Mon November 21, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Joe Henry: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 1:38 pm

Michael Katzif NPR
  • Audio Only: Joe Henry's Tiny Desk Concert

For musicians performing behind Bob Boilen's desk at the NPR Music offices, there's often an inverse relationship between professional accomplishment and the amount of time required to set up. For new bands still finding their way, pre-show preparation can be a numbing chore of positioning effects pedals and rehearsing song after song before the cameras start rolling.

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Mon November 21, 2011
Music Interviews

Yo-Yo Ma's Bluegrass-Inspired 'Goat Rodeo'

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 11:27 am

Yo-Yo Ma's latest Americana exploration features his work with mandolinist Chris Thile, bassist Edgar Meyer and fiddler Stuart Duncan.
Jeremy Cowart

A sense of humor comes through The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the latest Americana exploration for the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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Sun November 20, 2011
Music Interviews

Les Claypool: Need-To-Know Bassist

Les Claypool (far right) has had plenty of extracurricular pursuits since the last Primus album. Green Naugahyde is the band's first long-player in over a decade.
Tod Brilliant Courtesy of the artist

Primus got plenty of of airtime on MTV and college radio in the 1990s, thanks to songs like "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." But by the start of the next decade, the San Francisco band was ready for a hiatus.

"Which was just sort of a fancy way of saying we were all tired of each other, and tired of the music, and not getting anything done," says founder and bass guitarist Les Claypool to Weekend Edition Sunday host Audie Cornish.

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Sat November 19, 2011
Music Interviews

The Man Behind The Music Of 'Entourage' Sets The Tone

Scott Vener is the music supervisor for How to Make It in America. The finale of the second season airs Sunday night on HBO.
Jeff Forney HBO

Scott Vener is the music supervisor for How to Make It in America, which air its season finale Sunday night on HBO.

"I would say primarily a lot of the music I'm finding is sort of like what is bubbling on the Internet," Vener says.

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Fri November 18, 2011

Weekend Audition: Fierce, Feist & Fiasco


FIERCE:  Crank up your speakers (but not too much) for some exhilarating “musical caffeine” – a 9-minute blockbuster of a Tchaikovsky finale (Symphony No. 4) – with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the roaring San Francisco Symphony a few years back. It gets the blood pumping, guaranteed. Better yet, consider watching the whole PBS DVD set, part of the series, Keeping Score: MTT on Music. The first disc contains a brilliant narration on the behind-the-scenes painstaking preparation for this performance. Fasten your seatbelt.

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