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The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out's history and recent decline.
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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
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Music Review: 'All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller'

One of the important thinkers in present-day jazz is taking his cue from the 1920's on his latest project. Pianist Jason Moran has released All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.
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Nick Cave: 'The Creative Process Is An Altered State In Itself'

Cave is the subject of a different kind of rock documentary called 20,000 Days on Earth, which attempts to debunk the creative process for what Cave says it actually is: "just hard labor."
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Music Reviews: 'Wired' And 'Appetite For Construction'

Amid the debate over the appropriateness of kids' use of the Internet comes the release of two kids' music albums that celebrate a less digital world.
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Apple's U2 Album Promotion Backfires

U2 and Apple teamed up for what Apple's CEO called, "the largest album release of all time." They released U2's album, Songs of Innocence, for free to everyone with an iTunes account.
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Controversial Mexican Musician Temporarily Retires From Drug Ballads

Alfredo Rios, aka El Komander, is the Jay Z of Mexican drug balladeers. He says government pressure, in the form of fines and banned or canceled concerts, is forcing him to think about retirement.
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Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The Brazilian musician and composer says his life has been a succession of serendipitous moments. One of them led to the song that transformed his career — his first hit, "Mas Que Nada."
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Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Finally Cracks Billboard Top 10

While the 30-year-old album has sold millions of copies over the years, it only reached No. 54 when it was released. The new spike comes courtesy of a steep price cut.
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The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

It began as a conversation over a beer. Now, a collaboration between musicians across the Nile basin has expanded to concert tours, albums and courses at universities in the U.S. and East Africa.

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