12:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Boban i Marko Markovic: Irresistible Party Music

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar performs onstage in 2008.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

A dozen years ago, if someone told me that one of the liveliest, most inventive party albums of the year would come from a band originally associated with wedding celebrations and beer festivals, I would have been all, "Yeah, sure, you bet." If it was further explained that the band's roots were much closer to polka than rock, funk or hip-hop, I would have responded, "Don't push it." But nowadays, I'm familiar with the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, whose retrospective Golden Horns will lighten the heart and lift the feet as surely as anything you'll hear in 2012.

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Mountain Stage
12:12 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage

Matt Nathanson performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:20 am

Matt Nathanson performed this set for Mountain Stage, recorded live in West Virginia, back in December 2007. The singer, who was born in Massachusetts but now lives in San Francisco, began writing songs in high school, and made his first record while attending college in 1993. He's recorded seven studio albums since — the latest of which, Modern Love, came out last year.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:01 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 31


Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:03 am

Apart from Rubber Soul by The Beatles, there weren't any big winners in last week's poll, the latest in our summer-long attempt to identify the albums we can all agree on.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Making a Case For Casella

Alfredo Casella's orchestral scores are finally receiving well-deserved attention these days.

Up until a few years ago, Italian-born, French-educated composer-pianist-conductor Alfredo Casella's greatest claim to fame in America was as the director of the Boston Pops in the late 1920s, preceding Arthur Fiedler. But that pales in comparison to the significant body of distinguished music he left behind that is receiving increased attention from record companies.

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All Songs Considered
11:31 am
Tue July 31, 2012

David Byrne & St. Vincent, Django Django And More

Clockwise from upper left: Django Django, Neneh Cherry, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Purity Ring.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 12:45 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered: funny concert memories, one album with a wacky cover and a surprisingly great sound, a bittersweet goodbye and (of course) lots of new music.

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