Prepare A Feast Fit For A Hobbit
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Smaug Problem And The Holiday Music Blues
The Current: Movie Maven: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom by Patricia Carlin
Morning Edition: Scratch That: One Cat’s Struggle With Internet Stardom
An irreverent guide to promoting personal wealth by rendering one’s cat a viral sensation shares secrets for grooming a kitty for success, creating a winning video and making the most of a feline’s 15 minutes of fame.
Personalized Lake Wobegon Doormat
Every week, Garrison Keillor signs off his “News from Lake Wobegon” monologue with the signature expression “Where the women are strong. The men are good looking. And all of the children are above average.” Many fans at the live broadcasts expressed that this sentiment fit their family perfectly and, after seeing our personalized wood sign, asked if we had the quotation featured on a doormat. The wood sign was rectangular in shape, so we simply transferred the design to a rectangular-shaped doormat that can be personalized with a surname over the top of Garrison’s signature quote. Since then, we’ve gone through several different designs and were forced to switch vendors, and now we have settled on the half moon shape design that is a bit sturdier and crafted of natural coir with a rubber backing.
Garrison is not the biggest fan of the doormat as when it first debuted for sale, it actually outsold his new book (never before had a gift item done this!).
So, if the expression describes your family or one that you know that is headed by a strong woman, includes a good looking man and has “above average” children, you might give this wonderful doormat a try. If it’s perfect for the Bunsens, then it must be good enough for you!
(NOTE: We order 300 of the substrates at a time and can take up to 12 weeks to produce and put notes on the website during times when we are out. 300 came in late February and thus we are set to screen and send what will become a family treasure. BTW — the “The” comes pre-printed on the doormat above your last name and has garnered more than a few hilarious stories, so please be aware that it is pre-printed. Your last name will print exactly as you type it, so check punctuation and spelling!)
A View from A Broad by Bette Midler Updated Edition
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Morning Editon: In Early Memoir, Midler Adorned the Truth in Sequins
Song Travels: Bette Midler
The Brian Lehrer Show: Bette Midler, circa 1980
n A View from a Broad, originally published in 1980, Bette relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, her fear of flying, crazy schedules and wisdom she learned from Thai Gondoliers, with the trademark razor-blade wit that her fans have grown to know, love and expect. Filled with photographs, a new introduction and heartwarming stories that highlight only a portion of a brilliant career, A View from a Broad is the perfect gift for anyone who loves music, theater or just plain fun—and will be cherished by the fans of Divine Miss M for years to come.
Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone
Here & Now: Biz Stone on ‘Things a Little Birdie Told Me’
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Plays Not My Job
Marketplace: Biz Stone Takes it One Tweet at a Time
Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it, through stories from his remarkable life and career.THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD MEFrom GQ's “Nerd of the Year” to one of Time'smost influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, charmingly positive and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter-the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating, pivotal, and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today.
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
Fresh Air: On a ‘Rigged’ Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference
Marketplace: Michael Lewis Examines High-Frequency Trading
Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.
Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever.
Carry Me Back by Old Crow Medicine Show
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A Prairie Home Companion: Old Crow Medicine Show
Weekend Edition: Old Crow Medicine Show - Something Borrowed
With a little luck and a whole lot of talent, Old Crow Medicine Show went from playing their slash-and-burn brand of old-time music on the streets of Boone, North Carolina, to bringing down the house at the Grand Ole Opry. Now based in Nashville, Critter Fuqua, Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, Chance McCoy, and Ketch Secor are wowing audiences coast to coast.
How to Dance as the Roof Caves In: Poems by Nick Lantz
NPR Poetry: Dark, Remarkable Poems Show ‘How To Dance’ Amid Economic Despair
How to Dance as the Roof Caves In examines America as it faces a recession of collective mood and collective wealth. In a central sequence, the “housing bubble” reaches its bursting point when, with hilarious and biting outcomes, real estate developers hire a married couple and other down-and-out “extras” to stage a fake community to lure prospective investors. In these marvelous poems, Nick Lantz describes the changing American landscape with great imagination and sharp wit.
Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto by Matt Kibbe
Weekend Edition: A Libertarian With Roots In Rock Music
From the New York Times bestselling author of Hostile Takeover and President of FreedomWorks—”the most influential Tea Party-aligned group in Washington” (New York Times)—comes this passionate defense of libertarianism, the first manifesto of the libertarian movement.
Libertarianism is one of the hottest political movements in contemporary America, animating both the right and left with its emphasis on personal liberty. Espoused everywhere from young activists on college campuses to the up-and-coming stars of the right wing like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, libertarian ideology is gripping frustrated conservatives and political contrarians across the nation. In addition, figures on the right, including Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party, have all rallied around the libertarian mantra and raised its profile in the national consciousness.
Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff is a rational yet deeply felt argument supporting the individual against the oppression of the collective. Time and time again, Matt Kibbe points out, the political and corporate establishment in Washington consolidates its power by infringing upon basic American freedoms—destroying the principles that made the United States unique in history. He also offers a clear vision and action plan for the fight to be free.
3rd by The Baseball Project
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KEXP: The Baseball Project: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Home Run
Weekend Edition: The Baseball Project: Double Play
NPR: Baseball Project: When Perfection Slips Away
All Things Considered: The Baseball Project: For Love Of The Game
2014 album from the super group. The Baseball Project, the critically acclaimed alt-rock supergroup featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), deliver another batch of songs inspired by the great American past-time. This collection continues their tradition of inspired rock songs that provide passionately funny and sarcastically reverent commentary on the sport of baseball. And those who aren’t fans of the sport can still enjoy the music, while brushing up on their knowledge.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) by Elton John
Fresh Air: Elton John
This 40th anniversary super deluxe box set includes the original album remastered, a CD of all-new cover versions by contemporary artists personally chosen by Elton with additional tracks and B-sides, the full LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ‘73 concert on two CDs, and a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film ELTON JOHN AND BERNIE TAUPIN SAY GOODBYE TO NORMA JEAN AND OTHER THINGS. In addition to the discs, the box also contains a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Key & Peele: Seasons One & Two
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Fresh Air: For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic ‘Power’
All Things Considered: Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama
Morning Edition: For ‘Black Nerds Everywhere,’ Two Comedy Heroes
All Things Considered: Why Chaucer Said ‘Ax’ Instead Of ‘Ask,’ And Why Some Still Do
Wits: Keegan-Michael Key
Wits: More from Largo with Keegan-Michael Key
KEY & PEELE SEASONS 1 & 2 give viewers no choice but to laugh again at their hilarious way of examining life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. From gangsters sharing a passion for TWILIGHT, to Ice-T as a naughty puppy, or racist super heroes, KEY & PEELE showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
All Things Considered: The ‘Anchorman’ Legend Continues, And It’s Everywhere
Fresh Air: A ‘Kind Of A Big Deal’ Gets Even Bigger In ‘Anchorman 2’
NPR: Ron Burgundy, Still A Legend In His Own Tiny Mind
Classical MPR: Interview: “Anchorman 2” composers John Nau and Andrew Feltenstein
With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.