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Bob Dylan Releases a Cryptic 17-Minute Song about the JFK Assassination: Hear a “Murder Most Foul”

Like an Old Testament prophet with smartphone, Bob Dylan has appeared the midst of catastrophe to drop a new previously unreleased track, “Murder Most Foul,” on Twitter. Ostensibly a 17-minute song about JFK’s assassination, it’s “the first evidence of original songwriting that we’ve had in eight years from one of the most original songwriters of our era,” writes Kevin Dettmar, Professor of English at Pomona College, for The New Yorker. The move seems like a weird one—“’weird’ with its f...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Bob Dylan, Dallas, Npr, Jfk, Hamlet, Rolling Stone, Jack, Kennedy, Facebook Twitter, Dylan, Lyndon Johnson, Andy Greene, Josh Jones


Watch Margo Price Debut New Song “Someone Else’s Problem” In Recorded-From-Home Tiny Desk Concert

Right now, NPR is doing something cool with its already-cool Tiny Desk Concerts video series. Since nobody can make it to play at the actual tiny desk at the NPR offices in Washington, DC -- since those offices are hopefully closed -- musicians are recording and sending in their own Tiny Desk Concerts at home. More »
Tags: Music, News, Washington Dc, Npr, Margo Price, Jeremy Ivey, Tiny Desk Concert


Spotify adds fundraising features and a COVID-19 news hub to address the health crisis

Spotify this morning announced a series of new initiatives to address the COVID-19 health crisis across its platform. The company is launching a financial relief effort for those in the creative community who have been heavily impacted by the virus, which includes the addition of a public donations feature on its website. The company is also working to add a new feature that will allow artists to fundraise directly from their fans via their Spotify artist profile pages. Meanwhile, for listeners,...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Spotify, Music, Media, Tech, Artists, Streaming, Streaming Music, Npr, Coronavirus, COVID-19, MusiCares PRS Foundation, ABC News BBC World Service CNN


Comedy-Frauen: Weibliche Stand-up-Comedians, die du kennen solltest

Die Quarantäne-Zeit zieht dich ganz schön runter und jedes Mal, wenn du die Nachrichten siehst, könntest du nur noch heulen. Verständlich! Aber gerade jetzt ist es wichtig, nicht die Hoffnung zu verlieren. Erlaube dir, zwischendurch wenigstens ein paar Minuten glücklich zu sein und zu lachen. Mach das Beste aus der aktuellen Situation und genieß die kleinen Dinge. Zum Beispiel die Videos der folgenden unglaublich witzigen Comedy-Frauen. Stand-up-Comedians gibt es wie Sand am Meer, aber wenn di...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, Usa, New York, Craig Ferguson, Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, New York City, US, America, Chicago, Austin, Chelsea


Comedy Frauen: Die Weibliche Stand-up-Comedians, die du kennen solltest

Wenn Sie in Quarantäne sind, vertrauen Sie den Fachleuten, die Comedy Frauen, die Ihnen helfen, Sie zum Lachen und auch zum Nachdenken bringen.Stand-up-Comedians gibt es wie Sand am Meer, aber wenn dich jemand bitten würde, international erfolgreiche Komikerinnen aufzuzählen, würden dir dann auf Anhieb ein paar einfallen? Oder sind es eher Männernamen, die dir direkt auf der Zungenspitze liegen? Wenn letzteres der Fall ist, wird es höchste Zeit, dich mit ein paar cleveren, geistreichen und tale...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, Usa, New York, Craig Ferguson, Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, New York City, US, America, Chicago, Austin, Chelsea


Quelle Chris Announces New Album “Innocent Country 2” With New Single “Living Happy”

In the last few years, Quelle Chris has established himself as one of the most prolific and creative voices in any genre of music. Quelle Chris has earned accolades from publications like NPR, Pitchfork, The Needle Drop, The Wire and The AV Club for both his 2019 Solo album Guns as well as his collaborative album with his better half Jean Grae Everything’s Fine. His newest album with Chris Keys, Innocent Country 2, set to release on 4-24-20 by Mello Music Group is the follow-up to the beloved c...
Tags: News, Jazz, Npr, Jean Grae, Chris, Singles, Josh Gondelman, Mello Music Group, Quelle, AV Club, Quelle Chris, Desus Mero, Chris Keys, Quelle Chris Announces New Album, Homeboy Sandman Denmark Vessey Cavalier


Hear the Sound of the Hagia Sophia Recreated in Authentic Byzantine Chant

Audio technology has made many exciting advances in the past few years, one of which enables recording engineers to capture the sound of a specific space and recreate it elsewhere. Through a process called “convolution reverb,” the sound of a concert hall or club can be portable, so to speak, and a band or group of singers in a studio can be made to sound as if they were performing in Carnegie Hall, or inside a cave or grain silo. Also being recreated are the sounds of gothic cathedrals ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Stanford, History, Architecture, Npr, David Byrne, Carnegie Hall, Facebook Twitter, Sophia, Scott Simon, Constantinople, Josh Jones, Abel, Durham NC Follow


Watch Coldplay Cover Prince’s “1999” At Tiny Desk Concert

That desk just keeps getting tinier and tinier! NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series recently hosted Coldplay, one of the biggest bands in the world, and Chris Martin brought a whole crew of background singers -- the For Love Choir, some of whom sang on their most recent album -- along to sing with him and … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Npr, Prince, Tiny Desk Concert


Baby Rose Hits NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Stage

Fresh from her very first GRAMMY nomination.
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Npr, Baby Rose


SiR Brings His Chase For Summer To NPR’s Tiny Desk

*Begins 19840425th spin of Chasing Summer*
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Npr, Sir


All The Best Times Pitbull Was the Ultimate Hype Man

“What happens in Miami,” Pitbull famously said in 2012 song “Last Night,” “never happened.” Recently, he’s been repeating the phrase as hype builds around Super Bowl 2020 in the Florida city. It’s a classic Mr. 305-ism — or Mr. Worldwide-ism, as he is even more commonly known these days. Pitbull, real name Armando Christian Pérez, has built a superlative identity for himself around both his musical prowess during his multi-decade career as a rapper, entrepreneur and party-maker and his abil...
Tags: Music, Florida, News, Uncategorized, Super Bowl, Jennifer Lopez, Miami, Shakira, Npr, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Dale, Betty, Dale Pitbull, Yayo, Instagram Story


The Best Opera For Newbies, And Other Opera Questions

Tom Huizenga explains opera to NPR listeners: “It’s one of the most complicated art forms because, if you think about it: you’ve got drama, you’ve got music, you’ve got singing, you’ve got costumes, you’ve got lighting, you’ve got ballet sometimes. You’ve got all kinds of stagecraft. When all the cylinders are firing, it can be mind-blowing. But for me, it ends up being all about the voice. They’ve got to do it without a microphone, over the top of an orchestra, and they’ve got to project that ...
Tags: Art, Music, Npr, Audience, Tom Huizenga, 01.26.20


How the Grammys Descended into Behind-The-Scenes Chaos

When Alicia Keys hosts the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, she will likely try to keep the mood as upbeat as she did last year. But a dark cloud hangs over the proceedings. The Recording Academy is currently locked in a vicious battle against its former president and CEO Deborah Dugan, who had led the organization for not quite half a year before being placed on administrative leave on Jan. 16. Since then, accusations of harassment, corruption and conflict of interest have whizzed back...
Tags: Chuck, Music, News, Bono, Uncategorized, New York Times, Alicia Keys, Npr, Drake, Public Enemy, Grammys, Academy, Los Angeles Times, University Of Southern California, Barbra Streisand, Alessia Cara


Anne Litt named music director at KCRW

Veteran radio host and DJ Anne Litt has been named KCRW’s new program director of music, filling one of the two roles vacated when Jason Bentley departed the influential FM outlet last year. Bentley also served as host of the station’s flagship show Morning Becomes Eclectic. In today’s announcement, the station said the search for an MBE host “will now intensify.” Litt becomes the KCRW’s fifth music director, succeeding Bentley, Nic Harcourt, Chris Douridas and Tom Schnabel. “After 20 years on t...
Tags: Music, Featured, News, Npr, Bentley, Anne, Jason Bentley, KCRW, Litt, Paul Bennun, Jennifer Ferro, Tom Schnabel, Anne Litt, Bentley Nic Harcourt Chris Douridas, Drew Tewksbury


The Typewriter, by Leroy Anderson

You may think you haven't heard The Typewriter, but I bet you have! Wikipedia: The typewriter was modified so that only two keys work to prevent the keys from jamming. According to the composer himself, as well as other musicians, the typewriter part is difficult because of how fast the typing speed is: even professional stenographers cannot do it, and only professional drummers have the necessary wrist flexibility. It has been called one of "the wittiest and most clever pieces in the orchest...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Wikipedia, Npr, Liberace, Anderson, Leroy Anderson, Steve Metcalf


The Anti-Conformist, Libertarian Philosophy That Shaped Rush’s Classic Albums

“Throughout their career, Rush have been proudly anti-conformist and anti-authoritarian,” notes the Polyphonic video on recently departed drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, above. “This philosophy is clearly reflected in many of their finest works.” Since the addition of Peart in 1974 after their first, self-titled album, Rush’s philosophy has also been unambiguously Libertarian. Of course, Peart also turned Rush into the most literary of progressive rock bands. Steeped in fantasy, science...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Npr, Rush, Rand, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Neil Peart, Peart, Durham NC Follow, Rob Bowman, Annie Zaleski, John Bonham Keith Moon Terry Bozzio, Megadon


Mac Miller’s Posthumous Album Circles Is a Heartbreaking Plea For Inner Peace

There were times when it seemed like Mac Miller would never stop rapping. At his peak, he was an indefatigable creative force who wrote and recorded hundreds of verses stuffed with cocksure bravado, unending internal rhyme schemes and sly double entendres. These verses were volleyed off onto grandiose Billboard-topping studio albums, knotty mixtapes scavenged by backpack rap nerds, or the projects of his countless collaborators at a breathtaking rate. Miller, born Malcolm James McCormic...
Tags: Music, News, Stephen Colbert, Jay Z, John Lennon, Uncategorized, Npr, Lennon, Miller, Mac Miller, Jon Brion, Malcolm, Brockhampton, Franklin But, Rex Orange County, Plastic Ono Band


Spotify will now create playlists for your pet

Spotify has just announced a free playlist-creation site for pets. Research suggests that animals have their own music preferences. Hedgehogs possibly don't get enough respect. None Dear Spotify, I am a hedgehog and a regular listener when my human plays Spotify as she works. I would like to point out the bias in your new pet playlist feature. Why are there no playlists for hedgehogs? Hedgehogs rock, and it's high time you overstuffed primates understood this. Sincerely,Snuggles Johnson The st...
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Internet, Neuroscience, Innovation, Beethoven, Npr, Lulu, Sound, Darwin, Mozart, Emory University, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Leicester, Bach


50 moments from 1970 that shaped entertainment and pop culture

This was 1970, the dawn of the Seventies, and with it the world welcomed Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon,” Disney’s “The Aristocats” and “Broom-Hilda,” a comic strip that blew the lid off the secret life of a centuries-old husband-hunting cigar-smoking witch. Also, the American Motor Corporation introduced its weird little subcompact the Gremlin on April 1, a joke that practically writes itself. There were goodbyes, too, in 1970. Motown star Tammi Terrell, who often sang duets with Marvin ...
Tags: Movies + TV, Things to do, Movies, Music, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories WDN, TV


50 moments that shaped entertainment and pop culture 50 years ago

This was 1970, the dawn of the Seventies, and with it the world welcomed Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon,” Disney’s “The Aristocats” and “Broom-Hilda,” a comic strip that blew the lid off the secret life of a centuries-old husband-hunting cigar-smoking witch. Also, the American Motor Corporation introduced its weird little subcompact the Gremlin on April 1, a joke that practically writes itself. There were goodbyes, too, in 1970. Motown star Tammi Terrell, who often sang duets with Marvin ...
Tags: Movies + TV, Things to do, Movies, Music, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories WDN, TV


Witness Rush Drummer Neil Peart’s (RIP) Finest Moments On Stage and Screen

Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart died this past Friday at age 67. Tributes have poured in from bands like Tool, Foo Fighters, and Superchunk and appeared in the pages of The New Yorker, a testament to Peart’s status as both a musician and writer. Drummers of all genres revere him, even if they don’t quite get the breadth of literary, mythological, and philosophical references in the band’s dense, epic song cycles. Nor have Peart’s literary admirers always understood his technical vir...
Tags: Google, Music, College, David Letterman, Dave Grohl, Npr, Cleveland, Bangkok, Dick, Rush, Facebook Twitter, Neil, Josh Jones, John Bonham, WMMS, Donna Halper


John Coltrane’s Handwritten Outline for His Masterpiece A Love Supreme

Today we present a rare document from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History: Coltrane's handwritten outline of his groundbreaking jazz composition A Love Supreme. Recorded in December of 1964 and released in 1965, A Love Supreme is Coltrane's personal declaration of his faith in God and his awareness of being on a spiritual path. "No road is an easy one," writes Coltrane in a prayer at the bottom of his own liner notes for the album, "but they all go back to God." If you cli...
Tags: Google, Music, College, San Francisco, Smithsonian, Jazz, John Coltrane, Npr, Porter, Coltrane, Facebook Twitter, McCoy Tyner, National Museum of American History, Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, Eric Westervelt, Lewis Porter


Jeff Parker – “Go Away”

Tortoise's Jeff Parker has a new album out this month with his backing band the New Breed, an ensemble whose wide-ranging contributors include Makaya McCraven, Rob Mazurek, and Nate Walcott among others. Titled Suite For Max Brown, it's a joint release between NPR-core mainstay Nonesuch and jazz hub International Anthem. The album is dedicated to … More »
Tags: Music, Npr, Jeff Parker, Max Brown, Makaya McCraven Rob Mazurek, Nate Walcott


Video: Los Lobos, ‘Feliz Navidad’

Can’t think of a better way to spike our holiday music punch than sharing this: Los Lobos’ cover of “Feliz Navidad.” The tune appears on the Los Angeles legends’ new Christmas album, “Llegó Navidad,” released this fall. The band — David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin, Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez and Marcos Reyes — also did four of the songs live for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. They’ve also released a video for their original holiday tune, “Christmas and You.” Cheers. ||...
Tags: Video, Music, Featured, Christmas, Los Angeles, Npr, Pasadena, Local Artist, Los Lobos, Canyon Club, Santa Clarita, Feliz Navidad, Agoura Hills, Marcos Reyes, Canyon, Llegó Navidad


“HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS”: BARBARA ROSENE and JON DAVIS at MEZZROW (Dec. 8, 2019)

Barbara Rosene puts her heart into her songs. She continues to be a great singer — not only because of her gorgeous resonant supple voice, but because she knows what the lyrics mean, phrases them so that we feel them too.  … Continue reading →
Tags: Bliss, Jazz, Npr, Judy Garland, Terry Gross, Jon Davis, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, Ideal Places, MEZZROW


Norma, Rob and Richard

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed fashion designer and icon Norma Kamali for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Norma talked about her mom, who was a seamstress, a painter, a cook who could reproduce restaurant dishes by eating them once, a hairdresser and had many other artistic talents. Norma also talked about sleeping on her nose as a kid so it would turn up, like other kids' noses in her Manhattan neighborhood in the 1950s. Oh, before I forget, Far...
Tags: Amazon, Syria, Canada, Williams, Manhattan, Jazz, Npr, Mansion, Dublin, Kansas City, Richard, Wall Street Journal, Epcot, Steve, Oliver, Sirius


Meet COLORS, a Rising Powerhouse for Music Discovery

In 2017, the British R&B singer Mahalia flew to Berlin to record a song for a YouTube channel called COLORS Studios. The experience was a daze: “I flew in, did two takes, had some food, fell down the stairs at the airport and got home with a sprained ankle on the same day,” she remembers. But soon after, her shows started selling out. “For a long time, I was on the same trajectory,” she told TIME. “After COLORS, everything skyrocketed: my Instagram, Twitter, Spotify plays. The fact I could ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, New York, News, Youtube, Virginia, Berlin, Uncategorized, Mtv, Sudan, Npr, Baby, Hamburg, NPR Music, Stern, Ella Mai


Burna Boy Brings Afrobeats To NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

Performing cuts off African Giant & more.
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Npr, Burna Boy


WNYC-FM Is Latest Public Radio Station To Slash Music

WNYC-FM, one of New York City's top non-commercial radio stations, is canceling most music programming in favor of news and talk. Disturbingly, other public radio stations are making similar moves or shifting music programming to less listened to time slots and secondary HD channels. It's a trend that has independent musicians and labels, many of whom rely on non-commercial radio to reach new audiences, worried,  Particularly affected are music and labels in the Americana, AAA, jazz and c...
Tags: Music, Diy, New York City, Music Industry, Radio, New York Times, Indie, Musicians, Npr, Times, Public Radio, Philip Glass, Music Business, Music Tech, Indie Labels, Broadcast & Satellite



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