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Since launching in 2000, All Songs Considered has been NPR's flagship program for music discovery, artist interviews and conversations with friends and fellow music lovers about the really big questions, like what was the best decade for music, are there albums everyone can agree on, and what do you put on when you need a good cry? Weekly, with host Robin Hilton and the NPR Music family.
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With the first half of the year almost behind us, we hit pause to reflect on some of the best tracks we've gotten so far, from Chappell Roan, Brittany Howard, Pedro The Lion and more.Featured songs:• Chappell Roan: "Good Luck, Babe!" (single)• Pedro the Lion: "Modesto," from 'Santa Cruz'• Tyla: "Safer," from 'TYLA'• Blondshell: "Docket (feat. Bully)" (single)• Helado Negro: "Colores Del Mar," from 'Phasor'• Jessica Pratt: "World on a String," from 'Here In The Pitch'• Mk.gee: "I Want," from 'Two Star & The Dream Police'• Madi Diaz: "God Person," from 'Weird Faith'• Brittany Howard: "Power to Undo," from 'What Now'Like the show? Tell your friends and leave us a review. Feedback, questions, comments welcome at allsongs@npr.orgLearn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
This week, NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen and Ann Powers steer the New Music Friday podcast straight into the oncoming Father's Day weekend, following the lead of country superstar Luke Combs, whose new album Fathers & Sons is a heartfelt meditation on what it means to fill both of those roles. It's Combs' first album since his cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" landed him on the pop charts last year. Also this week: Raveena, whose won over many fans at NPR Music with her 2022 album Asha's Awakening, excavates the sounds of millennial pop and R&B on Where the Butterflies Go in the Rain and a long-celebrated 1974 bootleg of Paul McCartney and Wings playing live in the studio gets an official release.Featured Albums:• Luke Combs, 'Fathers & Sons'• Raveena, 'Where the Butterflies Go in the Rain'• Paul McCartney & Wings, 'One Hand Clapping'Other notable albums out June 14:• The Decemberists, 'As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again'• Normani, 'Dopamine'• PJ Morton, 'Cape Town to Cairo'• This is Lorelei, 'Box for Buddy, Box for Star'• Jess Cornelius, 'Care/Taking'• Sadler Vaden, 'Dad Rock'• Don Tolliver, 'Hardstone Psycho'• Hermanos Gutiérrez, 'Sonido Cósmico'• Sam Morton, 'Daffodils & Dirt'• John Cale, 'POPtical Illusion'• Isobel Campbell, 'Bow to Love'• John Grant, 'The Art of the Lie'• Lalah Hathaway, 'VANTABLACK'• Moby, 'always centered at night'• Zsela, 'Big For You'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
To mark the halfway point of 2024, Felix Contreras, Anamaria Sayre and NPR Culture Desk producer Isabella Gomez Sarmiento run down their favorite releases of the year so far, from a career-defining release from Nathy Peluso, a leveling up from Argentina rapper Trueno, introspective jazz from Melissa Aldana and so much more.Songs featured in this episode:•Trueno, "Tranky Funky"•Kali Uchis, "Dame Beso //Muévete"•Lau Noah ft. Gaby Moreno, "Aunque Suene Bonito"•Carlos Ares, "Amigo"•Angelica Garcia, "Gemini"•Melissa Aldana, "I Know You Know"•Nathy Peluso, "Legendario"•Reyna Tropical, "Cartagena"•Daymé Arocena (feat. Vicente García), "A Fuego Lento"•Akapellah (feat. Al2 El Aldeano, Faker), "Ni Con Money"•The Marias, "Run Your Mouth"•Grupo Frontera, "Me Hizo Un Favor"•Alvaro Diaz, Feid, "Gatitas Sandungueras Vol. 1"Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Actor, comedian and music superfan Jason Mantzoukas joins us to update our running list of the year's best songs, with lots of crate-digging curiosities. With host Robin Hilton and NPR Music's Lars Gotrich.Featured artists and songs:1. Dancer: "Bluetooth Hell," from '10 Songs I Hate About You'2. The Superwomen: "Lowlands," from 'Someone Like Me'3. Oluko Imo: "Glory of Om," from 'Glory of Om'4. Mekit Dolan Muqam Group: "Jula Muqam" from 'Bayawan'5. The Short Dark Strangers & The Shady M************: "We're Not Animals," from The Short Dark Strangers & The Shady M************6. Morgul Blade: "Heavy Metal Wraiths," from 'Heavy Metal Wraiths'Also Noted:- Mary Lattimore * Walt McClements: "Nest of Earrings," from 'Rain on the Road'- Somesurprises: "Be Reasonable," from 'Perseids'- Mohammad Syfkhan: "Do You Have a Lover or Not?" from 'I Am Kurdish'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen and Hazel Cills shepherd you through the many huge albums out today, including new records by Kaytranada, Charli XCX and so much more.Featured albums:- Kaytranada, 'Timeless'- Charli XCX, 'brat'- Pedro the Lion, 'Santa Cruz'Other notable albums:- Tems, Born in the Wild- Angelica Garcia, 'Gemelo'- Alisa Amador, 'Multitudes'- Peggy Gou, 'I Hear You'- Marina Allen, 'Eight Pointed Star'To see the entire list of June 7 releases and stream our New Music Friday playlists, visit nprmusic.org.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Listeners share songs that take them back to the final days of high school, and the lessons they impart.Featured artists and songs:1. Baz Luhrmann: "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)"2. Feist: "I Feel It All," from 'The Reminder'3. Brad Paisley: "Letter to Me," from '5th Gear'4. Green Day: "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," from 'Nimrod'5. Wiz Khalifa: "See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)," from 'Furious 7'6. Rickie Lee Jones: "We Belong Together," from 'Pirates'7. Cloud Cult: "You'll Be Bright (Invocation Part 1)," from 'Light Chasers'8. Ke$ha: "TiK ToK," from 'Animals'9. The Head and the Heart: "Rivers and Roads," from 'The Head and the Heart'10. Simple Minds: "Don't You (Forget About Me)," from 'The Breakfast Club'Like the show? Tell your friends and leave us a review.Feedback always welcome: allsongs@npr.orgLearn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
The producer, singer and songwriter talks with Rachel Martin, host of NPR's new podcast Wild Card, about some of life's biggest questions.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
NPR Music's Ann Powers and Lars Gotrich are your guides to this week's new releases.Featured albums:• Arooj Aftab, 'Night Reign'• Shaboozey, 'Where I've Been, isn't Where I'm Going'• Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Nathan Salsburg & Tyler Trotter, 'Hear the Children Sing The Evidence'Other notable albums out May 31:• Richard Thompson, 'Ship To Shore'• Dos Monos, 'Dos Atomos'• Anna Tivel, 'Living Thing'• Beak>, '>>>>'• Swamp Dogg, 'Blackgrass'• Thou, 'Umbilical'• Chris Housman, 'Blueneck'• Psychic Temple, 'Doggie Paddlin' Thru the Cosmic Consciousness'• John Muq, 'Flying Away'• Robin Holcomb, 'One Way or Another, Vol. 2'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry is more than just a collection of music and sound — it's a reflection of who we are as a country. In April, two new Spanish language songs were added to the registry: Juan Gabriel's "Amor Eterno" and Héctor Lavoe's "El Cantante."This week on Alt.Latino, Felix and Ana take the opportunity to dive into the Spanish language songs that have made it into the historic collection, as well as share their dream picks for what should be chosen next.Songs featured in this episode:•Héctor Lavoe, "El Cantante"•Juan Gabriel, "Amor Eterno (En Vivo [En el Palacio de Bellas Artes])"•Buena Vista Social Club, "Chan Chan"•Buena Vista Social Club, "Orgullecida"•Buena Vista Social Club, "El Carretero"•Santana, "Oye Como Va"•Lydia Mendoza, "Mal Hombre (Cold-Hearted Man)"•Dizzy Gillespie feat. Chano Pozo, "Manteca"•Ivy Queen, "Quiero Bailar"•Jose Feliciano, "El Reloj"Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Our biweekly update of the year's best tracks is a mix full of "the hurries and the worries" from Alkaline Trio, wistful reflections from Lake Street Dive, Cindy Lee's sprawling double album and more.Like the show? Tell your friends and leave us a review wherever you listen to podcasts. Feedback always welcome: allsongs@npr.orgFeatured artists and songs:1. Alkaline Trio: "Teenage Heart," from 'Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs'2. Lake Street Dive: "Twenty-Five," from 'Good Together'3. Les Savy Fav: "Void Moon," from 'OUI, LSF'4. La Luz: "Poppies," from 'News of the Universe'5. Cindy Lee: "Wild Rose," from 'Diamond Jubilee'6. Four Tet: "Loved" from 'Three'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
On our survey of the week's most exciting new albums, WRTI's Nate Chinen and NPR Music's Sheldon Pearce get all wrapped up in the amniotic embrace of a new album by a guru of the L.A. ambient-jazz scene.The new album by Carlos Niño & Friends is called Placenta. If you know anything about Niño, you'll probably be able to guess that the subject that title suggests — pregancy and childbirth — are taken very seriously. Those "Friends" are crucial too: Niño has become a central figure in a scene whose reverberations are starting to be felt well beyond the community itself, and are drawing more artists in. You can hear Niño on André 3000's flute album New Blue Sun, and André returns the favor here.Also this week: The fourth album by DIIV sees the indie rock group leaning into shoegaze-inspired sounds, and Andrew Bird creates an album in tribute to the "Golden Era" jazz tunes of the 1930s and '40s he heard on Sunday morning radio shows as a young adult in Chicago.Featured Albums:• Carlos Niño & Friends, Placenta• DIIV, Frog in Boiling Water• Andrew Bird Trio, Sunday Morning Put-On Other notable albums out May 24: • Tiny Habits, All For Something• Vince Staples, Dark Times• Alex Sipiagin, Horizons• Machinedrum, 3FOR82• Joshua Moshier, semipermanence• Nathy Peluso, GrasaLearn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
We asked listeners to tell us about a song they ugly cried to or just couldn't stop playing. On this episode, we share some of their picks and the stories behind them.Note: This episode originally ran on Dec. 26, 2023Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Hazel Cills discuss new releases by Billie Eilish, Portishead's Beth Gibbons and Rapsody.Featured albums:- Billie Eilish, 'Hit Me Hard and Soft'- Rapsody, 'Please Don't Cry'- Beth Gibbons, 'Lives Outgrown'Other notable albums out May 17:- Shellac, 'To All Trains'- The Avett Brothers, 'The Avett Brothers'- V/A, 'Everyone's Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense'- Mach-Hommy, '#RICHAXXHAITIAN'- Cage the Elephant, 'Neon Pill'- of Montreal, 'Lady on the Cusp'- Wu-Lu, 'Learning To Swim On Empty'- Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band, 'Loophole'- The Lovely Eggs, 'Eggistentialism'- Kaia Kater, 'Strange Medicine'- Álvaro Díaz, 'SAYONARA'- ZAYN, 'Room Under the Stairs'- One Step Closer, 'All You Embrace'- A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, 'Better Off Alone'- Crumb, 'AMAMA'- Lightheaded, 'Combustible Gems'- Pallbearer, 'Mind Burns Alive'- Joywave, 'Permanent Pleasure'- Blitzen Trapper, '100's of 1000's, Millions of Billions'- Payroll Giovanni, 'Have Money, Have Heart' EP- UFOmammut, 'Hidden'- SQÜRL, 'Music for Man Ray'- pub, 'process the wise'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Ana and Felix collect their favorite recent releases from the past few months, including new material from the breakout regional band Grupo Frontera, a country/Latin cross-over in the music of Wyatt Flores, a new song from groundbreaking rapper Mala Rodriguez and more.Songs featured in this episode:•Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, "Mas Que Nada"•Luis Muñoz, "Crescent Moon"•Mala Rodriguez, "Casi Nada [Explicit]"•Alih Jay, "Bang Bang (Mi Baby Me Mató)"•Cher, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"•Grupo Frontera, "Me Hizo Un Favor"•Wyatt Flores, "Half Life"•Danny Ocean, "Cero Condiciones [Explicit]"•Fabiola Méndez, "Lamento en Celinés"•Ca7riel & Paco Amoroso, "EL ÚNICO"Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
We update our running list of the year's best songs with new ones from Dominic Fike, WILLOW, Kamasi Washington, Illuminati Hotties and more.Featured artists and songs:1. WILLOW: "run!" from 'empathogen'2. Dominic Fike: "hi grace" from '14 minutes'3. Kamasi Washington, George Clinton & D Smoke: "Get Lit," from 'Fearless Movement'4. Illuminati Hotties: "Can't Be Still" (single)5. Caroline Shaw & Sō Percussion: "To Music," from 'Rectangles and Circumstance'6. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: "L'ouef" from 'Challengers' OSTLike the show? Tell your friends and leave us a review wherever you listen to podcasts!Feedback always welcome: allsongs@npr.orgLearn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
This week's episode of New Music Friday from All Songs Considered showcases artists stretching limits across a wide spectrum of genres. NPR Music editor Daoud Tyler-Ameen and Alt.Latino host Anamaria Sayre dig into the most exciting albums out May 10, 2024, from a juggernaut of the Mexican regional scene experimenting with song forms and sounds from across Latin America to an R&B singer getting loose after portraying a jazz icon to a blockbuster collection of contemporary indie artists pulled together for the soundtrack of a discombobulating movie rooted in the 1990s. Featured Albums:• Grupo Frontera, Jugando a Que No Pasa Nada• Andra Day, Cassandra (cherith)• Various Artists, I Saw the TV Glow Original SoundtrackOther notable albums out May 10:• Yaya Bey, Ten Fold• Les Savy Fav, OUI LSF• I. Jordan, I Am Jordan• Ryan Castro, El Cantante del Ghetto• Amen Dunes, Death Jokes• Arab Strap, I'm totally fine with it don't give a f*** anymore• Brad Mehldau, After Bach II• Brad Mehldau, Après Fauré• Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, Remembrance• Chief Keef, Almighty So 2• Conway the Machine, Slant Face Killah• Dehd, Poetry• Gunna, One of Wun• How To Dress Well, I Am Toward You• Jim White and Marisa Anderson, Swallowtail• Kelsey Waldon, There's Always a Song• Kings of Leon, Can We Please Have Fun• Mick Harvey, Five Ways to Say Goodbye• Morgan Guerin, Tales of the Facade• Myriam Gendron, Mayday• Orville Peck, Stampede, Vol. 1• Shannon & the Clams, The Moon Is In The Wrong PlaceLearn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Get your hanky out. With Mother's Day nearing, listeners share the songs that remind them of their moms and the deeply moving stories behind them.Featured songs and artists:1. Hoagy Carmichael: "Stardust"2. Christina Aguilera: "Beautiful"3. Jeannie C. Riley: "Harper Valley PTA"4. Stevie Wonder: "Isn't She Lovely"5. Kermit the Frog: "Rainbow Connection"6. Phyllis Hyman: "You Know How to Love Me"7. MILCK: "Oh, Mother"8. Christina Perri: "You Are My Sunshine"9. The Tokens: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"10. Four Tops: "Reach Out I'll Be There"11. Sweet Honey in the Rock: "Wanting Memories"Enjoy the show? Tell your friends and leave us a review wherever you listen to podcasts!Feedback? Drop us an email: allsongs@npr.orgLearn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
On the May 3 episode of New Music Friday, NPR Music's Hazel Cills and WRTI's Nate Chinen discuss the week's essential new albums, including Radical Optimism, from the dance-pop superstar Dua Lipa.The songs on Radical Optimism are mostly in the vein of Dua Lipa's earlier work, but that itself might be reason to keep a militantly sunny attitude: A parade of hits from her last album, Future Nostalgia, proved to have incredible staying power — "Levitating" hung around in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart for nearly a year — and she contributed to last year's cultural juggernaut Barbie with "Dance the Night." Still, Hazel and Nate say the new album offers hints of a few surprising artistic developments in her sound.Radical Optimism isn't the only album out this week that demands attention. New records by the inimitable folk songwriter Jessica Pratt and the always ambitious jazz maestro and saxophonist Kamasi Washington focus their own sounds in new and highly rewarding ways. Featured Albums:• Dua Lipa, 'Radical Optimism'• Jessica Pratt, 'Here in the Pitch'• Kamasi Washington, 'Fearless Movement'Other notable albums out May 3:• Willow, 'empathogen'• Mdou Moctar, 'Funeral for Justice'• Steph Richards, 'Power Vibe'• Charlotte Day Wilson, 'Cyan Blue'• Luke Stewart's Silt Trio, 'Unknown Rivers'• 4batz, 'u made me a st4r'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
It's the 10th annual Tiny Desk contest and there's been a strong showing of Latin artists behind desks across the United States and Puerto Rico.Felix and Ana sifted through all the entries and pulled their favorites from artists with roots all across the Americas. And if one of them ends up winning, you can thank us for the introduction.Songs featured in this episode:•Cathia, "Taza de Café"•Manu Manzo, "Celos"•Mireya Ramos and the Poor Choices, "Quiero Volver"•Flaco el Jandro, "Lluvia Pesada"•Los Quinceañeros, "Guero"•La Doña, "Loser Girl"•Alejandro Aranda, "Pieces"Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
Brittany Luse, host of NPR's It's Been A Minute, joins All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton to update our running list of the year's best songs. Featured artists and songs:1. Ekko Astral: "Baethoven," from 'pink balloons'2. Nubiyan Twist: "Carry Me (feat. Seun Kuti)," from 'Find Your Flame'3. T-Bone Burnett: "He Came Down," from 'The Other Side'4. Bien et Toi: "So Long (feat. Paris Texas)," from 'London Safari II'5. Bnny: "Missing," from 'One Million Love Songs'6. Chanel Beads: "Unifying Thought," from 'Your Day Will Come'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
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Lauren Edgar

I love this podcast. Appreciate the metal, and everything else!

Jun 4th
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Blk Blu

#zip it up &lis10in 2 my favorite songs

May 12th
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squogg

how did The Final Countdown not make it on the list? that song is one hell of an earworm.

Apr 23rd
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Vernon Dowdy

Hello and thank you for the opportunity, support, and the generous hospitality you showed me as I entered the community.!!! GOD Bless You All! I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know everyone!!! Thank You All So Much!!!!!!!!!

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Alyssa Bradish

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enjoyed all the voices , and should say it's 👍 great

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Shaaheen Shahi

This episode blown me away from the first seconds

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rocko

the fact that you're using the word Latinx is already affecting my mental health. I'm already getting a migraine wondering what moronic gringa or wannabe edgy Chicana (who supposedly despises white people but hangs out with them and names her kids Kimberly and Bryan) came up with that word. it's Latino and Latina bola de posers inutiles y pendejos

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Mo

love this show

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Maniya

wonderfully nostalgic!

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Katelin Keeney

I love Tinashe. thanks for covering her

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Laura öd'-rhûtti Webb

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Shelby Wiggins

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