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All Songs Considered Blog
9:03 am
Wed September 5, 2012

First Watch: Moon Duo, 'Sleepwalker'

Courtesy of the artist

If you're too young to remember the 1980s, you'll have to take my word for it: We thought we were pretty cool. New Coke, pink Izods, hair metal and The A-Team. We really turned pop culture on its head! (We didn't turn pop culture on its head.)

Of all the trends that seemed fantastically modern back then, few things said "the '80s" more than aerobics and the requisite leg warmers and unitards. The San Francisco band Moon Duo revives this exercise phenomenon — and everything that now seems ludicrous about it — in a new video for its song "Sleepwalker."

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Live At The Village Vanguard
8:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts: Live At The Village Vanguard

Matt Wilson.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 12:25 pm

Drummer Matt Wilson is always a colorful player — a timekeeper who exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him, finding melody in it. And when it's his gig, he's also a colorful personality with flailing limbs and goofy joy on his face.

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Music
7:04 am
Wed September 5, 2012

33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988
Paul Bergen Courtesy of Redferns

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 7:17 am

100 years ago today, John Cage was born. In celebration of his birthday, we asked contemporary musicians across a wide range of genres and backgrounds — not only in classical music, but also pop, rock, metal, electronic and experimental — what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Composer, conceptual artist and professional provocateur John Cage, in a 1966 portrait.
Victor Drees Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:51 pm

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Around the Nation
2:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.
Courtesy of Robert and Michael Meeropol

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 2:37 pm

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.

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