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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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This week's mix of essential songs includes the bouncy "Night Terrors" from Diet Cig, an examination of regret and forgiveness from Waxahatchee, Jamaican reggae singer Koffee and more.Playlist:1. Koffee: "Raggamuffin" from 'Rapture'2. Waxahatchee: "Fire" from 'Saint Cloud'3. Diet Cig: "Night Terrors" (Single)4. Midwife: "Anyone Can Play Guitar" from 'Forever'5. Half Waif: "Ordinary Talk" from 'The Caretaker'6. Snarls: "Marbles" from 'Burst'
Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a debut from the rapper Hook, the sinister storytelling of Andy Shauf, a solo release from Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and more.Featured Albums:1. Black Lips — Sing in a Wold That's Falling ApartFeatured Song: "Angola Rodeo"2. Ethan Gruska — En GardeFeatured Songs: "On the Outside" and "Haiku 4 U"3. Hook — Crashed My CarFeatured song: "Yes Man"4. Andy Shauf — The Neon SkylineFeatured Song: "Things I Do"5. Khushi — Strange SeasonsFeatured Song: "This Is"6. Jeff Parker — Suite for Max BrownFeatured Songs: "Build a Nest" and "Fusion Swirl"7. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan — Navarasa: Nine EmotionsFeatured Songs: "The Shearings Not For You" and "Sukhe Phool"8. Bonny Light Horseman — Bonny Light HorsemanFeatured Song: "The Roving"Other notable releases out on Jan. 24: Lola Marsh — Someday Tomorrow Maybe; October Drift — Forever Whatever; Okay Kaya — Watch This Liquid Pour Itself; Pet Shop Boys — Hotspot; Sarah Mary Chadwick — Please Daddy; Wire — Mind Hive; Wolf Parade — Thin Mind.
The Pinegrove singer talks about the band's latest album and how fans have interpreted the new songs, using chord tablature the band provided for fans online.
This week's mix of essential new songs includes a surprising collaboration between Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, Dan Deacon without the vocal effects, M. Ward and more.
New Music Friday: Jan. 17

New Music Friday: Jan. 17

2020-01-1700:33:585

A posthumous release from Mac Miller, Halsey's Manic and Little Big Town's Nightfall top our shortlist for the best new albums out this week.Featured Releases:1. Bombay Bicycle Club — Everything Else Has Gone WrongFeatured Song: "Is It Real?"2. The Innocence Mission — See You TomorrowFeatured Song: "The Brothers Williams Said"3. Halsey — ManicFeatured Song: "You Should Be Sad"4. Little Big Town — NightfallFeatured Song: "Sugar Coat"5. Mac Miller — CirclesFeatured Songs: "Blue World" and "That's On Me"6. Mura Masa — R.Y.C.Featured Song: "Teenage Headache Dream"7. 070 Shake — Modus VivendiFeatured Song: "Divorce"8. Alice Boman — Dream OnFeatured Song: "Who Knows?"9. Bill Fay — Countless BranchesFeatured Song: "Filled With Wonder Again"Other notable albums out on Jan. 17: A Girl Called Eddy — Been Around; Algiers — There Is No Year; And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead — X: The Godless Void and Other Stories; David Dondero — The Filter Bubble Blues; Della Mae — Headlight; Holy F*** — Deleter; The Marcus King Band — El Dorado; Of Montreal — UR FUN; Pinegrove — Marigold; Theophilus London — Bebey; Whyte Horses — Hard Times
The annual festival in New York gathers a dozen bands from around the world to shake up your listening habits.On this edition of All Songs Considered you'll hear extraordinary music from South Korea's Ak Dan Gwang Chil, the sweet voice of Senegalese Cheikh Lō, the husky sounds of Algerian rai music from Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, wild distorted Kurdish wedding music from the Tufan Derince Trio, powerful vocals from France and the band San Salvador, and La Chica's swooning, arty electronica via France and Venezuela.Taking us on this musical journey to give context and insight is NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas, Afropop Worldwide's Banning Eyre and WFMU's Rob Weisburg, host of "Transpacific Sound Paradise." Together, we share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2019.
New Music Friday: Jan. 10

New Music Friday: Jan. 10

2020-01-1000:24:583

Our sprint through the week's best new albums returns with music from the genre-bending artist known as Poppy, Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan, Echosmith, Field Music and more.Featured Albums:1. Poppy - I DisagreeFeatured Song: "Fill the Crown"2. Alexandra Savior - The ArcherFeatured Song: "Saving Grace"3. David Keenan - A Beginner's Guide to BraveryFeatured Song: "Unholy Ghost"4. Georgia - Seeking ThrillsFeatured Song: "24 Hours"5. Echosmith - Lonely GenerationFeatured Song: "Lonely Generation"6. Craven Faults - Erratics and Unconformities Featured Song: "Slack Sley & Temple"7. Field Music - Making A New WorldFeatured Song: "Money is A Memory"Other notable releases for Jan. 10: Apocalyptica — CELL-O; Beach Slang — The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City; Hawktail — Formations; Josephine — Music is Easy; Mick Jenkins — The Circus; Selena Gomez — Rare
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton look back at the first year of the program, which turns 20 years old this month.On January 3, 2000, All Songs Considered became National Public Radio's first online-only program. The show's origins came from the interest of those little music snippets played between news stories. As director of All Things Considered at the time, choosing those music "buttons" was Bob Boilen's job. The amount of mail that came his way inquiring about those buttons was astonishing. It just seemed our audience was starved for new and exciting music, and so began our journey.On this episode of All Songs Considered, we listen back to some of the early music we played on the program. We'll paint a picture of what it was like to connect to the internet in the year 2000, how we choked people's bandwidth by producing a multimedia show filled with not only music but photographs and text. We'll also look at what it meant for NPR to take a chance on doing "a music show for your computer" in the days before iPods, iTunes and YouTube. At the time, when it came to music, the internet was mostly used to download songs illegally so you could burn a CD.
NPR Music's Lars Gotrich recounts 2019 with psychedelic noise-rock from Brazil, icy minimalism from Sweden, bonkers punk from Boston and anthemic heavy metal from Fresno.
Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more special guests join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for their annual holiday party. What could possibly go wrong?
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down the top 20 albums of the year as selected by NPR listeners in our annual poll. The clear message in 2019? Love rules.
Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominated the headlines this year, but 2019 was much more than that. We look back at the music we'll remember most and the marks it left on our cultural landscape. As we listened back to the past year in music we heard a lot of the cultural and political angst you'd expect in a turbulent (and relentless) news cycle. But the albums that seemed to resonate the most in 2019 were more personal and inward looking, overflowing with love and defiant optimism. Sharon Van Etten reflected on motherhood, Amanda Palmer shared stories of survival and David Bazan, back as Pedro the Lion for the first time in 15 years, returned to his childhood, making the personal universal. Brittany Howard wrote songs of healing on an album she named after and dedicated to her sister who died at the age of 13, while the members of the Rwandan group The Good Ones sang songs of forgiveness in the wake of unspeakable genocide. For other artists, 2019 was a year of renewal. Angel Olsen, Michael Kiwanuka, Sleater-Kinney, Raphael Saadiq and more all reinvented their sound, pushing themselves in dramatic new directions as a testament to the resilience and restlessness of the creative spirit.
Interview: Raphael Saadiq

Interview: Raphael Saadiq

2019-12-0500:18:484

The soul musician behind one of the year's best albums, the heartwrenching Jimmy Lee, spoke with NPR music critic Rodney Carmichael as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, a special four-night series of Tiny Desk concerts at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Saadiq shared stories about his brothers' battle with addiction, the origins of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and what it's like to play two Tiny Desk concerts 10 years apart.
Interview: Sheryl Crow

Interview: Sheryl Crow

2019-12-0400:22:392

Sheryl Crow had a lot to say in this Tiny Desk Fest interview with NPR pop critic Ann Powers.Every day, Sheryl Crow said at NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, she thinks about compassion. "In 2005, I got to hear the Dalai Lama speak — I was his opening act — and it was cool. It was the year he was talking about compassion, and he said if every person in every business in every walk of life made every decision based on compassion, the world would look like a completely different place." Crow and her band then led a rousing singalong of her 2008 song "Out of Our Heads," whose chorus sends an urgent plea to the online news junkies and social media warriors of today: "If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads, and into our hearts...."
The longtime leader of ELO talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about his creative process, working with his heroes, like Roy Orbison, and his latest album, From Out of Nowhere.Jeff Lynne has been crafting classic rock songs for more than 50 years. Many first heard him as part of The Move, a Beatle-esque British band in the late '60s. That creative outfit morphed into Electric Light Orchestra, taking their guitar, piano, and drum-based pop music and adding strings and synthesizers. ELO became a big band with a giant sound. The first ELO record was released precisely 48 years ago, on December 3, 1971. Nowadays, Jeff Lynne is ELO. Except for a few helping hands, Jeff Lynne writes, records, sings, plays and arranges everything on his new album, From Out of Nowhere, on his own. And he loves doing it.
All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton countdown NPR listeners' favorite songs of the 2010s.The Top 25 Listener Picks:1. Bon Iver: "Holocene" from Bon Iver2. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" from Body Talk Pt. 13. Sufjan Stevens: "Fourth of July" from Carrie & Lowell4. Lorde: "Royals" from Pure Heroine5. Kanye West: "Runaway" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy6. Beyoncé: "Formation" from Lemonade7. M83: "Midnight City" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming8. LCD Soundsystem: "Dance Yrself Clean" from This is Happening9. Kendrick Lamar: "Alright" from To Pimp a Butterfly10. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: "Uptown Funk" from Uptown Special11. Childish Gambino: "This is America" (Single)12. Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" from 2113. Taylor Swift: "All Too Well" from Red14. Lucy Dacus: "Night Shift" from Historian15. Carly Rae Jepsen: "Run Away with Me" from E.MO.TION16. Mitski: "Your Best American Girl" from Puberty 217. Frank Ocean: "Self Control" from Blonde18. Hozier: "Take Me to Church" from Hozier19. Alabama Shakes: "Hold On" from Boys & Girls20. Janelle Monáe: "Make Me Feel" from Dirty Computer21. Lana Del Rey: "Video Games" from Born to Die22. Brandi Carlile: "The Joke" from By the Way, I Forgive You23. Radiohead: "Daydreaming" from A Moon Shaped Pool24. Courtney Barnett: "Depreston" from Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit25. Fleet Foxes: "Helplessness Blues" from Helplessness Blues
Our review of the past decade in music continues with a look at the ways music production has changed and how technology has revolutionized sound both onstage and in the studio.We begin with the role of computers in live performance. Laptops are often used to playback sounds that can't easily be created in a live setting. So, host Bob Boilen went to the 9:30 club before soundcheck to meet the artist known as King Princess. She grew up around recording gear. Her father, Oliver Strauss is a recording engineer at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, so technology and music-making are second nature to the 21-year old. King Princess sheds light on how musicians take complex sounds from the studio and make them possible in a live setting.Later, we look at the role of computers in the creative process, both as an effects processor and a compositional tool. One artist who is already making music and stretching the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence is Holly Herndon, who has an AI voice assistant she calls Spawn.
New Music Friday: Nov. 22

New Music Friday: Nov. 22

2019-11-2200:26:242

Our final New Music Friday of 2019 ends with some heavy hitters, from Beck's moody-groovy Hyperspace and Coldplay's most ambitious album yet, to a batch of all-new songs from the late Leonard Cohen.Featured Albums And Songs:1. Beck — HyperspaceFeatured Song: "Dark Places"2. Anne Müller — HeliopauseFeatured Songs: "Solo? Repeat!" and "Drifting Circles"3. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix and DealFeatured Song: "Aye Twin"4. Coldplay — Everyday Life Featured Songs: "Orphans," "Trouble in Town," "BrokEn," "When I Need A Friend" and "WOTW/POTP"5. Hannah Diamond — Reflections Featured Song: "Make Believe"6. Leonard Cohen — Thanks for the DanceFeatured Song: "Happens to the Heart"Other Notable Releases For Nov. 22: Animal Collective — Ballet Slippers; Harry Nilsson — Losst and Founnd; Jason Aldean — 9; Luke Lalonde — The Perpetual Optimist; Pernice Brothers — Spread the Feelings; Omar Souleyman — Shlon; Twain — Adventure; William Patrick Corgan — Cotillions.
This week's essential mix of new songs includes a Brian Eno remix of a Lee "Scratch" Perry tune, Red Baraat percussionist Sunny Jain, singer Jesca Hoop and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Lee "Scratch" Perry: "Here Come the Warm Dreads" from 'Heavy Rain'2. Sunny Jain: "Immigrant Warrior" from 'Wild Wild East'3. Ethan Gruska: "Event Horizon" from 'EN GARDE'4. Tadzio: "Defiance" from 'The Sick Room'5. Madison Cunningham: "Something to Believe in" from 'Who Are You Now'6. Wished Bone: "Hold Me" (Single)7. Jesca Hoop: "Song for a Bygone Era" from 'Afterbirth'8. Esmé Patterson: "Light in Your Window" (Single)
New Music Friday: Nov. 15

New Music Friday: Nov. 15

2019-11-1500:31:165

Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a posthumous release from rapper Lil Peep, gorgeous reflections from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, singer Mary Lambert and more.Featured Albums And Songs:1. Milky Chance - Mind the MoonFeatured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House"2. Brainstory - BuckFeatured Song: "Sorry"3. Lady Antebellum - OceanFeatured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You"4. Arthur Russell - Iowa DreamFeatured Song: "Everybody Everybody"5. Lil Peep - Everybody's EverythingFeatured Song: "Princess"6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made A PlaceFeatured Song: "Dream A While"7. Odessa - All ThingsFeatured Song: "All Things"8. Mary Lambert - Grief CreatureFeatured Songs: "Write You A Song" and "Me Museum"9. Joe Henry - The Gospel According to WaterFeatured Song: "Famine Walk"10. Benoît Pioulard - SylvaFeatured Songs: "Raze II" and "Keep"Other Notable Releases Out Nov. 15: Celine Dion — Courage; DJ Shadow — Our Pathetic Age; Fran — A Private Picture; Hammock — Silencia; Ice Cream — Fed Up; Jenny Owen Youngs — Night Shift; Juliana Hatfield — Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police; Maria Taylor — Maria Taylor; Molly Burch — The Molly Burch Christmas Album; Sam Amidon — Fatal Flower Garden; Tindersticks — No Treasure But Hope.
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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..

Dec 4th
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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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Oldskin

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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Oldskin

I'm a lorde... yayaya I'm a lorde I am lorde

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Oldskin

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

All Songs A game

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Joe Weyek

I like the one about "I'm so in wout too; I'm so in wout too, etc.". At least that one has the vocal front and center instead of smudged in with other instruments.

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Joe Weyek

the two hosts are annoying

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Joe Weyek

Do any vocalists nowadays know how to enunciate? I refuse to listen to songs in which I can't immediately understand the lyrics. Those songs get graded "fail". Better luck next time.

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Joe Weyek

the best song of 2017 if you can understand her mumble mouth.

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