NPR Tiny Desk Concert Series

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Postby squalie on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:58 am

Need to add one if my favorite song writers to this thread.
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Postby veltri on Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:28 pm

I came across this Big Thief performance expecting to see Shark Smile. It doesn't, but is still an excellent taster of their music. Guitarist channels Ed Grimley.

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Postby PaulSeal5 on Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:15 am

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This was crazy in the most interesting way, liked it!

This girl is tiny! Beautiful voice and very talented.
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Postby mfaith on Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:37 pm

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Mar 2, 2012
After a long hiatus, the best-selling Irish pop-rock band is about to return with a new album called Roses. But if this performance at the NPR Music offices is any indication, the group isn't afraid to dip into its arsenal of early hits.

Set List:

"Linger"
"Tomorrow"
"Ode To My Family"
"Zombie"
"Raining In My Heart"


:cry: R.I.P.
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Postby FroDawg on Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:44 pm

mfaith wrote:
mfaith wrote:


Mar 2, 2012
After a long hiatus, the best-selling Irish pop-rock band is about to return with a new album called Roses. But if this performance at the NPR Music offices is any indication, the group isn't afraid to dip into its arsenal of early hits.

Set List:

"Linger"
"Tomorrow"
"Ode To My Family"
"Zombie"
"Raining In My Heart"


:cry: R.I.P.


Sad...one of my favorite TDCs...Ode followed by Zombie was powerful stuff.
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Postby mfaith on Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:33 pm

Wow this is super interesting. I dig it.



Bob Boilen wrote:Out of nearly 700 performances at the Tiny Desk, this is simply the most exhilarating one I've experienced. The instrumentation is unusual, with pulsing bass sounds produced by a wonderful combination of cello, tuba and electronics. It's all rhythmically propelled by an astonishing drummer and Meredith pounding a pair of floor toms. And much of the repetitive melody is keyboard-and-guitar-driven that morphs and erupt with earth-shaking fervor.

I first saw this British composer a year ago, in a stunning performance at the SXSW musical festival. It was one of the best concerts of my life. The music I heard sent me into a state of reverie. If music could levitate my body, this is how it would sound. It carried me away and thrilled my soul. I was giddy for days.

Now, I know this isn't music for everyone. Lovers of classical music might shun it for its use of sequencers and electronics. The electronic world may wonder how the hell you could ever dance to this. Or for lovers of rock and hip-hop, its repetition and throbbing beats and bass might send you running and screaming into the distance. But if you know and love the music of Philip Glass, King Crimson or Steve Reich — music that's electrifying, challenging and sonically soars and ripples through your body — then crank this up.

Anna Meredith was a former BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Composer in Residence. The songs performed here come from her 2016 release called Varmints, which is where two of the three songs performed here can be found. It's been a long while since a contemporary composer has captured my musical imagination. I hope and trust this will open many to a new way of thinking about what music is and what it can do.

SET LIST
"Nautilus"
"Ribbons"
"The Vapours"

MUSICIANS
Anna Meredith, Jack Ross, Tom Kelly, Sam Wilson, Maddie Cutter
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Postby mfaith on Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:58 pm



Bob Boilen wrote:There's an abundance of jubilation and glee in the strums, trills, double stops and drones from the Swedish instrumental band Väsen. The trio came to the Tiny Desk with just three instruments, but all together it was a 30-string sonic blast of 12-string guitar, viola and nyckelharpa (a fiddle with keys — think 15th century keytar).

Guitarist Roger Tallroth, violist Mikael Marin and nyckelharpist Olov Johansson have been a touring troupe for more than 25 years with 18 albums filled with adventure, amusement and virtuosity. They span the wide emotional range of Swedish folk music, equally haunting and celebratory. There are some similarities to Irish jigs, reels and waltzes that I'm more familiar with, but this music is more ear-bending, with more surprises than I'm used to in traditional string band folk music.

Hopefully these tunes, many from Väsen's recent album Brewed — songs steeped in the past with its ears on the future — become a gateway for new listeners.

Set List

"IPA-Gubben"
"Väsenvalsen"
"Sommarpolska"

MUSICIANS
Mikael Marin (5-string viola), Olov Johansson (Nyckelharpa), Roger Tallroth (12-string guitar)

CREDITS
Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Dani Lyman; Production Assistant: Joshua Bote; Photo: Jenna Sterner/NPR.
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Postby squalie on Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:21 am


Edgar Meyer smokin’ is the double bass!
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Postby earlgreytoast on Sat May 12, 2018 8:56 am

This has quietly become one of my favorite threads on EB. :whistle:
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Postby Slacking on Sat May 12, 2018 10:33 am

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Postby beetlejuice on Tue May 15, 2018 11:03 am

PaulSeal5 wrote:This girl is tiny! Beautiful voice and very talented.

Honestly can't believe it took 3 pages for someone to share Julien Baker's show although I prefer her first visit to the Tiny Desk! I've watched this one probably 40 times over the years.
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Postby chimpun on Tue May 15, 2018 1:11 pm

New favorite thread! Thanks to everyone who contributed.
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Postby mfaith on Wed May 16, 2018 6:46 pm



Bob Boilen wrote:I am so proud of our 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner, Naia Izumi. The band he brought and the songs they played for this winning Tiny Desk Concert made us all even prouder.

Naia was chosen after we reviewed nearly 5,000 video entries. And the talent that came to us through all those submissions was astonishing. Naia Izumi won us over with his mind-boggling and unique style of guitar playing — a combination of tapping on the fingerboards and soul-filled whammy bar-note bending. And his multi-octave singing range blended so eloquently with his guitar stylings.

"Soft Spoken," the song he submitted, felt singular and unparalleled to our panel of judges which included past Tiny Desk contest winner Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Tiny Desk alum Sylvan Esso and Gaby Moreno, along with NPR family members Talia Schlanger (WXPN), Russ Borris (WFUV), Toki Wright (The Current) and the All Songs Considered team of Robin Hilton and myself. It's a song, as I hear it, that speaks to the power inherent in the gentle and quieter voices that are often drowned out by the outspoken and boisterous ones. Its title was originally "Soft Spoken Woman" and, as we later learned, Naia had identified as a woman for nearly seven years. More recently, as he said in an interview with Washingtonian Magazine, "I'm not into that anymore because I just want to relax with biology and be comfortable with what I have."

Naia is often a one-man band playing on the streets with a drum machine. But for his Tiny Desk Concert he brought bassist Adam Matijasevic and drummer Kynwyn Sterling. He'd met Kynwyn after submitting one of his songs to a math rock Facebook group. And that's the thing: Naia's music draws from so many spheres of sound. There's that punctual, rhythmic, mathematical pulse to what he does, but there's also a fluid, almost African Kalimba sound in there as well. They're two sounds I wouldn't often think of as coexisting.

We're about to go out on the road with Naia Izumi to 10 cities. We'll be joined by some of the other Contest entrants that captured our attention and they'll share the bill alongside Naia. And though there is only one Contest winner, we discovered so many other great talents that we hope to feature in the future.

Remember that the spirit of the Contest is intended to bring out the best in you, to gather with friends and to create. Thank you for being a part of something so filled with magic. It was an honor to watch what you created.

SET LIST
"Soft Spoken"
"As It Comes"
"Soul Gaze"

MUSICIANS
Naia Izumi (vocals, guitar), Adam Matijasevic (bass), Kynwyn Sterling (drums)
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