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4:19 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Breaking A Song Apart, Note By Note

A young Phil Elverum, circa late '90s.
Pat Castalado WikiCommons

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:49 pm

The Song Exploder podcast tells the story of songs by breaking them into their pieces and letting you hear how they were built.

Homepage photo: Pat Castalado/WikiCommons

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Microphone Check
3:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Joell Ortiz: 'I Refuse To Compromise Me'

Joell Ortiz at a DJ Booth cypher in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in September.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:09 pm

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Music News
5:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

The Beatles' "Hey Jude" concludes with one of pop music's most epic fade-outs.
Vimeo

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:03 pm

Like the proverbial old soldier, some songs never die — they just fade away. Think of "Hey Jude," in which The Beatles hammer the closing refrain for more than three minutes before drifting into silence.

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A Blog Supreme
2:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Steve Coleman practices in his backyard in Allentown, Penn.
Jeff Fusco Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, has been named one of 21 new recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the "genius grant." The award is worth a unrestricted stipend of $625,000 over five years, as dispensed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Music Articles
2:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

John Darnielle's first novel, Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, was about a teenage boy in a psychiatric institution who is obsessed with heavy metal.
Lalitree Darnielle Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:03 pm

When The Mountain Goats' founder John Darnielle was a teenager, he went through a self-destructive phase.

"Your intelligence doesn't override your desire to destroy yourself," Darnielle tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I really, really did not want to be in my own skin. I really wanted to get high and stay high."

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All Songs Considered
10:19 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Viking's Choice: Beach Slang, 'Dirty Cigarettes'

Beach Slang.
Jessica Flynn Courtesy of the artist

If you've read anything about Beach Slang, one comparison keeps coming up: Goo Goo Dolls. Before visions of Nicolas Cage montaging Nicolas Cage-y feelings to the tune of "Iris" flood your brain, stick with us as you hit play on "Dirty Cigarettes" from Beach Slang's second EP of 2014, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street.

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KOSU Music
5:50 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

KOSU Music: Broncho, U2 & Mapei

Broncho
dinealonerecords.com

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 the new album from hometown heroes Broncho, the delivery method for the new U2 album, and the debut album by pop singer Mapei.


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All Songs Considered
2:51 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Mix: Radiohead's Philip Selway, Daniel Lanois, Bedhead, More

Clockwise from upper left: Daniel Lanois, Cold Specks, Phillip Selway, Niagara, Mr. Gnome
Courtesy of the artists

On this week's All Songs Considered, Robin Hilton kicks off the show by meditating on the perils of old age, and insisting that he still wants to be Daniel Lanois when he grows up. Cue "Opera," a powerful cut from Lanois' upcoming solo album, Flesh and Machine, and an unparalleled headphone listening experience.

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All Songs Considered
1:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gotta Know Mexico: A Mexican Music Puzzler

Couples dance in Vera Cruz, Mexico with government buildings decorated for Independence Day celebrations.
Mockford & Bonetti Getty Iimages

Today is Mexican Independence Day. On Sept. 16, 1810, the Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores") was delivered in the town of Dolores near the city of Guanajuato, marking the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence that ended Spanish rule.

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Music Articles
3:38 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Nick Cave: 'The Creative Process Is An Altered State In Itself'

"I've had to change," Nick Cave says. "Change is important and change is the energy that runs through all of our records."
Courtesy of Drafthouse Films

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:58 am

When you've been in the music business as long as Nick Cave, inevitably someone will want to make a documentary about you. From grainy footage of his early '80s band The Birthday Party to a mid-'90s pop duet with Kylie Minogue that made him an unlikely MTV star, he's a tempting subject.

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