All Songs Considered

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3:20 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Song Premiere: Gold And Soil, 'From The Snow Tipped Hills (Remix)'

The duo Gold and Soil remixes The Silver Lake Chorus' "From the Snow Tipped Hills."
Paulo Rafael

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:18 am

Were the 25 voices of The Silver Lake Chorus to belt out "From the Snow Tipped Hills" on a mountainside, I'd run for fear of an avalanche. The original, written for the group by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, is built around an ethereal vocal arrangement, bare in instrumentation and full of power.

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9:27 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Song Premiere: Daniel Bachman, 'Copperhead'

Daniel Bachman.
Eric Marth

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:20 am

In the last decade or so, it's been invigorating to watch new developments in the American Primitive style of acoustic guitar, as it finds new voices and revives its progenitors. By my estimation, enough time has passed since the first Imaginational Anthem and By the Fruits You Shall Know the Roots compilations to influence a younger crop of guitarists.

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4:16 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Song Premiere: Peter Bjorn & John, 'I Wish I Was A Spy'

Yo Gabba Gabba, Vol. 4
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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:21 am

Peter Bjorn and John are releasing a catchy, espionage-inspired track on the latest installment of the Yo Gabba Gabba! soundtrack. Yo Gabba Gabba! is a popular children's show in its fourth season on Nick Jr. The colorful cast of characters and landscapes captivates kids, while the show's soundtrack featuring alternative rock stars appeals to parents.

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3:35 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Peter Gabriel's 'So' At 25, Death Grips, Peter Bjorn & John, And More

Clockwise from upper left: Peter Gabriel, MC Ride of Death Grips, Metz, Kevin Devine of Bad Books
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Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 11:12 am

This week, Bob and Robin kick off the show by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, and how well it coincides with a new cut from Swedish pop trio Peter Bjorn and John called "I Wish I Was A Spy."

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10:48 am
Tue October 9, 2012

RSVP Now: Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Buke & Gase And More In NYC

Flying Lotus, Death Grips and Buke & Gase.

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:51 am

Here's a pretty incredible night of music: Flying Lotus, Death Grips and (we're happy to announce) Buke & Gase, all on one stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. It's also your chance to meet us. NPR Music is coming together with WNYC's Soundcheck during the CMJ Music Marathon for this show on Wednesday, Oct.

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9:47 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Six Minutes Of Absolute Majesty

Henry Jun Wah Lee

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:53 am

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9:40 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Drop: Bedroom Dancing With The 2 Bears

The 2 Bears' Joe Goddard and Raf Daddy in their natural habitat: the record store.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:53 am

The idea of dancing alone has inspired pop stars from Billy Idol to Robyn, while Le Tigre's members were happy to sway in front of the bedroom mirror in the aptly named "Eau D'Bedroom Dancing."

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3:01 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

First Watch: Lawrence Arabia, 'The Listening Times'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 8:49 am

If it were the late 1960s, Lawrence Arabia might be one of the biggest bands in the world. The group, which is essentially the sole work of New Zealand artist James Milne, makes trippy, perfectly composed, melodic pop, similar to classic works by The Zombies or The Beatles.

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2:09 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

How Waylon Jennings Took Over My Family's Life

Willie Nelson (left) and Waylon Jennings, members of the country supergroup The Highwaymen, perform at a concert in Central Park in 1993.
Ron Galella, Ltd. Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:54 am

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6:03 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78'

Philip Glass (left) and Beck.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 10:58 am

The latest tease from this fall's upcoming collection of remixed Philip Glass tunes comes from Beck. The 20-minute song, "NYC: 73-78," includes snippets from more than 20 Glass songs, which Beck cut together and re-imagined.

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5:03 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Song Premiere: Black Moth Super Rainbow, 'Gangs In The Garden'

Tobacco (a.k.a. Tom Fec), frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, wants to show you something in the trunk.
The Seven Fields Of Apehlion

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:03 am

After raising more than $125,000 on Kickstarter, the synth-psych-rock group Black Moth Super Rainbow is set to self-release its fifth full-length record. The gritty, beat-heavy Cobra Juicy is due out on Oct. 23, but the band is giving fans an early taste now with the thick and dirty "Gangs in the Garden."

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3:23 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

First Watch: J.Viewz, 'About The Sea'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 2:35 pm

Brooklyn-based electronic-music producer Jonathan Dagan, a.k.a. J.Viewz, writes songs that whirl and clatter like tiny Rube Goldberg devices. So it's only reasonable that his videos might function the same way. Witness "About the Sea," in which small green squares reveal a series of patterns before giving way to gorgeous animated nature scenes.

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11:14 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Song Premiere: Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, 'Etimasia'

Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem
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Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 9:27 am

Film director and screenwriter Jim Jarmusch is also a musician — not surprisingly, a very cinematic musician. His tastes in music are so much a part of his films: He often casts musicians in key roles and music as part of the storyline. Think about his film Down by Law, with saxophonist John Lurie and singer Tom Waits. Or Stranger Than Paradise, in which "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins is a key character. The list is pretty long.

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2:33 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Frank Ocean And Bon Iver Surprise Lucky NYC Fans

Frank Ocean performs at Angel Orensanz Church. The special show was announced that day and a few hundred lucky fans were able to RSVP for free tickets.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:54 am

Last night, two of today's most recognizable voices lifted the rafters of a glorious synagogue on New York's Lower East Side. The surprise show was announced with just about 12 hours notice, and lucky fans who answered an RSVP quickly filled the venue's few hundred spots.

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12:03 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Song Premiere: Code Orange Kids, 'Liars // Trudge'

Code Orange Kids.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 3:35 pm

Following a series of tapes and 7-inch singles, Love Is Love // Return to Dust is the first full-length by Code Orange Kids, and it's an untamed, unpredictable beast of a hardcore record. With its members just out of high school, perhaps the hardcore/doom/noise/post-rock shuffle-play chaos of the young Pittsburgh band is a sign of where we're at in heavy music — fewer boundaries, more ways to crush eardrums. But it's one thing to acknowledge your influences and another to destroy them altogether.

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2:48 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

All Tomorrow's Parties Forever?

Singer Ian Svenonius of The Make-Up performs All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on September 23, 2012 in New York City.
Ilya S. Savenok Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 3:29 pm

All Tomorrow's Parties is an extra special music festival. Oddly, it's not just about the music. It's about film, comedy, lecture/conversation and new friendships all bound together by everyone's love for eclectic and passionate music. This year, following a move from Asbury Park (which followed a move from its original Catskill mountain hotel home) to a giant pier on southern tip of Manhattan, it felt more like a convention than a camp. Gone was the coziness of hotel lobbies where artists and participants co-mingled at all hours.

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3:47 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Download Quirky Greatness From Alt-J

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Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:55 am

I haven't been able to stop listening to Alt-J since I saw the group in concert last week. Its sound is understated. The band's lead singer has a quirky affect you may love - or not - but the songs are smart, filled with pop culture, film and literary references, from Maurice Sendak to the movie Last Exit to Brooklyn.

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1:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Song Premiere: Neurosis, 'At The Well'

Neurosis.
Jason Roeder

For 27 years, the members of Neurosis have demonstrated what metal can be and what it can aspire to: transcendent, cathartic, graceful, innovative. Like the best films, Neurosis' albums are thoughtful and sometimes sublime escapes, navigating pain and salvation through Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly's words, as well as a dense atmosphere of distortion and noise. In the past decade, more deliberately paced and folkloric passages have made their way into Neurosis' sound, too.

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11:42 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Sept. 20

Yes or no?
iStock

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:55 am

This will be the last in our summer-long series of polls in search of the albums everyone can love. We've featured a few hundred records since we started back in May, and have found a lot of surprises.

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8:56 am
Thu September 20, 2012

The Drop: John Talabot Comes Back With More Blissful Reverb

John Talabot.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:56 am

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6:14 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Song Premiere: Dana Falconberry, 'Crooked River'

Amanda Longtain

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:07 am

My favorite new artist seems to change week to week, or sometimes even day to day. It turns out there's a lot of great music being made. But for now, my new favorite is Dana Falconberry. She's been putting out records for a few years, but only popped up on my radar this week. She's got a fantastic new record coming out soon called Leelanau, which includes this meticulously crafted little gem, "Crooked River."

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2:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Watch A Gorgeous New Animated Video For Wilco's 'Sunloathe'

'Sunloathe' from Wilco, with illustrations by Nathaniel Murphy
Nathaniel Murphy youtube

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 9:08 am

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1:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Randy Newman Returns To Scathing Satire In 'I'm Dreaming'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:17 pm

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12:03 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Song Premiere: Early Graves, 'Pure Hell'

Early Graves.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 11:05 am

By many accounts, Early Graves' Makh Daniels was a passionate, kind man, as well as a ferocious vocalist who lived for the road. That he died in a van accident a little more than two years ago while on tour with The Funeral Pyre is just a reminder that sometimes the best die young.

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8:36 am
Tue September 18, 2012

First Watch: Corin Tucker Band, 'Neskowin'

The Corin Tucker Band, from left: Sarah Lund, Corin Tucker, Seth Lorinczi and Mike Clark — dressed up as X-Ray Spex in the video for "Neskowin."
Alicia J. Rose aliciajrosephotography.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:17 pm

Kill My Blues, the second album by the Corin Tucker Band, is out today, and to celebrate, we've got the excellent video for the band's song "Neskowin."

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