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All Songs Considered Blog
2:36 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Locrian And Mammifer: Affirmation Through Controlled Chaos

Faith Coloccia of Mammifer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 9:05 pm

"Why music?" It comes off like a Philosophy 101 essay question at first, but the more I twist my head around it, the more it causes a volcanic hurl of thought: Why do I love music? Why do I write about it? Why do I care what other people write about it? Do I love a song for the story or for itself? Does that matter? What if I go deaf? Am I going to miss my deadline?

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Music Interviews
2:01 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Take A Trip To Downtown L.A. With La Santa Cecilia

Singer Marisol Hernandez (center) takes listeners from her grandfather's burro cart to La Santa Cecilia's Latin Grammy Award, on Olvera Street in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:50 pm

Named for the patron saint of musicians, La Santa Cecilia has deep roots in the immigrant community of Los Angeles. Yet the band's six members draw inspiration not only from their rich heritage, but also from their everyday lives growing up embedded in American culture.

During a short, recent trip to historic Olvera Street in downtown L.A. — "It's a little street with little shops resembling any town in Mexico or Latin America" — singer Marisol Hernandez describes the hopes and dreams the city represents.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri June 22, 2012

America's Got Palate

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:42 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

The Record
10:46 am
Fri June 22, 2012

In New Orleans, A Buffet Of Great Music

Glen David Andrews, the New Orleans trombonist and singer and regular on HBO's Treme, surfs the crowd at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Douglas Mason Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:39 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:32 am
Fri June 22, 2012

First Watch: Family Band, 'Night Song'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 1:47 pm

For Family Band's Kim Krans, music and visual imagery are inexorably intertwined as means of expressing a dark, delicate vision. Recording with her guitarist husband Jonny Ollsin as Family Band, she's crafted a beautifully unsettling ballad in "Night Song," but it's almost difficult to imagine hearing it without the visuals she created for its video:

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