All Songs Considered
6:19 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For May 30

Drummer Topper Headon, seen overhead, with the rest of The Clash, at the band's first U.S. performance, in 1979.
Roger Ressmeyer CORBIS

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 7:02 am

The warmer weather brings out the air-drummer in me, which means I'm remembering and rediscovering some of my favorite fills, including the ones in this week's puzzler. I think most of these will sound familiar to anyone who's had commercial FM rock blasting with the windows down. So turn it up, pay attention, and good luck!

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

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World Cafe
12:34 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Elbow On World Cafe

Tom Sheehan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 9:09 am

British alt-rock band Elbow formed in 1997 near Manchester. Just over a decade later, the group's album The Seldom Seen Kid won the Mercury Prize, catapulting it into major arenas in the U.K. On this installment of World Cafe, Elbow plays an acoustic set of songs from its latest album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, and host David Dye speaks with lead singer Guy Garvey and bassist Pete Turner about the evolution of the band.

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All Songs Considered
10:31 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Viking's Choice: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Lose The Flute Solo

Blood Ceremony.
Matthew R. Manna Courtesy of the artist

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Favorite Sessions
7:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

KCRW Presents: Thomas Dybdahl

Thomas Dybdahl performed live in the KCRW studios.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:28 am

Norway's Thomas Dybdahl had spent the better part of his career in New York City, but for his latest release, What's Left Is Forever, he found himself spending more time in Los Angeles. In addition to the new surroundings, Dybdahl also experimented with different ways of recording, opting for a simpler approach than in the past. The result was a throwback sound layered with funky grooves, something you can surely hear in the song "This Love Is Here To Stay."

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World Cafe
12:13 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Old 97's On World Cafe

Old 97's.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:58 am

Formed in Dallas, Old 97's first got together more than 20 years ago. The band's latest album, Most Messed Up, hearkens back to the wild spirit of earlier albums like Too Far to Care; its sprawling opening track, "Longer Than You've Been Alive," recalls the group's history and has lead singer Rhett Miller fully embracing his rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

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