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All Songs Considered
12:35 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

We Get Mail: How To Make A Mixtape Without Looking Like A Creeper

Artwork for Every Breathe You Take: The Singles by The Police.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:32 pm

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Wed November 7, 2012

KCRW Presents: Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear performs on KCRW.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:35 pm

Drawing inspiration from diverse currents of alternative rock and electronic music, Matthew Dear is a true original. During his recent visit to the KCRW studios, he talked about trying to follow a more straightforward path, but "this is just what comes out." Good news, because it's a fresh and exciting dance-rock fusion.

Watch Dear perform "Earthforms" here, then catch our interview and the rest of his set at KCRW.com.

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All Songs Considered
6:12 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Dear 'Awful Band Name,' We Forgive You

Singer Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople made some amazing music. The band name, on the other hand, could have used some work.
Robert Altman Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 11:00 am

I first found the music of Gashcat buried among 2,000 other songs in a playlist NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson put together to help us prepare for South By Southwest earlier this year. I assumed I wouldn't like them and only listened because I thought the name was ridiculous. Gashcat. What does that even mean?

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Mountain Stage
3:41 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Connie Smith On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:35 pm

Country singer Connie Smith makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Bristol, Tenn./Va., in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Benjamin Gibbard On World Cafe

Ben Gibbard.
Ryan Russell

After 15 years as the singer of Death Cab for Cutie, Benjamin Gibbard has finally released his first solo album, titled Former Lives. The record moves beyond the indie-pop confines of Gibbard's band, touching on Latin music, alt-country and '70s power pop. It largely consists of songs written in the last eight years that never fit the themes of past Death Cab records.

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