Bob Boilen http://ktep.org en Jenny Lewis Stands Out With 'Voyager' http://ktep.org/post/jenny-lewis-stands-out-voyager <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis+Stands+Out+With+%27Voyager%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 45228 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-unlikely-collaboration-cat-power-and-coldplay It seems the unlikeliest of collaborations: <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15329979/cat-power" target="_blank">Cat Power</a>, a American songwriter and singer who can be quiet and somewhat insular, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15052810/coldplay" target="_blank">Coldplay</a>, now a veteran band from London that is immensely popular, confident and bold. And still, what happens in this recording, the title track for the film <em>Wish I Was Here, </em>feels so right. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 44164 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-bon-iver-writes-tune-zach-braff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCponfeWNOI</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43730 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere http://ktep.org/post/guess-mondays-mystery-song-premiere On Monday at noon we're premiering a brand-new song from an artist we love. Until then, we're leaving you this puzzle to ponder: Who is Monday's Mystery Musician? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Guess+Monday%27s+Mystery+Song+Premiere&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43651 at http://ktep.org Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere A Catchy Synth-Pop 'Summer Jam' From Grimes http://ktep.org/post/catchy-synth-pop-summer-jam-grimes Claire Boucher, best known as Grimes, has a new song. It's the first new music we've heard from Grimes since she <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/11/30/166230944/npr-musics-100-favorite-songs-of-2012" target="_blank">made a lot of noise</a> with her album <em>Visions</em> in 2012. In a press release, she calls the new song, "Go," which features Michael Diamond, a 22-year-old L.A. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:35:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43496 at http://ktep.org A Catchy Synth-Pop 'Summer Jam' From Grimes The Making Of OK Go's 'The Writing's On The Wall' Video http://ktep.org/post/making-ok-gos-writings-wall-video <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3RSoSnStNw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86ae_e_ptU</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43316 at http://ktep.org The Making Of OK Go's 'The Writing's On The Wall' Video Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-robert-plants-bold-new-band <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3L0EUbRJGk</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43248 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band Song Premiere: Sylvan Esso Mixes It Up With Grouplove http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-sylvan-esso-mixes-it-grouplove <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=sylvan+esso&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Sylvan Esso</a>, some of the brightest new makers of music this year, have just remixed "I'm With You," the leadoff track from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=grouplove&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Grouplove</a>'s 2013 album <em>Spreading Rumors. </em>What Sylvan Esso's electronic wiz Nick Sanborn has done to the song is transformative. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43240 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Sylvan Esso Mixes It Up With Grouplove Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-shins-and-zach-braff-reunite <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCponfeWNOI</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 43084 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite Sole Of A Band, June 19 http://ktep.org/post/sole-band-june-19 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:45:08 +0000 Bob Boilen 43044 at http://ktep.org Sole Of A Band, June 19 Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-alt-j-hunger-pine In 2012, alt-J made its debut with <em>An Awesome Wave, </em>and every one of those 13 songs would slay me.<em> </em>Now the band has returned<em> </em>with another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, <em>This Is All Yours</em>, out on Sept. 22.<p>Fans of alt-J, including myself, were curious how the band would sound as a trio now that bassist Gwil Sainsbury left. It was a friendly departure. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 42937 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine' After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview http://ktep.org/post/after-learning-loosen-spoon-readies-its-return-all-songs-interview <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189629/spoon">Spoon</a>'s first album in four years is called <em>They Want My Soul.</em> It won't be released until Aug. 5, but frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recently joined <em>All Songs Considered</em> hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of the record and share the stories behind it. You can hear the full interview using the link above, or <a href="#interview">read edited highlights below</a>.<p>The members of Spoon have been hitting it hard for more than 20 years now. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:52:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 42086 at http://ktep.org After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview Sole Of A Band, May 22 http://ktep.org/post/sole-band-may-22 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Thu, 22 May 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 41182 at http://ktep.org Sole Of A Band, May 22 Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview http://ktep.org/post/jack-whites-lazaretto-all-songs-interview <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRbnAxrS3EM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYF0LtfUvJs</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 41034 at http://ktep.org Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview Hear A Song From 'Fuego,' The First New Phish Album In 5 Years http://ktep.org/post/hear-song-fuego-first-new-phish-album-five-years <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmxHvGCo2wQ</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 40622 at http://ktep.org Hear A Song From 'Fuego,' The First New Phish Album In 5 Years Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune http://ktep.org/post/bob-dylan-covers-classic-tune A new Bob Dylan recording popped up on <a href="http://www.bobdylan.com/us/home" target="_blank">his site</a> just now. You have to go there to hear it — it's a version of the classic 1945 song, "Full Moon and Empty Arms." The tune is written by Buddy Kaye — known for writing hits for Sinatra, Ella and Elvis — and Ted Mossman, and based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.<p>All this hints at a new record, perhaps a covers record of classic tunes. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 40540 at http://ktep.org Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune Bob's Rainbows: May 10, 2014 http://ktep.org/post/bobs-rainbows-may-10-2014 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHShNJbnpcU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZZUY32iCzU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDIBWaRRQks</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 40382 at http://ktep.org Bob's Rainbows: May 10, 2014 Bob's Rainbows: May 3, 2014 http://ktep.org/post/bobs-rainbows-may-3-2014 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMNIvLiCnw8</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 39934 at http://ktep.org Bob's Rainbows: May 3, 2014 Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows http://ktep.org/post/bob-boilens-weekly-rainbows-7 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7UmjvbmHQM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbiFcPhccu8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYzAz0sXk10</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX7Np-_np7I</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 39485 at http://ktep.org Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows The Sole Of A Band, April 24 http://ktep.org/post/sole-band-april-24 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and more recently <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/04/16/303731595/photos-needed-we-want-your-sole" target="_blank">I've asked you</a> to snap the soles of bands and send them our way. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:33:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 39318 at http://ktep.org The Sole Of A Band, April 24 Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows http://ktep.org/post/bob-boilens-weekly-rainbows-6 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdoVBuNRabQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWmYpjWHT8E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4-XoM_e2dE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhPOZXLmTKA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuhClvvyRZM</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38992 at http://ktep.org Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows Photos Needed: We Want Your Sole http://ktep.org/post/photos-needed-we-want-your-sole Our new puzzler "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/297836392/sole-of-a-band" target="_blank">Sole Of A Band</a>" mixes music with fashion by asking you to match music with a picture of an artist's shoes. I started the puzzler because I noticed that so often I could tell something about the music a person was playing by the shoes I saw them wearing. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38799 at http://ktep.org Photos Needed: We Want Your Sole Song Premiere: José James, 'EveryLittleThing' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-jos-james-everylittlething Singer José James has a new album coming out on June 10 and you can tell from this song, "EveryLittleThing," the new record, <em>While You Were Sleeping,</em> is<em> </em>an electrifying new sound. He made a similar shift in style on a record well loved here at NPR in 2013, <em>No Beginning No End</em>. That record saw James shift his jazzy voice toward hip-hop. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38628 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: José James, 'EveryLittleThing' Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows http://ktep.org/post/bob-boilens-weekly-rainbows-5 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozzlnNRpHO4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvJXCNwzBq4</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38538 at http://ktep.org Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards http://ktep.org/post/npr-music-nominated-three-webby-awards NPR Music has been nominated for many Webby Awards over the years (and even won a few), but we've rarely reached out and asked you to vote for us when we are. This year, the Webbys' eighteenth, we're particularly proud of our nominations.<p>The first is a video we conceived with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397557/ok-go" target="_blank">OK Go</a> to document the packing and moving of the Tiny Desk to NPR's new headquarters. The video was shot over a few days and the band had to play the song, a variation on "All Is Not Lost," hundreds of times. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38489 at http://ktep.org NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards The Sole Of A Band, April 9 http://ktep.org/post/sole-band-april-9 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38338 at http://ktep.org The Sole Of A Band, April 9 The Sole Of A Band, April 3 http://ktep.org/post/sole-band-april-3 Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.<p>But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 37935 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: Which Recent Album Will Hold Up The Best? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-what-recent-album-will-hold-best <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2LNsifEzg</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 37729 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: Which Recent Album Will Hold Up The Best? Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows http://ktep.org/post/bob-boilens-weekly-rainbows-4 Every week I hear something amazing, see something inspiring and want to pass it on. These events are sometimes fleeting, sometimes iconic, but they stop me in my tracks. Bob's Rainbows is the place where I'll highlight the very best of my weekly music intake. [<em>Editor's note: Why rainbows? Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:23:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 37636 at http://ktep.org Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows Neil Young Wants You To Truly Hear Music http://ktep.org/post/neil-young-wants-you-truly-hear-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young">Neil Young</a> wants you to truly hear the music you listen to. Over the years, the trend in audio has prioritized convenience over quality. Last week at <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/sxsw/">SXSW</a>, I had a conversation with Neil Young about an idea he has to change that trend. In this interview, he talks about <a href="http://www.ponomusic.com/" target="_blank">Pono</a>, the new audio player he's been helping develop. Just before the interview, I spent time listening to Pono. It's impressive. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 36971 at http://ktep.org Neil Young Wants You To Truly Hear Music