Out of Obscurity

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Scheduled Digression 3: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts with DJ Keep Roomie & DJ Karev

January 4, 2021

NPR’s Tiny Desk official page:  https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/ 

Wikipedia lists all the Tiny Desk concerts:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Desk_Concerts 


Structure:  Introducing DJ Karev & comparing her listening habits to teenage cousins recorded previously (up to 5:06); Background on “Tiny Desk” concerts on National Public Radio (NPR) (up to 12:57); DJ Karev’s concert-going experiences & which ones we’ve actually seen live in person (up to 15:30); DJ Karev’s Top 5 Tiny Desk picks (15:30-29:47); Transitioning from a boy band to a “serious artist” (27:24-29:47); DJ Keep Roomie’s Top 5 Tiny Desk picks (29:47-1:00); Is DJ Karev allowed to explore music on her own, or does DJ Keep Roomie assign it all to her professorially? (46:05-49:00); Authenticity versus performance in pop, and notably excluded hip-hop in our picks (as well as early Tiny Desks) (50:10-55:35); DJ Poseur’s other four picks (1:00-1:12); Other “freak-out jams” (1:12-1:14); When will concerts return?  (1:14-1:17); Criteria for a good or bad Tiny Desk concert and whether we’ve liked any artists/bands/musicians less after seeing them in concert (whether on a Tiny Desk or in person) (1:17-conclusion)


DJ Karev’s Top 5 (in order discussed):  Phoebe Bridgers, Ben Folds, Eskimeaux, Adele, Harry Styles


DJ Keep Roomie’s Top 5 (in order discussed):  Billy Corgan, Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin, Aldous Harding, Cate Le Bon


DJ Poseur’s Top 5 (in order of preference): 1. Cornelius, 2. Gogol Bordello, 3. OK Go, 4. Y La Bamba, 5. Cate Le Bon