All Songs Considered

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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

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

I saw this video and was mesmerized. The music is by Bonobo and the video by Cyriak. The song is called "Cirrus."

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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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1:39 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Top Five Story Songs?

Jean-Baptiste Mondino Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:48 am

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8:46 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Song Premiere: Portal, 'The Back Wards'

Portal's vocalist, The Curator.
Dijana Krv Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:49 pm

I once made the mistake of listening to Portal with the lights off before bed. Other than the night following my near-victory at a fried-chicken-eating contest, I'd never had such messed-up dreams in my life.

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2:19 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

We Get Mail: Loved My Millions, Hated By You — What To Do?

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

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9:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Discoveries From globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 1:35 pm

Every January for the past decade a dozen or more bands from around the world have gathered in New York City for globalFEST - one long, frenzied night of live music showcasing the diverse cultures, histories and numerous sonic branches of "World Music." This year's lineup included Zimbabwe legend Oliver Mtukudzi and his band The Black Spirits, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Chicago's wildly exuberant marching band Mucca Pazza, and much, much more.

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12:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

First Watch: Mystical Weapons, 'Colony Collapse Disorder'

Greg Saunier (left) and Sean Lennon of the band Mystical Weapons.
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The music of Mystical Weapons, a duo formed by Sean Lennon and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier, is entirely improvised — made up on the fly without any agenda or deeper meaning in mind. But in the hands of video director and animator Martha Colburn, the group's latest single, "Colony Collapse Disorder," takes on apocalyptic themes with swirling religious symbolism.

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8:03 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Song Premiere: The Besnard Lakes, 'People Of The Sticks'

Photographer: Richmond Lam

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 9:26 am

The Besnard Lakes have a new album coming out in April, and after hearing the song "People Of The Sticks," it's safe to say we're in for another soaringly gorgeous record from the Canadian rock group.

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7:08 am
Thu January 10, 2013

We Get Mail: A Father-Daughter Wedding Dance That Won't Make Everyone Gag

How do you pick a song for a father and daughter's wedding dance without spiraling into sappiness?
Lindsay Pierce via carolynhack/Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:25 pm

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10:03 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Kids Of PS22 Take On Tame Impala

Victor Breinberg

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6:53 am
Tue January 8, 2013

There's A Brand New David Bowie Song

David Bowie's 30th studio album, The Next Day, will come out on March 12.
Jimmy King Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:36 am

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6:03 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Music From Tom Waits & Keith Richards, Ra Ra Riot, Villagers, More

Clockwise from upper left: Lisa Germano, Ra Ra Riot, Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Blaudzun.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 12:31 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered we've got a bunch of new-year premieres for you, including a special collaboration between Tom Waits and Keith Richards. The two veteran musicians recorded a song together for a new compilation album called Son Of Rogue's Gallery, and we guarantee it's not at all what you'd expect. Do the word's "sea chantey" mean anything to you?

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9:11 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2013?

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 11:47 am

I'm not very good at keeping New Year's resolutions. One year I resolved to "get into yoga." I even wrote that down on a note card and kept it on the refrigerator. Two months later, after doing nothing, I crossed it out and wrote, "be AWARE of yoga."

This year I didn't bother making a list about health and fitness resolutions. But I do have a mental list of some personal improvements I'd like to make when it comes to music.

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11:26 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Ty Segall Forms Yet Another Band, Releases New Songs

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5:03 am
Thu January 3, 2013

First Watch: Angel Olsen's 'Tiniest Seed' In 16mm

Angel Olsen from the film 'Tiniest Seed'
Pitch Perfect PR

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:36 pm

"A transatlantic collaboration between four friends. Two songs were written and recorded in Chicago and then sent to Vienna. There they were translated into a film score."

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2:32 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Hear All Of Beck's 'Song Reader' Album, Performed By The Portland Cello Project

Tarina Westlund Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 3:10 pm

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5:19 am
Wed December 26, 2012

2013 Winter Music Preview

Clockwise from upper left: Low, FaltyDL, Jose James, Ileana Cabra, Earl Sweatshirt
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 4:28 pm

On this edition of the program, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton invite a gaggle of other NPR Music peeps on the show to share some of the records they're most looking forward to in 2013.

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5:03 am
Wed December 19, 2012

You'll Know This Band In 2013: The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow
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Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 8:13 am

The world of acoustic music is about to get a new household name. The music of The Lone Bellow is born from tragedy and told with heart and simplicity. Zach Williams, a singer and songwriter for this Brooklyn-based group, is originally from Georgia, and his words began to flow following his wife's catastrophic horse riding accident that nearly left her paralyzed. Listen to The Lone Bellows' song "Two Sides of Lonely," from the band's forthcoming self-titled album.

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11:26 am
Tue December 18, 2012

A Holiday Party For The Ages, From All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton rented a cabin in the woods for a special holiday party, with Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, and more as guests.
Mike Brinson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 4:22 pm

We decided to go all out for this year's All Songs Considered holiday party. The guest list for this (trust us!) unforgettable night of music and tall tales included Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein and Nellie McKay. We hosted the festivities at a secluded cabin we rented one weekend in a snowy woods.

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1:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Holiday Music Memories?

Members of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band of Australia during an attempt to set a world record by playing Christmas carols for 40 straight hours.
William West AFP/Getty Images

I played trumpet in my high school band and wasn't very good. I held the thing down, sort of like a clarinet, and played out of the corner of my mouth. It sounded like I had a kazoo wedged in the tubing. But nobody else in my school was very good either, so I still managed to spend a lot of time at first chair.

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8:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Hear A New Song From Dido Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Guy Aroch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 3:07 pm

Not every pioneer is a swashbuckler. Dido Armstrong, the hit-making British singer-songwriter, has a gentle voice that recalls backyard birdsong and a Jane Austen-like grasp of everyday heartache and perseverance.

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9:08 am
Thu December 13, 2012

We Get Mail: Learning To Love Music You Don't Know

Virtually every genre of music yields enough new material to overwhelm even the most dedicated listener.
Lars Gotrich NPR

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:26 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the piles of new CDs and holiday cards from local merchants are many smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, ways to delve into unfamiliar genres.

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Best Music Of 2012
1:49 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 11:47 am

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1:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

First Watch: Mercury Prize Winners Villagers Are Back

Villagers
Rich Gilligan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:39 am

Villagers is the music of Conor O'Brien, a 2010 Mercury Prize finalist for his debut album, Becoming a Jackal. Now there's new music from Villagers, from a record called {Awayland}. That music comes out first in Europe on Jan. 14 — here in the U.S., we'll have to wait until April 9. We have this new song and video from Villagers, for the song "Nothing Arrived."

Conor O'Brien writes:

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7:58 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Question Of The Week: Should The Rolling Stones Hang It Up?

The Rolling Stones perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 8.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 6:25 pm

After seeing The Rolling Stones in concert over the weekend, I can confidently say the short answer is "no."

We need to be thinking about age and rock music in a different way. When I was in my 20s, my generation thought 30 was too old for a rocker. Now, in 2012, the brilliant futurist Ray Kurzweil is wondering who the first person to be 150 will be. He told a crowd at the 6th and I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., that he thinks that person is alive today.

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7:38 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Discussion: The Year In Music, 2012

Nabil Elderkin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 7:56 am

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