Tom Moon http://wuwm.com en First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' http://wuwm.com/post/first-listen-thievery-corporation-saudade Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15170703/thievery-corporation">Thievery Corporation</a> defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."<p>Though countless songs have "saudade" in the title, the condition of saudade isn't usually conveyed through words. It's evoked. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 27538 at http://wuwm.com First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings' http://wuwm.com/post/first-listen-kevin-drew-darlings Back in 2007, Kevin Drew (of Toronto's baroque-pop collective <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15220123/broken-social-scene">Broken Social Scene</a>) gazed longingly at a woman and pronounced her too beautiful for the carnal escapades swirling inside his brain. That song, "Tbtf," was among the wondrous creations on his solo debut <em>Spirit If</em> — a worship-dream set in a sleek, gliding tempo, and sung in a mood of melancholy wistfulness.<p>Now Drew returns with the exceedingly direct "Good Sex," which looks at vanishing romantic ideals in the age of the Tinder hookup. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 26448 at http://wuwm.com First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings' In Rio, A Universe Of Samba http://wuwm.com/post/rio-universe-samba <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vn9XK1c91c</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK9hZVbeBFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFfwRYf3YzE</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Tom Moon 26085 at http://wuwm.com In Rio, A Universe Of Samba Album Review: 'Morning Phase' http://wuwm.com/post/album-review-morning-phase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.<p>TOM MOON: We hear it constantly. Everything in this on-demand culture seems to be moving fast and getting faster. Here's an exception: The new songs from noted contrarian Beck. They're slow. Deliciously, magnificently slow. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Tom Moon 25561 at http://wuwm.com First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase' http://wuwm.com/post/first-listen-beck-morning-phase The thumbnail summary already circulating for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck">Beck</a>'s 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to <em>Sea Change</em>, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.<p>This is useful, to a point, for placing <em>Morning Phase</em> in a general neighborhood. But, like so many descriptors flying around, it doesn't convey much about the work itself — especially since "sequel" is often shorthand for "copy," which this most certainly is not. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 24893 at http://wuwm.com First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase'