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Music Editor — NPR

NPR Music editor, writer, yakker; Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist; long-ago Onion A.V. Club editor; snack-eater; TV-watcher; dad and multicade owner; nap-taker.

The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred

npr.org — A couple weeks ago, Code Switch blogger Gene Demby and I sat down to reflect on a decade-old sports moment - a single play in a single game - and describe how it affected us as rival fans of the teams involved.
Jul 27, 2015

New #GiantFoamFinger this morning! In which dear pal @geedee215 and I discuss what hatred means to sports fans: n.pr/1ec0r55 #PCHH

Jul 27, 2015

RT @idislikestephen: New #GiantFoamFinger this morning! In which dear pal @geedee215 and I discuss what hatred means to sports fans: n.pr/1ec0r55 #PCHH

First Listen: Ashley Monroe, 'The Blade'

The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

wnyc.org — · by Stephen Thompson From We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shipment of cat sedatives that have us pondering just how often we order shipments of cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives.

The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shipment of cat sedatives that have us pondering just how often we order shipments of cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on sedating children (not cats) via music.

First Listen: Ashley Monroe, 'The Blade'

npr.org — Not many country singers under 30 could score a chart-topping hit with mainstream mainstay Blake Shelton ("Lonely Tonight"), frequent collaborations with elder statesman Vince Gill and a spot in Jack White's Third Man House Band - which is saying nothing of Ashley Monroe's recurring role in the all-star trio Pistol Annies, in which she performs alongside Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert.
Jul 16, 2015

The fine new Ashley Monroe LP streaming on @nprmusic. "The Blade" = the crown jewel; "Buried" could be a Cramps cover n.pr/1O6A6CB

Jul 19, 2015

Gorgeous new trad-country LP for a scorching Sunday afternoon -> First Listen @ashleymonroe "The Blade" @nprmusic npr.org/2015/07/15/422…

Pop Culture Happy Hour On Sports: Introducing 'The Giant Foam Finger'

wnyc.org — · by Stephen Thompson From We talk a lot about nostalgia on Pop Culture Happy Hour - about the ways entertainment has shaped our youth and placed our memories in perspective - but in doing so, we've mostly discussed movies, TV shows, music, books, board games, that sort of thing.

Pop Culture Happy Hour On Sports: Introducing 'The Giant Foam Finger'

npr.org — We talk a lot about nostalgia on Pop Culture Happy Hour - about the ways entertainment has shaped our youth and placed our memories in perspective - but in doing so, we've mostly discussed movies, TV shows, music, books, board games, that sort of thing.
Jul 14, 2015

introducing The Giant Foam Finger, a new summer podcast abt sports fandom, featuring the dude @idislikestephen + me. n.pr/1LeuZ3a

Jul 14, 2015

The Giant Foam Finger, a new #PCHH podcast about sports fandom, with dear pal (and sports rival) @geedee215 and me: n.pr/1LeuZ3a

Jul 14, 2015

RT @idislikestephen: The Giant Foam Finger, a new #PCHH podcast about sports fandom, with dear pal (and sports rival) @geedee215 and me: n.pr/1LeuZ3a

Jul 14, 2015

True story: @idislikestephen and I debated whether to call this series "Big Foam Finger" or "Giant Foam Finger." npr.org/sections/monke…

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First Listen: Tame Impala, 'Currents'

wnyc.org — · by Stephen Thompson From Tame Impala's Kevin Parker is a relentless tinkerer: His songs have an impeccable, fussed-over quality, to the point where fussy impeccability could easily seem like the sum total of his mission.

First Listen: Tame Impala, 'Currents'

npr.org — Tame Impala's Kevin Parker is a relentless tinkerer: His songs have an impeccable, fussed-over quality, to the point where fussy impeccability could easily seem like the sum total of his mission. Sounding great and being great are two vastly different features in the ever-subjective world of rock 'n' roll, after all, and yet the Australian band's best songs have found ways to check both boxes.
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Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

npr.org — Just a little less than five years ago, Linda Holmes and I decided to book a studio after-hours and record what we'd call " an audio experiment" - a roundtable discussion of pop culture with the two of us and our pals Trey Graham and Glen Weldon, produced by the essential Mike Katzif.
Jul 03, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour's 250th episode, up now, features Magic Mike XXL, #CatastropheTV, and @MrsFridayNext: n.pr/1IJYPrH #PCHH

Jul 06, 2015

I finally had a chance to listen to the most recent Pop Culture Happy Hour (npr.org/sections/monke…) & it’s making me happy! (SWWC mentioned)

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Jul 27, 2015

New #GiantFoamFinger this morning! In which dear pal @geedee215 and I discuss what hatred means to sports fans: n.pr/1ec0r55 #PCHH

Jul 24, 2015

Those seeking my 15-hour Songs For Editing playlist can visit this link and click "Public Playlists": play.spotify.com/user/127054489

Jul 24, 2015

Happy birthday to the brilliant and beautiful, great and good @loveismaroon, who every day teaches me new ways to work harder and love more.

Jul 24, 2015

RT @nprmonkeysee: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Trainwreck' And 'Ant-Man.' [Spoiler alert: we like both!] npr.org/sections/monke…

Jul 23, 2015

Is Foursquare still a thing? Because I just became mayor of driving a rented Fiat through Issaquah, Wash., while cranking Ginuwine's "Pony."

Jul 23, 2015

For @nprmusic, I compiled some of the country songs I fell in love with while working at a grocery store in 1987-90: open.spotify.com/user/npr_music…

Jul 22, 2015

Hanging out in Seattle as my East Coast peers are ravaged by #sharknado3 is filling me with a cocktail of relief, guilt, and time-zone envy.

Jul 20, 2015

Drove 2,159 miles in 72 hours and only got to be in Wisconsin for a few hours. But I made the most of it, didn't I? pic.twitter.com/ZZfK0uZj3F

Jul 17, 2015

@nprmonkeysee Eh, my charms have withered since 2006. I'm livin' in Presley's world now! Bathing in her reflected rainbows.

Jul 17, 2015

@idislikestephen Four bottles of champagne, cakes, flowers, and ice-cream sandwiches from four people working independently of each other.

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