Milo Miles http://iowapublicradio.org en Golem Ain't Your Grandparents' Klezmer http://iowapublicradio.org/post/golem-aint-your-grandparents-klezmer The New York City band Golem describe their music as punk-klezmer. Music critic Milo Miles says that on the group's new album, <em>Tanz</em>, they mange to find new ways to balance urban irreverence with folk tradition. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Golem+Ain%27t+Your+Grandparents%27+Klezmer+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Milo Miles 41652 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fight-sound-sound-grateful-deads-arena-combat The same week that <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young">Neil Young</a> introduced his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw">Pono music player</a> designed to spark a huge boost in audio fidelity, I listened for the first time to a recording of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15440218/grateful-dead">Grateful Dead</a> concert I attended almost 40 years ago. And I realized that passions about good-sounding music go through cycles. Today, the lo-fi medium is MP3s through earbuds. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Milo Miles 38393 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past http://iowapublicradio.org/post/he-joined-congress-south-african-janitors-disco-past The appearance of Penny Penny's <em>Shaka Bundu</em> in the American market is welcome not only in itself, but also as a sign of a larger trend. Five or six years ago, it was clear the music business was going into long-term sales decline, and I was certain that a prime victim of that would be African pop. The established imports of the '80s and '90s would be available as MP3 downloads, but surely new discoveries and reissues would slow to a trickle, if not cease altogether. I'm grateful that that has simply not happened. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Milo Miles 35906 at http://iowapublicradio.org Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past Will The Real Llewyn Davis Please Stand Up? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/will-real-llewyn-davis-please-stand <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56qo9sinSdc</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:04:00 +0000 Milo Miles 32624 at http://iowapublicradio.org Will The Real Llewyn Davis Please Stand Up? Europe Swings The Body Electric http://iowapublicradio.org/post/europe-swings-body-electric <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiA6u-w0uZc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE7XkaFFtGE</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Milo Miles 31040 at http://iowapublicradio.org Europe Swings The Body Electric Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sylvester-mighty-real-disco-star-deserves-modern-spotlight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue2UXnxp8Rs</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:51:00 +0000 Milo Miles 24083 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War http://iowapublicradio.org/post/festival-au-desert-music-peace-not-silenced-war Long ago, one of my college history professors hammered home a durable truth: "If you love art," she said, "you should hate war." Because some art is always among war's victims.<p>A case in point is a music celebration called Festival au Desert — held near Timbuktu, Mali, since 2001 — which I will Anglicize as Festival in the Desert. In January 2012, right after the last festival ended, a nationalist uprising began in the north of Mali, which was soon taken over by hardline Islamic fundamentalists. Thu, 30 May 2013 14:48:00 +0000 Milo Miles 21622 at http://iowapublicradio.org Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War Yo La Tengo: Decades In And Far From Fading http://iowapublicradio.org/post/yo-la-tengo-decades-and-far-fading <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15223290/yo-la-tengo">Yo La Tengo</a> wouldn't seem to be very rock 'n' roll, given that it's a very stable and long-lasting operation. Since 1991, the lineup has consisted of a married couple — drummer Georgia Hubley and guitarist Ira Kaplan, along with bassist James McNew — and all three play additional instruments as needed. Yo La Tengo has been with the same label, Matador, since 1993. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:02:00 +0000 Milo Miles 14470 at http://iowapublicradio.org Yo La Tengo: Decades In And Far From Fading Tunes To 'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard' To http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tunes-work-hard-play-hard-pray-hard The first thing to note about the collection of old-timey music <em>Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard</em> is that it resulted from a record-discovery event that happens less and less often, and soon will likely never happen again. The music was recorded between 1923 and 1936. Most of the sides on the set are taken from 78s collected by the late Don Wahle of Louisville, Ky., and rescued from Dumpster destruction in 2010 by compiler Nathan Salsburg. Nineteen of the songs have never been reissued. Piles of moldy vinyl left behind by the deceased were once commonplace. No longer. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:57:00 +0000 Milo Miles 12276 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tunes To 'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard' To Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/samuel-yirga-ushers-golden-age-ethiopian-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyI7IWtb-NI</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:34:00 +0000 Milo Miles 10487 at http://iowapublicradio.org Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music Analog Players Society: A Party Cooked Up In A Studio http://iowapublicradio.org/post/analog-players-society-party-cooked-studio Albums made by collections of professional studio players once had a bad reputation with the traditional rock audience. Such works were supposedly arid and chilly — more like the results of a board meeting than the recorded adventure of an organic group of fabulous friends. Some music fans may still feel that way, but they are few. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:06:00 +0000 Milo Miles 8493 at http://iowapublicradio.org Analog Players Society: A Party Cooked Up In A Studio Boban i Marko Markovic: Irresistible Party Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/boban-i-marko-markovic-irresistible-party-music A dozen years ago, if someone told me that one of the liveliest, most inventive party albums of the year would come from a band originally associated with wedding celebrations and beer festivals, I would have been all, "Yeah, sure, you bet." If it was further explained that the band's roots were much closer to polka than rock, funk or hip-hop, I would have responded, "Don't push it." But nowadays, I'm familiar with the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, whose retrospective <em>Golden Horns</em> will lighten the heart and lift the feet as surely as anything you'll hear in 2012. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:54:00 +0000 Milo Miles 5523 at http://iowapublicradio.org Boban i Marko Markovic: Irresistible Party Music Paying Tribute To San Francisco DJ Cheb I Sabbah http://iowapublicradio.org/post/paying-tribute-san-francisco-dj-cheb-i-sabbah Cheb i Sabbah's life traces an almost fairy-tale perfect path through the evolution of what's now called world music. Born in Algeria in 1947, he absorbed the Judeo-Arabic Andalusian music of his local culture before he joined the '60s rebellion and became a 17-year-old DJ playing soul 45s in Paris. By the end of the decade, he'd moved to New York and become friends with trumpeter Don Cherry, famous for his association with Ornette Coleman and a pioneer in the concept of multicultural music. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Milo Miles 2835 at http://iowapublicradio.org Paying Tribute To San Francisco DJ Cheb I Sabbah A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sure-footed-collection-african-blues I have to hand it to the Putumayo label. Since it started as a soundtrack-provider to a clothing store in the early '90s, the operation has placed racks of CDs with friendly-primitivist art by Nicola Heindl into Starbucks and Whole Foods everywhere. Putumayo is as responsible as anything for making music buyers ask "Where's the world music section?" in shops or online. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:27:00 +0000 Milo Miles 722 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues' From Dominican Roots, Bachata Is Here To Stay http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dominican-roots-bachata-here-stay <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBCq0cSxvEE</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:39:00 +0000 Milo Miles 250 at http://iowapublicradio.org From Dominican Roots, Bachata Is Here To Stay