* Pop quiz: Which war was Nashville institution War Memorial Auditorium named for? Time for a history lesson, chumps. Watch the above mini-doc — which was posted by the WMA folks and narrated by the golden-voiced Eddie Stubbs — to brush up on your WMA facts. Facts like: It was built in 1925, and Alvin C. York attended the opening ceremony; The Grand Ole Opry made its national broadcast debut from the building; Lady Gaga and Liberace both played there. Anyway, it's a neat little doc, and it's only marred by Jason Mraz's face once.
* Familiar with relative newcomers Foreign Fields? I once called them "Wisconsin transplants and dreamy, ambient folksters ... who frequently garner comparisons to Bon Iver." Well, they did a Daytrotter session, and the music is indeed folky and deeply pensive — material that's about as wintry as it gets, and certainly worthy of a stream.
* And, Natalie Prass did a Daytrotter session, too! I enjoy the electro-pop sort of direction some of Prass' tunes have been moving toward, and these numbers have the sleek, New Wave-informed sort of delivery I dig. Keep up the good work, Prass. Oh, and click on through to the other side to see a clip of Prass opening for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals last weekend at the Ryman.