Stephen Thompson http://kuow.org en Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://kuow.org/post/indie-pop-albums-make-cut-are-more-mere-collections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At NPR Music, they're wrapping up the year the best way they know how, with their hotly contested list of their 50 favorite albums of 2013. Now, all this week, we'll get a peak of that list from our in-house experts, including NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, whose beat is the ever amorphous indie pop, which - Stephen, what exactly is that these days?<p>STEPHEN THOMPSON, BYLINE: I have absolutely no idea. It used to mean accessible but unpopular.<p>CORNISH: OK. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 25242 at http://kuow.org Bon Iver On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/bon-iver-world-cafe <em>This session, from Sept. 2, 2011, is part of our </em>Vintage Cafe<em> series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.</em><p>It's a stretch to call "Beth/Rest" 2011's most divisive song, but it's hard to discuss <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_self">Bon Iver</a>'s second album without weighing in on its '80s-style closer. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 20405 at http://kuow.org Bon Iver On World Cafe Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://kuow.org/post/jittery-jams-10-songs-coffee-lovers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb5qqoQgPlk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVGXcjM9SOQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUx5z9O2ZGk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WfQN_M1pQc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZk2LYsBIi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxS7Q64xUQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFURd_EOIuU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nzMS_YrgFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_wVO7NBMQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oqXVx3sBOk</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 01:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 11964 at http://kuow.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://kuow.org/post/baby-bands-pop-stars-and-room-filling-joy-what-expect-sxsw-2013 <em>Listen to Stephen Thompson's conversation with Audie Cornish on </em>All Things Considered<em> by clicking the audio link.</em><p><hr /><p>The South by Southwest music festival kicked off Tuesday with the first of five straight nights of music overload: The clubs, makeshift music venues and front porches of Austin, Texas, were overrun with little-known discoveries-in-waiting and big names alike, as well as tens of thousands of fans who have flocked to the city in search of epiphanies.<p>Finding a prevailing trend at SXSW isn't easy; the festival is like 50 events in one, so it's possible t Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 9701 at http://kuow.org Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 First Listen: 'Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys' http://kuow.org/post/first-listen-son-rogues-gallery-pirate-ballads-sea-songs-chanteys <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>As its title suggests, <em>Son of Rogues Gallery</em> isn't the first overstuffed collection of what it dubs "Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys." The first <em>Rogues Gallery</em> compilation, dreamt up by the <em>Pirates of the Caribbean</em> team of Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski, came out in 2006 with the help of an all-star cast; <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15358839/nick-cave">Nick Cave</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397433/sting">Sting</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14960080/richard-thompso Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:10:24 +0000 Stephen Thompson 8331 at http://kuow.org First Listen: 'Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys' Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards http://kuow.org/post/sunday-8-pm-et-spend-grammy-night-staring-screens-us <em>With the conclusion of Sunday night's ceremony, Linda Holmes and I have now live-blogged fully one-eleventh of the Grammy Awards' 55 annual incarnations. Below is our original post and an archived live blog of the telecast:</em><p>For the fifth straight year, whether we're marveling at Taylor Swift's capacity for surprise or trying to figure out what to type during the combined 37 minutes of Bruno Mars performances, we're here to serve your reading-along needs. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 7952 at http://kuow.org Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards First Listen: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common' http://kuow.org/post/first-listen-thao-get-down-stay-down-we-common <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17844175/thao">Thao Nguyen</a> is one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around. She infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness, from her live-wire concerts to the way her songs gallop and clamor, picking up intensity as they go along. With her band The Get Down Stay Down, Nguyen is about to release her third album — <em>We the Common</em>, out Feb. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:20:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 7494 at http://kuow.org First Listen: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common' Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' http://kuow.org/post/hail-chipmunks-holiday-classic-re-revisited <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnPHlOHb7g</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ_9bL7i-Zs</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:22:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 5604 at http://kuow.org Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk Concert http://kuow.org/post/ben-gibbard-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15163856/ben-gibbard">Ben Gibbard</a> has spent so much time at the head of various bands — <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15163859/death-cab-for-cutie">Death Cab for Cutie</a>, The Postal Service, All-Time Quarterback — that it's easy to forget how well his sweetly brainy songs work in a solo acoustic setting. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:30:54 +0000 Stephen Thompson 4006 at http://kuow.org Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk Concert