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Heart Murmurs by Jeremy Messersmith
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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
014 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’.
Only Me by Rhonda Vincent
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Exclusive Preview: Only Me
A Prairie Home Companion: It’s Never Too Late
Mountain Stage: Rhonda Vincent On Mountain Stage
A Prairie Home Companion: Rhonda Vincent Profile
Five-time Grammy nominee Rhonda Vincent, the New Queen of Bluegrass as deemed by the Wall Street Journal, is clearing the lane for this 2-Disc combination release that includes six-songs each of Bluegrass and Country. The project, appropriately titled Only Me, serves as a reminder why Rhonda Vincent & The Rage is the most awarded band in bluegrass music.
Sticking with her musical roots, Rhonda is joined by Daryle Singletary on We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds, while Willie Nelson adds vocals and a guitar solo to the title track.
The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World by Trevor Cox
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All Things Considered: Sounds Intriguing: The World’s Most Interesting Noises
Fresh Air: One Man’s Quest to Find the ‘Sonic Wonders of the World’
A professor of acoustic engineering provides a tour of the world’s most amazing sound phenomena, including creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, humming dunes, seals that sound like alien angels and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a bird.
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.
The News from Lake Wobegon
A Prairie Home Companion: Guys on Ice
The original collection of Lake Wobegon stories still resonates as the best in most fans eyes (or ears). This collection is a must-have for fans of A Prairie Home Companion. The stories represent the best monologues from the early eighties (remember that Garrison did not deliver a full monologue but an update until then). This collection features 4 CDs which are themed or grouped by the season of the year. Each contains several classic stories such as the raucous story about siblings who get in a fight with rotten tomatoes in “Tomato Butt,” how the town struggles to gather everyone together on the 4th of July to create a “Living Flag,” to the wild duck hunting story featuring the “Giant Decoys” which never work, which lead to the citizens of Lake Wobegon gathering in the parking lot in “The Christmas Story Re-told,” to the classic audio bit of the day featuring a humorous take on something we in Minnesota know all to well – ice fishing in “Guys on Ice” which you can listen to below. All in all, over 4 hours of stories which will have you laughing so hard you may just drive off the road (or in some cases, put you to sleep – as creating a storytime at bedtime for children is another popular use for the CDs). Either way, enjoy and be safe!
Classical Music Grammy Award Winners
Deceptive Cadence: New Music Shines at Classical Music Grammy Awards
Public Radio Market salutes the Grammy Award winners for Classical Music. Here are the winners. Congratulations!
Sibelius: Symphonies No. 1 & 4 by The Minnesota Orchestra (Best Orchestral Performance) Buy CD | iTunes
The Tempest by Ades (Best Opera Recording) Buy DVD | iTunes
Roomful of Teeth (Best Chamber Music Performance) Buy CD | iTunes
Hindemith (Best Classical Compendium) Buy CD | iTunes
Part: Adam’s Lament (Best Choral Performance) Buy CD | iTunes
Corigliano: Conjurer (Best Instrumental Solo) Buy CD | iTunes
Winter Morning Walks (Winner 3 Grammy Awards incl Best Classical Vocal Solo) Buy CD | iTunes
My Funny Valentine Buy CD | MP3 | iTunes
Four & More Buy CD | MP3 | iTunes
Weekend Edition: How a Stressful Night for Miles Davis Inspired Two Classic Albums
The Current: Miles Davis
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1964, Miles Davis led a band through one of the most exciting gigs to ever take place at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. The show was a cultural event: a benefit for voter registration in Louisiana and Mississippi at the high point of the the civil rights movement, and an unofficial homage to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated a few months before. And the recording of the evening would turn into not one, but two live albums: the ballad-basedMy Funny Valentine and the more frenetic Four & More.
Journalist and critic Colin Fleming considers this show one of three or four greatest concerts ever given. The irony, he says, is that the experience was miserable for the musicians, who’d had an argument just before showtime.
"Miles Davis is 37 at this point; his drummer, virtuoso drummer Tony Williams, is 18; Herbie Hancock, the pianist, is 23,” Fleming tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “Davis says, ‘We’re doing this for free.’ And he’s rich — drives, like, a Ferrari. Everyone else is like, ‘No, we’re not doing it for free.’ They have a big row, they go on, and basically they play this kind of speed-metal, punk, thrash-jazz, with Davis acting almost as conductor.
"They knew the setting and the moment was unique; they thought they were absolutely rubbish, though. It wasn’t until they heard the tapes later that it was like, ‘Oh, my. Wow. We absolutely nailed it.’"
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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.
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.
The Speed of Things by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
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KCRW Presents: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. present their sophomore album, The Speed Of Things, via Warner Bros. Records. The follow-up to 2011 s It’s A Corporate World was self-produced and largely inspired by today’s current internet-obsessed world. The new LP features 13 songs, including two we’re already familiar with -“If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” and “Hiding”- thanks to the band’s Patterns EP released in early 2013.
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NPR: Movie Review - ‘Muscle’ Packs a Whole Lotta Soul
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
Wings Over America [Deluxe Edition] by Paul McCartney & Wings
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2014 Grammy Winner: Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Wings Over America is the monumental live album by Paul McCartney and Wings, originally released in December of 1976. Recorded throughout the band s Wings Over America U.S. tour dates earlier that Spring, the album reached #1 in the US in early 1977. Containing almost two full hours of music, Wings Over America offers a stunning rendition of Maybe I m Amazed, plus Wings classics such as Live and Let Die, My Love, & Let Em In. McCartney also included some Beatles classics into the set list, including Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road and more for the first time since the Beatles had broken up six years earlier.
The original 28-track album on 2 discs, remastered at Abbey Road Studios.
8 previously unreleased bonus audio tracks recorded live at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
Bonus DVD featuring the 75 minute TV special Wings Over The World and a brand new short film charting the tour route in photographs.
All set within a numbered hardbound slipcase containing:
-112-page book written by David Fricke, featuring new interviews and extensive tour photography
-Exclusive 60-page photographic journal of Linda s images chronicling life on the road
-136-page replica tour book with itineraries, tour program, memorabilia, and lyrics plus 3 (10 x8 ) prints
-80-page book of drawings by artist Humphrey Ocean
24bit 96kHz high resolution audio versions of all 36 songs on the remastered album & bonus audio tracks, accessed via a download code inserted on a card within the deluxe edition package
Paul McCartney: Live Kisses
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World Cafe: Paul McCartney On World Cafe
All Things Considered: What Makes Paul McCartney Nervous?
2014 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album and Best Music Film
Live Kisses captures Paul McCartney performing the songs from his acclaimed Kisses On The Bottom album live from the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Paul is joined by a virtuoso group of musicians led by Diana Krall on the piano in these sparkling renditions of classic songs from the American songbook and the wonderful new song My Valentine. In between the songs there are interview clips with Paul, Diana Krall and many of those involved in the recording of the Kisses On The Bottom album. This is an intimate and charming performance which adds yet another facet to Paul McCartney’s already broad canvas of talents.
because the internet by Childish Gambino
Morning Edition: Childish Gambino Is Trying To Be A Grown-Up
NPR First Listen: Childish Gambino, ‘Camp’
2013 sophomore full-length album from writer, actor, standup comedian and rapper Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino. The recording process for the album began in 2012 and continued until October 2013. Because the Internet features guest appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks, with production handled by Gambino himself, Christian Rich, Thundercat and Ludwig Goransson among others.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
Weekend Edition: Laura Jane Grace, Transgender Punk, On Life In Transition
NPR First Listen: Against Me!, ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’
NPR’s The Record: Punk Musician Tom Gabel Comes Out As Transgender
Against Me! will release it’s much-anticipated sixth full-length studio album titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues on Tuesday, January 21st on their own label, Total Treble. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is the intense follow-up to the band’s previous full-length album, White Crosses, and stands as another major benchmark for the band and its career spanning 10+ years.
Recorded at Studio 606, Earth Sound Studio, Motor Studio, Total Treble Studio and mixed by Billy Bush (Garbage, Muse, Tegan And Sara), Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an insightful and highly-provocative 10-song offering written by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, whose material examines one’s grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptace.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues will be a supported with a full North American tour in 2014 with Inge Johansson formerly of the International Noise Conspiracy joining the band to play bass on the road. Details to be released soon.