Anyone who knows me or have quickly surveyed my website knows that I am a big fan of NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast/live concert series/blog. Blending together tried-and-true acts with some up-and-comers, All Songs is a great listen whether you are a died-hard music fan or just a casual listener. They are also closely intertwined with the NPR’s general music site and provide them with interesting feature articles.
The two most recent columns have featured two of my favorite duos: Portland’s folk-pop group Blind Pilot and Mali’s unlikely musical superstars Amadou & Mariam. Each story includes a handful of streams of their most recent material, so it’s worth to look at just to hear Amadou & Mariam’s awesome track “Sabali” — which blends the traditional Malian music with repetitive bloops ‘n bleeps reminiscent of the DeVotchKa’s “How It Ends” (aka the Little Miss Sunshine theme song).