All Songs Considered Blog
10:26 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Song Premiere: Arca's 'Manners' Finds Warmth Between Extremes

An image from Arca's "Manners."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 5:28 pm

Getting friends into new music, especially from unfamiliar or otherwise forbidding genres, can be a feat of arm-twisting — of variations on ways to yell, "Listen to this, dummy!" Sami Yenigun, who works on the NPR Arts Desk and pops up frequently on All Songs Considered, is constantly agitating on behalf of electronic and dance music, so he jumps all over questions like, "What song do you love right now?"

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A Blog Supreme
9:45 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Jazz's Hallowed Basement In Photos

The Village Vanguard's awning and sign have become iconic among jazz aficionados.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:29 pm

The Village Vanguard is one of jazz's hallowed venues — quite an achievement for a cramped basement room with a capacity of 123 people.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:56 am
Wed June 27, 2012

New York Polyphony's Living Room Madrigal

Mito-Habe Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:41 pm

For New York Polyphony, it's location, location, location. The four-man vocal ensemble thrives on music from the Renaissance, much of it designed for cavernous, reverberant spaces. Think voices soaring through arched cathedrals. But madrigals by Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso, with their more intimate storytelling vibe, are suited for smaller venues — like, say, the living room of New York Polyphony bass Craig Phillips.

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A Blog Supreme
5:03 am
Wed June 27, 2012

A Vacation Supreme

Cover art to the compilation Jazz West Coast Vol. 3.
World Pacific Records

A Blog Supreme's editor — um, hello — is now away on vacation. But A Blog Supreme will still be active with features from NPR Music partners, so don't go anywhere.

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4:36 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Third Time's The Charm: J-Lo And Pitbull 'Dance Again'

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:34 am

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