Stephen Thompson http://waer.org en Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://waer.org/post/indie-pop-albums-make-cut-are-more-mere-collections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At NPR Music, they're wrapping up the year the best way they know how, with their hotly contested list of their 50 favorite albums of 2013. Now, all this week, we'll get a peak of that list from our in-house experts, including NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, whose beat is the ever amorphous indie pop, which - Stephen, what exactly is that these days?<p>STEPHEN THOMPSON, BYLINE: I have absolutely no idea. It used to mean accessible but unpopular.<p>CORNISH: OK. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 11759 at http://waer.org Bon Iver On World Cafe http://waer.org/post/bon-iver-world-cafe <em>This session, from Sept. 2, 2011, is part of our </em>Vintage Cafe<em> series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.</em><p>It's a stretch to call "Beth/Rest" 2011's most divisive song, but it's hard to discuss <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_self">Bon Iver</a>'s second album without weighing in on its '80s-style closer. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 7983 at http://waer.org Bon Iver On World Cafe The National: Tiny Desk Concert http://waer.org/post/national-tiny-desk-concert The first thing you might notice about this video is the change in surroundings: NPR recently moved to a new building, and though we worked to make the Tiny Desk as visually similar as possible to the old space — a process <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/187282451/ok-go-a-tiny-desk-concert-in-223-takes">we recently documented</a> with the help of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397557/ok-go">OK Go</a> — the ceilings are higher, the square footage more generous and the surfaces lavishly unsullied. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:20:55 +0000 Stephen Thompson 4205 at http://waer.org The National: Tiny Desk Concert Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://waer.org/post/jittery-jams-10-songs-coffee-lovers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb5qqoQgPlk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVGXcjM9SOQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUx5z9O2ZGk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WfQN_M1pQc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZk2LYsBIi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxS7Q64xUQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFURd_EOIuU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nzMS_YrgFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_wVO7NBMQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oqXVx3sBOk</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 01:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 1107 at http://waer.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers