Audio Only: King Creosote and John Hopkins' Tiny Desk Concert
At the risk of serving up a spoiler three months in advance, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins' Diamond Mine is going to turn up near the top of many Best Albums of 2011 lists on this website. The breathless love isn't unanimous across the NPR Music staff, but it's widespread and intense, and rightfully so.
AUDIE CORNISH, host: Well, if any lawmakers were hoping to hash some of this out over a drink, we've got bad news. One of Capitol Hill's favorite watering holes is closing. For 44 years, the Hawk 'n' Dove was the preferred dive bar of politicos of every stripe.
STUART LONG: We were the scene of Patrick Kennedy's last escapade. We're always a hangout for Justice Douglas, Tony Coelho and the late Mickey Leland.
The facts of Sept. 11 are irrefutable: The planes crashed. The World Trade Center towers collapsed. Thousands died. But facts alone never tell the whole story. In the search for meaning we often turn to those who write fiction because writers keep looking for the truth, even when they know they don't have all the answers. Lynn Neary