Robin Hilton http://ktep.org en Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster S. Carey http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-guest-quizmaster-s-carey This week's drum fills (and intros) were hand-selected, using only the finest ingredients, by Sean Carey. The <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_blank">Bon Iver</a> drummer, who writes and records as <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/135111458/s-carey" target="_blank">S. Carey</a>, just released his second solo album, <em>Range Of Light</em>. I thought some of his picks for this week's puzzler were pretty challenging, but I managed to get three of the five right. See how you do! <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 38907 at http://ktep.org Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster S. Carey Drum Fill Friday: Bride Of Drum Fill http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-bride-drum-fill People often stop me on the street and ask, "Dude, what's with Drum Fill Friday? How are you picking that stuff?" Most of the fills come to me in peyote-induced fever dreams. Otherwise, I mostly just pick songs that have moments in them - fills and intros - that make me want to air-drum. They aren't all legendary or particularly defining moments — just awesome moments. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 38464 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: The Last Song You'll Ever Hear? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-last-song-youll-ever-hear <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVBCE3gaNxc</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 38184 at http://ktep.org Name That Drum Fill: Revenge Of Drum Fill http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-april-4 This week's batch of drum fills comes from a mix of classic rock and pop, and more recent cuts. As always, I was drawn to them simply because I love the songs themselves and was captivated at some point by the percussion. Pro tip: If you don't recognize a fill, try matching the timbre of it — the power behind it, the sound of the recording, etc. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 38015 at http://ktep.org Drum Fill Friday: March 28 http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-march-28 You know what's awesome? Drum fills. A killer bass line is pretty great, too. And guitar solos. And melodies and chord progressions. But a really great drum fill is often the one thing that makes a song truly take off. Think of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" and try not to get <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOwAvW1CIJs" target="_blank">that song's classic fill</a> stuck in your head immediately.<p>The quiz is pretty simple. Just match the fill from each question to the song it's from. We include the artist's or band's names and album artwork to help you piece it all together. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 37552 at http://ktep.org Mr Little Jeans, 'Good Mistake' http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-mr-little-jeans-good-mistake Don't let the precious name fool you. Mr Little Jeans, a.k.a. Norwegian singer Monica Birkenes, makes propulsive, sometimes epic pop music with gnarled synth lines and alluring textures. In this brand new Mr Little Jeans video, for the moody song "Good Mistake," a trucker hopped up on meds finds himself traversing the haunted backroads of his past.<p>While the narrative for "Good Mistake" isn't immediately obvious, the imagery pulses with regret and yearning. The song "was written from a perspective of having done my fair share of mistakes," Birkenes tells us via email. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 37345 at http://ktep.org Mr Little Jeans, 'Good Mistake' Question Of The Week: Does The Death Of An Instrument Break Your Heart? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-does-death-instrument-break-your-heart Few things make us cringe quite like hearing about the untimely death of a musical instrument. A table or an appliance may be swept away by a hurricane, or a set of golf clubs may be mangled by baggage handlers, but they don't hold quite the emotional pull of seeing a crushed guitar or piano. It feels like something living has died.<p>Airports are ground zero for some of the most painful stories. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 37303 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: Does The Death Of An Instrument Break Your Heart? Question Of The Week, SXSW Edition: What's Your Fake Band Name? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-sxsw-edition-whats-your-fake-band-name Every year Bob Boilen, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I prepare for South by Southwest by listening to songs from roughly 1,500 artists. And when you go through that many bands you start to see trends in the names. The two most commonly occurring words are always — always — "black" and "DJ." In addition to those two, this year we noticed that "white" appears an awful lot, too, as does the name John. Michael, Paul and Jesse are also pretty popular. Go figure.<p>Using the power of Internology, we compiled a list of all (or nearly all) of the bands playing SXSW this year (there are a lot). Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:04:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 36354 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week, SXSW Edition: What's Your Fake Band Name? Your Songs: A Listener-Generated Valentine's Day Playlist http://ktep.org/post/your-songs-listener-generated-valentines-day-playlist <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lFxGBB4UGU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krf2fyazu_o</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhMzZ_KCp_E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvSY4NYkySM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6FXOVle3rs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmOe27SJ3Yc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYJwYjanCRQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIXs66BPooY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecxd9uzUbAE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwzdVHTNpXs</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 34837 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week, Valentine's Day Edition: What's 'Your Song'? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-valentines-day-edition-whats-your-song <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muGsGIFheFY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYWBGpFMRQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y_9xLw1ooc</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 34524 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week, Valentine's Day Edition: What's 'Your Song'? Song Premiere: Death, 'North Street' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-death-north-street When you listen to "North Street," a just-released song by the band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100333731/death">Death</a>, it's hard to believe it's more than 30 years old. The cut, with its urgent beat and relentlessly propulsive guitars, is part punk and part avant-garde rock. Death originally recorded the track in 1980, but it never saw the light of day — until now.<p>Death had a short and ultimately futile run in Detroit in the early to mid-1970s. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 34504 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Death, 'North Street' Beck On 'Morning Phase': The All Songs Considered Interview http://ktep.org/post/beck-morning-phase-all-songs-considered-interview <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukKOrldCiyQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIWbgR4vYiw</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 34103 at http://ktep.org Beck On 'Morning Phase': The All Songs Considered Interview Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-what-musician-do-you-love-no-matter-what Tomorrow on <em>All Songs Considered</em> we'll post a conversation we taped recently with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck" target="_blank">Beck</a>, about his new album <em>Morning Phase</em>. (We'll also premiere a new song from that album called "Waking Light"). While prepping for the interview, I looked over Beck's body of work from the past 20 years, and realized I couldn't find a single song or project of his I disliked. Sure, there are plenty of recordings and songs I like more than others. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 34079 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What? Son Lux, 'Alternate World' http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-son-lux-alternate-world Reality is nine-tenths perception, even in our most intimate relationships. Is it love? Infatuation? Is it real and lasting? All we have are the choices we make. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 33901 at http://ktep.org Son Lux, 'Alternate World' Sebadoh, 'A State Of Mine' http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-sebadoh-state-mine When bassist and singer Lou Barlow first formed <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/92513805/sebadoh">Sebadoh</a> in 1986, he was an early-twentysomething who wrote sublime, brooding songs about youthful angst and heartache. Now in his late 40s, Barlow writes songs under the Sebadoh moniker that are no less introspective. But he's more agitated and inspired by the trappings of adulthood, from the pressures he feels to make money to life lessons he should have learned by now, to how best to care for his children. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 33730 at http://ktep.org Sebadoh, 'A State Of Mine' The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars' http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-zolas-ancient-mars Around this time last year, 21-year-old Elisa Lam went missing during a solo trip to Los Angeles. A month after her disappearance was reported, her body was found in a hotel's rooftop water tank. While it's unclear what happened, investigators ruled out foul play, leaving everyone to speculate wildly about her mental state and possible motivations. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 33323 at http://ktep.org The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars' A World Of Live Music, Captured With Pen And Paper http://ktep.org/post/world-live-music-captured-pen-and-paper While photographers click and shoot their way through live concerts, capturing the best moments in fractions of seconds, illustrator Michael Arthur prefers to preserve the highlights at what some might consider glacial speed, using pen and ink.<p>Of course, Arthur's methods aren't slow at all. In fact, he has to move pretty quickly to get a moment down before it passes. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 32904 at http://ktep.org A World Of Live Music, Captured With Pen And Paper Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album http://ktep.org/post/ambien-dreams-and-naked-desert-walks-st-vincent-her-new-album <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7LsBjrqqHA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c5BhXdVBqw</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 32359 at http://ktep.org Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-what-are-your-music-resolutions-2014 I began last year with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/01/04/168638283/question-of-the-week-what-are-your-music-resolutions-for-2013">some ambitious goals</a> as far as music goes. I vowed to go to more live shows, to pay more attention to lyrics and to spend more time in general with the albums I hear. This was in addition to losing weight, writing a novel and quitting World Of Warcraft. (Ha ha, just kidding! Why would anyone quit World Of Warcraft?).<p>The perennial accounting of one's resolutions can be a grim affair, but I actually did pretty well. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 32250 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014? Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013 http://ktep.org/post/robin-hiltons-top-10-albums-2013 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehndmRDT2WU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqSgSffvFGU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgZdDydRJtU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iljkaDZvyw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX5wk-6Mn5s</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YTd8-IlbQY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DtQcXC4Xug</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bChlP50NkuA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k373c_kxBb0</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 30982 at http://ktep.org Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013 Question Of The Week: What Song Describes Your Family? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-what-song-describes-your-family We need some help putting together next week's show. Thanksgiving is coming up, and for a lot of you, this means you'll be spending some close time with family. Maybe it's more time with family than you want. Or maybe you can't get enough of it. Either way, it's an opportunity to reflect on the people in our lives and how they've shaped who we are.<p>This is where you come in. Tell us about a song that describes your family. It can be a happy song or sad, a literal or not so literal one. Whatever reminds you of your family. Tell us about the song in the comments section. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 29297 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: What Song Describes Your Family? Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love http://ktep.org/post/results-albums-everyone-can-love A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?<p>To answer that question (because we had to know) we spent much of the 2012 summer posting weekly polls with lists of album titles for people to vote on. Each poll had 20 albums to consider. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 28947 at http://ktep.org Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love The 2013 Mountain Oasis Festival In GIFs http://ktep.org/post/2013-mountain-oasis-festival-gifs Late this past month, the first-ever Mountain Oasis music festival popped up in Asheville, N.C. for three days and nights of glorious weirdness. Officially called the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/243933770/mountain-oasis-electronic-music-summit">Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit</a>, the event featured bands both big (Nine Inch Nails) and small (Adventure Club), thrilling audiences with thumping dance, mind-blowing electronic, fist-pounding rock and more. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:53:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 28646 at http://ktep.org The 2013 Mountain Oasis Festival In GIFs Perera Elsewhere, 'Giddy' http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-perera-elsewhere-giddy The music of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/230207114/perera-elsewhere">Perera Elsewhere</a> sounds like it was picked up from outer space, like a strange, haunting frequency drifting through the ether from god-knows-where. So it makes sense that the Berlin-based DJ and ambient trip-hop artist brings an otherworldly vibe to life on the video for her song "Giddy."<p>"You make me giddy with your looping chords / one of many in a world of doors / chasing pennies I can't take no more," Perera Elsewhere sings, as we fly over a barren, digital landscape, much like images from the Mars rover. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 28402 at http://ktep.org Perera Elsewhere, 'Giddy' Question Of The Week: Do Music Reviews Matter To You? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-do-music-reviews-matter-you Last week's <a href="http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/10/backlash-report-the-ten-most-scathing-reflektor-re.html" target="_blank">merciless onslaught of negative reviews</a> for the new <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16334660/arcade-fire">Arcade Fire</a> record, <em>Reflektor,</em> sparked a conversation here in the <em>All Songs Considered</em> office about the weight of a writer's words, and whether those words have any real effect on a band's level of success (success in this case being album sales, or otherwise building a fan base).<p>Twenty years ago (or maybe less), a nega Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 28343 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: Do Music Reviews Matter To You? James Vincent McMorrow, 'Cavalier' http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-james-vincent-mcmorrow-cavalier James Vincent McMorrow first popped on our radar back in 2010, when he released his breathtakingly beautiful debut <em>Early In The Morning</em>, a collection of acoustic folk notable, in part, for McMorrow's remarkable voice. But it turns out McMorrow never really wanted to be a folk singer. His latest album, <em>Post-Tropical</em>, is a sultry, slinky R&B album, with drum machines and soul-inspired harmonies. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 28080 at http://ktep.org James Vincent McMorrow, 'Cavalier' Tyler, The Creator's Video For Anonymous Artist http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-tyler-creator-directs-video-anonymous-band The latest video from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2011/06/21/132283971/why-you-should-listen-to-the-rap-group-odd-future-even-though-its-hard">Odd Future</a> co-founder <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/137321239/tyler-the-creator">Tyler, The Creator</a> isn't at all what you might expect. The Los Angeles rapper and producer, known for his dark, dystopian hip-hop, takes on a breezy pop ballad for the short and vividly beautiful film. Tyler didn't write the song and isn't saying who did. But he was so moved by it he agreed to write and direct the video. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 27900 at http://ktep.org Tyler, The Creator's Video For Anonymous Artist Song Premiere: Colin Meloy, 'Do You Remember Walter' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-colin-meloy-do-you-remember-walter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189635/the-decemberists" target="_blank">Decemberists</a> frontman <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15523850/colin-meloy" target="_blank">Colin Meloy</a> is back with another covers project. This time its for music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15420606/the-kinks" target="_blank">The Kinks</a>. Meloy began releasing <em>Colin Meloy Sings</em> cover EPs in 2005 to coincide with his various solo tours. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:52:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 27653 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Colin Meloy, 'Do You Remember Walter' Song Premiere: The Flaming Lips, 'If They Move, Shoot 'Em' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-flaming-lips-if-they-move-shoot-em The Flaming Lips have always had a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, with a vast catalog of songs about robots, spontaneous human combustion, telepathy, wizards, and UFOs. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 27589 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: The Flaming Lips, 'If They Move, Shoot 'Em' Jackson Scott, 'Sandy' http://ktep.org/post/jackson-scotts-chilling-tribute-sandy-hook Musicians have a long history of turning tragedy into art. From Neil Young's stirring indictment against the shooting of Kent State students in the 1970 song "Ohio," to the countless tributes and musical memorials to 9-11, artists often feel a need to make sense of the senseless and offer comfort through song.<p>But a new song and video from the lo-fi, psych-pop musician Jackson Scott raises questions about decency and the propriety of art when it comes to particularly horrific events. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 26289 at http://ktep.org Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'