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KOSU Music
5:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

KOSU Music: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Flying Lotus & Yumi Zouma

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's further expermientation with jazz, the fifth studio album from genre-melder Flying Lotus, and dance-pop from New Zealand band Yumi Zouma.

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All Songs Considered
2:43 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

New Mix: Röyksopp, Hozier, Deerhoof, More

Clockwise from upper left: Röyksopp, Hozier, Helado Negro, Deerhoof
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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 4:36 pm

Host Bob Boilen kicks off this week's show with a buzzing song from Toronto-based The Rural Alberta Advantage's new album, Mended With Gold. Inspired by the track's killer percussion, Robin Hilton shares the neurotic, upbeat "Paradise Girls" from Deerhoof's upcoming album La Isla Bonita, out Nov. 3.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

First Listen: 'Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell'

The compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell comes out Oct. 21.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:53 am

Arthur Russell can be a vexing subject for tribute, for all the many reasons he was peculiar and unique. Few other expressive cellists have proven to be especially good with disco, as he was, and the same applies even more the other way around. Add his capacity — from the 1970s until his death in 1992 — for expressive synth-pop, free-flowing folk and even airs of country music, and the makings of a truly inimitable character are born.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

First Listen: Thurston Moore, 'The Best Day'

Thurston Moore's new album, The Best Day, comes out Oct. 21.
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Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:58 am

It's been a busy few years for Thurston Moore, not all of which has to do with his art. The dissolution of Sonic Youth, triggered by Moore's separation from Kim Gordon, sent that band's members in their own separate directions, sparking murmurs of personal unrest — and the occasional blurt of insensitivity — in interviews.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

First Listen: Horse Feathers, 'So It Is With Us'

Horse Feathers' new album, So It Is With Us, comes out Oct. 21.
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Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:58 am

Late in Horse Feathers' fifth album, So It Is With Us, singer-guitarist Justin Ringle unleashes a provocative little five-word phrase — "softly screaming, 'woe is me'" — that's summed up a lot of the band's music over the past decade. Ringle's songs generally set wearily fatalistic lyrics against a gentle backdrop of strings and banjos and other exquisitely appointed Americana.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

First Listen: Neil Diamond, 'Melody Road'

Neil Diamond's new album, Melody Road, comes out Oct. 21.
Micah Diamond Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:54 am

In 1989, the producer Don Was approached Neil Diamond about making a record. "'I called [him] and said, 'Neil, I think you're a rock 'n' roll artist, but you lost your way, and I know how to make it right,' " Was told a reporter in 2013. The two went into the studio but only ended up with one song that has been released. Was had discovered that Diamond was anything but lost.

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Music Interviews
4:55 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Music From Death's Doorstep: A Conversation With Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus's new album is called You're Dead!
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Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 6:52 pm

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Author Interviews
7:51 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Neil Young Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

It may be the biggest rock 'n roll cliche there is - a love of cars and women.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIT THE ROAD")

NEIL YOUNG: (Singing) She looks so beautiful with her top down. Let's jump inside, and take a trip to town.

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Music News
6:08 am
Sun October 12, 2014

The Royal Shakespeare Company Releases Music From Its Archive

The Royal Shakespeare Company is releasing albums of the music commissioned for its productions of many of the plays in this first collected edition of William Shakespeare's works.
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Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 1:14 pm

For more than a century, the Royal Shakespeare Company in England has hired composers to write original music for its productions. That sheet music has sat in a vault for decades — until now.

The company has started releasing albums that combine music from its contemporary productions with much older works.

Bruce O'Neill, head of music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, describes the archive as "a bit like a bank vault."

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Music Interviews
5:08 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Mary Lambert: 'You Change People's Opinions By Opening Your Heart'

Mary Lambert's new album is called Heart On My Sleeve.
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Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 6:33 pm

When Mary Lambert sang the hook for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 2012 hit "Same Love," her career transformed. She quickly went from performing at coffee shops in Seattle — "to six people, including my mom," as she tells it — to performing on Ellen, at the MTV Video Music Awards and the Grammys.

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