Bob Boilen http://wvasfm.org en Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert http://wvasfm.org/post/preservation-hall-jazz-band-tiny-desk-concert Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16317454/preservation-hall-jazz-band">Preservation Hall Jazz Band</a> is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.<p>We lit some lights and decorated my desk and shelves as best we could, but it's this amazing band — complete with saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums and a couple of tubas — that lit this place up. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 40066 at http://wvasfm.org Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert Valerie June: Tiny Desk Concert http://wvasfm.org/post/valerie-june-tiny-desk-concert Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=valerie+june">Valerie June</a>'s heartfelt sound. Her new album <em>Pushin' Against a Stone </em>is terrific, but when I first heard that voice unadorned, I was hooked. The same may happen to you.<p>Valerie June is a singular performer with an array of singing styles. Sometimes she's channeling an old male voice; at other times, she channels a younger woman or even a child. Her music is steeped in tradition. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 36302 at http://wvasfm.org Valerie June: Tiny Desk Concert Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert http://wvasfm.org/post/father-figures-tiny-desk-concert In a small, packed Washington, D.C., living room late one December night, I heard a cacophony of horns, keys, drums and guitars that simply floored me. It was brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable. At the end of a long year of amazing live music, this would turn out to be one of the most memorable concerts I'd seen.<p>I walked up to Adam Schatz, the man behind the saxophone and chief instigator in Father Figures, and told him his band needed to play the Tiny Desk. How this music would translate to the brightness of day — to say nothing of a busy office — was hard to anticipate. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 27009 at http://wvasfm.org Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert Aliens Have Landed, Hoping To License All Of Humanity's Music http://wvasfm.org/post/aliens-have-landed-hoping-license-all-humanitys-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZadCj8O1-0</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:57:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 11113 at http://wvasfm.org Aliens Have Landed, Hoping To License All Of Humanity's Music