All Songs Considered

Best Music Of 2012
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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7:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Polyphonic Spree Covers John Lennon For The Holidays

The Polyphonic Spree, under a shower of confetti.
Steve Wrubel

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:48 am

Every year for the past decade, The Polyphonic Spree has celebrated the holidays with a special "extravaganza" in Dallas, featuring dancing, DJs and, of course, the band performing seasonal songs. This year, The Polyphonic Spree celebrates the 10th anniversary of that extravaganza with a live tour of the show, as well as a new CD called Holidaydream. The group also has this beautiful new video for one of the album's standout tracks: John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."

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12:42 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Song Premiere: Kishi Bashi, 'It's Christmas, But It's Not White Here In Our Town'

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Kishi Bashi, my favorite new artist of the year, now has a holiday song. It's such a great way to bring us back around to a musician I first discovered while sifting through 1,300 songs for the South by Southwest music festival back at the beginning of the year. We all ended up falling in love with his music.

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11:26 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Question Of The Week: What Song Did You Listen To The Most In 2012?

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Hold on to your seat. You're about to be hit with a bounty of year-end lists: NPR Music's favorite songs, artists, albums, discoveries and more of 2012.

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12:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Watch: Mr. Gnome, 'House Of Circles'

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Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:07 pm

The Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome was one of our favorite discoveries from South by Southwest earlier this year, and now the band is back on our radar with an amazing new video. "House of Circles," from Mr. Gnome's recent album Madness in Miniature, is an epic, wildly imaginative story about a band of rebel fighters who attempt to save the world from the evil Queen Machine.

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1:27 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

We Get Mail: Can You Have Too Much Awesome?

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Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 7:07 am

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3:16 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

The Albums We Missed This Year

Clockwise from upper left: Acid Pauli, Kendrick Lamar, Samuel Yirga, Kelan Philip Cohran, Waxahatchee, Pallbearer, Matthew Dear
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Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 2:07 pm

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6:03 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Le Tigre

Le Tigre.
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Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 3:39 pm

Twelve years ago this month, I was handed a sensitive document and charged with making sure it found its way into the right hands.

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12:11 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Question Of The Week: When Should You Start Playing Holiday Music?

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Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 2:39 pm

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11:08 am
Thu November 22, 2012

An Early Peek At Our Favorite Music Of 2012

Sharon Van Etten's Tramp was released in February by Jagjaguwar.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:29 am

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1:51 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Song Premiere: Solange, 'Lovers In The Parking Lot'

Solange Knowles.
Elias Tahan Courtesy of Roc Nation

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 6:55 pm

Next week, Solange Knowles (sister of Beyonce), will release a brand new EP called True, and you can hear "Lovers in The Parking Lot," a lovely, very satisfying song from it, now. Alongside the other songs she's released from this project, "Lovers" has a matter of fact, gentle-voiced femininity.

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9:32 am
Wed November 21, 2012

We Get Mail: How Much Music Is Too Much Music?

With so much new music, who has time to listen to this? And with all this old music, who has time to listen to the new stuff?
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Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:29 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and tucked into the piles of new CDs is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. In this holiday-shortened week of over-indulgence, we answer questions about too much music and not enough time.

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4:06 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Bands That Should Be Bigger

Clockwise from top: Seryn, Sam Phillips, Adam Arcuragi, Michael Benjamin Lerner of the band Telekinesis.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 10:59 am

The halls of music history are littered with bands that should have made it big, but never did. Maybe they put out a couple of amazing records and you feel like you're the only person on the planet who appreciated them. Or maybe they're still trying, and you're holding out hope, along with the band, that that big break will finally come.

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10:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

First Watch: Ahleuchatistas, 'Lighted Stairs'

Ahleuchatistas
Courtney Chappell Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:51 am

I first saw this guitar and drums duo last month, in their home town of Asheville, N.C. during Moogfest. The festival is often thought of as just an electronic music festival and it does skew in that direction, but it primarily celebrates the creative souls in music and in doing so honors the spirit of electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. The sonic palette of guitarist Shane Perlowin and drummer Ryan Oslance certainly fits that description.

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1:04 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Question Of The Week: Who Controls The Music In Your House?

Dad's playing his music again and no one is happy.
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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 10:58 am

Got a question you'd like the All Songs gang to consider? Leave it in the comments below or drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

Is music part of your Thanksgiving holiday? Will you be battling dad for control of the family speakers? Or is it a war between the siblings?

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7:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Song Premiere: Erin McKeown, 'The Jailer'

Erin McKeown
Merri Cyr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 1:14 pm

Erin McKeown's music is a bit hard to describe. It is music and lyrics with meaning so it makes me think, but it's also playful and so it makes me smile. I'll have another chance to hear it soon, since Erin has made a new record, called MANIFESTRA. The album, her seventh, was funded by her fan base via PledgeMusic and will be out on January 15. Today we premiere her song, "Jailer."

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5:03 am
Fri November 16, 2012

A Band Becomes Animation, With Amazing Results

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:42 am

Stop motion with live actors is nothing new in music videos. The Beatles did it nearly 50 years ago for the film A Hard Days Night. Peter Gabriel's 1986 "Sledgehammer" video is still mind-blowing. But few have done it as elegantly as Canadian rock duo The Zolas do for the band's mesmerizing, and amazing new video, "Knot In My Heart."

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2:38 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

First Watch: Miguel, 'The Thrill (Live)'

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Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:58 am

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6:24 am
Thu November 15, 2012

First Watch: Night Beds, 'Even If We Try'

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Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:01 am

This is a languid gem of a song paired with very disturbing video. The music, "Even If We Try," is by Night Beds, the project of Winston Yellen. Yellen is a Colorado Springs musician now making his home in Nashville. In fact the songs on the debut album from Night Beds, Country Sleep, were written and partially recorded in Tennessee at the former Sycamore Homestead in Tennessee of Johnny Cash.

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2:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

This Week's Mix: Local Natives, The Who, Gospel Claws, More Discoveries

Clockwise from top: Local Natives, IO Echo, Angel Olsen, cover art for Gospel Claws and The Who's Quadrophenia.
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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:14 pm

Bob Boilen has had a ban on seeing arena rock shows for more than 30 years, but it may ending. He recently saw The Who at a mega-dome concert, performing one of Bob's favorite albums in its entirety. On this edition of All Songs Considered, hear a cut from that record and why Bob loves it so much.

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9:49 am
Wed November 14, 2012

We Get Mail: What To Enjoy And How To Enjoy It

Don't dare besmirch the good name of Carly Rae Jepsen.
Vanessa Heins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:30 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the press releases and urgent pleas from deposed Nigerian dictators is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, as discussed this week, our interactions with those around us.

Joanna Groom asks: "How do you maintain your dignity as a music snob without alienating others?"

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1:50 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Song Premiere: The SteelDrivers, 'I'll Be There'

Mickey Dobo Courtesy of the artist

Endless love is not always a good thing,, as some of pop's best kinda creepy songs attest. "You'll find some things you can't leave behind," roars Gary Nichols, leading the harmony rush in "I'll Be There," the aggressively haunting song from daring bluegrass outfit The SteelDrivers.

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5:02 am
Tue November 13, 2012

First Watch: Bjork, 'Mutual Core (Remix)'

Nick and Warren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:02 am

Which thing is true?

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4:01 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Song Premiere: Ra Ra Riot, 'Beta Love'

Ra Ra Riot.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 8:46 am

Ra Ra Riot has experienced constant change in its six-year existence, from commercial success and an aborted label deal to the 2007 death of drummer John Pike. But the band's sound has never shifted as radically as it does on its new album, Beta Love, which comes out Jan. 22. With the departure of cellist Alexandra Lawn — there's that constant change again — Ra Ra Riot shifts gears once more, dialing down the string arrangements in favor of a more synth-driven sound.

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3:17 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

My Arena Rock Boycott Is Over

In Flight: Pete Townshend of The Who during a concert in 1975.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 8:21 am

I've seen thousands of concerts over the years but none of them, since 1978, have been in an arena. I never had that eureka moment, I just stopped going. That means for 34 years, I've passed on major, monster acts. No McCartney, no Springsteen, no U2 and no Led Zeppelin (that one hurts the most).

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6:03 am
Mon November 12, 2012

First Watch: Wanda Jackson, 'Am I Even A Memory'

Joshua Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 10:03 am

Who says a rock 'n' roll queen can't do country? Not Wanda Jackson. Best known as a rockabilly pioneer and original FOE (Friend of Elvis — she toured with him in 1955), the 75-year-old Oklahoma native has always had a thing for twang, too. Rock fans who've recently discovered Jackson know her for ravers like 1960's "Let's Have a Party. Last year, the Jack White-produced The Party Ain't Over caught that fiery spirit and ran with it.

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2:39 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Question Of The Week: Which Bands Should Have Another Record Out By Now?

It's been more than 20 years since My Bloody Valentine put out the band's now legendary Loveless album. Frontman Kevin Shields is promising a followup by the end of the year.
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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 11:25 am

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6:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Song Premiere: Kowloon Walled City, 'Cornerstone'

Kowloon Walled City.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 7:40 am

There's a special place in my heart for sad bastards who howl through crushingly loud amp stacks. Dinosaur Jr, Hüsker Dü and Warning, for example, all offer opportunities to stare weepily out the window while subtly banging your head. But not enough heavy bands seeking the musical equivalent of failure-through-distortion follow the hung-head example of the Athens, Ga., trio Harvey Milk.

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10:10 am
Thu November 8, 2012

A Monochrome Dance: Scott Walker Gets Weirdly Funky In 'Epizootics!'

Scott Walker.
Jamie Hawkesworth Courtesy of the artist

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2:48 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Hear The Rolling Stones' Brand New 'One More Shot'

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From the opening chugging guitar sound, this song could only be The Rolling Stones. For the first time in seven years, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood got together to record two new songs, and you can hear "One More Shot," which was recorded in Paris with Don Was producing, right here.

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