Music + Culture

Music + Culture
3:08 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

A True Masterpiece: Lost In The Trees

If you feel like being surrounded by mystery, enchantment, and beauty then Lost In The Trees’ new album, A Church That Fits Our Needs is a stellar fit.  The album has a special feeling.  Like that moment when you’re shoe shopping and you find a pair that fits your foot in a perfect way.  That might be a strange comparison, but my heart rushes when I listen to this album.  The movement of every song on this album is impeccable, leaving you with a feeling of hope and wonder.  With the lush-like vocals, lyrics, and sounds of cellos, violin, viola, tuba, piano, guitar bass, and percuss

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Music + Culture
2:40 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Kick Back & Relax to Real Estate

One of my favorite bands, Real Estate stopped by NPR to perform a three-song Tiny Desk Concert.  Real Estate’s latest album Days has been on repeat for me since its release from Domino Records last fall.  For being a surf-rock, lo-fi, breezy pop kind of band this album fits perfectly with a crisp autumn or winter day. 

Watch Real Estate’s Tiny Desk Concert here.

Music + Culture
12:46 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

A Jazzy Spin on an Infamous Classical Piece

The music of two innovators from the last two centuries comes together Saturday night in Tacoma.  Tacoma Philharmonic and Broadway Center present ‘The Bad Plus – on Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring’.  According to Billboard, The Bad Plus is America’s most “audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio”.  They will be performing one of the most famous works of 20th century art, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a work that at its premiere in 1913 caused a riot among the audience

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Deceptive Cadence
4:59 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

'Kinshasa Symphony': An Ode To Musical Joy In Central Africa

A member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste plays outdoors in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 11:34 am

An amazing new documentary film is a must-see not just for music lovers, but for anyone who needs to see the nourishing power of the arts and human connections.

Kinshasa Symphony takes us into the everyday lives of the members of a most unlikely ensemble: the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place ravaged by war, endemic poverty and corruption.

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Retro Cocktail Hour
2:56 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Cover Art From The "Space-Age"

From the late 1940s through the early '60s, the space race spawned a short-lived genre of "outer space exotica". Although the music on these records was often considerably less adventurous than the album covers promised, it's an fascinating mix of instrumental pop, electronic gadgetry, big band swing, movie music and garden variety elevator music. Here's a sampling of some memorable "space" records.

Click on the image gallery to see a sampling.

See more at Retro Cocktail Hour online

Davy Jones
1:27 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

My First Crush: A Love Letter To Davy Jones

Monkees singer Davy Jones, seen here in 1968, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 66.
Keystone Features Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 5:11 pm

Kitty Eisele is supervising senior editor at NPR's Morning Edition. In this essay she remembers Monkees band member Davy Jones, who died Wednesday at age 66.

This is embarrassing to write, but years ago when my first crush erupted, I asked my dad to write a love note on my behalf to Davy Jones.

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Exploring Music Playlists
1:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin - March 2012

Find playlists for Exploring Music by clicking on a day of the week under the description of each week's theme.

March 26 - 30, 2012: You and the Night and the Music
Novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri - Coming Soon

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New Artists
1:11 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Northwest Music Feature: Y La Bamba

I was lucky enough to catch this Latin-American inspired 6 piece band, last winter here in Pullman, WA at one of our only music venues in town, The Belltower.  At the time, I was listening to their second release, Lupon, with which I had instantly fallen in love.  Lead singer and song writer Luz Elena Mendoza creates the most beautiful and enchanting melodies with accordions, clarinets, shakers, and other percussive instruments.  These Portland, OR natives keep climbing the indie charts with music that reflects a mix of Mendoza’s Mexican h

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Music + Culture
9:01 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press.
Cindy Carpien NPR

Before they made it to the Oscars, the nominated films — not to mention all the films that didn't make the cut — were viewed by some 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many of those movies were shown in small, private, rented screening rooms all over Hollywood.

The studios have their own screening rooms, of course, but often directors want a more private place to screen works in progress — with no studio suits in sight.

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Culture
12:16 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Local Films to be Premiered Oscar Night

This Sunday, February 26, many will sit down to their televisions to enjoy the 84th Academy Awards. Since the release of the nominees the internet has been filled with predictions and debates mainly centering around the "Best Actor in a Leading Role," Best Actress in a Leading Role," and "Best Picture. While these awards are being revealed down in Hollywood, the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) will be presenting an award show of its own. 

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