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Music Editor — NPR
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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.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: Tiny Desk Concert

wnyc.org — "You know I wrote this for you, baby - you know that." "Oh, yeah, sure." Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo do mock-bickering as well as any long-married couple - which, of course, is exactly what they are.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

First Listen: She & Him, 'Classics'

wnyc.org — Back in 2011, an album called A Very She & Him Christmas joined the eternal glut of holiday music. As might be expected, it featured a string of agreeably executed staples - "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Silver Bells," et al - played with timeless impeccability by the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M.

First Listen: She & Him, 'Classics'

The Good Listener: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon products whose arrival signals our kids' descent into video-game-induced catatonia is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on whether superior technique can detract from music's quality.

The Good Listener: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon products whose arrival signals our kids' descent into video-game-induced catatonia is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on whether superior technique can detract from music's quality.

First Listen: Flake Music, 'When You Land Here, It's Time To Return'

wnyc.org — Before James Mercer broke through as lead singer of The Shins, he spent a good chunk of the '90s in a like-minded New Mexico band called Flake Music. The group only managed one full-length album in its five-year existence - 1997's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return - before giving way to the band that made Mercer famous.

First Listen: Flake Music, 'When You Land Here, It's Time To Return'

npr.org — Before James Mercer broke through as lead singer of The Shins, he spent a good chunk of the '90s in a like-minded New Mexico band called Flake Music. The group only managed one full-length album in its five-year existence - 1997's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return - before giving way to the band that made Mercer famous.

The Good Listener: For Thanksgiving, is there music everyone can agree on?

scpr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the "Kung Fu Panda" DVD to replace the one we wore out is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on a playlist for the whole family.

The Good Listener: For Thanksgiving, Is There Music Everyone Can Agree On?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Kung Fu Panda DVD to replace the one we wore out is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on a playlist for the whole family.
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Nov 24, 2014

@Schneider_CM Says the guy who needed a big day out of Jerick McKinnon...

Nov 23, 2014

The New Pornographers Asked People Not To Take Cell-Phone Photos And Now I Can't Show People What A Band Looks Like: One Man's Struggle

Nov 22, 2014

New Good Listener column for the @allsongs blog: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well? npr.org/blogs/allsongs…

Nov 21, 2014

New Pop Culture Happy Hour with our beloved pal @bob_mondello: 'Foxcatcher' And The Art Of The Trailer. npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Nov 20, 2014

A lovely essay on Mike Nichols by @nprmonkeysee, with a bonus Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Nov 20, 2014

So much to say about Mike Nichols as a director. But it's a good day to revel in his work with the great Elaine May: youtube.com/watch?v=x0vSLI…

Nov 16, 2014

@mikekatzif @nprmonkeysee @GeeDee215 It won't be that bad. I'll only say something when Green Bay scores a TD, and... huh. Happened again!

Nov 16, 2014

@mikekatzif @GeeDee215 I was gonna taunt Gene after every score, but doesn't Twitter limit the number of tweets you can send in a day?

Nov 15, 2014

@loveismaroon @abaumgart Take solace! It took all three quarters for Melvin Gordon III to set the all-time NCAA single-game rushing record.

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