Robin Hilton http://weku.fm en Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America http://weku.fm/post/okkervil-river-coming-age-small-town-america I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:39:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 49234 at http://weku.fm Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music? http://weku.fm/post/question-week-what-are-best-apps-making-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqpuCRF-uoc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLLjRH6GJec</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puOKqgGkWvU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqpuCRF-uoc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLLjRH6GJec</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puOKqgGkWvU</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 48528 at http://weku.fm Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music? James Vincent McMorrow: Tiny Desk Concert http://weku.fm/post/james-vincent-mcmorrow-tiny-desk-concert Irish singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/139785386/james-vincent-mcmorrow">James Vincent McMorrow</a> has one of the most arresting voices of any young singer you're likely to hear this year: He's got the heartbreaking falsetto of a Justin Vernon (<a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver">Bon Iver</a>) and the raspy soul of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15334093/ray-lamontagne">Ray LaMontagne</a>, in a way that sounds both fragile and grand. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 11798 at http://weku.fm James Vincent McMorrow: Tiny Desk Concert Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Of The Year (So Far) http://weku.fm/post/poll-results-listeners-pick-best-year-so-far Thousands of votes poured in from NPR Music listeners in our poll for the best music of the year (so far). In the end, The Decemberists' album <em>The King Is Dead</em> was the clear winner, followed by Fleet Foxes' <em>Helplessness Blues</em>, Adele's <em>21</em> and Bon Iver's <em>Bon Iver.</em> Radiohead's <em>The King of Limbs</em> rounded out the Top 5.<p>One thing was clear in the results: It's been a strong year for veteran bands. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:33:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 7104 at http://weku.fm Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Of The Year (So Far) Vote For The Year's Best Music (So Far) http://weku.fm/post/vote-years-best-music-so-far You blinked, and somehow, the whole first half of 2011 is nearly behind us. Before we get too deep into the summer months and descend rapidly into the final stretch of the year, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on some of the great music we've heard so far. Tell us your picks for the best albums from the first half of 2011 by picking up to 10 in the poll below. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:41:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 6433 at http://weku.fm Vote For The Year's Best Music (So Far) We're Going To Sasquatch! Hear Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie And More, Live On NPR Music http://weku.fm/post/were-going-sasquatch-hear-wilco-death-cab-cutie-and-more-live-npr-music What's Sasquatch? It's a big, beautiful music festival held in Washington state on Memorial Day weekend, with a whole bunch of our favorite bands, such as <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15164119/wilco">Wilco</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15163859/death-cab-for-cutie">Death Cab For Cutie</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100863291/the-antlers">The Antlers</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189641/bright-eyes">Bright Eyes</a> and many, many more. Mon, 23 May 2011 18:52:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 4502 at http://weku.fm We're Going To Sasquatch! Hear Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie And More, Live On NPR Music Cibo Matto Reunite For Tour, New Album http://weku.fm/post/cibo-matto-reunite-tour-new-album Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda, the duo behind the quirky, hip-hop and pop group Cibo Matto, announced today that they're getting back together for a new album and tour. The first leg of the tour, which they're calling "Yeah Basically Cibo Matto," launches June 21 in Seattle, Wash., with later dates on the east coast in July. Hatori and Honda also say they're working on a batch of new songs for an as yet untitled album, due out early next year. Tue, 17 May 2011 16:44:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 3957 at http://weku.fm Cibo Matto Reunite For Tour, New Album The Five Best Live Shows Ever http://weku.fm/post/five-best-live-shows-ever Tonight, starting at approximately 9:45 p.m. ET, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/05/10/136144278/live-tuesday-fleet-foxes-in-concert">we'll webcast a full concert by Fleet Foxes</a> from Stubb's Barbecue in Austin, Texas. We'll have live video, so you can <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/05/10/136144278/live-tuesday-fleet-foxes-in-concert">watch the whole thing</a>. It should be a memorable performance.<p>While prepping for tonight's webcast, I got to thinking about the five best live shows I've ever seen. I'm not a particularly voracious concert-goer. Tue, 10 May 2011 22:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 3389 at http://weku.fm First Listen: Austra, 'Feel It Break' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-austra-feel-it-break Growing up in Toronto in the 1990s, Katie Stelmanis knew she'd one day be an opera singer. She studied piano and violin and, as a child, sang with the Canadian Opera Company. Later, after years of private lessons, she was set to study opera in college. Mon, 09 May 2011 03:30:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 3182 at http://weku.fm First Listen: Austra, 'Feel It Break' First Listen: The Antlers, 'Burst Apart' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-antlers-burst-apart Pity the band with a swarm of anxious fans clamoring for a new album — especially when the last one was a career-making breakout like <em>Hospice</em>, the 2009 release that took <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100863291/the-antlers">The Antlers</a> from near-total obscurity to vast critical acclaim, sold-out shows and a worldwide tour.<p>What do you do when your first major release is a defining moment? Mon, 25 Apr 2011 02:31:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 2142 at http://weku.fm First Listen: The Antlers, 'Burst Apart' The Thrilling, Manic And Utterly Addictive John Maus http://weku.fm/post/thrilling-manic-and-utterly-addictive-john-maus Watching John Maus talk about his music in an interview (see the one from The Drone at the end of this post), it's not surprising to learn that the synth-pop deconstructionist is also a political philosophy and theory instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He's also working towards a Ph.D. in Political Science. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 12:15:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 2085 at http://weku.fm The Thrilling, Manic And Utterly Addictive John Maus First Listen: Son Lux, 'We Are Rising' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-son-lux-we-are-rising I first heard the music of Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott) when he released his breathtaking debut, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98206712"><em>At War With Walls and Mazes</em></a>, in 2008. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 02:28:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 1291 at http://weku.fm First Listen: Son Lux, 'We Are Rising'