Last week in New York City, on the fringe of Times Square, a band of busy artists gathered in a building brimming with songwriting history. The Brill Building's golden age, when songs like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Be My Baby" were written in its offices, are in the past, but The New Pornographers' pop music would fit into the mold of that era. You can easily imagine the group's members writing songs in small, secluded rooms to be played on tiny transistors and monophonic record players.
Some lucky FUV members headed to see an NPR Music show with Spoon this afternoon at Le Poisson Rouge, but even if you weren't there, you can still hear a brand new song from the band. Spoon kicked off the show by playing "Rent I Pay" from its forthcoming album (out August 5th) called, They Want My Soul, and we have video of that performance below.
Arcade Fire performs an NPR Music "First Listen Live" at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, featuring songs from the band's new album Reflektor, a couple of nice nods to Lou Reed, and a favorite from The Suburbs.
Listeners of FUV and The Alternate Side met Brooklyn's Savoir Adore during our CMJ Showcase this year, and in their visit to Studio A (where this video was shot). We wanted to keep spreading the word about this hard-working, synth-pop band, so they are our pick in the NPR Music list: 10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012.
It's the "best of" time of year... WFUV's "Best of 2012" Listener Poll is open through Thursday night (tell us your favorite albums of the year), and then we'll be doing the Top 90 Albums of 2012 Countdown this Friday. You'll also find FUV and The Alternate Side featured in NPR Music's Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Top Songs Of 2012 — a year-end list that you can read AND listen to.
Sigur Rós could be forgiven for sounding better on record than in concert. The Icelandic band's songs either billow out deliberately or stomp majestically, and in every case entail the building of layers upon intricate sonic layers.