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All Songs Considered
8:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Polyphonic Spree Covers John Lennon For The Holidays

The Polyphonic Spree, under a shower of confetti.
Steve Wrubel

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:48 am

Every year for the past decade, The Polyphonic Spree has celebrated the holidays with a special "extravaganza" in Dallas, featuring dancing, DJs and, of course, the band performing seasonal songs. This year, The Polyphonic Spree celebrates the 10th anniversary of that extravaganza with a live tour of the show, as well as a new CD called Holidaydream. The group also has this beautiful new video for one of the album's standout tracks: John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:11 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Hubert Parry's Glorious England

A 1910 portrait of King George V in procession. A new album of choral works by Hubert Parry features music he wrote for the king's coronation one year later.
Chandos Records

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:53 am

Composers Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford and Edward Elgar dominated the British musical scene in the latter half of the Victorian age through the Edwardian era. Albums of Parry's music have been rare lately, so this new recording by Neeme Järvi and BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales is most welcome. Except for Parry's ever-popular Jerusalem, all the selections here are world premiere recordings.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Metz: A Royal 'Headache'

Metz performs live on KEXP in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:14 pm

If you aren't excited to have the loud, aggressive post-hardcore band Metz live on the air with you, then you might as turn in your headphones. All early reports back from listeners and fellow DJs had been that the Toronto band brings it live, and in the studio at KEXP, Metz did just that. Alex Edkins' ferocious vocals and guitar work, Chris Slorach's rumbling bass and Hayden Menzies' pummeling drums all added up to one of the loudest and best sessions I've seen this year.

Credits

  • Audio Engineer: Jackson Long
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The Record
2:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey

The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it.
Courtesy of The $100 Guitar Project

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 7:20 pm

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Music News
1:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

3 Strings And A Snakeskin: Okinawa's Native Instrument

In subtropical Japan, the sanshin is a ubiquitous part of life.
Collection of Museo Azzarini, Universidad Nacional de La Plata Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:37 am

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