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Preview: NPR Series: Song Of The Day

Song Of The Day : NPR

Listen as reviewers share their favorite songs. Discover music from artists both new and old.

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

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The Dynamites: A Celebration Of Resurrection

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

Soul music is rooted in gritty perseverance, so pairing up stalwarts Bettye LaVette and Charles Walker works on so many levels, it's a miracle it hasn't happened until now. "Yours and Mine" is an exhilarating affirmation of the power to prevail.

Trailer Trash Tracys: A Shoegazer's Dream

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

"Candy Girl" sounds like a shoegazer's modern take on Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" — the song that soundtracked the makeout scene in Top Gun. Cool but still beautiful, it's touching, revealing and almost painfully intimate.

Elephant Micah: Message In The Mystery

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

Ambiguous words, delivered with earnest passion, lend special power to "Airline Living." It's the sort of song that's sure to force different meanings onto different people, depending upon their place in life and state of mind.

The dB's: After A 25-Year Absence, A Vital Return

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

In "That Time Is Gone," guitarist, part-time lead vocalist and pop-music legend Peter Holsapple lays bare the anxiety of re-assembling an act that was never much more than a cult phenomenon.

Waxahatchee: A Love Song, Without The Love

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

In few words, "Be Good" profiles two people who love and trust each other deeply, who share their dreams and secret shames, but who would rather shotgun beers together than make out.

Squarepusher: Pushing Every Envelope

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

"Dark Steering" flirts subtly with the sounds of modern dubstep, mixing them with atmospheric squeals and detailed drum programming. The result is an unbelievably fitting soundtrack for a life-or-death motorcycle race through neon-lit city streets.

Tim Fite Finds The Essence Of Innocence In 'Teenagers'

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

In his strangely affecting, minimalist rock paean "We Are All Teenagers," Fite sketches out a spare electric riff with a reverb-y '50s rock air as he nails the adolescent unease that lingers into adulthood.

Death Grips: 'Footage' Of The Hip-Hop Apocalypse

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

From The Money Store, "I've Seen Footage" seems to run the beats from Tone Loc's "Wild Thing" and Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It" through a rusty meat grinder. Meanwhile, MC Ride catalogs the paranoia and police brutality that drove him to the insanity the song exemplifies.

Zammuto: Beyond The Books, A Restless Imagination

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

Singer-songwriter Nick Zammuto spent most of the '00s as one half of the experimental folk duo The Books. In "Idiom Wind," working at the head of a new project, he tells the story of a man who needs to get his hands dirty.

The Honeydogs: A Retail Solution For Heartbreak

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

The hook in "Broke It, Buy It" is insidiously catchy enough to ricochet through your head for days. Levy concludes with the implication that our inability to accept our failings causes more unhappiness than the failures themselves as we chase retail solutions — "we broke it, so we buy it."

Andrew Cyrille: Haitian Fascination

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400

In "Marinèt," Cyrille and master percussionist Frisner Augustin collaborate on a breezy but intense Haitian folk tune, focused on Alix Pascal's gentle twoubadou guitar and Augustin's exacting but joyous chant and maman drumming.

In Trance 95: The Old New Wave

Thu, 31 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400

The late-'80s song "Presidente," recently reissued on a "minimal wave" compilation, sounds both dated and futuristic. With discontented vocal samples and drum machines creating a sinister backdrop, it closes with a stately march that practically glides across headphones as it ends.

BADBADNOTGOOD: A Moody Jazz-Hop Think Piece

Wed, 30 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400

A Toronto-based jazz trio whose approach to the genre has angered aficionados and grabbed the attention of young fans, BADBADNOTGOOD carries on jazz's rich tradition of reinvention and provocation in "UWM."

K-Holes: A Grimy Smear Of Rock 'n' Roll

Tue, 29 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400

In the frayed, exhausted "Child," K-Holes' members wield their own unique sort of holler.

Chuck Prophet: Tawdry, Tattered Glory

Fri, 25 May 2012 07:00:00 -0400

Few can turn tales from the outer limits into catchy songs quite like Prophet does in "The Left Hand and the Right Hand." He's as original as the oddball characters he brings to life.