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9:40 am
Thu October 16, 2014

RSVP For NPR Music's Showcase During The CMJ Music Marathon

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Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:22 am

Next week, the CMJ Music Marathon will fill New York City with even more great music than normal. Every fall, the festival brings hundreds of bands to the city's many venues, and NPR Music will be there again this year. On Oct. 22 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, we will present a free concert featuring a multi-genre lineup of rising stars, and we'd love to see your smiling faces there.

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All Songs Considered
12:43 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

New Mix: Röyksopp, Hozier, Deerhoof, More

Clockwise from upper left: Röyksopp, Hozier, Helado Negro, Deerhoof
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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 2:36 pm

Host Bob Boilen kicks off this week's show with a buzzing song from Toronto-based The Rural Alberta Advantage's new album, Mended With Gold. Inspired by the track's killer percussion, Robin Hilton shares the neurotic, upbeat "Paradise Girls" from Deerhoof's upcoming album La Isla Bonita, out Nov. 3.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

The Good Listener: When You Need To Concentrate, Which Music Is Best?

With Twin Peaks coming back in 2016, it's a perfect time to let Angelo Badalamenti's score return to your headphones.
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Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 9:33 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the promotional ghost peppers we unwittingly spilled on our pants is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a request for music to fill your head with sound, but not distractions.

Quint Smith writes via Twitter: "I'd love to see that editing playlist with Stars Of The Lid you mentioned on [Pop Culture Happy Hour] posted somewhere. I'm in need of ideas."

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Drum Fill Friday
11:58 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa

Drummer Stella Mozgawa, performing with Warpaint at South By Southwest earlier this year.
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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:38 am

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Stella Mozgawa, drummer for the L.A. rock group Warpaint. The band is currently on tour for its moody, self-titled album, released at the beginning of the year. Mozgawa's picks for this week's quiz range from '80s pop to experimental rock, R&B and electronic music. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
1:56 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Guest DJ John Congleton

Producer, engineer and musician John Congleton.
Jeaneen Lund Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 8:42 am

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All Songs Considered
1:20 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

The Lone Bellow's second album, Then Came The Morning, comes out early next year.
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Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:41 pm

Brooklyn's The Lone Bellow seemed to arrive fully formed: Its self-titled 2013 debut came stuffed with intricately assembled bundles of crowd-pleasing folk-pop, each more dramatic and infectious than the last. Charismatic, photogenic, endlessly hooky — The Lone Bellow has been the complete package since day one.

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All Songs Considered
12:02 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Viking's Choice: Hungry Cloud Darkening, 'I Am Seen'

Hungry Cloud Darkening.
Kenneth M. Piekarski / Paul Benson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:41 pm

In the uncertainty between dreams and reality, there's a moment before waking when images blur into a glassy-eyed soup. Originally released on cassette in January and now seeing wider release, Hungry Cloud Darkening's "I Am Seen" embraces that beautiful unease on the trio's forthcoming Glossy Recall.

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All Songs Considered
7:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Song Premiere: Asaf Avidan, 'Over My Head'

Singer, Asaf Avidan
Dudi Hasson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:43 pm

Earlier this year I heard a voice like no other. In fact, when I heard the song "Different Pulses," I was sure it was a woman. I imagined someone like Janis Joplin. But the singer, the young Israeli Asaf Avidan, is the man in the photo above. He's well known back home and in Europe — an unauthorized remix of "One Day/Reckoning Song" has fifteen million views on YouTube. When he came to the U.S.

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All Songs Considered
3:50 am
Sat October 4, 2014

The Good Listener: How Do I Avoid 'The iTunes Pit Of Despair'?

The "Playlist" feature will help keep you from losing track of the albums you absolutely must hear.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the ingredients to an Ozzy Osbourne costume that'll fit a 10-year-old girl is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on managing a library while maintaining one's connection to music.

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All Songs Considered
8:37 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Edition

The soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy was the first soundtrack composed entirely of previously released songs to top the Billboard 200 album chart.
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I don't get out to see many films these days. But I did recently catch a matinee of the super duper popcorn movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. In addition to some spectacular CGI, the film was supported by a solid foundation of Top 40 Hits, largely from the 1970s, such as Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" and The Runaways "Cherry Bomb." At some point it occurred to me that the soundtrack had a lot of good candidates for a puzzler. So ... here it is: The Guardians Of The Galaxy edition of Drum Fill Friday. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
5:34 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of September

Xosar's full-length for Opal Tapes' vinyl imprint Black Opal is scheduled for a December release.
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Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

You can stream this month's mix here or through NPR Music's SoundCloud account. If you'd rather just hear each song individually, check out the playlist below.

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All Songs Considered
1:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

New Mix: Thom Yorke, Robert Plant, Aphex Twin, Trent Reznor, More

Clockwise from upper left: The 2 Bears, Thom Yorke, Robert Plant, Aphex Twin, Mina Tindle, Jon Hopkins
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Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 10:32 am

This week's All Songs Considered kicks off with a pair of anniversaries.

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All Songs Considered
9:42 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Viking's Choice: Kayo Dot, 'The Mortality Of Doves'

Kayo Dot.
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Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:44 pm

Let's go out on a very distant limb here: If Mr. Mister's atmospheric 1985 ballad "Broken Wings" had been written for a proggy space opera, it might sound something like Kayo Dot's "The Mortality Of Doves." It's not just because of birds, either. Toby Driver has always been an extremely fluid composer in the realms of avant-metal and prog-rock, but this 12-minute lead track from Coffins On Io is a surprise.

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All Songs Considered
7:43 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Question Of The Week: What's Your Spinal Tap Moment?

Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist for the entirely fake band Spinal Tap, in the band's 1983 mockumentary.
The Kobal Collection

I once went to a show where the lead singer stripped naked on stage and tried to set his pubic hair on fire. Tragically, his lighter wouldn't work. Try to picture him standing there, completely naked, sadly flicking the lighter over and over and only getting sparks. Finally, one of the three or four people actually in attendance reached up to the stage and handed him theirs. The singer thumbed the lighter, his hair went up in one almost instant poof and the stench of burnt hair filled the club.

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All Songs Considered
5:54 am
Sat September 27, 2014

The Good Listener: When Was Pop Music At Its Lowest Point?

We like his early stuff better, before he sold out and joined The Stray Mob.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and among the Penzeys Spices catalogs that help us remember our ex-roommates' names is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on pop music's nadir.

Josh in Chicago writes via email: "Paula Abdul had four No. 1 hits, spanning 1989-90. One of them featured a rapping cartoon cat. Was that period the nadir of pop, pre-Nirvana?"

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Wild Cub's Dabney Morris

Wild Cub drummer Dabney Morris getting it done.
Merrick Ales

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:38 am

Dabney Morris has been laying down beats for the Nashville-based band Wild Cub since the group first formed in 2011. The band's debut full-length is Youth and was recorded with help from (Spoon's drummer and Drum Fill Friday Alumnus) Jim Eno. There are at least a couple of fills in Dabney's puzzler you should know right off the bat. The other three, maybe not as much. Either way, good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
1:06 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

New Mix: Damien Rice (Premiere), Leonard Cohen, Caroline Rose, Afternoons

Clockwise from upper left: Damien Rice, Leonard Cohen, Caroline Rose, Medicine
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Do you find yourself saying "no" more often than not? Robin Hilton does, which is why he kicks off this week's All Songs Considered with L.A.-based Afternoons' joyful sing-along, "Say Yes."

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All Songs Considered
11:20 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Share Four Songs From Their New 'Gone Girl' Score

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Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and producer Atticus Ross continue to tease their upcoming soundtrack for the movie, Gone Girl. The longtime collaborators have posted four new songs from the score to their Soundcloud page.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Good Listener: Saying No To 'Songstress' And Other Forbidden Words

Sarah McLachlan gets called a "songstress" a lot. Translation: "Look everyone, a lady is singing a song!"
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Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:31 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the unsolicited phone books we toss straight into the recycling bin is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on words we'd prefer never to hear associated with music.

Eleanor writes via email: "You've tweeted about your hatred of the word 'songstress.' Writing about music is tricky, but what words do you think should ALWAYS be avoided, and why?"

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All Songs Considered
8:49 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Sept. 19

We're back to basics in this week's Drum Fill Friday: No tricks or special themes, just a mix of vintage rock and iconic pop fills (okay, and one intro). Good luck, careful listeners!

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

All Songs Considered
8:19 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Viking's Choice: Beach Slang, 'Dirty Cigarettes'

Beach Slang.
Jessica Flynn Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:45 pm

If you've read anything about Beach Slang, one comparison keeps coming up: Goo Goo Dolls. Before visions of Nicolas Cage montaging Nicolas Cage-y feelings to the tune of "Iris" flood your brain, stick with us as you hit play on "Dirty Cigarettes" from Beach Slang's second EP of 2014, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street.

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All Songs Considered
12:51 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Mix: Radiohead's Philip Selway, Daniel Lanois, Bedhead, More

Clockwise from upper left: Daniel Lanois, Cold Specks, Phillip Selway, Niagara, Mr. Gnome
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On this week's All Songs Considered, Robin Hilton kicks off the show by meditating on the perils of old age, and insisting that he still wants to be Daniel Lanois when he grows up. Cue "Opera," a powerful cut from Lanois' upcoming solo album, Flesh and Machine, and an unparalleled headphone listening experience.

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All Songs Considered
11:01 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Gotta Know Mexico: A Mexican Music Puzzler

Couples dance in Vera Cruz, Mexico with government buildings decorated for Independence Day celebrations.
Mockford & Bonetti Getty Iimages

Today is Mexican Independence Day. On Sept. 16, 1810, the Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores") was delivered in the town of Dolores near the city of Guanajuato, marking the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence that ended Spanish rule.

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All Songs Considered
3:33 am
Sat September 13, 2014

The Good Listener: Do You Ever Just Get Sick Of Music?

Maybe the release of a new U2 album isn't cause to declare the death of all music.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Amazon Prime order containing items we could have acquired at the nearest vending machine is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on fatigue and embitterment.

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All Songs Considered
9:51 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Viking's Choice: Xerxes, 'Collision Blonde'

Xerxes.
Mary Burks Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:32 am

Slowly but surely, The Cure has permeated heavy music. From Krallice to Thou to Deftones, Disintegration's boomy production and pulsating gloom, in particular, inspires a different kind of heft. The Louisville post-hardcore band Xerxes always had some caustic melody to it, but its new album Collision Blonde explodes the palette. Listen to its slow-burning title track:

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Spoon's Jim Eno

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:39 am

Jim Eno is a less-is-more drummer. His work as the longtime drummer for the band Spoon is distinctive for its carefully plotted lines. It's elegant and melodic, never over-the-top or showy. It's a style and taste he shares with all of the drummers he selected for this week's puzzler as our guest Quizmaster.

Eno and the rest of the guys in Spoon are currently on tour for their latest — and one of the year's best — album, They Want My Soul.

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All Songs Considered
10:32 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Song Premiere: Astronauts, etc.: 'Up For Grabs'

Astronauts, etc. is otherwise known as Oakland-based musician Anthony Ferraro.
cara robbins

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:18 am

Crafting dreamy, synth-based pop songs is not the traditional route for formally-trained pianists, but it's worked out just fine for Anthony Ferraro, the Oakland-based musician behind Astronauts, etc. His first singles, released online in 2012 and led by his distinctive falsetto, were full of hooks that hid just below the surface, under layers of murky keyboards and skittering drum machines.

Now comes the song "Up For Grabs," on which Ferraro swirls radiant synthesizers with an elegant, catchy guitar hook.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

George Harrison, 'This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)'

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Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:11 am

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All Songs Considered
11:06 am
Tue September 9, 2014

New Mix: Karen O Goes Solo, Lowell, Meatbodies, Bellows, More

Clockwise from upper left: Karen O, Lowell, cover art for Bellows, Amason
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On this week's show we share music from the intimate and raw new solo album by Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, warped garage rock from Meatbodies and several new discoveries, including two music collectives, one from Sweden and the other from Brooklyn.

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All Songs Considered
10:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Song Premiere: Barbra Streisand And John Legend Together

Barbra Streisand during a recording session in Burbank, Calif.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:11 am

Barbra Streisand, one of the most loved singers of all time and the best-selling female recording artist ever (according to RIAA statistics) has teamed up with the ever soulful, gospel-inspired singer John Legend on a song she originally recorded with Bee Gees singer and songwriter Barry Gibb in 1980.

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