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Fountains of Wayne, “A Road Song”

He had an arm like a pro
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Because I love the latest record by Fountains of Wayne, I hereby inflict upon you yet another one of their excellent story songs, titled “A Road Song.” It’s a tale of loneliness and loss, and 40 movies with Will Ferrell.

Friday Night Jam: Fountains of Wayne, Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart

Fighting off a cold, murdering a campfire song
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Wednesday Night Jam: Nickel Creek Live at NPR

Virtuoso new age bluegrass
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Nickel Creek was made to sing and play around a single microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

All three of the band’s remarkably talented core members have been to the Tiny Desk before. Chris Thile is a veteran, having played the Tiny Desk with friend and guitarist Michael Daves, then later in the same year with Yo-Yo Ma and others in a project known as Goat Rodeo. When The Decemberists performed a Tiny Desk Concert, Sara Watkins was there to play her fiddle and sing. Her brother, Sean Watkins, was also at the NPR offices earlier this year with the marvelous singer Tom Brosseau.

The trio, backed here by bassist Mark Schatz, has no equal. Nickel Creek has been doing this on and off since its members were kids, and what blows me away is the comfort and ease with which they navigate their instruments. That skill, and the creative force behind it, is a joy and a thrill to witness. —BOB BOILEN

Set List:
“Destination”
“Rest Of My Life”
“21st Of May”
“Elephant In The Corn”

Credits:
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Colin Marshall; Production Assistant: Maggie Starbard; photo by Sarah Tilotta/NPR

Awesome Live Concert: Austin City Limits: Nickel Creek

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Austin City Limits is happy to announce a new taping with Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum Nickel Creek on August 25. The recently reunited Americana trio return with their first new music in nine years and for their third appearance on the show. Mandolinist Chris Thile (who also visited us with his band Punch Brothers), guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins (who recently appeared with the Decemberists) came together as Nickel Creek in the late 80s when they were pre-teens, becoming a bluegrass sensation with a pair of albums released just a few years later. But the band truly came into its own with its Alison Krauss-produced third and fourth records, Nickel Creek and This Side, which helped forge its distinctive bluegrass/roots/pop identity.

Following 2005’s Why Should the Fire Die? and 2007’s Farewell (For Now) tour, the trio took a few years off to work on individual solo careers and side projects. 2014 brought the surprise announcement of a reunion and a new album, with A Dotted Line and its subsequent tour coinciding with the band’s 25th anniversary. And since we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary, who better than Nickel Creek to return for their third ACL appearance as part of our milestone season?

Greg Howe’s Most Excellent New Band: Maragold, “Evergreen Is Golder”

Power quartet
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Awesome singer, one of the best guitarists around, and a great bass player and drummer make Maragold one of the coolest new rock bands I’ve heard in a long time.

Greg Howe - Guitar
Meghan Krauss - Lead vocals
Kevin Vecchione - Bass
Dan Conway - Drums

Saturday Jam: Fountains of Wayne, “The Summer Place”

She spent the night in the hospital
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Fountains of Wayne’s latest album Sky Full of Holes is just so amazingly good. Every song is a gem. If you appreciate intelligent, beautifully crafted pop music you’ve got to own this one.

“The Summer Place” is a great example of their genius for storytelling.

Thursday Evening Acoustic Jam: Preston Reed, “Delayed Train”

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Here’s a great new track from Preston Reed’s latest record for our Thursday evening jam.

From the album “In Here Out There” filmed in Loch Lomond Scotland by Dave Arcari.

UK and USA tour dates for September through November 2014 at prestonreed.com

Wednesday Night Jam: The Family Crest

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Here’s a very unusual band to kick off a Wednesday night open thread. I like these guys.

There’s a decent chance you’re about to discover your favorite new band. Based in San Francisco and led by Liam McCormick, The Family Crest builds its songs from a combination of infectious enthusiasm and powerful talent. The group owes its huge sound not just to its seven members, but to the community that records and plays with them. Eighty people are credited on The Family Crest’s first album, Beneath the Brine. At the Tiny Desk, we heard from seven players with training in classical and jazz, as well as instruments including violin, cello, upright bass, flute, trombone, drums, guitar and McCormick’s voice. And what a voice: Trained as an opera singer but with a hunger for jazz, he’s one of those fortunate souls with plenty to express and the range to deliver. The three songs performed here give you a sense of what The Family Crest can do, though Beneath the Brine is what you’ll want to hear once your jaw has dropped watching this.

Set List:
“Beneath The Brine”
“Howl”
“Make Me A Boat”

Credits:
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Colin Marshall; Production Assistant: Sarah Tilotta; photo by Sarah Tilotta/NPR

Tuesday Night Songwriter: James Taylor, the Frozen Man

Don’t leave ‘em nothing to work on
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This is from James Taylor’s “One Man Band” tour, even though there was a piano player so it wasn’t technically one man. But it’s a gorgeous version of one of his most moving songs, “The Frozen Man.” (I like this version much better than the original.)

Recorded at a three-night stint at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, during July 2007

Last thing I remember is the freezing cold
Water reaching up just to swallow me whole
Ice in the rigging and howling wind
Shock to my body as we tumbled in
My brothers and the others were lost at sea
I alone am returned to tell thee
Hidden in ice for a century
I walk the world again
Lord have mercy on the frozen man

Next words that were spoken to me
Nurse asked me what my name might be
She was all in white at the foot of my bed
I said angel of mercy, I’m alive! or am I dead…
My name is William James McPhee
I was born in 1823
I was raised in Liverpool by the sea
But that ain’t who I am
Lord have mercy I’m the frozen man

It took a lot of money to start my heart
Just to peg my leg and to buy my eye
The newspapers call me state of the art
And the children, when they see me, cry

I thought it’d be nice just to visit my grave
See what kind of tombstone I might have
There lay the wife and daughter and it seemed so strange, so strange
Both of them dead and gone from extreme old age
I say, when I die make sure I’m gone
Don’t leave ‘em nothing to work on
You can raise your arm, you can wiggle your hand (unlike myself)
So you can wave goodbye to the frozen man, goodbye

I know what it means to freeze to death
To lose a little life with every breath
To say goodbye to life on earth
And come around again
Lord have mercy on the frozen man
God have mercy on the frozen man

James Taylor Live - Shower the People (You Love With Love)

Show them the way that you feel
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Just because I needed something that made me feel better about the human race after the past month, here’s a terrific live performance of “Shower the People” by James Taylor and his most excellent band (some of whom I know).

You can play the game and you can act out the part,
even though you know it wasn’t written for you.
Tell me, how can you stand there with your broken heart ashamed of playing the fool?
One thing can lead to another; it doesn’t take any sacrifice.
Oh, father and mother, sister and brother, if it feels nice, don’t think twice,
just shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel.
Things are gonna work out fine if you only will do as I say, just
shower the people you love with love, show them the way you feel.
Things are gonna be much better if you only will.

You can run but you cannot hide, this is widely known.
Tell me, what you plan to do with your foolish pride when you’re all by yourself, alone.
Once you tell somebody the way that you feel, you can feel it beginning to ease.
I think it’s true what they say about the squeaky wheel always getting the grease.
Better to shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel.
Things are gonna be just fine if you only will what I’d like to do to you.
Shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel.
Things are gonna be much better if you only will.

Shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel.
You’ll feel better right away.
Don’t take much to do, sell you pride.
They say in every life, they say the rain must fall, just like pouring rain, make it rain.
Make it rain, love, love, love is sunshine, oh yes,
Make it rain, love, love, love is sunshine. Everybody, everybody.

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