“All of the most popular Christmas songs were composed during the 19th century, and are still used today, despite being extremely outdated and obsolete. With this album Cervello Meccanico proposes a collection of songs intended to be more suitable for the present century.”

 

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January 29, 2015 | NPR · Portugal’s Jews were expelled, burned at the stake or forcibly converted to Christianity 500 years ago. The government wants says it wants to right a wrong. Spain approved a similar law last year.
 

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January 29, 2015 | NPR · Rep. John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two. He isn’t afraid to humble the famous and focus on those whom history often overlooks.
 

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January 29, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific tenor saxophonist returned to New York this winter to present a four-clarinet summit and a new trio with Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington.
 

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