Of all the things my NPR friends have produced during my time there (seven years and counting), this video is one of my favorite things. Play it in full-screen HD if you can, using the buttons in the bottom-right of the player.
During the past few weeks, I’ve helped the Hidden Brain bring an experiment to life — study guides based on their episodes. They had the idea, hired a terrific, education-focused intern to create the guides and wanted to do a minimum viable beta to test the concept. Colleague Dan and I assisted in squaring the goals with our site and CMS and getting the pages out the door. It was unexpected and so nice of them to mention us on the show.
Host Shankar explains the premise in the first minute, and we show up with about two minutes to go. (But you should listen to the whole episode because it’s always a fascinating listen.)
Most of the artists who come to the Tiny Desk Concerts (just across the floor from my team at NPR), I don’t know. But every once in a great while the Tiny Desk’s choices align with my own… and it’s a shame if I’m out of the office when that happens. Such was the case with the Drive-By Truckers’ recent visit, promoting an album I’ve been listening to on repeat.
Rife with guns, race, national troubles, difficult historical forces, and an amazing balance of lyrical complexity and tunefulness, the songs are straight fire from vagabond perspectives. Sad to miss the show but glad to work at a place that creates and records moments. Colleague Lars has more about the songs here.
Like two amazing Tiny Desk Concerts during two of my most frustrating days at work this spring. Sounds that get through to your soul and administer the right kind of electricity.
Tedeschi Trucks Band.
On the last track above, Anyhow, I love the echoes of the Marshall Tucker Band’s Can’t You See (“what the woman, Lord, been doin’ to me.”) A cover keeps threatening to break out but never does. The riff wants to go somewhere new.
The most heartbreaking piece I’ve heard in a while.