All Songs Considered Blog
10:33 am
Fri June 1, 2012

I Just Deleted All My Music (Pt. 1)

Bob Boilen had more than 25,000 songs stored on his laptop's hard drive. Now there are none.

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 9:51 am

I just deleted over 25,000 songs from my iTunes library. I am going to trust in the cloud, where my library now lives. I'm a bit scared, but I backed everything up, took a deep breath and stepped into the future.

Abandoning the way I've come to listen to music over the last decade feels like a big experiment, but in some ways, the decision was a long time coming. I've been close to maxing out the hard drive space on my laptop for a while, and in a single day this week, I reclaimed nearly 200 gigabytes.

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World Cafe
10:26 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Lana Del Rey On World Cafe

Nicole Nodland

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:19 am

Lana Del Rey got her start at 18, when she was still known as Lizzy Grant and moved from Lake Placid to New York City to write songs and perform in clubs. In 2008, under her given name, she produced and released the EP Kill Kill independently. In 2010, her first album — the doubly eponymous Lana Del Ray [sic] a.k.a. Lizzy Grant — came out and was quickly pulled from circulation, though it'll be reissued this summer.

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TED Radio Hour
8:58 am
Fri June 1, 2012

What Do China And The Banjo Have In Common?

"Is it an original idea? Or is it something where you're literally a creative collagist? You're taking pieces of the world that you see around you and that are inside of you and put them together in a way that you see fit." — Abigail Washburn
Shervil Lainez Courtesy of Abigail Washburn

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 2:37 pm

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The Salt
8:24 am
Fri June 1, 2012

The Sounds Of Asparagus, As Explored Through Opera

The subject of an opera in Boston last week
Viktor Lugovskoy

Describing how music sounds and how food tastes, particularly for us non-professional types, is fraught with danger. We tend to fall on the same tired metaphors that turn it all to mush.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Andrew Cyrille: Haitian Fascination

Andrew Cyrille and Haitian Fascination.
Stefania Zamparelli

In the world of jazz — be it free, mainstream or other more personal styles — 72-year-old Andrew Cyrille is known for drawing vivid sonic pictures and making incendiary rhythms with his drum set. Still, not many know of Cyrille's Haitian-American origins. And, though the culture of Haiti has spawned a compelling musical relationship with both American jazz and the music on islands closer to it (see Cuba, Guadeloupe and Martinique), this connection is equally obscure to many north of Congo Square.

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