World Cafe
12:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Milky Chance On World Cafe

Milky Chance.
David Ulrich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:09 am

Musicians and bandmates Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who record together under the name Milky Chance, tell World Cafe host David Dye that it took them six years to put together their viral hit "Stolen Dance." Soon after, however, the two put out their first full-length album, Sadnecessary, which saw them exploring folk, R&B and reggae, all buoyed by a catchy electronic foundation.

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All Songs Considered
10:05 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Houndmouth, 'For No One'

Tyler Zoller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:20 am

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

First Listen: Thompson, 'Family'

Thompson is, among others, folk musicians Richard and Linda Thompson and their son Teddy. Thompson's new album, Family, comes out Nov. 18.
Linda Thompson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:36 am

It's rare that a record lays out a mission statement as efficiently as the new supergroup Thompson does in the first 60 seconds of "Family." Here's Teddy Thompson, singing about the perils of being surrounded by his particular relatives:

My father is one of the greats to ever step on a stage

My mother has the most beautiful voice in the world

And I am betwixt and between

Sean Lennon, you know what I mean

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Author Interviews
4:22 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than three decades.
Courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:44 am

Robert Lee Watt fell in love with the French horn at an early age. He met a lot of resistance from people who thought his background and his race made a career with the instrument unlikely — but he went on to become the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States.

He became the assistant first French horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, and stayed with the orchestra for 37 years. His memoir, The Black Horn, tells how he got there.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:52 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich's once brilliant career took a dive after the official party paper criticized one of his operas in 1936. Shostakovich responded with his powerful Fifth Symphony.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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Music Interviews
3:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

To Catch Up With Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett Assembles A Dream Team

To create Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, T Bone Burnett (third from left) assembled the talents of Elvis Costello, Jim James, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 5:21 pm

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Mountain Stage
11:42 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Pert Near Sandstone On Mountain Stage

Pert Near Sandstone.
Mountain Stage

Pert Near Sandstone appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Hailing from the Twin Cities region, the group puts a Midwestern stamp on Appalachian string-band music, old-time and bluegrass. It's played throughout the Midwest and beyond, sharing the stage with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury and Yonder Mountain String Band.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:34 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Pete Jolly On Piano Jazz

Pete Jolly on the cover of Herb Alpert Presents.
Courtesy of the artist

A vital force on the West Coast jazz scene, Pete Jolly was a pianist and accordionist known for his movie soundtracks and television themes, including Get Smart, Dallas and M*A*S*H.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1986, Jolly showcases his swinging piano style with a solo in "You, The Night And The Music"; then, host Marian McPartland joins in for a performance of "Barbados." McPartland solos in "Close Enough For Love," and the two performers create a rousing finale as they play a two-person version of "Oleo."

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Mountain Stage
3:56 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Bill Miller On Mountain Stage

Bill Miller.
Mountain Stage

Bill Miller performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the north shore of Lake Superior in Cook County, Minn. A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Miller has long been one of the most admired figures in Native American music and beyond.

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All Songs Considered
1:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Viking's Choice: Kid Millions & Jim Sauter, 'Game Jump'

Jim Sauter (left) and Kid Millions, blowin' your ears out.
Lisa Corson Courtesy of the artist

In the noise-improv trio Borbetomagus, Jim Sauter hooks bells with Don Dietrich to obliterate any notion you have of the saxophone (sorry, birthday boy Adolphe Sax). In Oneida and Man Forever, Kid Millions is a psychedelic shaman of the drums. In "Game Jump," Sauter issues a brief warning that sounds something like a zombie-infested cruise ship bellowing its final notes before it plummets into a blood-freezing ocean. Then it's on.

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