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Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars
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All Things Considered: Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On ‘Jukebox’
Weekend Edition: Bruno Mars: Singing His Own Songs, At Long Last
NPR’s The Record: Bruno Mars Is More Than Your Average Pop Star
In October 2012, Mars premiered the first single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” from his highly-anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox. On October 20th, Mars made his comeback to national television when he joined the elite club of hosts and performers for Saturday Night Live alongside the likes of Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake and Elton John. Mars not only showcased his comedic talent to the millions watching, but also debuted the first live performance of “Locked Out of Heaven” and premiered a brand new song, “Young Girls,” from the historic stage in New York City.
For Unorthodox Jukebox, Mars and his songwriting/production team The Smeezingtons (Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine) partnered with heavyweight producers including Jeff Bhasker, Mark Ronson and Diplo to create the 10-track album.
Cold Fact by Rodriguez
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The Current: The Rodriguez interview
The Current: Searching for Sugarman the radio documentary
Talk of the Nation: How A Detroit Flop Became South Africa’s Superstar
MPR News: 'Searching for Sugar Man' tells story of Rodriguez, the unaware rock star
Weekend Edition: Rodriguez: Forgotten In America, Exalted In Africa
World Cafe: Rodriguez on World Cafe
World Cafe: Rodriguez’s ‘Cold Fact’ Returns
NPR Review: An Unwitting Folk Hero Finds A Spotlight At Last
Folksinger “Sixto” Diaz Rodriguez became a spectacular success across the Atlantic after releasing Cold Fact in 1970. The record was hailed as a psychedelic folk masterpiece, filled with colorful depictions of the Detroit inner city.
Searching for Sugar Man - Rodriguez, a singer from 1960s and ’70s Detroit, Rodriguez who had some of the lyric quality of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but a voice like James Taylor. “Cold Fact,” the first album from Rodriguez, layered his aching voice over Motown horns and strings. But even after a major buildup, “Cold Fact” never became a hit in the United States. Bootlegged copies made the album, and the singer, a legend in a South Africa which was then in ferment over apartheid. Then his fans heard that the short, sensational career of Rodriguez had ended spectacularly. What really happened is the subject of a new documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Kveikur by Sigur Rós
NPR: Sigur Rós In Concert
Kveikur is the band’s first release on XL Recordings worldwide. The record, which was self-produced by the three members of Sigur Rós: Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason, sees the band shifting towards a more direct, aggressive sound.
13 by Black Sabbath
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Deluxe Album, 3 bonus audio tracks. 11 tracks total.6 panel softpak with 3 pockets and a lenticular cover. Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), 13 will be released on Vertigo/Republic in the U.S. Currently on tour, Black Sabbath — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler,are previewing music from their forthcoming album 13. On the new album, due out June 11, the band that defined heavy metal picks up immediately where they left off with eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes in length) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ trailblazing work in the 70s. Songs such as End of the Beginning, Loner, Dear Father and Age of Reason reinforce 13’s testament to the enduring relevance of Black Sabbath’s long-running reign.
… Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age
NPR: First Listen LIVE - Queens of the Stone Age
…Like Clockwork is the first Queens Of The Stone Age album since 2007’s Era Vulgaris and, according to its founder constant, Joshua Homme, “…like clockwork was the only thing that didn’t happen. ” After a “manic year, ” Homme and the current version of the Queens — veteran Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman and Dean Fertita—along with the outgoing Joey Castillo and returning associate Dave Grohl, decided to embrace The Beast, “ride shotgun on our emotional bandwagon… hold the horrible, lick the lunacy” and, instead of shying away from uncomfortable or painful subject matter — face it head-on.
Trouble Will Find Me by The National
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NPR Sessions: The National Falling for ‘Graceless’
The Current: Album Review: Trouble Will Find Me
WXPN: Album Review: Trouble Will Find Me
Trouble Will Find Me is The National’s highly anticipated sixth album. Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn- based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). The band s previous 4AD release, High Violet (May 2010), was met with critical acclaim.
Wrote a Song for Everyone by John Fogerty
John Fogerty is one of the most respected songwriters in the history of rock and roll. On his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, Fogerty produces a masterpiece, drawing from his classic songbook of hits and collaborating with some of the biggest superstars in popular music. Alongside these stellar collaborations, Fogerty has also penned two brand new original songs for the album.
+ by Ed Sheeran
Morning Edition: All Pluses, No Minuses
Although he’s quickly on his way to becoming a household name, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran had been laboring in semi-obscurity until quite recently. When his initial attempts at getting a record deal faltered, Sheeran decided to simply do everything himself. He gained a cult following by booking his own tours and releasing his own music, at one point putting out five EPs in a single year.
However, Sheeran’s debut album, +, and its Grammy-nominated breakout hit, “The A Team,” have ensured that the tours spent sleeping on couches will soon be far behind him. Sheeran says the song’s success caught him by surprise, as he thinks its tale of drug addiction — inspired by a woman he’d met in a homeless shelter — is darker than your average radio hit.
Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend
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All Things Considered: Vampire Weekend on the Secrets of their New Album
NPR Best Albums of 2013 (thus far): Diane Young
All Things Considered: New Sounds Signal the End of an Era
The Current: Album Review - Modern Vampires of the City
KCRW: Vampire Weekend, LIVE in Concert
Modern Vampires of the City is Vampire Weekend’s third album, and it is a bustling world of voices and visions from the death of Henry Hudson to the Orthodox girl falling in love at an uptown falafel shop, from Hannah Hunt tearing up the New York Times on a distant beach to the lethal chandelier of “Everlasting Arms,” from the ardent yearning of “Don’t Lie” to the harmonized voice of hope in “Young Lion”. Modern Vampires of the City has a grandeur and romanticism evocative of the city where it was conceived.
The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane
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Fresh Air: Keith Richards ‘Life’ with The Rolling Stones
All Things Considered: Mick Jagger on The Apocalyptic ‘Gimme Shelter’
Crossfire Hurricane, directed by Brett Morgen, is released as part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of The Rolling Stones. This superb new film tells the story of the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early sixties to their undisputed status as rock royalty. All of The Rolling Stones have been newly interviewed and their words form the narrative arc that links together archive footage of performances, news coverage and interviews, much of it previously unseen. Taking its title from a lyric in “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Crossfire Hurricane gives the viewer an intimate insight into exactly what it’s like to be part of The Rolling Stones as they overcome denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors. More than a year in the making and produced with the full co-operation and involvement of The Rolling Stones, Crossfire Hurricane is and will remain the definitive story of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.
Time by Rod Stewart
NPR: Big Dreams, Bigger Hair
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World Cafe: Rod Stewart in Studio
2013 release from the rooster-haired Rock icon, his first album of new material in almost 20 years. Time marks Stewart’s long-awaited return to his songwriting roots and features 12 tracks, 11 of which he wrote and produced. Time was born from a burst of inspiration from which he rediscovered his voice as a songwriter and rekindled his gift for writing the honest, nerve-touching narratives that have been the cornerstone to the first three decades of his career. Since 1991, Stewart, the lyricist and melodist behind such staples as “Tonight’s The Night,” “You Wear It Well,” “You’re In My Heart,” “The Killing of Georgie” and the indelible “Maggie May,” had simply lost his songwriting muse. But, beginning in 2011, during the period he began working on what would become his internationally best-selling autobiography, Rod, it returned.
The Great Gatsby Soundtrack: A Film by Baz Luhrmann
All Things Considered: 'It Led Us On a Journey': The Musical World of 'The Great Gatsby'
First Listen: The Great Gatsby
Original soundtrack to the 2013 motion picture directed by Baz Luhrman. The soundtrack features songs performed by Jay -Z, Beyonce & Andre 3000, will.i.am, Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey and many others. The film is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.
A by Agnetha Faltskog
NPR: Mamma Mia, The ABBA Museum Opens in Stockholm
One of the four “A”s in ABBA returns with her first album of new music since 2004.
"I never thought that I’d ever sing again. But hearing the first three songs, I just couldn’t say no!" - Agnetha Faltskog
ABBA’s Greatest Hits - You all know the songs and can sing along. I thought it was about time to replace the LP and 8 track version in my collection with the CD and download.
Mamma Mia - Meryl Streep’s biggest commercial hit featuring her singing ABBA tunes is a fun filled, two hour hummable love fest.
History of the Eagles: The Story of an American Band
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History of the Eagles • 3 Disc DVD in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo • Packaged in a six-panel digipak with accompanying photo booklet. • 4 hours of never before seen material from the past 40 years. • Disc One: Part One explores the creation and rise to fame in the 1970’s through their breakup in 1980. • Disc Two: Part Two details the band’s reunion in 1994 through the Hell Freezes Over tour to present day. • Bonus Disc: Exclusive concert, Eagles Live at the Capital Centre March 1977. • Directed by Alison Ellwood, along with Producer and Academy Award-winning documentarian, Alex Gibney.
Ready to Die by Iggy and the Stooges
Soundcheck: Iggy and the Stooges LIVE IN CONCERT
2013 release, the first studio album to bear the name ‘Iggy & The Stooges’ since Raw Power was released in 1973! Ready To Die finds Iggy Pop, guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott “Rock Action” Asheton reunited for a full album of all-new material with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass. The results are the closest thing to a time capsule to 1973 - or at least to Iggy’s subsequent efforts with Williamson, including 1977’s Kill City and 1979’s New Values - that rock ‘n’ roll is likely to proffer in this millennium.