Beck's 'Loser' at 30 and the golden age of slacker rock
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1d ago
Nothing on mainstream radio sounded like Beck's "Loser" when it dropped in 1994. Thirty years later, we explain why, look at its impact on the rise of slacker rock and how we still hear it today. With KEXP's Cheryl Waters, NPR's Stephen Thompson and host Robin Hilton. Beck tracks featured in this episode: From 'Mellow Gold': "Loser" "Truck Driving Neighbor Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)" "Beercan" "Black Hole" From 'Stereopathetic Soulmanure': "Satan Gave Me A Taco" "Rowboat" From 'One Foot in the Grave':"One Foot in the Grave" Also featured:Basehead: "Brand New Day" from 'Play with Toys' Ween ..read more
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New Music Friday: The best albums out Feb. 23
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5d ago
Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen discuss Hurray for the Riff Raff's career-defining new album The Past Is Still Alive, along with a trio of other thrilling new releases that reveal the distinct strengths of the musicians behind them. Featured albums:1. Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Past Is Still Alive 2. Erika de Casier, Still (released Wednesday, Feb. 21) 3. Real Estate, Daniel 4. Mary Timony, Untame The Tiger Other notable releases out Feb. 23: • Daymé Arocena, Alkemi • glaive, a bit of a mad one • Glitterer, Rationale • Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru, Souvenirs • Corb Lund, El Viejo • Mama Zu ..read more
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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Residente, La Yegros and El Cuarteto de Nos
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1w ago
Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre round up their favorite new music, including Southern Cone rock and cumbia, atmospheric vocals from the U.S. and even some delicate yet emotionally powerful music from the Catalan region of Spain. Featured songs: El Cuarteto de Nos: "Chivo Expiatorio (En Vivo)" Helado Negro: "Best For You and Me" La Yegros: "Bodas de Plumas" Lau Noah: "If a tree falls in love with a river" Daymé Arocena: "A Fuego Lento" (feat. Vicente García) Residente: "Ron En El Piso" Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler. Hazel Cills is the podcast e ..read more
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Mix messages: Listeners share the songs that say 'I've got a crush on you'
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2w ago
We asked listeners to tell us about a time they put a song on a mixtape or playlist to woo a crush. On this week's show, we share some of those songs ... and find out if they worked. Featured Songs: 1. Peter Gabriel: "In Your Eyes" 2. Depeche Mode: "Somebody" 3. Erykah Badu: "Kiss Me On My Neck" 4. Madness: "It Must Be Love" 5. Mirah: "Dreamboat" 6. Q-Tip: "Vivrant Thing" 7. The Kinks: "Tired of Waiting for You" 8. The Magnetic Fields: "I Don't Want To Get Over You" 9. The Modern Lovers: "I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms" 10. Mazzy Star: "Fade Into You" Learn more about sponsor message choices: p ..read more
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New Music Friday: Brittany Howard and a new era of musical masters
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2w ago
Ann Powers and Sheldon Pearce listen to the new albums out on Feb. 9 — including Brittany Howard's What Now — and find themselves wondering about the cultural value of virtuosity in 2024. Featured albums: 1. Brittany Howard, What Now 2. Joel Ross, nublues 3. Boldy James & Nicholas Craven, Penalty of Leadership (released Jan. 12) 4. Kali Malone, All Life Long 5. Sonic Youth, Walls Have Ears 6. Usher, Coming Home Other notable albums out Feb. 9:• Helado Negro, PHASOR • Chelsea Wolfe, She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She • Madi Diaz, Weird Faith • Declan McKenna, What Happened To The B ..read more
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The greatest Boleros of all-time
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3w ago
Nothing captures the agony of love, loss, hope and redemption like the song form known across all of Latin America: the bolero. Last December, UNESCO declared the bolero "an intangible cultural heritage of humanity" and "an indispensable part of the Latin American sentimental song." And given that Valentine's Day is coming up, Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre did something special this week, in honor of this news: they asked some of their favorite artists and show listeners to share their most-loved boleros, and break down exactly what makes them so special. Join Felix and Ana as they laugh ..read more
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The Billy Joel single is actually great, and other songs we had to share this week
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3w ago
Host Robin Hilton hangs with NPR's Hazel Cills and Sheldon Pearce to geek out about the new Billy Joel, Kim Gordon, Shygirl, Nia Archives and more ..read more
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A recap of the 2024 Grammys
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3w ago
Our friends at NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour break down the major winners and highlights from the 2024 Grammy Awards ..read more
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New Music Friday: What Were The Grammys Made For?
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3w ago
Ann Powers, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson make predictions ahead of Sunday night's 66th annual Grammy Awards. Notable albums out Feb. 2: • The Last Dinner Party, Prelude to Ecstasy • J Mascis, What Do We Do Now • Kirin J Callinan, If I Could Sing • Lee Scratch Perry, King Perry • Paul McCartney & Wings, Band on the Run (Underdubbed Mixes) • The Paranoid Style, The Interrogator • Liquid Mike, Paul Bunyan's Slingshot • Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey, Compassion • Jenny Sturgeon & Boo Hewerdine, Outliers ..read more
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Why we still love Green Day
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1M ago
With Green Day's stellar new album, Saviors, the 20th anniversary of American Idiot and 30th anniversary of Dookie, NPR's Daoud Tyler-Ameen, Stephen Thompson and Robin Hilton look at the band's legacy ..read more
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