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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 use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

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 use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
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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 use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

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Episodes

New Mix: Dan Deacon, Soccer Mommy, M. Ward, Khruangbin And Leon Bridges, More

1/22/2020
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This week's mix of essential new songs includes a surprising collaboration between Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, Dan Deacon without the vocal effects, M. Ward and more.

Duration:00:30:51

New Music Friday: Jan. 17

1/17/2020
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A posthumous release from Mac Miller, Halsey's Manic and Little Big Town's Nightfall top our shortlist for the best new albums out this week. Featured Releases: 1. Bombay Bicycle Club — Everything Else Has Gone Wrong Featured Song: "Is It Real?" 2. The Innocence Mission — See You Tomorrow Featured Song: "The Brothers Williams Said" 3. Halsey — Manic Featured Song: "You Should Be Sad" 4. Little Big Town — Nightfall Featured Song: "Sugar Coat" 5. Mac Miller — Circles Featured Songs:...

Duration:00:33:45

Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2020

1/14/2020
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The annual festival in New York gathers a dozen bands from around the world to shake up your listening habits. On this edition of All Songs Considered you'll hear extraordinary music from South Korea's Ak Dan Gwang Chil, the sweet voice of Senegalese Cheikh Lō, the husky sounds of Algerian rai music from Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, wild distorted Kurdish wedding music from the Tufan Derince Trio, powerful vocals from France and the band San Salvador, and La Chica's swooning, arty electronica...

Duration:00:33:20

New Music Friday: Jan. 10

1/10/2020
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Our sprint through the week's best new albums returns with music from the genre-bending artist known as Poppy, Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan, Echosmith, Field Music and more. Featured Albums: 1. Poppy - I Disagree Featured Song: "Fill the Crown" 2. Alexandra Savior - The Archer Featured Song: "Saving Grace" 3. David Keenan - A Beginner's Guide to Bravery Featured Song: "Unholy Ghost" 4. Georgia - Seeking Thrills Featured Song: "24 Hours" 5. Echosmith - Lonely...

Duration:00:24:26

What 'All Songs Considered' Sounded Like 20 Years Ago

1/7/2020
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton look back at the first year of the program, which turns 20 years old this month. On January 3, 2000, All Songs Considered became National Public Radio's first online-only program. The show's origins came from the interest of those little music snippets played between news stories. As director of All Things Considered at the time, choosing those music "buttons" was Bob Boilen's job. The amount of mail that came his way inquiring about those buttons was...

Duration:00:44:08

Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

12/31/2019
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NPR Music's Lars Gotrich recounts 2019 with psychedelic noise-rock from Brazil, icy minimalism from Sweden, bonkers punk from Boston and anthemic heavy metal from Fresno.

Duration:00:39:13

The All Songs Considered Holiday Extravaganza, 2019

12/23/2019
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Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more special guests join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for their annual holiday party. What could possibly go wrong?

Duration:01:00:21

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2019

12/17/2019
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All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down the top 20 albums of the year as selected by NPR listeners in our annual poll. The clear message in 2019? Love rules.

Duration:01:01:31

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2019

12/9/2019
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Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominated the headlines this year, but 2019 was much more than that. We look back at the music we'll remember most and the marks it left on our cultural landscape. As we listened back to the past year in music we heard a lot of the cultural and political angst you'd expect in a turbulent (and relentless) news cycle. But the albums that seemed to resonate the most in 2019 were more personal and inward looking, overflowing with love and defiant optimism....

Duration:01:18:15

Interview: Raphael Saadiq

12/5/2019
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The soul musician behind one of the year's best albums, the heartwrenching Jimmy Lee, spoke with NPR music critic Rodney Carmichael as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, a special four-night series of Tiny Desk concerts at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Saadiq shared stories about his brothers' battle with addiction, the origins of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and what it's like to play two Tiny Desk concerts 10 years apart.

Duration:00:17:56

Interview: Sheryl Crow

12/4/2019
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Sheryl Crow had a lot to say in this Tiny Desk Fest interview with NPR pop critic Ann Powers. Every day, Sheryl Crow said at NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, she thinks about compassion. "In 2005, I got to hear the Dalai Lama speak — I was his opening act — and it was cool. It was the year he was talking about compassion, and he said if every person in every business in every walk of life made every decision based on compassion, the world would look like a completely different place." Crow and her...

Duration:00:22:19

A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Of ELO

12/3/2019
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The longtime leader of ELO talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about his creative process, working with his heroes, like Roy Orbison, and his latest album, From Out of Nowhere. Jeff Lynne has been crafting classic rock songs for more than 50 years. Many first heard him as part of The Move, a Beatle-esque British band in the late '60s. That creative outfit morphed into Electric Light Orchestra, taking their guitar, piano, and drum-based pop music and adding strings and...

Duration:00:32:17

The 2010s: NPR Listeners Pick Their Top Songs Of The Decade

11/27/2019
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All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton countdown NPR listeners' favorite songs of the 2010s. The Top 25 Listener Picks: 1. Bon Iver: "Holocene" from Bon Iver 2. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" from Body Talk Pt. 1 3. Sufjan Stevens: "Fourth of July" from Carrie & Lowell 4. Lorde: "Royals" from Pure Heroine 5. Kanye West: "Runaway" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 6. Beyoncé: "Formation" from Lemonade 7. M83: "Midnight City" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming 8. LCD...

Duration:00:38:45

The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

11/25/2019
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Our review of the past decade in music continues with a look at the ways music production has changed and how technology has revolutionized sound both onstage and in the studio. We begin with the role of computers in live performance. Laptops are often used to playback sounds that can't easily be created in a live setting. So, host Bob Boilen went to the 9:30 club before soundcheck to meet the artist known as King Princess. She grew up around recording gear. Her father, Oliver Strauss is a...

Duration:00:41:08

New Music Friday: Nov. 22

11/22/2019
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Our final New Music Friday of 2019 ends with some heavy hitters, from Beck's moody-groovy Hyperspace and Coldplay's most ambitious album yet, to a batch of all-new songs from the late Leonard Cohen. Featured Albums And Songs: 1. Beck — Hyperspace Featured Song: "Dark Places" 2. Anne Müller — Heliopause Featured Songs: "Solo? Repeat!" and "Drifting Circles" 3. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix and Deal Featured Song: "Aye Twin" 4. Coldplay — Everyday Life Featured Songs: "Orphans,"...

Duration:00:26:07

New Mix: Jesca Hoop, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Esmé Patterson, More

11/19/2019
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This week's essential mix of new songs includes a Brian Eno remix of a Lee "Scratch" Perry tune, Red Baraat percussionist Sunny Jain, singer Jesca Hoop and more. Featured Artists And Songs: 1. Lee "Scratch" Perry: "Here Come the Warm Dreads" from 'Heavy Rain' 2. Sunny Jain: "Immigrant Warrior" from 'Wild Wild East' 3. Ethan Gruska: "Event Horizon" from 'EN GARDE' 4. Tadzio: "Defiance" from 'The Sick Room' 5. Madison Cunningham: "Something to Believe in" from 'Who Are You Now' 6....

Duration:00:38:13

New Music Friday: Nov. 15

11/15/2019
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Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a posthumous release from rapper Lil Peep, gorgeous reflections from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, singer Mary Lambert and more. Featured Albums And Songs: 1. Milky Chance - Mind the Moon Featured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House" 2. Brainstory - Buck Featured Song: "Sorry" 3. Lady Antebellum - Ocean Featured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You" 4. Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream Featured Song: "Everybody Everybody" 5. Lil Peep -...

Duration:00:31:02

The 2010s: Latinx Music Before And After 'Despacito'

11/14/2019
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"Despacito" was more than a popular song. It was the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban." The song went on to practically break the Internet, with a record number of YouTube views from around the globe (currently hovering around six billion streams). But, as we discuss in this week's All Songs Considered/Alt.Latino collaboration, "Despacito" was more than a very popular it song. It was...

Duration:00:23:11

Serenity Now: Music And A Conversation With Joan Shelley

11/12/2019
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In this All Songs Considered guest DJ session, Joan Shelley talks about her latest album, Like the River Loves the Sea and shares songs by some of the other artists who've inspired her over the years.

Duration:00:41:16

New Music Friday: Nov. 8

11/8/2019
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This week's best new albums include a solo release from Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr from Hamilton, the woozy world of FKA Twigs, country singer Luke Combs and more. Featured Albums: 1. Leslie Odom Jr. — Mr. 2. Bishop Briggs — Champion 3. FKA Twigs — Magdalene 4. Dessa & The Minnesota Orchestra — Sound the Bells: Recorded Live at Orchestra Hall 5. The Good Ones — Rwanda, You Should be Loved 6. Kate Davis — Trophy 7. Luke Combs — What You See Is What You Get 8. Mount Eerie & Julie...

Duration:00:30:07