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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December 21, 2014 | NPR · American Jewish college student Amelia Wolf spent Hanukkah last year in Ramallah. As the holiday approached, she was lonely — until her Palestinian hosts got wind of how she was feeling.
 

Arts & Life

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces In The Crowd.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. Karen Grigsby Bates finds the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.
 

Music

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? “Put a little Outkast to it,” the soul singer says.
 

December 21, 2014 | NPR · In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.
 

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December 21, 2014 | KCRW · The singer and guitarist revisits “Hi-Fi,” from his much-loved breakthrough album, Transistor Radio.
 

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