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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for us…

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    New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 27

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 26:56

    The best albums out this week include Wilco's double-length Cruel Country, a debut from the singer UMI, the latest installment in Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's Jazz Is Dead series and more.Featured Albums:1. Jean Carne, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge — JID012Featured Songs: "Black Love," "Visions"2. Wilco — Cruel CountryFeatured Songs: "I Am My Mother," "The Plains," "A Lifetime To Find"3. X Alfonso — Ancestros Sinfonicos Featured Song: "Yakuma Kareré"4. UMI — Forest in the CityFeatuared Song: "what would u do?"5. Nduduzo Makhathini — In the Spirit of NTUFeatured Songs: "Mama," "Emlilweni"Other notable releases for May 27:Brian Jackson — This Is Brian JacksonBright Eyes — A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off the Happiness and Fevers and MirrorsCoheed and Cambria — Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking MindDehd — Blue SkiesHAAi — Baby, We're AscendingHOVVDY — Billboard for My FeelingsIsaac Dunbar — Banish the BansheeJonny Greenwood — The Power of the Dog OST (physical release)Liam Gallagher — C'MON YOU KNOWMaria BC — HyalineMireya — MireyaRosie Carney — I Wanna Feel HappySean Paul — ScorchaSofie Birch — HolotropicaStars — From Capelton HillSteve Earle & The Dukes — Jerry Jeff

    Presenting 'Pop Culture Happy Hour': Kendrick Lamar's 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 22:48

    In this special episode from our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, host Stephen Thompson talks with critics Christina Lee and Marcus J. Moore about Kendrick Lamar's new double album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. It's been five years since Lamar released his previous album, DAMN. Since then, he's won a Pulitzer Prize, been nominated for an Oscar, and become a parent. But Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is anything but a breezy victory lap. Lamar examines generational trauma, sexual politics, and his own attempts to grow amid high expectations and heavy introspection.

    New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 20

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 25:32

    The best albums out this week include Harry's House from Harry Styles, jazz pianist Joey Alexander's Origin, new ones from R&B singer Ravyn Lenae, rapper Boldy James, Porridge Radio and more.Featured Albums:1. Harry Styles — Harry's HouseFeatured Tracks: "Music for a Sushi Restaurant," "Grapejuice"2. Joey Alexander — OriginFeatured Tracks: "Remembering," "Summer Rising"3. Ravyn Lenae — HypnosFeatured Tracks: "3D," "Inside Out," "Xtasy"4. Porridge Radio — Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the SkyFeatured Tracks: "Back to the Radio," "End of Last Year"5. Boldy James & Real Bad Man — Killing NothingFeatured Track: "Game Time"Other notable releases for May 20:Charlie Hickey — Nervous At NightCraig Finn — A Legacy of RentalsFlume — PalacesHanson — Red Blue GreenJoe Rainey — NiinetaKronos Quartet — Mỹ LaiLykke Li — EYEYEMary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena — West Kensingtonmxmtoon — risingSOAK — If I never know you like this againUffie — Sunshine Factory

    New Mix: Tiny Desk Contest winner Alisa Amador, SOAK, Jens Lekman, more

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 29:21

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen introduces this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Alisa Amador, plus new music from SOAK, the identical twins duo Companion, Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Alisa Amador: "Milonga accidental" (Single)2. Jens Lekman: "The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom," from The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom3. Companion: "If I Were a Ghost," from Second Day of Spring4. SOAK: "purgatory," from If I never know you like this again5. Jasmyn: "Cruel Moon," from In The Wild

    New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 13

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 31:23

    Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Leikeli47's Shape Up, Florence + the Machine's Dance Fever and more are on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.Featured Albums: 1. Kendrick Lamar — Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers2. Leikeli47 — Shape UpFeatured Track: "Chitty Bang"3. Florence + the Machine — Dance FeverFeatured Track: "Choreomania"4. Quelle Chris — DEATHFAMEFeatured Track: "King in Black"5. Tank and the Bangas — Red BalloonFeatured Track: "Communion in My Cup"6. John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davis — FirestarterFeatured Track: "Charlie's Rampage"Other notable releases for May 13:The Black Keys — Dropout BoogieKevin Morby — This Is A PhotographMandy Moore — In Real LifeMary Halvorson — Amaryllis and BelladonnaMonophonics — Sage MotelPkew Pkew Pkew — Open BarSam Gendel & Antonia Cytrynowicz — Live a LittleSay Sue Me — The Last Thing LeftThe Smile — A Light For Attracting AttentionThey Hate Change — Finally, New

    New Mix: Regina Spektor, Stella Donnelly, Tomberlin, More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 41:35

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares the "most astonishing song" he's heard this year: Regina Spektor's "Up The Mountain," plus Stella Donnelly's "Lungs," the many colors of MABUTA and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Regina Spektor: "Up The Mountain," from Home, before and after2. Rachel Bobbitt: "More" (Single)3. Shane Cooper & MABUTA: "Finish The Sun," from Finish The Sun4. Tomberlin: "idkwntht," from i don't know who needs to hear this...5. Kathryn Joseph: "The Burning of Us All," from For You Who Are the Wronged6. Stella Donnelly: "Lungs," from Flood

    A conversation with Bonnie Raitt

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 22:10

    Jewly Hight from member station WNXP talks with Bonnie Raitt about the folk-and-blues legend's new album Just Like That... and how she's navigated five decades of storied music-making.

    New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 6

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 30:12

    NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Sharon Van Etten's We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jack Harlow's Come Home The Kids Miss You, Arcade Fire's WE and more.Featured Albums:1. Jack Harlow — Come Home The Kids Miss YouFeatured Tracks: "Nail Tech," "First Class"2. Ibeyi — Spell 31Featured Tracks: "Made of Gold," "Sister 2 Sister"3. Arcade Fire — WEFeatured Tracks: "Age of Anxiety I," "End of the Empire"4. IDK & KAYTRANADA — Simple.Featured Track: "Dog Food"5. Sharon Van Etten — We've Been Going About This All WrongFeatured Tracks: "Headspace," "Born"Other notable releases for May 6:!!! — Let It Be BlueBad Bunny — Un Verano Sin TiBelle And Sebastian — A Bit of PreviousBryan Ferry — Love Letters Ella Mai — Heart On My SleeveEmile Sandé — Let's Say For InstanceJermiside & The Expert — The Overview EffectJOYFULTALK — Familiar ScienceKikagaku Moyo — Kumoyo IslandMidland — The Last Resort: Greetings FromOtoboke Beaver — Super ChamponSuki Waterhouse — I Can't Let GoSunflower Bean — Headful of Sugar

    The Best Music of April

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 27:03

    April brought us albums from a re-energized Pusha T, reggae legend Horace Andy, Myra Melford's improvised suite, Syd's broken-hearted R&B ballads and Straw Man Army's paranoid-but-expansive post-punk. Featured Albums:1. Horace Andy: "Watch Over Them" from Midnight Rocker2. Pusha T: "Dreamin of the Past" from It's Almost Dry3. Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet: "VII" from For the Love of Fire and Water4. Syd: "CYBAH" from Broken Hearts Club5. Straw Man Army: "Human Kind" from SOSOther notable releases for April:• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia • Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder — Get On Board • Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet • Miles Okazaki's Trickster Quartet — Thisness • Albert Ayler — Revelations • Vince Staples — Ramona Park Broke My Heart• Omar Apollo — Ivory• Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...• The Linda Lindas — Growing Up• Wet Leg — Wet Leg

    New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 29

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 26:33

    The week's best new albums include Toro y Moi's spectacular MAHAL, hard-hitting rap from the New Jersey hip-hop duo Dälek's Precipice, R&B singer Kehlani's blue water road and more.Featured Albums:1. Toro y Moi — MAHALFeatured Tracks: "Magazine," "The Medium"2. Girlpool — ForgivenessFeatured Track: "Nothing Gives Me Pleasure"3. Dälek — PrecipiceFeatured Tracks: "Devotion (When I Cry The Wind Disappears)," "Boycott"4. Kehlani — blue water roadFeatured Tracks: "wish i never" and "wondering/wandering"5. Let's Eat Grandma — Two RibbonsFeatured Tracks: "Watching You Go," "Strange Conversations"6. Girl Ultra — El SurFeatured Tracks: "Bombay," "Nade Que Hacer"Other notable release for April 29: Bloc Party — Alpha GamesBurnt Pink — Afterlife DubCongotronics International — Where's The One?Corb Lund — Songs My Friends WroteDiane Coffee — With PeopleEbi Soda — Honk If You're SadThe Head and the Heart — Every Shade Of BlueKelly Lee Owens — LP8Melody's Echo Chamber — Emotional EternalMiranda Lambert — PalominoRöyksopp — Profound MysteriesWilliam Basinski & Janek Schaefer — ...On Reflection

    New Mix: Phoebe Bridgers, Wilco, Quinn Christopherson, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 34:43

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a live recording for the 20th anniversary of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, a new single from Phoebe Bridgers and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Lizzy McAlpine: "weird (ft. Laura Elliot)," from five seconds flat2. Flasher: "Love Is Yours," from Love Is Yours3. Fontaines D.C.: "Roman Holiday," from Skinty Fia4. Phoebe Bridgers: "Sidelines" (Single for Hulu's Conversations with Friends)5. Quinn Christopherson: "2005" (Single)6. Wilco: "Reservations (Live at The Pageant, St. Louis, MO 7/23/02)," from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Deluxe Edition)

    New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 22

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 33:34

    The best albums out this week include It's Almost Dry from Pusha T, space rock from Spiritualized, a gorgeous ambient record from OHYUNG, a rediscovered Charles Mingus live recording and more.Featured Albums:1. Pusha T — It's Almost DryFeatured Tracks "Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes," "Dreaming of the Past," "Just So You Remember," "I Pray For You"2. Jorge Drexler — Tinta y TiempoFeatured Tracks: "El Plan Maestro," "¡Oh, Algoritmo!"3. Ben Marc — Glass EffectFeatured Track: "Way We Are"4. Spiritualized — Everything Was BeautifulFeatured Tracks: "Always Together With You," "Crazy"5. Charles Mingus — The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott'sFeatured Track: "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues"6. OHYUNG — imagine naked!Featured Track: "symphonies sweeping"Other notable releases for April 22:• Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet — Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet• Bill Evans — Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert at the Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires • Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...• Charles Mingus — Mingus Three (Deluxe Edition)• claire rousay — everything perfect is already here• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia• Hatchie — Giving the World Away• Jason Aldean — GEORGIA• King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard — Omnium Gatherum• Mister Goblin — Bunny• Patrick Watson — Better in the Shade• Roger Eno — The Turning Year• S. Carey — Break Me Open

    New Mix: Pink Floyd, Patrick Watson, Sonny Singh, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 33:28

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including a surprise return from Pink Floyd and uplifting songs from Sonny Singh, Patrick Watson and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Pink Floyd: "Hey, Hey, Rise Up (featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox)" (Single)2. Sonny Singh: "Aisee Preet," from Chardi Kala3. Tuba Skinny: "Trickster's Rag," from Magnolia Stroll4. Charlie Hickey: "Dandelions," from Nervous At Night5. Patrick Watson & La Force: "Height of the Feeling," from Better in the Shade6. The Good Ones: "I Dream Someday To Have a Home," from Rwanda...You See Ghosts, I See Sky

    New Mix: Pink Floyd, Patrick Watson, Sonny Singh, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 33:30

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including a surprise return from Pink Floyd and uplifting songs from Sonny Singh, Patrick Watson and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Pink Floyd: "Hey, Hey, Rise Up (featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox)" (Single)2. Sonny Singh: "Aisee Preet," from Chardi Kala3. Tuba Skinny: "Trickster's Rag," from Magnolia Stroll4. Charlie Hickey: "Dandelions," from Nervous At Night5. Patrick Watson & La Force: "Height of the Feeling," from Better in the Shade6. The Good Ones: "I Dream Someday To Have a Home," from Rwanda...You See Ghosts, I See Sky

    New Music Friday: The Top 5 albums out on April 15

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 25:41

    NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Kaitlin Butts, Samora Pinderhughes, Mal Blum and more.Featured Albums:1. Kaitlin Butts — what else can she doFeatured Song: "it won't always be this way"2. Samora Pinderhughes — GRIEFFeatured Song: "Masculinity"3. Mal Blum — Ain't It Nice
Featured Song: "Everybody Loves You"4. Jerry Paper — Free TimeFeatured Song: "Just Say Play"5. Dave Brubeck Trio — Live From Vienna 1967Featured Song: "St. Louis Blues"Other notable releases for April 15:• Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet• Flock of Dimes — Head of Roses (Phantom Limb• Digga D — Noughty By Nature• Kurt Vile — (watch my moves)• Spanish Love Songs — Brave Faces, Etc.

    New Mix: Joan Shelley, Craig Finn, Florist, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 41:18

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including new ones from singer Joan Shelley, Florist, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Florist: "Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)," from Florist2. Joan Shelley: "The Spur," from The Spur3. Sadurn: "snake," from Radiator4. Dana Gavanski: "I Kiss The Night," from When It Comes5. Craig Finn: "Messing With the Settings," from A Legacy of Rentals6. dani mack: "Someday"7. Medicine Singers: "Daybreak," from Medicine Singers

    New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 24:55

    It's a crazy-packed release day with new albums from Camila Cabello, Omar Apollo, an all-star collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., Girl Talk and Smoke DZA, Syd's Broken Hearts Club and more.Featured Albums: 1. Omar Apollo — IvoryFeatured Songs: "Talk," "En El Ovido"2. Syd — Broken Hearts ClubFeatured Song: "BMHWDY"3. Girl Talk, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, Smoke DZA — Full Court PressFeatured Song: "Fly the Coop"4. Camila Cabello — FamiliaFeatured Song: "Psychofreak"5. BANKS — SerpentinaFeatured Song: "Meteorite"Other notable releases for April 8:Calexico — El MiradorCoi Leray — TrendsetterDeer Scout — WoodpeckerFather John Misty — Chloe and the Next 20th CenturyFivio Foreign — B.I.B.L.E.Hiatus Kaiyote — Mood Variant (The Remixes)Jack White — Fear of the DawnJohnnyswim — JohnnyswimKae Tempest — The Line Is A CurveThe Linda Lindas — Growing UpOrville Peck — BroncoSon Lux — Everything Everywhere All At Once (OST)Vince Staples — Ramona Park Broke My HeartWet Leg — Wet Leg

    The Best Music of March

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 28:46

    March's best new music includes Kilo Kish's pop treatise on this game called life, Jenny Hval's philosophy on art-making, Soul Glo's punk rage and more. Featured Music:1. Kilo Kish: "DISTRACTIONS III: SPOILED ROTTEN" from AMERICAN GURL2. Jenny Hval: "American Coffee" from Classic Objects3. Soul Glo: "Jump! (Or Get Jumped!!!) ((by the future))" from Diaspora Problems4. rusowsky, "pikito" 5. Jóhann Jóhannsson: "The Mountain View, the Majesty of the Snow-Clad Peaks, from a Place of Contemplation and Reflection" from Drone MassOther notable releases for March:• Lous and The Yakuza, "Kisé"• Cécile McLorin Salvant — Ghost Song • Charli XCX — Crash • Rosalia — MOTOMAMI• Emmanuelle Parrenin — Targala, la maison qui n'en est pas une

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on April 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 26:50

    NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from the Bronx rapper T-Shyne, Sondre Lerche, the Canadian pop singer known as LIGHTS and more. Featured Albums: 1. T-Shyne — Confetti NightsFeatured Track: "Feed the Fam" 2. Pillow Queens — Leave the Light OnFeatured Track: "Be By Your Side"3. Sondre Lerche — Avatars of LoveFeatured Track: "Summer in Reverse"4. LIGHTS — PEPFeatured Track: "Money in the Bag"5. GGGOLDDD — This Shame Should Not Be MineFeatured Track: "Spring"Other notable releases for April 1: Big Cheeko — Block Barry WhiteCarpenter Brut — Leather TerrorChristian Lee Hutson — QuittersDuster — TogetherField Works — StationsMeshuggah — ImmutableMolly Tuttle & Golden Highway — Crooked TreeNight Palace — Diving RingsPUP — THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBANDRed Hot Chili Peppers — Unlimited Love

    Records That Changed Our Lives: Finding hope in Tracy Chapman and 'Brand New Eyes'

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 29:11

    What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.

    New Mix: Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius, Soccer Mommy, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 36:42

    All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including songs of love from Angel Olsen and Soccer Mommy, a new one from the upcoming Perfume Genius album Ugly Season and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Perfume Genius: "Pop Song," from Ugly Season2. Zola Jesus: "Lost," from Arkhon3. Arooj Aftab: "Udhero Na (feat. Anoushka Shankar)," from Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)4. Angel Olsen: "All The Good Times," from Big Time5. Saya Gray: "IF THERE'S NO SEAT IN THE SKY (WILL YOU FORGIVE ME???)," from 19 MASTERS6. Soccer Mommy: "Shotgun," from Sometimes, Forever

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 25

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 24:45

    Our picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Nashville singer Maren Morris, the Jamaican rapper and singer Koffee, London's Afro-funk group Ibibio Sound Machine, Barrie and more.Featured Albums: 1. Maren Morris — Humble QuestFeatured Tracks: "Humble Quest" and "Nervous"2. Koffee — GiftedFeatured Track: "Shine"3. Ornette Coleman — Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary AlbumsFeatured Track: "Lorraine"4. Barrie — BarbaraFeatured Track: "Jersey"5. Ibibio Sound Machine — ElectricityFeatured Tracks: "Protection from Evil" and "Truth No Lie"Other notable releases for March 25:Aldous Harding — Warm ChrisBuddy — SuperghettoCamp Cope — Running with the HurricaneDenzel Curry — Melt My Eyez See Your FutureDestroyer — Labyrinthitis Machine Gun Kelly — mainstream selloutRema — Rave & RosesWalter Martin — The Bear

    Records That Changed Our Lives: Defying Gatekeepers

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 30:43

    What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.

    New Mix: Arcade Fire, Valerie June, The Smile, Andrew Bird, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 43:38

    All Songs host Bob Boilen's mix this week includes the joy of Valerie June, a new project from Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, with Sons Of Kemet's Tom Skinner, called The Smile, and more.Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Brittany Davis: "I Choose to Live," from I Choose to Live EP2. Valerie June: "Use Me" (Single)3. Arcade Fire: "Lightning I, II," from WE4. The Smile: "Skrting On the Surface" (Single)5. Congotronics International: "Where's The One?," from Where's The One?6. Andrew Bird: "Atomized" (Single)7. Typhoon: "New Wife," from Underground Complex EP

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 18

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 33:07

    Two of the year's most anticipated albums — Rosalía's MOTOMAMI and Charli XCX's CRASH — drop today, along with Johann Johannsson's posthumous Drone Mass, Yumi Zouma's Present Tense and more. Featured Albums:1. Rosalía — MOTOMAMIFeatured tracks: "CUUUUuuuuuute," "BULERÍAS," "SAOKO"2. Jóhann Jóhannsson — Drone MassFeatured tracks: "Two is Apocryphal," "Take the Night Air"3. Raw Poetic & Damu The Fudgemunk — Laminated SkiesFeatured Tracks: "Open Roads," "Chewing Gum"4. Charli XCX — CRASHFeatured Tracks: "Crash," "Yuck"5. Yumi Zouma — Present TenseFeatured Track: "Astral Projections"Other notable releases for March 18:Bladee & Ecco2K — CrestBroadcast — Microtronics, Mother is the Milky Way, Maida Vale SessionsCypress Hill — Back in BlackMattiel — Georgia GothicMidlake — For the Sake of Bethel WoodsRuth Slenczynska — My Life in MusicSonic Youth — In/Out/In

    Records That Changed Our Lives, Grown Woman Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 30:30

    What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.

    New Mix: Belle and Sebastian, Scout laRue Willis, Gang of Youths, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 39:20

    All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including some powerful story-songs, from a drug-filled fling to lies learned about a lost father, an underwater journey and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Curse Of Lono: "So Damned Beautiful (feat. Tess Parks)," from People In Cars2. Gang of Youths: "you in everything," from angel in realtime3. Belle and Sebastian: "Unnecessary Drama," from A Bit of Previous4. Niia: "Forward," from Mouthful of Salt5. Deer Scout: "Peace with the Damage," from Woodpecker6. Scout laRue Willis: "Shouldn't I Be" (Single)

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 26:18

    Our shortlist for the best albums out this week includes Rex Orange County's WHO CARES?, the immediately transfixing Getaway from singer Orion Sun, the genre-hopping sounds of Jenny Hval and more.Featured Albums: 1. Orion Sun — GetawayFeatured Tracks: "intro" and "without you"2. Rex Orange County — WHO CARES?Featured Tracks: "SHOOT ME DOWN" and "KEEP IT UP"3. Fly Anakin — FrankFeatured Tracks: "Love Song (Come Back)" and "Bread"4. Jenny Hval — Classic ObjectsFeatured Track: "Cemetery of Splendor"5. Irma Thomas — Full Time Woman, The Lost Cotillion Album (on vinyl)Featured Track: "Adam and Eve"Other notable releases for March 11:Alex Cameron — Oxy MusicBenny the Butcher — Tana Talk 4The Boo Radleys — Keep On With FallingBOYO — Echoes Like MemoriesDrug Church — Hygiene Fatboi Sharif & LoneSword — Cyber City SocietyLoop — SonancyLucky Daye — CANDYDRIP

    Records That Changed Our Lives, Teen Edition: 'Tidal,' 'Blacks' Magic,' Beyoncé's '4'

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 36:13

    What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.

    New Mix: Regina Spektor, a Son Lux collaboration with David Byrne and Mitski, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 34:00

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a collaboration between Mitski, David Byrne and Son Lux, the return of Regina Spektor and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Son Lux, Mitski, David Byrne: "This Is A Life," from Everything Everywhere All At Once2. Regina Spektor: "Becoming All Alone," from Home, before and after3. Suz Slezak: "Loneliness Is Measured," from Our Wings May Be Featherless4. Kevin Morby: "This Is A Photograph," from This Is A Photograph5. Sharon Van Etten: "Used To It" (Single)6. Superorganism: "Teenager (feat. CHAI & Pi Ja Ma)," from World Wide Pop

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 26:45

    NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Belgian singer and rapper Stromae's first new music in nearly a decade, the blood-slowing sounds of The Weather Station and more.Featured Albums:1. Stromae — MultitudeFeatured Tracks: "L'enfer," "Santé" and "Déclaration"2. Nilüfer Yanya — PainlessFeatured Tracks: "the dealer," "L/R" and "midnight sun"3. RZA & DJ Scratch — Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu TheaterFeatured Track: "Pugilism"4. Kojey Radical — Reason to SmileFeatured Track: "Silk"5. The Weather Station — How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars?Featured Track: "Ignorance"Other notable releases for March 4:Band of Horses — Things Are GreatCécile McLorin Salvant — Ghost SongDolly Parton — Run, Rose, RunJordan Rakei — BruisesKAINA — It Was A HomeMadi Diaz — Same History, New FeelingsPeach Pit — From 2 to 3Roy Montgomery — AudiotherapyTom Caruana — Strange Planet

    Records That Changed Our Lives: How Kate Bush and Yoko Ono challenged us

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 26:24

    What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.

    A Punjabi space epic and a laid-back throwback — NPR's favorite music of February

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 29:28

    February's best new music includes a double album by Big Thief, Raveena's ambitious sophomore effort, Pusha T's old-school polish, Joyce DiDonato's wordless wondering and caroline's calming, crazy quilt of sound. Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Big Thief — Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in YouFeatured songs: "Spud Infinity" and "Dried Roses"2. Raveena — Asha's AwakeningFeatured song: "Mystery"3. Pusha T, "Diet Coke"4. Joyce DiDonato — EDENFeatured song: "The Unanswered Question"5. caroline — carolineFeatured song: "Dark blue"Other notable releases for February:• Hurray for the Riff Raff — LIFE ON EARTH• Mitski -- Laurel Hell• Erin Rae — Lighten Up• Chris Farren — Death Don't Wait (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)• Los Bitchos — Let the Festivities Begin!• Saba — Few Good Things

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 25

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 30:11

    Robert Glasper returns this week with Black Radio III, the latest in his ongoing fusion of jazz, rap, hip-hop and R&B. Other notable albums this week include new ones from SASMI, EARTHGANG and more. Featured Albums:1. Robert Glasper — Black Radio IIIFeatured Tracks: "Why We Speak" and "In Tune"2. SASAMI — SqueezeFeatured Track: "Say It"3. Sevdaliza — Raving DahliaFeatured Track: "Everything Is Everything"4. EARTHGANG — Ghetto GodsFeatured Track — "Amen"5. Emily Wells — Regards to the EndFeatured Tracks: "All Burn, No Bridge" and "David's Got A Problem"Other notable releases for Feb. 25:Aspidistrafly — Altar of DreamsAvishai Cohen — Naked TruthAvril Lavigne — Love SuxBambara — Love on My MindBasia Bulat — The Gardencaroline — carolineIsaiah Collier & The Chosen Few: "Lift Every Voice" (single)King Hannah — I'm Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me Superchunk — Wild LonelinessTears for Fears — The Tipping Point

    New Mix: Sevdaliza, Porridge Radio, Fantastic Negrito, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 41:46

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks this week, including the "femmenoid" sounds of Sevdaliza, Tiny Desk contest winner Fantastic Negrito Porridge Radio and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Porridge Radio: "Back To The Radio," From Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky2. Sevdaliza: "High Alone," From Raving Dahlia (EP)3. Fantastic Negrito: "Highest Bidder," From White Jesus Black Problems4. Daniel Rossen: "Unpeopled Space," From You Belong There5. Roedelius & Story: "Nurzu," From 4 Hands6. Charbonneau / Amato: "Évaporations," From Synth Works Vol. 2

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 18

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 23:19

    The week's best new music includes the deep grooves and heady soul of Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, an epic tale in sound from Beach House, the return of queer country pioneers Lavender Country and more. Featured Albums1. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — Texas MoonFeatured songs: "B-Side" and "Doris"2. Beach House — Once Twice MelodyFeatured song: "Modern Love Stories"3. Hurray for the Riff Raff — LIFE ON EARTHFeatured song: "POINTED AT THE SUN" 4. Kendra Morris — Nine LivesFeatured song: "Dry"5. Lavender Country — Blackberry RoseFeatured song: "All Disillusions Behind"Other notable releases for Feb. 18:Anwar HighSign — Live N*gga Prophecy Big K.R.I.T. — Digital Roses Don't DieMAITA — I Just Want to Be Wild For YouMetronomy — Small WorldRokia Koné & Jacknife Lee — BamananSally Shapiro — Sad CitiesThe Shout Out Louds — HouseShovels & Rope — ManticoreTennyson — Rot

    New Mix: The Suffers, S. Carey, Lady Dan, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 38:38

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music editor Hazel Cills share their favorite new tracks of the week, including the soulful sounds of The Suffers, the frenetic electronica of Whatever The Weather and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Lady Dan: "Not In Love" (Single)2. Maria BC: "The Only Thing," from Hyaline3. Maylee Todd: "Show Me," from Maloo4. Whatever The Weather: "17°C," from Whatever The Weather5. S. Carey: "Break Me Open," from Break Me Open6. Yungchen Lhamo: "Awakening," from Awakening7. The Suffers: "How Do We Heal (ft. Bryce The Third and Son Little" (Single)

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 25:39

    NPR Music's picks for the week's best albums include Mary J. Blige's Good Morning Gorgeous, the sonic wonders of alt-j, spiritual guidance from Raveena, a new solo record from Eddie Vedder and more.Featured Albums: 1. Mary J. Blige — Good Morning GorgeousFeatured Track: "On Top"2. alt-J — The DreamFeatured Track: "Bane"3. Raveena — Asha's AwakeningFeatured Tracks: "Kathy Left 4 Khatmandu" and "The Internet Is Like Eating Plastic"4. Shamir — HeterosexualityFeatured Track: "Caught Up"5. Eddie Vedder — EarthlingFeatured Track: "Power of Right"Other notable releases for Feb. 11:Big Thief — Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In YouBuke and Gase & Rahrah Gabor — Buke and Gase & Rahrah GaborClaire Rousay & More Eaze — Never Stop Texting MeEmpath — VisitorFrank Turner - FTHCJoss Stone — Never Forget My LoveMoonchild — StarfruitPriscilla Block — Welcome to the Block PartySpoon — Lucifer on the SofaTrupa Trupa — B Flat AVoivod — Synchro AnarchyZeal & Ardor — Zeal & Ardor

    A conversation with Questlove on his 'Summer of Soul' soundtrack

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 29:28

    In this special episode, our friends at the It's Been A Minute podcast talk with musician and filmmaker Questlove about the recently released soundtrack to his 2001 documentary Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). Host Sam Sanders chats with Questlove about the long history of Black erasure and the memorable performances from The 5th Dimension, Stevie Wonder (playing the drums!), Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone and many more.

    New Mix: Lucy Dacus, illuminati hotties, Madi Diaz with Waxahatchee, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 29:50

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a collaboration between Madi Diaz and Waxahatchee, "Kissing Lessons" from Lucy Dacus and more.Featured Artist and Songs:1. Lucy Dacus: "Kissing Lessons" (Single)2. Madi Diaz w/ Waxahatchee: "Resentment (New Feelings Version)" (Single)3. illuminati hotties: "Sandwich Sharer" (Single)4. Luna Li (ft. beabadoobee): "Silver Into Rain," from Duality5. River Whyless: "Heaven and Light," from Monoflora6. Norma Waterson: "Bright Shiny Morning," from Bright Shiny Morning

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 27:37

    NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the final trap album from Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, '80s-flavored pop from Mitski, Animal Collective's return to form and more.Featured Albums:1. 2 Chainz — Dope Don't Sell ItselfFeatured tracks: "10 Bracelets" and "Million Dollars Worth Of Game"2. Mitski — Laurel HellFeatured track: "Stay Soft"3. Animal Collective — Time SkiffsFeatured track: "Strung With Everything"4. Saba — Few Good ThingsFeatured tracks: "Survivor's Guilt" and "2012"5. Erin Rae — Lighten UpFeatured track: "California Belongs to You"Other notable releases for Feb. 4:Black Country, New Road — Ants From Up ThereCate Le Bon — PompeiiLord Kayso — More ChoresLos Bitchos — Let The Festivities Begin!The Reds, Pinks and Purples — Summer at Land's EndTank — R&B MONEY

    A (deep) conversation with Elvis Costello

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 49:00

    In a career-spanning interview, the singer reflects on his decades-long life in music, from his earliest childhood memories to the artists who shaped his work and what his own songs have meant to others.

    New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Jan. 28

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 27:27

    The Summer of Soul soundtrack is finally here, along with a breathtaking debut from singer Amber Mark, a mind-bender from jazz saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more.Featured Albums: 1. Various — The Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)Featured Song: "Don'tcha Hear Me Callin' to Ya?"2. Lady Wray — Piece of MeFeatured Song: "Where Were You"3. Samm Henshaw — Untidy SoulFeatured Songs: "Thoughts and Prayers," "Chicken Wings," "Keyon (Interlude)"4. Amber Mark — Three Dimensions DeepFeatured Song: "One"5. Immanuel Wilkins — The 7th HandFeatured Song: "Don't Break"Other notable releases for Jan. 28:Anaïs Mitchell — Anaïs MitchellBabyface Ray — FaceBeirut — ArtifactsGreg Spero — The Chicago ExperimentSt. Paul & The Broken Bones — Alien Coast

    New Mix: PUP, Kaina, Uwade, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 28:53

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music editor Marissa Lorusso share their favorite new music of the week, including the latest from PUP and the curious and beautiful sounds of Isik Kural.Featured artists and tracks:1. PUP: "Robot Writes A Love Song," from THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND2. MAITA: "Loneliness," from I Just Want To Be Wild For You3. KAINA: "Apple," from It Was a Home4. Uwade: "Do You See The Light Around Me?" (Single)5. Imarhan: "Achinkad," from Aboogi6. Isik Kural: "paperhat," from in february

    New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Jan. 21

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 28:36

    Emo rapper and singer iann dior, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, Americana singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan and more land on this week's shortlist for the best new releases out on Jan. 21. Featured Albums: 1. iann dior — on to better thingsFeatured Songs: "V12" and "hopeless romantic"2. Che Noir — Food For ThoughtFeatured Song: "Communion"3. Simone Dinnerstein — UndersongFeatured Songs: Erik Satie's "Gnossienne No. 3" and Philip Glass' "Mad Rush"4. Aoife O'Donovan — Age of ApathyFeatured Song: "Sister Starling" 5. Jana Horn — OptimismFeatured Song: "Optimism"6. Tanya Tagaq — TonguesFeatured Songs: "Earth Monster" and "Colonizer"Other notable releases for Jan. 21:Aurora - The Gods We Can TouchBoris — WBoy Harsher — The Runner (Original Soundtrack)Jake Xerxes Fussell — Good and Green AgainJanis Ian — The Light at the End of the LinePedro the Lion — HavasuYoung T & Bugsey — Truth Be Told

    New Mix: Shamir, Midlake, Anaïs Mitchell, Janis Ian, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 38:44

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks, including one from Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell, Frank Turner's dream-inspired ode to his late friend, Scott Hutchison and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Frank Turner: "A Wave Across A Bay," from FTHC2. Anaïs Mitchell: "On Your Way (Felix Song)," from Anaïs Mitchell3. Janis Ian: "Better Times Will Come," from The Light at the End of the Line4. Midlake: "Bethel Woods," from For The Sake of Bethel Woods5. Shamir: "Reproductive," from Heterosexuality6. Keeley Forsyth: "I Stand Alone," from Limbs

    New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out Jan. 14

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 26:40

    NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include FKA Twigs' CAPRISONGS, SICK! from Earl Sweatshirt, joyful singalongs from The Lumineers and more.Featured Albums: 1. FKA Twigs — CAPRISONGSFeatured Songs: "papi bones" and "track girl interlude"2. Earl Sweatshirt — SICK!Featured Song: "God Laughs"3. The Lumineers — BrightsideFeatured Song: "Where We Are"4. Bonobo — FragmentsFeatured Song: "Rosewood"5. Cordae — From A Birds Eye ViewFeatured Song: "Champagne Glasses"6. Linying — There Could Be Wreckage HereFeatured Song: "Faith"Other notable releases for Jan. 14: Blood Red Shoes — GHOSTS ON TAPE; Broken Social Scene — Old Dead Young; Cat Power — Covers; Elvis Costello and The Imposters — The Boy Named If.

    New Mix: The Smile, Kae Tempest, Yard Act, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 38:45

    All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, along with NPR Music's curator of the weird and loud, Lars Gotrich.Featured Artists And Tracks:1. Kae Tempest: "More Pressure," from The Line Is A Curve2. Pigeon Pit: "Empties," from Feather River Canyon Blues3. Souk: "Sooner or Later," from Souk Demo4. Basia Bulat: "Song," from The Garden5. Barrie: "Quarry," from Barbara6. The Smile: "You Will Never Work In Television Again" (Single)7. Yard Act: "Rich," from The Overload

    Presenting: Pop Culture Happy Hour, on Spotify's corporate ad game, 'Wrapped'

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 23:53

    Our friends at NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast take a look Spotify's annual end-of-year event, and viral sensation, 'Wrapped.' In 2019 the service started pairing its year-end listening data with eye-catching and extremely shareable graphics. But, when the algorithm curates so much of our listening experience... are we just creating a perpetual feedback loop?

    How Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan created Merge Records

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 82:02

    In this special episode from NPR's How I Built This with Guy Raz, Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan talk about how, as college students in the late '80s, they created one of the most influential indie labels of all time, Merge Records

    The prophecies of Radiohead's 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac,' 20 years later

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 52:44

    Our friends at NPR's Throughline podcast take a deep dive into the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac, examining the ways the band confronted the monsters around us and within us at the dawn of a new millennium.

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