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All Songs Considered



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 (somet



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Newport Folk 2017 Preview: Drive By Truckers, Jim James, John Prine And More

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:24:00 -0400

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.


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+1 Sylvan Esso Like You've Never Heard Them Before

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:00:05 -0400

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.


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Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:09:00 -0400

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."


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k.d. lang Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Ingénue'

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0400

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.


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Music From 'The Big Sick,' Rhye, Protomartyr, Waxhatchee, More

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:41:00 -0400

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"


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New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba, More

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:57:00 -0400

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."


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Listener Picks For 2017's Best New Artists (So Far)

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:34:00 -0400

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.


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+1 Guest DJ: Aldous Harding

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:22 -0400

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.


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Lorde, Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, More

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:07:00 -0400

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"


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Metric's Emily Haines, Guerilla Toss, Chastity Belt, Gordi, More

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:23:00 -0400

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"


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Guest DJ: How The Band Phoenix Made A Joyful Record In Chaotic Times

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:02:00 -0400

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.


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Guest DJ: alt-J

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:48:00 -0400

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"


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Jeff Tweedy, Kevin Morby, big Thief, Mitski, More

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:41:00 -0400

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."


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+1: Why We're Still Obsessed With Tupac

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:39:00 -0400

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.


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Why Remix 'Sgt. Pepper's'? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:01:01 -0400

'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.


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Fleet Foxes, The National, Harry Styles Of One Direction, More

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:24:00 -0400

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"


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+1: Ravi Coltrane On His Mother's 'Ecstatic Music'

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:07:00 -0400

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


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A Mother's Day Mix: Songs That Remind You Of Mom

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:06:00 -0400

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.


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Feist, Beth Ditto, Frankie Cosmos, Rostam, More

Fri, 05 May 2017 22:22:00 -0400

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"


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The Decemberists' Colin Meloy & Olivia Chaney Talk About New Collaboration, Reimagining British Folk

Fri, 05 May 2017 11:24:00 -0400

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.


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The War On Drugs, Shakey Graves, Mr. Mitch, The Mountain Goats, More

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:52:00 -0400

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


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Kendrick Lamar, Weed, Gems, Cigarettes After Sex, More

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:28:00 -0400

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"


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Todd Rundgren On Technology, Creativity And His New Song With Trent Reznor

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:16:00 -0400

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.


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+1: A Conversation With Matt Martians And Syd Of The Internet

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:23:00 -0400

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.


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San Fermin, Andrew Combs, A Johnny Cash Mashup, More

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:40:00 -0400

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"


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Son Lux, Big Thief, Public Service Broadcasting, Walter Martin, More

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:06:00 -0400

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"


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+1: Comedian Neal Brennan Of 'Chappelle's Show' And '3 Mics'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:08 -0400

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.


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Sufjan Stevens, Gorillaz, Perfume Genius, More

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:19:00 -0400

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"


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+1 How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated 'The Psalms'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:47:00 -0400

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


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Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:14:00 -0400

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"


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SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:19:00 -0400

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


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SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Friday

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:14:00 -0400

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.


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SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Thursday

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:09:00 -0400

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.


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SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Wednesday

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:08:00 -0400

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.


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SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Tuesday

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:06:00 -0400

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.


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+1 Hey Bands, Why T-Shirts Matter, A Martin Atkins Minute

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:00:19 -0400

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.


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SXSW 2017 Preview

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:57:00 -0400

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.


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+1: Remembering Elliott Smith's Masterpiece, 'Either/Or,' 20 Years Later

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:12:00 -0500

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.


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Alt-J, Elliott Smith, The New Pornographers, Girlpool, More

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:52:00 -0500

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)"


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+1: Resistance Radio: Darkly Reimagining The '60s Sound

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:19:00 -0500

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.


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Our Tiny Desk Contest Winner, Land Of Talk, Juana Molina, More

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:35:00 -0500

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"


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Lana Del Rey, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Colin Stetson, Penguin Cafe, More

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:04:00 -0500

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"


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Guest DJ: Ryan Adams

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:39:00 -0500

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.


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Future Islands, The Black Angels, David Bazan, Jacaszek, More

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:48:00 -0500

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."


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Jens Lekman Wants To Sing You A Strange Story

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:31:00 -0500

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.


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On Horses and Beatles: A Conversation With Real Estate's Martin Courtney

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:05:00 -0500

"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.


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Missy Elliott, Sampha, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, More

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:37:00 -0500

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"


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How Laurie Anderson And Philip Glass Were About To Change The World

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:59:00 -0500

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


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While My Guitar Gently Sings: A Conversation With Delicate Steve

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:18:00 -0500

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."


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The Power Of Political Music and More

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:03:00 -0500

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"


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Songs For Hope And Change

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

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.


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+1: Sharon Van Etten On The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Her Role On 'The OA'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:06:00 -0500

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.


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Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2017

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:12:00 -0500

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.


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Interview: Julien Baker Signs To Matador, Shares New Song

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:00:06 -0500

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.


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+1: A Conversation With Comedian Hannibal Buress

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:20:00 -0500

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.


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+1 Encore: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:57:00 -0500

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.


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+1 Encore: A Conversation With Paul McCartney

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:14:00 -0500

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.


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+1 Encore: Paul Simon Conversation

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:21:00 -0500

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."


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+1 Encore: David Bowie Makes His Dream Jazz Record

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:21:00 -0500

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.


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Vikings Choice 2016

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:12:00 -0500

Our resident Viking Lars Gotrich recalls 2016 in feral metal, dystopian and ocean-mimicking synths and Afro-futurist pop cubism.


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Holiday Extravaganza 2016

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:36:00 -0500

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!


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+1: How PiL's Drummer Wound Up Digging Ditches

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:34:00 -0500

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.


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Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners' Favorite 100 Albums Of 2016

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:19:00 -0500

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.


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The Year In Music 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:16:00 -0500

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


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All Songs +1: Peter Silberman On Compassion, Impermanence And Hearing Loss

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:56:00 -0500

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.


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Laura Marling, Weyes Blood, Sam Phillips, Peals, bed.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:47:00 -0500

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"


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Some Of The Best Songs We Missed This Year

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:40:00 -0500

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"


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The Songs Remain The Same, But All The Meanings Have Changed

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:00:00 -0500

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"


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Guest DJ: Matty Healy Of The 1975 On Making Music From Now On

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:32:00 -0500

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.


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Guest DJ Nick Mason On Pink Floyd's Early Years

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:30:00 -0500

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.


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Guest DJ: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 12:57:00 -0500

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.


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What Was It Like To See Pink Floyd In 1966? Joe Boyd Knows

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:15:00 -0500

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."


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After 38 Years Of Silence, A Legend Of Folk Music Sings

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:21:00 -0400

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.


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All Songs +1: Our Most Memorable Tiny Desk Jazz Sets

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:54:00 -0400

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.


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Guest DJ: AURORA On Her Love Of Heavy Metal And Leonard Cohen

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:26:00 -0400

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.


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Priests, Kevin Morby, James Chance, Crystal Fighters, Fialta, More

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:22:00 -0400

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


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A Conversation With Anderson .Paak And Knxwledge

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:56:00 -0400

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.


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Run The Jewels, Flaming Lips, John Prine, Sad13, Laura Burhenn, More

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:33:00 -0400

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.


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All Songs +1: Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:26:00 -0400

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.


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+1: How David Bowie's Songs Became The Musical 'Lazarus'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:15:00 -0400

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.


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EL VY's Song Against Trump, New Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, More

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0400

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.


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Pusha T And Rivers Cuomo Join Zeds Dead, Amber Coffman, TOY, More

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:04:00 -0400

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.


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Solange, Gillian Welch, Cuddle Magic, Major Stars, More

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:38:00 -0400

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


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All Songs +1: John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:18:00 -0400

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.


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Brian Eno Sings, New Dirty Projectors, Leonard Cohen, Savoir Adore, More

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:27:00 -0400

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."


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+1: Danny Brown Shares New Song, Talks Nas And New Album

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:37:00 -0400

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.


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Nine Artists To Watch For At AmericanaFest 2016

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:42:00 -0400

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.


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Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, L.A. Salami, More

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:20:00 -0400

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"


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All Songs +1: A Film On Nick Cave And Coping With The Loss Of His Son

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:43:00 -0400

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.


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+1: Grandaddy Is Back! Frontman Jason Lytle Talks About New Album, Shares Two New Songs

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:14:00 -0400

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.


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New Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M. Acoustic, More

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:57:00 -0400

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.


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All Songs Rewind: Breaking Up With Your Favorite Bands

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:56:00 -0400

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.


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+1: The Beatles Are Live And Sounding Better Than Ever

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:36:00 -0400

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.


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All Songs Rewind: The Worst Songs Of All Time?

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:01:00 -0400

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.


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All Songs +1: How Aaron Dessner Unknowingly Rescued Lisa Hannigan

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:50:27 -0400

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.


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Bon Iver, The White Stripes, Ed Harcourt, Lambchop, More

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:51:00 -0400

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


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Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:32:00 -0400

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.)


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