All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered
12:03 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Viking's Choice: This Heavy-Metal Ballad Will Break Your Heart

High Spirits' Chris Black.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 8:02 am

At the office, in the classroom, in line at the bank, at your own wedding — there's really no wrong place to play air guitar. But the best spot is on public transportation, when you're crammed into a mass of unknown bodies about to experience the fury of a righteous guitar solo no one can hear but yourself.

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All Songs Considered
9:33 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Song Premiere: Protect-U, 'Distored'

The Washington, D.C., duo Protect-U will release its new album, Free USA, on May 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:59 pm

"Distored" is a gritty techno track with a heartwarming story behind it — and, like so many stories, it began one night in Paris.

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All Songs Considered
7:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The Good Listener: Can I Ruin My Wedding By Playing The Wrong Song?

Sing it with us: "I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow. I hope it bleeds all day long..."
Sergey Galushko iStockphoto.com

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the flyer for a maid service that disappeared into a massive pile of papers is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when to deviate from traditional wedding-reception music.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For May 9

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:51 am

After a few weeks of guest Quizmasters, I'm back with one of my own special blends. I'd call this a top-40 mix or, as some might say, some pretty low-hanging fruit in the world of drum fills and intros. I'm expecting a lot of 5 out of 5 scores, so don't let me down!

As always, if you have a drum fill (or intro), or drummer you'd like to hear included in one of these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday

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All Songs Considered
8:32 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Song Premiere: Braid, 'Bang'

Braid.
Mitchell Wojcik Courtesy of the artist

We're now at the point where there's a good possibility that any of your most favorite (or most hated) '90s bands will give it another go. The shows can be great for fans new and old, but we sometimes grit our teeth when that band wants to hit the studio again. It's OK to be hesitant because, to update a parable, do we really want to pour new PBRs into old, skunked tallboys?

Well, the emo OGs in Braid have returned with their first full-length album in 16 years, No Coast, and "Bang" is our first sip.

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All Songs Considered
8:55 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Black Keys 'Turn Blue': The All Songs Interview

Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 7:54 pm

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All Songs Considered
2:41 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

'Ultra LP' Version Of Jack White's New Album Has Some Crazy Surprises

Cover art for Jack White's new album Lazaretto.
Courtesy of the artist

Jack White has announced plans to release a version of his upcoming Lazaretto album on vinyl, with a whole bunch of special features that'll make you rethink the possibilities of the enduring format.

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All Songs Considered
1:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

The Grateful Dead's Ultimate 'Dark Star' To Be Reissued

John Oswald's Grayfolded, an epic version of the Grateful Dead's song "Dark Star," is getting a reissue on three LPs.
Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
10:14 am
Tue May 6, 2014

New Mix: Tori Amos Song Premiere, A Wes Anderson Tribute, More

Clockwise from upper left: Tori Amos, Zee Avi, Alice Boman, Fenster
Courtesy of the artists

Tori Amos has spent the past several years exploring other worlds of music. She released two albums of classical-inspired work, including a collection of her earlier pop songs retooled as orchestral tracks. Most recently she helped write a musical for the London National Theater. But this month Amos is back with Unrepentant Geraldines, a new album filled with her signature piano-driven baroque pop songs.

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All Songs Considered
8:02 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Bob's Rainbows: May 3, 2014

Future Islands at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.
Photo by Zac Visco for NPR NPR

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All Songs Considered
1:01 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of April

One of the hottest tracks we heard all month was the live version of "P.A.R.T.Y." by L.A. producer Seven Davis Jr.
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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:31 pm

Another month means another Recommended Dose from All Songs Considered. We listen to literally hundreds of new electronic music tracks each month, test the standouts on some very loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

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

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All Songs Considered
8:48 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Good Listener: Is It Fair To Call A Band A Sellout?

"Did you know that [The Promise Ring] made fifty thousand dollars last year?"
Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon games we purchased for our kids even though they're entirely indistinguishable from the other Pokemon games we've purchased for our kids is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what it means (and whether it's even possible) to sell out as a musician.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Drum Fill Friday With The War On Drugs Drummer Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall, drummer for the band The War On Drugs, is this week's guest quizmaster for Drum Fill Friday.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:51 am

If you think my picks for these weekly puzzlers were hard, try guessing the ones selected by an actual drummer. Charlie Hall, who anchors the Philadelphia-based rock group The War On Drugs, is this week's guest quizmaster. He offers an eclectic, surprising and (for me anyway) challenging batch of fills and intros to identify. See how you do!

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All Songs Considered
10:53 am
Tue April 29, 2014

New Mix: tUnE-yArDs, Roy Orbison, More

Top row: F---ed Up; Bottom row, left to right: Haley Bonar, Roy Orbison, tUnE-yArDs
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Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:17 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen kicks things off with "Water Fountain," a breathless cut from the new tUnE-yArDs album Nikki Nack.

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All Songs Considered
1:08 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Song Premiere: Banks, 'Goddess'

Banks' upcoming album is titled Goddess.
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Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:06 pm

At SXSW this year, I found myself wondering whether Banks was even a real person: Every time I tried to catch one of her shows, the venue was filled to capacity, with no hope of ingress. My curiosity had been piqued by a string of intriguing singles and remixes, each of which showcased a nifty juxtaposition of coolly expressive vocals and forbidding but beautiful electronics. But I left empty-handed, forced to file her name away for later exploration.

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All Songs Considered
8:11 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

Young Fathers at U Street Music Hall in Washington, D.C.
Bob Boilen NPR

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12:07 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Good Listener: Is It OK To Bootleg Concerts?

Phish has a thorough set of policies for fans who want to tape the band's shows.
Jeff Kravitz FilmMagic

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 2:31 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the two quart-size tubs of barbecue sauce is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on recording and trading live shows for our private enjoyment.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From The Antlers' Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner of The Antlers, performing live.
Andy Sheppard Redferns

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:51 am

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Michael Lerner, drummer for the band The Antlers. Lerner is on the short list of current favorite drummers. His work is always melodic, never too busy or indulgent. But he also never settles for the straight up four on the floor. I found the fills he selected for this week's puzzler to be... challenging. But see what you think.

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All Songs Considered
12:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Viking's Choice: Lantlôs Will Crush You With Bliss

Lantlôs.
Courtesy of the artist

What do you do when your favorite metal band "goes soft"? Take to the message boards? Subtweet until the mounting "favorites" validate your rage? Or do you open up to the sound? In the new issue of the monthly metal print magazine Decibel (No.

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All Songs Considered
9:33 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Sole Of A Band, April 24

To what musician do these very fashionable shoes belong?
Rich Fury

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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All Songs Considered
9:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

StartSerenading... Again: Mineral To Reunite

Mineral.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 10:03 am

New songs by The Jazz June and Sunny Day Real Estate, tours from American Football and Texas Is the Reason — it's a helluva time to be a '90s emo kid.

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All Songs Considered
8:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hear A New Solo Song By Jamie XX

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8:13 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Song Premiere: The Jazz June, 'Over Underground'

The Jazz June.
Mike O'Shea Courtesy of the artist

Christie Front Drive, Texas Is the Reason, Knapsack, The Promise Ring, Cap'n Jazz, Gauge, Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football, The Casket Lottery, The Get Up Kids, Braid — no, this isn't a dream Emo Diaries compilation. These are the '90s emo bands that have, in recent years, reunited for tours or even recorded new material after long silences. (Mineral and Rainer Maria...

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All Songs Considered
10:40 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Mix: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, More

Clockwise from upper left: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, Jolie Holland
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:51 am

On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton ask big questions about the world we live in via new music from the singer known as EMA, a head-turning cut from the young country crooner Sturgill Simpson and more.

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All Songs Considered
9:14 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

You sent us your soles!
Various for NPR

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5:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster S. Carey

Sean Carey, who writes and records as S. Carey, performing live with Bon Iver.
Ollie Millington Redferns

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 10:28 am

This week's drum fills (and intros) were hand-selected, using only the finest ingredients, by Sean Carey. The Bon Iver drummer, who writes and records as S. Carey, just released his second solo album, Range Of Light. I thought some of his picks for this week's puzzler were pretty challenging, but I managed to get three of the five right. See how you do!

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1:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Good Listener: Does The World Still Need Cassettes?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the postage-paid crates we'll use to ship home the spring interns is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on cassette tapes and their utility in 2014.

Jennifer Spuehler writes via Facebook: "Will there be a place for cassette tapes in the future? What should I do with cassette tapes — especially those beloved mixtapes — that don't have a place to live anymore?

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2:24 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Photos Needed: We Want Your Sole

We Want Your Sole!
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:34 am

Our new puzzler "Sole Of A Band" mixes music with fashion by asking you to match music with a picture of an artist's shoes. I started the puzzler because I noticed that so often I could tell something about the music a person was playing by the shoes I saw them wearing.

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11:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Record Store Day Premieres From Springsteen, Devo, Joe Strummer And The Pogues, More

Clockwise from upper left: Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer during his time with The Pogues, Lydia Loveless, Devo
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 2:30 pm

Music nerds: gather round! This week, our show is dedicated to celebrating one of the most joyous days of the year. No, not Flag Day. Record Store Day! This Saturday, Apr. 19, is the day when masses of music lovers wait in long lines at local independent records stores, hoping to score exclusive releases on vinyl.

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1:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Sole Of A Band, April 9

Bob Boilen NPR

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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