Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

What Is It?

The YouTube video Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music, and here is the description for this video:

March 26, 2018 | Felix Contreras — Jenny and the Mexicats is a discovery from South by Southwest a few years ago that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind, and with good reason: The band’s high-energy shows are unforgettable, as is its sound. Mixing flamenco, originally from southern Spain, with Jenny Ball’s jazz trumpet background and a little bit of cumbia has created their one-of-a-kind musical identity.

The grooves these musicians create can be frenetic (as in the first performance here, “Frenético Ritmo”) or slow and luxurious (“The Song for the UV Mouse House”). In both cases, the group presents the perfect cushion for Ball’s impassioned singing and engaging stage presence. There are no weak points in the instrumentation, and with Ball out front, the songs come to life as the short stories they are — like that of the young lady who appreciates a beer before taking on life’s challenges in “Verde Más Allá.”

Watching this performance, it’s easy to see why Jenny and the Mexicats is picking up new fans as the group travels the world spreading its good cheer. The musicians bring their festival circuit-level performance down to almost a whisper here, but the intensity of their playing remains. After watching, perhaps you’ll end up like me, with their names permanently entered in your mental Rolodex.

Set List

“Frenético Ritmo”
“The Song for the UV House Mouse”
“Verde Más Allá”

CREDITS
Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, Dani Lyman; Production Assistants: Joshua Bote, Molly Stofko; Photo: Jenna Sterner/NPR.

Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Royal Voices Of Life: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Royal Voices Of Life: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

What Is It?

The YouTube video Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Royal Voices Of Life: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music, and here is the description for this video:

Mitra Arthur | September 9, 2021
Pastor T.L. Barrett comes to this Tiny Desk (home) concert from his spiritual home, the Chicago church he has pastored for over 40 years. His choir, the Royal Voices of Life, and the band are positioned in front of a dazzlingly lit stained-glass window. A tambourine is at the ready. The sight is familiar to anyone familiar with churches that anchor their neighborhood.

Starting in 1971, Pastor Barrett released a series of albums that integrated soul and funk elements, all backed by a 45-member ensemble. Some of those former youths still perform with him today. At one point, his congregation included Donny Hathaway and members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Barrett’s music has had a resurgence of late — his records have been sampled by Kanye West and DJ Khaled, songs have been featured in movies and commercials, and the label Numero Group will soon release a career-spanning box set.

Pastor Barrett opens this Tiny Desk (home) concert with “I Shall Wear a Crown,” reminding the choir, “Let the people know you like it!” His most well-known song, “Like a Ship,” retains the groove of the 1971 original; the song encourages that, despite the pain, you can shake it. In the rolling, soul-drenched take on “Nobody Knows,” Barrett cautions: “This is a mean world to try to live in / But you’ve got to stay ahead until you die.” A church member sitting in the front pew, decked out in a wide brim hat, raises her hands in praise. This is not a concert; this is worship.

SET LIST
“I Shall Wear A Crown”
“Like A Ship”
“Nobody Knows”

MUSICIANS
Pastor T.L. Barrett: vocals & piano
Wayne Barrett: lead guitar
Carlos Patterson: organ
Timothy Fullerton: bass guitar
Quinn Anderson: drums
Minister Ykheera, Minister Jahaira, Vera Sharp: choir (sopranos)
Deborah Thomas, Barbara Blake, Doresse Scott, Rosalind Thomas, Steve Lucas, T.L. Barrett, III: choir (tenors)
Christine Robinson, Ceceria Robinson, Jeanette Reynolds, Michele Marshal, Zelma Evans: choir (altos)

CREDITS
Video and Editing: Adam Luksetich
Cameras: Alex Pennacchia, Chris Vanderwall, Ed Bornstein
Producers: Stephen Arndt, Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, Ed Bornstein
Audio: Kenneth Klemaier
Music Director: Dwayne Barrett

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Gabrielle Pierre
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

Hiatus Kaiyote: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Hiatus Kaiyote: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

What is it?

The YouTube video Hiatus Kaiyote: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music, and here is the description for this video:

Abby O’Neill | August 4, 2021
Melbourne alt-soul collective Hiatus Kaiyote tricked out its avant-garde recording studio, The Villa, and lathered it with props: a miniature desk, alien costumes, and loads of furry friends. Frontwoman Nai Palm shared with me the impetus behind the design. “I’m a treasure hunter at heart,” she said, “and the beautiful thing about dressing a set with sentimental artifacts from my house is that I feel super comfy to perform.” Every intricate detail of this Tiny Desk (home) concert evokes feelings of coziness, psychedelia and joyful performance art.

Launching into this brilliant performance with “Sip Into Something Soft,” Hiatus takes us on a sweet and sultry journey through a host of selections from their new album, Mood Valiant. On “Rose Water,” the tightness of the band (comprised of Paul Bender, Simon Mavin and Perrin Moss, and joined by their longtime backing vocalists) is on full display.

Hiatus Kaiyote came onto the scene with their debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, back in 2012 and created a groundswell of buzz among global music heads. Since then, they’ve gone on to win varying international awards and were the first Australian group to get nominated in the R&B category at the Grammys for best R&B performance in 2013. This uber-fun and exhilarating set will appease diehards and new fans alike.

SET LIST
“Sip Into Something Soft”
“Rose Water”
“And We Go Gentle”
“Get Sun”
“Blood And Marrow”

MUSICIANS
Nai Palm: vocals, guitar
Paul Bender: bass
Simon Mavin: keys
Perrin Moss: drums, percussion, vibraphone
Alejandro ‘Silentjay’ Abapo: vocals, keys
Laura Christoforidis: vocals
Jace Excell: vocals

CREDITS
Video: Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, Nick Mckk, Leah Oborn
Audio: Phil Noy, Haima Marriott
Extras: Marissa Matar, Sam Kuzich (aliens); Daniela Lucchetti, Matt Kelly (birds); Kiki Megumi (mothman)

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Abby O’Neill
Video Producer: Kara Frame
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Maia Stern, Gabrielle Pierre
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

Rae Khalil – Father

Father (feat. Rae Khalil) (Alt. Version)

What is it?

The short & long versions of the song Father by Rae Khalil featuring C.S Armstrong from the music album For The World (FORTHEWORLD).

Rae Khalil – FATHER (feat. C.S. Armstrong)

Buzzy Lee: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Buzzy Lee: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Here is how NPR Music describes this video:

Bob Boilen | June 2, 2021
There’s a comfort to be found singing in a bathroom; we all sound better with our voices bouncing off the tiles. For Sasha Spielberg, a.k.a. Buzzy Lee, she took it a step further, recording her Tiny Desk (home) concert in her childhood bathroom, which her parents decorated with images of fairytales.

Sasha Spielberg tells me there’s “Cinderella and her fairy godmother, the Seven Dwarfs and the Three Wise Men of Gotham, which is part of Mother Goose, apparently.” She continues, “This bathroom is where I would go to sing. I would make up songs about each of the fairytales on the tiles, and I could sing as loud as I wanted, and it felt as if I had enough privacy. It was my escape. I’d spend hours on end in here dreaming of singing in front of people. It’s also where I wrote my first song, age 5, ‘You’re Just Like Pie Crust.’ It was a pop song. Huge hit.”

Buzzy Lee captured my heart with her 2021 album Spoiled Love, an album produced with Nicolas Jaar. With musicians Adam Gunther sitting in the tub playing modular synths and Jorge Balbi Castellano seated on the ‘throne’ playing drum pads, we hear songs and tales with different themes: obsession, love, attachment, and self-doubt, all filled with playful wordplay and her passionate voice.

SET LIST
• “Strange Town”
• “Coolhand”
• “Spoiled Love”
• “What Has A Man Done”

MUSICIANS
• Sasha Spielberg: keys, vocals
• Adam Gunther: modular synth, modular bass
• Jorge Balbi Castellano: drums

CREDITS
• Video: Harry McNally
• Audio: Adam Gunther

TINY DESK TEAM
• Producer: Bob Boilen
• Video Producer: Kara Frame
• Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
• Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
• Tiny Production Team: Maia Stern, Gabrielle Pierre
• Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
• Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann