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All Songs Considered
11:16 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Viking's Choice: Myrkur, 'Skøgen Skulle Dø'

Myrkur.
Rasmus Malmstrøm Courtesy of the artist

Myrkur's Amalie Bruun makes black metal that is at once savage and sylvan, capable of harrowing violence one moment and beauty the next. Last year's self-titled EP was full of unharnessed promise, but with members of Mayhem and producer Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg (whose mid-'90s work with Ulver no doubt informs Myrkur), the forthcoming M gives body to the Nordic folk song, choral arrangements and shoegaze that haunt Bruun's music.

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Music Lists
5:12 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs

On her album Dallëndyshe, Albanian singer Elina Duni takes up folk songs once used as propaganda by the Communist regime in her home country and reimagines them as modern-day jazz.
Nicolas Masson Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
7:44 am
Sun July 19, 2015

The Orchestral-Rock-Folk-Synth-Jazz Sound Of L'anarchiste

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It begins with that cord - again and again. Then it builds.

(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

MARTIN: Layer after layer, a baseline emerges and ultimately, lyrics.

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Music News
5:16 am
Sun July 19, 2015

After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

On the new album Into The Deep, the seasoned instrumentalists of Galactic team up with a host of singers including Macy Gray and Mavis Staples.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

For 20 years, the New Orleans band Galactic has made people dance at clubs, festivals, house parties — you name it. "A first-rate funk band" is how The New York Times describes it.

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Music Interviews
5:10 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Leaving Los Angeles: Rickie Lee Jones Turns A Decade Into An Album

The new album The Other Side of Desire marks Jones' first original material in years, spurred on by a life-changing move to New Orleans.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:51 pm

If you turned on a radio in 1979, there was very good chance you'd hear the music of Rickie Lee Jones. At only 24, she leapt onto the world stage with her big single "Chuck E.'s in Love." Rolling Stone called her "the dutchess of coolsville."

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Sat July 18, 2015

The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

While your kids are still impressionable, you can make them listen to anything.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shipment of cat sedatives that have us pondering just how often we order shipments of cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on sedating children (not cats) via music.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Amateur Musicians Go Pro With The Baltimore Symphony

Tanesha Mitchell, one of 80 amateur musicians who participated in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Academy Week, describes the experience as life-changing.
Richard Anderson Photography

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 11:50 am

What would it sound like if you put a bunch of amateur musicians onstage with a professional orchestra and told them to play? Probably a bit like a rehearsal at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore last month.

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Music Interviews
7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

'Songs Of Salvation': Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's Music

From left, Guy Carawan, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Len Chandler perform Civil Rights songs at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Diana Davies Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

There was a voice during the civil rights movement of the 1960s that soothed and inspired those who marched on Southern streets and tried to sit at segregated lunch counters.

Fannie Lou Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper's daughter who grew up to become an activist and a musician. She registered black voters, stood up to bigotry, and was beaten by the police for her heroism. In 1983, Worth Long of the Smithsonian Institution put together a cassette recording of Hamer's music and recollections. That collection has just been reissued.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:39 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

The Rifleman Who Fiddled For Truman, Churchill And Stalin

Photo from The Rifleman's Violin, directed by Sam Ball, Copyright Citizen Film 2015.
Citizen Film

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:39 pm

Seventy years ago, shortly after defeating Nazi Germany, three victorious leaders met in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. President Harry Truman was there with British and Soviet leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Stuart Canin was also there — he was a 19-year-old GI from New York City who played the violin.

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All Songs Considered
12:12 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

All Songs +1: What's The First Song A Newborn Should Hear?

Mozart is great for babies, but what about Miles Davis? [Note: This child does not belong to Robin Hilton.]
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