The Mix
1:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Mix: The Woody Guthrie Centennial

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 on July 14, 2012.
Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 1:15 pm

This audio is no longer available.

Read more
All Songs Considered Blog
1:25 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

How Doo-Wop Unlocks The New Album By Dirty Projectors

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:46 pm

Read more
Music Reviews
11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.
Getty Digital

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 11:25 am

Facing Bach's St. Matthew Passion, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances.

Read more
The Record
10:11 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Six Things You Didn't See In Frank Ocean's 'Late Night' Performance

Still courtesy of NBC

The late-night talk show format hasn't changed much since the 1950s. There's the opening monologue, a comedy bit, two celebrity interviews, and a musical guest. So it felt a bit odd to see Frank Ocean — a young man who embodies a particular changing of the guard in pop music — on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night. I was in the audience at Late Night, and actually, "waiting" to see Ocean would be more accurate, because that's what most of Monday's show entailed for the studio audience.

Read more
Field Recordings
6:36 am
Tue July 10, 2012

A 'Flash Choir' Sings Philip Glass In Times Square

Conductor Kent Tritle leads an impromptu choir in the world premiere of Philip Glass' "A New Rule" in New York's Times Square.

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 2:10 pm

To honor Philip Glass' 75th birthday this year, we here at NPR Music commissioned Glass to create a short work that would be great fun for amateur and professional singers alike. A big part of what we do is to try to make all kinds of music engaging and accessible — and wouldn't it be great to invite anyone who wanted to come and sing in a world premiere by one of the most celebrated composers of our time?

Read more