Tiny Desk Concerts

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Tiny Desk Concerts is a video series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

History[edit]

The first Tiny Desk Concert came about in 2008 after Boilen and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson left a bar show frustrated that they couldn't hear the music over the crowd noise.[1] Thompson joked that the musician, folk singer Laura Gibson, should just perform at Boilen's desk. A month later Boilen arranged for her to do just that, making an impromptu recording and posting it online.[2]

Concerts[edit]

As of November 2016, the series included more than 550 concerts viewed a collective 80 million times on YouTube.[2]

The series has sometimes drawn criticism for narrowness in the musical genres it includes—described as focused on "hipster-infused indie rock" by Zachary Crockett at Vox[2]—to the exclusion of genres like country and hip-hop.[3] However reviewers also say the series' musical focus has broadened in scope over time.[2][4] Performer Anderson Paak's appearance on the series is Tiny Desk Concerts' most popular video with 19.17 million views (as of May 2018) surpassing (from November 2017) the previous #1 viewed video of T-Pain, seen 11.48 million times.[2]

Tiny Desk Contest[edit]

In December 2014, NPR announced it would host its first contest, inviting bands to submit a video of one of their songs.[5] A jury of musicians and NPR staff choose a winner to play a Tiny Desk Concert. The contest has continued annually, each year drawing more than 6000 submissions.[5][6][7] Jurors have included Trey Anastasio of Phish,[7] Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and Jess Wolfe of Lucius.[8]

Tiny Desk Contest winners have been Fantastic Negrito (2015),[5] Gaelynn Lea (2016),[6] Tank and the Bangas (2017),[7] and Naia Izumi.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burton, Scott (February 2015). "Tiny Desk Concert contest not so tiny". KTOO. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Crockett, Zachary (November 21, 2016). "Tiny Desk: how NPR's intimate concert series earned a cult following". Vox. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Moore, Marcus J. (8 April 2016). "How 'All Songs Considered's' Bob Boilen went from Tiny Desk to tastemaker". The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Preezy (February 21, 2017). "11 Times Hip-Hop Connected With NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series". XXL Magazine. 
  5. ^ a b c Falk, Tyler (February 17, 2015). "'Soul is just right there' for the winner of NPR's Tiny Desk contest". Current. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Segal, Corinne (March 9, 2016). "'Tiny Desk' winner on why musicians with disabilities are an 'unequal minority'". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c Morris, Melinda (February 28, 2017). "Tank and the Bangas beat out 6,000 to win NPR's Tiny Desk Contest". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (March 3, 2016). "Duluth singer/fiddler Gaelynn Lea wins NPR's Tiny Desk Contest". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  9. ^ Boilen, Bob (April 24, 2018). "Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner". NPR Music. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 

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