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A Blog Supreme
2:35 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Kickin' It With Han Bennink

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:05 pm

Here's a great shot of drummer Han Bennink, who turns 70 today, deploying one of his signature moves: the "putting a foot on the snare drum." It's quite a spectacle when you see it live. There's the visual display of a big man (he is well over 6-feet-tall, and muscular) contorting himself with the gleeful strain of a mad scientist. There's also a practical basis, which has to do with ingeniously modifying the timbre of the drum. He explains in this short video:

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All Songs Considered
2:29 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

New Mix: Spiritualized, Jack White, Yuck And More

Clockwise from upper left: Jack White, Spiritualized, Yuck, White Fences' Tim Presley.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:36 pm

It's been a while since we heard new music from Spiritualized's Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J Spaceman). After the one-two punch of nearly dying from double-pneumonia in 2005 and going through six months of chemotherapy for a degenerative liver disease, Pierce is back in a big way with "Hey Jane," a chugging nine-minute song which draws from the classic rock of bands like The Velvet Underground.

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World Cafe
12:26 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Geographer On World Cafe

Geographer's second album, Myths, was released in February.
Victoria Smith

Geographer's glittery, electronic pop-rock sound has been winning over fans on the West Coast for years. The trio formed in 2008 and released its first full-length album, Innocent Ghosts, a few months later. Now, four years after its debut, Geographer has finally returned with a new set of earnest, sonically sugar-coated songs.

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Music Interviews
11:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

The Jazz Drummer Who Makes Music Out Of Everything

Han Bennink drums on whatever surface he can find — and plays with tone and rhythm while manipulating the drum with parts of his own body.
Michael Jackson

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 2:04 pm

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Song Of The Day
6:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Justin Townes Earle: Tear For Tear, Without Peer

Justin Townes Earle's "Look the Other Way" is a decidedly funky evocation of misery.
Joshua Black Wilkins

On his first three albums and one EP, Justin Townes Earle has used his gorgeous old-fashioned country voice to document an ongoing anthology of such malaise and such longing — not to mention a goodly portion of suicidal meditation — that, by a tear-for-tear measure, he has no contemporary peer.

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