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Thistle and Shamrock
2:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Summer Sounds

Eddi Reader
Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie Courtesy of the artist

You'll breeze towards the heart of summer with this week's music from Eddi Reader, William Jackson, Nightnoise and more.

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11:17 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Booker T: My Music Should Be The Soundtrack To Your Life

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 8:01 am



I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. If you were to paint a picture of today's contemporary music styles, it might be saturated with synthesizers and samplers that make up a, well, a very contemporary sound, very 21st-century. But there are a few musicians out there achieving the sound of today, but with the instruments of yesterday.


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Field Recordings
6:38 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space


Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:29 pm

We taped this Field Recording shortly after Hurricane Sandy devastated communities in and around New York and New Jersey. One of those affected was drummer Nasheet Waits, who had lost his kit in the storm's waters. Luckily, the Steve Maxwell drum store in midtown Manhattan was willing to lend a hand — and one gray morning, we found ourselves in a gem of a space, surrounded by an incredible array of instruments, including Elvin Jones' setup.

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The Record
2:18 am
Wed July 3, 2013

New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

A still of Jay-Z from the commercial for his new album.

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:26 pm

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Favorite Sessions
11:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

KCRW Presents: Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura poses on the set of Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Led by Tracyanne Campbell's effortlessly breezy voice, Camera Obscura's easygoing new album arrived just in time for summer. During the indie-pop band's recent live session on Morning Becomes Eclectic, Campbell credited Desire Lines' fresh and upbeat aura to recording in Portland, Ore., instead of Camera Obscura's hometown of Glasgow. Here, the band performs its new song "Do It Again."

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