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Month: February 2017

Our Tiny Desk Contest Winner, Land Of Talk, Juana Molina, More

We kick this week’s show off with the wild ride that is Tank And The Bangas, our unanimous pick to win this year’s Tiny Desk Contest. They’re from New Orleans and have the kind of playful, infectious energy that makes a band impossible to miss. You can hear their winning song, “Quick,” in our podcast — but to really appreciate how special they are, you should head to our site and watch their winning video. We’re also joined on the show by one of the judges for this year’s contest, and the newly named host for WXPN’s World Cafe, Talia Schlanger. Talia talks about what it was like watching the Tiny Desk contest entries and shares new music from the ’90s shoegaze group Ride. We’ve also got long-awaited new music from the Canadian rock group Land Of Talk. After a stunning debut in 2010, the band largely disappeared, but frontwoman Elizabeth Powell has finally returned with a worthy followup, Life After Youth. We’ve got the first single from it, a beautiful ode to self-determination called “Inner Love.”Also on the show: Bob drops a surprising new release from the Argentine singer and electronic musician Juana Molina; multi-instrumentalist Jay Som and the New York-by-way-of-Camaroon singer known as Vagabon both have new albums that perfectly blend wistful meditations with fuzzy guitars; and NPR Music’s Marissa Lorusso stops by the studio to share...

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Covered In Tradfolk: New Takes on Old Songs with Jayme Stone, Hannah Read, Allysen Callery, Leftover Cuties & more!

Because we are a folkblog first, the essential question of whether the performance of traditional song is an act of coverage is treated as trivial here at Cover Lay Down. Indeed, as alluded to in our 2013 feature on the Child Ballads, and in Single Song Sunday features on O Death, Wayfaring Stranger, Barbara Allen and The Water Is Wide, songs so old as to have lost their origin act as the prototype for our exploration of the depth and breadth of the folkways as they continue to stretch and evolve. Someone has to have written these, of course;...

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(Re)Covered: New Covers from Old Favorites Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey, Carrie Elkin, Parsonsfield & more!

Our ongoing (Re)Covered series finds us touting new and newly uncovered releases from folk, roots, bluegrass and acoustic artists previously celebrated here on Cover Lay Down. Today, we delve into the mailbag with news and new coverage from raspy crooners Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, sweet soul mama Carrie Elkin, a country rock-ified Stray Birds, whispery indiefolk pairing Matt Minigell and Annabelle Lord-Patey, and still-rising stringband Parsonsfield taking on Dylan, Paul Simon, Teenage Fanclub, the Episcopalian hymnal and more! Peter Mulvey has been a mainstay of this blog since its birth, thanks to a fondness for coverage and a...

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Guest DJ: Ryan Adams

Ahead of the release of his newest record, Ryan Adams sits down with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen to consider his favorite love songs, including Springsteen, Dylan and Sonic Youth. Powered by...

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