All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered
1:54 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Song Premiere: Take A 'Tofutti' Break With A Wonderful Oddball

The Heligoats.
Courtesy of the artist

In concerts, The Heligoats' Chris Otepka spends a good deal of time explaining his songs, often introducing them with strange, funny, byzantine stories that somehow serve as functional explanations for the words he's about to sing.

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5:36 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Bryan Ferry Wants To Be Your Valentine, DJ

Bryan Ferry.
Adam Whitehead Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:04 pm

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1:14 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Question Of The Week: Be Honest — Do You Care About The Grammys?

They definitely got this one right: Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and The-Dream accept the Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The Grammy Awards are fun to complain about. That's fair. If you watched the telecast Sunday night, you probably care about music. People who care about music tend to have strong opinions about what's good and what's not. Strong opinions often lead to disappointment, especially since the pop-music sphere is increasingly consensus-free.

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11:05 am
Sun February 10, 2013

New James Blake Video A Cosmic Tale Of Love Frozen In Time

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 10, 2013 11:52 am

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11:34 am
Fri February 8, 2013

In 'Letter Of Intent,' Hear Indie Rock Reimagined As Deep House

We didn't expect DJ Sprinkles to dabble in indie rock.
Mule Musiq

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:04 pm

Well, this was a surprise. The boundaries between indie rock and electronic music have been dissolving for a while now, but who could have foreseen Ducktails' Matt Mondanile — also a guitarist in the straightforward indie-pop band Real Estate — seeking out cult icon DJ Sprinkles for a deep house remix of his new single "Letter of Intent"?

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All Songs Considered
3:29 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

The Real Instrument Behind The Sound In 'Good Vibrations'

Cover art for the "Good Vibrations" single, released in 1966.
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  • Hear how 'Good Vibrations' was created

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12:35 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Get Dumb: The Knuckle-Draggin' Riffs Of Endless Boogie

Endless Boogie.
Courtesy of the artist

What is endless? The Universe (theoretically). Summer. Swimming pools. Shrimp. These are all well and good, but what of riffs? Is there is a band for which the riff cannot be confined to a single hook? A band for which three-minute songs are an insult to said riff? A band with riffs so repetitively, knuckle-draggingly dumb that it has to be some kind of genius? Yes, that band is Endless Boogie.

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10:41 am
Thu February 7, 2013

We Get Mail: Why Do We Need Breakup Songs? Aren't We Suffering Enough?

Do breakup songs just make everything worse?
Marat Sirotyukov iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:20 pm

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2:50 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

James Hunter's Well-Worn Soul Bursts With Life

Geoff Woods Courtesy of the artist

James Hunter has spent his life learning how to tell soul's stories in fresh and personal ways. Born in 1962 in Essex, England and mentored early on by Van Morrison, he embarked on a career with many ups and downs before breaking through in America in his forties. Now the Grammy-nominated Hunter has made his first album in the States, where the music he loves was born.

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12:54 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Hear Lisa Hannigan Cover Nick Drake For A New Tribute Album

Lisa Hannigan performs in one of several live concerts for a new tribute album, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.
Courtesy of the artist

Veteran producer Joe Boyd says he'd long resisted putting together some sort of tribute album for his late friend, the legendary folksinger Nick Drake. But he finally decided to make one when Boyd realized that the recordings could be captured in a live concert. "In my opinion, the only way to make a tribute record work is to get everyone together in the same place so there's a unity of sound and spirit," he tells us in an email.

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8:35 am
Wed February 6, 2013

In New Spinto Band Video, Even Breakfast Is Cause For Dancing

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 6:41 pm

Joy can blindside you in the smallest, most unexpected moments. That's what happened when I watched this new video from Delaware's Spinto Band, for the song "What I Love." As a miniature paper cut-out of a gymnast dances and tumbles across a colorful breakfast table, I found myself filled with pure bliss.

A spiky, upright piano and bouncing rhythms from The Spinto Band propel the tiny dancer through her routine. Suddenly, something as mundane as drinking coffee and eating cereal seem like cause for celebration.

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9:02 am
Tue February 5, 2013

New Music From The Knife, Four Tet, Cloud Cult And (Oh Yeah) My Bloody Valentine

Clockwise from upper left: Early photo of My Bloody Valentine, Grouper, The Knife, Ballake Sissoko.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:19 am

We had this show all wrapped up last Friday. It was totally in the can! Then My Bloody Valentine dropped its highly anticipated new album over the weekend and threw our previously recorded show into total chaos! But hey, it was worth it. We (and all the other My Bloody Valentine fans out there) have been waiting more than 20 years for this! Hear a new cut from the album and tell us what you think in the comments section.

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10:32 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Question Of The Week: Which Songs Get You Through The Winter?

Fleet Foxes were among the many artists listeners say they turn to to survive the winter months.
Sean Pecknold

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:26 pm

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11:31 am
Sun February 3, 2013

After 22 Years, Is It Worth The Wait? Listen To My Bloody Valentine's 'm b v'

My Bloody Valentine's first album in 22 years is titled m b v.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 12:22 pm

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12:43 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Wanna Make An Album? Start Right Now!

The author, up for the "Challenge."
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:04 pm

  • Hear a song sung by Bob Boilen for the RPM Challege a few years ago

I love a deadline and every February I get one. Thanks to The Wire, a small New Hampshire magazine that started the tradition in 2006, I make an album every year. They call it the RPM Challenge, and the challenge is this: write and record an album in the time between the first and last days of February. To qualify as an album, it just needs to be 10 songs or 35 minutes of music.

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9:16 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Song Premiere: Jozef Van Wissem, 'Where You Lived And What You Lived For'

Jozef Van Wissem with his one-of-a-kind black lute.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 12:14 pm

When Jozef Van Wissem plays the lute, he doesn't sit. Instead, the New York-based Dutchman stands, looming over his low-hanging instrument like the "figure in black" character in "Black Sabbath" — that'd be the song "Black Sabbath," from the album Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath — that scares the living bejeezus out of everyone.

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11:03 am
Thu January 31, 2013

We Get Mail: As Valentine's Day Approaches, Do We Still Need Mixtapes?

In an age of digital files, does handpicking and handing someone a music mix still matter?
Leah Tihia via Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:23 pm

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7:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 8:45 am

The members of How To Destroy Angels, a collective featuring Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, art director Rob Sheridan and the brilliant composer Atticus Ross, have an unambiguously grim view of where civilization is headed. In a new video for the song "How Long," from the band's upcoming album Welcome Oblivion, man hunts man in (surprise) a terrifying, dystopian future.

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1:24 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

New Mix: A Secret Atoms For Peace Track, Roxy Music As '20s Jazz, More

Clockwise from upper left: Bryan Ferry, Night Beds, Thom Yorke of Atoms For Peace, Ex-Cops, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 8:50 am

On this week's episode, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back with their latest mix, including a hard-to-find track from Thom Yorke's latest project, Atoms For Peace. The song "What The Eyeballs Did," doesn't appear on the band's upcoming album, Amok. But if you do some digging on the group's website, you'll find a hidden link to download it.

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12:12 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

From My Bloody Valentine's Many Layers, An Orchestral Pop Song Emerges

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 1:32 pm

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2:58 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Listen: Thom Yorke And Friends Talk Atoms For Peace

Thom Yorke of Atoms For Peace. Not pictured from the band: Nigel Godrich, Flea, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker.
Eliot Lee Hazel

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 10:20 am

  • Listen: Thom Yorke on 'Amok'

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1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

First Watch: Hem, 'Tourniquet'

Courtesy of the artist

Nearly a decade after releasing its deeply moving and profoundly beautiful album Rabbit Songs, the Brooklyn-based band Hem was on the verge of falling apart. "I actually believed that Hem might never make music together again as a band," songwriter and pianist Dan Messe tells us in an email. "Everything about who we were, where we lived, and how we related to each other seemed beyond repair."

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11:25 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Why I've Never Liked Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 6:45 pm

It has happened over and over again in the past few years. Someone in their 20s tells me how much they love Fleetwood Mac, and in particular its monster-selling album Rumours. My reaction is always the same. Their reaction is invariably deep surprise. I could never stand that record.

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11:05 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Thao Confronts Critic In Hilarious New Video

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 9:42 am

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down wants you to know she really doesn't care what critics say about her music. But in a comical new video to spoof her band's latest album, We The Common, the singer decides that one writer has gone too far.

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8:46 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Question Of The Week: Who Is Making Today's Most Original Music?

When we asked listeners who's making today's most original music, we got a lot of great picks, including hip-hop artist Lil Wayne.
Nabil Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:03 am

Editor's Note: We got a ton of great suggestions from you for this 'Question Of The Week,' so we decided to put together playlists at Rdio and Spotify featuring some of your picks.

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1:01 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Watch The 1950s Get Its Mind Blown

YouTube

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:16 pm

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11:10 am
Fri January 25, 2013

First Watch: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 3:02 am

Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) and singer Binki Shapiro (Little Joy) were both going through breakups when they wrote "Just To Make Me Feel Good," a deceptively breezy cut from the duo's debut, self-titled collection of late '60s folk-pop. In their new video for the song, Green and Shapiro wander the city streets, lamenting a lost love and all the little things each of them took for granted.

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1:11 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

We Get Mail: When You Hear Music, Are You Really Listening?

Anna Bryukhanova iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:24 pm

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9:27 am
Wed January 23, 2013

New Mix: Jack White On Bluesman Charley Patton, Tegan And Sara, More

Clockwise from upper left: Tegan and Sara, Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy, Alessi's Ark, Fatoumata Diawara
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 8:48 am

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8:45 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Nick Cave To Kick Off NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Cat Stevens Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:54 am

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