All Songs Considered http://ktep.org en 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 Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster S. Carey http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-guest-quizmaster-s-carey This week's drum fills (and intros) were hand-selected, using only the finest ingredients, by Sean Carey. The <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_blank">Bon Iver</a> drummer, who writes and records as <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/135111458/s-carey" target="_blank">S. Carey</a>, just released his second solo album, <em>Range Of Light</em>. I thought some of his picks for this week's puzzler were pretty challenging, but I managed to get three of the five right. See how you do! <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 38907 at http://ktep.org Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster S. Carey The Good Listener: Does The World Still Need Cassettes? http://ktep.org/post/good-listener-does-world-still-need-cassettes We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the postage-paid crates we'll use to ship home the spring interns is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on cassette tapes and their utility in 2014.<p><em><strong>Jennifer Spuehler writes via Facebook: "Will there be a place for cassette tapes in the future? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:39:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 38869 at http://ktep.org 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 Record Store Day Premieres From Springsteen, Devo, Joe Strummer And The Pogues, More http://ktep.org/post/record-store-day-premieres-springsteen-devo-joe-strummer-and-pogues-more Music nerds: gather round! This week, our show is dedicated to celebrating one of the most joyous days of the year. No, not Flag Day. Record Store Day! This Saturday, Apr. 19, is the day when masses of music lovers wait in long lines at local independent records stores, hoping to score exclusive releases on vinyl.<p>To mark the occasion, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share six Record Store Day exclusives, starting with a cut by Bruce Springsteen, from an EP he's releasing called <em>American Beauty</em>. The 12" EP features four unreleased, never-heard songs from The Boss. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 editor 38777 at http://ktep.org Record Store Day Premieres From Springsteen, Devo, Joe Strummer And The Pogues, More 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 New Mix: Mirah, Fennesz, Brody Dalle, Chet Faker, More http://ktep.org/post/new-mix-mirah-fennesz-brody-dalle-chet-faker-more This week, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton come bearing a bunch of song premieres, including a cut from singer-songwriter Mirah's first solo album in five years, Australian electronic artist Chet Faker and power punk rock singer Brody Dalle.<p>We open the show with Dalle's "Blood in Gutters," a gritty blast from her upcoming album <em>Diploid Love</em>. The singer, who previously fronted the band The Distillers, has a voice and sound firmly rooted in '90s grunge and hard rock. We follow with a brand new, strum-filled track from San Francisco's The Fresh & Onlys. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 38252 at http://ktep.org New Mix: Mirah, Fennesz, Brody Dalle, Chet Faker, More Viking's Choice: Swear To The Oath, Faithful Servant http://ktep.org/post/vikings-choice-swear-oath-faithful-servant When you name your band after a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXrsDhBYubg&feature=kp" target="_blank">Mercyful Fate song</a>, you'd better damn well live up to it, especially when that song swears "henceforth to be a faithful servant of his most puissant arch-angel, The Prince Lucifer." Thankfully, The Oath sounds something like the two bad-ass women in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/129626133/heart">Heart</a> raised on a healthy dose of King Diamond. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 38234 at http://ktep.org Viking's Choice: Swear To The Oath, Faithful Servant Question Of The Week: The Last Song You'll Ever Hear? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-last-song-youll-ever-hear <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVBCE3gaNxc</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 38184 at http://ktep.org Revisionist History: 5 Crucial Frankie Knuckles Remixes http://ktep.org/post/revisionist-history-5-crucial-frankie-knuckles-remixes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ6sLFDUPWg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYM-C6Pt3FQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0MS9q0hYvo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXws7mdl8IA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL1R0yK4pEI</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:20:00 +0000 editor 38124 at http://ktep.org Revisionist History: 5 Crucial Frankie Knuckles Remixes Name That Drum Fill: Revenge Of Drum Fill http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-april-4 This week's batch of drum fills comes from a mix of classic rock and pop, and more recent cuts. As always, I was drawn to them simply because I love the songs themselves and was captivated at some point by the percussion. Pro tip: If you don't recognize a fill, try matching the timbre of it — the power behind it, the sound of the recording, etc. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 38015 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: What Makes An Anthem? http://ktep.org/post/good-listener-what-makes-anthem <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 37968 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: What Makes An Anthem? Viking's Choice: Behold, Noneuclid's Confounding Thrash Alchemy http://ktep.org/post/vikings-choice-behold-noneuclids-confounding-thrash-alchemy When you can count the director of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayreuth_Festival" target="_blank">Wagner Festival</a> and Tom G. Warrior (the mastermind behind metal behemoths Celtic Frost and Triptykon) among your supporters, you must be doing something right. After all, classical music and metal aren't all that different — both can be bombastic, complex pieces of music high on drama, to put it lightly. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 37960 at http://ktep.org Viking's Choice: Behold, Noneuclid's Confounding Thrash Alchemy 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 Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March http://ktep.org/post/recommended-dose-best-dance-tracks-march In the world of dance music, March will be remembered first and foremost for the passing of house progenitor Frankie Knuckles on the final day of the month. If you haven't read <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2014/04/02/297733684/where-love-lives-frankie-knuckles-and-the-dance-floor" target="_blank">our remembrance by Barry Walters</a>, please stop what you're doing and check it out. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:41:00 +0000 Sami Yenigun 37880 at http://ktep.org Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March New Mix: Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, Lyla Foy, More! http://ktep.org/post/new-mix-jack-white-ray-lamontagne-lyla-foy-more This week on <em>All Songs Considered, </em>hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up a brand new song by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17089122/jack-white" target="_blank">Jack White</a>. The screaming instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" is the first taste of White's second solo album, <em>Lazaretto, </em>which will be out on June 10.<p>The energy stays high from there. Bob shares "Call Me," by the Alabama-based soul band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/298353082/st-paul-and-the-broken-bones" target="_blank">St. Paul & The Broken Bones</a>. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 37806 at http://ktep.org New Mix: Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, Lyla Foy, More! 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? Which Member Of Wilco Is A Wildcat & More: A Final Four Music Quiz http://ktep.org/post/music-madness-final-four-puzzler The Final Four is set. The No. 1 overall seed Florida Gators take on the upstart Connecticut Huskies this Saturday, followed by a matchup between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Kentucky Wildcats.<p>These programs obviously have great basketball pedigree, but did you know that each of these schools have ties to some of our favorite musicians? Take this quiz to find out how the college scenes in Gainesville, Storrs, Madison and Lexington have shaped your iTunes collection. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:49:00 +0000 editor 37691 at http://ktep.org Which Member Of Wilco Is A Wildcat & More: A Final Four Music Quiz 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 Drum Fill Friday: March 28 http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-march-28 You know what's awesome? Drum fills. A killer bass line is pretty great, too. And guitar solos. And melodies and chord progressions. But a really great drum fill is often the one thing that makes a song truly take off. Think of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" and try not to get <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOwAvW1CIJs" target="_blank">that song's classic fill</a> stuck in your head immediately.<p>The quiz is pretty simple. Just match the fill from each question to the song it's from. We include the artist's or band's names and album artwork to help you piece it all together. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 37552 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: Am I Too Old For Music Festivals? http://ktep.org/post/good-listener-am-i-too-old-music-festivals We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the hundreds of water bottles we were supposed to give away at SXSW is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when a person can rightly be considered too old to attend music festivals.<p><strong><em>Erin Briskie writes via email: "I just caught myself Googling 'how old is too old to go to music festivals.' We all know the answer is 'never too old,' but is there an age range where you start feeling like the not-so-wise, probably-should-have-consumed-more-water godfather of the festival circuit? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:16:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 37505 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: Am I Too Old For Music Festivals? Mr Little Jeans, 'Good Mistake' http://ktep.org/post/first-watch-mr-little-jeans-good-mistake Don't let the precious name fool you. Mr Little Jeans, a.k.a. Norwegian singer Monica Birkenes, makes propulsive, sometimes epic pop music with gnarled synth lines and alluring textures. In this brand new Mr Little Jeans video, for the moody song "Good Mistake," a trucker hopped up on meds finds himself traversing the haunted backroads of his past.<p>While the narrative for "Good Mistake" isn't immediately obvious, the imagery pulses with regret and yearning. The song "was written from a perspective of having done my fair share of mistakes," Birkenes tells us via email. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 37345 at http://ktep.org Mr Little Jeans, 'Good Mistake' New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More http://ktep.org/post/new-mix-black-keys-swans-metronomy-more <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1trBvjhDyU</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:11:00 +0000 editor 37342 at http://ktep.org New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More Question Of The Week: Does The Death Of An Instrument Break Your Heart? http://ktep.org/post/question-week-does-death-instrument-break-your-heart Few things make us cringe quite like hearing about the untimely death of a musical instrument. A table or an appliance may be swept away by a hurricane, or a set of golf clubs may be mangled by baggage handlers, but they don't hold quite the emotional pull of seeing a crushed guitar or piano. It feels like something living has died.<p>Airports are ground zero for some of the most painful stories. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 37303 at http://ktep.org Question Of The Week: Does The Death Of An Instrument Break Your Heart? 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 Song Premiere: Merchandise, 'Figured Out' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-merchandise-figured-out DIY punk bands from around the country are getting a bit more attention these days, largely due to Twitter and Bandcamp, and one of the turning points was Merchandise's 2012 album, <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNfQyrJ0S3k&list=PLm75c7ZRhIOQIMMjD7qF43j_lIrxzq96Y" target="_blank">Children of Desire</a></em>. The Tampa-based band was a revelation to a lot of different music lovers; instead of the DIY garage-band stereotype, <em>Children of Desire</em> sounded like The Smiths. (Granted, a rough-hewn version without Morrissey's way with words, but The Smiths nonetheless). Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Otis Hart 36966 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Merchandise, 'Figured Out' SXSW 2014 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments http://ktep.org/post/sxsw-2014-wrap-our-favorite-discoveries-and-memorable-moments On this week's show, our hosts are joined by Stephen Thompson to discuss their favorite discoveries at <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/sxsw/" target="_blank">SXSW</a>. Everyone had such a swell time at the musical blitzkrieg that they came down with colds. Their respective illnesses cannot dampen the colorful and illuminating memories that they made at SXSW 2014.<p>For Bob, the band that blew him out of the water was a British jazz-punk group called Melt Yourself Down. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:58:00 +0000 editor 36965 at http://ktep.org SXSW 2014 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments 5 Dance Moves We Learned At SXSW 2014 In GIFs http://ktep.org/post/5-dance-moves-we-learned-sxsw-2014-gifs Remember when you were little and you relied on friends or music videos to learn the latest dance moves? You couldn't rewind MTV to break down the steps, and you might look a fool for sashaying left instead of right, or whatnot. This is the beauty of the GIF, a motion suspended in looped animation that allows you all the time in the world to get that shimmy down. <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/sxsw/">SXSW</a> was full of crazy dance moves and we had Adam Kissick capture five worth emulating. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:27:00 +0000 editor 36896 at http://ktep.org 5 Dance Moves We Learned At SXSW 2014 In GIFs SXSW 2014 In Pictures http://ktep.org/post/sxsw-2014-pictures South by Southwest 2014 is a wrap, and it's hard to quite comprehend how much was packed into its five days. Which is why we've put together a handy guide to a small sampling of the massive quantity of music we consumed in Austin last week.<p>Start with a few of the 97 photos from the annual music festival. Sample <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/285775329/sxsw-2014-kelis-live-in-concert" target="_blank">video from Kelis' set</a> at our SXSW showcase. Take a listen to the interviews and podcasts recorded live on Austin's streets in the wee hours of the morning. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 editor 36849 at http://ktep.org SXSW 2014 In Pictures NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Saturday http://ktep.org/post/npr-music-sxsw-2014-saturday Saturday at SXSW, things go over the edge. Language fails. The mind shimmies free from its moorings. Maybe it's the fatigue. Maybe it's the crowds. You could argue that the constant waves of sound that rattle eardrums over five days in Austin jars something loose inside a person's brain.<p>Whatever it was, as the final night of SXSW drew to a close, any attempts by our <em>All Songs Considered</em> hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to hide their exhaustion and loopiness were unsuccessful. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:41:00 +0000 NPR Music Staff 36772 at http://ktep.org NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Saturday