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World Cafe
3:58 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Yukon Blonde on World Cafe

Yukon Blonde.
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Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 4:24 pm

The physical environment surrounding a band can have a pronounced influence on the songs said band produces, whether it's a sunny beach in Malibu or a craggy, wind-swept hillside in Scotland.

Given that Yukon Blonde calls Vancouver home, it wouldn't be surprising if the group's music took some cues from the perpetually rainy skies that settle over the city every winter. Perhaps as escapism, though, the songs written by Jeff Innes, Brandon Scott, Graham Jones and John Jeffrey have an inherently sunny quality to them, drawing heavily from 1970s American radio-rock.

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Best Music Of 2012
2:49 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.
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Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:47 pm

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1:56 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Sitar Player Remembers The Legendary Ravi Shankar

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 3:04 pm



As you probably heard by now, the great sitar player Ravi Shankar died yesterday at the age of 92. His music arrived in most American ears thanks to George Harrison and the Beatles, whose interest triggered something of a sitar craze back in the late '60s. Harrison played the exotic instrument on a couple of tracks. The Rolling Stones followed suit on "Paint It Black." The electric sitar soon followed. But Ravi Shankar remained the unchallenged master. But what do I know? He's the only Indian-born sitar player I ever heard.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
1:50 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

KCRW Presents: The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs on KCRW.

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 8:06 am

When news spread about an Afghan Whigs reunion tour, we knew we had to have the band on KCRW. The group showed no signs of rust from a 10-year hiatus, playing powerful soul ballads propelled by straight-up rock 'n' roll riffs. It was an honor and a real pleasure to host Greg Dulli and company as they performed a set covering a wide range of their catalog, including "Fountain and Fairfax" from the band's widely worshiped 1993 album Gentlemen.

Thistle and Shamrock
1:01 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Essential Celtic

Alan Stivell
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How do you inject a Celtic core into your music library that will reflect the past and present, honoring the purity of tradition and the spirit of innovation? It's a tall order but we have some suggestions this week to enhance any collection.

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