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 Jul 10, 2018

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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

Episode Date
New Music Friday: Aug. 17
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New Music Friday returns from a two-week break with some of 2018's most anticipated releases, including Death Cab For Cutie's Thank You For Today, Mitski's Be The Cowboy, Ariana Grande's Sweetener and more.
Aug 17, 2018
Aretha Franklin: A Remembrance
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Lauren Onkey about the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin passed away on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. In this career-spanning conversation, we share the songs and stories behind one of the most influential artists of all time, from her earliest days singing gospel in her father's church, through her '80s pop hits, later collaborations with artists like Lauryn Hill and much more.
Aug 17, 2018
Why 'Music From Big Pink' Matters 50 Years Later
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Let's go back 50 years to a basement outside Woodstock New York — to the formation of a sound and an album that all these years later still shapes the musical landscape. The album is Music From Big Pink and the band is simply called The Band.
Aug 14, 2018
Encore Episode: Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson in this encore presentation of 'Songs We Should Retire.' Each picked a handful of classic and more recent tunes to debate longevity and overstayed welcomes in modern music history. Should "American Pie" be put out to pasture? Has John Lennon's "Imagine" been imagined one too many times? Does Pharrell's "Happy" still make us happy, or should we, as Stephen suggests, cryogenically freeze it so we never have to hear it again in our lifetimes?
Aug 14, 2018
Courtney Barnett: A Conversation
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We recently put out a call asking listeners to share their thoughts about the songs on Courtney Barnett's latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and other tracks from her rich lyrical catalog. On this week's show, we share some of those listener stories and thoughts, and Courtney talks about what inspires her, the creative process and how her music can be interpreted.
Jul 31, 2018
New Music Friday: July 27
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On this week's New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks to NPR Music guests Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential new releases for July 27, including the jangly guitar pop of Tony Molina, a celebration of queerness and the company we keep from Thin Lips and whimsical sing-a-longs from Raffi. Featured Artists/Albums: 1. Israel Nash: Lifted, featured song "Rolling On," 2. Phantastic Ferniture: Phantastic Ferniture, featured song "Bad Timing," 3. Thin Lips: Chosen Family, featured songs "Chosen Family" and "Gaslight Anthem (The Song Not The Band)," 4. Tony Molina: Kill The Lights, featured song "Nothing I Can Say," 5. Raffi: Dog On The Floor, featured song "Play Play Play," 6. Cody Jinks: Lifers, featured song "Head Case"
Jul 27, 2018
Newport Folk Festival 2018 Preview
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It's that time of year, the last weekend in July when NPR Music covers the friendliest festival around, the Newport Folk Festival.The festival's nearly 60-year history is steeped in the roots of American traditions and expands beyond the singer-songwriter tradition that the words "folk music" might conjure. This year we'll be treated to electronic R&B from Moses Sumney, the gospel sounds of War & Treaty, lyrical rock from Courtney Barnett, the Nashville sounds of Margo Price and Jason Isbell, the brilliant guitar of St. Vincent, instrumental vibes from Khruangbin and so much more
Jul 24, 2018
New Music Friday: July 20
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Ann Powers, and Stephen Thompson to talk about July 20th's notable releases. Highlights include sultry R&B from The Internet, seething rock from songwriter Meg Myers, the "Joy" of Ty Segall & White Fence, a new album from the bluegrass group Punch Brothers and more. 1. The Internet: Hive Mind, 2. Lori McKenna: The Tree, 3. Punch Brothers: All Ashore, 4. Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy, 5. Meg Myers: Take Me To The Disco, 6. Buddy: Harlan & Alondra. Other Notable Releases for July 20: Ovlov: Tru, Nathan Salsburg: Third, Balún: Prisma Tropical, Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas: Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas, Struckout: Struckout
Jul 20, 2018
New Mix: Metric, Villagers, Richard Thompson, Mirah, More
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Happy National Corn Fritter day! Or, if you want to travel back in time to Friday, when this episode was recorded, happy late National French Fry Day, too. Whatever you want to celebrate, it's always a special occasion when there's new music. Songs and artists featured on this episode: 1. Metric: "Dark Saturday," 2. Ohmme: "Water," 3. Black Belt Eagle Scout: "Soft Stud," 4. The Goon Sax: "Make Time 4 Love," 5. Mirah: "Hot Hot," 6. Richard Thompson: "The Storm Wont' Come," 7. Villagers: "A Trick Of The Light"
Jul 17, 2018
New Music Friday: July 13
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Happy Friday the 13th! On this week's New Music Friday, All Song Considered's Robin Hilton speaks with NPR's Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich, and Sidney Madden about the best new releases of the week. Highlights include Wiz Khalifa's long-awaited followup to the 2011 pop-rap breakout Rolling Papers, the calming songs of Luluc, affirmations of love from the Dirty Projectors and more. Featured Albums - Rayland Baxter: Wide Awake; Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose; The Ophelias: Almost; Wiz Khalifa: Rolling Papers 2; Luluc: Sculptor; Amy Shark: Love Monster; Cowboy Junkies: All That Reckoning; Other Notable Releases For July 13: Deaf Heaven: Ordinary Corrupt Human Love; Wet: Still Run; Body/Head: The Switch; Lotic: Power; Jenn Champion: Single Rider; Laurel Halo: Raw Silk Uncut Wood; The Suffers: Everything Here; Valley Queen: Supergiant
Jul 13, 2018
New Mix: Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, John Grant And More
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Love is often presented as something easy, a matter of simply following your heart. But in actuality, it's rarely that effortless. Several of this week's songs reflect the sour, absurd, and heartrending aspects of intimacy. Complete playlist: 1. Michael Rault: "I'll Be There," 2. Flasher: "Pressure," 3. Wet: "Love Is Not Enough," 4. John Grant: "Love Is Magic," 5. Tim Hecker: "Music For Tundra Pt. 1," 6. Deafheaven: "Canary Yellow"
Jul 10, 2018
American Anthems: The Songs That Unite Us
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What's an anthem? It's a stirring call to arms or an expression of collective emotion. Sometimes it's a recognition of injustice, a representation of an oppressed group, or an inspirational message of hope. But it always captures something much larger than itself — the spirit of a community, unified in its common feeling or cause, like the time a gay men's choir sang "Make Them Hear You" at a rally in Tennessee. Or the time counter protestors sang "This Little Light Of Mine" in Charlottesville, Va. to a group of white nationalists. On July 4, NPR kicks off its American Anthem series. It'll eventually feature 50 different anthems picked by NPR staffers, music scholars, artists and listeners. In anticipation of the series, we dedicate this week's episode of All Songs Considered to anthems. We're joined by NPR's Elizabeth Blair, producer of the American Anthem series, as we reflect on the soundtracks to our collective experiences.
Jul 03, 2018
New Music Friday: June 29
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This week's best new releases includes Drake's highly-anticipated double album, Scorpion, Florence + the Machine's tentative turn toward optimism with High as Hope, previously unheard and unreleased music from jazz legend John Coltrane and much more. Featured Albums: Drake: Scorpion, Jim James: Uniform Distortion, The Innocence Mission: Sun on the Square, John Adams: Dr. Atomic, Florence + The Machine: High as Hope, The Milk Carton Kids: All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do, John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once. Other notable releases for June 29: Let's Eat Grandma: I'm All Ears, Gorillaz: The Now Now, The Essex Green: Hardly Electronic, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens, Protoje: A Matter Of Time, Tropics: Nocturnal Souls.
Jun 29, 2018
New Mix: The Decemberists, Bermuda Triangle, Shy Boys And More
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On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, the pressure's on. To give a kind of guide to future interns, current All Songs intern, Cat Zhang has begun secretly evaluating Bob and Robin to develop her own NPR Music team ranking. One major criteria? Music selection. Full playlist: 1. The Decemberists: "We All Die Young," 2. Shy Boys: "Evil Sin," 2. Ovlov: "Stick," 3. An Horse: "Get Out Somehow," 4. Tom Gallo: "Tell Me The Ghost," 5. Bermuda Triangle: "'Till The End of Days," 6. Hauschka: "Tami Meets Richard," 7. Bryce Dessner, Justin Vernon & S. Carey: "Music For Wood And Strings"
Jun 26, 2018
New Music Friday: June 22
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On this week's episode of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael, along with jazz critic Nate Chinen from WBGO about the most exciting new releases for June 22. Albums include the intense, industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails, the new joint project of Lecrae & Zaytoven and the wildly ambitious, shape-shifting jazz of Kamasi Washington. Featured Albums: Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch, Birdtalker: One, Lecrae & Zaytoven: Let The Trap Say Amen, Priscilla Renea: Coloured, Kamasi Washington: Heaven And Earth, Death Grips: Year Of The Snitch. Other notable releases for June 22: Arp, Zebra; Bebe Rexha, Expectations; Dawes, Passwords; Khemmis, Desolation; Gang Gang Dance, Kazuashita; Jack River, Sugar Mountain; Panic! At The Disco, Pray For the Wicked.
Jun 22, 2018
Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink
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Last June, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich tweeted just one word: "roséwave." Then, a follow-up that was more like a challenge: "Y'all can already list 5 bands for which roséwave rings true, c'mon." He wasn't exactly describing a genre — more a lifestyle that deserved (or, perhaps, inherently contained within it) its own soundtrack.Rosé wine, the pink varietal that was once a punchline, has become ubiquitous in the summer months. Roséwave defies easy definition; it's meant to be felt, not understood. "It's unapologetic enjoyment for something maybe a little basic, but makes you feel good," one enthusiast offered.Last year, when we published the first official roséwave playlist, its patron saints were HAIM, Lorde and Migos. When we re-launched roséwave this summer, that title went to artists like Kacey Musgraves, J Balvin and Dua Lipa, who have all given us summer-ready tracks that pair perfectly with pink drinks.Of course, that's just the beginning. Just as many varieties of grapes can make rosé, many genres of music fall within the loving embrace of this style. In this special episode of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's official roséwave correspondents — Lars Gotrich, Lyndsey McKenna and Marissa Lorusso — fill you in on how to shade your summer pink with this new soundtrack.
Jun 21, 2018
Your Favorite New Artists Of The Year (So Far)
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On this week's show we share your picks for the best new artists so far in 2018, along with a couple of our own: Robin's is MILCK, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who writes empowering, cathartic ballads, while Bob chose Niklas Paschburg, an innovative young German composer and pianist whose music was inspired by the Baltic Sea. Full playlist: 1. Sudan Archive: "Nont For Sale," 2. serpentwithfeet: "Whisper," 3. Shame: "Concrete," 4. Thunderpussy: "Thunderpussy," 5. Jorja Smith: "Tomorrow," 6. Haley Heynderickx: "The Bug Collector," 7. MILCK: "Black Sheep," 8. Niklas Paschburg: "Spark," 9. Snail Mail: "Pristine," 10. Superorganism: "It's All Good"
Jun 19, 2018
New Music Friday: June 15
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On this week's New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Rodney Carmichael, and Stephen Thompson for a quick run through the best new releases for June 15. Highlights include Christina Aguilera's Liberation, a monument to self-empowerment with contributions from Kanye West and Anderson .Paak; the trippy, futuristic debut of pop producer SOPHIE; and a deeply emotional solo project from Lincoln Park co-founder Mike Shinoda. Featured albums: 1. Christina Aguilera: Liberation, 2. Arthur Buck: Arthur Buck, 3. Jay Rock: Redemption, 4. SOPHIE: Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, 5. Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive And Well, 6. Mike Shinoda: Post Traumatic. Other Notable Albums For June 15: Chromeo, Head Over Heels; Culture Abuse, Bay Dream; Marissa Anderson, Cloud Corner; Johnny Marr: Call The Comet; Olivia Chaney, Shelter; Welles, Red Trees and White Trashes; Yuno, Moodie
Jun 15, 2018
Ben Gibbard Talks About Death Cab For Cutie's New Album And First Single, 'Gold Rush'
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Death Cab For Cutie is back with some pretty great new music. The band has just announced that a new album is on the way called Thank You for Today. And in this special episode of All Songs Considered, singer Ben Gibbard shares and talks about the first single, "Gold Rush." "Gold Rush" is a song that looks at how neighborhoods change. For Ben, that's Capitol Hill in Seattle, where he's lived for the past 20 years. In our conversation, he talks about how and why he'd wanted to write this song for a while. "As I've gotten older," he says, "I've become acutely aware of how I connect my memories to my geography and [how] the landscape of the city changes. I'll walk down Broadway and walk past a location that used to be a bar I'd frequent with friends, or somewhere where I had a beautifully intense conversation with somebody that I once loved very much. The song is not a complaint about how things were better or anything like that. It's an observation, but more about coming to terms with the passage of time and losing the people and the moments in my life all over again as I walk down a street that is now so unfamiliar."
Jun 13, 2018
New Mix: M. Ward, David Bowie Saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Sad Baxter
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This week's All Songs Considered begins with Robin's warm, buttery sugar cookie – Bob bets Robin will share the cookie as a reward for playing "What is the Body," the new exhilarating art-rock single from Donny McCaslin the acclaimed saxophonist whose band backed David Bowie's Blackstar. Robin followed with Sad Baxter's "Baby," a deceptively bouncy song off of the Nashville band's new EP So Happy. Full Playlist: 1. Donny McCaslin: "What About The Body," 2. Sad Baxter: "Baby," 3. M. Ward: "Bobby," 4. Sorry: "Twinkle," 5. Angelo De Augustine: "Carcassonne," 6. Culture Abuse: "Bee Kind To The Bugs"
Jun 12, 2018
New Music Friday: June 8
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna, and Sidney Madden to talk about June 8's standout albums. Highlights include the candid, introspective rock of Snail Mail, the jazzy, laid-back R&B of British singer Jorja Smith, the sultry pop of Lykke Li, and more. Featured Albums: 1. River Whyless: Kindness, A Rebel 2. "Serpentwithfeet: Soil 3. Snail Mail: Lush 4. Dierks Bentley: The Mountain 5. Jorja Smith: Lost & Found 6. "Lykke Li: So Sad So Sexy. Other notable releases for June 8: Kanye West & Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghosts, Sugarland: Bigger, Angelique Kidjo: Remain In Light, Erin Rae: Putting On Airs, Lily Allen: No Shame, Ana Egge: White Tiger, Dave Matthews Band: Come Tomorrow, YOB: Our Raw Heart
Jun 08, 2018
New Mix: The 1975, Nothing, Laurie Anderson, More
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Songs on this week's episode of All Songs Consideredgrapple with sweeping, thematically weighty subjects, from xenophobia and immigration to Hurricane Sandy and the inherent meaninglessness of life: 1. Audible: "Up, Up And Away," 2. Nothing: "Zero Day," 3. The 1975: "Give Yourself A Try," 4. IDLES: "Danny Nedelko," 5. Sam Evian: "Health Machine," 6. Laurie Anderson: "Dreams," 7. Liminal: "Sigur Rós - Untitled 6 (EBow) (Paul Corley Remix)"
Jun 05, 2018
New Music Friday: June 1
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the best new albums out on June 1, including the remarkable new Neko Case record Hell On and an emotional and revealing new album from Father John Misty. Featured Albums: Neko Case, Hell On, Father John Misty, God's Favorite Customer, Tancred, Nightstand, Natalie Prass, The Future and the Past, Albin Lee Meldau, About You, LUMP, LUMP. Other Notable Releases for June 1: American Aquarium, Things Change; Gabriella Cohen, Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love; Sam Evian, You, Forever; Maps & Atlases, Lightness is Nothing New.
Jun 01, 2018
Prepare Thy Body For The Summer Of Thou
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For just over a decade, Thou has made music that is, at times, grueling in its pace and extreme in volume, but that can also be painfully beautiful — the Baton Rouge metal band has a penchant for pitting Bryan Funck's searing vocals against dense, majestic melodies. The group's shows are invariably deafening, rattling your clothes if they aren't already covered in sweat; sometimes, it feels like the whole room is heaving in time to Thou's slow-motion sludge. In this interview with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, vocalist Bryan Funck and guitarist Andy Gibbs talk about the four new records coming from Thou this summer and their decision to explore grunge, acoustic and even drone music.
May 31, 2018
New Mix: James Blake, Luluc, Angélique Kidjo, More
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This past week singer James Blake quietly dropped an incredible new song called "Don't Miss It." Like much of his work, it's both sultry and synthetic – a mix of seductive melodies and warped production, including a piano that keeps slipping out of tune. On this week's show we share "Don't Miss It" and try to make sense of its haunting meditations on the fleeting nature of life. Full playlist: 1. Angélique Kidjo: "Once In A Lifetime," 2. Gabriella Cohen: "Music Machine," 3. Luluc: "Heist," 4. The Beths: "Future Me Hates Me," 5. James Blake: "Don't Miss It," 6. I'm Kingfisher: "Topography Of Gabon."
May 29, 2018
New Music Friday: May 25
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Stefanie Ferndandez, Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson – along with special guest Talia Schlanger, host of WXPN's World Café – for a quick run through the best new albums out on May 25. This includes the highly anticipated (and instant classic) album, Daytona from rapper PUSHA-T, reggaetón mega-hit maker J Balvin, raw and ragged rock from Thunderpussy, effervescent synth-pop from CHVRCHES and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: Thunderpussy: Thunderpussy, PUSHA-T: Daytona, Aisha Burns: Argonauta, CHVRCHES: Love Is Dead, J Balvin: Vibras, Zaytoven: Trap Holizay, Witch Mountain: Witch Mountain. Other notable releases for May 25: Sudan Archives: Sink, Graveyard: Peace, Jenny Hval: The Long Sleep, Ari Roar: Calm Down, Chad Valley: Imaginary Music, Wand: Perfume
May 25, 2018
Guest DJ: Stephen Malkmus
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On this special Guest DJ edition of All Songs Considered, I talk with the dry-witted songwriter and guitarist, Stephen Malkmus. He made five albums with the much-beloved rock band Pavement, from 1992-1999, but his latest release comes from his other project, The Jicks. It's called Sparkle Hard and it's his seventh album with the band in seventeen years. For this Guest DJ session with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Malkmus shares some of the songs he's loved over the years and talks about his latest album.
May 22, 2018
New Music Friday: May 18
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton joins NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson for a sprint through the best new albums out on May 18. This includes the raging rock of Courtney Barnett, Atlanta rapper Nick Grant, wildly ambitious psych-folk from Ray La Montagne and a whole lot more. Featured Albums: Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel, BTS: Love Yourself: Tear, Nick Grant: Dreamin' Out Loud, Ray LaMontagne: Part of the Light, Joan Armatrading: Not Too Far Away, Remember Sports: Slow Buzz. Other notable releases for May 18: GAS: Rausch, John Maus: Addendum, Low Cut Connie: Dirty Pictures (Part 2), Nellie McKay: Sister Orchid, Parquet Courts: Wide Awake, Ryley Walker: Deafman Glance, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: Sparkle Hard
May 18, 2018
The Songs That Got You Through School
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Last week, we asked listeners to tell us about the songs that got them through school. As the stories poured in, we began to see some clear and common themes. For starters, school, while being an exciting time of profound change, is really hard. Many told us stories of battling depression, anxiety and issues of sexual identity, all while navigating a churning sea of uncertainty. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we hear stories of how music became a powerful force in their lives — the one thing that grounded them or made them feel connected to something bigger than themselves.
May 15, 2018
Mitski Shares And Talks About Her New Song And Album
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Mitski's new album is called Be the Cowboy. She talks with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen about the lead-off single "Geyser," and the near-desperate passion that went into making it.
May 14, 2018
New Music Friday: May 11
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton takes a quick run through May 11's essential album releases with NPR Music's Felix Contreras, Jewly Hight, Tom Huizenga, Lyndsey McKenna and Stephen Thompson. Featured albums include the irresistible pop of Charlie Puth, classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein, early folk recordings from The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, infectious guitar rock from Illuminati Hotties and more.Featured Albums1. Charlie Puth: Voicenotes 2. Jerry Garcia: Before The Dead 3. Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon 4. Simone Dinnerstein: Circles 5. Illuminati Hotties: Kiss Yr Frenemies6. Los Texmaniacs: Cruzando Borderes 7. Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Other Notable Releases For May 11-Marian Hill: Unusual; Mark Kozelek: Mark Kozelek; Beach House: 7; Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son; The Sea And Cake: Any Day; Ski Mask The Slump God: Beware The Book Of Eli; Ashley Campbell: The Lonely One
May 11, 2018
New Mix: Childish Gambino, Mike Lindsay And Laura Marling As LUMP, More
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In the days since Chidlish Gambino debuted a new song on Saturday Night Live – as well as a shocking video online – fans and music critics have been trying to unspool what it all means. On this week's show, NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael joins us to try to make sense of "This Is America" and to explain why people will be dissecting both the song and video for months. Full playlist: 1. Ages And Ages: "Needle And Thread," 2. pronoun: "Wrong," 3. Car Seat Headrest: "My Boy (Twin Fantasy)," 4. Childish Gambino: "This Is America," 5. Cautious Clay: "Silos," 6. Alice Ivy: "Chasing Stars (feat. Bertie Blackman)," 7. LUMP: "Late To The Party."
May 08, 2018
New Music Friday: May 4
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Featured Albums: Frank Turner: 'Be More Kind,' Shakey Graves: 'Can't Wake Up,' Lucrecia Dalt: 'Anticlines,' Leon Bridges: 'Good Thing,' Damien Jurado: 'The Horizon Just Laughed,' Parker Milsap: 'Other Arrangements,' Belly: 'Dove,' Other Notable Releases For May 4: Gaz Coombes: 'World's Strongest Man,' Jessica Risker: 'I See You Among The Stars,' Pinkshinyultrablast: 'Miserable Miracles,' Trampled By Turtles: 'Life Is Good On The Open Road,' Lake Street Dive: 'Free Yourself Up,' John Hopkins: 'Singularity,' Eleanor Frieberger: 'Rebound'
May 04, 2018
New Mix: Dirty Projectors, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, More
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The release of Dirty Projectors' self-titled album last year came after a five-year hiatus and the departure of longtime singer Amber Coffman. The songs, which documented that departure, were heart-breaking, dark and cathartic. But frontman David Longstreth is already back with a follow-up, and a brighter one at that. Lamp Lit Prose (out July 13) suggests he's emerged with a newfound optimism, and on this week's show we've got the first single from it: "Break-Thru." Full playlist for this episode: 1. Dirty Projectors: "Break-Thru," 2. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: "Middle America," 3. Sofi Tukker: "Benadryl," 4. Shannon & The Clams: "Onion," 5. Valley Queen: "Supergiant," 6. Jessica Risker: "I See You Among The Stars," 7. Red Baraat: "Kala Mukhra"
May 02, 2018
At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms
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From the sounds of blues guitarist and singer Lead Belly to recordings of Southwestern Woodhouse Toads, Smithsonian Folkways has been capturing the sounds of global history for the past 70 years. These recordings are among 60,000 treasured tracks the label has in its library — and it promises they'll never go out of print — from the labor songs of Woody Guthrie and children's songs of Ella Jenkins to New Orleans hot jazz, songs of the civil rights movement, the Honk Horn music of Ghana and so much more.The label was officially started on May Day 1948, so its current director and curator, Huib Schippers, joins us to look back and celebrate this National Treasure's rich history.
May 01, 2018
New Music Friday: April 27
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On this week's New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through some of the best albums out on April 27 with NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Felix Contreras, Lars Gotrich, Marissa Lorusso, and Ann Powers. Featured albums include the potent and political rock of Speedy Ortiz, the ethereal sounds of Grouper, Janelle Monae's highly anticipated Dirty Computer, Post Malone and more. Featured Albums: 1. Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse, 2. Grouper: Grid Of Points, 3. Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing, 4. Post Malone: Beerbongs And Bentleys, 5. Tom Rush: Voices, 6. Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer, 7. Half Waif: Lavender. Also notable for April 27: Okkervil River: In The Rainbow Rain, Forth Wanderers: Forth Wanderers, Dr. Dog: Critical Equation, Dylan Carlson: Conquistador, Steve Angello: Human, Eomac: Reconnect
Apr 27, 2018
New Mix: Beach House, Tank And The Bangas, Stevie Wolf, More
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We open this week's show with a look at our 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner, Naia Izumi. He's an artist based out of Los Angeles with a phenomenal voice and breathtaking technique on guitar. Naia is also incredibly charming with a profoundly moving personal story about how he came to music and what it has meant to him over the years. Full playlist: 1. Naia Izumi - "Soft Spoken," 2. Tank And The Bangas - "Smoke.Netflix.Chill," 3. Rafiq Bhatia - "Before Our Eyes," 4. Wellesl - "Seventeen," 5. Stevie Wolf - "Yves Klein Blue," 6. Beach House - "Dark Spring"
Apr 24, 2018
New Music Friday: April 20
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On this week's quick run through some of the best new albums out on April 20, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the primal pop of Kimbra, dark and majestic songs from Exitmusic, Nashville veterans The Old Crow Medicine Show, the rock-and-soul of Shuggie Otis and more. Featured Albums: 1. Kimbra: Primal Heart, 2. Exitmusic: The Recognitions, 3. Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteer, 4. Sera Cahoone: The Flora String Sessions, 5. Bishop Briggs: Church Of Scars, 6. DRINKS: Hippo Lite, 7. Ashley Monroe: Sparrow, 8. Shuggie Otis: Inter-Fusion. Also notable for April 20 – J. Cole: K.O.D., Lord Huron: Vide Noir, Brothers Osborne: Port Saint Joe, The HIRS Collective: Friends. Lovers. Favorites
Apr 20, 2018
Guest DJ: Lord Huron On The Songs That Shaped The Cinematic 'Vide Noir'
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The band Lord Huron is known for its cinematic story songs. Ben Schneider, creator of the project, talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about some of the music by other artists that informed the tales on Lord Huron's latest album.
Apr 19, 2018
The Birth Of Tiny Desk Concerts
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Laura Gibson recounts the tale of how one lousy concert in Austin wound up birthing The Tiny Desk Concert series.
Apr 18, 2018
Swan Songs: Music For Your Final Exit
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We asked listeners what song they want played at their funeral. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share some of the incredible responses we got, along with the stories behind them.
Apr 17, 2018
New Music Friday: April 13
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NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers join host Robin Hilton for a quick run through some of the most essential new albums out on April 13, starting with the Korean surf-rock band Say Sue Me and their wistful and gritty album Where We Were Together. Also on the show: Singer Juliana Hatfield's inspired and uplifting tribute to Olivia Newton John, the distorted chaos of A Place To Bury Strangers and more. Full playlist: 1. Say Sue Me: Where We Were Together, 2. Juliana Hatfield: Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John, 3. A Place To Bury Strangers: Pinned, 4. Laura Veirs: The Lookout, 5. L.A. Salami: The City Of Bootmakers, 6. Goldmund: Occasus, 7. Tinashe: Joyride. Also notable for April 13: John Prine: The Tree Of Forgiveness, Josh Rouse: Love In The Modern Age, Rainbow Kitten Surprise: How To: Friend, Love, Freefall, Mr. Fingers: Cerebral Hemispheres.
Apr 13, 2018
New Mix: Ólafur Arnalds, Khruangbin, Whyte Horses, Ari Roar, More
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It's pretty much impossible to ever fully understand why we love or dislike a song. Sometimes we're just in a bad mood when we first hear it and the whole experience sours. Or maybe the opposite happens: You're in a totally elated mood and every song you hear sounds way better than it really is. We open this week's show with a brief reflection on this phenomenon before settling on the one thing we're always looking for no matter what: Songs that transport us in some way. Full playlist: 1. Whyte Horses: "Counting Down The Years," 2. Khruangbin: "Evan Finds The Third Room," 3. Beatrice Dear: "Atungak," 4. Abuse Of Power: "View Of The Few," 5. Ari Roar: "Don't Have A Fit," 6. Ólafur Arnalds: "re:member"
Apr 10, 2018
New Music Friday: April 6
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Tom Huizenga, Marissa Lorusso, Sidney Madden and Ann Powers about some of the best new albums out now on Apr. 6, from the scorching punk of Norway's Dark Times to the mesmerizing cello drones of Clarice Jensen, rap phenom Cardi B, dance pop singer Kylie Minogue's country turn and much more. Full playlist. 1. Dark Times: Tell Me What I Need, 2. Christina Vontzou: No. 4, 3. Cardi B: Invasion Of Privacy, 4. Clarice Jensen: From This That Will Be Filled, 5. Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog, 6. Kylie Minogue: Golden, 7. Kali Uchis: Isolation, 8. Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. Also notable for April 6: Tom Misch: Geography, Dr. Octogon: Moosebumps, Paul de Jong: You Funken Sucker, Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex & Food, Eels: The Deconstruction.
Apr 06, 2018
New Mix: Young Fathers, Confidence Man, A Stunning Tiny Desk Contest Entry, More
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As we sift through the thousands of video entries we got for this year's Tiny Desk contest, we've laughed, loved and made a lot of phenomenal discoveries along the way. On this edition of All Songs Considered we share one of the most powerful and deeply moving ones we've seen. It comes from a band called Bernie And The Believers whose lyricist, Bernie Dalton, pursued his lifelong dream of making an album, even after ALS robbed him of his ability to move or speak. We share the song the group performed for its Tiny Desk contest entry, "Unusual Boy." Full playlist: 1. Confidence Man "Boyfriend (Repeat)," 2. Illuminati Hotties "Paying Off The Happiness," 3. Young Fathers "In My View," 4. Forth Wanderers "Taste," 5. Bernie And The Believers "Unusual Boy (feat. Essence)," 6. Nikolai Lugansky "No. 5 in G Major. Moderato," 7. Hookworms "Opener."
Apr 03, 2018
New Music Friday: March 30
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Felix Contreras, Marissa Lorusso and Ann Powers about the must-hear albums out on March 30. This includes country singer Kacey Musgraves boundary-pushing Golden Hour, the Cuban big band Orquesta Akokan, conceptual hip-hop from Jean Grea and Quelle Chris, crazy infectious pop from Haley Kiyoko and much more. Albums featured: 1. Orquesta Akokan: Akokan, 2. Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour, 3. Haley Kiyoko: Expectations, 4. Jean Grae and Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine, 5. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed, 6. Frankie Cosmos: Vessel, 7. Lindi Ortega: Liberty, 8. Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere. Also notable for March 30: Amen Dunes: Freedom, Mary Chapin Carpenter: Sometimes Just The Sky, The Voidz: Virtue, Rich The Kid: The World Is Yours, Trace Mountains: A Partner To Lean On, DJ Esco: Kolorblind, Czarface & MF Doom: Czarface Meets Metalface.
Mar 30, 2018
New Mix: Guided By Voices, Fantastic Negrito, A Stella Donnelly Lullaby, More
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The March For Our Lives rallies that unfolded across the country this past weekend underscored the heightened state of fear and anger over gun violence in the U.S. We open this week's show with a powerful new song from the blues and soul artist Fantastic Negrito, that he says channels his own anxieties and outrage over the state of the world, called "Plastic Hamburgers." The surprisingly loud and gritty rock cut is from his upcoming album, Please Don't Be Dead. Complete playlist for this episode: 1. Fantastic Negrito "Plastic Hamburgers," 2. Guided By Voices "Space Gun," 3. Stella Donnelly "Talking," 4. Hearts Hearts "Phantom/Island," 5. John Prine "Summer's End," 6. Grouper "Parking Lot"
Mar 27, 2018
New Music Friday: March 23
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential albums out on March 23. This includes Jack White's sprawling, completely bonkers Boarding House Reach, Americana from Courtney Marie Andrews, R&B singer Toni Braxton's first new solo album in nearly a decade and more. Hear the discussion and songs with the play button at the top of the page or by subscribing to the All Songs Considered podcast. Featured Albums: 1. Jack White: Boarding House Reach 2. Lissie: Castles 3. Courtney Marie Andrews: May Your Kindness Remain 4. Sunflower Bean: Twentytwo In Blue 5. Toni Braxton: Sex And Cigarettes 6. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan: Dirt 7. Erika Wennerstrom: Sweet Unknown
Mar 23, 2018
SXSW 2018 Wrap-Up
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Our bleary-eyed, ear-ringing week of seemingly non-stop live music in Austin, Texas has ended and we're back one last time to reflect on the 2018 South by Southwest festival and play some of our favorite discoveries.Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Rodney Carmichael, convene in the NPR studios to share the most memorable stories and songs of the festival, from the gritty rock of Brooklyn's THICK and Afro-electronic soundscapes of Sudan Archives to the mumble rap of Tierra Whack, the soaring pop of G Flip and much more. Full playlist: 1. THICK "Are You With Me?" 2. Theodore "Are We There Yet?" 3. G Flip "About You" 4. Aisha Badru "Bridges" 5. Sudan Archives "Come Meh Way" 6. Tierra Whack "Mumbo Jumbo" 7. Buddy "Black (feat. A$AP Ferg)" 8. Gang Of Youths "What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?" 9. Xylouris White "Call And Response" 10. Saint Sister "Causing Trouble" 11. Gato Preto "Dia D" 12. Surma "Hemma" 13. Weird Bloom "My Dear Elena Summer's Vudun" 14. Thunderpussy "Velvet Noose"
Mar 20, 2018
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Saturday
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Our final day at SXSW 2018 and we discuss the remarkable lute/drum duo Xylouris White, Tierra Whack a creative artist who grew up in the Philly rap scene, a transformative set from Cuddle Magic, the flow and breath of Dessa and the story of an inhaler. And a testament to the folks who put this festival together and the wide scope of sounds
Mar 19, 2018
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Friday
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Andrew W.K. and his whole band gave us the life-affirming gift of joycore, Dermot Kennedy took us to church in a church and Lido Pimienta delivered a searing Latinx performance as did the Rev. Sekou. Trupa Trupa from Poland was a favorite as was G Flip.
Mar 17, 2018
New Music Friday: March 16
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through the essential new album releases for March 16 with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Snoop Dogg's Bible Of Love, 2. The Decemberists' I'll Be Your Girl, 3. Essaie Pas' New Path, 4. Mount Eerie's Now Only, 5. Meshell Ndegeocello's Ventriloquism. Also mentioned: Yo La Tengo: There's A Riot Going On, Caroline Says: No Fool Like An Old Fool, Bishop Nehru: Elevators Act 1 & 2, Durand Jones & The Indications: Durand Jones & The Indications, Lauren Auder: Who Carries You, PRhyme: PRhyme 2, Rich Homie Quan: Rich As In Spirit.
Mar 16, 2018
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Thursday
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Our daily wrap-up of music from the SXSW music festival continues, including Robin Hilton's emotional day of inspired music, punctuated by the Brooklyn pop-punk trio THICK and an artist known only as MAX, a phenomenal pop-and-soul singer who gives unforgettable performances with lots of flair and theatrics. Bob witnessed the positive punk energy of Idles despite the smashed glass And the show that Robin, Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson saw all independently show up for by Many Rooms.Talia Schlanger's days was a heart warming one at Willie Neson's Ranch.
Mar 16, 2018
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Wednesday
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A brief round up of Discoveries from SXSW - including the music of August Greene, the new supergroup from Common. Also we sing the praises of Superorganism, our love for Australian artist Stella Donnelly and the brilliance of Tank and the Bangas.
Mar 15, 2018
SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Tuesday
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Our roundup of artist discoveries and brilliant moments for SXSW 2018 including Sudan Archives, Thunderpussy, Max Richter, Partner, Chloe Foy, Pale Waves and a whole lot more
Mar 14, 2018
SXSW 2018 Preview
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It's the most wonderful time of the year! At least it is for avid music fans like us and anyone else attending the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The annual endurance challenge gets underway this week, with thousands of bands from around the world — and many more fans — converging on the city for a seemingly endless bender of live performances — shows both big and small that last all day, every day, into the wee hours of the morning, with music pouring out of every club, restaurant, street corner and alleyway for miles.For this edition of All Songs Considered, we (Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson) listened to songs by more than a thousand bands that'll be performing at SXSW, and picked some of their favorites from artists previously unknown to hear and see. We run through some of those favorites on this episode, including the sludgy noise rock of Sharkmuffin (we're not making that name up) to the sweet voice of singer-songwriter Chloe Foy, the Calypsonian and soca artist Nailah Blackman and much, much more. Full playlist (song names): 1. Dermot Kennedy "Moments Passed," 2. Sharkmuffin "Scully Is A Sharkmuffin," 3. Frankie Simone "War Paint," 4. Pale Waves "Heavenly," 5. Anna McClellan "Heart Of Hearts," 6. Alice Phoebe Lou "She," 7. WILD "All My Life," 8. Double Ferrari "Double Ferrari," 9. Chloe Foy "Flaws," 10. Nailah Blackman "O'Lawd Oye'," 11. Trupa Trupa "To Me," 12. Descartes A Kant "Motion Picture Dream Boy," 13. IDER "Body Love," 14. Dave B "Sweetest Thing," 15. Skyway Man "The Seer"
Mar 12, 2018
+1: India.Arie Talks About Worth And The Grammys
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The Grammy Awards have been roiled by controversy regarding how women in the industry are valued — or not. The singer-songwriter talks with NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas about the open letter she wrote to the Recording Academy.
Mar 11, 2018
Guest DJ: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Hop Across An Eclectic Playlist
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Today we have a conversation with Nathaniel Rateliff and Mark Shusterman, the keyboardist of his band The Nightsweats, who joined us to play DJ. They picked some music they love and some of the songs that influenced the making of their new album, Tearing at the Seams, their second studio album, out today on the legendary Stax Records.The scrappy-looking, mostly bearded, all-mustachioed band of eight players makes music steeped in rhythm and blues, with a large dose of old-time rock and roll.
Mar 09, 2018
New Music Friday: March 9
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Tom Huizenga about the essential new albums out for March 9. Full playlist: 1. Thirdstory Cold Heart, 2. Brad Mehldau After Bach, 3. Jeremy Messersmith Late Stage Capitalism, 4. Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar, 5. Lil Yachty Lil Boat 2, 6. Jonny Greenwood You Were Never Really Here, 7. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Tearing At The Seams. Also notable for March 9: August Greene August Greene, David Byrne American Utopia, Jimi Hendrix Both Sides Of The Sky, Editors Violence.
Mar 09, 2018
My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields Gets Deep Into 'Loveless'
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This is a complex and fascinating conversation with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine about the latest version of the band's legendary 1991 album Loveless. It's also about the group's future. If you have the vinyl version of Loveless you probably think you it's an analog recording. Well the technical truth is, you don't. It's a bit confusing, but for one, the nice segues on Loveless — those seamless song-to-song transitions — were done on a computer. And before a pressing plant makes the vinyl version, it turns the analog tapes into a digital file.So Kevin Shields went on what he thought would be a brief mission to make an all-analog version of Loveless. It ended up taking years and an awful lot of money. But now the new vinyl version is out and the tale of the tape is what much of this conversation is about. We get in the weeds about tech, about mastering an album (which is the technical final tweaking done before a record is pressed). But stick with it. It was an eye-and-ear-opening conversation.
Mar 06, 2018
New Music Friday: March 2
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It's a busy release day with lots of great albums dropping. On this edition of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with rotating cast of NPR Music guests about the essential releases for March 2, from the over-the-top, joyful rock of Andrew W.K. to the Afrobeats of Seun Kuti, the delicate finger-picked guitar of Sam Moss and more. Full Playlist: 1. Andrew W.K. 'You Are Not Alone,' 2. Seun Kuti 'Black Times,' 3. Camp Cope 'How To Socialise And Make Friends,' 4. Tracey Thorn 'Record,' 5. Gwenno 'Le Kov,' 6. Suuns 'Felt,' 7. The Breeders 'All Nerve,' 8. Soccer Mommy 'Clean,' 9. Sam Moss 'Neon,' 10. Haley Heynderickx 'I Need To Start A Garden,' 11. Lucy Dacus 'Historian.' Other notable releases: Anna von Hausswolf 'Dead Magic,' Lucius 'NUDES,' Moby 'Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt,' Cut Chemist 'Die Cut' Sonny Smith 'Rod For Your Love' Titus Andronicus 'A Productive Cough' Joan Baez 'Whistle Down The Wind' Prism Tats 'Mamba.'
Mar 02, 2018
Margaret Glaspy Writes A Bookend To 'Emotions And Math'
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Margaret Glaspy has just surprised fans with three new songs on a brand new EP called Born Yesterday. She describes it as a bookend to Emotions And Math — the stunning, 2016 debut full-length that launched her career, a world tour and landed on many top 10 lists for the year, including mine.I spoke with Margaret Glaspy about these new songs, how they end one chapter of her life but also lead to the next adventure.
Mar 02, 2018
New Mix: Kacey Musgraves, Parquet Courts, Yo La Tengo, More
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Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary country music since releasing her remarkable, 2013 major label debut, Same Trailer, Different Park. She's back now with a new album and two new songs that solidify her place in the "new" Nashville sound by digging even deeper into sparkly, spikey pop. We've got one of the two new singles, "Butterflies," which she calls an "ode to the right person giving me wings and the first song I wrote after meeting my now husband." Full playlist: 1. Editors "Hallelujah (So Low)," 2. Parquet Courts "Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience," 3. Richard Russell and Sampha "Close But Not Quite," 4. Yuno "No Going Back," 5. Kacey Musgraves "Butterflies," 6. Yo La Tengo "Shades Of Blue"
Feb 27, 2018
New Music Friday: Feb. 23
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich and Joshua Bote about the essential new albums out for Feb. 23. Full playlist: 1. Screaming Females 'All At Once,' 2. Dessa 'Chime,' 3. S. Carey 'Hundred Acres,' 4. The Lovely Eggs 'This Is Eggland,' 5. SOB x RBE 'Gangin,' 6. Nanook Of The North 'Nanook Of The North,' 7. Turnstile 'Time And Space.'
Feb 23, 2018
New Mix: Courtney Barnett, Exitmusic, Okkervil River, More
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Since releasing her incredible, 2015 debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has released a collaboration record with Kurt Vile and a one-off single called "How To Boil An Egg." But she's back now with a new full-length solo album. Tell Me How You Really Feel is due out May 18 and we've got the first single from it, "Nameless, Faceless. "Also on the show: The long wait for new music from the brooding dreamscape duo Exitmusic is over. After releasing a stunning debut called Passage in 2012, the band largely disappeared. But Exitmusic is finally back with a worthy followup born out of heartache and loss. The Recognitions is due out April 20 and the first single is a densely layered, soaring elegy, "I'll Never Know." Full Playlist: 1. Exitmusic "I'll Never Know," 2. Courtney Barnett "Nameless, Faceless," 3. Okkervil River "Don't Move Back To LA," 4. Half Waif "Keep It Out," 5. Kero Kero Bonito "You Know How It Is," 6. Clint Heidorn "North Hudson," 7. Anna von Hausswolf "The Truth, The Glow, The Fall"
Feb 20, 2018
+1: A Conversation With Irish Rapper Rejjie Snow
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NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden talk with Snow about his stunning new album, Dear Annie.
Feb 19, 2018
New Music Friday: Feb. 16
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through the essential new albums out on Feb. 16 with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Rejjie Snow 'Dear Annie,' 2. Brandi Carlile 'By The Way, I Forgive You,' 3. Superchunk 'What A Time To Be Alive,' 4. Nipsey Hussle 'Victory Lap,' 5. Loma 'Loma,' 6. Marlon Williams 'Make Way For Love,' 7. Car Seat Headrest 'Twin Fantasy (Face To Face)'
Feb 16, 2018
Guest DJ: First Aid Kit Talks About - And Sings - Swedish Pop
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And now, a conversation and sing-a-long with First Aid Kit!It's been just about six years since First Aid Kit knocked me out with the duo's performance at the Tiny Desk. The two Swedish sisters, Klara and Johanna Söderberg, make remarkable, American country-flavored music. Their latest songs can be found on their album Ruins. That record includes performances by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche and former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and it was produced by Tucker Martine, known for his work with The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Spoon and many others.In this conversation, the two sisters talk about working with Tucker Martine in Portland, Ore. and how his participation helped broaden and empower their sound.But what was so much fun about this guest DJ show were the Swedish songs they brought in and the sing-a-long that seemed to spontaneously happen for every tune they played.
Feb 15, 2018
Love Songs With Jay Som And Japanese Breakfast
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Melina Duterte, best known for her project Jay Som, and Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast felt like the perfect choice to talk to us this week: They both know how to write about love, and they're both playfully entertaining on social media. They each sent me a list of love songs, with neither aware of what the other had picked. This conversation took place in three cities: Melina was at NPR West in Culver City, California, while Michelle was at our NPR bureau in New York City. In fact, they'd begun the conversation before host Bob Boilen arrived at NPR's studio in Washington, D.C. It was a conversation that included everything from songs they know from middle school to song choices inspired by their parents' love.
Feb 12, 2018
New Music Friday: Feb. 9
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All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Marissa Lorusso about the essential new albums out on Feb. 9, including the Black Panther soundtrack, MGMT's 'Little Dark Age,' the crazy polyrhythms or Palm and more. Albums mentioned on this episode: 1. Kendrick Lamar et al 'Black Panther: The Album,' 2. Palm 'Rock Island,' 3. MGMT 'Little Dark Age,' 4. Son Lux 'Brighter Wounds,' 5. SHIRT 'Pure Beauty'
Feb 09, 2018
New Mix: Girlpool, Superorganism, The Messthetics, More
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Former members of the legendary Fugazi, new semi-found-sound collages and Blood Orange collaborates with Girlpool.
Feb 06, 2018
New Music Friday: Feb. 2
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All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through this week's essential new releases with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson. This week we manage to go from Justin Timberlake's 'Man Of The Woods' to the abstract sounds of Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, contemporary country from Montgomery Gentry, Roxy Music and more. Albums we talk about: 1. Justin Timberlake 'Man Of The Woods,' 2. Rhye 'Blood,' 3. Efrim Menuck 'Pissing Stars,' 4. Montgomery Gentry 'Here's To You,' 5. Field Music 'Open Here,' 6. Roxy Music 'Roxy Music 45th Deluxe Edition.' Also notable for Feb. 2: Anna Burch 'Quit The Curse,' Steve Reich 'Pulse/Quartet,' Kyle Craft 'Full Circle Nightmare,' Red River Dialect 'Broken Stay Open Sky'
Feb 02, 2018
New Mix: Wye Oak, José González, Let's Eat Grandma, More
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Has anyone ever watched the Grammy's and concluded that the Recording Academy really nailed it? (No one has ever concluded they nailed it). So we begin this episode of All Songs Considered with a simple question: Why keep watching?! It's like being addicted to disappointment and outrage.The only remedy is to share and talk about a whole bunch of great artists who probably aren't on the Academy's radar, including the gloriously inspired rock band Wye Oak and Swedish folk singer José González. González quietly dropped a new EP last week with retooled versions of songs from his back catalog, while Wye Oak just announced they've got a new full-length coming in the spring called The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. We play the title track on this week's show.Also on the program: Gritty, loud and fast guitar rock from Grace Vonderkuhn; the playfully sinister music of Let's Eat Grandma; ethereal dreamscapes from singer Brianna Hunt's solo project Many Rooms; and the Iranian-Dutch singer known as Sevdaliza.Full Playlist: 1. Grace Vonderkuhn "Bad Habits," 2. Let's Eat Grandma "Hot Pink," 3. José González "Killing For Love," 4. Many Rooms "Which Is To Say, Everything," 5. Wye Oak "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs," 6. Sevdaliza "Soul Syncable"
Jan 30, 2018
New Music Friday: Jan. 26
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Friday's the day lots of new albums drop! All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Lars Gotrich about the ones you need to hear that are out today: 1. Ty Segall 'Freedom's Goblin,' 2. No Age 'Snares Like A Haircut,' 3. Migos 'Culture II,' 4. Mimicking Birds 'Layers Of Us,' 5. The Spook School 'Could It Be Different,' 6. Craig David 'The Time Is Now,' 7. Dream Wife 'Dream Wife.' Also Notable: Nils Frahm 'All Melody,' Mary Gauthier 'Rifles And Rosary Beads,' Calexico 'The Thread That Keeps Us,' Cardo and Payroll Giovanni 'Big Bossin Vol 2,' Tribulation 'Down Below,' Khruangbin 'Con Todo El Mundo.'
Jan 26, 2018
Kevin Morby And Waxahatchee Talk About Covering Songs By Jason Molina
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Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield have just released covers of two songs by the late cult legend Jason Molina. One of the two tunes released today, the A-side, is among Molina's best-known songs, called "Farewell Transmission." The B-side is a lesser-known tune called "Dark Don't Hide It." In this conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Katie Crutchfield and Kevin Morby talk about what drew them to the music of Jason Molina, the challenges of covering his music and what it meant to dig deep into these songs.
Jan 25, 2018
New Mix: David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, Nils Frahm, More
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David Byrne is back with his first album of all-new solo music in 14 years. American Utopia, due out March 9 on Byrne's Todo Mundo imprint, includes contributions from Brian Eno, the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin, Sampha and more. We kick this week's show off with the first single from the album, the polyrhythmic, party-pop song "Everybody's Coming To My House."Also on the program: NPR Music's Tom Huizenga stops by to share the mind-bending, genre-defying sounds of pianist Nils Frahm; Sylvan Esso takes an upbeat, carefree look at the end of the world; and the Boston-based band Darlingside reflects on childhood and lost youth with a beautiful and affecting new song called "Old Friend."All that plus the bent sounds of former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, idiosyncratic pop from Trace Mountains (a side-project from Dave Benton of the band LVL UP) and the pulsing ambient sounds of German composer Niklas Paschburg.Full Playlist: 1. David Byrne: "Everybody's Coming To My House," 2. Sylvan Esso: "PARAD(w/m)E," 3. Gaz Coombes: "World's Strongest Man," 4. Trace Mountains: "Turn Twice," 5. Nils Frahm: "Momentum," 6. Niklas Paschburg: "Spark," 7. Darlingside: "Old Friend"
Jan 23, 2018
A Conversation With MILCK: 'Women Are Viral'
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Connie Lim, who writes and records as MILCK (a combination of her last name backwards and her first two initials) makes music for anyone who feels out of place in the world. They're songs of empowerment and cathartic healing for the displaced and brokenhearted. It's a kind of thesis or mission statement MILCK first declared on her anthemic hit "Quiet," the song that blew up after she performed it with a group of a cappella singers at last year's Women's March in Washington, D.C. "It's about helping people who have felt silenced reclaim their power," she says. In the year since releasing "Quiet," MILCK has signed with Atlantic Records and just released her debut EP, This Is Not The End. On this edition of All Songs Considered she talks with All Songs Considered co host Robin Hilton about the new music, her struggle to make it as a musician while preserving her Chinese American identity, how courage and truth can lead to widespread healing and much more.
Jan 22, 2018
New Music Friday For January 19
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Hear a rundown of the best new albums out today, including music from Tune-Yards, Shopping, Belle & Sebastian, First Aid Kit and more.
Jan 19, 2018
Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2018
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Not matter how much of a music geek you may be, globalFEST is a music festival of discovery for everyone. Now in its 15th year, it's a celebration of music from around the world.This year's festival featured extraordinary Congolese music from Jupiter & Okwess, Brazilian avant-pop from Ava Rocha, a twist on traditional Irish music from Jarlath Henderson, modern Iranian songs and poetry from Mohsen Namjoo, and so much more.The gathering happens in just one evening. This year, a dozen bands performed on three stages in midtown Manhattan at B.B. King Blues Club, its smaller sister-venue in the same building called Lucille's and at the Liberty Theater directly across 42nd Street.All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was there at globalFEST this past Sunday, along with around 1,500 people, including NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas, Afropop Worldwide's Banning Eyre and WFMU's Rob Weisburg, home of his show "Transpacific Sound Paradise." On this edition of All Songs Considered, they share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2018.
Jan 17, 2018
8 New Artists To Watch In 2018
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All this year, NPR Music and its member stations will be following a group of outstanding new and emerging artists from local music scenes across the globe for a series we're calling Slingshot. On this week's All Songs Considered, we talk to some of the music directors from our partner stations about the artists they chose for this year's list. Some are hometown favorites, and others are rising stars from abroad.
Jan 09, 2018
+1: Ice Music: Building Instruments Out Of Water
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Many of us in the U.S. are freezing this weekend and looking for warmth, but halfway around the world is an artist whose career in music is dependent on frigid weather.Terje Isungset is a Norwegian musician who makes his own instruments — out of ice. Among his creations are "icehorns," a xylophone-shaped instrument called an "iceofon," guitars, harps and even even saxophones sculpted from huge chunks of ice using chainsaws.
Jan 06, 2018
New Year, New Mix: Typhoon, Lucy Dacus, Anna Burch, More
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And we're back! Our first new mix of the new year includes gritty guitar rock from the band Bethlehem Steel, a sweetly seductive, pop earworm from singer Anna Burch, and an epic breakup song from Lucy Dacus.We've also got a stunning new cut from the sprawling rock group Typhoon (you can read about and listen to their new album here). "Empiricist," from the band's upcoming album Offerings, is one in a series of meditations on how memories shape who we are — and what happens when you start to lose those memories.Plus, singer Jonathan Meiburg of the band Shearwater and the duo known as Cross Record join together for a new project they're calling Loma. The group's upcoming, self-titled debut is full of mystery and wonder.
Jan 04, 2018
Viking's Choice: The Year In Cathartic Screams And Meditative Drones
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When so much of 2017 felt broken, it felt good to scream along to punk and metal records. But more often than not, my restoration came from quiet music and a good cup of tea. These are the realms I inhabit in my Viking's Choice column, where it's not uncommon to hear revved-up psych one day, mutant industrial-metal another and ambient Americana the next. It all works in my brain, and Bob Boilen picks that brain for our annual year-end show that's not so much a definitive list, but a broad overview of 2017. --Lars Gotrich
Dec 26, 2017
The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
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For nearly 10 years, NPR Music has recorded concerts from behind Bob Boilen's desk. During the holidays, the desk gets a little more festive, thanks to a snow machine, paper snowflakes and Stephen Thompson's hand-drawn Christmas tree. (It's labeled "tree.") Whether they perform original songs or new takes on holiday staples, these artists bring big sounds to the Tiny Desk.Each holiday Tiny Desk Concert has brought something a little different. In 2010, The Polyphonic Spree became the largest group of performers we'd ever hosted behind the desk. Sibling duo The Oh Hellos brought family tradition and a love of bells, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings filled our office with joy and light.This year, Hanson stuck around after its non-holiday Tiny Desk Concert to don ugly sweaters and sing some original songs. Wyclef Jean got us tapping our feet to his version of "Feliz Navidad." And Steve Martin brought a bluegrass band with him to share the tale of "The Strangest Christmas Yet."In this holiday special, join NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson as they look back on these and other performances from years past.
Dec 20, 2017
Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2017
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down through the Top Ten Albums of 2017 selected by listeners in our online poll.
Dec 18, 2017
The Year In Music 2017
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Music and politics have a long history and in 2017, a new chapter in their fraught and complicated relationship burst open. It began on a weekend in January with the Presidential inauguration and the Women's March on Washington, D.C. (and around the globe) that followed. That's when the new resistance movement got its first anthem, courtesy Los Angeles-based singer MILCK and her defiant song, "Quiet." She and other women sang the empowering ballad against sexual assault and abuse a cappella during the march, and it turned out to be a prescient chorus for what would unfold throughout the year.It was a strong year for guitar rock, the best of it coming from relatively younger bands dominated by women: Jay Som, Charly Bliss, Vagabon, Waxahatchee, Diet Cig, Palehound, Chastity Belt, Girlpool, Daddy Issues, Partner. The list goes on and on.2017 was also a year when much beloved artists abandoned the sounds their fans first fell in love with to try something new. Weezer and Beck dove deep into pop and all its tropes; St. Vincent and Torres largely traded electric guitar for synths and pulsing soundscapes. Bands that once dominated many top 10 lists — Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, The xx — all released records that fell way below expectations.There was so much more that happened in 2017 — more than we could ever get to in a single episode of All Songs Considered — but we do our best on this edition to hit the highlights (and a few low points), with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson.
Dec 11, 2017
The Five Year Wait Is Over: A Conversation With Rhye
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It's been nearly 5 years since the quietly seductive album by Rhye was released. Today a conversation with Mike Milosh the soulful androgynous singer and creator of Rhye on making Blood.
Dec 08, 2017
2016 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2016 episode, NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the loss of David Bowie, Prince (and so many more towering figures in music), the year of Beyoncé, the return of Gucci Mane and the short-lived farewell to American Idol.
Dec 01, 2017
2015 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2015 episode, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at "Tomatogate," the Sufjan Stevens masterpiece Carrie & Lowell, Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" and what was perhaps the biggest music story of the year: Hamilton
Nov 30, 2017
2014 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2014 episode, NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Rodney Carmichael join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the tween juggernaut "Let It Go" from the Disney musical Frozen, Macklemore's sweep at the Grammy's, the return of Outkast and D'Angelo and the peak of the vinyl revival.
Nov 29, 2017
2013 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2013 episode, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Sidney Madden join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at surprise releases from My Bloody Valentine, David Bowie and Beyoncé, the loss of George Jones and Lou Reed and more defining moments from the year.
Nov 28, 2017
2012 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and moments. On this 2012 episode, NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the Pussy Riot revolution, Frank ocean's Channel Orange, Amanda Palmer's crowd-funded album Theater Is Evil, and one of the biggest hits of all time, "Gangnam Style."
Nov 27, 2017
2011 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2011 episode we listen to the music of James Blake, Adele's '21,' revisit Amy Winehouse the year of her death and the U.S. launch of Spotify.
Nov 24, 2017
2010 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2010 episode we listen to the music of Kanye West's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' the return of EMO with The World Is A Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid To Die and the band American Football's return. We also discuss The Beatles coming to iTunes.
Nov 23, 2017
2009 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2009 episode we listen to the debut music of The xx, the brilliant album from Vijay Iyer, 'Historicity,' and we honor the lives of guitarist Jack Rose, Michael Jackson and more.
Nov 22, 2017
2008 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2008 episode we listen to the music of Bon Iver, hear a brief interview with him from 2008. We also talk about the birth of BandCamp and the birth of the very first Tiny Desk Concert.
Nov 21, 2017
2007 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
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NPR Music has turned 10. And for the occasion we have a series of 10 short podcasts looking back at some musical memories and highlights. For 2007 we look at the impact of the iPhone, the release of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows,' the music of M.I.A. and more.
Nov 20, 2017
What Makes A Great Album Last?
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The season of list-making, specifically (for us) lists about the year's best music, is rapidly descending. But before the craziness begins over who had the best album or song in 2017, we thought we'd look back at some of our previous top-ten lists to see if they even hold up. As you can imagine, some albums we once thought were great have since lost their luster, while others haven't aged a day. This got us wondering: Why? And what, exactly, makes a great album last? When an album doesn't stand the test of time does it mean we missed something the first time we heard it, years earlier? Or could it only exist in a specific time and place? On this edition of the program, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Marissa Lorusso to look back at some of the albums we've loved over the decades, to relive what was great about them... and to wince at the ones that haven't held up as well.
Nov 14, 2017
Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
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By now you may have heard of the intercontinental, surprise collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, for an album called Lotta Sea Lice. The two singers have been mutual admirers for a while and kept bumping into one another at various festivals. Their guitar-based rock songs are laced with a shared sense of humor, and that was part of what got them creating music together. On this edition of All Songs Considered, Kurt and Courtney join host Bob Boilen in our Washington D.C. studios to talk about their mutual love for singers with guitars and a knack for writing songs that touch the heart, including cuts by The Sadies, John Prine, Gillian Welch, Tom Petty and Elliott Smith.
Nov 13, 2017
Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, 'Colors'
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In a career spanning three decades, Beck has remained one of music's most intriguing shapeshifters. From the warped folk of his earliest recordings to the chopped-up samples, hip-hop beats and lush orchestral arrangements of albums that followed, Beck has never lingered in one sonic world for long. For his latest album, Colors, the singer takes his music in what some longtime fans may think is an odd, or overly simple, direction: The 11 songs, co-produced with Greg Kurstin, are pure, highly refined pop. But as Beck explains in this special Guest DJ session with All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton, Colors was still one of the most complicated and challenging records he's ever made. He also explains how pop music can be a finely crafted art form, why the guitar has become the stepchild of popular music and the healing power of songs that just make you feel good.
Nov 09, 2017
New Mix: Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner, Selections From Womex And More
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Cathartic rock from both the New Jersey band Pinegrove and the Canadian duo known as Partner; Glasgow singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson's dark and brooding "There Are No Saints"; and NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas joins us to talk about some of her favorite artists from this year's Womex, the World Music Expo, held in Katowice, Poland.We've got two songs that directly address both the seeming epidemic of harassment and the violence in Texas. The first comes from singer Mary Gauthier, who wrote her upcoming album, Rifles And Rosary Beads, as part of the SongwritingWith:Soldiers project, The second song is from Stella Donnelly, an Australian songwriter who confronts victim-blaming with the plaintive and deeply upsetting, "Boys Will Be Boys."Also on this week's show:
Nov 07, 2017
R.E.M. Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Automatic For The People'
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Michael Stipe and Mike Mills look back on what inspired the band to make the beautiful but melancholy songs on Automatic For The People and what the music means to them after so many years. This month R.E.M. is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Automatic For The People with a deluxe box set that includes a re-mastered version of the album, demos and outtakes, live recordings, a book of rare photos and videos.
Nov 02, 2017
+1 Weaves Play Guest DJ
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My current obsession is Wide Open, the new album from the Toronto band Weaves. Morgan Waters plays some of the most angular and memorable guitar I've heard in a long time, and the rhythm section is a dynamic driving force, too. Singer Jasmyn Burke may as well be on her own planet, with a style that's both adventurous in tone and affirming in message.I first became fascinated with Weaves' sound in 2015, and had the group perform a Tiny Desk concert last year. Now, for this +1 edition of All Songs Considered, I finally get to sit and talk with Morgan Waters and Jasmyn Burke, who play guest DJ, discuss Wide Open and more.
Nov 01, 2017
Pearls Before Swine's 'Underground' Classic Reissued 50 Years Later
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Here is one of the seminal underground records of the late 1960s: The band is Pearls Before Swine, and its album is called One Nation Underground. Although the album has been reissued on a number of occasions, those editions always got it wrong, using bad mixes or adding reverb to simulate stereo from the original mono record.But to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the proper mono mix has been reissued, and I'm so glad I can properly turn you on to a classic you might not know about, and hopefully will love as much as I do. It's an album that mixes folk music with exotic instrumentation, and it captures an innocence that I don't think will ever exist again in recorded music.I recently spoke with Tom Rapp, Pearls Before Swine's singer and songwriter. I started the conversation by playing the album's opening track "Another Time" as he listened on the line from Florida.
Oct 31, 2017
How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo
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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo walks us through Pacific Daydream, the band's new album of polished pop hits, and explains how he finally eliminated power chords from the group's sound.
Oct 27, 2017
+1 Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde - His First New Music In 20 Years
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On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered a conversation with Simon Raymonde, the former bassist for Cocteau Twins and founder of Bella Union records. He's back after a 20-year hiatus from music with a new song we're premiering. "I Saw The Days Go By" features singer Marissa Nadler and is just one of the tracks from Simon Raymonde's upcoming album he made with drummer Richie Thomas under the name Lost Horizons. The record, Ojalá, is out November 3 on Bella Union.
Oct 26, 2017
New Mix: Tune-Yards, A. Savage, Balmorhea, More
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It'd been more than three years since Tune-Yards released new music, but the singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus is back, now as a duo with Nate Brenner. Her new single is a sonic thrill ride called "Look At Your Hands," and it's from her just-announced album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (out Jan. 19). Garbus says the new song is a meditation on the mess she feels the world is in and how various political and cultural -isms manifest themselves within her. Full playlist: 1. Tune-Yards: "Look At Your Hands," 2. Caroline Says: "Winter Is Cold," 3. Balmorhea: "Slow Stone," 4. F ingers: "All Rolled Up," 5. A. Savage: "What Do I Do"
Oct 24, 2017
+1: A Conversation With Margo Price
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The queen of East Nashville talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers about her new album, All American Made, working with Willie Nelson and what it was like to record at the legendary Sun Studios.
Oct 24, 2017
How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life
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Composer Daniel Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.
Oct 19, 2017
New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More
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MGMT, the psych-pop duo behind one of the decade's best earworms, is back with its first new music in four years. "Little Dark Age," is the title track to their 2018 album, and it's a pulsing, synthesized meditation on the age of anxiety over a world coming apart. Full playlist: 1. Dark Rooms: "I Get Overwhelmed," 2. MGMT: "Little Dark Age," 3. Susanne Sundfør: "Reincarnation," 4. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: "Blue Cheese," 5. Howard: "Mother's Wedding"
Oct 17, 2017
Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire
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They are often beloved classics, or works of pure genius. And you never, ever need to hear them again. They are the songs that must be retired.
Oct 11, 2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Made His New Benefit Song For Puerto Rico
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Composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda has written and recorded a new song to help raise money for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Sales of the track, "Almost Like Praying," will go to the Hispanic Federation's Hurricane Relief Fund. It features an all-star cast of Latinx artists, including Jenifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Ruben Blades, Luis Fonsi, Rita Moreno and many others. In a conversation with NPR Music's Felix Contreras, Miranda explains why he chose to sing the song in Spanish, how he assembled the vast cast of contributors and why he borrowed the song's title and instantly recognizable hook from a line in the West Side Story classic, "Maria."
Oct 06, 2017
New Mix: Tom Petty, The Breeders, Torres, Ibeyi, More
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It's hard to record a show like ours in the wake of a tragedy as profound as what happened in Las Vegas this past Sunday. But we hope the music we're sharing this week gives you time to reflect and, if needed, escape. One thing we know: Songs, in times like this, often take on new meaning. We open with "Blue Mountain Road," a track by the band Florist about the death of lead singer Emily Sprague's mother; it's a song of healing for anyone struggling to get through a difficult time. Full playlist: 1. Florist: "Blue Mountain Road," 2. Amber Mark: "S P A C E," 3. Ibeyi: "Deathless (ft. Kamasi Washington)," 4. bed.: "Fine," 5. Torres: "Tongue Slap Your Brain Out," 6. The Breeders: "Wait In The Car," 7. Tom Petty: "American Girl"
Oct 03, 2017
New Mix: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chad VanGaalen, Lean Year, More
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Actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg has a long history of making provocative art that stretches back to her teen years, when she recorded the 1984 song "Lemon Incest" with her father, the French pop singer Serge Gainsbourg. Over the past four decades she's starred in the films Nymphomaniac and The Antichrist (among many others) and released several albums of foreboding pop. Her latest full-length, and first in six years, is called REST. On this week's show we feature the cut "Deadly Valentine," a love song that fixates on the fact that all stories ultimately end in death. Full playlist: 1. Chad VanGaalen: "Static Shape," 2. M.R. Bennett: "Sorry," 3. Blis. "Old Man," 4. Högni: "Crash," 5. Charlotte Gainsbourg: "Deadly Valentine," 6. Laura Cannell: "Persuasion," 7. Lean Year: "Come And See"
Sep 26, 2017
First Word: Moses Sumney Walks Us Through His Sonic Dreamscape, 'Aromanticism'
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We hit "play" on the Los Angeles-based singer's entire new album while he shares the stories and inspiration behind each track. He says Aromanticism is about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape.
Sep 20, 2017
New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More
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The last full-length album from Björk, 2015's Vulnicurna, was a dark, brooding breakup record documenting the end of a longtime relationship. Now the enigmatic Icelandic singer is back with a new song of healing and hope from an album she'll release in November. "The Gate" finds Björk emerging from the other side of loss and heartache and searching for the utopian idea of perfect love. Full playlist for this episode: 1. Lisa LeBlanc: "5748 km," 2. Björk: "The Gate," 3. Burial: "Rodent," 4. Neil Young: "Powderfinger," 5. Kelela: "Frontline," 6. Brand New: "Can't Get It Out"
Sep 19, 2017
New Mix: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More
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Billy Corgan, as frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins, made twisted, abrasive rock. But within that project he always had a soft side, expressed in quieter, acoustic songs sprinkled throughout the Pumpkins' catalog. Now the singer is back with a new solo album of beautiful ballads made entirely of piano, acoustic guitar and strings. He's calling it Ogilala and releasing it under the name William Patrick Corgan later this fall. We've got the first single from the album on this week's show, the gorgeously orchestrated "Aeronaut." Full playlist: 1. Loney Dear: "Sum," 2. Flikka: "Ellington," 3. Wolf Alice: "Don't Delete The Kisses," 4. William Patrick Corgan: "Aeronaut," 5. Mavis Staples: "If All I Was Was Black," 6. Jackie Shane: "Cruel Cruel World"
Sep 12, 2017
+1: The Weird World Of 'Feature' Credits
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How contributors are credited on albums can lead to fierce, behind-the-scenes battles. Reporter Peter Robinson from The Guardian helps us make sense of this funny little corner of the music business.
Sep 07, 2017
The National's Matt Berninger On Creating 'Sleep Well Beast'
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The National is about to release its seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8. But days before it comes out, on September 5, the band is going to play that record in its entirety live for NPR.The new songs revolve around the fears and struggles within relationships, particularly that of singer and lyricist Matt Berninger and his wife, the writer Carin Besser, who co-wrote some of the lyrics on this album. Sleep Well Beast is characteristically dark and sonically rich — and some of the best music this band has made.Today we're sharing a conversation between Matt, myself (All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen) and Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe.
Aug 30, 2017
New Mix: Beck, Weaves, King Krule, Curtis Harding, More
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After three years of trickling out singles, Beck has finally announced Colors, a new full-length due out this fall. His latest track, "Dear Life," channels Beach Boys harmonies and the barrel-house piano of classic Beatles songs like "Martha My Dear" or "Lady Madonna."S. Carey, percussionist for Bon Iver, also returns, with a gorgeous new single he wrote for the Netflix series Flaked; English singer and rapper King Krule has a profoundly warped new sound in the song "Czech One;" Atlanta singer Curtis Harding just announced his second full-length record the melts together the worlds of soul, psychedelic rock and R&B; The Canadian band Weaves delivers a bold shot of guitar rock on its new song, "#53;" And AHI, a Toronto-based singer with a memorable voice Bob Boilen discovered at the DIY Musicians Conference in Nashville. Complete Playlist: 1. AHI: "Ol' Sweet Day," 2. S. Carey: "Brassy Sun," 3. Weaves: "#53," 4. Beck: "Dear Life," 5. King Krule: "Czech One," 6. Curtis Harding: "Wednesday Morning Atonement"
Aug 29, 2017
New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More
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It's been a little over a month since hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton sat together and shared some essential tunes, but they're back with some keepers, including a new, swoon-worthy song from singer Julien Baker and a beautifully infectious track from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. "My Only" finds Pains frontman Kip Berman reflecting on a new chapter in his life: "I'm married, with a young daughter," he says, "and an old Volvo." Full playlist: 1. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: "My Only," 2. Robert Plant: "The May Queen," 3. Liars: "No Help Pamphlet," 4. Daughter: "Burn It Down," 5. METZ: "Mess of Wires," 6. Julien Baker: "Appointments"
Aug 23, 2017
Guest DJ Week: Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia
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Our week of Guest DJs concludes with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, co-stars of the IFC comedyseries Portlandia. Earlier this year the show was renewed for an eighth and final season, which is scheduled to air in 2018. Back in 2012, Carrie and Fred sat down with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen to talk about their love of music and the humor they find in fellow nerds who obsess about their favorite bands.
Aug 18, 2017
Guest DJ Week: Courtney Barnett
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Our week of Guest DJs continues with Courtney Barnett. Later this year the Australian guitarist and singer will release a new album she recorded with Kurt Vile. In October, the two will also embark on limited tour together. Back in 2015, Barnett had just released her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, when she joined Bob Boilen to talk about some of the artists who've influenced her own work and life over the years, from Wilco and Talking Heads to the Sydney band You Am I and fellow Australian signer Paul Kelly.
Aug 17, 2017
Guest DJ Week: Björk
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Our week of Guest DJs continues with Björk. The Icelandic singer recently announced she'll be releasing a new album, possibly before the end of the year. In this 2009 conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Björk talked about Voltaïc, her box set of live recordings, her love of Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, fellow Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds and more.
Aug 16, 2017
Guest DJ Week: Randy Newman
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This week we're featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Today we've got a conversation with Randy Newman. The singer, composer and pianist recently released his 11th solo album. It's called Dark Matter. Bob Boilen originally spoke with Newman back in 2008 when Newman released his previous record, Harps And Angels. The two talked about Newman's musical family, how Ray Charles has been the biggest influence in his music career and what it was like hearing The Beatles for the first time.
Aug 15, 2017
Guest DJ Week: Roger Waters
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This week we're featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Roger Waters is currently on the North American leg of his Us + Them tour, performing songs from the Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. In June Waters also released his first solo rock album in 25 years, called Is This The Life We Really Want?
Aug 14, 2017
The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women
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Five journalists join forces to unpack NPR Music's 'Turning The Tables' list.
Aug 10, 2017
Stretch and Bobbito: The Legends Return To Radio
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The legendary New York DJ duo of Stretch and Bobbito have reunited. After 19 years off the airwaves, Adrian "Stretch" Bartos and Robert "Bobbito" Garcia are back with a conversational, sometimes musical NPR podcast called What's Good With Stretch And Bobbito. On this edition of All Songs Considered we talk about their hugely influential music show in the '90s on WKCR at Columbia University, in New York City that helped launch the careers of artists like The Notorious B.I.G, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem and more.
Aug 01, 2017
Newport Folk 2017 Preview: Drive By Truckers, Jim James, John Prine And More
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The Newport Folk Festival can feel like a cross between summer camp and a family reunion. Fans return year after year in no small part because the camaraderie between musicians is unlike most other festivals. You can always count on unusual and memorable collaborations, whether it's Margo Price singing "Me and Bobby McGee" with Kris Kristofferson or Roger Waters singing John Prine songs. There are so many surprises for both musicians and fans, which is one of the reasons the festival sells out every year before anyone even knows who's playing. To tell us a bit of what's in store for Newport 2017 we called Jay Sweet, the executive producer of the festival. Jay explains how he picked this year's lineup, the importance of giving artists a platform for change and why the festival continues to resonate with people more than 50 years after it started.
Jul 25, 2017
+1 Sylvan Esso Like You've Never Heard Them Before
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For this one brief project, the Echo Mountain Sessions, the duo of Sylvan Esso turns into a full blown band. You'll here the music and a conversation with Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath. Back in April, right about the time Sylvan Esso were releasing their 2nd album What Now, Amelia and Nick got a bunch of their North Carolina buddies to join them in a studio in Asheville to record a handful of the very same songs from What Now, this time as a big live band. Members of Wye Oak, The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mountain Man and Megafaun got together for a day at Echo Mountain studios and these sessions were captured to create a visual EP which comes out July 28.
Jul 24, 2017
Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More
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You'll want to listen to this week's show on a good pair of headphones, preferably in the dark and, if you take drummer Ian Chang's advice, while getting a massage. We open the program with a spine-tingling cut called "ASMR," from Chang's debut solo EP, an arresting instrumental piece inspired by the inexplicable chills that sometimes run down your back. It's just the first in a series of sonic delights on the show. 1. Ian Chang: "ASMR," 2. Common Holly: "If After All," 3. The Weather Station: "Thirty," 4. Josh Ritter: "Showboat," 5. Flotation Toy Warning: "A Season Underground," 6. Moses Sumney: "Doomed," 7. From The Mouth Of The Sun: "Light Blooms In Hollow Space."
Jul 18, 2017
k.d. lang Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Ingénue'
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Back in 1992, singer k.d. lang released a record unlike any other. Ingénue slithered against the popular music grain with songs that drew slow, deep breaths and sighed seductively. It had an alluringly divergent sound that landed somewhere in a blurry nexus of pop, country and global folk, with accordions, clarinets and Eastern European flourishes. And lang's monumental voice, both powerful and restrained, was simply unforgettable as she sang languorous songs of love and desire.Ingénue became a monstrous, multi-platinum hit for lang, but it was also a milestone in the '90s LGBT rights movement. Against her label's wishes, lang came out in a cover story for The Advocate three months after the album was released. Her decision helped spark a shift in the national conversation about what it meant to be gay and made Ingénue one of the first in a series of important cultural moments that pushed LGBT issues into the mainstream conversation. (Others from that period included the film Philadelphia and the Broadway play Angels In America and, later in the same decade, the television sitcom Will And Grace). To celebrate Ingénue's 25th anniversary, Nonesuch Records is releasing a remastered version of the album on July 14, along with some previously unreleased live recordings. Last year lang recorded an album with Neko Case and Laura Veirs called case/lang/veirs. They toured together and became friends. So we asked Laura Veirs to talk with k.d. lang about Ingénue and how the album still resonates today.
Jul 13, 2017
Music From 'The Big Sick,' Rhye, Protomartyr, Waxhatchee, More
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Composer Michael Andrews started writing music for movies back in 2001, when he scored the now-cult-classic film Donnie Darko (which included Andrews' haunting arrangement of the Tears For Fears song "Mad World"). His simple, brilliantly rendered songs perfectly reflected the movie's surreal narrative with moments that were both comical and creepy. Now he's back with a new score — and completely different sound — for the romantic comedy The Big Sick. We kick off this week's show with the sweetly melodic "Two Day Rule," a song that host Bob Boilen says sounds, appropriately enough, like a romantic relationship unfolding. Full playlist: 1. Michael Andrews: "The Two Day Rule," 2. The Blow: "Get Up," 3. Rhye: "Please," 4. Joseph Shabason: "Long Swim," 5. Protomartyr: "A Private Understanding," 6. Waxahatchee: "Brass Beam"
Jul 11, 2017
New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba, More
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We begin this week's show with a simple message: Use this time to become mindful and peaceful, taking calming breaths... while listening to our latest mix of essential new music. This includes a beautiful new ballad from St. Vincent, a potent, emotional journey from singer Benjamin Clementine and lots of curious ear candy. Playlist: 1. Siv Jakobsen: "Shallow Digger," 2. St. Vincent: "New York," 3. Mappe Of: "Cavern's Dark," 4. Ásgeir: "Underneath It," 5. Benjamin Clementine: "Phantom Of Aleppoville," 6. My Bubba: "Gone," 7. Mogwai: "Party In The Dark."
Jul 05, 2017
Listener Picks For 2017's Best New Artists (So Far)
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As we tallied the results of this year's listener poll for 2017's best new artists (so far), we continue to see women dominating the list and guitars still a big part of your musical landscape. Four of the five most popular new artists are women or fronted by women and all of them are based out of New York. (In last year's poll, listeners picked all women for the entire top ten). The fuzzy rock of bands like Diet Cig, Charly Bliss and Jay Som fared the best, while Nick Hakim and Sampha were the only two male solo artists to crack the top ten. On this week's show we count down the best new artists from the first half of 2017, as selected by our listeners. We define a new artist as someone who released a debut full-length this year (if they don't have a full album, an EP or single will do). We also throw in a few of our own picks, including the out-of-time, otherworldly sound of ALA.NI, (more) guitar noise from Vagabon, and the transfixing voice of Tom Adams.
Jun 27, 2017
+1 Guest DJ: Aldous Harding
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A song can trigger a well of emotions and so it was for Aldous Harding. The intense singer and songwriter from New Zealand and I sat down to talk about the music she loved growing up. It was a teary and thoughtful conversation about the few artists that had a huge impact on the music she'd come to make. Aldous Harding's second album is out, it's called Party.
Jun 21, 2017
Lorde, Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, More
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We follow Father's Day weekend with a mix of powerful new pop and rock from a lot of incredible women, including "Exhumed," a raging, cathartic song from Zola Jesus, and roaring doom metal from Chelsea Wolfe. Full Playlist: 1. Katie Von Schleicher: "Sell It Back," 2. Lorde: "Supercut," 3. Chelsea Wolfe: "16 Psyche," 4. Zola Jesus: "Exhumed," 5. Bernice: "Gemini," 6. Thomas Patrick Maguire: "Go To Hell"
Jun 20, 2017
Metric's Emily Haines, Guerilla Toss, Chastity Belt, Gordi, More
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We get right down to business this week with the fantastic, frenetic pop of Guerilla Toss. The New York band has a new album on the way and recently released "Betty Dreams Of Green Men," a cut inspired by alien abduction, addiction and the obsessions that can consume a person's life.Also on the show: The brash and playful rock group Chastity Belt has a more restrained, introspective sound on its latest album, I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone; Metric singer Emily Haines returns with her first new solo album in more than a decade; the atmospheric rock group Mt. Wolf returns with the ethereal song "Soteria"; Australian singer Gordi, known for her a cappella cover of Bon Iver's "00000 Million," has her own debut full-length on the way; and NPR Music's Lars Gotrich stops by to close out the show with a bruising new song from the Detroit hardcore band Thoughts Of Ionesco. Full Playlist: 1. Guerilla Toss: "Betty Dreams Of Green Men," 2. Chastity Belt: "Stuck," 3. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton: "Fatal Gift," 4. Mt. Wolf: "Soteria," 5. Gordi: "Heaven I Know," 6. Thoughts Of Ionesco: "Culture Of The Eternal Snake"
Jun 13, 2017
Guest DJ: How The Band Phoenix Made A Joyful Record In Chaotic Times
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There's a joyful new album from Phoenix. Ti Amo is the Paris-based band's first record since 2013 and took the better part of the past four years to make. On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with guitarist Laurent Brancowitz and lead singer Thomas Mars about their work habits — how they create a palette of sounds for each new album and how they were able to make a joyful record at a time when Paris has seen horrific terror attacks.
Jun 09, 2017
Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly And Bryce Dessner On Creating 'Planetarium'
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The trio talk about the grand mysteries of the universe that helped inspire their celestial collaboration, Planetarium.
Jun 08, 2017
Guest DJ: alt-J
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The trio joins host Bob Boilen to play some of their favorite songs by other artists, including music from Radiohead, Metronomy and Death Grips. 1. Metronomy: "Corinne," 2. Radiohead: "Reckoner," 3. Jorja Smith: "Blue Lights," 4. Julia Michaels: "Issues," 5. Death Grips: "Interview B," 6. alt-J: "Deadcrush," 7. alt-J: "In Cold Blood"
Jun 06, 2017
+1 Dan Auerbach Plays DJ
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A conversation with Dan Auerbach and the music that inspired his new album 'Waiting on a Song'
Jun 05, 2017
Jeff Tweedy, Kevin Morby, big Thief, Mitski, More
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A couple of weeks ago Robin Hilton snuck a Harry Styles cut on the show, to see if he could trick Bob Boilen into loving the One Direction singer's solo effort by not telling him who it was. (It didn't work). This week Robin tries to get another One Direction song by Bob via one of Bob's favorite singers, Mitski, performing a cover of the song "Fireproof" from One Direction's album Four. Did he fool Bob? Full playlist: 1. Mitski: "Fireproof" (One Direction cover), 2. Kevin Morby: "1234," 3. Jeff Tweedy: "I'm Always In Love," 4. Big Thief: "Mary," 5. Jon McKiel: "Conduit," 6. This Is The Kit: "Moonshine Freeze."
May 31, 2017
+1: Why We're Still Obsessed With Tupac
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Two decades after his death, Tupac Shakur is still the headline-generating, record-selling, contentious figure that he was in life. On this +1, NPR Music hip-hop reporter Rodney Carmichael talks with Ben Westhoff, author of Original Gangstas, a book about the heyday of West Coast gangsta rap. The two talk about Tupac's enduring legacy and what it means today.
May 26, 2017
Why Remix 'Sgt. Pepper's'? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains
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'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' turns 50 next week — so what's been done to celebrate one of the greatest records ever? They've remixed the entire album! The word "remix," in fact, may not capture the scope of the project — it's more like someone rebuilt a pyramid with fresh bricks. But a question remains: Why would anyone do so? All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen traveled to New York to meet Giles Martin, who spearheaded the project, to find that out.
May 23, 2017
Fleet Foxes, The National, Harry Styles Of One Direction, More
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Yes, it's true: Harry Styles of the British boy band One Direction has taken a huge left turn on his debut solo album, turning in an infectious, sometimes gritty batch of rock songs inspired by The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and other classic bands he grew up listening to. Robin kick's this week's show off with one of these surprising new songs, the playful earworm "Carolina." Full playlist: 1. Harry Styles: "Carolina," 2. Kalbells: "Why?!steria," 3. The Building: "Have To Forgive," 4. Fleet Foxes: "Fool's Errand," 5. Dr. Danny: "Fly Me Back In Time," 6. The National: "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness"
May 16, 2017
+1: Ravi Coltrane On His Mother's 'Ecstatic Music'
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This week, guest host and NPR Music reporter and producer Anastasia Tsioulcas talks with jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader Ravi Coltrane about his late mother's remarkable music on a new compilation called World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
May 15, 2017
A Mother's Day Mix: Songs That Remind You Of Mom
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Grab your hanky — you're gonna need it for this week's episode of All Songs Considered. We certainly did while reading and listening to all of the incredible stories we received from listeners about the songs that remind them of their moms. Some were funny, some were dark (a few of you have issues way above our pay grade), but most were heartfelt and full of joy, sometimes grief, but always ending with unconditional love. We got several thousand stories and song picks, way more than we could share in a single show. But here are a handful of the ones that moved us the most, sometimes in the simplest and smallest ways.
May 10, 2017
Feist, Beth Ditto, Frankie Cosmos, Rostam, More
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Lars Gotrich to share the week's best new music, including another cut from Sufjan Stevens' Planetarium collaboration and Feist: 1. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister: "Mercury," 2. Feist: "A Man Is Not His Song," 3. Rostam: "Gwan," 4. You'll Never Get To Heaven: "Rain Copy," 5. Frankie Cosmos: "Fish Bowl" (cover of a Kero Kero Bonito song), 6. Beth Ditto: "Fire"
May 06, 2017
The Decemberists' Colin Meloy & Olivia Chaney Talk About New Collaboration, Reimagining British Folk
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If you've never found a way to experience the bliss and tragedy of traditional British folk music, this is your chance. The Queen of Hearts is a stunning new album by Offa Rex, the project of English singer Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. It's a record The Decemberists' leader Colin Meloy has wanted to make for years, to honor that great British tradition and also the way bands in the '60s and '70s, like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, rocked it. On this edition of All Songs Considered, a transatlantic conversation with Offa Rex's Olivia Chaney and Colin Meloy. Both artists are well-versed in the folk tradition — easily identified in Colin's writing with The Decemberists — something he learned as a young lad growing up in Helena, Montana, while Chaney came to it through studying voice and piano in Oxford, England. On The Queen of Hearts, produced by Oregon-based producer Tucker Martine, you'll hear their unique takes on classic records from Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy, Ewan MacColl, Phoebe Smith, June Tabor and more.
May 05, 2017
The War On Drugs, Shakey Graves, Mr. Mitch, The Mountain Goats, More
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Special guests from the NPR Music team join All Songs Considered this week to share some of their favorite releases from April: 1. Shakey Graves: "Nobody's Fool," 2. Elliot Moss: "99," 3. Orgone: "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman," 4. The Mountain Goats: "Rain In Soho," 5. GAS: "Narkopop No. 4," 6. Trio Mediaeval: "Morgunstjarna," 7. The War On Drugs: "Thinking Of A Place
Apr 27, 2017
Kendrick Lamar, Weed, Gems, Cigarettes After Sex, More
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This week's essential new music mix includes the remarkable story of Kendrick Lamar's rise, supremely fuzzy garage rock from Weed, the dream pop duo Gems and more. 1. Kendrick Lamar: "DUCKWORTH.," 2. Adam Torres: "I Came To Sing," 3. Cigarettes After Sex: "K.," 4. Weed: "Are We Cool?," 5. Terror Pigeon: "Chamber Of Secrets For 1," 6. Ratboys: "Control," 7. GEMS: "Poison"
Apr 18, 2017
Todd Rundgren On Technology, Creativity And His New Song With Trent Reznor
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Today on All Songs Considered, a conversation with Todd Rundgren — who has been recording music for almost 50 years! His first recordings came in 1968 with his band Nazz, before he began making his own groundbreaking pop albums. Those early solo albums — especially Something/Anything, A Wizard, A True Star — always stretched the boundaries of what a solo artist can do with the technology of the day. He was also — and primarily, in terms of employment, he told us — a lucrative and creative producer for Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, The Band, The New York Dolls, Hall & Oates, Sparks, Meatloaf, XTC... the list is quite long.
Apr 13, 2017
+1: A Conversation With Matt Martians And Syd Of The Internet
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Timmhotep Aku is an NPR Music contributor and occasional guest host for our +1 podcasts. This week he talks with Matt Martians and Syd of the soul band The Internet.
Apr 12, 2017
San Fermin, Andrew Combs, A Johnny Cash Mashup, More
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We've often joked on the show about the virtual circus that's endlessly unfolding in Bob Boilen's brain, where his childlike imagination dances to the sound of a whistling calliope. So, for Bob's birthday this week, it felt appropriate to begin our show with nearly seven-foot tall clown named Puddles who sings a surreal mashup of Johnny Cash's "Folsom City Blues" and The Who's "Pinball Wizard." We're not making this up. It turns out that, apart from singing, Puddles never speaks, so we gave his assistant and interpreter Mike Geier a call to learn more about how this crazy mashup came to be. We've also got a blistering country rock cut from singer Andrew Combs, who gets political on a song called "Bourgeois King." The baroque pop of San Fermin gets bigger than ever on the band's new full-length, Belong; the Paris-based singer known as ALA.NI croons like it's the 1940s; and NPR Music's Lars Gotrich stops by to blow our minds (and ear drums) with the scorching punk of a band called Exit Order, tempered by the hypnotic jazz of Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society. 1. Puddles Pity Party: "Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard," 2. Andrew Combs: "Bourgeois King," 3. Joshua Abrams And Natural Information Society: "Sideways Fall," 4. Exit Order: "Mass Panic," 5. Ala.Ni: "Cherry Blossoms," 6. San Fermin: "Oceanica"
Apr 11, 2017
Son Lux, Big Thief, Public Service Broadcasting, Walter Martin, More
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their favorite songs of the week, including premieres from Elf Power and Big Thief, plus new music from The Walkmen's Walter Martin, Son Lux and more: 1. Elf Power: "Watery Shreds," 2. Big Thief: "Mythological Beauty," 3. Walter Martin: "Hey Matt," 4. Scout Pare-Phillips: "Door Left Open," 5. Lydia Ainsworth: "WLCM," 6. Public Service Broadcasting, "Progress," 7. "Ryan Lott/Son Lux: "The Drowning Trough," 8. Diet Cig: "Sixteen"
Apr 04, 2017
+1: Comedian Neal Brennan Of 'Chappelle's Show' And '3 Mics'
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Timmhotep Aku is an occasional NPR Music contributor and guest host for our +1 podcasts. This week he talks with writer, comedian and hip-hop lover Neal Brennan. Comedy and hip-hop have a lot in common: Both are balms for the sting of the everyday struggle and both hold up a mirror to society's excesses, absurdities, and injustices. These two worlds come together in the work of writer and comedian Neal Brennan.As the co-creator of Chappelle's Show, he and his writing partner, Dave Chappelle created skits that were funny and provocative with a hip-hop sensibility. They lampooned rap stars like Lil' Jon and Sean "Puffy" Combs, while featuring artists like Kanye West, Common and The Roots as musical guests. In fact, when Jimmy Fallon was handed the reins of the Tonight Show Brennan was the one who recommended The Roots for the show's house band.In the decade after Chappelle's sudden departure and the end of the the show, Brennan's continued to work as a stand-up comic, writer, and director. On this week's +1 podcast, I talk with Brennan about his Netflix special and one-man show 3 Mics and some of the songs that have inspired what he calls the "stand up, one-liners and emotional stuff" seen on the show. Along the way, Brennan dispels some myths and gives insight on just who the man behind the mic is.
Mar 30, 2017
Sufjan Stevens, Gorillaz, Perfume Genius, More
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On this week's show co-host Robin Hilton manages to heave himself off of the floor (after his beloved Kansas Jayhawks lost in the NCAA tournament AGAIN) long enough to hit the play button on some phenomenal new music. Host Bob Boilen and World Cafe host Talia Schlanger try to cheer him up: 1. Perfume Genius: "Slip Away," 2. Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister: "Saturn," 3. Gorillaz: "We Got The Power," 4. The Family Crest: "Mirror Love," 5. Hippo Campus: "Monsoon," 6. Kevin Morby: "Come To Me Now," 7. Teen Daze: "Dream City," 8. Alexander F: "You're Such A Kill"
Mar 28, 2017
+1 How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated 'The Psalms'
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Lenny Kaye is an elemental force in music and a spiritually attuned diviner of sounds. On this episode, he walks us through his process and his inspirations including producing the new album by Jessi Colter
Mar 24, 2017
Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017
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SXSW isn't a rock festival, a hip-hop festival or a global music festival — it's a big bundle of everything rolled into five spring-warm Texas days. For artists, the choice to attend can be an expensive risk, traveling from Taiwan, Mebourne, Brixton, Brazil, or Italy hoping to be seen and heard. But sometimes it pays off. We go there to find music we're unlikely to see in our own backyard, find something thrilling, then shout out our fervent support. 1. Fragile Rock: "Stay Felt (Live)," 2. Hard Proof: "Stinger," 3. Lizzo: "Worship (Live)," 4. Anna Meredith: "The Vapours," 5. Let's Eat Grandma: "Deep Six Textbook (Live)," 6. Grandaddy: "The Boat Is In The Barn," 7. Frances Cone: "Arizona," 8. Calliope Musicals: "1604," 9. Aldous Harding: "Imagining My Man," 10. Tribu Baharú: "Made In Tribu Baharú," 11. Allison Crutchfield: "Chopsticks On Pots And Pans," 12. Phoebe Brigers: "Smoke Signals," 13. Shame: "The Lick"
Mar 21, 2017
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday
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SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday Our final day at this great music festival leaves on me (Bob Boilen) and Stephen Thompson standing to talk about our discoveries for SXSW 2017
Mar 19, 2017
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Friday
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Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Colorado Public Radio's Jessi Whitten convened on an Austin street corner Friday night to recap their favorite moments of the day.
Mar 18, 2017
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Thursday
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SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Thursday - where bob is chased by a nearly naked man screaming to 'forgive yourself!' and where Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley talk about music that thrilled them.
Mar 17, 2017
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Wednesday
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On this second full day at SXSW, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson talk about the music they saw in Austin including bands from the NPR Music showcase featuring PWR BTTM Sylvan Esso, Lizzo, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Big Thief and The New Pornographers.
Mar 16, 2017
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Tuesday
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On Day 1 of SXSW 2017, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson gather at 2 a.m. to talk about favorite moments from Tuesday.
Mar 15, 2017
+1 Hey Bands, Why T-Shirts Matter, A Martin Atkins Minute
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Funny man, former PIL drummer and music business advisor Martin Atkins looks at SXSW from a band perspective. It's the T-shirt that counts.
Mar 14, 2017
SXSW 2017 Preview
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For music lovers, South By Southwest can feel like Christmas, Mardi Gras, Spring Break and March Madness rolled into one. Spread out over five days and nights in Austin, Texas, it's a thrilling and exhausting musical endurance challenge, with fans often seeing upwards of 100 shows before the week is through. This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to share and discuss some of the artists they're most excited to see and hear as this year's festival kicks off.
Mar 13, 2017
+1: Remembering Elliott Smith's Masterpiece, 'Either/Or,' 20 Years Later
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of what many consider Elliott Smith's best album, Either/Or. To mark the occasion, Kill Rock Stars is releasing an expanded version of the late singer's record, with remastered versions of the original songs, live recordings and previously unreleased bonus tracks. On this week's All Songs Considered +1 podcast, host Robin Hilton talks with Smith's longtime friend, engineer and archivist for Smith's estate, Larry Crane. He's the one who put together the deluxe version of Either/Or. Through the course of the conversation, he shared a lot of personal memories about Smith, about his warmth and playful sense of humor, his feverish work pace and what it was like to be in the studio together.
Mar 10, 2017
Alt-J, Elliott Smith, The New Pornographers, Girlpool, More
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When we sat down to record this week's podcast, we were a little bleary-eyed after staying up late the night before to see the The Flaming Lips' show at the 9:30 Club here in Washington, D.C. But — between the band's confetti cannons, laser light show and the electric, rainbow-colored unicorn that frontman Wayne Coyne rode into the audience (we're not making that up) — it was well worth the loss of sleep.Regardless of our bleary eyes, we come to the table charged and ready to share the new music we're excited about this week: 1. alt-J: "3WW," 2. Girlpool: "123," 3. Hiccup: "Neverwhere," 4. The New Pornographers: "High Ticket Attractions," 5. The Magnetic Fields: "'81: How To Play The Synthesizer," 6. Joan Shelley: "Wild Indifference," 7.Elliott Smith: "No Name No. 5 (Remastered)," 8. Frank Turner: "The Sand In The Gears (Live)"
Mar 07, 2017
+1: Resistance Radio: Darkly Reimagining The '60s Sound
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A conversation with musician/producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) about creating an album inspired by an alternative universe in which Germany and Japan win World War II.
Mar 03, 2017
Our Tiny Desk Contest Winner, Land Of Talk, Juana Molina, More
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We kick this week's show off with the wild ride that is Tank And The Bangas, our unanimous pick to win this year's Tiny Desk Contest. They're from New Orleans and have the kind of playful, infectious energy that makes a band impossible to miss. You can hear their winning song, "Quick," in our podcast — but to really appreciate how special they are, you should head to our site and watch their winning video. We're also joined on the show by one of the judges for this year's contest, and the newly named host for WXPN's World Cafe, Talia Schlanger. Talia talks about what it was like watching the Tiny Desk contest entries and shares new music from the '90s shoegaze group Ride. We've also got long-awaited new music from the Canadian rock group Land Of Talk. After a stunning debut in 2010, the band largely disappeared, but frontwoman Elizabeth Powell has finally returned with a worthy followup, Life After Youth. We've got the first single from it, a beautiful ode to self-determination called "Inner Love."Also on the show: Bob drops a surprising new release from the Argentine singer and electronic musician Juana Molina; multi-instrumentalist Jay Som and the New York-by-way-of-Camaroon singer known as Vagabon both have new albums that perfectly blend wistful meditations with fuzzy guitars; and NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso stops by the studio to share a fantastic new cut by Bellows. 1. Tank And The Bangas: "Quick," 2. Land Of Talk: "Inner Lover," 3. Bellows: "Broken Skin," 4. Juana Molina: "Cosoco," 5. Ride: "Home Is A Feeling," 6. Vagabon: "100 years," 7. Jay Som, "1 Billion Dogs"
Feb 28, 2017
Lana Del Rey, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Colin Stetson, Penguin Cafe, More
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On this week's show: Music to cleanse the brain! 1. Shogu Tokumaru: "Lita-Ruta," 2. Penguin Cafe: "Contorum," 3. Tom Adams: "Sparks," 4. Lana Del Rey: "Love," 5. Violents & Monica Martin: "How It Left," 6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "Treasure Map," 7. Colin Stetson: "Spindrift"
Feb 21, 2017
Guest DJ: Ryan Adams
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Ahead of the release of his newest record, Ryan Adams sits down with NPR Music's Bob Boilen to consider his favorite love songs, including Springsteen, Dylan and Sonic Youth.
Feb 14, 2017
Future Islands, The Black Angels, David Bazan, Jacaszek, More
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It's starting to feel like every show this year is going to have music inspired or shaped in some way by social and political unrest. This week, that means a dark and gritty new cut about greed and corruption from The Black Angels, and singer David Bazan's (relatively) uplifting plea for empathy in his new song, "Care." But we've also got plenty of other music to lift you up, including the wistful but celebratory new song from Future Islands called "Ran," and an epic, shape-shifting rock cut from the Athens, Ga. band Oak House. NPR Music's Lars Gotrich and Marissa Lorusso stop by the studio to turn us on to a couple of their favorite new discoveries, including some pure pop joy from a New York group called Charly Bliss, and the Japanese experimental psych-rock band Sundays & Cybele. 1. Future Islands, "Ran," 2. The Black Angels, "Currency," 3. David Bazan, "Care," 4. Charly Bliss, "Glitter," 5. Sundays & Cybele, "Chaos & Systems," 6. Oak House, "Esque," 7. Jacaszek, "Soft Music," 8. Johnny Flynn, "Heart Sunk Hank."
Feb 07, 2017
Jens Lekman Wants To Sing You A Strange Story
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We premiere a very cheery-sounding piece of music from Swedish songwriter and singer Jens Lekman, though the story behind it is decidedly dark at the same time.
Feb 06, 2017
On Horses and Beatles: A Conversation With Real Estate's Martin Courtney
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"I feel like this is my lane, guitar-based pop music." Martin Courtney and his band Real Estate's fourth album In Mind, takes cues from one of the great albums of all time, The Beatles Abbey Road.
Feb 01, 2017
Missy Elliott, Sampha, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, More
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This episode of All Songs Considered covers the very ends of spectrum, from carefree celebration to soul-baring sadness. Hear new tracks by Missy Elliott, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, and more: 1. Valley Queen, "Stars Align," 2. Mount Eerie, "Real Death," 3. Nick Hakim, "Bet She Looks Like You," 4. Missy Elliott, "I'm Better (feat. Lamb)," 5. Young Fathers, "Only God Knows (ft. Leith Congregational Choir)," 6. A Winged Victory For The Sullen, "Metro Part Three," 7. Sampha, "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano"
Jan 31, 2017
How Laurie Anderson And Philip Glass Were About To Change The World
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The performance artist reflects on Philip Glass' generous spirit, his perpetually fresh ideas and the grand experiments hatched in the lofts of SoHo in the '70s
Jan 27, 2017
While My Guitar Gently Sings: A Conversation With Delicate Steve
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Here's something rare these days: an instrumental guitar-rock record that's actually a joy to listen to. This Is Steve is by the artist Delicate Steve, otherwise known as Steve Marion, who plays all the instruments on this incredibly fun (and sometimes funny) album. On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with Delicate Steve about the guitar music Steve loves, including music from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sly and the Family Stone, as well as the singers who inspire his lyrical guitar styles, which he describes as "cartoon rock."
Jan 26, 2017
The Power Of Political Music and More
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On this week's All Songs Considered: Musicians face personal challenges, political uncertainty, the state of humanity — and rally.1) MILCK: "Quiet"2) Angel Olsen: "Fly On Your Wall"3) Charlotte Day Wilson: "Work"4) Jesca Hoop: "Memories Are Now"5) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "Down (Is Where I Want to Be)"6) Tim Darcy: "Still Waking Up"7) Father John Misty: "Pure Comedy"8) Overcoats: "Hold Me Close"
Jan 24, 2017
Songs For Hope And Change
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Our first new mix of 2017 features songs that are both big and hopeful, and crushingly sad, from the politically charged music of Run The Jewels and Timber Timbre to the joyful bliss of Lowland Hum.
Jan 17, 2017
+1: Sharon Van Etten On The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Her Role On 'The OA'
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The singer opens up about her debut acting role on the mysterious Netflix series The OA, the personal experiences that inspired her performance and how to cry on command.
Jan 13, 2017
Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2017
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Every January, we look forward to globalFEST, a one-night showcase of newly emerging and well-established artists from around the world. This annual event, held at Manhattan's Webster Hall, is where industry insiders and cool-hunters alike ferret out the next big global music acts on the touring circuit — the buzzed-about bands playing on this single winter night form the vanguard of what you're going to be watching at festivals and at venues across the country over the next couple of years.
Jan 11, 2017
Interview: Julien Baker Signs To Matador, Shares New Song
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We have a candid interview with Julien Baker, a young singer of sad, thoughtful songs. Her new song, "Funeral Pyre," is being released on the storied independent label Matador Records.
Jan 06, 2017
+1: A Conversation With Comedian Hannibal Buress
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Guest host and NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with comedian, actor and writer Hannibal Buress. Buress is known and loved for his brand of irreverent comedy and his gift for finding absurdity in the seemingly mundane. It's an audacity that informs not only his sense of humor, but also his taste in music. A hip-hop head from Chicago's West Side, Buress is a true rap omnivore whose tastes run the gamut from the uber-popular to the obscure.
Jan 05, 2017
+1 Encore: A Conversation With Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood
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Bob chats with Radiohead's visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band's newest record, A Moon Shaped Pool.
Jan 01, 2017
+1 Encore: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters
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The bassist, singer and songwriter behind some of the 20th century's most iconic music goes deep into race, civil rights, prison reform, the troubled music industry and more.
Dec 31, 2016
+1 Encore: A Conversation With Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney talks about his solo career-spanning compilation Pure McCartney, his creative process, how he stays inspired and why he sometimes thinks he should take songwriting more seriously.
Dec 30, 2016
+1 Encore: Paul Simon Conversation
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Paul Simon talks about his album, Stranger To Stranger, and why it may be his last, at least for a while. He also shares the new song, "The Werewolf."
Dec 29, 2016
+1 Encore: David Bowie Makes His Dream Jazz Record
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Three weeks before David Bowie released Blackstar, and three weeks before he died, I spoke with jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti about making what would be David Bowie's final album.
Dec 28, 2016
Vikings Choice 2016
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Our resident Viking Lars Gotrich recalls 2016 in feral metal, dystopian and ocean-mimicking synths and Afro-futurist pop cubism.
Dec 27, 2016
Holiday Extravaganza 2016
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Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join us for a steam engine ride to the north pole in this year's holiday extravaganza!
Dec 21, 2016
+1: How PiL's Drummer Wound Up Digging Ditches
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In this Martin Atkins minute, the former drummer for Public Image Ltd shares the story of how he quit the band at the height of its popularity, only to end up digging ditches for a living.
Dec 20, 2016
Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners' Favorite 100 Albums Of 2016
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On this week's All Songs Considered, we count down and talk about the poll's top 20 albums. You'll find those records below, along with a list of our listeners' top 100 albums.
Dec 15, 2016
The Year In Music 2016
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Our annual recap of the year's best songs and albums, memorable moments and other defining moments. 1. David Bowie - Lazarus 2. Anderson .Paak - The Season/Carry Me 3. Miranda Lambert - Sweet By And By 4. George Martin - A Day In The Life 5. Greg Laswell - Play That One Again 6. Beyonce - Sorry 7. Mitski - Your Best American Girl 8. Car Seat Headrest - Killer Whales/Drunk Drivers 9. Radiohead - Daydreaming 10. Anohni - Drone Bomb Me 11. Solange - Cranes In The Sky 12. Frank Ocean - White Ferrari 13. Wilco - Normal American Kids 14. Bon Iver - 715 Creeks 15. Adam Torres - Juniper Arms 16. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker 17. Crystal Fighters - Lay Low 18. Jane Sibbery - Everything You Knew As A Child 19. Frightened Rabbit - An Otherwise Disappointing Life 20. Let's Eat Grandma - Rapunzel
Dec 06, 2016
All Songs +1: Peter Silberman On Compassion, Impermanence And Hearing Loss
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Today's All Songs +1 podcast is a conversation with The Antlers' Peter Silberman on how hearing loss would eventually lead him to create his first solo album.
Dec 01, 2016
Laura Marling, Weyes Blood, Sam Phillips, Peals, bed.
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On this week's show: Songs about the indomitable human spirit. Plus, music plucked from a honey jar (seriously). 1. Peals, "Become Younger," 2. Sam Phillips, "World On Sticks," 3. Laura Marling, "Soothing," 4. Weyes Blood, "Used To Be," 5. bed., "Girl"
Nov 29, 2016
Some Of The Best Songs We Missed This Year
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Before being consumed by our year-end coverage, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton hit the pause button to catch up on some of the great music they missed this year. 1. Anthony Joseph - "Slinger," 2. The Frightnrs - "Nothing More To Say," 3. D.D Dumbo "Walrus," 4. Chris Forsyth And The Solar Motel Band - "Anthem I," 5. Africaine 808 - "Ngoni," 6. Lettuce - "The Love You Left Behind"
Nov 22, 2016
The Songs Remain The Same, But All The Meanings Have Changed
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When profound change happens in life, the meaning of the music you hear tends to change, too. On this week's show: Songs both light and dark in a post-election world. 1. Rubblebucket, "If U C My Enemies," 2. Alev Lenz, "Fall Into Me," 3. Sinkane, "U'huh," 4. Ty Segall, "Orange Color Queen," 5. Leonard Cohen, "You Want It Darker," 6. Lizzo, "Good As Hell"
Nov 16, 2016
Guest DJ: Matty Healy Of The 1975 On Making Music From Now On
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One of the most surprising records for me this year is the latest album by The 1975. My preconceptions of this band's music as simple, catchy pop have turned out to be so wrong. The album, called I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, is filled with ambient music, electronica and a good dose of '80s sheen. I wanted to talk to frontman Matty Healy about his influences. He's someone whom I'd met a few years ago when he performed a fascinating solo Tiny Desk concert. On this edition of All Songs Considered, he plays DJ and talks about growing up in a family where his parents, both English actors, shared lots of the music they loved.
Nov 15, 2016
Guest DJ Nick Mason On Pink Floyd's Early Years
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As a gigantic 27-disc box-set history of Pink Floyd is released, the band's drummer discusses those early years and the other music that inspired him.
Nov 11, 2016
Guest DJ: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters
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Roger Waters plays DJ, sharing music by those he loves and talks about what draws him to songs. This conversation isn't about his time with Pink Floyd. In fact, over the course of this nearly hour-long interview, he didn't mention the band he left more than 30 years ago even once. We do talk with him about his upcoming own solo work, including his upcoming tour called "Us And Them." But at the heart of everything, this creative force behind some of the 20th century's most iconic music is politics, money, greed and ultimately hope. Mention the music of Billie Holiday (who was addicted to heroin) and Waters launches into an assault on what he calls draconian drug laws that vilify addicts instead of treating them. That leads to a discussion of corruption and greed in politics and more knotty issues than we could reasonably keep track of: The U.S. presidential race, the conflict between Israel and Palestine, the state of the music industry, the futility of war, Guantanamo, civil rights and the Black Lives Matter movement, prison reform and how Waters, remarkably, remains hopeful and optimistic in the face of all the despair and suffering he sees plaguing the world.
Nov 08, 2016
What Was It Like To See Pink Floyd In 1966? Joe Boyd Knows
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This week a gigantic Pink Floyd box set is released. What's remarkable about Pink Floyd Early Years 1965-1972 is that its 27 discs cover only the band's first seven years! All this week we'll think pink with some of the people who were there. On Friday — the day this collection is released — we'll talk with drummer Nick Mason about those early years. On Tuesday we talk to Roger Waters about his upcoming projects and politics. But we thought we should start with a man who, 50 years ago, witnessed and participated in those very early days. Joe Boyd was an American working for Elektra Records in London in 1966, and the group played early shows, before it had released any recordings, at the UFO Club, where Boyd was an owner. He'd go on to produce Pink Floyd's first single, "Arnold Layne." Joe Boyd is a critical figure in the British folk music scene and global music scene. If you love Nick Drake then you can thank Joe Boyd. His book White Bicycles paints some great images of making music in the '60s, including stories of Pink Floyd. He also has a podcast that's quite brilliant called Joe Boyd's A-Z where he goes through his remarkable record collection in alphabetical order, making insightful musical connections and telling personal stories. We suggest Pink Floyd fans listen to the episode on the letter I, for "Interstellar Overdrive."
Nov 08, 2016
After 38 Years Of Silence, A Legend Of Folk Music Sings
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Imagine being a singer — in this case, a singer of traditional British folk songs and murder ballads, songs of love, hate, revenge, redemption and tragedy. And as the singer of these songs, you get pretty well known in the circles of folk music in the 1960s and 1970s.Now, imagine a broken heart robs you of your ability to sing. For 38 years, your voice — once beautiful — falls silent.This is the story of the great Shirley Collins.But this tragic tale has a happy epilogue, because Shirley Collins is finally singing again. She has a new record called Lodestar and she is our guest on All Songs Considered.I listened to Shirley Collins' music as a teen in the heyday of British folk music. I own records by The Albion Band, which she put together with her then-husband, Ashley Hutchings. Her songs were a huge influence on American singers as well — and one of those singers, so many years later, is Colin Meloy.If you listen to The Decemberists, you know how much Colin loves a good tale, and a good murder ballad. In fact, he released an EP of Shirley's songs about 10 years ago. So, on this edition of All Songs Considered: "Colin and Collins," a conversation with Shirley Collins and Colin Meloy.
Nov 04, 2016
All Songs +1: Our Most Memorable Tiny Desk Jazz Sets
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Patrick Jarenwattananon has been the backbone of our jazz coverage almost since NPR Music started in 2007. Patrick came to us as a 22-year-old intern and shortly after began covering legendary and rising jazz luminaries like a veteran journalist. His writing for A Blog Supreme captured the spirit of the jazz community and was a rich resource for thoughtful coverage on this living American musical culture.Recently NPR Music changed the way we cover jazz, with our wonderful member station WBGO taking the lead.Sadly, Patrick is no longer working at NPR Music, but PJ (as we call him) turned me and our listeners on to so much music, and a good deal of it through the jazz artists he brought to the Tiny Desk.So on this +1 edition of All Songs Considered, I asked Patrick to come back and talk to us all about some of the legends and up-and-comers he brought to our offices. You can hear the full conversation and music with the listen link above, or watch the featured sets below.
Nov 03, 2016
Guest DJ: AURORA On Her Love Of Heavy Metal And Leonard Cohen
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I first saw Aurora in a small club in New York City three years ago. She was just 17 years old, but her performance was mesmerizing. Her frail, blonde figure mirrored her enchanting voice and words. The young singer from Norway put out a dramatic and beautiful record earlier this year called All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend.On this edition of All Songs Considered, Aurora — now 20 years old — plays DJ, choosing songs that inform her life and music. Some mirror the emotions in her own music, like Leonard Cohen, Enya and the mechanical, organic music of Wintergatan. She also surprised us by showing her love for metal music, including Mastodon.We had an emotional conversation. Aurora is all about touching hearts and expressing her feelings through song. Below are some edited quotes from the interview, though it's best to give a listen to the full show so you can fall in love with her music and her passion for performing and connecting with fans.
Nov 02, 2016
Priests, Kevin Morby, James Chance, Crystal Fighters, Fialta, More
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If you're looking of a break from the relentless assault of gut-churning news headlines, you've come to the right place! For this week's show Robin Hilton thought he'd send a little bit of good cheer into the world with some big, joyful group sing-alongs that celebrate life and all its gloriousness. The first burst of light and love comes from the London-based band Crystal Fighters and its anthem to how momentary and magical life is. It's followed by Fialta, a group from California with a simple message: We're all in this together. Oh, Bob Boilen has some songs too, including the gloriously chaotic sax-noise of James Chance and a new cut from singer Kevin Morby about the preciousness and fragility of life. Bonus: NPR Music's Lars Gotrich stops by to share songs from two of his favorite D.C. bands — the punk group Priests and Flasher, a band that sounds like Smashing Pumpkins if they made a new wave record. But first up: The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House. 1. James Chance: Melt Yourself Down 2. Priests: Pink White Noise 3. Flasher: Destroy 4. Crystal Fighters: Lay Low 5. Fialta: Do The Best We Can 6. Kevin Morby: Beautiful Strangers 7. Biosphere: Sweet Dreams From A Shade
Nov 01, 2016
A Conversation With Anderson .Paak And Knxwledge
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On this week's +1 podcast, NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with singer and rapper Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge about their new collaboration under the name NxWorries.
Oct 27, 2016
Run The Jewels, Flaming Lips, John Prine, Sad13, Laura Burhenn, More
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In this week's All Songs Considered, we feature three solo projects by some of our favorite bandleaders, a solo artist's duets record, and new music from some familiar faces, or more accurately put, some familiar Lips. The Flaming Lips are back with a new album, Oczy Młody, inspired by a Polish book that Wayne Coyne owns and finds phonetically fascinating (even if he doesn't understand any of the words). We've also got Run the Jewels, a duo that's all about the words and whose new single speaks to urgent issues of race relations. Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds) and Kyle Morton (Typhoon) each have quiet solo records that tackle life's preciousness, how the small things sometimes matter most and the tangles we amass. Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz went the loud route; Bob found one of the lyrics a little offensive, but that didn't stop Robin from playing it. We also hear from John Prine. He turns 70 this month and has recorded his highest charting record yet. For Better, Or Worse features a high spirited, often funny collection of cover tunes sung by a brilliant songwriter whose battle with cancer only seems to make him stronger. Every time I hear his Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn cover I laugh, and that's where our show starts.
Oct 25, 2016
All Songs +1: Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste
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Sunday is the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, a defining album for both the band and a generation of pop-punk fans. A decade later, NPR's Daoud Tyler-Ameen is still processing what it means to love this record, and what its impact says about the culture around it.
Oct 24, 2016
+1: How David Bowie's Songs Became The Musical 'Lazarus'
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On this week's +1 podcast: A conversation with Henry Hey, the orchestrator, arranger and musical director for Lazarus, the off-Broadway musical set to the songs of David Bowie. Lazarus only ran in New York for six weeks last winter, and the songs weren't available for anyone to hear outside of those live performances until this week, when Columbia Records released the cast recording of Lazarus, along with three new songs Bowie wrote and recorded for the musical. The tracks, written during his Blackstar sessions, were among the final recordings Bowie made before he died of liver cancer on Jan. 10. To understand Lazarus, you first have to know about the 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Bowie starred in the movie as Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien who travels to earth in search of water for his dying planet. He starts a tech company, gets rich and uses the money to build a spaceship to transport water back home. But before he can take off, the government catches on and arrests him. After years in captivity, he's eventually freed, but left a lonely, broken alcoholic. Bowie always wanted to revisit his role in the film and conceived of Lazarusas a sequel that picks back up with his alien 40 years later. Though time has passed, Newton, played in the musical by Michael C. Hall, hasn't aged. But he's still addicted to alcohol, binges on Twinkies, and television. Set to a mix of Bowie's back catalog, Lazarus follows Newton as he tries find his way back home. Henry Hey worked closely with Bowie on arranging and orchestrating the songs for the stage. In this conversation, he talks about how he and Bowie reshaped the music to tell the story and what it meant to work on the iconic singer's final project.
Oct 21, 2016
EL VY's Song Against Trump, New Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, More
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For as much as the election has dominated the news this year, the political cycle hasn't invaded the world of All Songs Considered. But this week we've got a remarkable cut by the band EL VY that's all about Donald Trump. "Are These My Jets?" is from 30 Days, 30 Songs, an online compilation album that features a new song by a new artist every day for the final thirty days leading up to the election. (For the record, NPR is not endorsing any candidate. We just like the song!) A couple of other things about this week's show: NPR Music's Lars Gotrich joins us to talk about the stellar return of the band American Football, a beloved '90s group that's putting out its first new album in 17 years; and another popular artist from the '90s, Kristin Hersh (who you may know from the band Throwing Muses), is back with an incredible double album full of sonic wonders. All that plus a new single from Bob's favorite band of 2013, The Blow, and the ruminations of singer Conor Oberst.
Oct 18, 2016
Pusha T And Rivers Cuomo Join Zeds Dead, Amber Coffman, TOY, More
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This week's show features new music from Amber Coffman, a tribute to a friend and a collaboration between Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T. Plus: Reports of the guitar solo's death were greatly exaggerated.
Oct 11, 2016
Solange, Gillian Welch, Cuddle Magic, Major Stars, More
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We've got a lot of sounds on this week's show, from Solange's powerful meditation on being black in America, to the gentle folk of Gillian Welch. But some sounds are a lot louder than the others. 1. Solange: Tina Taught Me, 2. Solange: Don't Touch My Hair, 3. Cuddle Magic: Trojan Horse, 4. Major Stars: Unlearn, 5. Purling Hiss: 3000 AD, 6. Gillian Welch: Acony Bell (Demo), 7. Black Honey: Hello Today
Oct 05, 2016
All Songs +1: John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life
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This past week I was at the 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, listening to and having conversations with musicians. One songwriter and singer I've admired from the world of Americana during this decade is John Paul White, whom you may know as a former member of the duo The Civil Wars. White's new solo album, Beulah, came out in August, and it's a quiet, poignant work. Over the past few years I've been talking with musicians about a song that changed them, a song that perhaps inspired them to pick up a guitar or write a song of their own. I put out a book called Your Song Changed My Life, which examines those pivotal moments for 35 musicians, and while at AmericanaFest I had a chance to talk to White about his song, his moment of discovery in music. We had that conversation in front of a few hundred people in the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater. The conversation was one of the most thoughtful ones I've had on the subject. Frankly, it ended in tears for me — and many in the audience — when White performed John Prine's seminal anti-war song "Sam Stone." On this week's All Songs Considered +1 podcast, hear a conversation and performance from John Paul White.
Sep 30, 2016
Brian Eno Sings, New Dirty Projectors, Leonard Cohen, Savoir Adore, More
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Bob kicks things off with a big surprise: Brian Eno is singing! The ambient pioneer and producer hasn't released a vocal record in years. But he was lured back into the studio to record a new track by the Portuguese rock band The Gift. It's called "Love Without Violins" and Eno says it's one of the only times you'll ever hear him utter the word "love" in a song. Robin follows with a cut all about those late-night hours when you're alone with your thoughts and fear the worst about yourself. Appropriately enough it's called "Savages" and it's from Savoir Adore, the Brooklyn-based musical project of Paul Hammer. Also on the show: Bob is so overwhelmed by the insanely warped sounds of a new Dirty Projectors song that he scarcely notices its profoundly bleak lyrics; Australian singer Julia Jacklin has a searing, slow-building rock anthem to an old flame; Leonard Cohen turns 82 and celebrates with some of the darkest music of his incredible, 50-year career; And the folk-pop duo Johnnyswim covers what they call one of the sexiest songs of all time: Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game."
Sep 27, 2016
+1: Danny Brown Shares New Song, Talks Nas And New Album
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On this week's +1 podcast, Timmhotep Aku premieres "Rolling Stone," a new song from Danny Brown, and talks with the Detroit rapper about his upcoming album, Atrocity Exhibition.
Sep 22, 2016
Nine Artists To Watch For At AmericanaFest 2016
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NPR Music is headed to Nashville for this week's AmericanaFest where we'll be checking out some of the newest and most promising voices in roots music, along with a few veterans. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music contributors Ann Powers and Jewly Hight about some of the artists they're most excited to see this year.
Sep 20, 2016
Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, L.A. Salami, More
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The gang's finally back together! And by gang we mean hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, who find themselves in the studio together for the first time in a month. With the summer break finally over, the two return with this week's essential mix, from both veteran artists and new discoveries. Robin opens the show with an epic, trance-inducing piece from Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote, who calls it a "plaintive, hymn-like lament of frustration and debasement." Bob follows with a profoundly dark new song from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds called "Jesus Alone." Also on the show: Peter Gabriel writes an ode to what he sees as the heroics of whistle blower Edward Snowden; Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) a fantastically textured new song called "Fear Less;" London-based singer-songwriter L.A. Salami (his full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami) has a remarkable debut with lyrics that recall the densely layered poetry of Bob Dyla and a strange and wacky new cut from Cloud Becomes Your Hand, a New York-based band with a sense of humor and adventure that reminds Bob of Devo. 1. King Creosote "You Just Want," 2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "Jesus Alone," 3. Peter Gabriel "The Veil," 4. Nick Murphy "Fear Less," 5. L.A. Salami "Going Mad As The Street Bins," 6. Cloud Becomes Your Hands "Hermit"
Sep 13, 2016
All Songs +1: A Film On Nick Cave And Coping With The Loss Of His Son
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There's a new film featuring Nick Cave and the first chance to hear his thoughts since his 15-year-old son fell from a cliff. We talk to director Andrew Dominik.
Sep 12, 2016
+1: Grandaddy Is Back! Frontman Jason Lytle Talks About New Album, Shares Two New Songs
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Ten years after Grandaddy's last album, the Modesto, Calif. band has released two new songs. Singer Jason Lytle reveals the emotional turmoil behind his return to the band's signature distorted pop.
Sep 09, 2016
New Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M. Acoustic, More
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When we settled into the studio for this week's All Songs Considered, a clear theme quickly emerged: We had a whole lot of music by artists we already adore! This includes a rare acoustic demo by R.E.M., a glorious new electro-pop cut from Sylvan Esso, a heartbreaking tribute song from Sharon Van Etten and more.This year marks the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.'s 1991 classic album Out Of Time. To mark the occasion, the band is releasing a deluxe version of the album that includes early acoustic demos of every song, including the one Robin Hilton kicks this week's show off with, "Radio Song." Stephen Thompson follows in the same spirit with Sylvan Esso's brand new "Radio," a somewhat retro synth thumper that mixes the band's signature dance pop with singer Amelia Meath's searching, often melancholy vocals.Also on the show: Sharon Van Etten's stirring tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Fla.; English poet, playwright and rapper Kate Tempest and a fabulous kiss-off from the Phoenix, Ariz. band AJJ. Plus, John K. Samson, lead singer for The Weakerthans, returns with a sentimental new song that has Stephen thinking of happier days.
Sep 06, 2016
All Songs Rewind: Breaking Up With Your Favorite Bands
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This week: the moment it all went wrong, relived in vivid detail. Members of the All Songs Considered crew share stories of hope and heartache as they remember some of the bands they've broken up with over the years and why. NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for the discussion. Context is everything here, so the three narrowed their picks into four basic categories: bands you swore off entirely and never looked back; bands you simply grew away from with age; bands you no longer follow, but you still remember the good times; and bands you'll stick by no matter what. Prepare for pride-swallowing tales of joy and pain, smooth jazz and second-wave emo, outrage and, ultimately, redemption.
Aug 30, 2016
+1: The Beatles Are Live And Sounding Better Than Ever
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On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with producer Giles Martin about his remarkable efforts to salvage the only three professional recordings ever made of The Beatles performing live. Giles explains how he was able to take the analog tapes of the band's Hollywood Bowl shows from 1964 and 1965 and make them sound so much better. Giles Martin is the son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin.
Aug 25, 2016
All Songs Rewind: The Worst Songs Of All Time?
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Note: With hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton away this week, we've got an encore presentation of The Worst Songs Of All Time, from Feb. 2014. Guitarist, actor, writer (and former Monitor Mix blogger) Carrie Brownstein joins us, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, to do something we don't normally do: Talk about the songs we really, really don't like. Our mission at All Songs is to bring you our favorite musical discoveries of the week. But after Stephen wrote his Good Listener column examining Starship's widely reviled hit single "We Built This City," we watched the comments pour in like an out-of-control fire hose, and got to talking about all the songs that drive us bonkers. It was so much fun we decided to continue the discussion here, with a look at some of the contenders for worst songs of all time, and why they stick in our craw. These are the relentless earworms — the songs you can't escape once they're in your head — or the annoying novelty songs. "The Candy Man," anyone? We also look at songs that take themselves too seriously, songs we used to love until they were ruined by a bad personal experience and more.
Aug 23, 2016
All Songs +1: How Aaron Dessner Unknowingly Rescued Lisa Hannigan
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I've missed Lisa Hannigan. Five years ago the Irish songwriter and singer made an unforgettably beautiful record called Passenger. She came by to play a Tiny Desk Concert that year and then I waited sometimes impatiently for five years, it was tough, I miss her sad delicate songs. Well it turns out the five year gap wasn't something she did with intent. On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered I talk with Lisa Hannigan about how this happenstance collaboration, how it unlocked her writing block and the mechanics of making this long distance musical relationship work.
Aug 18, 2016
Bon Iver, The White Stripes, Ed Harcourt, Lambchop, More
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This week on All Songs Considered, we return from break with new music by some of our all-time favorite artists, including a wildly different sound from Bon Iver, a previously unreleased White Stripes song and a remarkable new direction for the Nashville art-folk group Lambchop.Also on the show: The Neutral Milk Hotel-inspired LVL UP, an arresting instrumental from Swans percussionist Thor Harris and Ed Harcourt's searing indictment against political corruption.But first, Robin digs into a little gift from Bob: a Twinkie! Playlist: 1. LVL UP, 2. Bon Iver, 3. Lambchop, 4. The White Stripes, 5. Thor & Friends, 6. Ed Harcourt
Aug 16, 2016
Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More
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This week, we've got a surprise: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton both went on vacation and left the All Songs studio unlocked. Apparently neither one of them uses two-step verification, so it took only a very minor effort for a couple of highly skilled NPR Music team members, Daoud Tyler-Ameen and Saidah Blount, to hack into the elaborate system of tubes, funnels and hamster wheels that feed podcasts from our microphones into your earbuds for a very special takeover edition of All Songs Considered. Daoud last visited the show to play some foot-stomping power-pop, and Saidah was our copilot for this year's South By Southwest festival preview. Together they dissect new music from California punks Joyce Manor, sounding more fleshed-out and anthemic than ever; slow-burning electro-soul from London songwriter Nao; a hip-hop track by two South Asian MCs that's as funny as it is uneasy about our current political moment and more. (And because Daoud and Sai grew up in the '80s and '90s, reference is made to JNCO jeans, black lipstick, the old THX logo theme and the end credits of the 1995 Power Rangers film. Things get ... specific.)
Aug 09, 2016
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood
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On this week's +1 Bob chats with Radiohead's visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band's newest record, A Moon Shape Pool
Aug 04, 2016
New Mix: Regina Spektor, Lowell, Angelica Garcia, More
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On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and guest host Stephen Thompson play new music from Regina Spektor, experimental rap from Clipping, which features Daveed Diggs of Hamilton, and a great synth track from singer-songwriter Lowell.Bob starts the show off with a song from the 22-year-old guitarist and singer Angelica Garcia that he cannot get out of his head. Orange Flower" is a playful, foot-stomping rock track and Garcia's very first single. Stephen shares "Umpqua Rushing," a song about a river in Oregon by the group Blind Pilot, who he has been following for almost a decade.But first, it's Stephen's birthday, which means it's time for the NPR Music team to surprise him with a cake made of ice cream and Twinkies. Obviously.
Aug 02, 2016
All Songs +1: Sofar Sounds Wants To Bring Your Favorite Musicians To Your Home
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In this week's +1 podcast, Bob Boilen interviews Rafe Offer of Sofar Sounds, which brings artists and fans together for shows in small, intimate spaces.
Jul 29, 2016
New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More
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On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, we play new music from old favorites Wilco, JEFF The Brotherhood and Sleigh Bells. We also share songs from artists we've only just found out about: Bob introduces us to the young, Singapore-based Linying and our intern Sophie brings us Globelamp.Robin points out that the very sad "Play That One Again," from Greg Laswell's album Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, has its roots in real-life heartache: Laswell wrote the song in the wake of a divorce and while watching a parent suffer. In a track from Sleigh Bells, we hear the band grow out of their noise pop sound and into something a little more muted.But first, it's Robin's last day before vacation so he says goodbye for now and eats one too many packs of Smarties.
Jul 27, 2016
Newport Folk 2016 Preview: Patti Smith, Flight Of The Conchords, More
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On this special All Songs Considered episode, host Bob Boilen talks to Jay Sweet, the executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival. The two talk about the artists they're most excited to see, from the 20-year-old newcomer Raury to Flight Of The Conchords, Rayland Baxter, Margo Price, Joan Shelley and many more.
Jul 19, 2016
All Songs +1: Amanda Palmer And Her Dad Discover Each Other In Song
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For years, Amanda Palmer has been a provocative artist. But on her new record, she finds kinship with her father Jack — and gets to know him as they cover songs from his generation and hers.
Jul 18, 2016
+1: My Cell Phone Rights At Shows Vs. Yours
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We recently asked people what they think about new technology that can disable their phone cameras or otherwise lock away their devices while at concerts. The poll we put up was prompted by Apple's announcement of a patent on tech that would forcibly disable cellphone cameras at specific locations and by another company called Yondr that makes pouches to hold and lock away people's phones during shows.Now the results of our (relatively unscientific) poll are in and they surprised us.A slight majority said they're fine if their phone's camera is disabled (52 percent, to 48 percent who objected). And another slight majority (51 to 49 percent) said they're okay locking their phones away in a pouch that automatically locks shut while in a concert venue. By a wide, two-to-one margin, respondents further said they'd still go see a show even if they knew their camera phone would be locked up or disabled, though some said it depends on the show. Only 51 percent of respondents said they even want to take photos or videos at shows.On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton talk about the poll results and weigh in on the debate with their own arguments for and against granting people full access to their phones during concerts.
Jul 15, 2016
+1: Kishi Bashi Talks About New Album, Shares New Music
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Kishi Bashi recently stopped by NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters to announce his new album Sonderlust, which is due out Sept. 16 via Joyful Noise. It includes the lushly layered "Say Yeah," a rapturous mix of '70s soft rock, disco and synth pop. Hear that and more highlights from the album on this +1 edition of All Songs Considered.
Jul 13, 2016
A Lot Of Songs About Ice Cream
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On July 15, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring July National Ice Cream Month, and called "upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities." As this week marks that momentous occasion's 32nd anniversary, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton see it as their civic duty to do an entire show about ice cream. To make this week's playlist, we asked you to tell us about your favorite songs and memories of ice cream. What we got was a lot of wonderful stories and a mix that includes everything from colorful cuts by Louis Prima and Jonathan Richman to Van Halen, Syd Barrett and plenty of novelty songs. But before we get too deep in the show, we attempt to make ice cream in the studio with the help of Allison Aubrey of NPR's The Salt. Featured Tracks: 1. Jonathan Richman, "Ice Cream Man," 2. Michael Hearst, "Ice Cream," 3. Louis Prima, "Banana Split For My Baby," 4. The Hungry Food Band, "Ice Cream Sandwiches," 5. Podington Bear, "Ice Cream Sandwiches," 6. Syd Barrett, "Love You," 7. Sarah McLachlan, "Ice Cream," 8. Van Halen, "Ice Cream Man," 9. Tom Waits, "Ice Cream Man," 10. Blur, "Ice Cream Man," 11. Weird Al Yankovic, "I Love Rocky Road"
Jul 12, 2016
Daniel Lanois, Deap Vally, Nonkeen, Pinegrove, More
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On this week's All Songs Considered, we share new music from legendary producer and ambient pioneer, Daniel Lanois, and from the friends-for-life trio Nonkeen, whose new album comes in the aftermath of a "freak carousel accident." Also on the show is a shout-along emo track from Montclair, N.J.'s Pinegrove and a psych-pop track about never wanting to go outside from Morgan Delt, who recently signed with Sub Pop.But first, we take a moment of silence for the Weeknd, who lost his microphone, and explain to our intern that not everything on the Internet is real. 1. Nonkeen "Glow," Daniel Lanois "Heavy Sun," 3. Half Waif "Turn Me Around," 4. Pinegrove "Old Friends," 5. Morgan Delt "I Don't Wanna See What's Happening Outside," 6. Deap Vally "Royal Jelly"
Jul 05, 2016
Your Favorite New Musicians Of 2016 (So Far)
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It's only June and this year is already jam-packed with remarkable new artists who've released some of 2016's most memorable music. These are artists who released their very first songs or first full-length albums so far this year.Last week we asked for your picks for the best new artists from 2016's first half. We tallied the votes and have your top 10 listed below, alongside quotes that some of you submitted with your votes. The artists you picked cross genres, from the scuzz-y slacker rock of Lucy Dacus to the tender country music of Margo Price. But the thing that links them all, what you told us matters most to you, is a sense of authenticity.But first, Bob and Robin share their favorites: the wound-tight, propulsive sound of Weaves and the quiet, textured tunes of Ry X.1. Big Thief, 2. Margaret Glaspy, 3. Overcoats, 4. Whitney, 5. Maggie Rogers, 6. Lucy Dacus, 7. Mothers, 8. Margo Price, 9. Honeysuckle, 10. Japanese Breakfast
Jun 30, 2016
New Mix: Bellows, Cornelius, Keaton Henson, A-WA, The Wild Reeds, More
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On this week's All Songs Considered we come full circle. Robin Hilton opens the show by looking back in time with a weird, psychedelic track by Cornelius from his long out-of-print, newly reissued album Fantasma. If the song doesn't justify itself, Bob Boilen provides an argument for looking back with a song by The Wild Reeds called "Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight)."Also on the show: We also play an electro-folk track by the Israeli sisters A-WA and a new song by Tiny Desk veterans Bellows. But first, Robin and Bob talk knee surgery.
Jun 21, 2016
All Songs +1: Hozier Meets Tarzan, A New Song, Video And Conversation
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We have a new song and an interview with Hozier. The song is a love song for the film "The Legend of Tarzan"
Jun 16, 2016
The Tallest Man On Earth, Lisa Hannigan, LP, More
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On this week's All Songs Considered mix, we play songs about longing, loss, and healing, with premieres from The Tallest Man On Earth, pop singer LP and more.Co-host Robin Hilton opens the show with "Strange," a track LP wrote after realizing that what unites is how strange and wonderful we all are. Host Bob Boilen follows with a psychedelic track by two teenaged brothers from Hicksville, Long Island who go by the name The Lemon Twigs. We also hear from singer Adam Torres for the first time in nearly a decade and share a song by Charles Bradley that connects Black Sabbathwith James Brown. Plus: One of Robin's all-time favorite singer-songwriters, Chris Staples, is back with another heartbreakingly beautiful album called Golden Age, and we play a brand new song from The Tallest Man On Earth. We end with a song for those we've lost, "Prayer For The Dying" by Lisa Hannigan.But first, Robin tells us that he can, in fact, see stars from his house in the suburbs, shares why he loves letting his dog out right before bed and how it all ties in with this week's mix: 1. LP: "Strange," 2. The Lemon Twigs: "As Long As We're Together," 3. The Tallest Man On Earth: "Time Of The Blue," 4. Adam Torres: "Outlands," 5. Chris Staples: "Relatively Permanent," 6. Charles Bradley: "Changes," 7. Lisa Hannigan: "Prayer For The Dying"
Jun 14, 2016
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Paul McCartney
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Of all the musicians on the planet, you'd think Paul McCartney would have, by now, figured out this whole songwriting thing. But as he tells us in this week's +1 podcast, "You never get it down. I don't know how to do this. You'd think I do, but it's not one of these things you ever really know how to do."The occasion for our conversation with Paul McCartney is a new box set out today, Pure McCartney, that compiles 67 songs from his nearly five decades as a solo artist. But over the course of this forty-minute discussion, McCartney opened up about much more, from his memories of working with John Lennon to his creative process, how he stays inspired and why, as he tells us, he sometimes thinks he should take songwriting more seriously.Paul McCartney spoke to us from the Hog Hill Mill studio in East Sussex. You can listen to the full interview with the link above or read edited highlights below.
Jun 10, 2016
Songs On Letting Go And Believing In Yourself
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On this week's All Songs Considered, we play songs about facing fears, being true to yourself and not worrying about what everyone else thinks, plus a new song from Angel Olsen and a conversation with her about her surprising new sound.Robin Hilton opens with an introspective pop gem from the Portland, Ore. band Ages And Ages inspired by the ephemeral nature of nearly everything. Bob Boilen follows with a sonic adventure from the Asheville, N.C. folk group River Whyless.Also on the show: Bed., another Portland band, has an ode to being free and escaping the comforts of home; The D.C. band Paperhaus has a fierce new single with some mind-blowing drumming and singer Hannah Georgas takes a simple piano ballad and turns it into a syncopated wonder with pulsing horns.But first, Bob settles back in after a month on the road while Robin tries to put on a new face with a coffee mug that might just change his whole outlook on life.Playlist:1. Ages And Ages: "They Want More"2. River Whyless: "All Day All Night"3. Angel Olsen: "Intern"4. Bed.: "Billy Joel"5. Paperhaus: "Silent Speaking"6. Hannah Georgas: "Waste"
Jun 07, 2016
+1: Sean Lennon's Surreal Ode To Michael Jackson's Pet Chimp, Bubbles
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Sean Lennon's latest collaboration is with Primus bassist and lead singer Les Claypool. They're calling themselves the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and their new album is a collection of trippy, psychedelic space jams called The Monolith Of Phobos (a reference to a large rock discovered on Phobos, a moon orbiting Mars).Most of the songs are celestial meditations with surreal lyrics about space exploration or drugs. But one track, "Bubbles Burst," offers a more personal reflection from Lennon about his memories of Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Lennon and Jackson were friends and, as a child in the mid-1980s, Lennon would hang out with Bubbles at Jackson's Neverland ranch.The song itself is a plainspoken description of how Jackson acquired Bubbles and what it was like living at Neverland. But a new video for "Bubbles Burst" adds an unsettling twist, portraying Jackson as grotesque and demented.For this week's +1 podcast, we spoke with Lennon about how he came to write "Bubbles Burst" and how he wants people to feel when they see the video.
Jun 03, 2016
The Worst Songs Of All Time? (Encore Presentation)
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This week on a very special edition of All Songs Considered ... guitarist, actor, writer (and former writer for NPR Music, at her Monitor Mix blog) Carrie Brownstein returns. She joins us, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, to do something we don't normally do: Talk about the songs we really, really don't like.Our mission at All Songs is to bring you our favorite musical discoveries of the week. But after Stephen wrote his column examining Starship's widely reviled hit single "We Built This City," we watched the comments pour in like an out-of-control fire hose, and got to talking about all the songs that drive us bonkers. It was so much fun we decided to continue the discussion here, with a look at some of the contenders for worst songs of all time and why they stick in our craw. These are relentless earworms — songs you can't escape once they're in your head — or annoying novelty songs. "The Candy Man," anyone? We also look at songs that take themselves too seriously, songs we used to love until they were ruined by a bad personal experience and more.Please direct your "Dear Idiots" letters via email to allsongs@npr.org.
May 31, 2016
The Monkees, Esmé Patterson, Adia Victoria, More
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On this week's episode we've got one of the sunniest bands of all time, mesmerizing music from the Sahara and an elegy to growing old.Co-host Robin Hilton gets things started with a sweetly sad song from Matt The Electrician, a pop-folk singer based in Austin who no longer has anything to do with his own hands, while host Bob Boilen follows with Esmé Patterson, a singer with roots in folk music and a new album that stretches into the world of gritty rock.Also on the show: The Monkees celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with a new album that includes the bubbly pop song "You Bring The Summer;" singer Adia Victoria sings sultry blues with a distinctive voice and the Algerian band Imarhan has an incredible debut album of Tuareg music.But before we get to any music, Bob explains how he ended up flat on his back on a train platform.
May 24, 2016
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Paul Simon
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Paul Simon has a new album coming out and it's wonderful. Titled Stranger To Stranger, it's his thirteenth solo release and he told me he it could be his last, at least for a while. For this week's +1 podcast, I sat with Paul Simon at NPR's New York bureau to talk about the new record, but more specifically to talk about a single song on the album, the puzzling and quirky opening cut, "The Werewolf." Paul Simon walked me through the song, the thousands of decisions he had to make and the minutia of songwriting that I think makes his music complex, conversational and memorable. This entire song was inspired by a sound, and from that sound Paul Simon had to find the subject and characters. What he came up with is a scary tale of where he believes we are in the 21st century.
May 19, 2016
The 1975, SOAK Covers Led Zeppelin, A Home Demo From My Morning Jacket, More
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This week's essential mix from All Songs Considered includes a surprising, electronic, mostly instrumental cut from The 1975 — a British group known more for its brash Top-40 pop and rock — an intimate home demo recording from My Morning Jacketand a spare, moody cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" by the Irish folk singer known as SOAK.Also on the show: A new studio recording of "Some Day We'll Linger In The Sun," the heartbreakingly beautiful song by Gaelynn Lea that won this year's Tiny Desk contest; A troubled love story from singer Haley Bonar and mangled, electronic rock from the Toronto-based band Holy F***.But before we can even think of playing any music, Robin needs to pound his seventh cup of coffee of the day and welcome Bob back from his week on the road.
May 17, 2016
+1: This Week's Number One Song
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Earlier this week we asked you to tell us what your favorite song is right now — the one track you can't stop listening to. Maybe it's something from one of the big releases, or maybe it's something from a lesser-known artist off everyone's radar. Or maybe it's an older tune.On this week's +1 podcast, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen is away, but co-host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to talk about the one song NPR Music listeners say they can't get enough of right now.
May 13, 2016
Guest DJ: Weezer Frontman Rivers Cuomo
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It's hard to imagine an artist who works harder or cares more about what their fans think than Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. For the past 20-plus years he's been a tireless and meticulous songwriter who maintains incredibly detailed spreadsheets with hundreds of titles for songs that don't yet exist, and lyric fragments organized by word and syllable count. He obsessively studies the intricacies of other well-loved pop songs, cataloging every element, trying to understand why they work and how he can make his own songs better.With every note Cuomo agonizes over, he's thinking about the complicated relationship he's had with Weezer's fans. For some, the band has never lived up to its 1994 debut release, the self-titled "Blue" album, and that weighs heavily on Cuomo. And even though plenty of critics and fans think Weezer's latest record, the self-titled "White" album is as good as anything the band has done, that hasn't kept Cuomo from fretting over every review.On this week's show, Rivers Cuomo joins us to share some of the stories behind the band's new record and to play some of the songs by other artists he's loving now. He also talks about what it's like to reach middle age, have kids and how he stays inspired to write songs that still resonate with young people.
May 10, 2016
+1: The Season Of Surprise Albums, From Beyoncé To James Blake
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It really started nearly two weeks ago when Beyoncé surprise-released her monstrously good record, Lemonade, via an album-length video shown on HBO. Drake followed a few days later when he unloaded 20 new songs on fans with the epic album Views. Then Radiohead teased out some video clips — and eventually a new song called "Burn The Witch." James Blake quickly followed on Thursday with three unannounced songs and, a few hours later, a whole new album with 17 stunning tracks. A bit later on Thursday night, Chance The Rapper popped up on the Jimmy Fallon show with a new song and announced that his new album would be here on May 13. Now, as we close out the week, Radiohead is back again with another new song and news that a full album is coming at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, May 8.On this week's +1 Podcast, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Saidah Blount and Jacob Ganz to talk about why artists are resorting to stealthy tactics, what the deluge of surprise releases means for the way we listen and which ones we're spending the most time with.
May 06, 2016
Suuns, Autolux, Adult Jazz, Mutual Benefit, Let's Eat Grandma!
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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore some warped musical territory with a little help from one of our friends: producer and musician John Congleton. John turns us on to the deliberate, unrelenting music of Montreal's Suuns, a record he was excited to produce.Also on the show: Bob can't stop listening to the dark humor of teenage psych-pop duo Let's Eat Grandma, Robin takes us into the fractured world of Autolux and changes things up with the tranquil Zen of Mutual Benefit and closes the show with the searching, deconstructive music of Adult Jazz.
May 03, 2016
Moon Hooch, Summer Cannibals, PUP, More
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We've all been dealing with so much unhappiness over the last week that hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton wanted to kick of this week's All Songs Considered with some celebrations. Bob leads off with some great pick-me up music from Moon Hooch. Robin continues to explore his love of "shrug rock" with a hilarious new song from the band PUP.Also on the show: Robin plays music from Sage and Ry X. Bob keeps up the energy with a new song by Sego. Like The Moth & The Flame, whose "Young & Unafraid" was on last week's show, Sego recently relocated from Provo, Utah to Los Angeles. Bob closes out the show with a premiere of Summer Cannibals' new song, "Simple Life."Looking ahead: On May 2, Bob and Robin will speak with Carrie Brownstein at a book event at Sixth & I in Washington D.C. The next day, Bob will be at the Lagunitas brewery in Chicago with Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea and everyone's favorite GLTTRD band, PWR BTTM.
Apr 26, 2016
+1 Remembering Prince, The Utopian
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Prince was one of those rare musicians who continued to connect with people decades after the start of his career. As NPR Music's Ann Powers tells All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, Prince had a unique vision of a perfect world, one that challenged gender and sexual norms, one where love was the only rule. He also devoted his life, his studio time and his time on stage to making deep and lasting connections with his audience — and to making sure his audience connected with each other on the deepest human levels.
Apr 21, 2016
New Music From The Avett Brothers, The Low Anthem, Deerhoof, More
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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton kick off the show with back-to-back premieres from upcoming albums by beloved bands. Robin leads with a frenetic new song by Deerhoof, originally written for the HBO series Vinyl, that will appear on its album The Magic, out June 24. Bob follows with "Ozzie," a song The Low Anthem wrote as a tribute to legendary shortstop Ozzie Smith that will be on its new album Eyeland, out June 17.Also on the show: Robin shares The Avett Brothers' new track "Ain't No Man" and The Moth & The Flame's wonderfully moody song "Young & Unafraid." Bob plays a song from the wise-beyond-his-years Jaye Bartell and closes the show with the heavy yet sweet music of Muscle and Marrow.
Apr 19, 2016
All Songs +1: Sturgill Simpson Talks About His 'Guide To Earth'
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Sturgill Simpson's 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, took a lot of people by surprise. While the song forms were firmly rooted in Nashville traditions, the stories he told and observations he made were more like something from a metaphysical self-help guide, with existential meditations on death and dying, religion and the never-ending search for a higher purpose.For his follow-up, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, Simpson finds even more ways to surprise. In fact, the Kentucky-born singer completely dismantles the well-established conventions of country music and reassembles them with psychedelic synths and guitars, Motown horns and cinematic strings, often all in a single track.A Sailor's Guide To Earth is also a concept album. Simpson wrote and recorded it for his son, who was born in 2014, just a month after Metamodern Sounds was released. As Simpson tells us in this interview, he wanted A Sailor's Guide To Earth to be "a pure and beautiful thing," detailing the ups and downs of his own life so his son could one day know him better.
Apr 15, 2016
New Mix: The National Covers The Grateful Dead, Free Cake For Every Creature, More
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It's a big week for Bob Boilen! He celebrated his birthday earlier in the week and his first book, Your Song Changed My Life, comes out today. He celebrated on the show today with some wonderful pop music by the band Free Cake For Every Creature and a beautiful Grateful Dead cover courtesy of the National. While Bob leaves the studio to celebrate, Robin plays a joyous cut from the Nobility and an atmospheric track from the supergroup Minor Victories.Also on the show: NPR Music's Lars Gotrich drops by to play some rich guitar music from William Tyler, Bob plays guitar-meets-sitar duo Dawg Yawp and Robin closes out the show with some jolting rock from Yak.
Apr 12, 2016
All Songs +1: What Song Changed Your Life?
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Is there a song that changed you? A song that altered the course of how you think about life, changed what you do and how you do it?
Apr 07, 2016
New Mix: Weezer, The Jayhawks, Colin Stetson, More
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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a mix of new songs by veteran artists and shiny premieres from up-and-coming bands. Robin leads off the show with a cut from the country-folk flavored alternative rock group The Jayhawks, while Bob wheels out a premiere by the Australian band Oh Pep!. Robin follows with new music from one of his most beloved bands, Weezer, a group that put out his favorite album of 2014, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and returns with another solid collection of new songs, including the Beach Boy-inspired "Endless Bummer," which you'll hear alongside more new music from singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy, a heavily cathartic rock song from the Toronto four-piece Greys and an excerpt from saxophonist Colin Stetson's re-imagining of Górecki's Third Symphony
Apr 05, 2016
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Explosions In The Sky
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Members of Explosion in the Sky talk about the challenge of making The Wilderness, the most adventurous record yet from an already sonically mind-bending band.
Mar 31, 2016
New Mix: Explosions In The Sky, Parquet Courts, Wire, Told Slant, More
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On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, Bob helps Robin Hilton out of his annual NCAA March Madness depression after his Jayhawks lose yet again. Bob plays a mind-obliterating track from Explosions In The Sky. Robin introduces us to new music from punk veterans Wire and a new song from Frankie Cosmos but they all seem to simply taunt his loss.We also hear a magnificent new song from Told Slant that features Felix Walworth, the drummer for Eskimeaux, Florist and Bellows. Then there's more explosive sounds from Parquet Courts and a new song by rhythmic sound effect master Walker Lukens. Robin closes out the show with a song by The Glands, one of his favorite bands from Athens, Ga. in tribute to lead singer Ross Shapiro, whose death was announced late last week.
Mar 29, 2016
All Songs +1: Hear Ryan Adams and Bob Mould Play Music And Talk About Everything Under The Sun
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There's new music from Bob Mould. His latest album, Patch The Sky, comes out March 25. One of this legendary musician's biggest fans — from his punk days of Hüsker Dü to the land of Sugar and his prolific and exciting solo records — is musician Ryan Adams. And as a fan and friend, Ryan invited Bob to his PAX-AM Studio and pressed record.So for the next hour you'll hear Bob and Ryan play music and hear a sprawling, geeky and fun conversation. Sometimes it's about Bob's record, other times it's about Metallica bootlegs, caveman sounding lyrics, favorite cereals, fasted band, how the revival of vinyl helps make better, more focused records, praying, the quietness of church, zombies, Einstürzende Neubauten, noise rock and recording/mixing/soundboards.
Mar 25, 2016
SXSW 2016 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments
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After six days of little sleep and a lot of music, the All Songs Considered team is back from Austin with a bucketload of bands and discoveries to share. On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to share their favorite finds and memorable moments, from the stadium presence of Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb and party brass band Lucky Chops to the dark, moody folk of Edith Crash and the kick-ass rock and roll of Seratones.
Mar 23, 2016
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: The Weekend
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All Songs host Bob Boilen gathers Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley for their final roundup of the festival.
Mar 21, 2016
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Friday
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton wrap up their evening on a busy street with All Songs contributor Stephen Thompson.
Mar 19, 2016
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Thursday
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton speak with All Songs contributors Katie Presley and Stephen Thompson about their favorite St. Patrick's Day discoveries.
Mar 18, 2016
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Wednesday
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Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to relive their Wednesdays in Austin.
Mar 17, 2016
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Tuesday
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Our first day at SXSW 2016. Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley talk about the bands we discovered today, including Lucky Chops, Thelma and the Sleaze, and Charlie Bell.
Mar 16, 2016
SXSW 2016 Music Preview
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All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Stephen Thompson and NPR's Music Saidah Blount for a look at a handful of bands we can't wait to see at SXSW this week.
Mar 14, 2016
All Songs +1: Iggy Pop & Josh Homme Talk 'Post Pop Depression
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There's new music from Iggy Pop and that's a pretty big thrill.Post Pop Depression is a collaboration with Joshua Homme from Queens of the stone age. What you hear is more crooning and thoughtful Iggy then the image in your minds of a stage diving unpredictable punk.Iggy pop and Joshua Homme are at NPR west in Culver city...Their album is part of our first listen series so...you can listen to it all there...I wondered how they came to find each other
Mar 11, 2016
New Mix: Sturgill Simpson, Beth Orton, Julianna Barwick, Damien Jurado, More
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This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton talk about Sturgill Simpson's more rock-inspired sound and how parenthood inspired Simpson's new LP, A Sailor's Guide To Earth. Bob also plays some great, guitar-driven rock from Weaves and Heron Oblivion.Also on the show: British singer-songwriter Beth Orton returns to her electronic-folk roots and Damien Jurado winds down his trilogy of concept albums. Plus we've got new music from singer Julianna Barwick, from electronic producer James Hinton under the name The Range and a cartoony, horror-inspired song from producer John Congleton and his new band The Nighty Nite.
Mar 08, 2016
+1: The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner
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On this +1 podcast we interview the winner of the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea's submission was so remarkable – as Robin Hilton says, he watched hundreds of submissions, and Gaelynn's music cut through all the noise and rose, beautifully, to the top. We learned a lot more about this remarkable musician after we dug deeper into her music and her personal story. We talked with Gaelynn about how she came to play violin, how she wrote her winning song, the unique challenges she faces in making music and how she became musical friends with Alan Sparhawk of Low.
Mar 04, 2016
New Mix: Music From M. Ward, Nothing, Marissa Nadler, A Chat With Mitski & More
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This week on All Songs: The best new songs of the week, an interview with Mitski and a first look at some of the great music we'll hear at SXSW 2016.
Mar 01, 2016
New Mix: Breakthroughs By Car Seat Headrest, The Coathangers, Big Thief, More
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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share songs from a trio of bands on the verge of releasing breakthrough albums. Bob starts the show strong with a jaw-dropping new song from Car Seat Headrest called "Vincent." Robin follows that up with a song by Big Thief and later shares a new song from the best album yet by The Coathangers.We also get a new track by sibling duo Follin, featuring the leaders of Cults and Guards; NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen drops by to share the lovely pop-punk of Tancred and Robin takes us out on the densely layered electronic music of Tim Hecker.
Feb 23, 2016
All Songs +1: French Cooking And How A Tour Manager Could Save Your Life
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How can the French culinary phrase 'mise en place' save your band's life and make anyone's life a whole lot better?
Feb 19, 2016
New Mix: A George Harrison Tribute, Fantastic Negrito, More
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Hear a tribute to George Harrison, plus new music by Fantastic Negrito, Black Mountain and more on this week's mix from All Songs Considered.
Feb 16, 2016
New Mix: Shearwater, Lily & Madeleine, Eskimeaux, More
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On this week's All Songs, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share songs of power, protest and passion, including a cut from Shearwater's "angriest" record to date, the urgent rock of the Ukrainian band Phooey! and singer Kevin Morby's fervent if exasperated attempt to make sense of police violence. Plus, we've got moments of pure beauty from the sister duo Lily & Madeleine, singer-songwriter and producer Gabrielle Smith, a.k.a. Eskimeaux. And resident Viking Lars Gotrich pays us a visit with deep cuts from Bandcamp.com, including and the twee-pop group Naps, and Robin explains why he's certain he's really just a brain floating in a jar on Bob's desk.
Feb 09, 2016
All Songs +1: Andrew Bird Gets Personal
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"These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled." That's the great violinist, lyricist and singer Andrew Bird on the subject of a project he's excited though a bit apprehensive talking about, his new album Are You Serious. That album, which comes out on April 1, is the most personal album he's ever made. Andrew Bird's lyrics are often a kind of cryptic code, wordplay about the human condition, but on Are You Serious he reveals more about his own life including a blossoming relationship between two relative introverts and the birth of their son. In our conversation, we hear excerpts of four songs from Are You Serious and dive into the process of writing and playing with his extraordinary band, which includes Blake Mills on guitar, Ted Poor on drums and Alan Hampton on bass. The record also includes Fiona Apple playing a romantic in a duet with Bird the skeptic. Here's the album's opening track, "Capsized." You can hear the whole interview above, and read highlights below.
Feb 05, 2016
New Mix: Santigold, Macklemore, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, More
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On this week's All Songs Considered, we've got several new favorites including Bob Boilen's No. 1 discovery of 2016 so far, Lucy Dacus. Robin Hilton shares songs by several artists he thinks are about to release their best albums yet, including Santigold and Ane Brun. Also on the show: Iggy Pop brings back his Bowie-inspired swagger with help from Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, French musicians Adan Jodorowsky & Xavi Polycarpe channeled their recent breakups into a big '70s-flavored pop song, PJ Harvey returns to her original rock sound and electronic artist Ital Tek reflects on his love of guitar drones and distorted electronics. Plus, rapper Macklemore asks a lot of difficult questions about race and responsibility in the song "White Privilege II."
Feb 02, 2016
Our Top Discoveries At globalFEST 2016
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On Sunday, Jan. 17, globalFEST, one of America's premiere showcases of musical talent from around the world, once again took over the three stages at Manhattan's Webster Hall. To discuss the evening's performances and insights, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen is joined by NPR Music's Piotr Orlov, NPR contributor and Afropop.org senior editor Banning Eyre and Rob Weisberg of WQXR (who also hosts WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise). In this week's podcast, above, they revisit some of the highlights and favorite discoveries from this year's globalFEST.
Jan 27, 2016
New Music From Ray LaMontagne, Lucius, A Bowie Cover From Glen Hansard, More
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It's our first show with new music in 2016! After nearly two months of best-of's, holiday and Sweet 16 specials, we get back to doing what we do best and love most: playing great new music. On this week's All Songs Considered, we share a new song by Tiny Desk alum Laura Gibson, AURORA(one of Bob's favorite discoveries from CMJ 2014) also new music from Lucius, Ray LaMontagne, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down (produced by tUnE-yArDs Merrill Garbus) and a cover of David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" by Glen Hansard recorded lived during the All Songs Considered Sweet 16 party
Jan 20, 2016
16 Number One Songs From Our First 16 Years
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All Songs Considered is celebrating its Sweet 16 this month, so to mark the occasion on this week's show we're counting down our favorite songs from each of the past 16 years
Jan 06, 2016
Viking's Choice 2015: The Year In The Loud And The Weird
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At this point, it's basically tradition: The last show of the year is dedicated to the loud, the fast, the heavy, the cosmic and the sublime. A.K.A., when All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and I talk about metal, punk and a broad definition of experimental music. Maybe you've listened to some of these outliers in my Viking's Choice column or even on the podcast — they definitely stick out like a sore, headbanging thumb.
Dec 29, 2015
The All Songs Considered Holiday Spectacular, 2015
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Every year around this time we like to take a break from our usual musical discoveries and get together with old friends for what we call the All Songs Considered Holiday Spectacular, a seasonal special done in the tradition of old-time radio. After deciding he's had enough of the season, Bob storms out of the studio and finds himself taking a Dickensian journey, with visits from some old friends, including Carrie Brownstein, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Ben Folds and more. So gather your friends and family around the warm, crackling podcast listening device of your choice and take a journey in sound with us. Just click the audio link at the top of the page. You can also get this episode in the All Songs Considered podcast.
Dec 21, 2015
All Songs +1: David Bowie Fulfills His Jazz Dream
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It's long been a dream of David Bowie to make a jazz record with a big band. On Jan. 8, 2016, Bowie's 69th birthday, we'll hear his dream realized. The path to ★ (pronounced "blackstar"), Bowie's 25th album, is filled with chance meetings with all the right people, but the two main characters are his long time friend and producer Tony Visconti and his new found friend/saxophonist and band leader Donny McCaslin.
Dec 17, 2015
Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015
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You never entirely know what you're going to get when you ask listeners to rank their favorite albums of the year. But the results of All Songs Considered's 2015 listener poll may be the most diverse we've seen in ten years of doing these lists. From Kendrick Lamar's hip-hop masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly and the dense harp-poetry of Joanna Newsom, to the effervescent pop of Carly Rae Jepsen, soul singer Leon Bridges and the immense jazz album The Epic from Kamasi Washington, listeners showed a lot of love for a broad range of sounds.
Dec 16, 2015
All Songs +1: What Does It Mean To Be A Rock Star?
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In this installment of The Martin Atkins Minute, the professor, producer and former Public Image Ltd. drummer wonders what it means to be a rock star in a world flipped on its head. It's a world where Dunkin' Donuts is selling chicken sandwiches, Burger King is peddling glazed donuts, friendship is measured by numbers on a Facebook page and the only thing you can count on is change. Produced by Martin Atkins, Brad Pack and Gabriel Labrador. Mastered by Brad Pack. Foley effects by Gabriel Labrador.
Dec 07, 2015
The Year In Music 2015
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The All Songs Considered crew looks back at the highlights in 2015 with a focus on the music we loved most including Courtney Barnett, Kendrick Lamar, Girlpool, Jason Isbell, Sleater-Kinney, Missy Elliott, Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Joan Shelley and Adele.
Dec 02, 2015
New Mix: Missy Elliot, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PWR BTTM And More
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On this week's All Songs Considered we share a track from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Leon Bridges premiered on the All Songs blog. And after a 10-year hiatus from releasing new music, Missy Elliot is back in action with a song that makes us realize just how much we missed her. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton play a batch of fun and funky tunes, starting with the glitter-infused queer punk band PWR BTTM. Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn flexes his voice as Made of Oak, Public Service Broadcasting return to the Cold War for a follow-up EP to The Race For Space and we hear a song off the debut record from Mothers.
Nov 24, 2015
All Songs +1: Adele Mania
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As Adele's 25, finally arrives, we take a look back at the week when anticipation for her third album — which may debut to record-breaking sales — peaked with a mobbed concert in New York. NPR's Saidah Blount describes a scene involving ticket scalping in large cash denominations.
Nov 20, 2015
Music For Healing
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Music can provide a space for healing, feeling and thought. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, including at a show in that city's Bataclan concert hall, we were compelled to play music with a meditative tone, songs that allow space and time for reflection. A tune Bob Boilen found himself playing all weekend was by Hiya Wal Âalam, a band featuring members from Tunisia, Palestine and Sweden. It's culture-blending music and perfectly pensive. Robin Hilton's choice of a song by pianist Goldmund gave him some space for moments of solace as the news unfolded this weekend.
Nov 17, 2015
All Songs +1: Danger Mouse Is Starting His Own Record Label
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Brian Burton has good taste. As Danger Mouse, he's won five Grammy Awards and worked with everyone from the Black Keys to Gorillaz to Adele. Now the musician, songwriter and producer is adding another impressive project to his resume: his own record label. Burton's new label, 30th Century Records, is releasing its first album, a compilation of songs by relatively unknown artists, on Dec. 18. On this week's +1 podcast, host Bob Boilen talked to Burton about learning what it takes to make a label great and what made him decide to start a label of his own and then listened to two of the songs from his upcoming compilation, by the artists Sam Cohen and Nine Pound Shadow.
Nov 12, 2015
New Mix: An Emotional Rollercoaster With Grimes, Money And More
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This week's All Songs Considered is an emotional roller coaster. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton start off mellow with the sweet, acoustic Many Rooms, only to pull the rug out from under it with a monstrously good tune from Grimes. Then we've got intricate Ethiopian accordion rhythms from Hailu Mergia, a piece full of anguish and beauty from the Manchester band Money and a thick, shoe-gazey song from Shmu to close out the whirlwind of frenzied feelings.
Nov 10, 2015
All Songs +1: The Carrie Brownstein We Never Knew
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On this week's +1 Podcast, we talk with Carrie Brownstein about her new book, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl and look back at the highs and lows of her time with Sleater-Kinney, and the talk about the future of the band.
Nov 05, 2015
Show Takeover: The Milk Carton Kids
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After tricking hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton into abandoning the studio in search of the world's most complicated latte, Los Angeles folk duo The Milk Carton Kids commandeer the mic and take over this week's show. Singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have released four albums, the most recent of which, Monterey, came out in May of 2015. On this week's show, The Milk Carton Kids cover all the bases, from Cecile McLorin Salvant's sultry "Look At Me" to Superhumanoids' thrumming electronic, "Anxious and Venice" and Kacy & Clayton's Zeppelin-esque, "Dyin' Bed Maker." Plus an aspirational playlist of great guitar tunes from Jim Campilongo & Honeyfingers, Blake Mills and Julian Lage.
Nov 02, 2015
All Songs +1: A Musician's Nightmare
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Martin Atkins is trapped inside a nightmare that has claimed the lives and careers of so many musicians who came before him. The temptations, the distractions, the legalese, oh, the terror! And just when he thinks he's finally safe, the torment begins again, stuck in a frightening endless cycle. Atkins, a drummer, producer and professor, weaves the terrifying tale of any musicians' personal horror in this spooky Halloween installment of The Martin Atkins Minute.
Oct 30, 2015
New Mix: Weezer, Mike Milosh And J. Viewz, Savages, More
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This week on All Songs Considered, Weezer is back with an insanely catchy new single that takes on everything from sexism to religion, filtered through Rivers Cuomo's playful sense of humor. Marlon Williams puts his choir boy-meets-punk rocker touch on country music, King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard brings us back to the sunny '60s and Savages forcefully reminds us that love is the answer. Also on the show: We call up Mike Milosh of Rhye, who explains his part in a collaboration with j.viewz on "Don't Pull Away," a song Milosh says was written in part as a message to his wife after a grueling year of touring. "Don't Pull Away" is part of the DNA Project, a venture by j.viewz to document the entire process of creating a record from start to finish.
Oct 27, 2015
All Songs +1: Discussion with Neko Case and John Grant
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Listen to this conversation and you'll feel like you're sitting in an airport lounge eavesdropping on Neko Case and John Grant, two smart, funny mutual admirers.
Oct 23, 2015
New Music From Beach House, Chairlift, CMJ Discoveries And More
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On this week's All Songs Considered, Robin starts the show with a question: What bands have you discovered and fallen in love with from commercials? His first pick, Chairlift, has come a long way since its 2008 ad for the Apple iPod Nano. Bob's first pick, Stolen Jars, is one of his CMJ 2015 favorites and has also been featured in an Apple ad. Share your picks in the comments. Also on the show: Bob shares some of the other CMJ acts he loved this year, like the childlike Weaves and the engrossing Bayonne. Bronze Radio Return, one of Robin's SXSW picks from 2013, is back, bringing big, buoyant pop. And Beach House returns quickly, with Thank Your Lucky Stars arriving just two months after its last album, Depression Cherr
Oct 21, 2015