All Songs Considered http://ktep.org en Drum Fill Friday, With Interpol's Sam Fogarino http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-interpols-sam-fogarino This week's guest Quizmaster is Sam Fogarino, drummer for the band Interpol. The group is set to release its latest album, <em>El Pintor</em>, in September. It's Interpol's first new record since 2010's self-titled release. Can you identify the songs he selected from just a few seconds of drumming?<p>As always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/allsongs">@allsongs</a>, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 45403 at http://ktep.org Viking's Choice: Witch Mountain, 'Psycho Animundi' http://ktep.org/post/vikings-choice-witch-mountain-psycho-animundi For a band that went into hiding for a decade, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/135237025/witch-mountain">Witch Mountain</a> sure has made up for lost time. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 45401 at http://ktep.org Viking's Choice: Witch Mountain, 'Psycho Animundi' New Mix: The Rentals, Perfume Genius, The Bots, Zammuto http://ktep.org/post/new-mix-rentals-perfume-genius-bots-zammuto We kick off this week's episode of <em>All Songs Considered</em> with the sludgy, shoegaze-y sounds of Whirr, a band started by Nick Bassett, bassist for one of co-host Robin Hilton's favorite acts of 2014, Nothing. We follow up with a new track from <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/239718803/the-bots">The Bots</a>, two young brothers from L.A. whose "All I Really Want" is a two-minute sugar rush of high-powered pop-punk.<p>Later on the show we welcome NPR Music's Daoud Tyler–Ameen and Jacob Ganz to the studio to play some of their favorite new tunes. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:04:00 +0000 editor 45172 at http://ktep.org New Mix: The Rentals, Perfume Genius, The Bots, Zammuto Song Premiere: Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), 'A Keepsake' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-empire-empire-i-was-lonely-estate-keepsake If emo has cheerleaders, they're Keith and Cathy Latinen. Since 2007, the Michigan-based husband and wife have tirelessly run the <a href="http://countyourluckystars.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">Count Your Lucky Stars</a> label during a time when the genre didn't have many vocal supporters. Many of its releases have inspired bands in the now-thriving young scene to take up the '90s Midwest emo sound and do what they will.<p>The Latinens are also behind the complicatedly named Empire! Empire! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 45169 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), 'A Keepsake' Viking's Choice: Sleep, 'The Clarity' http://ktep.org/post/vikings-choice-sleep-clarity It's been 20 years since the stoner-metal caravan <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/92754110/sleep">Sleep</a> wrote <em>Dopesmoker</em>, a 63-minute track based on a single riff and dedicated to the mighty spliff. Unfortunately, it took <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_and_Dopesmoker" target="_blank">three labels and a span of 16 years</a> to release it <a href="http://sleepsl.bandcamp.com/album/dopesmoker" target="_blank">as intended</a>. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 editor 44965 at http://ktep.org Viking's Choice: Sleep, 'The Clarity' Drum Fill Friday, For July 18 http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-july-18 This week's puzzler for careful listeners has a little something for everyone, from jazz and classic rock, to punk and thrashing metal. It also features several fills listeners suggested from previous puzzlers. So, as always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/allsongs">@allsongs</a>, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, heroes! <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 44953 at http://ktep.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival http://ktep.org/post/npr-music-returns-2014s-newport-folk-festival The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now — this is its 55th year, to be exact — and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 44949 at http://ktep.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival New Mix: Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy, Sarah Jaffe, Sinkane, The Bug, More http://ktep.org/post/new-mix-robert-plant-jeff-tweedy-sarah-jaffe-sinkane-bug-more On this week's <em>All Songs Considered</em>, Bob kicks off the show with The Juan MacLean's "A Place Called Space," an ecstatic dance-rock number from the group's upcoming album <em>In A Dream</em>. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:59:00 +0000 editor 44727 at http://ktep.org New Mix: Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy, Sarah Jaffe, Sinkane, The Bug, More The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning? http://ktep.org/post/good-listener-has-term-indie-rock-lost-all-meaning We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the flyers that either wildly underestimate or wildly overestimate our credit-worthiness is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what constitutes "indie rock" in 2014.<p><strong><em>Antfitgodd writes via Facebook: "The term 'indie' has been subsumed by major labels, whose acts often try to mimic indie-rock sensibilities — which changes what it means to play music that is not bland Top 40 drivel. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 44565 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning? Drum Fill Friday, From Eternal Summers' Daniel Cundiff http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-eternal-summers-daniel-cundiff This week's drum fill puzzler comes courtesy of guest Quizmaster Daniel Cundiff, percussionist for the Roanoke rock band Eternal Summers. The band's latest album is <em>The Drop Beneath</em>.<p>For Drum Fill Friday, Daniel picked cuts by some of the artists who've influenced his own work over the years, from smooth jazz to new wave and noise rock. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 44482 at http://ktep.org Drum Fill Friday, From Eternal Summers' Daniel Cundiff Song Premiere: Steve Gunn, 'Milly's Garden' http://ktep.org/post/song-premiere-steve-gunn-millys-garden Steve Gunn's <em>Time Off </em>was one of 2013's most unfairly overlooked records. The guitarist blends the traditional and the avant-garde, fusing the sounds of John Fahey, The Grateful Dead and Will Oldham into back-porch masterpieces. <em>Time Off</em> is the kind of album that can suck the energy out of any room — in a good way.<p>I can only hope people don't sleep on Gunn's next album, <em>Way Out Weather</em>, which is due out Oct. 7. Then again, given the strength of its first single, "Milly's Garden," it might be a little tougher to doze this time around. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Otis Hart 44307 at http://ktep.org Song Premiere: Steve Gunn, 'Milly's Garden' New Mix: Cat Power With Coldplay, Brian Eno, Broncho, The Wytches, More http://ktep.org/post/new-mix-cat-power-coldplay-brian-eno-broncho-wytches-more On this week's <em>All Songs Considered</em>: After some speculation on <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221280/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a>'s just-announced album <em>The Endless River</em>, Robin kicks off the show with Broncho's "Class Historian," which he describes as the most immediately catchy song he's heard all year. Not to be out-catchied, Bob retaliates with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/230132542/rubblebucket">Rubblebucket</a>'s "Carousel Ride," from the band's upcoming release <em>Survival Sounds</em>. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:58:00 +0000 editor 44248 at http://ktep.org New Mix: Cat Power With Coldplay, Brian Eno, Broncho, The Wytches, More 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 The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity http://ktep.org/post/good-listener-recommending-songs-profanity We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside our neighbors' mis-delivered subscription copies of unnerving magazines is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on sharing music that might inadvertently expose someone else's kids to foul language.<p><em><strong>Ken writes via Facebook: "I make an annual sampler of my favorite songs each year and give the playlist to my friends, in the hope that everyone will find at least one new artist they like. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 44036 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity Drum Fill Friday: Fourth Of July Edition http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-fourth-july-edition This week we celebrate our nation's independence with drum fills (and one intro) from songs that say "America, we love you!" Some may be more blatantly patriotic than others, but all capture, in some way, the spirit of freedom that unites and binds us.<p>As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/allsongs" target="_blank">@allsongs</a>, #drumfillfriday. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 44024 at http://ktep.org Drum Fill Friday: Fourth Of July Edition Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler http://ktep.org/post/best-songs-year-so-far-puzzler The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 43867 at http://ktep.org Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler New Mix: Bon Iver, White Fence, Luluc, Freddie Gibbs, More http://ktep.org/post/new-mix-bon-iver-white-fence-luluc-freddie-gibbs-more <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvvmIfTWCao</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 43820 at http://ktep.org New Mix: Bon Iver, White Fence, Luluc, Freddie Gibbs, More 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 Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of June http://ktep.org/post/recommended-dose-best-dance-tracks-june Another month means another Recommended Dose from <em>All Songs Considered</em>. We listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks each month, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.<p>You can stream this month's mix here or through <a href="https://soundcloud.com/npr_music/recommended-dose-april-2014">NPR Music's SoundCloud account</a>. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:03:00 +0000 editor 43625 at http://ktep.org Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of June The Good Listener: When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In? http://ktep.org/post/good-listener-when-should-washed-band-pack-it We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Copycat-Litter-Other-David-Yow/dp/1617752703">a $23.95 book of cat cartoons</a> by The Jesus Lizard's David Yow is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when and whether once-successful musicians should give up.<p><strong><em>Dan writes via email: "I read somewhere that there's a '<a href="http://www.metalsludge.tv/?p=42068">Bang Your Head Tour</a>' with Quiet Riot and a bunch of other hair-metal bands from the '80s. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 43576 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In? Drum Fill Friday, With Mike Kinsella Of Owls http://ktep.org/post/drum-fill-friday-mike-kinsella-owls This week's guest Quizmaster is Mike Kinsella, the drummer for the bands Owls, Joan Of Arc and Cap'n Jazz and a singer and guitarist in Owen and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/318873829/american-football">American Football</a>. When I first took a stab at identifying the fills and intros he selected I was immediately reminded that sometimes this little game can turn me on to some pretty awesome music I hadn't heard before. Maybe that'll be true for you. Good luck, rock stars!<p>If you're a Kinsella completist, Owls have a new record out called, simply, <em>Two. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 43553 at http://ktep.org Drum Fill Friday, With Mike Kinsella Of Owls 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 Discussion: The Year In Music (So Far), 2014 http://ktep.org/post/discussion-year-music-so-far-2014 On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to recount their favorite music from the first six months of 2014. They spin the ferocious punk energy of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/239235597/perfect-pussy">Perfect Pussy</a>, the magnetic vocals of Broken Twin, absurdly catchy electro-pop from <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/298363663/sylvan-esso">Sylvan Esso</a> and much more.<p>Bob opens the show with a cut from his favorite new band of 2014, the San Francisco-based seven-piece group known as The Family Crest. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:24:00 +0000 editor 43333 at http://ktep.org Discussion: The Year In Music (So Far), 2014 Viking's Choice: Pallbearer, 'The Ghost I Used To Be' http://ktep.org/post/vikings-choice-pallbearer-ghost-i-used-be <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/166018399/pallbearer">Pallbearer</a>'s <em>Sorrow and Extinction</em> was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/12/21/167695210/top-10-metal-albums-of-2012">one of 2012's most heartbreaking metal records</a> — equal parts <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/123664999/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> and Candlemass in its stately sad-bastard doom. But those masterful twin-lead guitars, the funeral-paced riffs, and Brett Campbell's gripping voice sometimes got buried in the mix. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:59:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 43324 at http://ktep.org Viking's Choice: Pallbearer, 'The Ghost I Used To Be' 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 Making Joyful Noise At Make Music New York 2014 http://ktep.org/post/making-joyful-noise-make-music-new-york-2014 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nPzc3fAiWs</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 43206 at http://ktep.org Making Joyful Noise At Make Music New York 2014 The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song? http://ktep.org/post/good-listener-what-makes-summer-song We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside that one CD which appears to have been pulverized by a steamroller is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what transforms a mere hit single into the agreed-upon song of the summer.<p><strong><em>Kemper writes via Facebook: "When do we know what the song of summer will be? Have we already heard this year's song? If not, when do we typically start to hear it? Why do the other seasons lack their own song?"</em></strong><p>To answer your last question first, summer is a season of simplicity. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 43139 at http://ktep.org The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song?