All Songs Considered

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8:19 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Viking's Choice: Beach Slang, 'Dirty Cigarettes'

Beach Slang.
Jessica Flynn Courtesy of the artist

If you've read anything about Beach Slang, one comparison keeps coming up: Goo Goo Dolls. Before visions of Nicolas Cage montaging Nicolas Cage-y feelings to the tune of "Iris" flood your brain, stick with us as you hit play on "Dirty Cigarettes" from Beach Slang's second EP of 2014, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street.

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All Songs Considered
12:51 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Mix: Radiohead's Philip Selway, Daniel Lanois, Bedhead, More

Clockwise from upper left: Daniel Lanois, Cold Specks, Phillip Selway, Niagara, Mr. Gnome
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On this week's All Songs Considered, Robin Hilton kicks off the show by meditating on the perils of old age, and insisting that he still wants to be Daniel Lanois when he grows up. Cue "Opera," a powerful cut from Lanois' upcoming solo album, Flesh and Machine, and an unparalleled headphone listening experience.

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11:01 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Gotta Know Mexico: A Mexican Music Puzzler

Couples dance in Vera Cruz, Mexico with government buildings decorated for Independence Day celebrations.
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Today is Mexican Independence Day. On Sept. 16, 1810, the Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores") was delivered in the town of Dolores near the city of Guanajuato, marking the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence that ended Spanish rule.

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All Songs Considered
3:33 am
Sat September 13, 2014

The Good Listener: Do You Ever Just Get Sick Of Music?

Maybe the release of a new U2 album isn't cause to declare the death of all music.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Amazon Prime order containing items we could have acquired at the nearest vending machine is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on fatigue and embitterment.

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9:51 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Viking's Choice: Xerxes, 'Collision Blonde'

Xerxes.
Mary Burks Courtesy of the artist

Slowly but surely, The Cure has permeated heavy music. From Krallice to Thou to Deftones, Disintegration's boomy production and pulsating gloom, in particular, inspires a different kind of heft. The Louisville post-hardcore band Xerxes always had some caustic melody to it, but its new album Collision Blonde explodes the palette. Listen to its slow-burning title track:

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Spoon's Jim Eno

Jim Eno is a less-is-more drummer. His work as the longtime drummer for the band Spoon is distinctive for its carefully plotted lines. It's elegant and melodic, never over-the-top or showy. It's a style and taste he shares with all of the drummers he selected for this week's puzzler as our guest Quizmaster.

Eno and the rest of the guys in Spoon are currently on tour for their latest — and one of the year's best — album, They Want My Soul.

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All Songs Considered
10:32 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Song Premiere: Astronauts, etc.: 'Up For Grabs'

Astronauts, etc. is otherwise known as Oakland-based musician Anthony Ferraro.
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Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 12:15 pm

Crafting dreamy, synth-based pop songs is not the traditional route for formally-trained pianists, but it's worked out just fine for Anthony Ferraro, the Oakland-based musician behind Astronauts, etc. His first singles, released online in 2012 and led by his distinctive falsetto, were full of hooks that hid just below the surface, under layers of murky keyboards and skittering drum machines.

Now comes the song "Up For Grabs," on which Ferraro swirls radiant synthesizers with an elegant, catchy guitar hook.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

George Harrison, 'This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)'

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Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 1:36 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:06 am
Tue September 9, 2014

New Mix: Karen O Goes Solo, Lowell, Meatbodies, Bellows, More

Clockwise from upper left: Karen O, Lowell, cover art for Bellows, Amason
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On this week's show we share music from the intimate and raw new solo album by Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, warped garage rock from Meatbodies and several new discoveries, including two music collectives, one from Sweden and the other from Brooklyn.

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All Songs Considered
10:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Song Premiere: Barbra Streisand And John Legend Together

Barbra Streisand during a recording session in Burbank, Calif.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 10:13 am

Barbra Streisand, one of the most loved singers of all time and the best-selling female recording artist ever (according to RIAA statistics) has teamed up with the ever soulful, gospel-inspired singer John Legend on a song she originally recorded with Bee Gees singer and songwriter Barry Gibb in 1980.

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All Songs Considered
4:11 am
Sun September 7, 2014

The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Songs About Football?

No, "The Super Bowl Shuffle" does not count.
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Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 9:55 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside a stuffed Pikachu the size of an ottoman is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on music to accompany the new football season.

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Drum Fill Friday
7:42 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Sept. 5

We've had a good run of guest Quizmasters for Drum Fill Friday (and more to come), but this week we thought we'd feature a puzzler made up entirely of your favorite fills and intros. Each of the artists appearing in the quiz below come from listener suggestions in our comments section.

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All Songs Considered
1:01 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Listen To A New Song By Aphex Twin

The electronic musician Richard D. James hasn't released a new album of material under his most famous moniker, Aphex Twin, in nearly 13 years.
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6:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

The Hopscotch 5

The no-frills punk-pop band See Gulls is one of many Raleigh bands playing the Hopscotch Music Festival.
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Life is full of choices. If you happen to be at the fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival, taking place Sept. 4-6 in Raleigh, N.C., those choices would include the Dallas thrash-metal band Power Trip, supreme bummer (in the best way) Sun Kil Moon, L.A. electronic duo NGUZUNGUZU and the hooky-as-hell punk group Potty Mouth — and that's just on Friday past midnight.

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10:39 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New Mix: The Smashing Pumpkins, Tennis, Ex Hex, Gemma Ray, More

Clockwise from upper left: Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Alaina Moore of Tennis, Gemma Ray, Ex Hex, Orenda Fink.
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11:33 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of August

Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 9:18 am

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

You can stream this month's mix here or through NPR Music's SoundCloud account. If you'd rather just hear each song individually, check out the playlist below.

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4:54 am
Sun August 31, 2014

The Good Listener: Parents Just Don't Understand?

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince said it themselves: There's no need to argue.
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Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:46 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the gigantic bottle of Marmite we probably shouldn't have ordered on a late-night whim is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on getting your parents into your favorite music.

Erik writes via Facebook: "How do you get your parents to respect the music of today?"

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All Songs Considered
10:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek Of Toadies

Mark Reznicek of Toadies
Tommy Moore Courtesy of the artist

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Mark Reznicek, drummer for the Fort Worth rock group Toadies. The band is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its breakout album, Rubberneck with a tour, and a reissue of the album with bonus tracks.

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 @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
10:49 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Alt-J Will Debut New Album Live In New York

Thom Green, Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton of alt-J
Gabriel Green Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:59 am

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10:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Viking's Choice: Nathan Bowles, 'Chuckatuck'

Nathan Bowles.
Constance Mensh Courtesy of the artist

Music is about connection. Sometimes that connection is a feeling, a theory or a technique, but mostly music connects time and provides a record of how we choose to interact with it.

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11:24 am
Tue August 26, 2014

New Mix: Weezer, Lucinda Williams, Sufjan Stevens, More

Clockwise from upper left: Weezer, Sufjan Stevens, Lia Ices, Lucinda Williams, Shabazz Palaces
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 11:44 am

On this week's All Songs Considered, Robin Hilton returns from vacation with "Back To The Shack," the fantastically hard-rocking first single from Weezer's upcoming Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

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10:21 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Come See The New Pornographers Play 'Brill Bruisers' In The Brill Building

The New Pornographers will play songs from Brill Bruisers inside New York's famed Brill Building on Thursday, Sept. 4.
Chris Buck Courtesy of the artist

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3:29 am
Sat August 23, 2014

The Good Listener: Can I Ask Loud Talkers At Outdoor Concerts To (Please) Shut Up?

You're looking at Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. But about 50 feet in front of him is a dude who will not shut up.
Adam Kissick for NPR

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the letters informing us that we've won amazing prizes in contests we didn't enter is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on etiquette at outdoor concerts.

Karyl writes via email: "Is it OK to ask incessant loud talkers to stop talking or to talk softly at an outside concert?"

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1:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From The Dismemberment Plan's Joe Easley

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:02 pm

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Joe Easley, drummer for the D.C.-based rock group The Dismemberment Plan. It shouldn't be too hard for fans of the band to hear why he loves the fills and intros he selected from some of his favorite artists and songs.

The Dismemberment Plan is currently performing select shows for its latest album, and first in more than a decade, Uncanney Valley.

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10:21 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Viking's Choice: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, 'I Ain't Waiting'

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band.
Constance Mensh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 12:16 pm

In Television's "Marquee Moon" from 1977, Tom Verlaine issues a shuffling call to action. First, he's "just waiting," then "hesitating" for "a kiss of death, the embrace of life" — life only comes to him. But then something shakes Verlaine in the third chorus as a defiant voice finally boasts, "I ain't waiting, uh-uh." That's where the music finds purpose, with the iconic riff suddenly becoming a staccato slash through the dark.

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2:48 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Guest DJ Ty Segall

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12:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Song Premiere: Jennifer Castle, 'Sailing Away'

Toronto singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle releases her fourth album, Pink City, on Sept. 2.
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When people think of Toronto's music scene, the first name that comes to mind rhymes with "fake." But there's actually a bunch of great new folk acts operating in and around Canada's queen city, too. Jennifer Castle possesses one of the scene's prettiest voices, as you can hear in "Sailing Away," a highlight of her upcoming album, Pink City (due out Sept. 2).

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7:31 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Song Premiere: Generationals, 'Black Lemon'

The Generationals fourth album 'Alix'
Akasha Rabut Courtesy of the artist

As the end of summer nears, here's one more bouncy tune to carry you into fall. "Black Lemon," by Generationals, two former high school buddies Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, mixes marimba-based jolliness and lyrics tinged with darkness. It looks at life's ties that bind and searches for ways to chill and not fight every battle.

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9:58 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Guest Host Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson.
Michael Jackson Courtesy of the artist

Drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson is one of jazz's most sought-after players; he's recorded on over 250 albums, not including those of his own three current bands. He's one of the music's great optimists as well, whose energy and good humor (on or off the drum stool) serves him well as a teacher, public radio host or general ambassador. His latest recording, Gathering Call, came out early this year.

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8:36 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Viking's Choice: Accept, 'Final Journey'

Accept.
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Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:44 am

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