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St Germain's new, self-titled album was featured on today's episode of NPR's All Things Considered. "This isn't your typical globe-trotting cut-and-paste," says reviewer Tom Moon. "Where most DJs organize their work around static loops, St Germain seeks a less scripted, more improvisational atmosphere." He later concludes: "There's a lot of musical conversation going on here. St Germain went deep into West African music and discovered that to capture its nuances, he had to ditch some of his DJ tricks and open things way up. The result: a timeless African sound reconfigured ever so slightly for the electronic age."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio ReviewsRadioWednesday, October 14, 2015|0 comments
Lianne La Havas, who is currently touring the US, recently stopped by NPR's World Cafe to talk with host David Dye about her new album, Blood, and perform three tracks from it—"Green and Gold," "What You Don't Do," and "Unstoppable"—as well as "Forget," from her debut album. "In 2012, Is Your Love Big Enough? came out, and it was a real breath of fresh air," says Dye. "It's really unusual to find any artist, but particularly one so young, who doesn't feel the need to be genre-defined in any way. What a great record ... Blood is here now, the new album, and as you will hear, it's a pretty spectacular record." Listen to the performance and interview here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News RadioRadioThursday, October 1, 2015|0 commentsListen: Brad Mehldau's Take on Massive Attack's "Teardrop" Leads WNYC's "New Sounds" New Releases Show
Brad Mehldau's 10 Years Solo Live eight-LP vinyl box set, due October 16, was featured on WNYC's New Sounds look at this month's new releases. The show opens with Massive Attack's "Teardrop" transitioning to Mehldau's own take on the song from the box set. It's a version "that I think is really brilliant," says host John Schaefer. "We begin with a new release that's due in two weeks, and it is so ambitious that we may well still be listening to it when we do next month's new releases program." Hear the show here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News RadioRadioFriday, September 25, 2015|0 commentsListen: Rhiannon Giddens Joins Patty Griffin, Shakey Graves for NPR Music's "Songs We Love: Americana Fest Edition"
Rhiannon Giddens, currently touring the US, recently participated in the NPR Music panel discussion Songs We Love: Americana Fest Edition. The event was led by NPR music critic Ann Powers, who assembled what she called her "dream team"— Giddens, Patty Griffin, Shakey Graves—for a conversation and performances of some of their favorite songs. Giddens is "one of the great song interpreters of our time," says Powers. "She has an exquisite voice. But just as important is her sensibility, her sense of history, her innate feminism, womanism, and a brilliant originality." You can hear it all here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News RadioRadioThursday, September 17, 2015|0 comments
The Arcs, whose debut album, Yours, Dreamily, was released on September 4, made their live concert debut performing at NYC’s Housing Works Bookstore Café on September 9 as part of NPR Music’s First Listen Live series. Mariachi Flor de Toloache, who are also on the album, joined for the concert as well. NPR captured it all, and you can now watch it here via npr.org/music.