Robin Hilton http://kenw.org en Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America http://kenw.org/post/okkervil-river-coming-age-small-town-america I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:39:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 31164 at http://kenw.org Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America Regina Spektor In Concert http://kenw.org/post/live-may-31-regina-spektor-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15172684/regina-spektor">Regina Spektor</a> has spent much of the past decade perfecting an oddly lovely mix of sweet melodies, piano-driven pop, flashes of experimentalism, and cheery but wistful ruminations on love and heartache. But Spektor writes and performs with the passion of punk, and her otherwise innocent story-songs take unconventional turns.<p>In "Fidelity," from 2006's <em>Begin To Hope</em>, Spektor pairs lightly plucked strings with hip-hop rhythms while hinting at darker themes of masochism and madness. Thu, 17 May 2012 17:59:34 +0000 Robin Hilton 11557 at http://kenw.org Regina Spektor In Concert Japan's Tsunami Recalled In Beautifully Animated Simone White Song http://kenw.org/post/japans-tsunami-recalled-beautifully-animated-simone-white-song The Los Angeles-based singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333606/simone-white">Simone White</a> has a voice like ether. It's sweetly airy and hypnotic. Hearing it can pull you under to a strangely beautiful, glittering world where nothing seems real.<p>On "In The Water Where The City Ends," from her latest record, <em>Silver Silver</em>, White's voice is at its most haunting as she recalls, in disjointed poetry, the tsunami that devastated Japan's Tohoku region last year.<p>"I wrote this song after the tsunami last year," White says. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 01:14:34 +0000 Robin Hilton 8172 at http://kenw.org Japan's Tsunami Recalled In Beautifully Animated Simone White Song Drum Fill Friday http://kenw.org/post/drum-fill-friday-0 I think this week's are pretty easy. Below are six drum intros and fills. Match the intro or fill to the album it's from. If you get it right, the artist and song names will appear.<p>As always, if you've got a drum fill or intro you think would be good for the quiz, let us know in the comments section.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/145504087/drum-fill-friday">More drum fill quizzes</a>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 19:59:48 +0000 Robin Hilton 7725 at http://kenw.org Drum Fill Friday Drum Fill Friday http://kenw.org/post/drum-fill-friday Below are six drum intros and fills. Match the intro or fill to the album it's from. If you get it right, the artist and song names will appear. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Drum+Fill+Friday&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MTU0Mjg1MDEzMTYwMTkyMzk3MTUwNQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:10:04 +0000 Robin Hilton 6232 at http://kenw.org Drum Fill Friday