Buzzy Lee: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Buzzy Lee: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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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

Fat Joe – My Lifestyle

My Lifestyle

Surprisingly, my first time hearing or knowing about this song was on a recent NPR Tiny Desk concert with Fat Joe on the NPR Music YouTube channel, I am somewhat surprised that I do not remember hearing this song back in the day.

I am not a fan of explicit lyrics, but some songs like this have a good beat & flow; I wish that they would clean up the lyrics though.

Fat Joe: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Son Lux: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Son Lux: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Robin HIlton | April 28, 2021
Watch this stunning “home” Tiny Desk performance from Son Lux and you might conclude the band members live together in an all-white universe without walls or boundaries. But it’s all an illusion. In fact, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, drummer Ian Chang and singer-keyboardist Ryan Lott, who started Son Lux as a solo project back in 2008, each shot their own, separate video with their iPhones, at different times, at their homes scattered across different states. So did the guest vocalists, Nina Moffitt and Kiah Victoria. Editor Evan Chapman then stitched all the videos together.

The effect is dizzying and sometimes disorienting as superimposed images flicker and warble over one another against Bhatia’s skittering guitar lines. Everything is bent and a little off – intentionally, not because of the production challenges – and nothing sounds quite like you expect it to. Watch Bhatia’s all-too-short solo on “Only” or Lott as he walks his fingers over the keys near the beginning of “Vacancy.” Together – and alone – they’ve perfectly captured the upside-down world we’ve been living in this past year, where the lines between what’s real and imagined are blurred, all sense of place fades into the ether and the normally predictable rhythms of life come undone.

The setlist for this performance includes a song from each of the band’s last three albums, a trilogy released over the past eight months, called Tomorrows I, II and III.

SET LIST
“Prophecy”
“Only”
“Vacancy”

MUSICIANS
Ryan Lott: vocals, synth
Rafiq Bhatia: guitar
Ian Chang: drums
Nina Moffitt: vocals
Kiah Victoria: vocals

CREDITS
Video: Evan Chapman, Four/Ten Media
Audio: Brandon Peralta and Ryan Lott
Mastering: Brandon Peralta
Guitars and Nina Moffitt’s vocals recorded by Todd Carder at The Bunker Studio, New York. Drums recorded by Jeff Saenz at Modern Electric Sound Recorders, Dallas, Texas
Project Managers: Hannah Houser and Michael Kaufmann

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

Lake Street Dive: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Lake Street Dive: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Josh Rogosin | April 27, 2021
Lake Street Dive filmed its Tiny Desk (home) concert where the band is most at home: on stage at the “biggest little venue in NYC,” Pete’s Candy Store. All five band members managed to squeeze onto a stage no larger than the actual Tiny Desk to shine a spotlight on the Save Our Stages Act. Congress passed the $15 billion grant program last December as part of the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill. In the middle of the home concert, bassist Bridget Kearney recalls driving to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for a gig at Pete’s, then driving back to Boston the very same night, long before they ever sold out Radio City Music Hall on the other side of the East River.

It’s hard to believe the band has released seven studio albums. Its latest, Obviously, provided the setlist for this intimate performance and prominently features the newest member and co-songwriter, keyboard and vocalist Akie Bermiss. Hopefully we’ll all be packed into tight venues again soon, adding the thunderous applause we’re all yearning to contribute. Until then, we’ll just have to settle for clapping at our screens.

SET LIST
• “Hypotheticals”
• “Same Old News”
• “Anymore”
• “Making Do”

MUSICIANS
• Rachael Price: vocals
• Bridget Kearney: bass
• Akie Bermiss: keyboards, vocals
• Mike “McDuck” Olson: guitar
• Mike Calabrese: drums

CREDITS
• Video: Johnny Frohman
• Audio: Jared Herman, Robin MacMillan
• Camera Operator: Katie Sadler
• Camera Operator: Connor Smith
• Gaffer: Eric Bowers

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

Demi Lovato: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Demi Lovato: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Lyndsey McKenna | April 14, 2021
A few years ago, some of us on the NPR Music team stumbled upon a copy of Demi Lovato’s 2013 book, Staying Strong: 365 Days A Year. Reading Lovato’s heartfelt daily reflections became a workday habit; her transparency and vulnerability made us ardent admirers who wanted nothing but the very best for Demi.

We made it our mission to get Demi to the Tiny Desk, and though the pandemic had other plans, Lovato’s Tiny Desk (home) concert was worth the wait. Recorded on a sunny spring day in her Los Angeles backyard, Lovato begins with a moving rendition of “Tell Me You Love Me” from her 2017 record of the same name, accompanied by subtle, sparse keys. She continues her set with the title tracks from her recently-released studio album, Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over. On both tracks, Lovato’s voice feels stabilizing and grounding; there’s a sense of clarity and purpose in its power.

When interviewed by NPR’s Ailsa Chang back in 2017, Demi Lovato said, “I think I’ve lived a lot of life.” Through both her struggles and successes, Lovato’s shown all sides of herself – the confident and unapologetic star, but also the complexities of recovery – inviting us on her journey in a deeply personal way. Her intimate (home) concert feels like a natural extension of that sincerity.

SET LIST
“Tell Me You Love Me”
“The Art Of Starting Over”
“Dancing With The Devil”

MUSICIANS
Demi Lovato: vocals
Steven “Styles” Rodriguez: keys

CREDITS
Director: Mike Drew
Editor: Aaron Kroger
Engineer/Shader: David Vega
Camera Operator: Austin Wavra
Camera Operator: Noel Galan
Camera Operator: Drew Welker
Assistant Camera: Lawrence Montemayor
Audio : Steven “Styles” Rodriguez

TINY DESK TEAM
Producers: Abby O’Neill
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Bob Boilen
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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