Tom Moon http://publicradioeast.org en First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-thievery-corporation-saudade Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15170703/thievery-corporation">Thievery Corporation</a> defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."<p>Though countless songs have "saudade" in the title, the condition of saudade isn't usually conveyed through words. It's evoked. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 37142 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-kevin-drew-darlings Back in 2007, Kevin Drew (of Toronto's baroque-pop collective <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15220123/broken-social-scene">Broken Social Scene</a>) gazed longingly at a woman and pronounced her too beautiful for the carnal escapades swirling inside his brain. That song, "Tbtf," was among the wondrous creations on his solo debut <em>Spirit If</em> — a worship-dream set in a sleek, gliding tempo, and sung in a mood of melancholy wistfulness.<p>Now Drew returns with the exceedingly direct "Good Sex," which looks at vanishing romantic ideals in the age of the Tinder hookup. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 36036 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings' Album Review: 'Morning Phase' http://publicradioeast.org/post/album-review-morning-phase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.<p>TOM MOON: We hear it constantly. Everything in this on-demand culture seems to be moving fast and getting faster. Here's an exception: The new songs from noted contrarian Beck. They're slow. Deliciously, magnificently slow. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Tom Moon 35141 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-beck-morning-phase The thumbnail summary already circulating for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck">Beck</a>'s 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to <em>Sea Change</em>, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.<p>This is useful, to a point, for placing <em>Morning Phase</em> in a general neighborhood. But, like so many descriptors flying around, it doesn't convey much about the work itself — especially since "sequel" is often shorthand for "copy," which this most certainly is not. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 34494 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase' Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples http://publicradioeast.org/post/album-review-sun-structures-temples Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 34187 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-temples-sun-structures It makes cosmic sense that <em>Sun Structures</em>, the debut album from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/14/262088531/heavy-rotation-10-songs-public-radio-cant-stop-playing">Temples</a>, arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion.<p>Like many young bands before it, the four-piece from Kettering in Northhamptonshire embraces — and proudly plays up — the influence of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15229570/the-beatles">The Beatles</a> and other '60s legends, notably <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/ Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:02:00 +0000 Tom Moon 33429 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures' First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-tom-brosseau-grass-punks The opening lament on <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15129253/tom-brosseau">Tom Brosseau</a>'s new <em>Grass Punks</em> is as old as the hills: You don't pay attention to me anymore. In a thin, reedy voice that grows more vulnerable as the song unfolds, Brosseau confronts the reality that he no longer commands his beloved's attention. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 31852 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks' Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' http://publicradioeast.org/post/pops-resident-provocateur-fizzles-artpop <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP3ctBs3510</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 27492 at http://publicradioeast.org Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise http://publicradioeast.org/post/tom-odell-polarizing-new-voice-shows-promise <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rgHYP0dD_4</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Tom Moon 23540 at http://publicradioeast.org Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World http://publicradioeast.org/post/pat-metheny-and-john-zorn-vivid-sound-world Guitarist <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fartists%2F15124280%2Fpat-metheny&ei=-tebUbSCINf-4APLkICAAQ&usg=AFQjCNHXjWctRNt3bG2V1msmN_686O3S0w&sig2=PZZXJTdrbtVPfD-eaYgRRw&bvm=bv.46751780,d.dmg" target="_blank">Pat Metheny</a> is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15510102/john-zorn">John Zorn</a> is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments. Metheny's new <em>Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. Tue, 21 May 2013 21:31:00 +0000 Tom Moon 14594 at http://publicradioeast.org Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter http://publicradioeast.org/post/dawes-story-gets-fine-new-chapter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH8Jjz6PRYk</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:38:00 +0000 Tom Moon 12315 at http://publicradioeast.org Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies http://publicradioeast.org/post/phil-ramone-record-producer-who-made-simplicity-sound-sublime-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9t5XK0FhA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ealy0P7bicQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY9Pv_aTmnE</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:43:00 +0000 Tom Moon 10624 at http://publicradioeast.org Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World http://publicradioeast.org/post/atoms-peace-thom-yorkes-electronic-shadow-world When singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182392/thom-yorke">Thom Yorke</a> stepped away from his influential rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15152697/radiohead">Radiohead</a> in 2006 to release <em>The Eraser</em>, many thought the quirky electronic project was a one-off. Not so, it turns out. Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich called on rock-star friends for a tour, and since then, the group has convened occasionally in the studio. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Tom Moon 8375 at http://publicradioeast.org Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age http://publicradioeast.org/post/jim-james-spiritual-quest-digital-age <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsvTfaAAVBg</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Tom Moon 7237 at http://publicradioeast.org Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? http://publicradioeast.org/post/fleetwood-macs-expanded-rumours-bit-much <em>An expanded version of </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102442872/fleetwood-mac" target="_blank">Fleetwood Mac</a><em>'s 1977 album </em>Rumours<em> comes out this week, to mark the 35th anniversary of one of the top-selling albums of the '70s. The deluxe set includes demos, outtakes from the recording sessions, live recordings and a documentary DVD, along with a vinyl pressing of the original album. </em><p>The original 11 songs of the pop-rock classic <em>Rumours</em> can be experienced easily in one sitting. Apparently, that's just not enough anymore. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Tom Moon 6471 at http://publicradioeast.org Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet http://publicradioeast.org/post/1969-bootleg-unearths-miles-davis-lost-quintet After a slew of multidisc sets devoted to key points in the career of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15368370/miles-davis" target="_blank">Miles Davis</a>, you'd think Columbia Records would have unearthed every speck of consequential music by now. But not quite.<p>This week, Columbia brings out <em>Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Tom Moon 6112 at http://publicradioeast.org A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs http://publicradioeast.org/post/elina-duni-love-lust-and-albanian-folk-songs The spread of formal jazz education has created a new breed of global musician: one who uses improvisation, and other devices associated with jazz, to transform folk and traditional music. The Albanian singer Elina Duni is part of this rising class. Her latest release, <em>Matane Malit </em>("Beyond the Mountain"), offers a transfixing balance of old and new.<p>When Duni was growing up, the singer and composer says she didn't pay much attention to the folk music loved by her grandparents. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:13:00 +0000 Tom Moon 4099 at http://publicradioeast.org Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs