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…And Star Power by Foxygen
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NPR First Listen: Foxygen, ‘…And Star Power’
KEXP Presents: Foxygen
World Cafe: Foxygen On World Cafe
Soundcheck: Check Ahead: Foxygen, ‘…And Star Power’
Foxygen have joined Star Power.
It is a punk band, and you can be in it, too.
Star Power is the radio station that you can hear only if you believe.
We’re all stars of the scene.
Foxygen…And Star Power is the 2014 double album from Foxygen, a CINEMATIC AUDITORY ADVENTURE for the speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees, and misfits…Made by Foxygen at Dream Star Studios in their Secret Haunted House with the UFOs flying around in the sky.
A gaggle of guest stars. Roman-numeraled musical suites. Vocals recorded on a shoddy tape machine at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Chateau Marmont. A svelte 82-minute run time of psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, songs that morph into each other, weaving in and out of the head like UFO radio transmission skullkrush music. ADHD star power underground revolution. Soft-rock indulgences, D&D doomrock and paranoid bathroom rompers. Process is the point. A kaleidoscoping view. Blasphemy even the gods smile one. Rock and roll for the skull…*
*From Patty Smith’s 1973 CREEM review of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star. The section concludes “Todd Rundgren is preparing us for a generation of frenzied children who will dream in animation.”
Hungry Ghosts by Ok Go
The Frame: OK Go hopes ‘Hungry Ghosts’ captures the feel of their middle school mixtapes
All Songs Considered: The Making Of OK Go’s ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ Video
Tiny Desk Concerts: OK Go: A Tiny Desk Concert In 223 Takes
Hungry Ghosts is the upcoming fourth studio album by American alternative rock band OK Go. It was produced by Dave Fridmann, with the exception of “The Writing’s on the Wall,” the album’s lead single, which was produced by Tony Hoffer and peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and number ten on the Hot Rock Songs charts. The record will be more electronic and modern than their three previous studio albums.
Songs of Innocence by U2
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NPR: The Dream Of Ridiculous Men
World Cafe: Bono On World Cafe
Songs of Innocence is the thirteenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. Released on 9 September 2014, it was produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production from Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. The album was announced at an Apple Inc. product launch event and released the same day to all iTunes Store customers at no cost. It will be exclusive to iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music until 13 October 2014, when it will receive a physical release by Island Records. The digital release made the record available to over 500 million iTunes customers, for what Apple CEO Tim Cook marketed as “the largest album release of all time”.
Songs of Innocence was U2’s first album since No Line on the Horizon (2009), marking the longest gap between studio albums of their career. After the latter’s relatively lukewarm commercial performance, lead singer Bono expressed uncertainty over how the band could remain musically relevant. During the album’s five-and-a-half-year gestation period, they reportedly worked on three separate projects with multiple producers, including an aborted companion to their previous record called Songs of Ascent. However, they struggled to complete an album to their satisfaction and continually delayed a release. After working with Danger Mouse for two years, the group collaborated with Flood, Epworth, and Tedder to complete the record. Thematically, it revisits the group members’ youth in Ireland, paying tribute to musical inspirations Ramones and the Clash, while touching on childhood experiences, loves and regrets. Bono described it as “the most personal album we’ve written”.
The album’s lead single, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”, is featured in an Apple television advert as part of a promotional campaign for the band on which the company is reportedly spending $100 million. According to Apple, approximately 81 million users listened to the album in its first month of release, 26 million of whom downloaded the entire record. Songs of Innocence received positive reviews, although some critics and consumers were critical of the digital release strategy, which involved adding the album to iCloud for iTunes users’ to ignore, stream or download.
Rose Ave by You + Me
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Weekend Edition: A Pop Star and and Indie Folk Singer Intersect at ‘Rose Ave’
Pink is known for her hard - fill in the blank now - attitude, powerful voice and infectious songs. But she takes a much gentler approach on her newest collaboration. For Rose Ave, Pink is joined by indie Folk singer Dallas Green and the results are amazing.
American Middle Class by Angelina Presley
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Weekend Edition: Angaleena Presley and the Country Songs as Documentary
First Listen: American Middle Class
Angaleena Presley may not have a name with household recognition but you will sure know the voice as one of the 3 members of The Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert.
Here, Angaleena breaks out on her own and spreads her wings, on some down home country tunes dedicated to the struggles facing middle America.
Marigolden by Field Report
Soundcheck: Field Report: Elegant And Minimal Folk Songs
The Current: Field Report perform in The Current studio
The Current: The Current’s Guitar Collection: Field Report
All Songs Considered: First Watch: Field Report, ‘I Am Not Waiting Anymore’
World Cafe: Field Report On World Cafe
Jefferson Public Radio: Field Report Live Session
Morning Edition: Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing
Three years after Chris Porterfield and co found themselves being championed by NPR and Rolling Stone and performing with Counting Crows and Emmylou Harris off the back of their stunning debut, Field Report has returned with a sophomore record that is a transcendent masterpiece. The music is instantly inspiring sonically and lyrically rewarding under scrutiny. In short, Porterfield has established himself as one of the finest living songwriters on Marigolden . Recently, fellow songsmiths ranging from Mark Eitzel to Aimee Mann have come forth to praise his talents.
24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault by Stevie Nicks
MPR News: Photos: Fleetwood Mac puts on emotional show
WXPN’s The Key: Listen to a “new” unreleased Stevie Nicks song, “The Dealer”
NPR: Stevie Nicks: ‘When We Walk Into The Room, We Have To Float In Like Goddesses’
Stevie Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault is the 2014 studio album of 14 never-before-released songs.
"Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul… They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box; These songs are for you." Stevie Nicks
Everything Will Be Alright In The End by Weezer
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Los Angeles, CA s Weezer will release their highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on October 7th, 2014 on Republic Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band s first and third records ( The Blue Album and The Green Album ), Everything Will Be Alright In The End is the band s first collection of new material in four years.
Since forming in 1992, Weezer has released a myriad of celebrated, chart-topping albums, selling over 13 million records worldwide. Following an intensely prolific couple years at the end of the aughts, the band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He started almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with the man who helped them make some of their most iconic album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is a stand-out gem in Weezer s vast and varied catalogue, a reflection of a much-loved band at their very best. Organized thematically around three groups of songs, it is an album that utilizes that sound from the band s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014, creating some of the finest, most heartfelt songs Weezer has ever recorded.
Wonders (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD) by The Piano Guys
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Colorado Public Radio: Watch: The Piano Guys tackle Batman’s theme music over the years
Classical Notes: Cello Wars!
The Piano Guys, the remarkable classical/pop crossover music stylists, release their new album, Wonders, featuring popular hits like you’ve never heard them before. Their first three albums, “The Piano Guys,” “The Piano Guys” and “A Family Christmas” have sold over 575,000 physical and digital albums in the U.S. Their albums have been #1 on multiple Billboard Charts for over 115 weeks while garnering rave reviews and leading to performances on major television programs including “The Today Show,” “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Katie,” “CBS This Morning,” “Huckabee” and “Fox and Friends.” They are a YouTube phenomenon from their self-made innovative videos in stunning locations that have amassed three million YouTube subscribers and more than 500 million views.
TPG’s new album, “Wonders,” features successful single releases from the past year such as “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen,” “Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends,” “Don’t You Worry Child,” and “Story of my Life” available for the first time on CD. The album also includes new songs in their signature style from such artists as Dave Matthews, Phillip Phillips and One Direction, a fun take on various Batman themes throughout the years, “Batman Evolution,” plus original compositions from the band. “Wonders” is available as a Deluxe CD + DVD set that includes a bonus DVD of six of their hit music videos. The Piano Guys have become a touring phenomenon selling out shows across the country and will be touring throughout the U.S. extensively.
Too Bright by Perfume Genius
The Dinner Party Download: Perfume Genius’ Party Rituals
The Dinner Party Download: Perfume Genius – “Broken Pencil”
Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.
Souled Out by Jhené Aiko
Morning Edition: 'People Don't Expect You To Write Your Own Music': Jhené Aiko On 'Souled Out'
On her first EP, on rap mixtapes and in hit singles, R&B singer Jhené Aiko has cooed alongside a who’s-who of hip-hop: Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Wale. Her song with Drake, “From Time,” topped the charts this past year.
But Aiko isn’t content to be your favorite rapper’s favorite hook singer. She just released her debut solo album, Souled Out.
The album captures Aiko’s delicate voice and whip-smart, chill LA vibe, influenced by an early love of West Coast rap records. In fact, Aiko says her first rap, written at age 7 with the help of her mother — Aiko didn’t know how to spell all the words — was influenced by Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. At 12, she got her first record deal.
"I was signed as a solo artist, and I really was just recording whatever they were giving to me — because at the time, I was just a kid and it was all fun to me," Aiko tells NPR’s Audie Cornish. "I wasn’t taking it so serious. I didn’t really see the importance of expressing myself and what I was going through and all the things that I do now."
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn by Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
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All Things Considered: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn On Teaming Up, Finally
NPR First Listen: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, ‘Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn’
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other. The record reveals their astounding chemistry as collaborators, as the two seamlessly stitch together singular banjo sounds (through an assortment of seven banjos spanning the recording) in service to the stories that their songs tell, with no studio gimmickry needed. According to Béla, ‘finding a way to make every song have its own unique stamp, yet the whole project having a big cohesive sound with only two people,’ was at the core of their joint vision. Demonstrating seemingly unlimited rhythmic, tonal and melodic capabilities, Fleck and Washburn confirm the banjo’s versatility as the perfect backdrop to the rich lyrical component that Fleck and Washburn offer, ‘Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the banjo’s being able to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.’ Thanks to this album, the musicians’ palette has never been more vivid or pure.
No One Is Lost by Stars
Soundcheck: Stars: Two Ecstatic Voices, Intertwined Again
NPR First Listen: Stars, ‘No One Is Lost’
Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Stars give the human experience a soundtrack
STARS have confirmed the October 14 release of their new album ‘No One Is Lost’ and the follow-up to 2012’s The North.
'From The Night' revels in the chances you take and the loves you make or break on any given evening. Lead singer/songwriter Torquil Campbell explains, 'I always find it so moving and beautiful to watch people have their nights out. There's something so heartbreaking about it. People have jobs that they have to get up for, jobs they hate, and they live for the weekend; they live for these moments. And they put everything they have into it.'
Standing In The Breach by Jackson Browne
All Things Considered: Like Opening a Book in the Middle: Jackson Browne Returns to an Old Song
Tiny Desk Concerts: Jackson Browne
Standing In The Breach, Jackson’s fourteenth studio album, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.
Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne - Earlier this year, A wonderful tribute album to the music of Jackson Browne was released featuring Ben Harper, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and Bruce Springsteen, among others. It’s a great listen!
Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, Seattle Symphony
All Things Considered: An Inviting Apocalypse: John Luther Adams On ‘Become Ocean’
NPR First Listen: John Luther Adams, ‘Become Ocean’
NPR: Seattle Symphony, New Pulitzer Winner At Carnegie Hall
NPR: Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For ‘Become Ocean’
Awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and described by the New Yorker’s Alex Ross as “…the loveliest apocalypse in musical history,” John Luther Adams’ majestic orchestral work Become Ocean is a thrilling exploration of depth, turbulence, eerie silence and ultimately enveloping calm. Performed by the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, the music casts an expressive arc that’s by turns intimate and expansive - an ebbing and flowing sonic journey that finds the composer testing the very limits of his imagination.