Music

Music Interviews
11:03 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Paul Simon On Making 'Graceland'

Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1987.
Luise Gibb Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 11:18 am

Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland marked an unprecedented intersection of music, culture and politics. In a conversation with World Cafe's David Dye — presented here in four parts — Simon speaks candidly about his legendary collaborations with South African musicians such as Joseph Shabalala and his vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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Music Reviews
11:03 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Miguel Zenon And Laurent Coq Play 'Hopscotch'

Miguel Zenon.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 1:57 pm

The new quartet album by alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Laurent Coq is called Rayuela, which means "hopscotch." It's named for Julio Cortázar's novel, the fragmented tale of a wandering bohemian and his social circles in Parisian exile, as well as back home in Buenos Aires.

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World Cafe
10:30 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Next: Jordan Hull

Jordan Hull.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:34 am

  • Hear two new songs from Jordan Hull

Jordan Hull has always been a creative type. Growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Hull explored theater, writing and painting, and eventually got into music as an escape during his rebellious high-school years. Now in Nashville, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter writes lyrics that draw inspiration from great troubadours of yesteryear, including Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.

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A Blog Supreme
5:03 am
Mon September 3, 2012

A Work Song For Labor Day

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:12 pm

There's something about the melodies of the great hard bop tunes — they unfurl with a certain sonic poetry. They're taut and neat, the ledgers of ragged syncopations all balanced out. Every repetition feels necessary, every variation opens up a new universe of possibilities, every chord change is the exact right movement.

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Music Interviews
5:24 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Cat Power: 'I'm Not Ashamed To Hear My Voice'

Chan Marshall's new album as Cat Power, her first set of new songs in more than six years, is called Sun.
Austin Conroy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 9:20 am

The musician known as Cat Power has a penchant for goofing around. That might come as a surprise to those familiar with her music, which is always at least a little bit mournful.

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