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You can listen to music and hear interviews with NPR reviewers about their favorite CDs. It's a great way to discover and learn more about artists who often don't get much or any airplay.

You can listen to music and hear interviews with NPR reviewers about their favorite CDs. It's a great way to discover and learn more about artists who often don't get much or any airplay.
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You can listen to music and hear interviews with NPR reviewers about their favorite CDs. It's a great way to discover and learn more about artists who often don't get much or any airplay.

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@allsongs

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English

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Episodes

2009 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

11/22/2017
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2009 episode we listen to the debut music of The xx, the brilliant album from Vijay Iyer, 'Historicity,' and we honor the lives of guitarist Jack Rose, Michael Jackson and more.

Duration: 00:24:18


2008 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

11/21/2017
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NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2008 episode we listen to the music of Bon Iver, hear a brief interview with him from 2008. We also talk about the birth of BandCamp and the birth of the very first Tiny Desk Concert.

Duration: 00:25:58


2007 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10

11/20/2017
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NPR Music has turned 10. And for the occasion we have a series of 10 short podcasts looking back at some musical memories and highlights. For 2007 we look at the impact of the iPhone, the release of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows,' the music of M.I.A. and more.

Duration: 00:14:58


What Makes A Great Album Last?

11/14/2017
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The season of list-making, specifically (for us) lists about the year's best music, is rapidly descending. But before the craziness begins over who had the best album or song in 2017, we thought we'd look back at some of our previous top-ten lists to see if they even hold up. As you can imagine, some albums we once thought were great have since lost their luster, while others haven't aged a day. This got us wondering: Why? And what, exactly, makes a great album last? When an album doesn't...

Duration: 00:38:55


Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

11/13/2017
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By now you may have heard of the intercontinental, surprise collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, for an album called Lotta Sea Lice. The two singers have been mutual admirers for a while and kept bumping into one another at various festivals. Their guitar-based rock songs are laced with a shared sense of humor, and that was part of what got them creating music together. On this edition of All Songs Considered, Kurt and Courtney join host Bob Boilen in our Washington D.C....

Duration: 00:41:13


Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

11/13/2017
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By now you may have heard of the intercontinental, surprise collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, for an album called Lotta Sea Lice. The two singers have been mutual admirers for a while and kept bumping into one another at various festivals. Their guitar-based rock songs are laced with a shared sense of humor, and that was part of what got them creating music together. On this edition of All Songs Considered, Kurt and Courtney join host Bob Boilen in our Washington D.C....

Duration: 00:40:40


Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, 'Colors'

11/9/2017
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In a career spanning three decades, Beck has remained one of music's most intriguing shapeshifters. From the warped folk of his earliest recordings to the chopped-up samples, hip-hop beats and lush orchestral arrangements of albums that followed, Beck has never lingered in one sonic world for long. For his latest album, Colors, the singer takes his music in what some longtime fans may think is an odd, or overly simple, direction: The 11 songs, co-produced with Greg Kurstin, are pure,...

Duration: 00:32:04


New Mix: Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner, Selections From Womex And More

11/7/2017
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Cathartic rock from both the New Jersey band Pinegrove and the Canadian duo known as Partner; Glasgow singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson's dark and brooding "There Are No Saints"; and NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas joins us to talk about some of her favorite artists from this year's Womex, the World Music Expo, held in Katowice, Poland.We've got two songs that directly address both the seeming epidemic of harassment and the violence in Texas. The first comes from singer Mary Gauthier, who...

Duration: 00:42:55


R.E.M. Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Automatic For The People'

11/2/2017
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Michael Stipe and Mike Mills look back on what inspired the band to make the beautiful but melancholy songs on Automatic For The People and what the music means to them after so many years. This month R.E.M. is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Automatic For The People with a deluxe box set that includes a re-mastered version of the album, demos and outtakes, live recordings, a book of rare photos and videos.

Duration: 00:29:08


Pearls Before Swine's 'Underground' Classic Reissued 50 Years Later

10/31/2017
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Here is one of the seminal underground records of the late 1960s: The band is Pearls Before Swine, and its album is called One Nation Underground. Although the album has been reissued on a number of occasions, those editions always got it wrong, using bad mixes or adding reverb to simulate stereo from the original mono record.But to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the proper mono mix has been reissued, and I'm so glad I can properly turn you on to a classic you might not know about, and...

Duration: 00:32:25


How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo

10/27/2017
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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo walks us through Pacific Daydream, the band's new album of polished pop hits, and explains how he finally eliminated power chords from the group's sound.

Duration: 00:34:50


+1 Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde - His First New Music In 20 Years

10/26/2017
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On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered a conversation with Simon Raymonde, the former bassist for Cocteau Twins and founder of Bella Union records. He's back after a 20-year hiatus from music with a new song we're premiering. "I Saw The Days Go By" features singer Marissa Nadler and is just one of the tracks from Simon Raymonde's upcoming album he made with drummer Richie Thomas under the name Lost Horizons. The record, Ojalá, is out November 3 on Bella Union.

Duration: 00:27:13


New Mix: Tune-Yards, A. Savage, Balmorhea, More

10/24/2017
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It'd been more than three years since Tune-Yards released new music, but the singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus is back, now as a duo with Nate Brenner. Her new single is a sonic thrill ride called "Look At Your Hands," and it's from her just-announced album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (out Jan. 19). Garbus says the new song is a meditation on the mess she feels the world is in and how various political and cultural -isms manifest themselves within her. Full...

Duration: 00:40:57


+1: A Conversation With Margo Price

10/24/2017
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The queen of East Nashville talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers about her new album, All American Made, working with Willie Nelson and what it was like to record at the legendary Sun Studios.

Duration: 00:37:26


How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life

10/19/2017
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Composer Daniel Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.

Duration: 00:15:03


New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More

10/17/2017
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MGMT, the psych-pop duo behind one of the decade's best earworms, is back with its first new music in four years. "Little Dark Age," is the title track to their 2018 album, and it's a pulsing, synthesized meditation on the age of anxiety over a world coming apart. Full playlist: 1. Dark Rooms: "I Get Overwhelmed," 2. MGMT: "Little Dark Age," 3. Susanne Sundfør: "Reincarnation," 4. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: "Blue Cheese," 5. Howard: "Mother's Wedding"

Duration: 00:44:02


Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire

10/11/2017
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They are often beloved classics, or works of pure genius. And you never, ever need to hear them again. They are the songs that must be retired.

Duration: 00:34:35


Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Made His New Benefit Song For Puerto Rico

10/6/2017
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Composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda has written and recorded a new song to help raise money for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Sales of the track, "Almost Like Praying," will go to the Hispanic Federation's Hurricane Relief Fund. It features an all-star cast of Latinx artists, including Jenifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Ruben Blades, Luis Fonsi, Rita Moreno and many others. In a conversation with NPR Music's Felix Contreras, Miranda explains why he...

Duration: 00:16:18


New Mix: Tom Petty, The Breeders, Torres, Ibeyi, More

10/3/2017
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It's hard to record a show like ours in the wake of a tragedy as profound as what happened in Las Vegas this past Sunday. But we hope the music we're sharing this week gives you time to reflect and, if needed, escape. One thing we know: Songs, in times like this, often take on new meaning. We open with "Blue Mountain Road," a track by the band Florist about the death of lead singer Emily Sprague's mother; it's a song of healing for anyone struggling to get through a difficult time. Full...

Duration: 00:40:07


New Mix: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chad VanGaalen, Lean Year, More

9/26/2017
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Actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg has a long history of making provocative art that stretches back to her teen years, when she recorded the 1984 song "Lemon Incest" with her father, the French pop singer Serge Gainsbourg. Over the past four decades she's starred in the films Nymphomaniac and The Antichrist (among many others) and released several albums of foreboding pop. Her latest full-length, and first in six years, is called REST. On this week's show we feature the cut "Deadly...

Duration: 00:50:46

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