NPR moved offices earlier this year.
Tiny Desk Concerts provide a lot of fun in live performance in the offices of a radio network. To document the move, musically, Tiny Desk called in OK Go. OK Go is a favorite here at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub — regular bathing music, you might say.
And in 223 takes, they recorded the move.
I’m especially fond of the elevator ride with Carl Kassell. (At least, that’s who I think it is.)
Who else can you recognize from NPR’s famous voices?
The Tiny Desk has moved, and OK Go has helped make it so.
Earlier this year, we needed to figure out the best possible way to move my Tiny Desk from NPR’s old headquarters to our new facility just north of the U.S. Capitol. We wanted to go out with a bang and arrive at our new space in style, so our thoughts naturally turned to a catchy pop band we love: OK Go, whose unforgettable videos have been viewed tens of millions of times on YouTube.
Bandleader Damian Kulash used to be an engineer at an NPR member station in Chicago, so we figured he’d be up for helping us execute a simple idea: Have OK Go start performing a Tiny Desk Concert at our old location, continue playing the same song while the furniture and shelving is loaded onto a truck, and finish the performance at our new home. In addition to cameos by many of our NPR colleagues — Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish, David Greene, Guy Raz, Scott Simon, Alix Spiegel, Susan Stamberg and more — this required a few ingredients: Number of video takes: 223; Percent used in final version: 50; Number of raw audio channels: 2,007; Percent used in final version: 50; Number of microphones: 5; Number of hard-boiled eggs consumed: 8, mostly by bassist Tim Nordwind; Number of seconds Carl Kasell spent in the elevator with OK Go: 98; Number of times Ari Shapiro played the tubular bells: 15; Number of pounds the tubular bells weighed: 300; Number of times the shelves were taken down and put back up: 6; Number of days it took to shoot: 2; Number of cameras: 1
OK Go played “All Is Not Lost” from Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, with words tweaked by the All Songs Considered team. And so begins a new era for the Tiny Desk, after 277 concerts (counting this one) in our old home. — BOB BOILEN
Dan Konopka, Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Andy Ross
Producers: Bob Boilen, Mito Habe-Evans
Directors: Mito Habe-Evans, Todd Sullivan
Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait
Assistant Producer: Denise DeBelius
Camera Operator: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
Supervising Producer: Jessica Goldstein
Editor: Mito Habe-Evans
Assistant Editor: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
Production Assistants: Lorie Liebig, Lizzie Chen, Gabriella Demczuk, Marie McGrory, Andrew Prince
Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins
Special Thanks: OK Go and our cast and crew of volunteers.
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- No better way to move than to the beat of OK Go (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Band Helps NPR Move Its ‘Tiny Desk’ and Makes an Epic Music Video in the Process (petapixel.com)
- NPR Music Takes OK Go For A Ride (wnyc.org)
- OK Go Helps NPR Move Its Tiny Desk (mentalfloss.com)
- OK Go Helps NPR Move To New Location, Makes Awesome Music Video (huffingtonpost.com)
- The National: Tiny Desk Concert (wnyc.org)
- Watch OK Go Perform ‘All Is Not Lost’ In 223 Takes For NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series (VIDEO) (buzzworthy.mtv.com)
- Watch: The National’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert. (analogtapes.wordpress.com)
- OK Go, making me love them more & more each time (rachelnator.com)