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The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
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Soundcheck: Jenny Lewis Fights Fear And Insomnia On ‘The Voyager’
The Current: Interview: Jenny Lewis talks about ‘The Voyager’
Fresh Air: 'The Voyager' is an Album You Might Want to Spend Time With
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’
Dinner Party Download: Jenny Lewis Shares Mint Chips, Ticking Clocks
KEXP: Album Review: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
Sound Opinions: The Voyager review
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.
Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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Q with Jiam Ghomeshi: Tom Petty in Studio for the Full Hour
NPR First Listen: Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty
Hypnotic Eye is the 13th studio album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the first album from the band in four years. “I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record, ” Petty told Rolling Stone in April. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”
Yes by Jason Mraz
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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: 'Say Yes' to Jason Mraz
The singer songwriter talks about his new album and performs in the Q studio.
Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
The Current: Now and Zen: The greatest album of them all, Hüsker Dü’s ‘Zen Arcade,’ turns 30
They didn’t yet have terms like “alternative rock” when Minneapolis’s Husker Du made their mark as one of the 1980’s most influential bands. With two skilled songwriters—guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart—the genre-bending trio (bassist Greg Norton completed the lineup) juxtaposed hardcore punk speed and aggression with pop-leaning melodies. Add their uniformly thoughtful, introspective lyrics, and you’ve got this stunning 1984 double-length release, a semi-concept album about youthful rites of passage. It includes such memorable tracks as Mould’s “Broken Home, Broken Heart” Hart’s “Never Talking to You Again,” and the evocative 14-minute instrumental closer, “Reocurring Dreams.”
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
The Current: Album Review: Sam Smith, ‘In The Lonely Hour’
First Listen: Sam Smith ‘In the Lonely Hour”
All Things Considered: Sam Smith: A Young Man’s Lonliness
Here & Now: New Music from Sam Smith
World Cafe: Sam Smith in Studio
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith isn’t shy. With a steady, well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto in a hairsbreadth, he doesn’t feel the need to hide — not by stifling his vocal abilities and not by ducking beneath distracting, colorful production. But on his full-length debut, In the Lonely Hour, he proves that he can play that game when he feels like it.
Supernova by Ray Lamontagne
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The Current: Album Review - Supernova by Ray LaMontagne
on Point: Ray LaMontagne Goes Psychedelic
Weekend Edition: Ray LaMontagne Finds the Bright Side on ‘Supernova’
The Current: Theft of the Dial with Ray LaMontagne
When you have a voice like Ray LaMontagne, it would be easy for him to keep making the same album over and over. That might be enough to please his many adoring fans. But with his fifth album, Supernova he chose to mix it up. Dan Auerbach — yeah, that guy from the Black Keys — was enlisted to produce this one; I have no idea where Auerbach finds the time. But this album might be the freshest and most adventurous of LaMontagne’s career.
On Supernova you realize this is a different sort of album right out of the gate. LaMontagne’s usual raspy vocal is softer, smoother and hushed on the track “Lavender” over a gentle psychedelic groove recalling The Zombies. “Airwaves” is part bossa nova and part country. “She’s the One” sounds like Otis Redding fronting The Allman Brothers Band. Read more from The Current -
Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs
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Sound Opinions: Lost in the Dream review
The War on Drugs’ Lost In The Dream is the sound of tomorrow’s greatest classic rock today. Lead singer and guitarist Adam Granduciel’s epic guitar playing and songwriting on album tracks like “Under The Pressure,” “In Reverse” and the seven-minute “An Ocean In Between The Waves” are infused with mesmerizing Springsteen-Petty-Velvet Underground influences. He’s got a vocal style that brings to mind Dylan circa Blood On The Tracks. It’s possible to deduce the themes of the album by the names of the songs. “Eyes To The Wind,” “The Haunting Idle,” the title song and the slow burning “Suffering,” express matters of the heart and soul. There are plenty of searching, longing and questioning, set to a soundtrack of a psychedelic heartland. Lost In The Dream is a triumphant, transcendent, classic rock album — whether or not you hear the Springsteenisms that subtly inform the record. —Bruce Warren,
Si Se Puede!: Los Lobos & Friends by Los Lobos
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Over 40 years ago music played a crucial role in one of this country’s most important civil rights struggles: not in the Jim Crow South but in the agricultural fields of California, where the United Farm Workers was organizing laborers into a union for the first time ever. Traditional Mexican corridos were reworked to call people to march, picket and strike. The music was made by some of the workers themselves, as well as members of the UFW, and you pretty much had to be out in the fields to hear it — until 1976 when the album Si Se Puede was released as a fundraiser for the UFW. Herb Albert donated his A&M Records studios to a group of young Chicano musicians who called themselves Los Lobos del Este de los Angeles and who gathered some of their friends to record some of the music that had become part of the farmworker movement.
The band shortened its name and eventually made a big noise of its own, and 38 years later, long after it had gone out of print, the music was finally digitally rereleased this spring to coincide with the release of a biopic about Cesar Chavez. The themes of social justice are timeless but more so is the notion that music can indeed help change the world. We seem to have forgotten that. That’s why this music, now nearly four decades old, still matters. — Felix Contreras
Burn Your Fire For No Witness by Angel Olsen
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Sound Opinions: Burn Your Fire for No Witness review
The word “confessional” tends to get tossed around to describe singer-songwriters who reveal — and even revel in — raw, sticky emotions. But there’s a kind of submissiveness, even apology, implied by that word that doesn’t suit Angel Olsen. Whether she’s huddled over a single acoustic guitar or backed by a muscular rock band, Olsen’s voice grabs you by the collar and looks straight through you. As commanding and assertive as its title suggests, especially in naked and foreboding songs like the seven-minute “White Fire,” Burn Your Fire for No Witness doesn’t waste a motion or a breath. Olsen’s subtle, commanding voice is the embodiment of coiled intensity: The more she seems to hold still, the harder her punches land. — Stephen Thompson
Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
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Morning Edition: 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band
The Current: Prince’s Purple Rain turns 30: Looking back at the iconic Minneapolis film
The Current: Then and Now: Scenes from Purple Rain
The Current: Apollonia shares her near-death experience on the set of Purple Rain
The Current: Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL play surprise Paisley Park show on the eve of “Purple Rain” 30th anniversary
The Current: Bobby Z shares his Purple Rain memories on the album’s 30th anniversary
The Current: Paisley Park: My first visit to Prince’s music mecca, courtesy of 3RDEYEGIRL
The Daily Circuit: 30 years later, why you should care about ‘Purple Rain’
MPR News: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ a classic at 30 years old
The Current: Artist of the Month: Prince
Sound Opinions: Purple Rain
Gospel, rock, funk…it’s all here on this soundtrack to the film loosely based on Prince’s life. He grabbed an Academy Award and two Grammies for these gems and you’ll know ‘em all: Let’s Go Crazy; When Doves Cry; I Would Die 4 U; plus the title track and more!
Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
Sound Opinions: Ultraviolence review
Weekend Edition: Lana Del Rey: ‘I Don’t Have Other People In Mind’
NPR’s The Record: Darkness Comes Alive: The Paradox Of Lana Del Rey
All Things Considered: Album Review: ‘Ultraviolence’
The Current: Album Review: Lana Del Rey, ‘Ultraviolence’
Fresh Air: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’ Has a Firm Grasp on Pop History
The Current: Lana Del Rey performs in The Current studio
The Current: Theft of the Dial: Lana Del Rey
World Cafe: Lana Del Rey On World Cafe
KEXP: Album Review: Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Brand new album from platinum, Grammy nominated recording artist Lana Del Rey! The album features the hit songs West Coast and Shades of Cool.
Fuego by Phish
NPR First Listen: Phish, ‘Fuego’
All Songs Considered: Hear A Song From ‘Fuego,’ The First New Phish Album In 5 Years
All Things Considered: How Does A Jam Band Write Songs? We Asked Phish
Phish recorded the album with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel) last fall, as the band’s 30th anniversary approached. The songs for Fuego took shape during a series of visits to Phish’s longtime creative hub, The Barn, a rustic, reconstructed barn-turned-rehearsal/recording studio located outside Burlington, Vermont. There they explored dozens of ideas, which led to a notable shift in the band’s songwriting approach. While Fuego includes tracks that individual members brought to the table in usual Phish fashion, the bulk of the material was written by all four, working together at The Barn.
Lazaretto by Jack White
Sound Opinions: Lazaretto review
NPR Music: Jack White, Live In Concert
All Things Considered: From Jack White, A Fierce New Record Raised in Captivity
The Current: Album Review: Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’
All Songs Considered: Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’: The All Songs Interview
All Songs Considered: 'Ultra LP' Version Of Jack White's New Album Has Some Crazy Surprises
The Current: Jack White unveils “High Ball Stepper”, sets release date for ‘Lazaretto’
Jack White presents his new album Lazaretto, on Third Man Records/Columbia. Lazaretto inhabits an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track “Lazaretto,” to be released later this month.
Beauty & Ruin by Bob Mould
Tiny Desk Concert: Bob Mould
Morning Edition: Bob Mould’s Beautiful, Ruinous Life in Punk
The Current: Album Review: Bob Mould, ‘Beauty & Ruin’
The Current: Bob Mould to play MN Music on a Stick; stream his new album ‘Beauty & Ruin’
The Current: Watch Bob Mould Band perform ‘The Descent’ at Rock the Garden 2013
The Current: Bob Mould shares first clip from new concert DVD, answers fans’ questions on Reddit
MPR News: Bob Mould looks back on Hüsker Dü with ‘rage and melody’
The Current: Bob Mould Live in the UBS Forum
The Current: Theft of the Dial: Bob Mould
Sound Opinions: Beauty and Ruin review
Bob Mould’s 2014 album Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss, reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals with the passing of Mould’s father in October 2012, Bob’s struggle to come to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living. Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty and may well be Bob Mould’s finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook.
Led Zeppelin Deluxe Remasters
Led Zeppelin I
Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin III
John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock n roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before.
With the 2014 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, & Led Zeppelin III, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin, " says Page. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time."
The Led Zeppelin legend began in January of 1969 with the group s eponymous debut. From the opening salvo of “Good Times Bad Times, ” on through to “Babe I m Gonna Leave You, ” “Communication Breakdown, ” and “Dazed And Confused, ” the album introduced the band s unmistakable sound and left an indelible mark on the music landscape. Led Zeppelin has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales over 10 million and was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2004.
The companion audio for Led Zeppelin features a previously unreleased performance recorded on October 10, 1969 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. The nine-song set features seven tracks from the album, including an epic 15-minute version of “Dazed And Confused, ” as well as “Heartbreaker” and “Moby Dick, ” which would debut on Led Zeppelin II later that month.
Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham took the stage at London s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.