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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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New Mix: Courtney Barnett, Exitmusic, Okkervil River, More

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:14:00 -0500

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"


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New Music Friday: Feb. 16

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:20 -0500

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)'


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Guest DJ: First Aid Kit Talks About - And Sings - Swedish Pop

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:19:19 -0500

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.


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Love Songs With Jay Som And Japanese Breakfast

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:05:00 -0500

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.


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New Music Friday: Feb. 9

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:24 -0500

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'


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New Music Friday: Feb. 2

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 05:00:20 -0500

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'


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New Mix: Wye Oak, José González, Let's Eat Grandma, More

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:53:00 -0500

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"


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New Music Friday: Jan. 26

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:00:17 -0500

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.'


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Kevin Morby And Waxahatchee Talk About Covering Songs By Jason Molina

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:05:00 -0500

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.


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New Mix: David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, Nils Frahm, More

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:26:00 -0500

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"


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A Conversation With MILCK: 'Women Are Viral'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:11:00 -0500

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.


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New Music Friday For January 19

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:06:00 -0500

Hear a rundown of the best new albums out today, including music from Tune-Yards, Shopping, Belle & Sebastian, First Aid Kit and more.


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Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:03:00 -0500

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.


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8 New Artists To Watch In 2018

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

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.


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+1: Ice Music: Building Instruments Out Of Water

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 05:27:15 -0500

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.


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New Year, New Mix: Typhoon, Lucy Dacus, Anna Burch, More

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 07:01:14 -0500

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.


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Viking's Choice: The Year In Cathartic Screams And Meditative Drones

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:00:11 -0500

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


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The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 07:01:08 -0500

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.


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The Year In Music 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:44:00 -0500

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.


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The Five Year Wait Is Over: A Conversation With Rhye

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:00:21 -0500

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.


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2016 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 03:00:18 -0500

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.


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2015 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:00:17 -0500

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


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2014 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 03:00:17 -0500

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.


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2013 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:18:00 -0500

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.


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2012 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 03:00:16 -0500

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."


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2011 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 03:00:15 -0500

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.


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2010 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:00:17 -0500

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.


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2009 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:00:15 -0500

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.


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2008 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:11:04 -0500

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.


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2007 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:35:03 -0500

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.


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What Makes A Great Album Last?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:35:00 -0500

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.


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Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:37:00 -0500

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.


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Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, 'Colors'

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:09:00 -0500

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.


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New Mix: Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner, Selections From Womex And More

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:24:00 -0500

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:


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R.E.M. Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Automatic For The People'

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:51:00 -0400

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.


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+1 Weaves Play Guest DJ

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:04:00 -0400

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.


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Pearls Before Swine's 'Underground' Classic Reissued 50 Years Later

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:07:00 -0400

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.


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How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:05:00 -0400

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.


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+1 Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde - His First New Music In 20 Years

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:11:00 -0400

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.


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New Mix: Tune-Yards, A. Savage, Balmorhea, More

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:08:00 -0400

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"


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+1: A Conversation With Margo Price

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:00:21 -0400

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.


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New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:09:00 -0400

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"


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Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:54:00 -0400

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.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Made His New Benefit Song For Puerto Rico

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:40:00 -0400

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."


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New Mix: Tom Petty, The Breeders, Torres, Ibeyi, More

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:46:00 -0400

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"


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New Mix: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chad VanGaalen, Lean Year, More

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:17:00 -0400

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"


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First Word: Moses Sumney Walks Us Through His Sonic Dreamscape, 'Aromanticism'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:12:00 -0400

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.


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New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:46:00 -0400

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"


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New Mix: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:13:00 -0400

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"


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+1: The Weird World Of 'Feature' Credits

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:30:00 -0400

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.


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The National's Matt Berninger On Creating 'Sleep Well Beast'

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:52:00 -0400

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.


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New Mix: Beck, Weaves, King Krule, Curtis Harding, More

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:27:00 -0400

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"


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New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:33:00 -0400

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"


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Guest DJ Week: Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:10:00 -0400

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.


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Guest DJ Week: Courtney Barnett

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:10:19 -0400

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.


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Guest DJ Week: Björk

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:10:18 -0400

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.


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Guest DJ Week: Randy Newman

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:10:18 -0400

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.


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Guest DJ Week: Roger Waters

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:31:00 -0400

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?


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Stretch and Bobbito: The Legends Return To Radio

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:00:26 -0400

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.


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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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https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/04/20170426_asc_asf.mp3?orgId=1&d=4040&p=510019&story=525849533&t=podcast&e=525849533&ft=pod&f=510019




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"


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/04/20170418_asc_01.mp3?orgId=1&d=3075&p=510019&story=524562689&t=podcast&e=524562689&ft=pod&f=510019




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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/04/20170413_asc_todd.mp3?orgId=1&d=1644&p=510019&story=523747705&t=podcast&e=523747705&ft=pod&f=510019




+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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/04/20170412_asc_theinternetfinalwithintro.mp3?orgId=1&d=2405&p=510019&story=523621941&t=podcast&e=523621941&ft=pod&f=510019




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"


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/04/20170411_asc_april11.mp3?orgId=1&d=2657&p=510019&story=523428164&t=podcast&e=523428164&ft=pod&f=510019




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"


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/04/20170404_asc_wholeshow3.mp3?orgId=1&d=3283&p=510019&story=522618365&t=podcast&e=522618365&ft=pod&f=510019




+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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170329_asc_nealbrennan.mp3?orgId=1&d=1953&p=510019&story=521951704&t=podcast&e=521951704&ft=pod&f=510019




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"


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170328_asc_wholeshow.mp3?orgId=1&d=3230&p=510019&story=521802806&t=podcast&e=521802806&ft=pod&f=510019




+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


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170324_asc_lennykaye2.mp3?orgId=1&d=2534&p=510019&story=521324856&t=podcast&e=521324856&ft=pod&f=510019




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"


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170321_asc_wholeshow.mp3?orgId=1&d=3281&p=510019&story=520988716&t=podcast&e=520988716&ft=pod&f=510019




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


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170319_asc_day5.mp3?orgId=1&d=410&p=510019&story=519974047&t=podcast&e=519974047&ft=pod&f=510019




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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170318_asc_fridaydispatch.mp3?orgId=1&d=1168&p=510019&story=519973978&t=podcast&e=519973978&ft=pod&f=510019




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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170317_asc_day3_.mp3?orgId=1&d=1143&p=510019&story=519973897&t=podcast&e=519973897&ft=pod&f=510019




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.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510019/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/ALLSONGS_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/asc/2017/03/20170316_asc_day2dispatch.mp3?orgId=1&d=934&p=510019&story=519973733&t=podcast&e=519973733&ft=pod&f=510019