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NPR Tiny Desk Concert: A Funny, Smart Set From Courtney Barnett

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Courtney Barnett can tell you a story like she’s your best friend — provided your best friend is a funny poet with an Australian accent. Listen to “Avant Gardener,” an autobiographical account of trying to turn a life around through gardening, only to be foiled by a severe allergic reaction. The tale that follows at this Tiny Desk Concert, “History Eraser,” is a ramble in an alcohol-fueled dream state; it features some of the best lyric-writing in music today. Here’s a sample from that song:

“I found an Ezra Pound and made a bet that if I found a cigarette I’d drop it all and marry you. Just then a song comes on: “You can’t always get what you want” — The Rolling Stones, oh, woe is we, the irony! The Stones became the moss and once all inhibitions lost, the hipsters made a mission to the farm. We drove by tractor there, the yellow straw replaced our hair, we laced the dairy river with the cream of sweet vermouth.”

The only downside for a fan like me is that these songs have been kicking around my head for more than a year. As she played them, I found myself hoping for something new, too. And so it was that Barnett graced the Tiny Desk with a brand-new tune, not yet on a record, about a suburb near Melbourne known as Preston; it’s a song about house-hunting that she appropriately calls “Depreston.” The song is thoughtful, acerbic and funny, just like the woman who sings it. —BOB BOILEN

Set List
“Avant Gardener”
“History Eraser”
“Depreston”

Credits
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Olivia Merrion; photo by Jim Tuttle/NPR

Adam Ben Ezra, Double-Bass Solo: Balagusto

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This is my new 5 strings Upright-Bass solo - “Balagusto” - filmed and recorded at “Luna Studios” in Tel Aviv. Download the lossless audio track from my bandcamp: adambenezra.bandcamp.com

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Production: Goola thegoola.com
Cinematographer: Sergey Maydin
Sound designer: Dan Zipori
Recording technician: Stella Gotshtein
Special thanks to Guy Lebiush and “Luna Studios” in Tel Aviv. luna-studios.com

I’m playing a modern 5 strings double bass built by Nick Lloyd of Cincinnati Ohio. More details about my bass over here:
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Cheers!
Adam Ben Ezra

Tommy Emmanuel’s Beautiful New Version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

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This classic song by Harold Arlen from the film, The Wizard of Oz, was arranged and performed by Tommy from the mid ’70s. It was first adapted from a version played by Chet Atkins, then it evolved over many concerts.

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Recorded on: Canon 7D, Rode K2, Audio Technica 8033
Sound by: Brad Benge
Video by: Clara Emmanuel

Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing

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Warning: the new Queens Of The Stone Age music video is performed on a closed course and depicts dangerous behavior. Possibly not safe for work. Do not attempt.

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NPR Tiny Desk Concert: The Haden Triplets

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Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they’ve separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let’s Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.

Together, they have a common love for American country and traditional songs, and that’s what brought me to them and them to the Tiny Desk. Their new self-titled record is filled with what first made country music grand: songs by The Carter Family, Kitty Wells, Bill Monroe and many others. It’s produced by Ry Cooder, an American legend, terrific slide guitarist and lover of all types of traditional music.

At the Tiny Desk, you’ll hear the traditional tone and effortless voices that only siblings can produce. It’s a treat and a trip in time. —BOB BOILEN

Set List

“Single Girl, Married Girl”
“Voice From On High”
“Slowly”
“Tiny Broken Heart”

Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Olivia Merrion; photo by Jim Tuttle/NPR

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