All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered
10:44 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Good Listener: How Can I Conquer A Musical Blind Spot?

Devendra Banhart.
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All Songs Considered
5:02 am
Thu January 23, 2014

The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars'

A scene from The Zolas video "Ancient Mars."
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:55 am

Around this time last year, 21-year-old Elisa Lam went missing during a solo trip to Los Angeles. A month after her disappearance was reported, her body was found in a hotel's rooftop water tank. While it's unclear what happened, investigators ruled out foul play, leaving everyone to speculate wildly about her mental state and possible motivations.

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8:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

D/A/D, 'Orion Beach'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:48 pm

You know how it is: Fun-loving electronic aliens hit up an island to discover the secrets of the universe and shred the gnar on jet skis for the ultimate chillzone.

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3:00 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

New Mix: Real Estate, Actress, Wax Fang, More

Clockwise from upper left: Real Estate, Actress, Saintseneca, Wax Fang
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On any given day, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen bombards co-host Robin Hilton with a running list of new ideas for the show. Most of them never see the light of day. But on this week's program Bob explains his latest idea, one that everyone will want to see happen. It's called "The Sole Of A Band" and involves matching photos of the shoes worn by bands with their music. You can hear more about how it works at the top of this week's edition of All Songs Considered.

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All Songs Considered
12:13 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

The Good Listener: How Do You Know If You'll Love A Song Forever?

Oh, Carly Rae Jepsen. We knew it couldn't last.
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11:14 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Discoveries From globalFEST 2014

Ebru Yildiz For NPR

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 2:28 pm

This past Sunday was a frenzied and unforgettable night in New York City: A dozen bands from as far away as Australia and the Congo (and as close as Mississippi), left it all on the stage for globalFEST, one of the most important world music events in North America, held each January at Webster Hall.

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All Songs Considered
8:31 am
Thu January 16, 2014

A World Of Live Music, Captured With Pen And Paper

The Wu Force, captured in an illustration by Michael Arthur.
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While photographers click and shoot their way through live concerts, capturing the best moments in fractions of seconds, illustrator Michael Arthur prefers to preserve the highlights at what some might consider glacial speed, using pen and ink.

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3:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Question Of The Week: Can You Imagine A World Without Music Genres?

Bombay Royale, performing at GlobalFEST 2014.
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I've just spent the weekend at Winter Jazzfest and GlobalFEST in New York City. These are two of the biggest annual festivals of their kind, featuring several thrilling, packed days of music, with live performances that run late into the night.

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12:45 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Good Listener: When Good Musicians Do Bad Things

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, seen here in 1968, had a relationship that offended many fans' sensibilities. But their complicated romantic history hasn't affected either's musical legacy.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid a deluxe version of the Ashley Monroe record in which "deluxe" means "packed in a 10-pound wooden crate" is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how and whether to enjoy music by folks whose real-life actions offend us.

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3:05 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Bob Boilen's 116 Favorite Concerts Of 2013

Ally Newbold Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 7:07 am

I didn't watch any TV shows in 2013. I only saw one movie that I can remember. But I saw over 662 shows in 2013, 549 bands in 139 clubs in 21 cities. It was a perfect year.

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6:02 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album

Renata Raksha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:25 pm

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1:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

New Year, New Mix: St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, More

Clockwise from upper left: St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Maria Linden of I Break Horses
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Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:58 am

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back from their holiday journey to the heartland, rested and ready to celebrate the new year with a batch of new music from some of their favorite artists, and latest discoveries.

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2:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014?

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I began last year with some ambitious goals as far as music goes. I vowed to go to more live shows, to pay more attention to lyrics and to spend more time in general with the albums I hear. This was in addition to losing weight, writing a novel and quitting World Of Warcraft. (Ha ha, just kidding! Why would anyone quit World Of Warcraft?).

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11:06 am
Wed January 1, 2014

The Knife On 'Shaking' Expectations

Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer from Swedish electronic music duo The Knife perform live on stage at Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands in August.
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Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 11:43 am

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12:59 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Viking's Choice 2013: We Saved The Weirdest And Loudest For Last

Clockwise from top left: Circuit des Yeux, Jeremiah Cymerman, Katie Gately, Satan, SubRosa.
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Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 1:03 pm

We've saved the best (and weirdest ... and loudest) for last. It's been a couple of years since we last had NPR Music producer Lars Gotrich on the show to highlight the year in metal and what he sometimes calls "outer sound," a nebulous grouping of experimental music. It was time to bring his weird sonic world back.

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6:03 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Bob Boilen's Favorite Lyrics Of 2013

Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 10:32 am

I'm a lyrics guy. Great words drive me to a song. Bad lyrics drive me away. As a lyrics guy, I find that my favorite songs often also have my favorite words. I love a good melody and a beat, but I love it more when those elements support a good story, an insight, an emotional outpouring, something I can connect to.

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5:47 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Bob And Robin's Excellent Holiday Adventure

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5:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bob Boilen's Top 20 Albums of 2013

Khaela Maricich (left) and Melissa Dyne of The Blow.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:13 am

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5:08 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

The Flaming Lips put out Robin Hilton's favorite album of the year. Son Lux, Telekinesis, James Blake, Foxygen, and many, many other artists and bands also released Robin's number one album of the year.
George Salisbury

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:14 am

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5:03 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Kacey Musgraves.
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Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:44 pm

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2:28 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

First Watch: Puerto Rican Rap Duo Calle 13 Goes 'Multi Viral'

Rene Perez Joglar, aka Residente, fronts Puerto Rican Group Calle 13.
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Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 3:19 pm

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3:20 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013.
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11:46 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Viking's Choice: This Song Is Literally For Throwing Stuff Out The Window

Be careful near that window, Have a Nice Life.
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For those drawn to doom and gloom, the most affecting music sometimes takes a while to reveal itself. In 2008, the happily named duo Have a Nice Life released Deathconsciousness, a messy yet fascinating double-album fixated on the darker side of life and endowed with a gauzy, shoegaze-drenched underbelly. As time went on, I'd continue to see Deathconsciousness pop up in RSS and Twitter feeds from those just discovering an album too weird and too bleak for its time — or any time, for that matter. I should know; I was one of them a few years ago.

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9:54 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Discussion: The Year in Music, 2013

Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed.
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Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 12:12 pm

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12:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

5 Soundtracks For Awkward Family Gatherings

Thanksgiving small talk can be stressful. We've got the soundtrack for those awkward pauses.
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It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means many of us will be sitting in a living room or around a dining table for hours on end with relatives we hardly know. Good times! In situations like this, the conversation is just as likely to flow like molasses as wine, so it's important to have great music playing at all times to ward off the awkward pauses.

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10:18 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Edition: Songs About Your Family

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Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 12:04 pm

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5:20 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Bruce Springsteen Releases New Single, 'High Hopes,' Ahead Of 2014 LP

Bruce Springsteen's new album is due out in January.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:11 pm

Bruce Springsteen released a new single early Monday morning. "High Hopes" is the title track to The Boss' new album, which is due out Jan. 14.

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9:27 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Good Listener: Can You Meet Your Favorite Band Without It Getting Awkward?

You don't get many opportunities to hug Bono — better do it right!
Courtesy of beth.anderson2007 via Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 8:38 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the holiday gift baskets from which our interns will receive their only sustenance is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how to meet your favorite musicians without feeling like a complete stooge.

Helen Okolicsanyi writes via Facebook: "How can you not be awkward when you get a chance to meet your favorite musician in person? I never know what to say besides 'Love your music' without sounding like a fangirl."

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11:59 am
Tue November 19, 2013

New Mix: Death Grips, Angel Olsen, GEMS, and More

Clockwise from upper left: Angel Olsen, Ages And Ages, Death Grips, GEMS.
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Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:40 pm

On this episode of All Songs Considered, hear Robin Hilton explain why he has a Yo Gabba Gabba! song stuck in his head every day, and how the best remedy this week has been the new Death Grips record, Government Plates.

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10:13 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Pixies, 'What Goes Boom'

World premiere video for a brand new Pixies song, "What Goes Boom."
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Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:13 pm

It's been several months since longtime Pixies bassist Kim Deal left the band, and the remaining members are still figuring out how to play together. But the group's new sound seems to coalesce on its latest single and video, "What Goes Boom."

"Since the reunion, there are sounds that I've been coming up with," guitarist Joey Santiago tells us via email. "And a lot of them just got condensed into this one song, with me going sh*thouse on guitar."

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