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Theo Parrish: Be In Yo Self
Music might be Detroit's longest lasting export after all. As one of the shining stars of the Detroit Techno scene, Theo Parrish's unique blend of funk, soul and deep disco cuts has won him devotees the world over. "Be In Yo Self" is an epic 13-minute...
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TED Prize Honors StoryCorps' David Isay
by Laura Feinstein Since 2003, journalist, radio documentarian and MacArthur Fellow David Isay has helped bring attention to the daily and intricate lives of ordinary Americans with his groundbreaking oral history project StoryCorps. Oft-replayed...
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Glass Candy: Halloween
While decidedly holiday appropriate, "Halloween" is a tune you could throw on any time of year. Released in 2011 by Glass Candy, which is comprised of Portland-based vocalist Ida No and guitarist Johnny Jewel (who founded the record label Italians...
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BenZel: Four (feat. Juicy J + Cashmere Cat)
When BenZel jumped on the scene in 2012 with their production for Jessie Ware's Brownstone cover (and ultimately her last album), fans were surprised to see she'd tapped a previously unheard of talent, but even more stunned to read they were teenagers...
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NPR Tiny Desk Concert: T-Pain
With hits like "Bartender" and "Buy You a Drank," T-Pain has wooed fans with his trademark Auto-Tune crooning. But at a recent Tiny Desk Concert at NPR (a series that hosts intimate, often stripped down, performances at Bob Boilen's desk), the Grammy...
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The Golden Filter: Kill Me (John Talabot Remix)
NYC electronic music duo The Golden Filter's song "Kill Me" causes shivers with vocals veiled in reverb and eerie, bare synths (with an even more disturbing music video depicting a mother's overboard obsession with her son—a metaphor for unhealthy...
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The Golden Filter: Kill Me (John Talabot Remix) NYC electronic music duo The Golden Filter's song "Kill Me" causes shivers with vocals veiled in reverb and eerie, bare synths (with an even more disturbing music video depicting a mother's overboard...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. The Electric Eel and Open-Source Sex Toys You can never predict the wild and exciting results of a hackathon, and yet two UPenn students truly changed the game with "Electric Eel." This Arduino microcontroller-powered sex toy zaps waves of low...
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The Vinyl Factory: Top 100 Vinyl Releases of 2013
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted about that week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's surprising personal interests—#PrivateJam exposes their musical guilty pleasure...
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NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013
Every day this week the Vinyl Factory released a batch of 20 LPs, reissues, box-sets and first-pressings which have culminated in the discerning enterprises's top vinyl releases for 2013. Be sure to check out the now-complete list, which serves as...
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Joni Mitchell: Hejira
The words "national public radio" may make you think of the station you listen to in the car with your parents, but NPR is far from standard or predictable. Since launching its music programming in 2007, NPR has become a major voice for sophisticated...
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Glassmaps: You Never Called Me
At the recent launch of RBMA's new book "For the Record," we caught up BBC Radio 1's highly respected DJ and presenter Benji B. While Benji believes that if you like something, there should be no shame is people knowing it, he did let us in on his...
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St. Vincent: Birth In Reverse
David Byrne's beloved sidekick is back on her own after their whirlwind world tour, and St. Vincent has never sounded so fresh. Annie Clark's self-titled St. Vincent album hits record stores 24 February, but fans got a sneak peek this week with "Birth...
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St. Vincent: Birth In Reverse David Byrne's beloved sidekick is back on her own after their whirlwind world tour, and St. Vincent has never sounded so fresh. Annie Clark's self-titled St. Vincent album hits record stores 24 February, but fans got...
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Shit Robot: We Got A Love (feat. Reggie Watts)
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted about that week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's surprising personal interests—#PrivateJam exposes their musical guilty pleasure...
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Rollo Grady Best of CMJ 2013 Mixxx
This week DFA dropped three new singles from their crew of talented artists; the Juan Maclean, Museum Of Love (Dennis McNany and LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney) and Shit Robot each offered hints at forthcoming albums with their respective electronic...
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Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime
NYC's CMJ Music Marathons have grown in popularity over the years, rising up from the underground to the mainstream, all without losing their credibility and reputation as a legit source for new music. LA-based agency Rollo & Grady did all the hard...
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Future Punx: Livin' In A Movie
"I generally try not to acknowledge the existence of a musical 'guilty pleasure' because I think treating music as some kind of cultural trophy hunting, or game of cool, denigrates the role music can play in our lives," explains musician RJD2 in our...
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Poliça: Shulamith
The latest musical incarnation from Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo, Future Punx are starting to garner underground love for their modern swipe at retro '80s soundscapes. Dancey and drawn from New Wave greats, their track "Livin' In A Movie" chops...
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Poliça: Shulamith NPR Music gave readers a first listen to Poliça's upcoming sophomore album, Shulamith, which the erudite outlet has dubbed "nearly perfect." Channy Leaneagh's silvery vocals have the magical ability to both soothe and probe, while...