Thistle and Shamrock
11:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Bridges

Courtesy of the artist

There are many songs and tunes commemorating the landmarks that span our rivers and railways. Every bit as powerful as these physical structures, music is our bridge across time and place and our way to connect with one another. Cross all forms of bridges with us this week.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:36 am
Wed July 18, 2012

The Operatic Occupations Puzzler

Jose Carbo (left) is the wily title character in a Sydney Opera House production of Rossini's Il barbieri di Siviglia.
Patrick Riviere Getty Images

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Who needs them, who's going to get them and who might lose them? It's a hot topic on the campaign trail. With the addition of only about 80,000 jobs last month, the June unemployment rate remained at a stubborn 8.2 percent.

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Field Recordings
9:27 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Deer Tick: Beauty Among The Honey Buckets

Deer Tick performs "Main Street" at the Sasquatch bathrooms.

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 10:57 am

We were late getting set up. As Deer Tick's John McCauley stood on the picturesque hillside of the Columbia River Gorge, about to strum the first chord of a song, another band started to blast us from the main stage nearby. We had to leave. It was a relief, really, because the natural majesty of the surroundings didn't seem at home with Deer Tick's music — especially not the Replacements-esque party attitude of the band's new album, Divine Providence.

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The Record
6:03 am
Wed July 18, 2012

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy disbanded LCD Soundsystem after three acclaimed albums. The documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits chronicles the band's final concert at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:29 pm

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Music Interviews
6:22 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Elton John: Old Songs, Old Friends, New Perspectives

Elton John performs in Ibiza earlier this month. The British singer's new memoir is titled Love Is the Cure.
Jaime Reina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 9:52 am

Elton John has been writing music since the 1960s, and between then and now, he has had enough life experience to reach some remarkable conclusions.

"I certainly, if I'm being honest with you, don't think you write as good a song on cocaine as you do when you're normal," he tells Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

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