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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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First Word: Moses Sumney Walks Us Through His Sonic Dreamscape, 'Aromanticism'

9/20/2017
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We hit "play" on the Los Angeles-based singer's entire new album while he shares the stories and inspiration behind each track. He says Aromanticism is about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape.

Duration: 00:37:33


New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More

9/19/2017
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The last full-length album from Björk, 2015's Vulnicurna, was a dark, brooding breakup record documenting the end of a longtime relationship. Now the enigmatic Icelandic singer is back with a new song of healing and hope from an album she'll release in November. "The Gate" finds Björk emerging from the other side of loss and heartache and searching for the utopian idea of perfect love. Full playlist for this episode: 1. Lisa LeBlanc: "5748 km," 2. Björk: "The Gate," 3. Burial: "Rodent," 4....

Duration: 00:48:46


New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More

9/19/2017
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The last full-length album from Björk, 2015's Vulnicurna, was a dark, brooding breakup record documenting the end of her longtime relationship with the artist Matthew Barney. Now the enigmatic Icelandic singer is back with a new song of healing and hope from an album she'll release in November. "The Gate" finds Björk emerging from the other side of loss and heartache and searching for the utopian idea of perfect love. Full playlist for this episode: 1. Lisa LeBlanc: "5748 km," 2. Björk: "The...

Duration: 00:03:57


New Mix: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More

9/12/2017
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Billy Corgan, as frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins, made twisted, abrasive rock. But within that project he always had a soft side, expressed in quieter, acoustic songs sprinkled throughout the Pumpkins' catalog. Now the singer is back with a new solo album of beautiful ballads made entirely of piano, acoustic guitar and strings. He's calling it Ogilala and releasing it under the name William Patrick Corgan later this fall. We've got the first single from the album on this week's show,...

Duration: 00:37:35


+1: The Weird World Of 'Feature' Credits

9/7/2017
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How contributors are credited on albums can lead to fierce, behind-the-scenes battles. Reporter Peter Robinson from The Guardian helps us make sense of this funny little corner of the music business.

Duration: 00:19:24


The National's Matt Berninger On Creating 'Sleep Well Beast'

8/30/2017
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The National is about to release its seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8. But days before it comes out, on September 5, the band is going to play that record in its entirety live for NPR.The new songs revolve around the fears and struggles within relationships, particularly that of singer and lyricist Matt Berninger and his wife, the writer Carin Besser, who co-wrote some of the lyrics on this album. Sleep Well Beast is characteristically dark and sonically rich — and...

Duration: 00:30:25


New Mix: Beck, Weaves, King Krule, Curtis Harding, More

8/29/2017
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After three years of trickling out singles, Beck has finally announced Colors, a new full-length due out this fall. His latest track, "Dear Life," channels Beach Boys harmonies and the barrel-house piano of classic Beatles songs like "Martha My Dear" or "Lady Madonna."S. Carey, percussionist for Bon Iver, also returns, with a gorgeous new single he wrote for the Netflix series Flaked; English singer and rapper King Krule has a profoundly warped new sound in the song "Czech One;" Atlanta...

Duration: 00:41:24


New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More

8/23/2017
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It's been a little over a month since hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton sat together and shared some essential tunes, but they're back with some keepers, including a new, swoon-worthy song from singer Julien Baker and a beautifully infectious track from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. "My Only" finds Pains frontman Kip Berman reflecting on a new chapter in his life: "I'm married, with a young daughter," he says, "and an old Volvo." Full playlist: 1. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: "My...

Duration: 00:40:52


Guest DJ Week: Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia

8/18/2017
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Our week of Guest DJs concludes with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, co-stars of the IFC comedyseries Portlandia. Earlier this year the show was renewed for an eighth and final season, which is scheduled to air in 2018. Back in 2012, Carrie and Fred sat down with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen to talk about their love of music and the humor they find in fellow nerds who obsess about their favorite bands.

Duration: 00:48:46


Guest DJ Week: Courtney Barnett

8/17/2017
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Our week of Guest DJs continues with Courtney Barnett. Later this year the Australian guitarist and singer will release a new album she recorded with Kurt Vile. In October, the two will also embark on limited tour together. Back in 2015, Barnett had just released her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, when she joined Bob Boilen to talk about some of the artists who've influenced her own work and life over the years, from Wilco and Talking Heads to the...

Duration: 00:47:51


Guest DJ Week: Björk

8/16/2017
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Our week of Guest DJs continues with Björk. The Icelandic singer recently announced she'll be releasing a new album, possibly before the end of the year. In this 2009 conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Björk talked about Voltaïc, her box set of live recordings, her love of Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, fellow Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds and more.

Duration: 00:40:03


Guest DJ Week: Randy Newman

8/15/2017
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This week we're featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Today we've got a conversation with Randy Newman. The singer, composer and pianist recently released his 11th solo album. It's called Dark Matter. Bob Boilen originally spoke with Newman back in 2008 when Newman released his previous record, Harps And Angels. The two talked about Newman's musical family, how Ray Charles has been the biggest influence in his music career and what it was like hearing The Beatles for the...

Duration: 00:34:37


Guest DJ Week: Roger Waters

8/14/2017
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This week we're featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Roger Waters is currently on the North American leg of his Us + Them tour, performing songs from the Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. In June Waters also released his first solo rock album in 25 years, called Is This The Life We Really Want?

Duration: 00:46:28


Guest DJ Week: Roger Waters

8/14/2017
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This week we're featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives, starting with Roger Waters, who is currently on the North American leg of his Us + Them tour, performing songs from the Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. In June Waters also released his first solo rock album in 25 years, called Is This The Life We Really Want? Back in November of last year we talked with Roger Waters about his various projects, but invariably the...

Duration: 00:46:31


The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

8/10/2017
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Five journalists join forces to unpack NPR Music's 'Turning The Tables' list.

Duration: 00:41:51


Stretch and Bobbito: The Legends Return To Radio

8/1/2017
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The legendary New York DJ duo of Stretch and Bobbito have reunited. After 19 years off the airwaves, Adrian "Stretch" Bartos and Robert "Bobbito" Garcia are back with a conversational, sometimes musical NPR podcast called What's Good With Stretch And Bobbito. On this edition of All Songs Considered we talk about their hugely influential music show in the '90s on WKCR at Columbia University, in New York City that helped launch the careers of artists like The Notorious B.I.G, Wu-Tang Clan,...

Duration: 00:54:55


Newport Folk 2017 Preview: Drive By Truckers, Jim James, John Prine And More

7/25/2017
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The Newport Folk Festival can feel like a cross between summer camp and a family reunion. Fans return year after year in no small part because the camaraderie between musicians is unlike most other festivals. You can always count on unusual and memorable collaborations, whether it's Margo Price singing "Me and Bobby McGee" with Kris Kristofferson or Roger Waters singing John Prine songs. There are so many surprises for both musicians and fans, which is one of the reasons the festival sells...

Duration: 00:38:32


+1 Sylvan Esso Like You've Never Heard Them Before

7/24/2017
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For this one brief project, the Echo Mountain Sessions, the duo of Sylvan Esso turns into a full blown band. You'll here the music and a conversation with Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath. Back in April, right about the time Sylvan Esso were releasing their 2nd album What Now, Amelia and Nick got a bunch of their North Carolina buddies to join them in a studio in Asheville to record a handful of the very same songs from What Now, this time as a big live band. Members of Wye Oak, The Mountain...

Duration: 00:27:51


Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More

7/18/2017
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You'll want to listen to this week's show on a good pair of headphones, preferably in the dark and, if you take drummer Ian Chang's advice, while getting a massage. We open the program with a spine-tingling cut called "ASMR," from Chang's debut solo EP, an arresting instrumental piece inspired by the inexplicable chills that sometimes run down your back. It's just the first in a series of sonic delights on the show. 1. Ian Chang: "ASMR," 2. Common Holly: "If After All," 3. The Weather...

Duration: 00:52:06


k.d. lang Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Ingénue'

7/13/2017
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Back in 1992, singer k.d. lang released a record unlike any other. Ingénue slithered against the popular music grain with songs that drew slow, deep breaths and sighed seductively. It had an alluringly divergent sound that landed somewhere in a blurry nexus of pop, country and global folk, with accordions, clarinets and Eastern European flourishes. And lang's monumental voice, both powerful and restrained, was simply unforgettable as she sang languorous songs of love and desire.Ingénue...

Duration: 00:30:24

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