Music

4:30pm

Mon April 11, 2011
Music Interviews

Paul Simon: Creating Something 'So Beautiful'

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon was listening to a box set of old American recordings one day. Among the songs, he found a Christmas sermon bearing the voice of Atlanta's Rev. J.M. Gates, a hugely popular preacher in the 1930s and '40s. That sermon stayed with Simon, who turned it into a song.

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3:45pm

Mon April 11, 2011
Music Reviews

Paul Simon: Old Sounds, New Perspectives

For a while now, Paul Simon has been shuffling and reshuffling the basic ingredients of his 1986 masterwork Graceland, trying new combinations of exotic, often African rhythms with elements of American blues and roots music. It's a rich area that has led him to some amazing songs, and also some retreads.

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2:30pm

Fri March 11, 2011
World Cafe

Adele On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 12:30 am

Adele recently performed on World Cafe.
Mari Sarii/Courtesy of XL Records

At 22 years old, Adele was inspired by the works of Etta James, Jeff Buckley and Jill Scott when she decided to enroll in the BRIT school. By the time of graduation she had perfected her sound and emerged as a soulful songbird and MySpace sensation in 2007 and 2008.

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4:42pm

Thu March 10, 2011
Favorite Sessions

The Jayhawks: Forever The Green Grass

I still remember when I heard the Minneapolis band The Jayhawks' 1992 album Hollywood Town Hall for the first time. It was so fresh, yet so familiar at the same time, that I stopped dead in my tracks and declared it my favorite album of that year.

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2:30pm

Fri March 4, 2011
World Cafe

Iron And Wine On World Cafe

Sam Beam, better known by his stage name Iron and Wine, released his first album, The Creek Drank The Cradle, on the Sub Pop label back in 2002. He wrote, performed, recorded and produced every track by himself at a studio in his home.

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