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Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Songs Of 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Our friends in the public radio system are some of the most open-minded listeners we know. Each month, our Heavy Rotation series brings you free downloads of what our fellow programmers and producers are experiencing on repeat.

To celebrate the best music of 2013, we've created a continuous playlist of songs compiled from Top 10s from around the country. Sample rock from KEXP in Seattle and World Cafe, jazz from New Jersey's WBGO and avant-garde classical music from New York's Q2, among others. Whether it's electronic music, country or a string quartet, you're sure to hear something you haven't heard before — which in turn ought to help you discover even more music in 2014.

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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Classical New England


Alexandre Tharaud, "Glück/Siloti: 'Dance of the Blessed Spirits'"
● Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons, cond.), "Dvorák: Symphony No. 9"
● Blue Heron, "Ludford: Missa Inclina cor meum"
Chris Thile, "J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor"
● Jonas Kaufmann, "Wagner: 'Grail Narration' (from Lohengrin)"
● Leonidas Kavakos, "Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D"
● Matthias Goerne, "Eisler: 'Die Heimkehr'"
Pacifica Quartet, "Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 14"
● Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Manfred Honeck, cond.), "Richard Strauss: Don Juan"
● Tony McManus, "Satie: Gnossienne No. 1"

Folk Alley


Amanda Shires, "Bulletproof"
● Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, "Willie's Lady (Child 6)"
Aoife O'Donovan, "Red & White & Blue & Gold"
Elephant Revival, "Remembering A Beginning"
Jason Isbell, "Elephant"
Joy Kills Sorrow, "Was It You"
The Milk Carton Kids, "Hope of a Lifetime"
Pharis & Jason Romero, "Long Gone Out West Blues"
Samantha Crain, "Never Going Back"
Sarah Jarosz, "1,000 Things"



Ahmad Jamal, "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good"
Cécile McLorin Salvant, "Baby Have Pity On Me"
Christian McBride, "Ham Hocks & Cabbage"
Gregory Porter, "Liquid Spirit"
● Jonathan Kreisberg, "Canto De Ossanha"
José James, "Trouble"
Keith Jarrett, "Tonight"
Kevin Eubanks, "Resolution"
Roswell Rudd, "Trouble in Mind"
Trombone Shorty, "Vieux Carre"


 NPR Music

Arcade Fire, "Afterlife"
Atoms for Peace, "Ingenue"
Bob Marley, "Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)"
James Blake, "Retrograde"
Jim James, "State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)"
Laura Mvula, "Sing to the Moon"
Mayer Hawthorne, "Crime" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, "Jubilee Street"
Phoenix, "Trying to Be Cool"
Queens of the Stone Age, "Vampyre of Time and Memory"



● Cloud Control, "Dojo Rising"
● Foals, "My Number"
Lucius, "Turn It Around"
Parquet Courts, "Stoned and Starving"
Phosphorescent, "Song for Zula"
Savages, "Husbands"
Sin Fang, "Sunbeam"
Telekinesis, "Ghosts & Creatures"
Volcano Choir, "Bygone"
Yo La Tengo, "Ohm"



● !!!, "One Boy/One Girl"
The Black Angels, "Evil Things"
Bombino, "Azamane Tiliade"
Broncho, "Try Me Out Sometime"
Dale Watson, "I Lie When I Drink"
Iron & Wine, "Low Light Buddy of Mine"
Janelle Monáe, "Given 'Em What They Love"
The National, "Don't Swallow the Cap"
Washed Out, "All I Know"
White Denim, "Corsicana Lemonade"



Arctic Monkeys, "Do I Wanna Know?"
Bill Callahan, "Ride My Arrow"
Broncho, "Try Me Out Sometime"
● Lady, The Band, "Money"
Nick Jaina, "Don't Come to Me"
Night Beds, "Ramona"
Phosphorescent, "Song for Zula"
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, "Party Kids"
● Temples, "Shelter Song"
White Denim, "Corsicana Lemonade"

Q2 Music


Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet, "Aheym"
Caleb Burhans, "Amidst Neptune"
● Daniel Wohl, "Corpus"
David Lang, "Speaks: I Am walking"
Einojuhani Rautavaara, "Canticum Mariae Virginis"
● Heinavanker, "Oh Aadam, Sino Essitus"
● Nadia Sirota, "In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves"
● Sean O'Riada (arr. Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky), "Beannaigh Sinn a Athair"
Terry Riley, "Be Kind to One Another (Rag)"
Vijay Iyer, "Playlist for an Extreme Occasion"

The Current


Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
● Caroline Smith, "Magazine"
Elvis Costello & The Roots, "Walk Us Uptown"
Har Mar Superstar, "Lady, You Shot Me"
Jeremy Messersmith, "Tourniquet"
Laura Marling, "Master Hunter"
Lorde, "Royals"
Low, "Just Make It Stop"
Neko Case, "Night Still Comes"
Volcano Choir, "Byegone"



Cécile McLorin Salvant, "Nobody"
Christian McBride & Inside Straight, "The Movement Revisited"
Chucho Valdes, "Tabu"
Dave Douglas Quintet, "Bridge to Nowhere"
Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, "Carrusel De Luces (Carrousel of Light)"
● Giacomo Gates, "Four"
Joe Lovano, "Royal Roost"
● Ronnie Cuber, "Tokyo Blues"
Steve Turre, "Sunset"
Terri Lyne Carrington, "Money Jungle"

WBGO's The Jazz Bee


Avishai Cohen, "Four Verses/Continuation"
The Bridge Trio, "125th and Broadway"
Gregory Porter, "No Love Dying"
Jaleel Shaw, "The Wheel of Life"
Jonathan Batiste, "Creative"
Marc Cary Focus Trio, "Tanktified"
Now vs Now, "Ancient Alien"
● Roberto Fonseca, "Gnawa Stop"
● Ted Heath, "The Charleston"
● Tim Horner, "Listen and You'll See"



Chvrches, "Recover"
Iron & Wine, "Grace for Saints and Ramblers "
● Little Green Cars, "Harper Lee"
The Lone Bellow, "You Never Need Nobody"
Man Man, "Head On"
Mavis Staples, "I Like the Things About Me"
Neko Case, "Ragtime"
Phosphorescent, "Ride On/Right On"
Rhye, "The Fall"
San Fermin, "Sonsick"

World Cafe


Bill Callahan, "Small Plane"
Houndmouth, "Penitentiary"
Iron & Wine, "Grace for Saints and Ramblers"
Jim James, "A New Life"
Josh Ritter, "Joy to You, Baby"
Justin Timberlake, "Pusher Love Girl"
The National, "Don't Swallow the Cap"
Parquet Courts, "Stoned and Starving"
Pickwick, "Lady Luck" (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Typhoon, "Young Fathers"

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