All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered
12:06 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do You Program A Dance Party For Kids?

All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Viking's Choice: Violins Swarm In SubRosa's Heavy 'Dead Empire'

SubRosa.
Brandon Garcia Courtesy of the artist

Doom is as doom does. No matter how many sub-sub genre tags you put on it — blackened, atmospheric, sludge, bedazzled (okay, I made that up, but what if) — all descend from Black Sabbath. But you knew that. Doom thrives on repetition, in both its riffs and its tributes. The Salt Lake City doom-metal band SubRosa isn't out to reinvent the stone wheel, but it does offer a unique perspective by looking back to America's melancholic folk roots for something darker and more soulful.

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All Songs Considered
1:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

New Music: Cults, Avett Brothers, Kishi Bashi, More

Clockwise from upper left: Cults, Lily and Madeleine, Kishi Bashi, The Avett Brothers
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:43 pm

While the cat's away, the mice will play rock-and-roll! On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, with Bob Boilen on vacation (to hunt through the treasure trove of memorabilia in his basement), co-host Robin Hilton and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson attempt to fulfill their vision of a perfect bizarro world episode, with premieres from Cults, Minor Alps, Weed and more.

One question remains: Can Bob really resist the temptation of trying to ruin Stephen's vision of a Bob-less show? Hear the show to find out.

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All Songs Considered
3:06 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music?

Apple's Garage Band for the iPad and iPhone includes virtual instruments, such as piano and drums, you can play like the real thing.
 

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:57 am

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All Songs Considered
9:16 am
Mon August 12, 2013

First Watch: Ra Ra Riot, 'Binary Mind'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 6:40 pm

Syracuse-based rock group Ra Ra Riot's latest album, Beta Love, is steeped heavily in science fiction and futurist theories, with tales of robots, lives stranded in space and, on the song "Binary Mind," the merging of computers and human brains. In a new video for the track, the band members' disembodied heads playfully float and bob in a kaleidoscopic, digital landscape.

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All Songs Considered
10:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ty Segall Talks About His Latest Album, 'Sleeper'

The insanely prolific, mega-awesome rock guitarist and singer Ty Segall.
Denee Petracek

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 6:13 pm

  • Hear Ty Segall Talk About 'Sleeper'

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All Songs Considered
12:17 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do You Break Into Music Journalism?

The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 7:12 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the heavily taped packages that can't be opened without the aid of a utility knife and a blowtorch is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: an array of tips for anyone hoping to launch and sustain a career in music journalism.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Viking's Choice: Stunning High Aura'd Video Reminds Us That Snails Are A Real Thing

A still from "Remain in Light."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:46 am

We forget to listen closer, look closer. As a big-picture kind of guy, I do that myself, and that means missing details that make day-to-day life more vivid. Listening to High Aura'd, it's apparent that creator John Kolodij hears life with great clarity. Last year's Sanguine Features was a personal favorite of mine: a dark and buzzing LP that, when turned up loud, felt like a dark hallway with treasures tucked away in the corners.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting'

The Avett Brothers will release Magpie and the Dandelion on Oct. 15
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:46 am

It hasn't even been 11 full months since The Avett Brothers released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock.

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All Songs Considered
2:12 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

First Watch: Nora Jane Struthers, 'Bike Ride'

Courtesy of the artist

For those who haven't yet discovered Nora Jane Struthers, the summery song "Bike Ride" is a great introduction to her beguiling, well-considered worldview. The first time Struthers sings the song's most important line — "I can go anywhere" — the phrase rises up out of her throat, free, wide open. The second time, a phrase later, she clamps down on it with some grit. "'Bike Ride' is a song about a re-awakening," the 29-year-old Nashville resident said in a recent email. "When you propel yourself forward through time and space on your own steam, you realize your own agency."

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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Viking's Choice: Vattnet Viskar Blast Beats Into Oblivion In 'Mythos'

Vattnet Viskar.
Kenzy Dion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:34 am

Vattnet Viskar's self-titled 2012 EP blazed through atmospheric, doom-ridden black metal with authority; it had promise for a style that's been mined endlessly in recent years.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Stars: 'Wishful' Thinking In A Fizzy New Song

Stars will release a new 7" single, "Wishful"/"The Light," on Sept. 10.
Norman Wong

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:08 am

The Montreal pop band Stars wears many faces, literally and figuratively: Singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell swap lead vocals in songs that range from effervescent pop-rock to grandiose dance music to melancholy, string-enhanced dirges. With so much to choose from in the group's toolbox, a few gems are bound to get left off its records — a wrong Stars will help right with a new single next month.

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All Songs Considered
1:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

First Watch: The Garifuna Collective, 'Ubou'

Courtesy of the artist

It's been six years since Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective brought the beautifully rich music of the Garifuna people to international consciousness. Their 2007 album Watina became an instant classic, and probably did more than anything else to bring this culture and language to an international audience. But less than a year after Watina's release, Palacio, a vocalist and guitarist, was suddenly gone: dead of a heart attack and stroke at age 47.

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All Songs Considered
7:43 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Viking's Choice: Kayo Dot Sums Up A Decade Of Sonic Transgression In 'Thief'

Kayo Dot.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 8:31 am

There's a lot to absorb in the 100 minutes that make up Hubardo, an ambitious concept album about a meteor that falls to earth and transforms a lonely poet.

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All Songs Considered
12:41 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Viking's Choice: Skate Or Die In A New Wolf Eyes Video

A still from "Born Liar."
Courtesy of the artist

Try as I might, I could never skateboard. It's as if gravity didn't know what to make of my body and would send me flying face-first into the concrete at every opportunity. That never stopped me from watching skate videos on late-night cable-access TV — pinhole cameras, bloody wipeouts and punk rock. Way before it was the mind-mangling noise band that once turned an unsuspecting Sub Pop audience on its head with bangers like 2004's "Stabbed in the Face," Wolf Eyes was just a bunch of punks from Detroit.

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All Songs Considered
8:32 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The Good Listener: Are Bands Right To Scold Fans With Cellphones?

The Gaslight Anthem, as seen through a cellphone.
Adam Gasson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:59 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful $40-a-pop reminders not to speed on North Capitol Street is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: a discussion of cellphone recordings at concerts.

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All Songs Considered
1:48 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

First Watch: The Orwells, 'Who Needs You'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:50 pm

"They look like the kids from Stand By Me or an old Norman Rockwell painting canted a few degrees," director Eddie O'Keefe says of the teenaged Chicago garage-rock group The Orwells. "I wanted to capture that aspect of the band in a video." The Orwells' new song, "Who Needs You," is the title track from an upcoming EP, out Sept. 10.

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All Songs Considered
1:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

New Music: Yuck, Electronic Music Pioneer Roedelius, Chastity Belt And More

Clockwise from upper left: Yuck, Jackson Scott, Roedelius and Schneider, Chastity Belt.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 1:53 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen returns from a long, arduous weekend of work, looking tan and rested. That's because he just got back from the Newport Folk Festival, where he spent three glorious days surrounded by love, rainbows and amazing music. But leave it to co-host Robin Hilton to harsh Bob's mellow, when he shows Bob the most horrifying publicity photo either has ever seen for a band.

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All Songs Considered
1:38 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Old Tiny Desk Gets Demolished

The old NPR building at 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., was torn down in stages. This photo shows what the building looked like in late June.
NPR

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All Songs Considered
3:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day Three In Photos

Andrew Bird and Tift Merritt perform at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Meagan Beauchemin for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 8:02 am

The Newport Folk Festival is a little like summer camp — crowded, loud, fun, full of a lot of your favorite people — and you never want to leave. On this year's last day artists said goodbye by coming together.

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All Songs Considered
11:37 am
Mon July 29, 2013

The 2013 Newport Folk Festival In GIFs

Jim James gets his groove on.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 8:03 am

Rain or shine, people love to dance at the Newport Folk Festival — maybe it's the fresh air, maybe it's boats tootin' in the distance, maybe it's the ramblin' good time folks like Beck, The Avett Brothers, Jim James and

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All Songs Considered
9:31 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Question Of The Week: Who's The New Dylan?

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan performing Aug. 28, 1963 at the March On Washington, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech.
Rowland Scherman/National Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 8:26 am

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All Songs Considered
2:08 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day Two In Photos

The versatile bluegrass star Sarah Jarosz plays new songs from her upcoming third album, Build Me Up from Bones, as well as Joanna Newsom and Bob Dylan covers.
Meagan Beauchemin for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 8:04 am

The sun came out over the second day of the Newport Folk Festival — and flying hair, Flying Vs and flying drumsticks. Saturday included sets from Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Shovels & Rope, Frank Turner and much more.

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All Songs Considered
1:11 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day One In Photos

Dancing in the rain at Newport.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 8:04 am

It always rains at least one day at the Newport Folk Festival, and because Newport started a whole day earlier this year, we got the downpour out of the way first. But that didn't stop folks from dancing and singing along to The Mountain Goats, JD McPherson, Blake Mills and many more.

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2:13 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Good Listener: Learning To Love Country Music

Holly Williams.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 7:01 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the jury summons disguised as refund checks is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a search for entry points to country-music fandom.

Emily Carol Schmidt writes via Facebook: "I'm not super into country, but I now live in a place with 50+ country stations, so I'm giving it a second chance. But how? Do you just listen to it for a couple hours? Get recommendations? Go to a concert?"

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All Songs Considered
8:26 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Why The Newport Folk Festival Is So Special

Mito Habe-Evans NPR Music

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 1:48 pm

  • Hear Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet Discuss This Year's Festival

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2:14 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

New Music: Sebadoh, Moderat, Typhoon, The Civil Wars And More

Clockwise, from upper left: Sebadoh, Lucy Schwartz, Moderat and Kyle Morton of the band Typhoon
Courtesy of the artists

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered: Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up huge premieres, including a preview of '90s lo-fi rock pioneer Sebadoh's first new album in 14 years. There's also new music from folk duo The Civil Wars, which finished its new album just before going on hiatus, and pianist singer Lucy Schwartz.

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All Songs Considered
6:01 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Song Premiere: The Civil Wars' 'Dust To Dust' Is An Ode To The End

John Paul White and Joy Williams are The Civil Wars
Allister Ann Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:38 am

Joy Williams and John Paul White are The Civil Wars, a duo of passionate performers. The first time I saw them perform there were such positive sparks flying between them, but these days they can barely speak to one another. The Civil Wars are about to release a new album — their second and probably their last for a while or perhaps forever ... we shall see.

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1:47 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

The Good Listener: Does Ignoring A Friend's Mix Make You A Bad Person?

Not every mix gets the loving attention we feel it deserves.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:25 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the aluminum-siding pamphlets disguised as jury summons is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a blistering rebuttal of last week's column.

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All Songs Considered
9:01 am
Wed July 17, 2013

First Watch: Kingsley Flood, 'Sigh A While'

Courtesy Of The Artist

It's one thing for an artist to talk about his failures — that's easy fodder for a good song — but art at its best incites positive change. "Sigh A While," this song from Boston's Kingsley Flood, is written to inspire. Kingsley Flood's Naseem Khuri says this tune is about the failures in all of us, and in particular about the patterns we can fall into. "I wrote the song about a friend who for years assured me he'd quit his job and change the world with his art," Khuri writes in an email. "We were driving around in his beat-up car one day and he was making the same promises.

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