OK Go Helps NPR Music Move Their ‘Tiny Desk’ Headquarters With a Music Video Shot in 223 Takes

Number of hard-boiled eggs consumed: 8, mostly by bassist Tim Nordwind

This is great, NPR Music recently moved Bob Boilen’s ‘Tiny Desk’ headquarters to a new facility with the help of OK Go. The band performed the song “All Is Not Lost” hundreds of times as NPR moved over to the new space, even playing in the back of a truck, a hallway and an elevator.

Boilen explains:

…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…


Rusty Blazenhoff
Rusty Blazenhoff