Stephen Thompson http://kmuw.org en Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://kmuw.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 27448 at http://kmuw.org The Good Listener: When Playing Music At Work, Can You Please Everyone? http://kmuw.org/post/good-listener-when-playing-music-work-can-you-please-everyone We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful slips from FedEx reminding us that we have to be at home to receive their package <em>even though most people work during the day, for pete's sake</em> is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a request for ideas for how to play music in the office without irritating people.<p><strong><em>Kirsten Elbourne Mathieson writes via Facebook: "I need help with the dilemma of playing DJ at work. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:20:25 +0000 Stephen Thompson 23040 at http://kmuw.org The Good Listener: When Playing Music At Work, Can You Please Everyone? The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? http://kmuw.org/post/good-listener-how-do-you-pick-songs-your-wedding <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCadcBR95oU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpPSBzGEklE</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:32:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 19247 at http://kmuw.org The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? The Good Listener: How Do You Describe The Music You Love? http://kmuw.org/post/good-listener-how-do-you-describe-music-you-love <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJyf5NqiMNE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXXc25vtuxk</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:43:24 +0000 Stephen Thompson 18454 at http://kmuw.org The Good Listener: How Do You Describe The Music You Love? Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://kmuw.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 16185 at http://kmuw.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://kmuw.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 20:50:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 14111 at http://kmuw.org Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards http://kmuw.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 12462 at http://kmuw.org Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' http://kmuw.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 10320 at http://kmuw.org Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Silver & Gold' http://kmuw.org/post/first-listen-sufjan-stevens-silver-gold <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Holiday music is often the domain of musicians who do the bare minimum. Available shortcuts abound: So many standards reside in the public domain, the arrangements write themselves, and expectations for the work as a whole generally hover somewhere in the neighborhood of "This could be nice, I suppose."<p>By contrast, part of what makes <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15121560/sufjan-stevens">Sufjan Stevens</a>' contributions to the Christmas canon so enduring and remarkable is that they're almost overpoweringly effort-intensive. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:40:52 +0000 Stephen Thompson 8993 at http://kmuw.org First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Silver & Gold'