All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered
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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Kids Of PS22 Take On Tame Impala

Victor Breinberg

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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
11:26 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Ty Segall Forms Yet Another Band, Releases New Songs

All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Wed December 19, 2012

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

The Lone Bellow
Courtesy of the artist

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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
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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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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
12:42 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

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

Courtesy of the artist

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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All Songs Considered
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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All Songs Considered
12:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

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

Courtesy of the artist

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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All Songs Considered
1:27 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

We Get Mail: Can You Have Too Much Awesome?

Courtesy of the artist

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

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All Songs Considered
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
Courtesy of the artists

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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All Songs Considered
12:11 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

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

Courtesy of the artist

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

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All Songs Considered
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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