Bob Boilen http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Eternal Summers, 'A Burial' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/eternal-summers-burial The band's name tells you a lot about its sound. Eternal Summers make vibrant music. But as this video for "A Burial" unfolds, a darker side of this Roanoke, Va. band's song emerges. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43650 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Eternal Summers, 'A Burial' Photos Needed: We Want Your Sole http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/photos-needed-we-want-your-sole Our new puzzler "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/297836392/sole-of-a-band" target="_blank">Sole Of A Band</a>" mixes music with fashion by asking you to match music with a picture of an artist's shoes. I started the puzzler because I noticed that so often I could tell something about the music a person was playing by the shoes I saw them wearing. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43591 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Photos Needed: We Want Your Sole Courtney Barnett: Tiny Desk Concert http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/courtney-barnett-tiny-desk-concert Courtney Barnett can tell you a story like she's your best friend — provided your best friend is a funny poet with an Australian accent. Listen to "Avant Gardener," an autobiographical account of trying to turn a life around through gardening, only to be foiled by a severe allergic reaction. The tale that follows at this Tiny Desk Concert, "History Eraser," is a ramble in an alcohol-fueled dream state; it features some of the best lyric-writing in music today. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43478 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Courtney Barnett: Tiny Desk Concert Song Premiere: José James, 'EveryLittleThing' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/song-premiere-jos-james-everylittlething Singer José James has a new album coming out on June 10 and you can tell from this song, "EveryLittleThing," the new record, <em>While You Were Sleeping,</em> is<em> </em>an electrifying new sound. He made a similar shift in style on a record well loved here at NPR in 2013, <em>No Beginning No End</em>. That record saw James shift his jazzy voice toward hip-hop. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43458 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Song Premiere: José James, 'EveryLittleThing' Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bob-boilens-weekly-rainbows-4 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozzlnNRpHO4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvJXCNwzBq4</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43398 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/npr-music-nominated-three-webby-awards NPR Music has been nominated for many Webby Awards over the years (and even won a few), but we've rarely reached out and asked you to vote for us when we are. This year, the Webbys' eighteenth, we're particularly proud of our nominations.<p>The first is a video we conceived with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397557/ok-go" target="_blank">OK Go</a> to document the packing and moving of the Tiny Desk to NPR's new headquarters. The video was shot over a few days and the band had to play the song, a variation on "All Is Not Lost," hundreds of times. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43343 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards Eels, 'Mistakes Of My Youth' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/eels-mistakes-my-youth <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it8bSb-THFI</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43262 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Eels, 'Mistakes Of My Youth' The Sole Of A Band, April 9 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sole-band-april-9 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43206 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Sole Of A Band, April 9 Natalie Merchant, 'Giving Up Everything' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/first-watch-natalie-merchant-giving-everything The song is from Merchant's first new record of all-original songs in thirteen years. The self-titled album is out May 6 on Nonesuch Records. Watch the video, let it settle in your bones, and watch again. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Natalie+Merchant%2C+%27Giving+Up+Everything%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:44:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43186 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Natalie Merchant, 'Giving Up Everything' The Both: Tiny Desk Concert http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/both-tiny-desk-concert Singer-songwriters <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14962491/aimee-mann">Aimee Mann</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14955750/ted-leo">Ted Leo</a> are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/06/297716051/first-listen-the-both-the-both">an album</a>. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43066 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Both: Tiny Desk Concert The Sole Of A Band, April 3 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sole-band-april-3 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 42852 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/haden-triplets-tiny-desk-concert Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.<p>Together, they have a common love for American country and traditional songs, and that's what brought me to them and them to the Tiny Desk. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:42:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 42666 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert Question Of The Week: Which Recent Album Will Hold Up The Best? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/question-week-what-recent-album-will-hold-best <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2LNsifEzg</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 42665 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Question Of The Week: Which Recent Album Will Hold Up The Best? Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bob-boilens-weekly-rainbows-3 Every week I hear something amazing, see something inspiring and want to pass it on. These events are sometimes fleeting, sometimes iconic, but they stop me in my tracks. Bob's Rainbows is the place where I'll highlight the very best of my weekly music intake. [<em>Editor's note: Why rainbows? Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:23:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 42583 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/first-listen-saintseneca-dark-arc Banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, banjo, bass, bouzouki... Saintseneca might pick up any of these instruments at any given moment, and those are just the ones that start with the letter B. The band has its origins and heart in a small Appalachian town in Ohio, as well as a passion for sounds and textures with acoustic instruments at their core. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 42229 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc' Neil Young Wants You To Truly Hear Music http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/neil-young-wants-you-truly-hear-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young">Neil Young</a> wants you to truly hear the music you listen to. Over the years, the trend in audio has prioritized convenience over quality. Last week at <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/sxsw/">SXSW</a>, I had a conversation with Neil Young about an idea he has to change that trend. In this interview, he talks about <a href="http://www.ponomusic.com/" target="_blank">Pono</a>, the new audio player he's been helping develop. Just before the interview, I spent time listening to Pono. It's impressive. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 41977 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Neil Young Wants You To Truly Hear Music Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-sxsw <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> wants to start a revolution against the MP3, against the CD, poorly made vinyl and poor audio quality in general. He wants people to hear the music the way it was made.<p>So at SXSW yesterday (and on Kickstarter, which I'll get to in a moment), Young introduced Pono. In Hawaiian, the word means righteous or goodness. For the world of sound it's an audio player that Young says he's been working on for 2 1/2 years, one that's capable of playing music at the same quality at which it was recorded. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 41571 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW Jake Bugg: Tiny Desk Concert http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/jake-bugg-tiny-desk-concert There was a haze over <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/169351387/jake-bugg-from-high-school-to-the-top-of-the-world" target="_blank">Jake Bugg</a> when he arrived at the Tiny Desk. He was expressionless and quiet. That all changed when he strummed fast and fierce on his acoustic guitar and began a flow of words reminiscent of Greenwich Village in the '60s, not modern Clifton in England's East Midlands, where he grew up.<p>Bugg is a prolific talent already working on his third record in as many years. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 41456 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Jake Bugg: Tiny Desk Concert Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bob-boilens-weekly-rainbows-2 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H22bwiMtyrs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p_xAToFzck</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:06:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 41365 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows Lowland Hum: Tiny Desk Concert http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lowland-hum-tiny-desk-concert It's hard to convey the sound of two people in love, but Lowland Hum does that effortlessly. Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank are now Daniel and Lauren Goans; they met a few years ago and spent much of their first married year on the road, singing together on small stages and at house concerts across the country. Daniel was a folksinger in North Carolina, while Lauren had aspirations to sing but mostly did it privately. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 41255 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lowland Hum: Tiny Desk Concert