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Alec Ounsworth: Tiny Desk Concert

I met Alec Ounsworth four years ago on a tour bus outside the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. We were webcasting a concert by his band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I remember leaving the interview and thinking that, as good as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was, Ounsworth had a lot more creative music to make.

Ounsworth recently recorded some songs with his Philadelphia-based friends in a band called Flashy Python, which features members of Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and Man Man. And in the fall of 2009, he released a solo record called Mo' Beauty, which he wrote and recorded in New Orleans with a group of local musicians and producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, The Blasters).

Now, Ounsworth has put a new band together to tour with the music of Mo' Beauty. But when he came to the NPR Music offices to perform a Tiny Desk Concert, his sound was stripped down to just two acoustic guitars, accompanied only by his bandmate and guitarist, Matt Sutton.

To watch our most recent Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Abaji, click here.

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In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.
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