NPR: Bob Boilen http://weku.fm en Jenny Lewis Stands Out With 'Voyager' http://weku.fm/post/jenny-lewis-stands-out-voyager <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis+Stands+Out+With+%27Voyager%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 62828 at http://weku.fm Hear A Song From Neil Young's 'Artistically Uncharacteristic' Period http://weku.fm/post/hear-song-neil-youngs-artistically-uncharacteristic-period In 1984, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> was sued by his record company, Geffen Records, for making albums it deemed "artistically uncharacteristic."<p>Fed up, Neil Young gathered a band of amazing Nashville musicians he called The International Harvesters, and hit the road. Recordings from those dates have been uncovered with five unreleased Neil Young tunes. The album is more traditional country than anything he'd done before.<p>"I hadn't heard these takes in 25 years," Young says in a press release. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:25:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 6422 at http://weku.fm Hear A Song From Neil Young's 'Artistically Uncharacteristic' Period Hear Patti Smith And Her 'Words Of Love' For Buddy Holly http://weku.fm/post/hear-patti-smith-and-her-words-love-buddy-holly On June 28, <em>Rave On Buddy Holly, </em>a 19-song tribute to one of America's most enduring and significant recording artists, comes out. (You'll be able to preview the entire album in our <a href="http://www.npr.org/firstlisten">First Listen series</a> starting June 20.) Having spent some time with the record — as well as time with past tributes to Holly — this one has the best and most original takes on his classic songs. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:00:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 6270 at http://weku.fm Hear Patti Smith And Her 'Words Of Love' For Buddy Holly Survey: Your Music And The Cloud http://weku.fm/post/survey-your-music-and-cloud If you've followed tech news in recent months, chances are you've heard about the "cloud," a virtual storage space in the sky for your digital documents and, more recently, your music library. Now, with cloud based computing, you can access your data anywhere with an Internet connection, on your phone, tablet or computer. Amazon and Google have already announced their versions of a music "cloud" service and today Apple entered the field with its own version.<p>So now you'll be able to hear your iTunes library anywhere there's an Internet connection. Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:56:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 5691 at http://weku.fm Survey: Your Music And The Cloud First Listen: BOBBY, 'BOBBY' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-bobby-bobby Quiet but not ambient, the music of BOBBY provides relief from rock and dance records built around insistent, thumping beats. The band's songs often feel like many songs in one, with multiple rhythms playing out simultaneously, and I like the result more and more.<p>Built around Tom Greenberg and a bunch of his friends, BOBBY began as a senior project at Bennington College; a year later, it's a swirly, dreamy pool of songs. BOBBY includes friends mostly from Bennington, who became closer as they began sharing a house in the woods of Montague, Mass. Mon, 06 Jun 2011 02:00:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 5625 at http://weku.fm First Listen: BOBBY, 'BOBBY' 'Minutes' From Sasquatch: Friday And Saturday Videos http://weku.fm/post/minutes-sasquatch-friday-and-saturday-videos For a bit of flavor, here are my 'minutes' from Sasquatch: 60-second video clips of some of the the many, many bands I've seen at the festival so far. I will post new videos as I shoot them, so keep checking back or follow us on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/allsongs" target="_blank">@allsongs</a>.<p>Of course, our main coverage of Sasquatch is <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/136238533/live-from-sasquatch-music-festival?ps=mh_frimg1" target="_blank">here</a> — click through for full concerts, photographs and much more. Enjoy! Sat, 28 May 2011 23:10:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 4947 at http://weku.fm 'Minutes' From Sasquatch: Friday And Saturday Videos Sasquatch 2011: Behind The Scenes http://weku.fm/post/sasquatch-2011-behind-scenes The Gorge amphitheater outside Seattle has to be one of Earth's most beautiful spots, and it's the backdrop to a long weekend of amazing music. You'll find our coverage of Sasquatch 2011 <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/136238533/live-from-sasquatch-music-festival" target="_blank">here</a>. NPR Music has a tent at the foot of the big stage known as Sasquatch — naturally, there are other stages, dubbed Yeti and Bigfoot. Sat, 28 May 2011 17:07:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 4934 at http://weku.fm Jackie Evancho: Tiny Desk Concert http://weku.fm/post/jackie-evancho-tiny-desk-concert <em>This is an excerpt of Jackie Evancho's Tiny Desk Concert. Stay tuned for a longer version of the video, pending rights approvals.</em><p>I simply couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Seeing Jackie Evancho sing for the first time is nearly beyond belief. You've seen 10-year-olds, and you've heard beyond-beautiful singers. Mon, 23 May 2011 21:44:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 4523 at http://weku.fm Jackie Evancho: Tiny Desk Concert Lady Gaga, Girl Talk Music Performed By Lightning http://weku.fm/post/lady-gaga-girl-talk-music-performed-lightning Imagine big bolts of lightening pitched to make music. Imagine those staticy zapping sound in old Sci-Fi films that brought Frankenstein to life, now playing the melody to "Poker Face."<p>And if you're imagination needs a little help watch this creation from <a href="http://www.teslaorchestra.com/" target="_blank">The Tesla Orchestra</a>.<p>They turn music into gigantic sparks and more fabulously, into music. Sun, 22 May 2011 14:40:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 4419 at http://weku.fm Lady Gaga, Girl Talk Music Performed By Lightning Remember SXSW? Bob Has More Videos http://weku.fm/post/remember-sxsw-bob-has-more-videos I shot 67 one-minute videos of every band I saw at this year's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Saturday, March 19 was the final day, and though it took me nearly two months to finish this project, here it is: The end of my collection of 2011 SXSW videos. You can see the others <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/134820365/minutes-from" target="_blank">here</a>.<p>On my fourth day, working on less than four hours of sleep, I was fairly disorganized. I knew we had some early-morning video shoots, and thankfully, they were a delight. Wed, 18 May 2011 20:18:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 4146 at http://weku.fm Remember SXSW? Bob Has More Videos First Listen: King Creosote And Jon Hopkins, 'Diamond Mine' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-king-creosote-and-jon-hopkins-diamond-mine If the year ended right now, I'd know my favorite record of 2011. Out May 24, <em>Diamond Mine </em>does what audio does best: It takes me far from the here-and-now.<p>This labor of love, seven years in the making, opens on a café terrace in a Scottish town. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/120708557/jon-hopkins">Jon Hopkins</a> sets his field recordings, rich in regional accents and casual conversation, against a lovely, spare piano. Mon, 16 May 2011 02:55:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 3793 at http://weku.fm First Listen: King Creosote And Jon Hopkins, 'Diamond Mine' First Watch: Amanda Shires Animated Hopes And Heartaches http://weku.fm/post/first-watch-amanda-shires-animated-hopes-and-heartaches When we were heading to SXSW this year, NPR Music critic Ann Powers told us to watch out for Amanda Shires' "plainspoken poeticism." You can hear that on her new album called <em>Carrying Lightning</em>. Amanda Shires is a talented songwriter, singer and fiddler. Here's a video premiere for the track "Ghostbird," a song she so badly wanted animated.<p>FROM AMANDA:<p><blockquote><p>"Do you know how much they charge for a trained bird, a fish submarine, and a dragon? But seriously, I had been thinking about how to make the video — really — how was I gonna put the song out in a visual way? Fri, 13 May 2011 13:03:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 3647 at http://weku.fm First Watch: Amanda Shires Animated Hopes And Heartaches Neil Innes: Tiny Desk Concert http://weku.fm/post/neil-innes-tiny-desk-concert Neil Innes may play guitar and sing, but you come for his wit, not his guitar chops. You may know Innes as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, or from the psychedelic jazz and art rock crazies The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Or maybe you thought The Rutles had a keen place in British rock invasion history only to learn (spoiler alert) that they're only satirists dressed in Piccadilly parody.<p>When Neil Innes came to NPR, he was armed with just his guitar and ukulele, played three songs in less than 10 minutes and then made a quick getaway. Wed, 11 May 2011 16:03:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 3457 at http://weku.fm Neil Innes: Tiny Desk Concert Our Listening Party's Hit Song http://weku.fm/post/our-listening-partys-hit-song Thursday night at the Gibson Showroom in Washington, D.C., we threw a listening party. Maybe you were one of the 100 or so people who packed the room. We played music, mostly unreleased tunes. Everyone used score cards to rate the music on a scale of 1 to 10, and then we talked.<p>For some, hearing the twang of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15237439/gillian-welch" target="_blank">Gillian Welch</a> was a welcome relief to a long drought. Her upcoming release will be her first in eight years. For others, that same music and was a deal-breaker. Fri, 06 May 2011 17:53:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 3086 at http://weku.fm Our Listening Party's Hit Song Booker T. Jones: Tiny Desk Concert http://weku.fm/post/booker-t-jones-tiny-desk-concert I'm pretty sure this is the coolest thing we've ever done behind the Tiny Desk. There was a bit of furniture-moving and finagling, but when all the heavy lifting was done, there it was: A Hammond B3 organ and its sturdy wooden Leslie speaker cabinet sat waiting for its star performer, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16108454/booker-t-jones" target="_self">Booker T. Jones</a>.<p>Jones is synonymous with the Hammond B3. Mon, 02 May 2011 13:00:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 2715 at http://weku.fm Booker T. Jones: Tiny Desk Concert Why Vinyl Isn't Really Coming Back http://weku.fm/post/why-vinyl-isnt-really-coming-back I spent the 1970s working in record stores as a clerk, a manager and a buyer of those weird, hard-to-get imports like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15242185/nick-drake">Nick Drake</a>. I also ran a record warehouse.<p>I had a personal collection of about 2,000 albums, but sold many of them so I could eat and pay rent in my early days as a musician. I still have about 1,000 choice albums, and I'm sure I'll die with my vinyl. But it'll never be as important to my music collection as it was 30 years ago. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 21:19:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 1637 at http://weku.fm Why Vinyl Isn't Really Coming Back Otis Taylor: Tiny Desk Concert http://weku.fm/post/otis-taylor-tiny-desk-concert I'd never think that a banjo player could find my musical sweet spot, which falls somewhere between Mali and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100863084/the-velvet-underground" target="_self">The Velvet Underground</a>, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15156711/otis-taylor" target="_self">Otis Taylor</a> hits it, spot on. Taylor's music is trance-inducing, and he achieves that effect by playing songs that are modal: Sometimes, they sit on one chord for the entire song. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:36:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 1504 at http://weku.fm Otis Taylor: Tiny Desk Concert Download My Morning Jacket's New 'Circuital' And Five Live Songs http://weku.fm/post/download-my-morning-jackets-new-circuital-and-five-live-songs Today, we unveil the title cut from the upcoming <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189632/my-morning-jacket" target="_blank">My Morning Jacket</a> album, <em>Circuital</em>. The full-length record comes out May 31 (you'll be able to preview it in our <a href="http://www.npr.org/firstlisten" target="_blank">First Listen series</a> starting May 23).<p>We asked singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91719097/jim-james" target="_blank">Jim James</a> about the new record. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:00:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 1393 at http://weku.fm Download My Morning Jacket's New 'Circuital' And Five Live Songs Why Put Your Music In The Cloud? http://weku.fm/post/why-put-your-music-cloud Amazon.com announced a new service today that will let you store your music on their servers so that you can access it anywhere. Well, sort of. Android users have an application for their portable devices. iPhone users don't. Also, there's a 5 GB limit before Amazon charges you for extra storage. My collection — and I know I'm not the average user — would cost about $200 a year to store in Amazon's cloud-based media server. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:45:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 570 at http://weku.fm Why Put Your Music In The Cloud? 8-Bit Dark Side Of The Moon Remake http://weku.fm/post/8-bit-dark-side-moon-remake It never fails to astonish me what people do with their time. I love the dedication that went into <a href="http://rainwarrior.thenoos.net/music/moon8.html" target="_blank">remaking Pink Floyd's masterpiece</a> using a Nintendo sound chip. <a href="http://rainwarrior.thenoos.net/resume.txt" target="_blank">Brad Smith</a> is a musician and computer scientist working in the gaming industry.<p><p>Pink Floyd's original album turns 38 this month and never fails to carry me away. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 14:44:00 +0000 NPR: Bob Boilen 393 at http://weku.fm 8-Bit Dark Side Of The Moon Remake