All Songs Considered Blog
4:30 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Song Premiere: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, 'The Killing Type'

Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:40 pm

I'm trying to imagine Amanda Palmer, in Amsterdam, working on this show-stopping rocker on a ukulele. But she did, and she'll tell you the tale below. This song is from the about-to-be-released album Theatre Is Evil, billed as Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra. The record was produced by John Congleton and is out on September 11.

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Live Fridays From XPN
3:58 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Ryan Shaw In Concert

Andrew Davis WXPN

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 3:10 pm

Gospel and soul music was integral to Ryan Shaw's upbringing. The Decatur, Ga., native was born into a devout Southern Pentecostal family, and at 5 began singing in church with his four brothers. Secular pop music was not part of Shaw's musical upbringing, but he eventually left for college and ultimately landed a part in the gospel musical A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Part II). That gig opened up many opportunities for Shaw, including a major-label record deal in 2006.

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Favorite Sessions
3:36 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Leif Ove Andsnes: Fatherhood And Freedom At The Piano

Leif Ove Andsnes.

Now that pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is in his 40s, he's told himself that it's time to "grow up" and immerse himself in Beethoven. This comes at the same time that he's immersing himself in the life of his daughter Sigrid, now 2.

For Andsnes, seeing the world through Beethoven's eyes is one thing, but seeing it through the eyes of a child is something else altogether.

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2:37 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Gabriel Alegria And Gerald Clayton On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 3:10 pm

The Litchfield Jazz Festival leads off with a weeks-long camp for high-school students and New York's finest musicians on the faculty, then climaxes with a two-day festival. This year it's August 11-12 in Goshen, Conn., but here we have two sets from the 2010 festival, featuring two groups with young leaders.

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World Cafe
2:31 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Latin Roots: San Antonio In The 1950s

Alejandro Escovedo.
M Chavez

San Antonio native Alejandro Escovedo co-hosts the latest installment of Latin Roots, in which he discusses the Latin character of his hometown's music since the 1950s. Escovedo's prolific rock music has always had strong Latin influences as a result of the time he spent listening to his parents' records.

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