NPR’s Song of the Day

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June 15, 2012 | NPR · Soul music is rooted in gritty perseverance, so pairing up stalwarts Bettye LaVette and Charles Walker works on so many levels, it’s a miracle it hasn’t happened until now. “Yours and Mine” is an exhilarating affirmation of the power to prevail.
 

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June 14, 2012 | NPR · “Candy Girl” sounds like a shoegazer’s modern take on Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” — the song that soundtracked the makeout scene in Top Gun. Cool but still beautiful, it’s touching, revealing and almost painfully intimate.
 

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June 13, 2012 | NPR · Ambiguous words, delivered with earnest passion, lend special power to “Airline Living.” It’s the sort of song that’s sure to force different meanings onto different people, depending upon their place in life and state of mind.
 

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June 12, 2012 | NPR · In “That Time Is Gone,” guitarist, part-time lead vocalist and pop-music legend Peter Holsapple lays bare the anxiety of re-assembling an act that was never much more than a cult phenomenon.
 

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June 11, 2012 | NPR · In few words, “Be Good” profiles two people who love and trust each other deeply, who share their dreams and secret shames, but who would rather shotgun beers together than make out.
 

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June 8, 2012 | NPR · “Dark Steering” flirts subtly with the sounds of modern dubstep, mixing them with atmospheric squeals and detailed drum programming. The result is an unbelievably fitting soundtrack for a life-or-death motorcycle race through neon-lit city streets.
 

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June 7, 2012 | NPR · In his strangely affecting, minimalist rock paean “We Are All Teenagers,” Fite sketches out a spare electric riff with a reverb-y ’50s rock air as he nails the adolescent unease that lingers into adulthood.
 

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June 6, 2012 | NPR · From The Money Store, “I’ve Seen Footage” seems to run the beats from Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” and Salt-n-Pepa’s “Push It” through a rusty meat grinder. Meanwhile, MC Ride catalogs the paranoia and police brutality that drove him to the insanity the song exemplifies.
 

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June 5, 2012 | NPR · Singer-songwriter Nick Zammuto spent most of the ’00s as one half of the experimental folk duo The Books. In “Idiom Wind,” working at the head of a new project, he tells the story of a man who needs to get his hands dirty.
 

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June 4, 2012 | NPR · The hook in “Broke It, Buy It” is insidiously catchy enough to ricochet through your head for days. Levy concludes with the implication that our inability to accept our failings causes more unhappiness than the failures themselves as we chase retail solutions — “we broke it, so we buy it.”
 

 

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel sits down with Oscar Paz Suaznabar, who has played at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and on the NPR show From The Top.
 

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · The titanic 85-year-old jazz saxophonist and composer says two much younger musicians had no right to release a recording with him.
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel update listeners on our crowdsourcing music project, the All Things Considered Road Trip Playlist. NPR has received nearly 2,000 song suggestions, and on Wednesday shares some of the most literal picks — songs that are all about the feeling and adventure of hitting the road.
 

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