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TheBig3 12-13-2010 05:00 PM

NPR is more Hipster than thou
 

So I've friend-ed NPR on Facebook because I actually enjoy the,. But every time they come up in my feed, its always some hot political topic or something musical you've never heard of. So I'm going to try to get up to 50 submissions in here then pass it on. But for now...NPR Is more Hipster than thou...





This past year has been good for new music from the more established names in African music, including new releases from King Sunny Ade, Salif Keita, AfroCubism (with Toumani Diabate, Djelimady Tounakara and Bassekou Kouyate) and many more. But great new artists have emerged, as well, with auspicious recording debuts and first tours of North America and Europe.

Below are five of the best. I've been lucky to have two of these artists perform for my KEXP radio show, Nneka (click to hear the session) and Burkina Electric (click to hear the session), as well as have the producer of a third (Manu Chao of SMOD) stop by, as well. The five artists below show the incredible range of new African music, with African traditions brought together with hip-hop, soul, electronica, blues and rock. The music shows the continuing fruitful conversation between Africa and America, with often startling and original results.

anticipation 12-13-2010 06:09 PM

the pieces that Eothen Alapatt does for NPR's "FUNK ARCHAEOLOGY" are quality, anything else is usually trash in my eyes.

someonecompletelyrandom 12-13-2010 06:11 PM

Putting Razia on that list? Fail.

Me > NPR

FaSho 12-13-2010 06:25 PM

I dig NPR Music. But whenever I put it on it's the ****ing Praire Home Companion.

TheBig3 12-13-2010 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by FaSho (Post 969567)
I dig NPR Music. But whenever I put it on it's the ****ing Praire Home Companion.

aaaahahahahahaha. That segment suuuuucks.

Still they have some great segments:
Fresh Air
On Point
BBC World News
All Things Considered

someonecompletelyrandom 12-13-2010 08:05 PM

I love All Things Considered. Car Talk is another entertaining show.

FaSho 12-13-2010 08:08 PM

All Things Considered is great. Moreso because I know someone named Robert Seagle.

WWWP 12-14-2010 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FaSho (Post 969567)
I dig NPR Music. But whenever I put it on it's the ****ing Praire Home Companion.

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheBig3 (Post 969700)
aaaahahahahahaha. That segment suuuuucks.

Whaaaaaaaat?! :(

I love NPR. I have the podcasts of most of the segments, including PHM. But more on topic, All Songs Considered is good shit, they always have a lot of really cool interviews/live performances.

midnight rain 12-14-2010 12:45 AM

NPR's the best you get in terms of political shows in the States I think. Gotta love Fresh Air and All Things Considered.

WWWP 12-14-2010 12:49 AM

And This American Life, obviously.


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