Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 10:56 am
We made you a doozy of a mix — 50 of NPR Music's favorite songs from the first half of 2013, including hip-hop anthems, dudes with beards, avant-garde lullabies, dance-music stompers, tear-jerking ballads, funk odysseys and synth-pop singalongs.
Pete Yorn has been collaborating quietly with fellow Los Angeles musician J.D. King on a new project called The Olms. The band was born in a studio, but has recently taken to the stage to perform live, including its L.A. debut for friends, family and fans at KCRW. Referencing jangly folk and '60s-era Britpop, King and Yorn dive headfirst into a charmingly retro sound with this performance of "Wanna Feel It" at Apogee Studios.
The novelist Tao Lin, because he is young, narcissistic and computer literate, gets the "voice of Generation Y" treatment a lot. It's a safe way of pinning down the uncontainable paradox that is Tao Lin: On the one hand, he's meek, cripplingly shy and unusually talented. But on the other, he can be remarkably alienating.