Bob Boilen http://wcbe.org en Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff http://wcbe.org/post/song-premiere-bon-iver-writes-tune-zach-braff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCponfeWNOI</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:08:21 +0000 Bob Boilen 58685 at http://wcbe.org Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview http://wcbe.org/post/jack-whites-lazaretto-all-songs-interview <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRbnAxrS3EM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYF0LtfUvJs</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:25:32 +0000 Bob Boilen 56502 at http://wcbe.org Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-saintseneca-dark-arc Banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, banjo, bass, bouzouki... Saintseneca might pick up any of these instruments at any given moment, and those are just the ones that start with the letter B. The band has its origins and heart in a small Appalachian town in Ohio, as well as a passion for sounds and textures with acoustic instruments at their core. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:29:59 +0000 Bob Boilen 53601 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc' Do You Have A Favorite Record Label? http://wcbe.org/post/do-you-have-favorite-record-label <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT5A3Ikosj4</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:05:46 +0000 Bob Boilen 35785 at http://wcbe.org Do You Have A Favorite Record Label? Bob Boilen's 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013 http://wcbe.org/post/bob-boilens-15-essential-moments-sxsw-2013 Unlike any other festival, South by Southwest is unique to everyone who attends. And I love that about this festival. With over 2,200 bands spread out over 100 venues and five days of music, everyone sees something different and walks away with different joys and discoveries. You could go to a Brooklyn Vegan showcase and spend the whole day in one place. You could search out only Latino bands, or metal bands, hip hop or blues. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:14:54 +0000 Bob Boilen 32610 at http://wcbe.org Bob Boilen's 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013 First Listen: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, 'The Jazz Age' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-bryan-ferry-orchestra-jazz-age <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>This is just about the most surprising album in recent memory, and a complete joy. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:09:49 +0000 Bob Boilen 30124 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, 'The Jazz Age' First Watch: Mercury Prize Winners Villagers Are Back http://wcbe.org/post/first-watch-mercury-prize-winners-villagers-are-back Villagers is the music of Conor O'Brien, a 2010 Mercury Prize finalist for his debut album, <em>Becoming a Jackal</em>. Now there's new music from Villagers, from a record called <em>{Awayland}</em>. That music comes out first in Europe on Jan. 14 — here in the U.S., we'll have to wait until April 9. We have this new song and video from Villagers, for the song "Nothing Arrived."<p>Conor O'Brien writes:<p><blockquote><p>"Nothing Arrived" is our jangly tribute to the great lottery of life. This is a video of us playing it in Attica Audio, where we recorded the album. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:21:52 +0000 Bob Boilen 27262 at http://wcbe.org First Watch: Mercury Prize Winners Villagers Are Back Question Of The Week: Should The Rolling Stones Hang It Up? http://wcbe.org/post/question-week-should-rolling-stones-hang-it After seeing <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15403019" target="_blank">The Rolling Stones</a> in concert over the weekend, I can confidently say the short answer is "no."<p>We need to be thinking about age and rock music in a different way. When I was in my 20s, my generation thought 30 was too old for a rocker. Now, in 2012, the brilliant futurist Ray Kurzweil is wondering who the first person to be 150 will be. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:16:35 +0000 Bob Boilen 27261 at http://wcbe.org Question Of The Week: Should The Rolling Stones Hang It Up? Question Of The Week: When Should You Start Playing Holiday Music? http://wcbe.org/post/question-week-when-should-you-start-playing-holiday-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBaJHcnVAvg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq1u_jxReAI</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:13:38 +0000 Bob Boilen 26613 at http://wcbe.org Question Of The Week: When Should You Start Playing Holiday Music? First Listen: Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, 'The Mystery Of Heaven' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-jozef-van-wissem-jim-jarmusch-mystery-heaven <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Film director and screenwriter Jim Jarmusch makes music an integral part of his films: He often casts musicians in key roles and frequently incorporates music into his plots. Think about his film <em>Down by Law</em>, with saxophonist John Lurie and singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15295750/tom-waits">Tom Waits</a>, or <em>Stranger Than Paradise</em>, in which "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins is a key character.<p>Jarmusch is a musician himself. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 09:54:23 +0000 Bob Boilen 25412 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, 'The Mystery Of Heaven' First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'The Salesman And The Shark' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-sean-rowe-salesman-and-shark <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>There are moments when I want someone to sit down nearby and sing only to me. And in those moments, I want a voice to pierce my heart. There are recordings in my collection I reach for when I need that intimacy. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:29:36 +0000 Bob Boilen 21649 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'The Salesman And The Shark' First Watch: Aimee Mann, 'Charmer' http://wcbe.org/post/first-watch-aimee-mann-charmer Aimee Mann's eighth studio record, <em>Charmer</em>, comes out in a month. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:49:28 +0000 Bob Boilen 21273 at http://wcbe.org First Watch: Aimee Mann, 'Charmer' First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'America' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-dan-deacon-america <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p><em>America</em> is an album packed with melody and noise, minimalism and excess, harshness and beauty — sometimes all the same time. Dan Deacon's music is steeped in pop, electronics and classical music, making this record an absolute adventure.<p>Deacon spent time studying composition and electronic music at Purchase College, State University of New York. He was encouraged to be playful at a time when minimalism was already having an impact on not only new classical music but pop music like the Talking Heads and rap. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:32:12 +0000 Bob Boilen 21182 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'America' 'Big Easy Express': Three Bands, One Train, A Ton Of Music http://wcbe.org/post/big-easy-express-three-bands-one-train-ton-music Attention fans of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102530675/edward-sharpe" target="_blank">Edward Sharpe &amp; the Magnetic Zeros</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/101141614/mumford-and-sons" target="_blank">Mumford &amp; Sons</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397697/old-crow-medicine-show" target="_blank">Old Crow Medicine Show</a>: You are bound for glory! <a href="http://www.bigeasyexpress.com/" target="_blank"><em>Big Easy Express</em></a> is a new film featuring all three bands and their whistle-stop journey from Oakland to New Orleans aboard a vintage train. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:50:15 +0000 Bob Boilen 18672 at http://wcbe.org 'Big Easy Express': Three Bands, One Train, A Ton Of Music Song Premiere: Neil Young Sets 'Americana' On Fire http://wcbe.org/post/song-premiere-neil-young-sets-americana-fire You've never heard "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" quite like this. For their first album together in nine years, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> and Crazy Horse have taken classic American folk music and reinvigorated these songs with muscle, radiance and a whole lot of electric guitar. Some songs from the 19th century include "Oh Susanna" (no banjo here) and "Tom Dula" (you may know it better as "Tom Dooley"). Fri, 11 May 2012 21:43:04 +0000 Bob Boilen 15625 at http://wcbe.org Song Premiere: Neil Young Sets 'Americana' On Fire