Fri July 17, 2015
Deceptive Cadence

The Rifleman Who Fiddled For Truman, Churchill And Stalin

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

Photo from The Rifleman's Violin, directed by Sam Ball, Copyright Citizen Film 2015.
Citizen Film

Seventy years ago, shortly after defeating Nazi Germany, three victorious leaders met in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. President Harry Truman was there with British and Soviet leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Stuart Canin was also there — he was a 19-year-old GI from New York City who played the violin.

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Fri July 17, 2015
Tiny Desk

Songhoy Blues: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Songhoy Blue
Lani Milton NPR

The music I feel most connected to beyond rock is from Mali. The melodies are so fluid, so elegant and most of all so trance-inducing. It often sits on one chord and notes played revolve around that chord. It can feel like a drone at times, and in the case of Songhoy Blues it rocks, lulls and the percussion grooves are not only trance-inducing but dance-inducing.

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Tue July 14, 2015
All Songs Considered

Guest DJ: SOAK

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:44 pm

Courtesy of the artist


Sun July 12, 2015
Author Interviews

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 6:29 am

Bloomsbury USA

When the first Palestinian uprising began in the late 1980s, the images from the intifada showed exploding tear gas canisters launched by Israelis, answered by Palestinian youngsters shooting slingshots and hurling rocks. A photographer snapped a photo of a boy with tears in his eyes, an 8-year-old named Ramzi Aburedwan. The image came to represent the rage and frustration of life in the refugee camps. But although his face was famously stuck in time, Ramzi's life changed dramatically when he was introduced to music at age 16.

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Sat July 11, 2015
Music Interviews

Iron, Wine And Horses: 2 Friends Make The Ultimate Mixtape

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 5:52 am

Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine team up on Sing Into My Mouth, a new album of covers.
Courtesy of the artist

It sounds like a dream: Two old friends, supporting each other from afar, both carve out stellar reputations in the music industry. Then, when they're established enough to call the shots, they band together. For two musicians, it's what really happened.

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