Posts Tagged ‘NPR’

February 10, 2016
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Located just a short distance from my San Francisco Bay is a Sacramento band named The Good Fortune, who have me swooning aplenty to the muggy, hazy alt pop on their song Overdose. The Good Fortune’s sleek vocals carry some LANY slink alongside the song’s Sir Sly smokiness and Magic Man synth resplendence. It’s a deeply infectious gem for which the band recently recorded a live video for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. Stream the performance below. Overdose comes from The Good Fortune’s Social Crowns EP, available on iTunes.

October 28, 2015
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Melbourne band Oh Pep! revealed their NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance today, and I’m fortunate to have been keyed in to the video, because the duo whisked me away with their earnest folk pop sound. I found myself placing everything else aside for an extended period of time this morning to watch the video and listen to their recent EP, Living, off which comes this peppy, bouncy tune, The Race. The multi-instrumentalists’ alt and pop twist on Americana and bluegrass is infectious and endearing. Stream and purchase Oh Pep!’s excellent Living EP on bandcamp, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert here.

OK Go helps NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert move… in 223 takes!

June 4, 2013

Genius! Who else but OK Go can “help” NPR move their headquarters from the comfy cozy digs of before to their new facility north of the US Capitol? I’ll miss the backdrop I’m so used to seeing for all the immense Tiny Desk Concert shows I’ve watched online, but what a smooth transition. Sorta. Kinda. I mean, it only took 223 takes, right? OK Go performed their song All Is Not Lost for the occasion. Hundreds of times. The elevator moment is solid gold, scripted or not! I look forward to new Tiny Desk Concert series from the new location. Thank you, NPR music. You’ve entertained me for years with some of the best sets ever and some of my favorite artists. Oftentimes, it was vindicating when an artist or band I’ve been raving and pushing ends up doing a Tiny Desk Concert series. The NPR guys approve! Win! I’m still jealous of the folks who work in that damn office. They get to watch these shows live. Pfffft.

OK Go helps NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert move… in 223 takes!

June 4, 2013

Genius! Who else but OK Go can “help” NPR move their headquarters from the comfy cozy digs of before to their new facility north of the US Capitol? I’ll miss the backdrop I’m so used to seeing for all the immense Tiny Desk Concert shows I’ve watched online, but what a smooth transition. Sorta. Kinda. I mean, it only took 223 takes, right? OK Go performed their song All Is Not Lost for the occasion. Hundreds of times. The elevator moment is solid gold, scripted or not! I look forward to new Tiny Desk Concert series from the new location. Thank you, NPR music. You’ve entertained me for years with some of the best sets ever and some of my favorite artists. Oftentimes, it was vindicating when an artist or band I’ve been raving and pushing ends up doing a Tiny Desk Concert series. The NPR guys approve! Win! I’m still jealous of the folks who work in that damn office. They get to watch these shows live. Pfffft.

Stream full QOTSA set including performance of …Like Clockwork!

May 24, 2013

That’s right, you can stream the FULL set performed by Queens of the Stone Age at the Wiltern in Los Angeles last night. They performed their coming new album “…Like Clockwork” as well as a few oldies. Courtesy of NPR, stream it all! QOTSA shared the setlist for the performance on their twitter. Have you pre-ordered Like Clockwork, yet? I have! It’s out on June 4! 

http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=185557912&mediaId=186451962

Stream full QOTSA set including performance of …Like Clockwork!

May 24, 2013

That’s right, you can stream the FULL set performed by Queens of the Stone Age at the Wiltern in Los Angeles last night. They performed their coming new album “…Like Clockwork” as well as a few oldies. Courtesy of NPR, stream it all! QOTSA shared the setlist for the performance on their twitter. Have you pre-ordered Like Clockwork, yet? I have! It’s out on June 4! 

http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=185557912&mediaId=186451962

ALBUM STREAM: Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

February 26, 2013

Zomg zomg zomg! We can stream Youth Lagoon’s sophomore album Wondrous Bughouse, courtesy of NPR Music! Thank you! We’ve already heard some amazing tracks off the album in the past few weeks, including Mute and Dropla. Trevor Powers is certainly a master of bedroom pop and production. Wondrous Bughouse comes out on March 5 off Fat Possum. I can’t wait. Year of Hibernation was one of the top albums of 2011.

Head over to NPR to stream the incredible album! I can assure you it’s filled with carthartic psych pop music, some of it much less hushed and much more grand than the tracks off Year of Hibernation. Get ready for a helluva magical journey…

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/24/172611335/first-listen-youth-lagoon-wondrous-bughouse

ALBUM STREAM: Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

February 26, 2013

Zomg zomg zomg! We can stream Youth Lagoon’s sophomore album Wondrous Bughouse, courtesy of NPR Music! Thank you! We’ve already heard some amazing tracks off the album in the past few weeks, including Mute and Dropla. Trevor Powers is certainly a master of bedroom pop and production. Wondrous Bughouse comes out on March 5 off Fat Possum. I can’t wait. Year of Hibernation was one of the top albums of 2011.

Head over to NPR to stream the incredible album! I can assure you it’s filled with carthartic psych pop music, some of it much less hushed and much more grand than the tracks off Year of Hibernation. Get ready for a helluva magical journey…

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/24/172611335/first-listen-youth-lagoon-wondrous-bughouse

The xx on NPR Music

February 13, 2013

And here’s something that’s also a MUST share (understatement). The xx. NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. I think I can leave it at that, can’t I? I’ll just paste over NPR’s description of the dang thing. Skip it if you’d like. Doesn’t matter what words come out of anyone’s mouth. The xx has and always will be amazing. ❤ Only thing I’d have to complain about here is that the set is FAR too short for a TIny Desk Concert. ONLY TWO SONGS? NOoooooooOO!

It’s easy to think of The xx as a fashionable band: Its members have a sleek all-in-black look, its typography and cover art is coolly and distinctively styled, and the group itself has been showered with validation, including Britain’s 2010 Mercury Prize. But beneath all that tightly controlled image-making lays music that’s raw and vulnerable; shy, worried tentativeness is wired into a sound that shimmers powerfully, but remains as fragile and delicate as a soap bubble.

The xx’s second album, Coexist, came out last fall, and it plays like a series of tensely lovely interludes, each building to a climax that never arrives. Plopped in front of Bob Boilen’s desk and asked to play a few songs from the record, singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft and singer-bassist Oliver Sim have reason to look slightly ill-at-ease: The setting and band configuration robs them of cover. No beats from member Jamie Smith, who opted to hang back at the hotel; no shroud of darkness or bright lights pointed outward to blunt the crowd’s stares. Throughout their characteristically compact seven-minute performance, Croft and Sim avoid eye contact, as they visibly try to ignore the huge throng and cameras positioned maybe 10 feet away from them.

What comes out of their performance is not just beauty, but humanity — the sense that, in all of The xx’s songs, all the calm chilliness in the world can’t quite contain an exposed heart.

Set List
• “Angels”
• “Sunset”

The xx on NPR Music

February 13, 2013

And here’s something that’s also a MUST share (understatement). The xx. NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. I think I can leave it at that, can’t I? I’ll just paste over NPR’s description of the dang thing. Skip it if you’d like. Doesn’t matter what words come out of anyone’s mouth. The xx has and always will be amazing. ❤ Only thing I’d have to complain about here is that the set is FAR too short for a TIny Desk Concert. ONLY TWO SONGS? NOoooooooOO!

It’s easy to think of The xx as a fashionable band: Its members have a sleek all-in-black look, its typography and cover art is coolly and distinctively styled, and the group itself has been showered with validation, including Britain’s 2010 Mercury Prize. But beneath all that tightly controlled image-making lays music that’s raw and vulnerable; shy, worried tentativeness is wired into a sound that shimmers powerfully, but remains as fragile and delicate as a soap bubble.

The xx’s second album, Coexist, came out last fall, and it plays like a series of tensely lovely interludes, each building to a climax that never arrives. Plopped in front of Bob Boilen’s desk and asked to play a few songs from the record, singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft and singer-bassist Oliver Sim have reason to look slightly ill-at-ease: The setting and band configuration robs them of cover. No beats from member Jamie Smith, who opted to hang back at the hotel; no shroud of darkness or bright lights pointed outward to blunt the crowd’s stares. Throughout their characteristically compact seven-minute performance, Croft and Sim avoid eye contact, as they visibly try to ignore the huge throng and cameras positioned maybe 10 feet away from them.

What comes out of their performance is not just beauty, but humanity — the sense that, in all of The xx’s songs, all the calm chilliness in the world can’t quite contain an exposed heart.

Set List
• “Angels”
• “Sunset”