All Songs Considered

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7:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

30 Years Later, Sodom Is Still All Brass And Knuckles

Sodom.
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Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 8:27 pm

Tom Angelripper has been a part of the brash German thrash-metal game for more than 30 years now. Sodom's damning 1989 anti-war screed, Agent Orange, is a bona fide classic, but the impeccably named bassist and vocalist still has plenty of targets to hit and thundering bass riffs to deploy. Therein comes crashing "Stigmatized" from Sodom's 14th studio album, Epitome of Torture.

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10:10 am
Tue April 9, 2013

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, Guest DJ

Wayne Coyne (center) with the rest of The Flaming Lips.
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Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 2:17 pm

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10:41 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Special Delivery: The Postal Service Story

Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard discuss the unexpected success of The Postal Service.
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The Postal Service was a band for a generation — the soundtrack to romance, tears and friendship. More than a million people bought its first album, 2003's Give Up, then waited anxiously for a follow-up that never arrived.

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6:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson Returns With A Plea To 'Make Good Choices'

Sean Nelson will release his first solo album, Make Good Choices, on June 4.
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Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 1:05 pm

There'd be nothing wrong with "one-hit wonder" status if the term didn't suggest some sort of creative limitation; if people didn't assume that one hit means only one good song. But for Sean Nelson and Harvey Danger, the 1998 smash "Flagpole Sitta" has had a way of overshadowing the superior but less widely heard material that followed. By the time Harvey Danger self-released the tremendous 2005 album Little By Little..., the group's incisive, catchy, thoughtful post-hit songs were known mostly to obsessives and cultists.

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2:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

First Watch: STRFKR, 'Beach Monster'

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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:20 pm

The new video for STRFKR's song "Beach Monster" is an absolute horror show disguised as a breezy day at the sea. The band members, decked out in matching Buddy Holly suits and glasses, play against an blank blue background while staring blankly into the camera. The scene is intercut with a smiling couple at the beach with two children who draw in the sand and uncover something deadly.

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11:41 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Cayucas Spins A Twinkly Summer Daydream

Zach Yudin of Cayucas.
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3:22 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

First Watch: Lord Huron, 'Lonesome Dreams'

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Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 4:44 pm

Think of Lord Huron as an imaginary world as much as a rock band. Bandleader Ben Schneider has created characters and stories that fit together within an entire narrative filled with mystique. It's a bit dreamlike. To get an idea of how many layers there are in Schneider's invention, look at this website for author George Ranger Johnson. According to the site, George Ranger Johnson lives in Tuscon, Ariz. and writes adventure novels whose titles are identical to the song titles of the band Lord Huron.

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12:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Song Premiere: Emily Wells, 'Los Angeles'

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Singer and violinist Emily Wells was one of our favorite discoveries at last year's South by Southwest music festival. Her 2012 album Mama was a surprising and beautiful mix of hip-hop beats and strings, with folk-flavored pop arrangements. Now Wells is back with a re-imagined, all-acoustic version of Mama, with the songs stripped bare and her voice more fragile than ever.

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10:07 am
Thu April 4, 2013

We Get Mail: Digging For Gems In Genres You Think You Hate

The Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe recently released a solo album, Like a Rose, which helps stretch the boundaries of mainstream country music.
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Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:12 pm

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7:51 am
Thu April 4, 2013

First Watch: Junip, "Your Life, Your Call"

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Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:40 am

I love the crazy surprises you get when two or more artists get together and turn their creative ideas over to one another. When the band Junip wrote the song "Your Life, Your Call," frontman José González says, it was meant to be an unambiguous meditation on growing up, moving on and taking responsibility for your life. But in the hands of video director Mikel Cee Karlsson, the song, from Junip's new self-titled album, takes on a whole new (and disturbing) meaning.

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1:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Your Picks For The Best Headphones

 

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:59 am

We got a lot of great suggestions when we asked readers to tell us their picks for the perfect pair of headphones last week. We also learned a lot. For example, you all know way more about this than I do.

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11:17 am
Tue April 2, 2013

A Song About Sex, Redemption For A James Brown Impersonator, And A Major Heartbreaker

Clockwise from upper left: Olof Arnalds, Keaton Henson, Karl Bartos and Charles Bradley
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Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:12 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton go on a haphazard musical journey across the globe to share their favorite new discoveries. Manchester's The 1975 start things off with the band's punchy song called "Sex." Then we head to Brooklyn for soul singer Charles Bradley, who keeps things heated with "You Put The Flame On It," a track from his upcoming album Victim Of Love.

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11:17 am
Tue April 2, 2013

First Watch: Keaton Henson, 'You'

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The Keaton Henson who appears on the new album Birthdays is an avowed hermit with a profoundly broken heart. He also has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard. The 24 year-old singer from London, who says he rarely leaves his bedroom, bares his wrecked emotional remains in an arresting new video for the song "You."

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11:27 am
Mon April 1, 2013

How To Never Miss Another Concert

Don't miss Merchandise in your town ever again.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 11:11 am

I love live music. But figuring out who's coming to town and when and where isn't so easy. I could go to every club's website to compile a list of upcoming shows, but that'd be cumbersome. Newspaper listing are often incomplete, don't look ahead and certainly don't filter or highlight who's in town based on my musical tastes.

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11:47 am
Fri March 29, 2013

First Watch: Efterklang, "The Ghost"

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Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 12:13 pm

"The video has a puzzle structure: the whole story progressively makes sense to the viewer as minutes go by."

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2:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

10 Great Album Art Fake-Outs

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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:54 am

This week, the Strokes put out the new album Comedown Machine, the band's fifth collection of wiry, tightly-produced throwback rock.

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1:28 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

VHÖL Runs Off The Rails, 'Insane With Faith'

VHÖL is (left to right) Sigrid Sheie, John Cobbett, Mike Scheidt and Aesop Dekker.
Sarah Brady Courtesy of the artist

Let's get this out of the way: VHÖL includes members of bands that have put out some of my favorite metal albums of the last few years. Guitarist John Cobbett and bassist Sigrid Sheie are in Hammers of Misfortune, Mike Scheidt fronts YOB, and Aesop Dekker drums for Agalloch (among many other bands).

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6:03 am
Thu March 28, 2013

We Get Mail: The Power Of Pulling The Plug

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:13 pm

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12:03 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Ashley Paul Incites A Microscopic Riot On 'Watch Them Pass'

Ashley Paul.
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Even in still moments, particles incite microscopic riots. Brooklyn-via-Boston composer and multi-instrumentalist Ashley Paul is used to making a huge racket, most regularly with her husband Eli Keszler. On her Line the Clouds, there's tension in patience as she navigates a singer-songwriter's reactions.

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9:52 am
Wed March 27, 2013

First Watch: Phosphorescent, 'Song For Zula'

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The brand new video for Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula," from the band's sixth album, Muchacho, forgoes a literal illustration of song's heartbroken story for something more allegorical. In a single slow-motion tracking shot, the camera approaches a distant figure dressed in rags, bashing at chains that hold her to the ground.

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11:07 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Is The Perfect Pair Of Headphones?

An American zoo tried experiments of playing music to animals to see if it subdued them.
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Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 12:17 pm

I've been buying headphones for 30 years now, have owned more they I can possibly remember and still haven't found the perfect pair. I must chew through one or two sets a year in a never-ending, desperate (and futile) search to find the right acoustics, feel and functionality. I've tried in-ear buds, over-the-ear hooks, full-sized cans and wireless. Some sound great but fit horribly. Or the fit is perfect but the sound too tinny, or the controls don't quite work. The truth is, I hate headphones, especially because I hate being tethered to my stereo. It's like wearing a leash.

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8:51 am
Tue March 26, 2013

New Mix: Vampire Weekend, Savages, Giant Drag, Eluvium And More

Clockwise from upper left: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of Boy, Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, Vampire Weekend, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag
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Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 11:19 am

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10:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

New Sigur Rós, New Direction? Watch The Video For 'Brennisteinn'

Lygia Clark's cover art for Sigur Rós' forthcoming album, Kveikur.
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9:35 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Song Premiere: John Grant, 'It Doesn't Matter To Him'

Horour Sveinsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 12:00 pm

Some songwriters are so adept at capturing the mess and miracle of everyday emotion that their work resonates as exceptionally truthful. John Grant is one of those. In recent years, the 44-year-old former frontman for Colorado rock band the Czars has produced two exceptional collections of funny, brutal, nuanced songs — 2010's collaboration with the band Midlake, Queen of Denmark, and now Pale Green Ghosts, which will be released in the U.S. on May 14.

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2:13 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Song Premiere: Paperhaus, "Helicopters"

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Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 2:42 pm

The musicians in Paperhaus live in my hometown of Washington, D.C., so I've seen this dynamic band more than a few times. In fact, they put on some of the best house concerts in the city, over a hundred of them at their own venue, also called the Paperhaus, so I've seen them both in clubs and their intimate living room.

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10:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Electronic Edition: James Blake And Brian Eno, DJ Koze, Bonobo, More

Clockwise from upper left: Joker, Bonobo, James Blake, DJ Koze, Julio Bashmore
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Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 7:21 am

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11:44 am
Mon March 18, 2013

SXSW 2013: Day Five Highlights

50 years after the band was founded, The Zombies still count as a discovery for many attendees of SXSW. Here, Rod Argent (left) and Jim Rodford play to a warm reception on the festival's final night at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas.
Sean Mathis Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 11:34 am

As the 2013 South by Southwest festival was winding to a noisy end — sirens, car horns and even a helicopter passed could be heard on the streets of Austin, Texas — there were plenty of smaller, quieter moments worth singling out. On the festival's final night, the All Songs Considered gang gathered to talk about what they saw, heard and felt during their last few hours in Austin.

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3:05 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

SXSW 2013: Day Five In Photos

Earl Sweatshirt performs at SXSW 2013.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 3:59 pm

It's the last day of SXSW and now it's time to go on that smoothie detox to cleanse five days worth of BBQ, beer and breakfast tacos.

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3:29 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

SXSW 2013: Day Four In Photos

Solange performs at Stubb's.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 4:44 pm

You can depend on Solange to be the best dressed anywhere — that pink suit! — but her commanding live presence at SXSW is a thing of wonder, even if her funky R&B can be quiet and unassuming. We also took in the crushing doom metal of Batillus, spazzed out to Metz, and got gloomy with Diamond Rings.

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11:13 am
Sat March 16, 2013

SXSW 2013: Day Four Highlights

Noise-rock band KEN mode pummeling Red 7 at SXSW 2013.
Mike Katzif WNYC

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 11:32 am

"If you want to do something, just do it." Words of wisdom from Bob Boilen that sum up day four of South By Southwest for the All Songs Considered gang perfectly. Bob, along with Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers were joined by Mike Katzif and Will Butler, both former All Songs interns. Will's journey to Austin was inspired by Amanda Palmer's recent TED Talk.

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