by Paul Bowers
In a slight that has forever tarnished our view of NPR’s music department, Bob Boilen failed to choose Stefanie Santana’s YouTube entry in this year’s Tiny Desk Contest, which had bands recording themselves performing songs behind desks from coast to coast. Santana’s entry shone not just because of the simple plinking beauty of her ukulele strumming on the song “Starfish Song (That’s What You Get For Living in a Tidal Pool),” but also because of the insanely detailed construction-paper office she assembled as a backdrop. And then there was musical jack-of-all-trades Jack Burg, who nearly stole the show with a percussion part performed on a North Face jacket he was wearing. Rubbing the sleeves against the torso, he was able to very nearly simulate the sound of brushes on a snare drum — and he pulled it all off with a straight face.
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