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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.

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

npr.org — Nerds! It's hard to process 2014's music without acknowledging the shadow cast by the previous year: Until Taylor Swift's album rolled out in its waning months, 2014's least escapable chart hits ( Pharrell's "Happy," John Legend's "All Of Me," Idina Menzel's take on "Let It Go" from Frozen) were carried over from 2013.

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

wnyc.org — It's hard to process 2014's music without acknowledging the shadow cast by the previous year: Until Taylor Swift's album rolled out in its waning months, 2014's least escapable chart hits ( Pharrell's "Happy," John Legend's "All Of Me," Idina Menzel's take on "Let It Go" from Frozen) were carried over from 2013.

Song Premiere: San Fermin, 'Parasites'

npr.org — San Fermin's self-titled 2013 debut is an intricately composed set of impeccable chamber-folk songs, written in solitude by Ellis Ludwig-Leone and performed by a small army of highly trained ringers. By the time the album came out, Ludwig-Leone had already written a sequel in a similar spirit.

Song Premiere: San Fermin, 'Parasites'

wnyc.org — San Fermin's self-titled 2013 debut is an intricately composed set of impeccable chamber-folk songs, written in solitude by Ellis Ludwig-Leone and performed by a small army of highly trained ringers. By the time the album came out, Ludwig-Leone had already written a sequel in a similar spirit.

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.
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Dec 15, 2014

If I'm editing near you and you hear a hard "CLUNK," that's me hitting the delete key with lusty fervor. A beautiful, intoxicating sound.

Dec 12, 2014

Here it is, people! Hear Tuesday night's weird, fun, rollicking #PCHHLive, with our beloved pal @bhardymon: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Dec 10, 2014

Some Badger fans will remember Gary Andersen for bailing after less than two years. But I choose to remember the way he left on a high note.

Dec 10, 2014

People way smarter than me worked ludicrously hard on this gorgeous, thrill-packed #SongsWeLove2014 mixtape: n.pr/1zv1p3G

Dec 08, 2014

They let me yak with @NPRinskeep about holiday music from Idina Menzel, John Schneider/Tom Wopat, and Over The Rhine: npr.org/2014/12/08/368…

Dec 06, 2014

I Watched An Entire 59-0 Loss And Now Wish To Be Praised For My Loyalty: The Stephen Thompson Story

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