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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.
The Civil Wars by The Civil Wars
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Mountain Stage: The Civil Wars on Mountain Stage
NPR Music: The Civil Wars, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2011
NPR Favorite Sessions: The Civil Wars: A Match Made In Nashville
All Things Considered: The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams On The Duo’s Fragile Bond
NPR’s The Record: Watch The Civil Wars Live Up To Their Name In A Behind-The-Scenes Video
All Things Considered: The Civil Wars: A Chance Meeting, An Internet Sensation
The Civil Wars’ highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo’s acclaimed debut, Barton Hollow.
The Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo’s performance for the track “I Had Me a Girl” in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix.
The album was recorded amidst a grueling touring schedule, exhausting workload and a growing disconnect from their families. Personal statements from band-members Joy Williams and John Paul White can be viewed at the band’s official website.
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
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Morning Edition: Robin Thicke, Beyond His Breakout Hit
The first single, ‘Blurred Lines’, features T.I. and Pharrell. Born in Los Angeles, Robin taught himself to play piano at the age of 12 and by 16 was writing and producing songs for artists like Brandy, Color Me Badd, and Brian McKnight. By the age of 21, he had written and produced songs on over 20 gold and platinum albums including Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Pink, Christina Aguilera and others. Since then, he has maintained a very successful career as a solo artist.
Bakersfield by Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
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On Point: Vince Gill & Paul Franklin
Fresh Air: Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Ain’t ‘Foolin’ Round’ with the Bakersfield Sound
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: Vince Gill Plays Not My Job
Twenty-time Grammy Award-winning artist Vince Gill and famed steel guitarist, Paul Franklin, pay tribute to the Bakersfield sound by performing songs from two of Bakersfield’s sons: Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
"This is just as much a guitar record for me as it is a singing record," Gill says. "But it was fun for me to sing a whole record of the greatest songs ever. I guess what I’m real proud of is that when it’s one of Buck’s songs, I sing it very much in that vein. And the Haggard songs are very much in the vein he sang. With Buck’s songs, you won’t find much vibrato in my vocals, and with Merle’s, it will come down to a low note and that quiver."
Cold Fact by Rodriguez
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.”
Tim Russell: Man of One Thousand Voices
A Prairie Home Companion: Earl’s School of Accents
The third installment of A Prairie Home Companion's bestselling series from The Royal Academy of Radio Actors is almost here! Following the successful collections featuring Tom Keith and Sue Scott, this brand new release shifts focus to the incomparable Tim Russell.
Fans of A Prairie Home Companion know him as Garrison Keillor’s grumbling sidekick Dusty in public radio’s favorite cowboy serial “The Lives of the Cowboys.” They also know him as the exacting maître d’ of the Café Boeuf. One minute he’s mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he’s George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama or Arnold Schwarzenegger or John McCain or Michael Bloomberg.
No matter what hairpin turn, crazy curve or unexpected plot-twist America’s favorite radio variety show might take, this man of a thousand voices has yet to be stumped.
American Kid by Patty Griffin
World Cafe: Patty Griffin
Favorite Sessions: Don’t Let Me Die in Florida
Tiny Desk Concert: Patty Griffin
New West Records is proud to present Patty Griffin s 2013 album, American Kid. The album, co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, is her seventh and first for New West. It is her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a member of Band of Joy alongside Robert Plant.
Magna Carta Holy Grail by Jay-Z
The Record: Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ Is A Fait Accompli
Morning Edition: New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung
Fresh Air: Jay-Z: The Fresh Air Interview
The newest album by hip-hop megastar Jay-Z finds the entertainment mogul adjusting to fatherhood. The top-notch production and long-list of notable collaborators (including Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Rick Ross and Pharrell Williams) ensure that Magna Carta Holy Grail will be another platinum record to add to Hov’s impressive résumé.
One True Vine by Mavis Staples
All Things Considered: For Mavis Staples, ‘One True Vine’ Brings Together Kindred Spirits
Talk of the Nation: Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes ‘Full Circle’
The Current: Album Review - One True Vine
Coming off the huge success of her first collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy — the Grammy winning You Are Not Alone — Mavis Staples wanted to make their second album together both a continuation of the joyous spirit of the first, and an evolution. With new song offerings from Alan Sparhawk of Low, Nick Lowe and three Tweedy originals, One True Vine is at once a darker and more uplifting album, anchored by reinventions of two ’70s classics — Funkadelic’s “Can You Get to That?” and the Staples Singer’s “I Like the Things About Me.”
Tweedy and Staples have constructed a dense narrative arc, that starts with the literal soul searching of Sparhawk’s “One Holy Ghost” and Tweedy’s “Jesus Wept, ” and then breaks wide open with Nick Lowe’s soaring “Far Celestial Shores,” a song he wrote for Mavis after touring together with Wilco. After that, the album builds to full tent revival mode, as the dark night of the soul passes and joy arrives in the form of Mavis’s glorious voice. Closing out with Tweedy’s rapturous title track, One True Vine truly builds on the promise of You Are Not Alone, and will delight the myriad fans discovering Mavis for the first time though her Grammy wins and performances, her White House performance in the tribute to Memphis Soul and the glorious second act of this American icon.
Natalie Cole in Espanol
Weekend Edition: Natalie Cole Takes Her Own Turn ‘en Espanol’
Dinner Party Download: Natalie Cole’s Special Spanish Gifts
Yes — or in this case, sí — Natalie Cole’s first album in Spanish includes a duet with her late father. And like “Unforgettable,” the song that won a Grammy Award in 1992 and foreshadowed today’s holographic performance trend, the black-tie rumba “Acercate Más” (“Come Closer to Me”) will pluck at heartstrings and transport fans of Nat King Cole — in this case to ’50s Havana, where he learned to sound out the lyrics for Cole Español, the first of his three Spanish recordings. Natalie Cole En Español features some of the same numbers covered on those historic albums, and other romantic evergreens familiar to international audiences. Andrea Bocelli joins Cole on “Bésame Mucho.”
Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole by George Benson
Weekend Edition: George Benson follows the Path of His ‘Unforgettable’ Idol
After four years of touring and developing An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole, the legendary George Benson makes his most inspired album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. The recording is one of the most meaningful of Benson’s career and is a testament to the spirit of Cole’s timeless body of work. Benson’s heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
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NPR Best Albums of 2013 (Thus Far): Merry Go Round
All Things Considered: Kacey Musgraves, Country’s ‘Golden’ It Girl
Fresh Air: Country’s Blunt and Poetic New Voice
At 24, Kacey Musgraves already possesses a remarkable assortment of creative gifts, among them a voice that’s lovely but never show-offy, great collaborators in Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and slice-of-life songs filled with grabby hooks and grabbier lyrics. But rarest of all is her sense of purpose and perspective: Musgraves already sings with a distinct and clear-eyed point-of-view. She stuffs Same Trailer Different Park with songs about escape — from crummy jobs (“Blowin’ Smoke”), from judgmental scolds (“Follow Your Arrow”), from suffocating small-town mediocrity (“Merry Go ‘Round”). But, rather than merely wallow in despair or false hope, she views these straw men as obstacles that can be dodged or defeated — if one desires to do so — through a cocktail of determination, self-reliance and a fierce indifference to what others think. — Stephen Thompson
Yeezus by Kanye West
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All Things Considered: Kanye’s Yeezus Packs A Bite
Tell Me More: Kanye: “Complete Awesomeness” or Completely Overrated?
The Record: Kanye West Stands Alone
Yeezus is the sixth solo studio album by American hip hop recording artist and producer Kanye West. The album was primarily recorded in Paris, with West enlisting various artists and close collaborators for work and production on the album. West enlisted the help of producer Rick Rubin a mere week shy of its release to strip down the record’s sound in favor of a more minimalist approach.
Musically, Yeezus is darker and sonically experimental, combining elements of Chicago drill, dancehall, acid house and industrial music.
13 by Black Sabbath
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.
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.