The Labors of Hercules
  • MKV
    May 18, 2010

    Luckily, this is rarely a problem.

  • Appropriate Clothing
    May 18, 2010

    Oh no, not Radiohead!

  • Craig!
    May 18, 2010


  • Christopher Magoo
    May 18, 2010

    Must know song!

  • Hastur's Hearing Aid
    May 18, 2010

    I fail this labor.

    NPR introduced me to Dengue Fever and Ida Maria, both acts I really like… In my defense, 2009 was a weird year all around.

  • Mok
    May 18, 2010

    Egads! She went and enjoyed music on NPR. Although at the risk of sounding like an insufferably pedantic asshole, all music should be… damn I even have to tell myself to shut the hell up…

  • Anonymous
    May 18, 2010

    tsun tsun, dere dere
    she’s rococo for cuckoo puffs!

  • Amanda
    May 18, 2010

    I wish NPR would stop featuring music I’ve already heard, so my fiance would stop saying “Oh, I heard this on NPR the other day…” I don’t want to ever hear anything about anything on NPR, thank you.

  • Sylvia
    May 18, 2010

    Even annoying things or obnoxious things have good attributes. Some people who work at NPR have good taste in music, so: sometimes they end up playing good music.

  • P
    May 18, 2010

    ’tis not a problem for us in the UK!
    Although on a rather tenuously related note I have noticed that I am definitely erring towards hipsterdom, thankfully no-one (I know) particularly knows about them here & I at least have the claim that I was like that before I knew about hipsters (I imagine I still don’t have a complete picture, but hey ho!):P

  • RichterShale
    May 18, 2010

    It must be difficult to not like what you like, and like what you don’t like. But the vector is more important than the disease, nes pa?

  • Beyla
    May 18, 2010

    Is there no Pacifica in Girl’s hometown? Such a thing is a sadness.

  • eenie
    May 18, 2010

    Pacifica. Grateful Dead Hour. I say no more.

  • Jacob Adam
    May 18, 2010

    For those of us pushing 40, NPR is the last link to decent music. Oh crap, am I the oldest person to read C&G?!

  • Nny
    May 18, 2010


  • Ben
    May 18, 2010

    You mean you don’t like Animal Collective?

  • MrLapin
    May 18, 2010

    @Jacob: I’m 56, and I suspect I’m far from the oldest.

    That said, I find a lot of what NPR plays nearly insufferable. I think they try *way* too hard to be … what’s that word again?

    NPR’s audience is around 45-50, and they wish it were younger. They think that one slightly “edgy” 5-minute music feature in a 2-hour news show will somehow make 20-30 year olds love them. Perhaps they are right.

  • Josi
    May 19, 2010

    MrLapin speaks the truth.

    Oh how I love the readers of Cat and Girl.

  • Froggy
    May 19, 2010

    Nick Spitzer pities you.

  • Wackadoodle
    May 19, 2010

    This American Life’s music is usually picked out by Jessica Hopper, who is a pretty killer music writer who wrote “Girls Guide to Rocking” and “Emo:Where the girls aren’t” as well as playing in a number of punk and hardcore bands back in the day. She’s got cred for miles and great taste, so if you like the music you hear on TAL its not surprising because IT’S GOOD SHIT.

  • ken
    May 19, 2010

    anybody especially bummed that they like the music featured on prairie home companion?

  • rocketbride
    May 19, 2010

    @ken: i went to my first folk festival when i was 24, because i could volunteer and get in for free. that experience revitalized an interest in music that wasn’t being made in 1991. prarie home companion is music by people who like melody; people like me who grew up on grunge need to get over shitty music for shitty music’s sake. i’m not saying run out and get some lady gaga, but…there’s some good shit out there. cbc radio 3 is awesome, give it a chance.

  • Megan
    May 19, 2010

    Whooop! for Minneapolis where public radio has its’ own awesome indie/local music station.

  • Ben
    May 19, 2010

    I’ve never understood music snobbery. Maybe Terry Gross will explain it to me someday.

  • K. Signal Eingang
    May 19, 2010

    Prairie Home Companion is where I first heard Brave Combo, so there’s that… They seriously tore that shit up though.

  • chips
    May 19, 2010

    Hurray for CBC radio 2 and 3!!

  • gus
    May 19, 2010

    It was Janelle Monae, wasn’t it? That was what got to you, Dorothy?

  • DoubleW
    May 20, 2010

    @Ben – I’m sure it can be boiled down to ‘As I lack any other skills, I must say that I am a better consumer than you’
    That’s the impression that I always get, anyway.

  • Sheila
    May 21, 2010

    The other night I enjoyed music on the Starbucks XM channel. argh.

  • Weston
    May 22, 2010

    I get the local NPR station through my computer speakers. So if I’m not listening to anything currently, I get the NPR station.

  • Tailypoe
    June 3, 2010

    CBC > NPR.
    If NPR IS A SCHOOL councellor TALKING TO you about the weather,
    cbc is an interesting teacher talking about sthg not correlated in any way to th’ subject.

  • Abdullah the Gut Slasher
    June 7, 2010

    And the moral of the story is… don’t put the volume too high, or you will wringe!

  • Not So Bad a Dude
    January 10, 2011

    Grrl, if you enjoy something you enjoy it, so just enjoy it!

  • Th
    September 17, 2013

    New in Berlin, NPR on local radio, 2006. Yep, Dixie Chicks.

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