Robin Hilton http://wcbe.org en Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love http://wcbe.org/post/results-albums-everyone-can-love A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?<p>To answer that question (because we had to know) we spent much of the 2012 summer posting weekly polls with lists of album titles for people to vote on. Each poll had 20 albums to consider. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:05:57 +0000 Robin Hilton 46478 at http://wcbe.org Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love 'The Worse Things Get': Life Lessons From Neko Case http://wcbe.org/post/neko-case-opens-about-latest-album On her latest album, <em><em>The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You</em></em>, singer Neko Case lays her heart — and her healthy sense of humor — bare. It's a deeply personal record that, among other things, offers intimate, sometimes wry meditations on the recent loss of both of her parents and a grandmother. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I spoke with Neko Case about the music, and shared questions from listeners, in this interview that we originally webcast live on Aug. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 15:35:45 +0000 Robin Hilton 42351 at http://wcbe.org 'The Worse Things Get': Life Lessons From Neko Case Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America http://wcbe.org/post/okkervil-river-coming-age-small-town-america I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:39:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 42080 at http://wcbe.org Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music? http://wcbe.org/post/question-week-what-are-best-apps-making-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqpuCRF-uoc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLLjRH6GJec</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puOKqgGkWvU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqpuCRF-uoc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLLjRH6GJec</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puOKqgGkWvU</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:18:17 +0000 Robin Hilton 41196 at http://wcbe.org Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music? Why The Newport Folk Festival Is So Special http://wcbe.org/post/why-newport-folk-festival-so-special <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIsEELFKzHA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX_GFcxRMHQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPOMHM6waxk</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:02:42 +0000 Robin Hilton 40104 at http://wcbe.org Why The Newport Folk Festival Is So Special Do You Really Listen To Full Albums? http://wcbe.org/post/do-you-really-listen-full-albums <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxyUl3DrOLE</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 00:29:57 +0000 Robin Hilton 36005 at http://wcbe.org Question Of The Week: Do You Hear Music When You Dream? http://wcbe.org/post/question-week-do-you-hear-music-when-you-dream <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxb4LayC7A</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQXCELBPI6Q</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 19:59:07 +0000 Robin Hilton 35124 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-music-you-tribute-john-denver <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Ask die-hard <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15461169/john-denver">John Denver</a> fans why they love the late singer's music so much and they'll likely tell you the same thing: "He makes me cry." Denver, who wrote unabashedly sentimental songs about love, nature and an ever-homesick life on the road, had a rare gift for stirring something inside listeners. To many, his melodies and lyrics could come off as maudlin and conventional. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:23:54 +0000 Robin Hilton 32924 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver' First Listen: Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-youth-lagoon-wondrous-bughouse <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/172695657/youth-lagoon">Youth Lagoon</a>'s second album, <em>Wondrous Bughouse</em>, is one of the most arresting headphone records you'll hear this year. Trevor Powers, the band's sole member, layers strange but alluring synth textures under quirky melodies and simple pop beats, in the process creating an expansive and endlessly engrossing world of sonic curiosities.<p>As with Youth Lagoon's 2011 debut, <em>The Year of Hibernation</em>, the songs on <em>Wondrous Bughouse</em> are moody but not melancholy. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:34:26 +0000 Robin Hilton 31363 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse' Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying http://wcbe.org/post/trent-reznor-new-band-new-song-new-video-still-terrifying The members of How To Destroy Angels, a collective featuring <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/89493553/nine-inch-nails">Nine Inch Nails</a> frontman <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/19/143834396/trent-reznor-the-fresh-air-interview">Trent Reznor</a>, his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, art director Rob Sheridan and the brilliant composer Atticus Ross, have an unambiguously grim view of where civilization is headed. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:06:16 +0000 Robin Hilton 29922 at http://wcbe.org Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying Question Of The Week: What Song Did You Listen To The Most In 2012? http://wcbe.org/post/question-week-what-song-did-you-listen-most-2012 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62hoopKaZRY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMD8kT7SW-M</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:17:51 +0000 Robin Hilton 26941 at http://wcbe.org Question Of The Week: What Song Did You Listen To The Most In 2012? Question Of The Day: Top Five Bands That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are? http://wcbe.org/post/question-day-top-five-bands-should-be-way-bigger-they-are <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOwjVVSNOtY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b74LOeLW5k</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blm6VHr4O0E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiZPMWCZLII</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODhy79JMCPk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ6JkpYJdFE</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:35:51 +0000 Robin Hilton 25119 at http://wcbe.org Question Of The Day: Top Five Bands That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are? First Listen: Jason Lytle, 'Dept. Of Disappearance' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-jason-lytle-dept-disappearance <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>After two decades of writing beautifully inspired, idiosyncratic pop and rock songs, former <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16217061/grandaddy">Grandaddy</a> frontman <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/101668082/jason-lytle">Jason Lytle</a> has come to one immutable conclusion: His music isn't that heavy.<p>While some artists devote a lifetime to making politically charged anthems or socially conscious ballads, Lytle's songs are simply stories — mostly fictional tales that offer listeners little moments of fantastical escape or qui Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:08:58 +0000 Robin Hilton 23976 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Jason Lytle, 'Dept. Of Disappearance' Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78' http://wcbe.org/post/song-premiere-beck-remixes-philip-glass-nyc-73-78 The latest tease from this fall's upcoming collection of remixed <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15680178/philip-glass">Philip Glass</a> tunes comes from <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck">Beck</a>. The 20-minute song, "NYC: 73-78," includes snippets from more than 20 Glass songs, which Beck cut together and re-imagined.<p>Beck turned the many clips into a gorgeous, trance-inducing meditation on Glass' nearly half-century of work as a pioneering avant-garde composer. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:33:44 +0000 Robin Hilton 23665 at http://wcbe.org Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78' First Listen: Cat Power, 'Sun' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-cat-power-sun <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Chan Marshall, the creative force behind <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15329979/cat-power">Cat Power</a>, has long been indie rock's standard-bearer for melancholy navel gazing. In a career spanning nearly two decades, she's produced a large catalog of mostly moody confessionals, mixing blues, folk and arty punk with a swoon-inducing, transcendent voice. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:18:11 +0000 Robin Hilton 21702 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Cat Power, 'Sun' Vote For The Year's Best Music (So Far) http://wcbe.org/post/vote-years-best-music-so-far Around this time each year I begin to marvel at how we've already reached the halfway point. I haven't even taken down my Christmas lights yet and already everyone's reflecting on all the great music we've had so far.<p>For the past several weeks, the NPR Music team has been gathering to hammer out a list of the group's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/08/154600951/npr-musics-25-favorite-albums-of-2012-so-far?ps=mh_frimg1">25 favorite albums</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/11/154785665/npr-musics-50-favorite-songs-of-2012-so-far">50 favorite songs</a>. We laughed, we cried. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:26:24 +0000 Robin Hilton 17096 at http://wcbe.org Vote For The Year's Best Music (So Far)