LIVE: J Mascis Strips Down for NPR

November 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on LIVE: J Mascis Strips Down for NPR

Even though his de facto method of transmission with Dinosaur Jr. is at ear-splitting volume, J Mascis proves his chops are not merely a byproduct of noise with an acoustic performance for NPR. Mascis runs through a medley of songs off his latest solo record for Sub Pop, the unsurprisingly solid Tied to a Star, […]

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Larua Marling Debuts New Song on NPR Session

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Larua Marling Debuts New Song on NPR Session

Continuing promotion for 2013’s startlingly haunting Once I Was An Eagle, Laura Marling recorded an intimate (is there any other type from her?) session for eTown, a program on NPR, where she premiered the live staple “Born To Love.” She also covered Townes Van Zandt’s “Colorado Girl.” I. Can’t. Look. Away.

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STREAM: Dinosaur Jr.’s ‘I Bet on Sky’

September 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on STREAM: Dinosaur Jr.’s ‘I Bet on Sky’

When a reunited band just keeps … going, do you still call it a reunion? Dinosaur Jr. is set to release its third proper full-length since reforming the original line up in 2005. The new album, I Bet on Sky, is streaming now at NPR and comes out next Tuesday via Jagjaguwar. Similar to Mission of […]

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A Visual History of Loudness or Why Compression Makes Music Sound Like Balls (in Poster Form)

January 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Visual History of Loudness or Why Compression Makes Music Sound Like Balls (in Poster Form)

NPR piece on compression and the trending of loudness in modern music.  Anchor Robert Siegel interviews legendary mastering genius Bob Ludwig, who has 40 years of experience in sound engineering. He references the following YouTube clip entitled “The Loudness War” as an example of the decline in dynamic range.

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Go listen to Bromst from Dan Deacon courtesy of NPR

March 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Go listen to Bromst from Dan Deacon courtesy of NPR

NPR are streaming the new album from Dan Deacon, Bromst, which will be released on March 24. Go forth and listen. Seriously. (via Tug)

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Wearing your own t-shirt is always frowned upon

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

I just happened to be listening to NPR last night and caught an interview with Ben Kweller and was sort of taken aback how much his speaking voice sounds like his singing voice. Most people sound nothing like themselves when they sing, but Kweller’s sort of laid-back, eternally youthful, stoner cadence is unmistakable. NPR has […]

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