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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.

First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

npr.org — It's hard to divine, on paper anyway, a formula for effectively covering The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. It's not an album that had been crying out for improvement - to put it mildly - nor has it ever receded far enough toward the cultural margins to require rediscovery.

First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

wnyc.org — It's hard to divine, on paper anyway, a formula for effectively covering The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. It's not an album that had been crying out for improvement - to put it mildly - nor has it ever receded far enough toward the cultural margins to require rediscovery.

The Good Listener: How Can I Become A 'Music Person'?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shoes our kids outgrew in the time it took to have them shipped is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on remedial music fandom. Michele K.

The Good Listener: How Can I Become A 'Music Person'?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shoes our kids outgrew in the time it took to have them shipped is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on remedial music fandom. Michele K.

The Good Listener: When You Need To Concentrate, Which Music Is Best?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the promotional ghost peppers we unwittingly spilled on our pants is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, a request for music to fill your head with sound, but not distractions.

First Listen: Horse Feathers, 'So It Is With Us'

wnyc.org — Late in Horse Feathers' fifth album, So It Is With Us, singer-guitarist Justin Ringle unleashes a provocative little five-word phrase - "softly screaming, 'woe is me'" - that's summed up a lot of the band's music over the past decade. Ringle's songs generally set wearily fatalistic lyrics against a gentle backdrop of strings and banjos and other exquisitely appointed Americana.

The Good Listener: When You Need To Concentrate, Which Music Is Best?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the promotional ghost peppers we unwittingly spilled on our pants is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, recommendations for music to fill your head with sound, but not distractions.

Song Premiere: The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

npr.org — Brooklyn's The Lone Bellow seemed to arrive fully formed: Its self-titled 2013 debut came stuffed with intricately assembled bundles of crowd-pleasing folk-pop, each more dramatic and infectious than the last. Charismatic, photogenic, endlessly hooky - The Lone Bellow has been the complete package since day one.

Song Premiere: The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

wnyc.org — Brooklyn's The Lone Bellow seemed to arrive fully formed: Its self-titled 2013 debut came stuffed with intricately assembled bundles of crowd-pleasing folk-pop, each more dramatic and infectious than the last. Charismatic, photogenic, endlessly hooky - The Lone Bellow has been the complete package since day one.

First Listen: Stars, 'No One Is Lost'

npr.org — Whether playing string-infused melancholia or insistent dance-floor fodder, Stars' members infuse their songs with the weariness and wisdom of someone who understands the realities behind our worst fears. Knowledge of death and disappointment and war lies barely concealed beneath even the most effervescent exterior of a Stars song.
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Oct 22, 2014

Oh, hi! Didn't see you there. Say, would you like to come see a live Pop Culture Happy Hour on December 9? sixthandi.org/event/pop-cult… #PCHH

Oct 21, 2014

@loveismaroon RT @eefbarzelay Forget Barton Springs and come wash away your worries in the cool sweet waters of Eef! fb.me/6ZMzKWBas

Oct 20, 2014

In the D.C. area Saturday night? Come attend this @eefbarzelay house concert with me and some assembled loved ones: undertowtickets.com/product/eef-ba…

Oct 19, 2014

RT @JesseThorn: Yeah, that's right. MAJOR PODCASTING CELEBRITIES from Pop Culture Happy Hour will be at the DC #MaxFunWeek meetup. maximumfun.org/maxfunmeetup

Oct 19, 2014

@sylveon04 It's not even 11 a.m.! The weekend is maybe two-thirds over! Seize the day with us! Come downstairs and eat toaster pastries!

Oct 19, 2014

Like Maximum Fun podcasts? Like non-MaxFun #PCHH? Come to Rocket Bar in D.C. at 7-9 tonight. @nprmonkeysee, @ghweldon, and I will be there!

Oct 18, 2014

New Good Listener column for the @allsongs blog: How Do I Become A 'Music Person'? Read it, won't you? npr.org/blogs/allsongs…

Oct 17, 2014

I'm not on Foursquare, but I'm gonna go ahead and declare myself the mayor of this waste-management facility in Derwood, Md. #fridaynite

Oct 17, 2014

@totalvibration As one who saw it, it would have squinty eyes and a frown, and it would be... visibly recoiling, is the best way to put it.

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