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SHELBY EARL’S “AT THE START” IS NPR’S “SONG OF THE DAY”

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“At the Start” from local songstress Shelby Earl’s acclaimed new album, Burn the Boats, is NPR’s song of the Day! Earl’s song actually features a trio of local musical talents: cultural luminary John Roderick—who also produced Burn the Boats—sings in duet with Earl while Telekinesis frontman Benjamin Lerner is featured on the drums. In NPR’s estimation, this unique collaboration sparked some real musical magic: “An ode to the end of an affair, ‘At the Start’ finds Earl sounding defiantly triumphant, with Roderick dropping his guard to play the crestfallen. “We’re right where we’ve always been,” they sing together, adding, ‘At the start, we could see the end.’ It’s the one who got away and the one who got left behind, singing together beautifully in just one highlight from Earl’s warm, wonderful new record.” Follow the above link to read the entire NPR feature and to have a listen to the song of the day.

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HARVEY DANGER IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY
January 3, 2011, 2:11 pm
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Harvey Danger’s “The Show Must Not Go On” was NPR’s Song of the Day on December 30. Though the band has recently parted ways, lead singer Sean Nelson’s aforementioned breakup track is catchy and honest, as well as “an appropriate soundtrack to the end of a hard year and a frequently brilliant career — a remarkable feat for a band that deserved more credit.” The article adds, “There’s a lot of what sounds like hard-earned wisdom in those lines, not to mention more maturity than most breakup songs can muster. It’s easy to locate the nobility in persistence, sure, but there’s also wisdom in knowing when to pack it in and pursue happiness in other ways. Nelson clearly knows that, bypassing self-pity for a celebratory victory lap.” Read the full article and listen to the track at the link above.

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THE MOONDOGGIES ARE NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY
December 7, 2010, 12:31 pm
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Congrats to The Moondoggies for being today’s “Song of the Day” on NPR. The song is “What Took So Long” off their new album, Tidelands. Writes NPR, “The Moondoggies’ music sounds exactly like the band’s drizzly Seattle home: The heavy fog and rain of the Pacific Northwest is perfectly evoked in the group’s dreamy, hazy melodies. Amid pretty harmonies, singer Kevin Murphy’s gravelly voice is tempered with occasional falsettos that slide into a deep, soothing croon. In a manner atypical of the style, the guitar gets buried a bit, allowing the bass and drums to push The Moondoggies’ songs forward.” Read the full article at the link above.

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FENCES IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY
November 18, 2010, 12:52 pm
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Fences, led by songwriter Christopher Mansfield, is known for its brevity as well as its melancholic melodies. The band has garnered lots of positive attention in the Seattle area, and now NPR is taking note; Fences’ song “My Girl the Horse” is NPR’s song of the day today. Writes NPR, “the song begins with a slow fade straight into the familiar guitar strums that form the bedrock of the song. A sparse piano melody wanders in, too — an optimistic tune offering hope that Mansfield’s characters might just ‘make it down this hill alive.’ Still, the rest of the words, few as they may be, convey more defeat than triumph. (‘Every day, we fuss and fight,’ he sings.)” To listen to the track and read more about Fences, follow the link.

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MELVINS’ “I’LL FINISH YOU OFF” IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY
June 25, 2010, 11:42 am
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Washington band the Melvins’ latest album The Bride Screamed Murder recently cracked Billboard’s Top 200, a first for this band that’s been putting out music for more than 26 years, and NPR has named their song “I’ll Finish You Off” the song of the day. NPR says “To this day, the band explores the pummeling low-end sounds that made its early work so gargantuan; from the cerebral sounds of Tool to the sonic abuse of Pig Destroyer, Melvins’ intense vibrations are still felt throughout the world of extreme music. ‘I’ll Finish You Off’ is loud, proud and backed with a psychedelic wall of guitar distortion, as the group continues a few tricks it’s been executing on its past few albums: recording with two drummers and spreading chorus effects across the vocals. Of course, the voluminous guitar chugs only lend more massiveness to the track, but an organ pops up as the instrumentation’s most surprising addition… More than a quarter of a century into the band’s career together, it’s inspiring to hear Melvins continue to deafen new generations of listeners.”

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ROCKY VOTOLATO’S RED RIVER IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY
May 21, 2010, 12:40 pm
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NPR says “In ‘Red River,’ the muddy bass and lean drums aren’t flashy, but they make a sturdy soapbox for Votolato and his guitar. Smoky vocals place a sedate mask on his words, making them easy to swallow… Though Votolato doesn’t come off as particularly religious, he’s clearly reaching for something greater than himself here. It might be spiritual or it might be physical, but whatever it is, he seems at peace in the knowledge that it’s where we’re all headed.”

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FREEWAY AND JAKE ONE’S “THROW UP YOUR HANDS” IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY
May 4, 2010, 12:09 pm
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Freeway and Jake One’s song “Throw Up Your Hands” is NPR’s Song of the Day. NPR praises the new album, saying, “The imprint [Rhymesayer] has proven a great home for him [Freeway], as evidenced by his excellent recent CD, The Stimulus Package. It doesn’t hurt that the disc was produced by Seattle DJ Jake One, perhaps the best boom-bap-style beat maker in the business.” NPR calls “Throw Your Hands Up”, “a rousing jock-jam designed to get the blood pumping. Over a dramatic bass line, high-register synths and a blitzkrieg of record-scratching, Freeway announces that he and Jake One are here to rock listeners in an old-school way… Nostalgic and relevant, smart and fun, “Throw Your Hands Up” finds two compelling artists in top form.”

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