Bob Boilen http://kplu.org en Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay http://kplu.org/post/song-premiere-unlikely-collaboration-cat-power-and-coldplay It seems the unlikeliest of collaborations: <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15329979/cat-power" target="_blank">Cat Power</a>, a American songwriter and singer who can be quiet and somewhat insular, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15052810/coldplay" target="_blank">Coldplay</a>, now a veteran band from London that is immensely popular, confident and bold. And still, what happens in this recording, the title track for the film <em>Wish I Was Here, </em>feels so right. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:02:09 +0000 Bob Boilen 17596 at http://kplu.org Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band http://kplu.org/post/song-premiere-robert-plants-bold-new-band <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3L0EUbRJGk</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:16:38 +0000 Bob Boilen 17313 at http://kplu.org Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band Neil Young Wants You To Truly Hear Music http://kplu.org/post/neil-young-wants-you-truly-hear-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young">Neil Young</a> wants you to truly hear the music you listen to. Over the years, the trend in audio has prioritized convenience over quality. Last week at <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/sxsw/">SXSW</a>, I had a conversation with Neil Young about an idea he has to change that trend. In this interview, he talks about <a href="http://www.ponomusic.com/" target="_blank">Pono</a>, the new audio player he's been helping develop. Just before the interview, I spent time listening to Pono. It's impressive. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:32:01 +0000 Bob Boilen 15027 at http://kplu.org Neil Young Wants You To Truly Hear Music Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW http://kplu.org/post/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-sxsw <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> wants to start a revolution against the MP3, against the CD, poorly made vinyl and poor audio quality in general. He wants people to hear the music the way it was made.<p>So at SXSW yesterday (and on Kickstarter, which I'll get to in a moment), Young introduced Pono. In Hawaiian, the word means righteous or goodness. For the world of sound it's an audio player that Young says he's been working on for 2 1/2 years, one that's capable of playing music at the same quality at which it was recorded. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:58:01 +0000 Bob Boilen 14746 at http://kplu.org Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW Win Or Lose: Your Election Night Theme Song http://kplu.org/post/win-or-lose-your-election-night-theme-song <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klh4Ms67AzM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vW867TrVHA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAoqVtK7Msg</p> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 16:05:05 +0000 Bob Boilen 6951 at http://kplu.org Win Or Lose: Your Election Night Theme Song