Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 3:49 pm
Legendary songwriter and producer John Cale is back with ShiftyAdventures in Nookie World, his 15th solo album and first since 2005. Cale shape-shifts often throughout the record, channeling a discotheque in the Danger Mouse-produced "I Wanna Talk 2 U," picking an acoustic guitar throughout "Living With You" and venturing into folklore in "Sandman (Flying Dutchman)." Post-punk, hip-hop and everything in between comes into play at one point or another.
We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the press releases and urgent pleas from deposed Nigerian dictators is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, as discussed this week, our interactions with those around us.
Joanna Groom asks: "How do you maintain your dignity as a music snob without alienating others?"
The sad, gorgeous chamber-pop of North Carolina's Lost in the Trees really caught my attention earlier this year: Inspired by classical music and heavy personal experiences, the band's music is dark and beautiful. Performing in the KCRW studios, Lost in the Trees also took the opportunity to introduce a new song its members have been playing on the road, titled "Glass Harp."