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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.

Palehound, Live In Concert

npr.org — Finding a songwriting voice takes time - and then there's the process of pinpointing the best way to send that voice hurtling through speakers. Palehound's Ellen Kempner has long had the words: scathing and evocative, certain even when swimming in an ocean of doubt.
Feb 01, 2016

Before we release her #tinydesk (which was great, btw), here's @palehound playing @nprmusic's CMJ show n.pr/1PtZeG3

Leon Bridges, 'River'

npr.org — Leon Bridges' music hearkens back to the soul of old: He may be a charismatic singer in his 20s, but his music draws on a crisply appointed, pure, decades-old sound. But watch the new video for his song "River," and it's clear that Bridges has his eye fixed on the present, as well.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In Conversation With Fred Armisen And 'Welcome To Night Vale'

wfae.org — Pop Culture Happy Hour entered this week juggling a couple of problems. For one, a gigantic blizzard had just dumped roughly two feet of snow on the D.C. area, making transportation virtually impossible and, it turns out, stranding Glen Weldon in a Virginia cabin for much of the week.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In Conversation With Fred Armisen And 'Welcome To Night Vale'

npr.org — Pop Culture Happy Hour entered this week juggling a couple of problems. For one, a gigantic blizzard had just dumped roughly two feet of snow on the D.C. area, making transportation virtually impossible and, it turns out, stranding Glen Weldon in a Virginia cabin for much of the week.

Playing SXSW 2016? Send Us Your Songs

npr.org — Every year around this time, many of us on the All Songs Considered team - including Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Ann Powers and me - each dredge through nearly 2,000 MP3s by bands playing the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. And every year, we wind up missing something.
Jan 28, 2016

If you or your band is performing at SXSW 2016, please send NPR Music your song! More information here: npr.org/sections/allso…

First Listen: Elliott Smith, 'Heaven Adores You'

npr.org — There's an untouchable quality to the works of Elliott Smith, the singer-songwriter whose 2003 death haunts his already-haunting songs about pain, longing, love and survival. As with the similarly ill-fated Nick Drake, attempts to emulate or cover Smith's music tend to capture the feathery beauty while missing the bruised quality that makes it burrow under the skin as deeply and indelibly as a tattoo.
Jan 28, 2016

Via @nprmusic: First Listen: Elliott Smith, 'Heaven Adores You' n.pr/1OWAVx0

Jan 29, 2016

.@nprmusic for the double win today: stream the new soundtrack to Heaven Adores You, that great elliott smith doc npr.org/2016/01/27/464…

First Listen: Walter Martin, 'Arts & Leisure'

npr.org — After The Walkmen announced an " extreme hiatus" at the end of 2013, the band's members scattered in many artistic directions: Singer Hamilton Leithauser, for example, made a Walkmen-esque solo record that showcased his brooding side, while multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin made a playful, guest-star-laden album for kids called We're All Young Together.

The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

wfae.org — A few months ago, Code Switch lead blogger Gene Demby turned to Twitter in an attempt to crowd-source a solution to a problem he'd been having. Gene had begun watching Premier League soccer but couldn't settle on a rooting interest, so he asked the league's fans to convince him to root for one team or another.

The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

npr.org — A few months ago, Code Switch lead blogger Gene Demby turned to Twitter in an attempt to crowd-source a solution to a problem he'd been having. Gene had begun watching Premier League soccer but couldn't settle on a rooting interest, so he asked the league's fans to convince him to root for one team or another.
Jan 20, 2016

New Giant Foam Finger! In which @geedee215 and I discuss how sports fans choose their favorite teams: npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

Jan 25, 2016

RT @idislikestephen: New Giant Foam Finger! In which @geedee215 and I discuss how sports fans choose their favorite teams: npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

Song Premiere: Eric Bachmann, 'Mercy'

npr.org — Eric Bachmann has reinvented himself several times in the last quarter-century: After breaking through in the '90s, with the jagged, sneering indie rock of Archers Of Loaf - and releasing an album of rock instrumentals as Barry Black - Bachmann took on the name Crooked Fingers, which he's used for solo works, experiments and full-band explorations.
Jan 20, 2016

Through his many guises, I have long loved @Eric_Bachmann's music. Yet another winner in "Mercy." n.pr/1OwqMc4

Jan 20, 2016

RT @MacMerge: New @Eric_Bachmann song is maybe the best he's written and that's saying something...via @nprmusic: npr.org/sections/allso… #Mercy

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Feb 13, 2016

The first valentine @loveismaroon ever sent me was this heartfelt, hand-lettered message in a bottle. #romance pic.twitter.com/zSvlfLu9yj

Feb 12, 2016

@loveismaroon Gotta admit, that approach would probably work on me.

Feb 12, 2016

@loveismaroon I was gonna get you bath salts, but not the kind they're advertising here...

Feb 10, 2016

@Schneider_CM And more people attended Chicken Bowl XX than voted for Bobby Jindal! (We're like a caucus, too, so our numbers count extra.)

Feb 08, 2016

My faith in democracy will remain shattered until we unite in the spirit of moving Presidents Day to the Monday after the Super Bowl.

Feb 06, 2016

A tradition unlike any other: The Takoma Park Presbyterian Church plays "Blurred Lines" at the #daddydaughterdance for a third big year!

Feb 06, 2016

My daughter has many talents, but none will serve her quite as well as her gift for projecting indifference at parties. #daddydaughterdance


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