Who knows where the time goes? We’ll be ringing in the new year on Mystery Train this week, barhopping from Tipitina's to the House of Blue Lights, sharing a couple of old photographs and greeting the dawn...with some passengers in better shape than others. Tune in Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.
This week, the amazing singer songwriter Nicole Atkins returns with the best album of her career. We've been big fans of Nicole Atkins since her debut album. and on February 4th, She releases a new album. She'll be playing new material as well as some of her older favorites.
Dig if you will the picture of Prince under the mistletoe. It's one of the scenes we'll visit on Mystery Train this week. The peculiar paternity of Joseph is considered, along with stories of other travelers headed to new places with big plans. We'll also hear transformative versions of Silent Night and the Nutcracker. Hop on board Christmas day at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.
The Mystery Train Christmas Show, Part 1, will be on this Sunday at 4pm. Passengers include Ella and Elvis, Wilco and Wynton and Bland and Brubeck, among others. There's even a tune from the Grinch's girlfriend.
It's becoming a holiday tradition to rival the Grinch. For the second year running, after more than a decade in the vaults, the December 1978 Austin City Limits performance by Tom Waits is on the TV again. Tune in to WXXI this Saturday at midnight. After all, it just wouldn't feel like the holidays without hearing "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis."
For many fans, listening to Bruce Springsteen can be spiritual, that certainly includes a religion professor at Rutgers University. He's introduced a one credit course exploring religious references in The Boss's songwriting. The professor says it's important to understand the broader context of a writer's work. Some of the Biblical references in the music he says are subtle, others not.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, JESUS WAS AN ONLY SON)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Well, Jesus was an only son.
Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:27 am
In the Latin world, the big celebration around this time of year isn't for Halloween — it's for the Day of The Dead, or Día de los Muertos.
As NPR's Alt.Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd explains in this edition of Latin Roots, Día de los Muertos is far more a day of remembrance than anything scary. But to appease those who prefer to indulge in the eerie, Garsd has selected three songs, each drawn from a hair-raising urban legend.