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Tiny Guitar, Kevin Spacey Highlight Entries to NPR Tiny Desk from Local Talent

Tiny Guitar, Kevin Spacey Highlight Entries to NPR Tiny Desk from Local Talent
Photo by Darrell Nance
Written by Josh Matthews  for www.MusicBham.com

The 2017 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest reached its deadline last week and attracted several entries from Birmingham’s new musical talents and unknowns. The Tiny Desk series began in 2008 and features intimate live video performances recorded at the desk of All Songs Considered host, Bob Boilen. The series features all genres of music from amateurs to professionals where artists like Adele, T-Pain, Wilco and Tinariwen have performed. This is the 3rd annual NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest. Both 2015 and 2016 drew nearly 7,000 entries each with “Lost in a Crowd,” by Fantastic Negrito, and “Someday We’ll Linger In The Sun,” by Gaelynn Lea winning, respectively.  The 2017 contest accepted entries from January 13 – January 29. The Judging period runs from January 30 – February 23, with the grand prize winner to be announced on February 28, 2017, at 10AM E.S.T. The grand prize wins a trip to perform live at NPR’s headquarters in Washington D.C. to be produce and distributed as part of the NPR Music Tiny Desk series. They also win a trip to perform live at Brooklyn, NY’s Bell House during the Ask Me Another live show, and additional trips…

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Father John Misty Shares Title Track From Upcoming Album

Father John Misty Shares Title Track From Upcoming Album
Photo: Guy Lowndes
Originally published by Robin Hilton for NPR on January 24, 2017 8:32 AM ET

Father John Misty is back with another opus. Like his previous two solo albums, Pure Comedy is epically orchestrated and vast in its scope, with head-spinning observations on fame, social media, technology and the overall state of humanity. In announcing the new album, Father John Misty shared a video for the title track, a lengthy dissection of what he calls “the comedy of man.”

While the video includes images of politicians and scenes from the past presidential election, Father John Misty says “Pure Comedy” is about so much more. “There’s nothing political about ‘Pure Comedy,’ ” he tells NPR Music in an email. “Unless that’s what the viewer wants, even with all the gratuitous footage of political figures. The video is only ‘about Trump’ in that the video is about human beings.”

“Pure Comedy” also appears to take on everything from big pharma, global warming and natural disasters to religion, gluttony and human folly in general.

Pure Comedy is due out April 7 on Sub…

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