It’s Music Friday (which I just made up just now) and, aw heck, I just realized that you can download all the audio from Tiny Desk Concerts for free.
What these are, are small recording studio performances done on an NPR affiliate and broadcast (live?) over radio. The venue is deliberately small, the size of the corner of a local coffee shop, or the cluttered DJ booth of a radio station. If that sounds precious and twee to you, you’re in good company, because there are fewer things that turn me off faster than a vocalist singing with their eyes closed while a nearby hat-n-beard combo leans over an acoustic guitar. Thankfully, there’s some serious variety going on over at the Tiny Desk, and it’s moderately likely you’ll find something that appeals to you. If not, live a little. (T-Pain showed up at one point, that’s got to count for something, right? NPR!)
This Friday’s selection was my introduction to a mister Reggie Watts in 2012. It’s 17 minutes of partial or total improvisational music performance, and it’s amazing. The video is worth the watch, but the audio stands on its own. My favorite: Coffee Sips. My complaint: he doesn’t try to rhyme “local coffee” with “Ina Jaffe.”
My advice is to download, listen, and let Friday bleed away. It’s gonna do it one way or the other.