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Here Are 4 Latin Albums To Get You Through This Summer

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Love is often presented as something easy, a matter of simply following your heart. But in actuality, it's rarely that effortless. Several of this week's songs reflect the sour, absurd, and heartrending aspects of intimacy: Wet, one of Robin's picks, mourns the fact that "love is not enough." Singer-songwriter John Grant muses on its absurdity in his darkly comical "Love Is Magic."  Also on the program: the classic guitar rock and pop of Montreal singer Michael Rault, the urgent music of D.C. post-punk band Flasher, and the glitchy, atmospheric electronics of Tim Hecker.

This Sunday, July 15, watch a live stream of Nuevofest 2018, a Latin music festival hosted by Philadelphia's WXPN and AfroTaíno Productions with performances by seven outstanding artists. You can catch all the action here via VuHaus, public radio's music-discovery video platform. More info on the event and each artist can be found at Latinroots.org.

Find an approximate schedule of performances below; all listings are in Eastern time.

Are you up for having a good time today? Trick question — it's impossible not to have a good time with The Suffers, as Kam Franklin explains in the opening lines of "Do Whatever": "Full on disclosure, I'm not here for exposure / I came to have a good time, so let me shine."

Don Byron On Piano Jazz

Jul 13, 2018

Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2007 Guggenheim Fellow Don Byron is a prodigious multi-instrumentalist and composer. One of the most inventive and compelling musicians of his generation, he is credited for reviving interest in the jazz clarinet, his primary instrument. He has presented projects at major music festivals around the world and is known for playing in a wide variety of genres.

Ask Rodney Crowell to point out musical mementos in his home 40 minutes south of Nashville, and he'll hurry you past the plaques commemorating his professional success. "I didn't put these up," he calls over his shoulder, striding down the hallway. "My wife did."

Ed Cage and his daughter, Nicole Paris, share a love of beatboxing. The duo's YouTube beatbox battle went viral in 2015, and since, they've traveled the world performing together.

Kelsey Stanger

Many bands are proud of their hometown, but few rep their city as much as the Houston-based group The Suffers — they consider Houston's music scene and diversity to be a core part of their identity. We'll hear some of the eight-piece band's energetic R&B in a live studio performance today. And they'll share about the challenges they faced on their rise to fame, like the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and discrimination by music executives. The Suffers' conversation with host Stephen Kallao, and live music from the new album, Everything Here, on the next World Cafe.

Happy Friday the 13th! On this week's New Music Friday, All Song Considered's Robin Hilton speaks with NPR's Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich, and Sidney Madden about the best new releases of the week. Highlights include Wiz Khalifa's long-awaited followup to the 2011 pop-rap breakout Rolling Papers, the calming songs of Luluc, affirmations of love from the Dirty Projectors and more.

Featured Albums

  1. Rayland Baxter: Wide Awake
    Featured Song: "Strange American Dream"

Gabi Porter

We take a deep dive into the vaults of Blue Note Records, the independent label that helped put artists like Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Jimmy Smith on the map. Flagbearer of trad jazz, bebop and the cool school, Blue Note is still at it after 79 years and has expanded its wheelhouse to include vocalists like Norah Jones, Ryan Adams and Van Morrison. We talk with producer extraordinaire and Blue Note president Don Was about the label's past and new directions.

Complicated Animals Escape

Jul 12, 2018

Monica da Silva and Chad Alger make up the indie duo Complicated Animals.  They are in the midst of a West Coast swing that brings them to the North Bay.  Indie folk/rock with a hint of Bossa Nova- a nice combination. Monica is Brazilian-American and Chad is a nice guy.  Together they make sweet music that has been featured on a Putamayo collection and ESPN's World Cup coverage.

They'll be at the Ipanema beach of Sonoma County, KRCB's Studio A -Friday 7/13 in the 10 o'clock hour.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jul 12, 2018

President Trump is traveling this week. But that doesn’t mean the news has stopped. After leaving the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump traveled to Britain on July 12. He’ll spend the weekend golfing, and then head to Helsinki to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Find President Trump’s full travel schedule here, from The Washington Post

The flowers in my yard are just beautiful, but there's a cost for enjoying them - namely, that if you have any inclination toward asthma, hay fever, or other Spring- and Early-Summer-Related seasonal illnesses, here they are in spades, and not just in your yard, but up and down your street, blowing in the windows of the car and otherwise bringing on coughing, sneezing, spluttering, gasping and wheezing and all that stuff.

Ben Stiller Was A Punk Rocker — Here's Proof

Jul 12, 2018

Like a lot of creatively restless high-schoolers in the late '70s and early '80s, Ben Stiller was in a band — in this case, a weird and funky post-punk band called Capital Punishment. Now that Stiller is a movie and TV star, Capital Punishment's one and only album, 1982's Roadkill, is getting its first-ever major reissue on Sept. 14.

Joel Piper / Grammy Museum

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is California singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin. Perhaps best known for his collaborative work with the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Jack wrote their classic Peaceful Easy Feeling, and co-wrote most of the songs on Glenn’s solo album. He also wrote Slow Dancing (Swayin’ to the Music), which was a top ten hit for Johnny Rivers. In the second half of the show we’ll hear a clip from our 2012 interview with the late Glenn Frey where he talks about the process of co-writing with his friend Jack Tempchin, and others.

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To see the best stories inside the Emmy nominations, you often have to look past the ones that often make headlines. The big nomination numbers were raked in by familiar nominees: Game of Thrones was the leader with 22 nominations, Saturday Night Live and Westworld had 21, The Handmaid's Tale 20. In comedy, Atlanta led with 16, but the next two spots went to first-year series: Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 14 and Barry right behind at 13.

As a parting gift, Paul Simon will release a new album Sept. 7, right near the end of his farewell tour. Simon calls In The Blue Light a fresh perspective on 10 favorite deep cuts from his own catalog.

Neko Case's voice sounds like it originates from the belly of Mother Earth herself. In her music, you can hear the roots of trees, the wisdom of ancient warrior bones, the shift of tectonic plates, molten lava and placid water. "Have mercy on the natural world," she sings on the title track to her latest album Hell-On. It's her connection to and reverence of the natural world that stands out both in the album's lyrics and in the circumstances around making it.

Loudon Wainwright III On Mountain Stage

Jul 12, 2018

While many singer-songwriters have appeared on Mountain Stage, the show's host and co-founder Larry Groce notes in his "umpteenth" introduction of Loudon Wainwright III, "he is at the top of the heap. He's the best."

Dana Decides It's This Morning at 10!

Jul 12, 2018

Dana Fuchs is a busy person.  In addition to several Bay Area shows this week, she and her band are preparing for a world tour that will last into the Fall. Maybe that is why she kept wanting to change the time of her visit to KRCB's Studio A.  First it was Thursday morning, then Friday afternoon, then a recorded session to air Monday, and finally back to the original time - this Thursday morning at 10:00.

She performs Windsor's Summer Nights on the Green tonight!

The first "destination" jazz festival took place in Newport, R.I., in 1954 — multiple days, one stage and gorgeous scenery. These days, Newport is going strong, as is Monterey in California, and the festival model has expanded to multiple stages and far beyond big-brimmed hats and lawn chairs.

For someone who has developed a reputation as one of this decade's most erudite and elegant acoustic guitarists, Nathan Salsburg has a curiously slim catalog of solo six-string work. In fact, Salsburg's endearing new album — functionally titled Third, as it's the third set he has issued under his own name — is somehow his first to feature only acoustic guitar.

Bugge Wesseltoft made his first ripples on the water in the early 1990s, as a pianist of careful touch and decisive instinct, working behind fellow Norwegians like saxophonist Jan Garbarek. The frame for his output at the time was ECM Records, which represented a sort of aesthetic worldview, especially with respect to a quality often evocatively pegged as "the Nordic sound."

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Neko Case made her new self-produced album, Hell-On, during a period of personal struggle, and a haunting effect comes through in the music. While recording the album in Sweden, she found out that her house in Vermont had burned down. The same day, she recorded vocals for a new song, called "Bad Luck." We'll hear about that experience in a conversation with host Talia Schlanger today. And Neko also shares about growing up in Washington State, with her parents who struggled with drugs and alcohol, and her reverence for nature.

Hear new tracks from Jake Garduno this Thursday, as part of Ric's Family Update. I will be playing Jake's new 4 -song ep, Two Cents and Change.

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