Go Terk Yourself

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Opus No. 1

In January This American Life included a story about a man who became obsessed with a particular piece of on-hold music, which turned out to be a song called Opus No. 1:

Opus No. 1 "Opus No. 1"

For some reason this story — and the music — stuck in my mind strongly enough that I recognized the music months later when I was on hold and heard that music. Today I recognized it again as part of a song off of the new album from How To Dress Well – I wonder if Tom Krell listens to This American Life.

Shriek

Wye Oak

I love Wye Oak and I’m really digging their upcoming album, Shriek. You can preview it in its entirety at NPR Music.

Pale Green Ghosts

If only for the album cover.

Anonymous Club

US Killing Nascent International Right to Online Privacy

The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy, according to diplomatic sources and an internal American government document obtained by The Cable.

More at Foreign Policy (via. Bruce Schneier)

We Found Our Son in the Subway

Danny called me that day, frantic. “I found a baby!” he shouted. “I called 911, but I don’t think they believed me. No one’s coming. I don’t want to leave the baby alone. Get down here and flag down a police car or something.” By nature Danny is a remarkably calm person, so when I felt his heart pounding through the phone line, I knew I had to run.

Read the whole story at the NYT Opinionator

Wye Oak: Plains

I’m really digging this track these days.

Demon Road

New Calexico Too

There’s a new Calexico album, Algiers, streaming at SoundCloud right now!

Tunes

There’s a mess of new music on the webs today. First up is the new video for Who, from David Byrne and Annie Clark’s upcoming album, Love This Giant (which NPR is streaming in its entirety starting today):

Next up is a pair of new tracks from Grizzly Bear’s upcoming album Shields, performed live on BBC radio. The tracks are at (approximately) the 2:07 and 2:43 marks.