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Creepy Thursday Night Jam: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Red Right Hand”

One microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan
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This is a classic from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a disturbing little ditty about a tall handsome man with a red right hand. I didn’t even know there was a video for this one until today, but it’s as unsettling as the song.

Take a little walk to the edge of town
Go across the tracks where the viaduct looms
Like a bird of doom as it shifts and cracks
Where secrets lie in the border fires, in the humming wires
Hey man, you know you’re never coming back
Past the square, past the bridge, past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm, comes a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat with a red right hand

He’ll wrap you in his arms
Tell you that you’ve been a good boy
He’ll rekindle all the dreams it took you a lifetime to destroy
He’ll reach deep into the hole heal your shrinking soul
Hey buddy, you know you’re never ever coming back
He’s a god, he’s a man, he’s a ghost, he’s a guru
They’re whispering his name through this disappearing land
But hidden in his coat is a red right hand

You don’t own no money? He’ll get you some
You don’t have no car? He’ll get you one
You don’t have no self-respect
You feel like an insect
Well don’t you worry buddy ‘cause here he comes
Through the ghettos and the barrio and the bowery and the slum
A shadow is cast wherever he stands
Stacks of green paper in his red right hand

You’ll see him in your nightmares
You’ll see him in your dreams
He’ll appear out of nowhere but he ain’t what he seems
You’ll see him in your head, on a TV screen
And hey buddy, I’m warning you to turn it off
He’s a ghost, he’s a god, he’s a man, he’s a guru
You’re one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan
Designed and directed by his red right hand

Live Music: The 2014 Americana Music Honors & Awards

The best
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The 13th annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET, live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. You can watch the entire event, including more than 20 performances by some of Americana’s biggest acts, live on npr.org and participating public radio websites.

Americana figurehead Jim Lauderdale will host the evening, backed by a house band featuring Buddy Miller, Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim Lauer, The McCrary Sisters, Brady Blade, and Ry Cooder.

Below is a list of artists scheduled to perform, as well as a list of the 2014 nominees.

FEATURED PERFORMERS
• Loretta Lynn
• Jason Isbell
• Jackson Browne
• Emmylou Harris
• JD Souther
• Rosanne Cash
• Patty Griffin
• Hurray For The Riff Raff
• Sturgill Simpson
• St. Paul & The Broken Bones
• Parker Millsap
• Robert Ellis
• Valerie June
• Flaco Jimenez
• Taj Mahal
• Rodney Crowell
• Sarah Jarosz
• Cassandra Wilson
• The Milk Carton Kids
• The Devil Makes Three

THE 2014 AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS NOMINEES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
• Build Me Up From Bones by Sarah Jarosz
• The Lights From The Chemical Plant by Robert Ellis
• The River And The Thread by Rosanne Cash
• Southeastern by Jason Isbell

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Rosanne Cash
• Rodney Crowell
• Robert Ellis
• Jason Isbell

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
• The Avett Brothers
• The Devil Makes Three
• Hard Working Americans
• Lake Street Dive
• The Milk Carton Kids

SONG OF THE YEAR
• “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell
• “A Feather’s Not A Bird” by Rosanne Cash
• “Ohio” by Patty Griffin
• “Only Lies” by Robert Ellis

EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR
• Hurray For The Riff Raff

Saturday Night Jam: Lydian Collective, “Mr. Sunshine”

Music • Views: 30,192

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A really lovely piece of music, performed beautifully by a great band, for a warm Saturday evening.

From the Laszlo Album: Radial Nerve: candyrat.com

Performed by the Lydian Collective: facebook.com

Featuring:
Aaron ‘Laszlo’ Wheeler - Keyboards
Todd Baker - Mandolin
Ida Hollis - Bass Guitar
Sophie Alloway - Drums

The Lydian Collective are a group of London-based musicians that perform live versions of the diverse instrumental music released under the Lydian Label. Featuring arrangements from the likes of Laszlo and Musicbox, the Lydian Collective explore the compositions in a more organic context, hopefully giving you a deeper insight into the compositional roots of the studio music.

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Ben Folds With the West Australian Symphony Orchestra: “Boxing”

Has boxing been good to you?
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Here’s a classic song from the first Ben Folds Five album, performed live with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Friday Night Jam: The Tallest Man on Earth - Love Is All

My savior and my sin
Music • Views: 29,110

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Here’s a great live performance by Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, one of the most original singer-songwriters of this generation.

Overnight Jam: Bob Schneider - Peaches

I love you like a blue sky
Music • Views: 26,267

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A happy fun tune to take us through the night. Catchy, too. (Please note: this is not actually Bob Schneider in the video, but it is him singing.)

Facebook: facebook.com
Twitter: twitter.com
Website: bobschneider.com

Fountains of Wayne, “A Road Song”

He had an arm like a pro
Music • Views: 26,006

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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
Music • Views: 29,210

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Wednesday Night Jam: Nickel Creek Live at NPR

Virtuoso new age bluegrass
Music • Views: 28,529

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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

Music • Views: 22,148

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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?

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