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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
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If there's a common theme to the best new albums out this week, it's joy, from the relentlessly jubilant rock of the band Vistas, to singer Nicole Atkins' love letter to the Jersey Shore.Featured Albums: 1. Vistas — Everything Changes in the EndFeatured Song: "Sucker"2. Nicole Atkins — Italian IceFeatured Song: "Captain"3. Ondara — Folk N Roll Vol. 1 - Tales of IsolationFeatured Song: "Mr. Landlord"4. Jaime Wyatt — Neon CrossFeatured Song: "Neon Cross"5. 2nd Grade — Hit to HitFeatured Songs: "Baby's First Words" and "Something I'll Have To Remember"6. Christian Lee Hutson — BeginnersFeatured Song: "Atheist" 7. Teddy Thompson — Heartbreaker PleaseFeatured Song: "Why Wait"8. Jake Blount — Spider TalesFeatured Song: "Move, Daniel"Other notable releases for May 29: David Grubbs & Taku Unami — Comet Meta; Deerhoof — Future Teenage Cave Artists; Diana Ross — Supertonic; Diplo — Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil; Flying Lotus — Flamagra Instrumentals; Hania Rani — Home; Inventions — Continuous Portrait; Kip Moore — Wild World; Lady Gaga — Chromatica; Prince — Up All Nite With Prince.
This week's new mix from All Songs Considered is all cover tunes, featuring musicians we love paying tribute to artists they love.1. Jay Som "Lucy" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series2. Soccer Mommy "I Think You're Alright" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series3. Margaret Glaspy "Mythological Beauty"4. Lucy Dacus "Tom Courtenay"5. Sharon Van Etten "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? [feat. Josh Homme]"6 Caroline Spence "The Middle"7. Palehound "Something On Your Mind"8. Joseph Shabason "Gymnopedia No. 1"Stay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
New Music Friday: May 22

New Music Friday: May 22

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The best albums out this week include The 1975's sprawling masterpiece, Notes On A Conditional Form, the return of Indigo Girls, The Airborne Toxic Event, the rapper Gunna and more.Featured Albums:1. The 1975 — Notes On A Conditional FormFeatured Songs: "Me & You Together Song," "The 1975," "People," "The End (Music For Cars)" and "Frail State of Mind"2. Indigo Girls — Look LongFeatured Song: "Country Radio"3. Owen Pallett — IslandFeatured Song: "A Bloody Morning"4. The Airborne Toxic Event — Hollywood ParkFeatured Song: "Hollywood Park"5. Gunna — WunnaFeatured Song: "Dollaz On My Head"6. Katie Von Schleicher — Consummation Featured Song: "Nowhere"Other notable releases for May 22: Badly Drawn Boy — Banana Skin Shoes; Kota the Friend — Everything; Neil Innes — How Sweet to Be An Idiot; The Philip Glass Ensemble — Music In 8 Parts; Steve Earle and the Dukes — Ghosts of West Virginia; Various — I Still Play; Woods — Strange to Explain.
At a time when every day can feel the same, on this week's All Songs Considered you can meet someone new, with a mix of memorable music discoveries.1. Muzz: "Red Western Sky" from Muzz2. Liza Anne: "Bad Vacation" from Bad Vacation3. Katie Von Schleicher "Brutality" from Consummation4. Lou Canon "M.O.T.R." from Audomatic Body5. Trespassers William "Winterstorms" 6. Asher Gamedze "Siyabulela" from Dialectic SoulStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
New Music Friday: May 15

New Music Friday: May 15

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Charli XCX's how i'm feeling now made entirely while quarantined, leads our shortlist of the week's best new albums, along with Jason Isbell, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Perfume Genius and more.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we take a musical journey honoring the genius of Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider, who died May 6, just a few days after turning 73.The German electronic band was like no other in the 1970s, with their pulsing electronic music and songs about the intersection of man and machines. Music writer Geeta Dayal and I play the band's career-defining songs from this group, a foursome that influenced everyone from David Bowie to Prince and '80s new wave while laying the groundwork for electronica and EDM.1. "Autobahn" from Autobahn (1974)2. "Radioactivity" from Radio-Activity (1975)3. "Trans-Europe Express" from Trans-Europe Express (1977)4. "Neon Lights" from The Man-Machine (1978)5. "Computer World" from Computer World (1981)6. "Tour de France" single (1983)
On this special edition of All Songs Considered, we look back at the life of rock and roll pioneer Little Richard through 10 of the defining songs of his career. NPR Music Senior Director Lauren Onkey joins host Bob Boilen as they play singles from the early '50s up through his 1970 album, The Rill Thing. 1. "Tutti Frutti" (1955)2. "Long Tall Sally (The Thing)" (1956)3. "Get Rich Quick" (1952)4. "Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin')" (1956)5. "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956)6. "Lucille" (1957)7. "Keep A Knockin' " (1957)8. "Every Time I Feel The Spirit" (1960)9. "I Don't Know What You've Got" (1965)10. "Freedom Blues" (1970)
New Music Friday:  May 8

New Music Friday: May 8

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Our shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes a debut solo release from Paramore's Hayley Williams, the latest from R&B singer Kehlani, rapper Bishop Nehru and more.Featured Albums:1. Hayley Williams — Petals For ArmorFeatured Song: "Simmer"2. Blake Mills — Mutable SetFeatured Song: "Money is the One True God"3. Buscabulla — RegresaFeatured Song: "Mío"4. Mark Lanegan — Straight Songs of SorrowFeatured Song: "This Game of Love"5. Chelsea Williams — Beautiful and StrangeFeatured Song: "Beautiful and Strange"6. Kehlani — It Was Good Until It Wasn'tFeatured Song: "Grieving"7. Eve Owen — Don't Let The Ink DryFeatured Song: "Mother"8. Bishop Nehru — Nehruvia: My Disregarded ThoughtsFeatured Song: "Too Lost"9. Cyrillus Kreek — The Suspended Harp of BabelFeatured Song: "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come"Other notable releases out on May 8: Beauty Pill — Please Advise; Hailee Steinfeld — Half-Written Story; Phenomenal Handclap Band — Do What You Like; Same — Plastic Western; Shakey Graves — Look Alive; Shiner — Schadenfreude.
This week's All Songs Considered includes a surprise drop from Big Thief, a sonic journey from The Decemberists' Chris Funk and some great unknowns.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Big Thief: "Love in Mine"2. Samia: "Is There Something in the Movies?"3. serpentwithfeet: "Psychic" from Apparition 4. Pezzettino: "Ring for Sappho" from Venus5. Tadzio: "Pint of My Blood" from That Cold Grey Light6. Chris Funk: "Knifey Vellocet" from The Painted Porch7. Luke Schneider: "Lex Universum" from Altar of HarmonyKeep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
The best new albums out this week include an upside down sound from Car Seat Headrest, the technicolor world of Chicano Batman, a mind-blowing debut from actor Caleb Landry Jones and more.Featured Albums:1. Car Seat Headrest — Making a Door Less OpenFeatured Songs: "Hollywood" and "There Must Be More Than Blood"2. American Aquarium — LamentationsFeatured Song: "Me + Mine"3. Diet Cig — Do You Wonder About Me?Featured Song: "Broken Body"4. Chicano Batman — Invisible PeopleFeatured Song: "Blank Slate"5. DELANILA — OverloadedFeatured Song: "The Philosopher"6. Damien Jurado — What's New, Tomboy?Featured Song: "Arthur Aware"7. Johanna Warren — Chaotic GoodFeatured Song: "Faking Amnesia"8. Caleb Landry Jones — The Mother StoneFeatured Song: "Flag Day / Mother Stone"Other notable releases for May 1: Austra — HiRUDiN; Ben Lukas Boysen — Mirage; Devon Williams — A Tear in the Fabric; The Goods — II; Hot Country Knights — The K Is Silent; Joan as Police Woman — Cover Two; Jojo — Good to Know; Kenny Chesney — Here and Now; Man Man — Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between.
The Best Of April, 2020

The Best Of April, 2020

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NPR Music staff pick the music they love best for April 2020. "Dreamsicle" by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "Only the Strong" from Laura Marling, "Pringle Creek" from Ellis, "Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody" from Discovery Zone, "Como un Dragón" from Rita Indiana, "Look Alive" from Moor Jewelry and "Holy Mother" from Clarice Jensen.
This week's All Songs Considered mix has joy and words of encouragement from Lucinda Williams, a group of artists in Kentucky vowing to "Lift Up Louisville," and more.1. Tenci: "Joy" from My Heart Is An Open Field2. Khruangbin: "Time (You and I)" from Mordechai3. Protomartyr: "Worm In Heaven" from Ultimate Success Today4. Teddy Abrams, Jim James, Will Oldham, Jecorey Arthur and More: "Lift Up Louisville" 5. Lucinda Williams: "When The Way Gets Dark" from Good Souls Better Angels6. Liar, Flower: "I am Sundress (She of Infinite Flowers)" from Geiger Counter7. The Lovely Eggs: "Long Stem Carnations" from I am MoronKeep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
The best new albums out this week include a scorcher from Lucinda Williams, a new joint from rapper Quelle Chris and Chris Keys, Sylvan Esso's first-ever live album, country singer Pam Tillis and more.Featured Albums: 1. Brendan Benson — Dear LifeFeatured Song: "I Can If You Want Me To"2. Pam Tillis — Looking for a FeelingFeatured Song: "Looking for a Feeling"3. Sylvan Esso — WITHFeatured Song: "Radio"4. Quelle Chris & Chris Keys — Innocent Country 2Featured Song: "Black Twitter"5. Lucinda Williams — Good Souls Better AngelsFeatured Song: "Waking Up"6. Ian Chang — BelongingFeatured Songs: "Lion Dance" and "Comfort Me"7. Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes — What Kinda MusicFeatured Song: "Lift Off"8. Whim — Abuzz in the AbyssFeatured Song: "Somebody Else's Tongue"Other notable releases for April 24: Alice Bag — Sister Dynamite; BC Camplight — Shortly After Takeoff; Hazel English — Wake Up!; Luke De-Sciscio — Eucharist; Other Lives — For Their Love; Peter Oren — The Greener Pasture; Sweet Crude — Officiel//Artificiel Whitney Rose — We Still Go To Rodeos; Zsela — Ache of Victory.Keep up with the latest from NPR Music, including Tiny Desks, interviews, new music and more with our weekly newsletter: www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
This week's must-hear mix includes the long-awaited return of Jónsi and Bright Eyes, some quietude from pianist Nils Frahm and some great unknowns, including Ela MInus and Noveller.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Bright Eyes: "Forced Convalescence"2. Jónsi: "Exhale"3. Ela Minus: "they told us it was hard, but they were wrong" (Single)4. Skullcrusher: "Places / Plans" (Single)5. Nils Frahm: "A Shimmer" from Empty6. Noveller: "Effektology" from ArrowStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
NPR Music's Ann Powers, Bob Boilen and Marissa Lorusso take a deep look at the singer's remarkable new album, Fetch The Bolt Cutters. On Friday, April 17, Fiona Apple released the stunning collection, which fans had been waiting just over eight years to hear — and it was well worth the wait. To celebrate, NPR Music hosted a live online listening party, playing the full record on our YouTube channel while tens of thousands of people joined in to listen along with us. When it was over, NPR Music's Ann Powers, Bob Boilen and Marissa Lorusso discussed the new songs, what they mean and where they fit within Apple's remarkable career.
Fiona Apple's long-awaited Fetch the Bolt Cutters leads our rundown of the best new albums out this week. Hear that, plus the latest from Shabazz Palaces, Lido Pimienta, Rina Sawayama and more.Featured Albums: 1. Fiona Apple — Fetch the Bolt CuttersFeatured Song: "I Want You to Love Me"2. Rina Sawayama — SawayamaFeatured Song: "STFU!"3. Lido Pimienta — Miss ColombiaFeatured Song: "Quiero Que Me Salves"4. Sarah Siskind — Modern AppalachiaFeatured Song: "Punk Rock Girl"5. Shabazz Palaces — The Don of Diamond Dreams6. Zelma Stone — DreamlandFeatured Song: "Fly"7. John Adams — Why Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes Featured Songs: Excerpts from the 1st and 3rd movementsOther notable albums out on April 17: Bobby Bare — Great American Saturday Night; Brett Newski — Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down; dvsn — A Muse In Her Feelings; EOB — Earth; Girl Skin — Shade is on the Other Side; The Pack A.D. — It Was Fun While It Lasted; Shelby Lynne — Shelby Lynne; RJD2 — The Fun Ones; Ron Sexsmith — Hermitage; Sophie Hutchings — Scattered on the Wind; Soul Asylum — Hurry Up and Wait; Tech N9ne — Enterfear.Sign Up For The NPR Music Newsletter: www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
This week's must-hear mix of music to slow the blood includes some delicate and joyful sounds, mostly from artists you likely haven't heard of, including Ben Lukas Boysen and Jerry Paper.Featured Songs And Artists:1. The Mountain Goats: "Until Olympius Returns" from Songs for Pierre Chuvin2. Jerry Paper: "Puppeteer" from Abracadabra3. Ben Lukas Boysen: "Clarion" from Mirage4. Avishai Cohen & Big Vicious: "Teardrop" from Big Vicious5. Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus: "Vespers" from Songs of Yearning Stay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
Our weekly rundown of the best new albums out now includes the latest from Laura Marling, The Strokes' best new release in years, Hamilton Leithauser and more.Featured Albums:1. The Strokes — The New AbnormalFeatured Song: "The Adults Are Talking"2. Laura Marling — Song For Our DaughterFeatured Song: "Only the Strong"3. Pokey LaFarge — Rock Bottom RhapsodyFeatured Song: "End of My Rope"4. Midwife — ForeverFeatured Songs: "S.W.I.M." and "C.R.F.W."5. Hamilton Leithauser — The Loves of Your LifeFeatured Song: "The Garbage Men"6. Active Child — In Another LifeFeatured Song: "Weightless"7. Watkins Family Hour — Brother SisterFeatured Song: "Keep It Clean"8. STRFKR — Future Past LifeFeatured Song: "Dear Stranger"Other notable releases for April 10: ADULT. — Perception is/as/of Deception; The Dream Syndicate — The Universe Inside; Eliza Gilkyson — 2020; Joe Satriani — Shapeshifting; John Anderson — Years; Local H — Lifers; Maddie & Tae — The Way It Feels; Rosie Carney — I Dreamed I Was The Night; Stay Inside — Viewing; Tory Lanez — New Toronto 3; Trace Mountains — Lost in the Country; The Ultimate Fakebook — The Preserving Machine; Webb Wilder — Night Without Love.
On this special edition of All Songs Considered, we look back at the life and legacy of the late John Prine through ten of the defining songs from his nearly 50-year career.Host Bob Boilen is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers as they play cuts from across the singer's deep catalog, from his self-titled, 1971 debut to his final album, 2018's The Tree of Forgiveness.1. "Sam Stone" from John Prine (1971)2. "Angel From Montgomery" from John Prine (1971)3. "Hello In There" from John Prine (1971)4. "Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You" from Diamonds in the Rough (1972)5. "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone" from Bruised Orange (1978)6. "Unwed Fathers" from Aimless Love (1984)7. "Lake Marie" from Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings (1995)8. "In Spite of Ourselves" from In Spite of Ourselves (1999)9. "She Is My Everything" from Fair & Square (2005)10. "When I Get To Heaven" from The Tree of Forgiveness (2018)
In a conversation with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Ed O'Brien reveals how he made Earth, an album that's both boldly colorful and intimate.Earth is an album that feels both boldly colorful and intimate — one that reflects the two landscapes that underlie this record: Brazil and Wales.Mark Ellis, who works under the name Flood, largely produced this album. He has not only a long history of working on big productions from U2 to PJ Harvey, but also has a child in the same school as Ed O'Brien's and so the two have become close friends. That friendship accounts for the warmth on this record. There are also some extraordinary players, including Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, guitarist Adrian Utley from what Ed calls the other "head" band, Portishead, drums from Omar Hakim and Wilco's Glenn Kotche, bassist Nathan East, singer and guitarist Laura Marling and the list goes on. On March 23, Ed O'Brien posted on social media that he most likely had the coronavirus but was expecting a full recovery. Our conversation on April 2 begins with an update on his health.Stay in touch with our newsletter: www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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Rachel Craig

you should check out Yellow Days if you haven't already heard his music.

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Richard Ottley

awesome new music this Friday 🙌😊

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happy valentine's to you all

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Joey Fioti

"be dumb" "go by emotion" -people in 2019, and pretty much all middle aged women who vote for democrats..

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Joey Fioti

devolution....

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Thelma Smith

can't be left off Parker Millsap

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Oldskin

fuck off Ann powers

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Oldskin

fuck off Ann powers

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Oldskin

Fuck off Ann powers.

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fuck off Ann powers

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Kin Keung Lai

Not intersting

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Julie Welch

Ok. 5 years later. My ex of ten years (whom I love dearly) would gladly gouge his eyes out rather than play Brown Eyed Girl. Again and again. But he does because it pays. #whiteweddings

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anyone want to buy my house off me so I can afford this collection

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Kristin Chong

Are there any good indie music podcasts?

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Brooke Ignatowski

I love the fun the hosts had in this episode and feel vindicated that Africa showed up. I hate that song and am considering banishing Weezer from my life for remaking it.

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Joe Weyek

These songs are almost as annoying as the hosts of All Songs Considered.

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Joe Weyek

the songs are usually good. the commentators are usually annoying.

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Ramon S

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