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Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
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WFPK: Album of the Month - Looking into You
Strange Currency: New Music
A Tribute album to Jackson Browne featuring Ben Harper, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
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. "
Out Among the Stars by Johnny Cash
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Q with Jian Ghomeshi: New Music from Johnny Cash
Nashville Public Radio: Masterpiece or Pretty Good Songs?
The Current: Johnny Cash’s lost album, ‘Out Among the Stars’, releases today
Discovered in 2012, Out Among The Stars is truly a lost, previously unreleased Johnny Cash album. These aren’t alternate takes or different versions of songs that you’ve heard. These are brand new songs to the Cash canon.Completed in 2013 by Johnny’s only son John Carter Cash, Out Among The Stars is a pivotal Johnny Cash album lost in time, and now ready to become a classic.
Supermodel by Foster the People
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Morning Edition: For Foster the People Frontman, Fame and Isolation
The Current: ‘Supermodel” Review by Mac Wilson
Supermodel is the highly anticipated new album from Foster The People featuring first single “Coming of Age.” Produced by Paul Epworth, the globally influenced album is the follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut Torches. Recorded in various locations around the world, Supermodel began as frontman Mark Foster and producer Paul Epworth set up a writing studio in a riad in Essaouira, Morocco at the end of 2012. “We didn’t have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days,” Foster recalls, “And in the spirit of wanderlust and discovery we ended up stumbling on the musical identity of what this record was going to feel like.”From Morocco the album continued to migrate with Foster and the band. Work continued at Woodshed Studios in Malibu, Henson Studios and Bronson Island in Los Angeles and was finished at Epworth’s Wolf Tone Studios in London.
Slow Me Down by Sara Evans
Fresh Air: Country Power Ballads with a Punch
2014 album from the multi-platinum selling Country singer/songwriter, Slow Me Down was co-produced by Evans and Mark Bright (Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood), who Evans last worked with on her Platinum selling album Real Fine Place (2005). Slow Me Down sees Evans collaborating on three tracks: ‘Better Off’ with Country legend Vince Gill; ‘Can’t Stop Loving You,’ a duet with Isaac Slade of The Fray; and a cover of Gavin DeGraw’s ‘Not Over You’ which features the Pop/Rock star singing harmonies. This album is what fans have waited for and newcomers are bound to fall in love with.
Heart Murmurs by Jeremy Messersmith
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The Current: Heart Murmurs Session with Jeremy Messersmith
The Current: Friday Five feat ‘Ghost’ by Jeremy Messersmith
The Current: Review - Heart Murmurs
World Cafe: Jeremy Messersmith
Here & Now: Song of the Week - Tourniquet by Jeremy Messersmith
Soundcheck: Infectious and Aching Pop Standards
First Listen: Heart Murmurs
2014 release, the fifth album from the Minneapolis-based Indie singer/songwriter. Heart Murmurs is the follow-up to his 2012 album paper Moon. Features the single ‘Tourniquet’.
G I R L by Pharrell Williams
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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
Dinner Party Download: Pharrell
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”.
Lent at Ephesus by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
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Morning Edition: Monastic Life at the Top of the Charts
Here & Now: Singing Nuns Top the Charts
We’re going to hear now the voices of the group of cloistered nuns whose music has risen to the top of the classical music charts. The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles reside in the Missouri countryside. In 2012, they were discovered almost by chance just as they were praying for help in paying off the mortgage on their priory, Our Lady of Ephesus. Their first album and then a second hit number one on Billboard’s traditional classical charts. They’re now out with a new album that celebrates the season of Lent.
Morning Phase by Beck
Morning Edition: Beck’s Long Balancing Act
All Things Considered: Beck Discusses “Morning Phase”
First Listen: Morning Phase by Beck
The Take Two: New Music Tuesday with Beck & Silversun Pickups
The Current: Album Review - Morning Phase by Beck
Morning Phase is true to its title: the beginning of yet another amazing chapter in Beck’s peerless career and catalogue. Featuring musicians who have backed him on many of his most acclaimed albums, as well as the current live shows widely hailed as the best of his career (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner), Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of Beck’s most classic ballads, all the while surging forward with undeniable optimism.
Inventions & Sinfonias by Simone Dinnerstein
The Diane Rehm Show: Simone Dinnerstein
VPR: Simone Dinnerstein in Studio
Simone Dinnerstein began studying the piano later in life than most concert pianists. She dropped out of Julliard for a while. And she struggled for recognition. Then she scraped together the funds to record Bach’s Goldberg Variations - and her career took off. The album ranked number one on the U.S. Billboard Classical Music chart its first week out. Three subsequent solo albums also topped the charts. Now she’s taking classical music to public schools with a new endeavor she calls “Bachpacking.” Simone Dinnerstein speaks with Diane about her new album and why she’s passionate about sharing her love of Bach.
Bad Self Portrait by Lake Street Dive
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A Prairie Home Companion: Lake Street Dive
Fresh Air: 'Portraits' of Heartache
World Cafe: Lake Street Dive
OPB: Sessions with Lake Street Dive
WXPN: Bad Self Portraits
Lake Street Dive, now based in Brooklyn, formed when Rachael Price (vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Mike Calabrese(drums), and Bridget Kearney (bass) were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The band name is a nod to Lake Street in Minneapolis, Olson’s hometown. Describing their music as “a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie pop,” the group has recorded six albums, including their most recent Bad Self Portraits.
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All Things Considered: 'Philomena' and the Power of a Quiet Film Score
Accompanying the films remarkable story of Philomenas extraordinary search for her long lost son, is composer Alexandre Desplats emotionally riveting score which evokes the compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places. Desplats wide usage of instruments gives the film its emotional resonance with both enchantment and a beautifully touching heart.Alexandre Desplats score runs a wide spectrum of poignant and dramatic tones, perfectly complimenting the films touching story of a quest filled with laughter and joy that is often underpinned by sadness. The original motion score for Philomena marks the latest collaboration between Desplat and director Stephen Frears, with Desplat having previously created the score for Frears 2006 Academy-nominated film The Queen.
A Prairie Home Companion Anniversary Album: The First 5 Years
A Prairie Home Companion: The Finn Who Would Not Take A Sauna
Last week, we kicked off our 40 Anniversary Spotlight series by featuring the most recent release from the show, Lake Wobegon Family Reunion. When analyzing classic recordings to spotlight in honor of the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the radio show, I decided that our second featured CD should be the very first release.
I still have my brown LP of this recording! (Which I found several years after the first show in a used record store.) The LP has become a treasure that I revisit often.
This recording captures the essence of the early years of the show, which were more folky with a heavy bluegrass influence. The CD opens with “Hello Love,” the original theme song which was written by Hank Snow. Classic songs such as “Turn the Radio On” and “I’ll Keep On Loving You” are included with words from our early sponsors such as Jack’s Auto Body, Fearmonger’s, and of coarse, the ever tasty Powdermilk Biscuits.
Fan favorites, such as the hilarious spoof “The Cat Came Back,” and Garrison Keillor’s epic love poem “The Finn Who Would Not Take A Sauna” round out this collection. All in all, the collection features over 90 minutes of highlights from the first five seasons of A Prairie Home Companion. For our classic audio sample, I present “The Finn Who Would Not Take A Sauna” which was written by Garrison Keillor (also known as the poet laureate of Lake Wobegon, Margaret Haskins Durber).
Opry Legends: Gospel Favorites
PBS: There Will Be Peace in the Valley by Connie Smith
Opry Live: Softly & Tenderly by Ray Price
Classic hymns and old-time favorites performed by the legends of the Grand Ole Opry. These are the songs you’ve loved for years from some of your all-time favorite artists, now available as a complete set.
Foreverly by Billie Jo Armstrong and Norah Jones
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Morning Edition: ‘Foreverly’ Yours
The Current: Album Review - Foreverly
Review by David Safar, host of The Current
Sound Opinion: Foreverly Review
WXPN: Billie Jo + Norah - Foreverly
The unlikely pairing of Green Day’s front man Billie Joe Armstrong and singer songwriter Norah Jones resulted in a tribute to the timeless voices of the duo who shaped the sound of country and rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by the Everly Brothers’ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, Billie Joe and Norah recreate the album’s original 12 songs.
On Foreverly, the duo captured the signature melodies, harmonies and rhythms from the early work of the Everly Brothers. Compare the Everly Brothers’ “Long Time Gone” with Billie Joe and Norah’s version of the song. They capture that perfect blend of the early sounds of country mixed with rockabilly. The timing and nuances of the duet performance mimic the essence of the Everly Brothers’ chemistry.