July 7, 2020
This week's All Songs Considered features an epic new song from Sufjan Stevens, a piano nocturne from Thomas Bartlett, a surprise release from Bill Callahan and more. Featured Artists And Songs:1. Bill Callahan "Pigeons" from Gold Record 2. Fenne Lily "Alapathy" from Breach3. Lonnie Holley "Like Hell Broke Away" from National Freedom4. Thomas Bartlett "Lucida" from Shelter5. Sufjan Stevens "America" from The Ascension
July 3, 2020
The best new albums out this week include the posthumous debut studio release from the rapper Pop Smoke, Willie Nelson's 70th solo album, a surprise release from the Japanese experimental band Boris and more.Featured Albums:1. Keleketla! — Keleketla!Featured Songs: "Future Toyi Toyi" and "Freedom Groove"2. Denai Moore — Modern DreadFeatured Song: "Don't Close the Door"3. Willie Nelson — First Rose of SpringFeatured Song: "Don't Let the Old Man In"4. Pop Smoke — Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the MoonFeatured Song: "Got It On Me"5. Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience — To Know Without KnowingFeatured Song: "To Know Without Knowing"6. Boris — NOFeatured Songs: "Temple of Hatred" and "Interlude"Other notable releases for July 3: Cuddle Magic — Bath; Dream Wife — So When You Gonna; Gucci Mane — So Icy Summer; Lamin Fofana — Blues; Paul Weller — On Sunset; Too Much — Club Emotion.
July 1, 2020
From Run The Jewels' RTJ4 to pianist Jenny Lin's heart-soothing Philip Glass performance, hear the voices of the NPR Music staff share their picks.
June 26, 2020
This week's "best new albums" shortlist includes the genre-defying sounds of Arca, Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's transporting improvisations, HAIM, sacred soul and more.Featured Albums:1. Bad Moves — Untenable Featured Song: "Local Radio"2. Arca — KiCk iFeatured Song: "Riquiqui"3. Becca Mancari — The Greatest PartFeatured Song: "The First Time"4. Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson — Chicago WavesFeatured Song: "Part VI-Into Eternity"5. HAIM — Women in Music Pt. IIIFeatured Songs: "Los Angeles" and "Man From the Magazine"6. Dedicated Men of Zion — Can't Turn Me AroundFeatured Song: "Down Here Lord"7. Khruangbin — MordechaiFeatured Song: "Time (You and I)"8. Derrick Hodge — Color of NoizeFeatured Song: "You Could Have Stayed"Other notable releases for June 26: Angela Muñoz & Adrian Younge — Introspection; BOYO — Where Have All My Friends Gone?; Brian McKnight — Exodus; Gabriel Olafs — Piano Works; Gordi — Our Two Skins; HUM — Inlet; Japandroids — Massey F****** Hall; Jessie Ware — What's Your Pleasure?; Maceo Parker — Soul Food Cooking With Maceo; Nana Grizol — South Somewhere Else; Ray LaMontagne — Monovision; Tenille Townes — The Lemonade Stand.
June 19, 2020
Our shortlist of the week's best new albums includes a celebration of love from John Legend, a stunning release from Phoebe Bridgers, a long-lost Neil Young record, the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré and more.Featured Albums:1. Phantom Planet — DevastatorFeatured Song: "Time Moves On"2. John Legend — Bigger LoveFeatured Song: "Ooh Laa"3. Phoebe Bridgers — PunisherFeatured Songs: "Punisher" and "I Know The End"4. Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad - JID 0025. Bob Dylan — Rough and Rowdy WaysFeatured Song: "Goodbye Jimmy Reed"6. Neil Young — HomegrownFeatured Song: "Separate Ways"7. Oumou Sangaré — AcousticFeatured Song: "Diaraby Nene"Other notable releases for June 19: Braids — Shadow Offering; Don Bryant — You Make Me Feel; Gabby Bryant — GOLDMINE; Owen — The Avalanche; Sault — Untitled; Teyana Taylor — The Album; Wire — 10:20; Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile — Not Our First Goat Rodeo
June 17, 2020
This week's must-hear mix from All Songs Considered includes music inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a quarantine anthem, a track that draws on field recordings of bats and more.Featured Tracks:1. Shamir "On My Own" (Single)2. H.E.R. "I Can't Breathe" (Single)3. A.O. Gerber "Old Blue" from Another Place to Need4. Gracie and Rachel "Ideas" (Single)5. Hania Rani "Buka" from Home 6. Eluvium "Dusk Tempi" from Field Works: UltrasonicStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
June 12, 2020
From new jazz albums from Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones to soothing works from Gia Margaret, Eighth Blackbird and Noveller, here are the best new albums out on June 12.Featured Albums:1. Ambrose Akinmusire — on the tender spot of every calloused moment Featured Song: "Tide of Hyacinth"2. Jehnny Beth — To Love Is To Live Featured Song: "Innocence"3. Gia Margaret — Mia Gargaret Featured Songs: "Body" and "Lesson"4. Chloe x Halle — Ungodly Hour Featured Song: "Baby Girl"5. Eighth Blackbird — Singing In The Dead Of Night Featured Songs: "These Broken Wings" and " Singing In The Dead Of Night"6. Naeem — Startisha Featured Songs: "Simulation" and "You And I"7. Norah Jones — Pick Me Up Off The Floor Featured Song: "Hurts To Be Alone"8. Noveller — Arrow Featured Song: "Pre-fabled"Notable releases for June 5: The Prison Music Project — Long Time Gone; Katie Malco — Failures; Groupe RTD — The Dancing Devils Of Djibouti; Hinds — The Prettiest Curse; Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & Gerald Cleaver — Welcome Adventure Vol. 1 Notable releases for June 12: Orville Peck — Show Pony EP; GoGo Penguin — GoGo Penguin; Coriky — Coriky; Sammy Brue — Crash Test Kid; Momma — Two Of Me
June 10, 2020
On this week's All Songs Considered, we listen as thoughtful musicians express their utter frustrations and fears in the aftermath of George Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis police.1. Gary Clark Jr. and The Roots, "This Land (Remix)" (feat. Black Thought)2. Chloë Nixon, "I Can't Breathe" 3. Fantastic Negrito, "How Long?"4. Leon Bridges, "Sweeter" (feat. Terrace Martin) 5. Mickey Guyton, "Black Like Me" Stay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
June 5, 2020
We break format on this week's show for a deeper discussion of RTJ4, an album that speaks directly to both current and historic racism in America, police violence and systemic oppression.
June 1, 2020
From the Atlanta rapper Deante' Hitchcock to the Australian ambient artist Madeleine Cocolas, hear the music closest to our staff right now.
May 29, 2020
If there's a common theme to the best new albums out this week, it's joy, from the relentlessly jubilant rock of the band Vistas, to singer Nicole Atkins' love letter to the Jersey Shore.Featured Albums: 1. Vistas — Everything Changes in the EndFeatured Song: "Sucker"2. Nicole Atkins — Italian IceFeatured Song: "Captain"3. Ondara — Folk N Roll Vol. 1 - Tales of IsolationFeatured Song: "Mr. Landlord"4. Jaime Wyatt — Neon CrossFeatured Song: "Neon Cross"5. 2nd Grade — Hit to HitFeatured Songs: "Baby's First Words" and "Something I'll Have To Remember"6. Christian Lee Hutson — BeginnersFeatured Song: "Atheist" 7. Teddy Thompson — Heartbreaker PleaseFeatured Song: "Why Wait"8. Jake Blount — Spider TalesFeatured Song: "Move, Daniel"Other notable releases for May 29: David Grubbs & Taku Unami — Comet Meta; Deerhoof — Future Teenage Cave Artists; Diana Ross — Supertonic; Diplo — Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil; Flying Lotus — Flamagra Instrumentals; Hania Rani — Home; Inventions — Continuous Portrait; Kip Moore — Wild World; Lady Gaga — Chromatica; Prince — Up All Nite With Prince.
May 26, 2020
This week's new mix from All Songs Considered is all cover tunes, featuring musicians we love paying tribute to artists they love.1. Jay Som "Lucy" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series2. Soccer Mommy "I Think You're Alright" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series3. Margaret Glaspy "Mythological Beauty"4. Lucy Dacus "Tom Courtenay"5. Sharon Van Etten "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? [feat. Josh Homme]"6 Caroline Spence "The Middle"7. Palehound "Something On Your Mind"8. Joseph Shabason "Gymnopedia No. 1"Stay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
May 22, 2020
The best albums out this week include The 1975's sprawling masterpiece, Notes On A Conditional Form, the return of Indigo Girls, The Airborne Toxic Event, the rapper Gunna and more.Featured Albums:1. The 1975 — Notes On A Conditional FormFeatured Songs: "Me & You Together Song," "The 1975," "People," "The End (Music For Cars)" and "Frail State of Mind"2. Indigo Girls — Look LongFeatured Song: "Country Radio"3. Owen Pallett — IslandFeatured Song: "A Bloody Morning"4. The Airborne Toxic Event — Hollywood ParkFeatured Song: "Hollywood Park"5. Gunna — WunnaFeatured Song: "Dollaz On My Head"6. Katie Von Schleicher — Consummation Featured Song: "Nowhere"Other notable releases for May 22: Badly Drawn Boy — Banana Skin Shoes; Kota the Friend — Everything; Neil Innes — How Sweet to Be An Idiot; The Philip Glass Ensemble — Music In 8 Parts; Steve Earle and the Dukes — Ghosts of West Virginia; Various — I Still Play; Woods — Strange to Explain.
May 19, 2020
At a time when every day can feel the same, on this week's All Songs Considered you can meet someone new, with a mix of memorable music discoveries.1. Muzz: "Red Western Sky" from Muzz2. Liza Anne: "Bad Vacation" from Bad Vacation3. Katie Von Schleicher "Brutality" from Consummation4. Lou Canon "M.O.T.R." from Audomatic Body5. Trespassers William "Winterstorms" 6. Asher Gamedze "Siyabulela" from Dialectic SoulStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
May 15, 2020
Charli XCX's how i'm feeling now made entirely while quarantined, leads our shortlist of the week's best new albums, along with Jason Isbell, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Perfume Genius and more.Featured Albums:1. Charli XCX — how i'm feeling nowFeatured Song: "I Finally Understand"2. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down — TempleFeatured Song: "Pure Cinema"3. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit — ReunionsFeatured Song: "Be Afraid"4. Mourning [A] BLKstar — The CylceFeatured Song: "If I Can If I May"5. The Magnetic Fields — QuickiesFeatured Song: "My Stupid Boyfriend"6. Perfume Genius — Set My Heart On Fire ImmediatelyFeatured Songs: "Moonbend" and "Describe"7. Nick Hakim — Will This Make Me Good?Featured Song: "All These Changes"8. Jonah Mutono — GERGFeatured Song: "The Low"Other notable releases for May 15: Emily Wells — In The Dark Moving; Future — High Off Life; Jess Williamson — Sorceress; Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — The Mosaic of Transformation; Kamasi Washington — Becoming; Maita — Best Wishes; Moby — All Visible Objects; Moses Sumney — Græ pt. 2; Noah Cyrus — The End of Everything; Porcelain Raft — Come Rain; Yung Lean — Starz
May 14, 2020
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we take a musical journey honoring the genius of Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider, who died May 6, just a few days after turning 73.The German electronic band was like no other in the 1970s, with their pulsing electronic music and songs about the intersection of man and machines. Music writer Geeta Dayal and I play the band's career-defining songs from this group, a foursome that influenced everyone from David Bowie to Prince and '80s new wave while laying the groundwork for electronica and EDM.1. "Autobahn" from Autobahn (1974)2. "Radioactivity" from Radio-Activity (1975)3. "Trans-Europe Express" from Trans-Europe Express (1977)4. "Neon Lights" from The Man-Machine (1978)5. "Computer World" from Computer World (1981)6. "Tour de France" single (1983)
May 11, 2020
On this special edition of All Songs Considered, we look back at the life of rock and roll pioneer Little Richard through 10 of the defining songs of his career. NPR Music Senior Director Lauren Onkey joins host Bob Boilen as they play singles from the early '50s up through his 1970 album, The Rill Thing. 1. "Tutti Frutti" (1955)2. "Long Tall Sally (The Thing)" (1956)3. "Get Rich Quick" (1952)4. "Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin')" (1956)5. "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956)6. "Lucille" (1957)7. "Keep A Knockin' " (1957)8. "Every Time I Feel The Spirit" (1960)9. "I Don't Know What You've Got" (1965)10. "Freedom Blues" (1970)
May 8, 2020
Our shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes a debut solo release from Paramore's Hayley Williams, the latest from R&B singer Kehlani, rapper Bishop Nehru and more.Featured Albums:1. Hayley Williams — Petals For ArmorFeatured Song: "Simmer"2. Blake Mills — Mutable SetFeatured Song: "Money is the One True God"3. Buscabulla — RegresaFeatured Song: "Mío"4. Mark Lanegan — Straight Songs of SorrowFeatured Song: "This Game of Love"5. Chelsea Williams — Beautiful and StrangeFeatured Song: "Beautiful and Strange"6. Kehlani — It Was Good Until It Wasn'tFeatured Song: "Grieving"7. Eve Owen — Don't Let The Ink DryFeatured Song: "Mother"8. Bishop Nehru — Nehruvia: My Disregarded ThoughtsFeatured Song: "Too Lost"9. Cyrillus Kreek — The Suspended Harp of BabelFeatured Song: "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come"Other notable releases out on May 8: Beauty Pill — Please Advise; Hailee Steinfeld — Half-Written Story; Phenomenal Handclap Band — Do What You Like; Same — Plastic Western; Shakey Graves — Look Alive; Shiner — Schadenfreude.
May 5, 2020
This week's All Songs Considered includes a surprise drop from Big Thief, a sonic journey from The Decemberists' Chris Funk and some great unknowns.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Big Thief: "Love in Mine"2. Samia: "Is There Something in the Movies?"3. serpentwithfeet: "Psychic" from Apparition 4. Pezzettino: "Ring for Sappho" from Venus5. Tadzio: "Pint of My Blood" from That Cold Grey Light6. Chris Funk: "Knifey Vellocet" from The Painted Porch7. Luke Schneider: "Lex Universum" from Altar of HarmonyKeep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
May 1, 2020
The best new albums out this week include an upside down sound from Car Seat Headrest, the technicolor world of Chicano Batman, a mind-blowing debut from actor Caleb Landry Jones and more.Featured Albums:1. Car Seat Headrest — Making a Door Less OpenFeatured Songs: "Hollywood" and "There Must Be More Than Blood"2. American Aquarium — LamentationsFeatured Song: "Me + Mine"3. Diet Cig — Do You Wonder About Me?Featured Song: "Broken Body"4. Chicano Batman — Invisible PeopleFeatured Song: "Blank Slate"5. DELANILA — OverloadedFeatured Song: "The Philosopher"6. Damien Jurado — What's New, Tomboy?Featured Song: "Arthur Aware"7. Johanna Warren — Chaotic GoodFeatured Song: "Faking Amnesia"8. Caleb Landry Jones — The Mother StoneFeatured Song: "Flag Day / Mother Stone"Other notable releases for May 1: Austra — HiRUDiN; Ben Lukas Boysen — Mirage; Devon Williams — A Tear in the Fabric; The Goods — II; Hot Country Knights — The K Is Silent; Joan as Police Woman — Cover Two; Jojo — Good to Know; Kenny Chesney — Here and Now; Man Man — Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between.
April 30, 2020
NPR Music staff pick the music they love best for April 2020. "Dreamsicle" by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "Only the Strong" from Laura Marling, "Pringle Creek" from Ellis, "Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody" from Discovery Zone, "Como un Dragón" from Rita Indiana, "Look Alive" from Moor Jewelry and "Holy Mother" from Clarice Jensen.
April 28, 2020
This week's All Songs Considered mix has joy and words of encouragement from Lucinda Williams, a group of artists in Kentucky vowing to "Lift Up Louisville," and more.1. Tenci: "Joy" from My Heart Is An Open Field2. Khruangbin: "Time (You and I)" from Mordechai3. Protomartyr: "Worm In Heaven" from Ultimate Success Today4. Teddy Abrams, Jim James, Will Oldham, Jecorey Arthur and More: "Lift Up Louisville" 5. Lucinda Williams: "When The Way Gets Dark" from Good Souls Better Angels6. Liar, Flower: "I am Sundress (She of Infinite Flowers)" from Geiger Counter7. The Lovely Eggs: "Long Stem Carnations" from I am MoronKeep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
April 24, 2020
The best new albums out this week include a scorcher from Lucinda Williams, a new joint from rapper Quelle Chris and Chris Keys, Sylvan Esso's first-ever live album, country singer Pam Tillis and more.Featured Albums: 1. Brendan Benson — Dear LifeFeatured Song: "I Can If You Want Me To"2. Pam Tillis — Looking for a FeelingFeatured Song: "Looking for a Feeling"3. Sylvan Esso — WITHFeatured Song: "Radio"4. Quelle Chris & Chris Keys — Innocent Country 2Featured Song: "Black Twitter"5. Lucinda Williams — Good Souls Better AngelsFeatured Song: "Waking Up"6. Ian Chang — BelongingFeatured Songs: "Lion Dance" and "Comfort Me"7. Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes — What Kinda MusicFeatured Song: "Lift Off"8. Whim — Abuzz in the AbyssFeatured Song: "Somebody Else's Tongue"Other notable releases for April 24: Alice Bag — Sister Dynamite; BC Camplight — Shortly After Takeoff; Hazel English — Wake Up!; Luke De-Sciscio — Eucharist; Other Lives — For Their Love; Peter Oren — The Greener Pasture; Sweet Crude — Officiel//Artificiel Whitney Rose — We Still Go To Rodeos; Zsela — Ache of Victory.Keep up with the latest from NPR Music, including Tiny Desks, interviews, new music and more with our weekly newsletter:
April 22, 2020
This week's must-hear mix includes the long-awaited return of Jónsi and Bright Eyes, some quietude from pianist Nils Frahm and some great unknowns, including Ela MInus and Noveller.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Bright Eyes: "Forced Convalescence" from Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was2. Jónsi: "Exhale"3. Ela Minus: "they told us it was hard, but they were wrong" (Single)4. Skullcrusher: "Places / Plans" (Single)5. Nils Frahm: "A Shimmer" from Empty6. Noveller: "Effektology" from ArrowStay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
April 20, 2020
NPR Music's Ann Powers, Bob Boilen and Marissa Lorusso take a deep look at the singer's remarkable new album, Fetch The Bolt Cutters. On Friday, April 17, Fiona Apple released the stunning collection, which fans had been waiting just over eight years to hear — and it was well worth the wait. To celebrate, NPR Music hosted a live online listening party, playing the full record on our YouTube channel while tens of thousands of people joined in to listen along with us. When it was over, NPR Music's Ann Powers, Bob Boilen and Marissa Lorusso discussed the new songs, what they mean and where they fit within Apple's remarkable career.
April 17, 2020
Fiona Apple's long-awaited Fetch the Bolt Cutters leads our rundown of the best new albums out this week. Hear that, plus the latest from Shabazz Palaces, Lido Pimienta, Rina Sawayama and more.Featured Albums: 1. Fiona Apple — Fetch the Bolt CuttersFeatured Song: "I Want You to Love Me"2. Rina Sawayama — SawayamaFeatured Song: "STFU!"3. Lido Pimienta — Miss ColumbiaFeatured Song: "Quiero Que Me Salves"4. Sarah Siskind — Modern AppalachiaFeatured Song: "Punk Rock Girl"5. Shabazz Palaces — The Don of Diamond Dreams6. Zelma Stone — DreamlandFeatured Song: "Fly"7. John Adams — Must the Devil Get All the Good MusicFeatured Songs: Excerpts from the 1st and 3rd movementsOther notable albums out on April 17: Bobby Bare — Great American Saturday Night; Brett Newski — Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down; dvsn — A Muse In Her Feelings; EOB — Earth; Girl Skin — Shade is on the Other Side; The Pack A.D. — It Was Fun While It Lasted; Shelby Lynne — Shelby Lynne; RJD2 — The Fun Ones; Ron Sexsmith — Hermitage; Sophie Hutchings — Scattered on the Wind; Soul Asylum — Hurry Up and Wait; Tech N9ne — Enterfear.Sign Up For The NPR Music Newsletter:
April 14, 2020
This week's must-hear mix of music to slow the blood includes some delicate and joyful sounds, mostly from artists you likely haven't heard of, including Ben Lukas Boysen and Jerry Paper.Featured Songs And Artists:1. The Mountain Goats: "Until Olympius Returns" from Songs for Pierre Chuvin2. Jerry Paper: "Puppeteer" from Abracadabra3. Ben Lukas Boysen: "Clarion" from Mirage4. Avishai Cohen & Big Vicious: "Teardrop" from Big Vicious5. Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus: "Vespers" from Songs of Yearning Stay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
April 10, 2020
Our weekly rundown of the best new albums out now includes the latest from Laura Marling, The Strokes' best new release in years, Hamilton Leithauser and more.Featured Albums:1. The Strokes — The New AbnormalFeatured Song: "The Adults Are Talking"2. Laura Marling — Song For Our DaughterFeatured Song: "Only the Strong"3. Pokey LaFarge — Rock Bottom RhapsodyFeatured Song: "End of My Rope"4. Midwife — ForeverFeatured Songs: "S.W.I.M." and "C.R.F.W."5. Hamilton Leithauser — The Loves of Your LifeFeatured Song: "The Garbage Men"6. Active Child — In Another LifeFeatured Song: "Weightless"7. Watkins Family Hour — Brother SisterFeatured Song: "Keep It Clean"8. STRFKR — Future Past LifeFeatured Song: "Dear Stranger"Other notable releases for April 10: ADULT. — Perception is/as/of Deception; The Dream Syndicate — The Universe Inside; Eliza Gilkyson — 2020; Joe Satriani — Shapeshifting; John Anderson — Years; Local H — Lifers; Maddie & Tae — The Way It Feels; Rosie Carney — I Dreamed I Was The Night; Stay Inside — Viewing; Tory Lanez — New Toronto 3; Trace Mountains — Lost in the Country; The Ultimate Fakebook — The Preserving Machine; Webb Wilder — Night Without Love.
April 9, 2020
On this special edition of All Songs Considered we look back at the life and legacy of the late John Prine through ten of the defining songs from his nearly 50-year career.Host Bob Boilen is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers as they play cuts from across the singer's deep catalog, from his self-titled, 1971 debut to his final album, 2018's The Tree of Forgiveness.1. "Sam Stone" from John Prine (1971)2. "Angel From Montgomery" from John Prine (1971)3. "Hello In There" from John Prine (1971)4. "Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You" from Diamonds in the Rough (1972)5. "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone" from Bruised Orange (1978)6. "Unwed Fathers" from Aimless Love (1984)7. "Lake Marie" from Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings (1995)8. "In Spite of Ourselves" from In Spite of Ourselves (1999)9. "She Is My Everything" from Fair & Square (2005)10. "When I Get To Heaven" from The Tree of Forgiveness (2018)
April 7, 2020
In a conversation with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Ed O'Brien reveals how he made Earth, an album that's both boldly colorful and intimate.Earth is an album that feels both boldly colorful and intimate — one that reflects the two landscapes that underlie this record: Brazil and Wales.Mark Ellis, who works under the name Flood, largely produced this album. He has not only a long history of working on big productions from U2 to PJ Harvey, but also has a child in the same school as Ed O'Brien's and so the two have become close friends. That friendship accounts for the warmth on this record. There are also some extraordinary players, including Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, guitarist Adrian Utley from what Ed calls the other "head" band, Portishead, drums from Omar Hakim and Wilco's Glenn Kotche, bassist Nathan East, singer and guitarist Laura Marling and the list goes on. On March 23, Ed O'Brien posted on social media that he most likely had the coronavirus but was expecting a full recovery. Our conversation on April 2 begins with an update on his health.Stay in touch with our newsletter:
April 3, 2020
Our picks for this week's best new albums include the latest from Thundercat, M. Ward, country singers Ashley McBryde and Sam Hunt, ambient cello tunes from Clarice Jensen and more.Featured Albums:1. M. Ward — Migration StoriesFeatured Song: "Unreal City"2. Ashley McBryde — Never WillFeatured Song: "Martha Divine" 3. NNAMDÏ — BRATFeatured Song: "Salut"4. Wilma Archer — A Western CircularFeatured Songs: "Last Sniff" and "Killing Crab"5. Thundercat — It Is What It IsFeatured Song: "Fair Chance"6. Clarice Jensen — The Experience of Repetition as DeathFeatured Song: "Day Tonight:7. Anna Burch — If You're DreamingFeatured Song: "Can't Sleep"8. Sam Hunt — SouthsideFeatured Song: "Hard to Forget"Other notable albums out on April 3: All Time Low — Wake Up Sunshine; Born Ruffians — JUICE; Caleb Caudle — Better Hurry Up; Ellis — Born Again; The Lovely Eggs — I Am Moron; Nina Simone — Fodder On My Wings; Peel Dream Magazine — Agitprop Alterna; Purity Ring — Womb; Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn — Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn; Yves Tumor — Heaven to a Tortured Mind.Keep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at
March 31, 2020
Listening to music during this pandemic has cast new light on old familiar tunes. Here's a listener-curated mix-tape of songs whose lyrics have an eerie — or comforting — connection to our current crisis.
March 27, 2020
It's another super-packed release week, with stellar new albums from Pearl Jam, Sufjan Stevens, the producer Knxwledge, Little Dragon and more.Featured Albums:1. Pearl Jam — GigatonFeatured Song: "Quick Escape"2. Clem Snide — Forever Just BeyondFeatured Song: "Roger Ebert"3. Little Dragon — New Me, Same UsFeatured Song: "Are You Feeling Sad?"4. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams — AporiaFeatured Songs: "Ousia," "Agathon" and "Misology"5. Somni — HomeFeatured Song: "Home"6. Lilly Hiatt — Walking ProofFeatured Song: "P-Town"7. Knxwledge — 1988Featured Song: "Don't Be Afraid"8. Orion Sun — Hold Space for MeFeatured Song: "Grim Reaper"9. Jacaszek — Music for FilmFeatured Song: "The Iron Bridge"Other notable releases for March 27: 5 Seconds of Summer — Calm; Basia Bulat — Are You In Love?; Bon Iver — Blood Bank 10th Anniversary Edition; Brian Fallon — Local Honey; Brooklyn Rider — Healing Modes; Cable Ties — Far Enough; Catholic Action — Celebrated by Strangers; Gold Cage — Social Crutch; Half Waif — The Caretaker; In this Moment — Mother; Jim Lauderdale — When Carolina Comes Home Again; Jessie Reyez — Before Love Came to Kill Us; Joyner Lucas — ADHD, Lakecia Benjamin — Pursuance: The Coltranes; Margaret Glaspy — Devotion; The Orb — Abolition of the Royal Familia; San Fermin — The Cormorant I & II; Vanessa Carlton — Love is an Art; Vikingur Olafsson — Debussy - Rameau; Waxahatchee — Saint Cloud.
March 24, 2020
The two brothers describe their first-ever album together as a kind of art project — Roger composed the music and Brian added all the color. "Roger is a landscape painter," says Brian, "and I'm an abstract expressionist."
March 20, 2020
Finally, some good news! J Balvin's Colores is here, along with The Weeknd's mysterious After Hours, dance therapy from TOKiMONSTA and more, all on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.Featured Albums:1. J Balvin — ColoresFeatured Song: "Amarillo"2. The Weeknd — After HoursFeatured Song: "After Hours"3. TOKiMONSTA — Oasis NocturnoFeatured Song: "Get Me Some"4. Ian William Craig — Red Sun Through SmokeFeatured Songs: "Weight" and "Condx QRN"5. Becca Stevens — WonderbloomFeatured Song: "I Wish"6. Yael Naim — nightsongs7. Kelsea Ballerini — KelseaFeatured Song: "Half of my Hometown"Other notable releases for March 20: Adam Lambert — Velvet; Brian and Roger Eno — Mixing Colours; Conan Gray — Kid Krow; Delta Rae — The Light; Gordon Lightfoot — SOLO; The Legendary Ingramettes — Take a Look in the Book; Låpsley — Through Water; Mapache — From Liberty Street; Moaning -- Uneasy Laughter; Sea Wolf — Through a Dark Wood; Tower of Power — Step Up.
March 16, 2020
For the first time in more than 30 years ago, SXSW isn't happening. But we still listened to hundreds of bands that were supposed to play in Austin this week and made some great discoveries.On this episode of All Songs Considered we share just a fraction of our favorite discoveries, including the German electro-pop band, Cosby, the UK singer-songwriter Luke De-Sciscio and the Nigerian singer and rapper known as Rema.Playlist:1. Cosby: "Follow the Leader"2. Luke De-Sciscio: "I'm A Dream Fighting Out Of A Man"3. Katie Malco: "Creatures"4. Akineymi: "Seaworld"5. Höröyá: "Dogon"6. Black Country, New Road: "Sunglasses"7. S.G. Goodman: "The Way I Talk"8. Totemo: "Origami"9. Chelsea Williams: "Red Flag"10. Boyo: "Backseat Driver"11. Shards: "Summer Sickness"12. Rema: "Lady"
March 16, 2020
For the first time in more than 30 years ago, SXSW isn't happening. But we still listened to hundreds of bands that were supposed to play in Austin this week and made some great discoveries.On this episode of All Songs Considered we share just a fraction of our favorite discoveries, including the German electro-pop band, Cosby, the UK singer-songwriter Luke De-Sciscio and the Nigerian singer and rapper known as Rema.Playlist:1. Cosby: "Follow the Leader"2. Luke De-Sciscio: "I'm A Dream Fighting Out Of A Man"3. Katie Malco: "Creatures"4. Akineymi: "Seaworld"5. Höröyá: "Dogon"6. Black Country, New Road: "Sunglasses"7. S.G. Goodman: "The Way I Talk"8. Totemo: "Origami"9. Chelsea Williams: "Red Flag"10. Boyo: "Backseat Driver"11. Shards: "Summer Sickness"12. Rema: "Lady"
March 13, 2020
One Direction singer Niall Horan is back with a new solo album, Big Freedia gets 'Louder' and The Flaming Lips team up with Deap Valley for a gritty new psych-rock project.Featured Albums:1. Niall Horan — Heartbreak WeatherFeatured Song: "Nice to Meet Ya"2. Big Freedia — LouderFeatured Song: "Chasing Rainbows"3. JFDR — New DreamsFeatured Song: "Think Too Fast"4. Dogleg — MeleeFeatured Song: "Fox"5. Caitlyn Smith — SupernovaFeatured Song: "I Don't Want To Love You Anymore"6. Porridge Radio — Every BadFeatured Songs: "Sweet" and "Lilac"7. Deap Lips — Deap LipsFeatured Song: "Hope Hell High"8. Hilary Woods — BirthmarksFeatured Songs: "Through the Dark, Love" and "Mud and Stones"9. Shabaka and the Ancestors — We Are Sent Here by HistoryFeatured Song: "You've Been Called"10. Code Orange — UnderneathFeatured Song: "The Easy Way"Other notable albums out on March 13: The Bombpops — Death in Venice Beach; The Boomtown Rats — Citizens of Boomtown; The Districts — You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere; Four Tet — Sixteen Oceans; Grouplove — Healer; Honeycutt — Coasting; Peter Bjorn and John — Endless Dream; Sam Doores — Sam Doores; Ultraista — Sister; Yumi Zouma — Truth or Consequence.
March 11, 2020
This week's must-hear mix includes the veteran English art-rock group Wire, singer Anna Calvi's reworking of "Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy, the return of Car Seat Headrest and more.Playlist:1. Anna Calvi: "Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy" (feat. Courtney Barnett) from Hunted2. Ohmme: "3 2 4 3" from Fantasize Your Ghost3. Wire: "Cactused" from Mind Hive4. Car Seat Headrest: "Can't Cool Me Down" (Single)5. Alex the Astronaut: "I Think You're Great" (Single)6. Beatuty Pill: "J.T.S. Study No. 1" from Sorry You're Here
March 6, 2020
Our sprint through the best albums out this week includes the latest from R&B singer Jhené Aiko, Phantogram, singer Mandy Moore's first new music in a decade, Swamp Dogg, Cornershop and more.Featured Albums:1. Phantogram — CeremonyFeatured Song: "Love Me Now"2. Pantha Du Prince — Conference of TreesFeatured Song: "Transparent Tickle Shining Glace"3. Mandy Moore — Silver LandingsFeatured Song: "Forgiveness"4. Jhené Aiko — ChilomboFeatured Song: "Happiness Over Everything"5. Nadia Reid — Out of My ProvinceFeatured Song: "Get the Devil Out"6. Stephen Malkmus — Traditional TechniquesFeatured Song: "Xian Man"7. Caroline Rose — SuperstarFeatured Song: "Do You Think We'll Last Forever"8. Swamp Dogg — Sorry You Couldn't Make ItFeatured Song: "Please Let Me Go 'Round Again"9. Cornershop — England is a GardenFeatured Song: "No Rock: Save In Roll"10. THICK — 5 Years BehindFeatured Song: "Mansplain"Other notable releases for March 6: Anna Calvi — Hunted; CocoRosie — Put the Shine On; Disq — Collector; Esmé Patterson — There Will Come Soft Rains; Grafh — The Oracle III; José James — No Beginning No End 2; Noel Gallagher's High-Flying Birds — Blue Moon Rising; Overcoats — The Fight; Riz Ahmed — The Long Goodbye; U.S. Girls — Heavy Light; Worriers — You Or Someone You Know.
March 3, 2020
This week's must-hear mix of songs includes a sunny new track from Dirty Projectors, new solo music from Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and several curiosities from NPR Music's striking Viking, Lars Gotrich.Playlist:1. Coriky: "Clean Kill" from Coriky2. Azusa: "Detach" from Loop of Yesterdays3. African Head Charge: "Dub Some More" (Single)4. Ricardo Richaid: "Largado Nu" from Travesseiro Feliz5. Dirty Projectors: "Overlord" (Single)6. Big Blood: "Providence" from Do You Wanna Have A Skeleton Dream?7. Ed O'Brien: "Shangri-La" from Earth
February 28, 2020
Our shortlist of the best albums out this week includes Caribou's first new full-length in five years, the rapper G Herbo's PTSD, a career-spanning celebration from Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes and more.Featured Albums: 1. Carbiou — SuddenlyFeatured Songs: "Home" and "Lime"2. Real Estate — The Main ThingFeatured Song: "You"3. G Herbo — PTSDFeatured Song: "Gangsta's Cry"4. Kyshona Armstrong — ListenFeatured Song: "Fear"5. Hailey Whitters — The DreamFeatured Song: "10 Year Town"6. Sérgio Mendes — In the Key of JoyFeatured Song: "Bora Lá"7. Kassa Overall — I Think I'm GoodFeatured Song: "Darkness In Mind"8. Ratboys — Printer's DevilFeatured Song: "Look To"9. Thomas Adès — Adès Conducts Adès (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra)Featured Songs: Excerpts from the third and second movementsOther notable releases for Feb. 28: Angelica Garcia — Cha Cha Palace; Ellen Fullman — In the Sea; Sierra Hull — 25 Trips; Soccer Mommy — Color Theory
February 25, 2020
This week's must-hear mix includes the mind-blowing sax band Moon Hooch, guitarist-singer Jay Som, whose latest builds to a fever pitch, and new discoveries from Wednesday, Momma and more.Playlist:1. Wednesday: "Fate Is"2. Momma: "Double Dare"3. Moon Hooch: "Candlelight"4. Ellis: "Fall Apart"5. Jay Som: "A Thousand Words"6. Ada Lea: "woman, here"7. Shabaka & the Ancestors: "Go My Heart, Go To Heaven"
February 21, 2020
New albums from the K-pop band BTS, Grimes and Best Coast are among our picks for this week's best new releases.Featured Albums:1. BTS — 'Map of the Soul: 7'Featured Song: "On"2. Grimes — 'Miss_Anthrop0cene)'Featured Song: "You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around"3. Best Coast — 'Always Tomorrow'Featured Song: "Rollercoaster"4. Royce da 5'9" — 'The Allegory'Featured Songs: "Overcomer" and "Mr. Grace"5. Katie Pruitt — 'Expectations'Featured Song: "Normal"6. Moses Sumney — 'græ: Part 1'Featured Songs: "Conveyor" and "Gagarin"7. Agnes Obel — 'Myopia'Featured Song: "Camera's Rolling"8. King Krule — 'Man Alive!'Featured Song: "Stoned Again"9. Klangstof — 'The Noise You Make is Silent'Featured Song: "Blank Page"Other notable releases for Feb. 21: Banoffee — Look at Us Now Dad; Greg Dulli — Random Desire; Guided by Voices — Surrender Your Poppy Field; MILCK: Into Gold; Ozzy Osbourne — Ordinary Man; Sarah Harmer — Are You Gone; Six Organs of Admittance — Companion Rises; Wilsen — Ruiner.
February 19, 2020
We premiere a new song from Roger and Brian Eno, plus the ambient sounds of Jon Hopkins, Skylar Gudasz and more artists who offer a soothing mix to slow the blood, calm the nerves and quiet the mind.Playlist:1. Jon Hopkins: "Scene Suspended" (Single)2. Roger & Brian Eno: "Celeste" from Mixing Colours3. Lambert: "Vienna" from True4. Ian Urbina & Teen Daze: "Reel In (Sea Slavery)" from Pure Water5. Niklas Paschburg: "Duvet" from Svalbard6. Skylar Gudasz: "Actress" (Single)
February 14, 2020
Tame Impala, the K-pop band Monsta X and a new solo album from Nathaniel Rateliff top our shortlist for this week's best new releases.Featured Albums:1. Tame Impala — 'The Slow Rush'Featured Song: "Is It True?"2. Monsta X — 'All About Luv'Featured Song: "Someone's Someone"3. The Ballroom Thieves — 'Unlovely'Featured Song: "Unlovely"4. Carly Pearce — 'Carly Pearce'Featured Song: "Call Me"5. The Heliocentrics — 'Infinity of Now'Featured Song: "People Wake Up!"6. Nathaniel Rateliff — 'And It's Still Alright'Featured Song: "Mavis"7. Moses Boyd — 'Dark Matter'Featured Songs: "Dancing in the Dark" and "Shades of You"8. Beach Bunny — HoneymoonFeatured Song: "Colorblind"Other notable releases for Feb 14: Bambara — Stray; Cindy Lee — What's Tonight to Eternity?; DRAMA — Dance Without Me; EDEN — No Future; Habibi — Anywhere But Here; Huey Lewis and the News — Weather; Justin Bieber — Changes; Katie Gately — Loom; Noah Gundersen — A Raven and a Dove; Puss N Boots — Sister; Tami Neilson — Chickaboom!; Tennis — Swimmer; yMusic — Ecstatic Science.
February 12, 2020
As we barrel toward Valentine's Day, M. Ward, Phoebe Bridgers, Perfume Genius, Raveena and more musicians share the love songs they wish they'd written.1. Torres' Pick: "Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush2. Matt Berninger's Pick: "Don't Know How to Keep Loving You" by Julia Jacklin3. Perfume Genius' Pick: "Consummation" by Nina Simone4. Amelia Meath's Pick: "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits5. Raveena's Pick: "Drunk" by Dijon6. Phoebe Bridgers' Pick: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes7. Conor Oberst's Pick: "Lovesong" by The Cure8. M. Ward's Pick: "Baby, I Love You" by The Ramones9. Waxahatchee's: "Not Given Lightly" by Chris Knox
February 7, 2020
Our list of the best new albums out this week includes the "garage country" of Aubrie Sellers, former Belle and Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell's first solo album in 14 years, Frazey Ford and more.Featured Albums:1. Nada Surf — Never Not TogetherFeatured Song: "Come Get Me"2. Aubrie Sellers — Far From HomeFeatured Song: "Glad"3. Elkhorn — The Storm Sessions4. Envy — The Fallen CrimsonFeatured Song: "Swaying Leaves and Scattering Breath"5. Frazey Ford — U Kin Be The SunFeatured Song: "Azad"6. Hamerkop — RemoteFeatured Song: "The Splendor That Was Rome"7. Isobel Campbell — There is No OtherFeatured Song: "Below Zero"8. Steve Spacek — HousesFeatured Song: "Higher Place"9. Spanish Love Songs — Brave Faces EveryoneFeatured Song: "Routine Pain"10. William Prince — RelieverFeatured Song: "Wasted"Other notable releases for Febl 7: Antibalas — Fu Chronicles; Ásgeir --Bury the Moon; Boldy James and The Alchemist — The Price of Tea in China; Cheerleader — Almost Forever; The Cadillac Three — Country Fuzz; Christopher Paul Stelling — Best of Luck; Darling West — We'll Never Know Unless We Try; Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven — We're New Again; Green Day — Father of All; Iyla — Other Ways to Vent; Kat Edmonson — Dreamers Do; Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — Texas Sun; La Roux — Supervision; The Lone Bellow — Half Moon Light; Oh Wonder — No One Else Can Hear You; Sepultura — Quadra; Shopping — All or Nothing.
February 4, 2020
This weeks' mix of essential new songs includes sonic adventures from the Dutch artists Sevdaliza and The Homesick, the folk singer Tré Burt, hazy, loud guitars from Deserta and more.Playlist:1. Sevdaliza: "Oh My God" (Single)2. Down Time: "Not a Complicated Person" (Single)3. Deserta: "Hide" from 'Black Aura My Sun'4. Tré Burt: "Real You" from 'Caught It from the Rye'5. Disq: "Daily Routine" from 'Collector'6. The Homesick: "Male Bonding" from 'The Big Exercise'7. Gang of Four: "At Home He's A Tourist" from 'Entertainment!'
January 31, 2020
Torres, Kesha, Drive-By Truckers, the British folk singer Sam Lee and more make our shortlist for this week's best new albums.Featured Albums:1. Drive-By Truckers — The UnravelingFeatured Songs: "Armageddon's Back In Town" and "21st Century USA"2. Kesha — High RoadFeatured Song: "The Potato Song (Cuz I Want To)"3. Torres — Silver TongueFeatured Songs: "Good Grief" and "Last Forrest"4. Frances Quinlan — LIkewiseFeatured Song: "A Secret"5. Rafiq Bhatia — Standars Vol. 1Featured Song: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"6. Poliça — When We Stay AliveFeatured Song: "Fold Up"7. Sam Lee — Old WowFeatured Song: "Lay This Body Down"8. Son Little — AlohaFeatured Song: "O Clever One"9. Squirrel Flower — I Was Born SwimmingFeatured Song: "Streetlight Blues"10. Walter Martin — The World At NightFeatured Song: "Hey Joe"Other notable releases for Jan. 31: Andras — Joyful; Ben Watt — Storm Damage; Dan Deacon — Mystic Familiar; Destroyer — Have We Met?; Freddie Gibbs and Madlib — Bandana Beats; Jose Feliciano — Behind This Guitar; Lil Wayne — Funeral; Meghan Trainor — Treat Myself; Neneh Cherry — Raw Like Sushi (30th Anniversary Edition); Squarepusher — Be Up A Hello; Tall Tall Trees — A Wave Of Golden Things; Tre Burt — Caught it From the Rye.
January 30, 2020
The 2017 winners of the Tiny Desk Contest travel to Havana with NOLA's The Soul Rebels to connect with Cimafunk, Cuban musicians and history.
January 28, 2020
This week's mix of essential songs includes the bouncy "Night Terrors" from Diet Cig, an examination of regret and forgiveness from Waxahatchee, Jamaican reggae singer Koffee and more.Playlist:1. Koffee: "Raggamuffin" from 'Rapture'2. Waxahatchee: "Fire" from 'Saint Cloud'3. Diet Cig: "Night Terrors" (Single)4. Midwife: "Anyone Can Play Guitar" from 'Forever'5. Half Waif: "Ordinary Talk" from 'The Caretaker'6. Snarls: "Marbles" from 'Burst'
January 24, 2020
Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a debut from the rapper Hook, the sinister storytelling of Andy Shauf, a solo release from Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and more.Featured Albums:1. Black Lips — Sing in a Wold That's Falling ApartFeatured Song: "Angola Rodeo"2. Ethan Gruska — En GardeFeatured Songs: "On the Outside" and "Haiku 4 U"3. Hook — Crashed My CarFeatured song: "Yes Man"4. Andy Shauf — The Neon SkylineFeatured Song: "Things I Do"5. Khushi — Strange SeasonsFeatured Song: "This Is"6. Jeff Parker — Suite for Max BrownFeatured Songs: "Build a Nest" and "Fusion Swirl"7. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan — Navarasa: Nine EmotionsFeatured Songs: "The Shearings Not For You" and "Sukhe Phool"8. Bonny Light Horseman — Bonny Light HorsemanFeatured Song: "The Roving"Other notable releases out on Jan. 24: Lola Marsh — Someday Tomorrow Maybe; October Drift — Forever Whatever; Okay Kaya — Watch This Liquid Pour Itself; Pet Shop Boys — Hotspot; Sarah Mary Chadwick — Please Daddy; Wire — Mind Hive; Wolf Parade — Thin Mind.
January 23, 2020
The Pinegrove singer talks about the band's latest album and how fans have interpreted the new songs, using chord tablature the band provided for fans online.
January 22, 2020
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.
January 17, 2020
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 WrongFeatured Song: "Is It Real?"2. The Innocence Mission — See You TomorrowFeatured Song: "The Brothers Williams Said"3. Halsey — ManicFeatured Song: "You Should Be Sad"4. Little Big Town — NightfallFeatured Song: "Sugar Coat"5. Mac Miller — CirclesFeatured Songs: "Blue World" and "That's On Me"6. Mura Masa — R.Y.C.Featured Song: "Teenage Headache Dream"7. 070 Shake — Modus VivendiFeatured Song: "Divorce"8. Alice Boman — Dream OnFeatured Song: "Who Knows?"9. Bill Fay — Countless BranchesFeatured Song: "Filled With Wonder Again"Other notable albums out on Jan. 17: A Girl Called Eddy — Been Around; Algiers — There Is No Year; And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead — X: The Godless Void and Other Stories; David Dondero — The Filter Bubble Blues; Della Mae — Headlight; Holy F*** — Deleter; The Marcus King Band — El Dorado; Of Montreal — UR FUN; Pinegrove — Marigold; Theophilus London — Bebey; Whyte Horses — Hard Times
January 14, 2020
The annual festival in New York gathers a dozen bands from around the world to shake up your listening habits.
January 10, 2020
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 DisagreeFeatured Song: "Fill the Crown"2. Alexandra Savior - The ArcherFeatured Song: "Saving Grace"3. David Keenan - A Beginner's Guide to BraveryFeatured Song: "Unholy Ghost"4. Georgia - Seeking ThrillsFeatured Song: "24 Hours"5. Echosmith - Lonely GenerationFeatured Song: "Lonely Generation"6. Craven Faults - Erratics and Unconformities Featured Song: "Slack Sley & Temple"7. Field Music - Making A New WorldFeatured Song: "Money is A Memory"Other notable releases for Jan. 10: Apocalyptica — CELL-O; Beach Slang — The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City; Hawktail — Formations; Josephine — Music is Easy; Mick Jenkins — The Circus; Selena Gomez — Rare
January 7, 2020
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 astonishing. It just seemed our audience was starved for new and exciting music, and so began our journey.On this episode of All Songs Considered, we listen back to some of the early music we played on the program. We'll paint a picture of what it was like to connect to the internet in the year 2000, how we choked people's bandwidth by producing a multimedia show filled with not only music but photographs and text. We'll also look at what it meant for NPR to take a chance on doing "a music show for your computer" in the days before iPods, iTunes and YouTube. At the time, when it came to music, the internet was mostly used to download songs illegally so you could burn a CD.
December 31, 2019
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.
December 23, 2019
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?
December 17, 2019
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.
December 9, 2019
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. Sharon Van Etten reflected on motherhood, Amanda Palmer shared stories of survival and David Bazan, back as Pedro the Lion for the first time in 15 years, returned to his childhood, making the personal universal. Brittany Howard wrote songs of healing on an album she named after and dedicated to her sister who died at the age of 13, while the members of the Rwandan group The Good Ones sang songs of forgiveness in the wake of unspeakable genocide. For other artists, 2019 was a year of renewal. Angel Olsen, Michael Kiwanuka, Sleater-Kinney, Raphael Saadiq and more all reinvented their sound, pushing themselves in dramatic new directions as a testament to the resilience and restlessness of the creative spirit.
December 5, 2019
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.
December 4, 2019
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 band then led a rousing singalong of her 2008 song "Out of Our Heads," whose chorus sends an urgent plea to the online news junkies and social media warriors of today: "If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads, and into our hearts...."
December 3, 2019
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 synthesizers. ELO became a big band with a giant sound. The first ELO record was released precisely 48 years ago, on December 3, 1971. Nowadays, Jeff Lynne is ELO. Except for a few helping hands, Jeff Lynne writes, records, sings, plays and arranges everything on his new album, From Out of Nowhere, on his own. And he loves doing it.
November 27, 2019
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 Iver2. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" from Body Talk Pt. 13. Sufjan Stevens: "Fourth of July" from Carrie & Lowell4. Lorde: "Royals" from Pure Heroine5. Kanye West: "Runaway" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy6. Beyoncé: "Formation" from Lemonade7. M83: "Midnight City" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming8. LCD Soundsystem: "Dance Yrself Clean" from This is Happening9. Kendrick Lamar: "Alright" from To Pimp a Butterfly10. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: "Uptown Funk" from Uptown Special11. Childish Gambino: "This is America" (Single)12. Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" from 2113. Taylor Swift: "All Too Well" from Red14. Lucy Dacus: "Night Shift" from Historian15. Carly Rae Jepsen: "Run Away with Me" from E.MO.TION16. Mitski: "Your Best American Girl" from Puberty 217. Frank Ocean: "Self Control" from Blonde18. Hozier: "Take Me to Church" from Hozier19. Alabama Shakes: "Hold On" from Boys & Girls20. Janelle Monáe: "Make Me Feel" from Dirty Computer21. Lana Del Rey: "Video Games" from Born to Die22. Brandi Carlile: "The Joke" from By the Way, I Forgive You23. Radiohead: "Daydreaming" from A Moon Shaped Pool24. Courtney Barnett: "Depreston" from Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit25. Fleet Foxes: "Helplessness Blues" from Helplessness Blues
November 25, 2019
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 recording engineer at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, so technology and music-making are second nature to the 21-year old. King Princess sheds light on how musicians take complex sounds from the studio and make them possible in a live setting.Later, we look at the role of computers in the creative process, both as an effects processor and a compositional tool. One artist who is already making music and stretching the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence is Holly Herndon, who has an AI voice assistant she calls Spawn.
November 22, 2019
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 — HyperspaceFeatured Song: "Dark Places"2. Anne Müller — HeliopauseFeatured Songs: "Solo? Repeat!" and "Drifting Circles"3. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix and DealFeatured Song: "Aye Twin"4. Coldplay — Everyday Life Featured Songs: "Orphans," "Trouble in Town," "BrokEn," "When I Need A Friend" and "WOTW/POTP"5. Hannah Diamond — Reflections Featured Song: "Make Believe"6. Leonard Cohen — Thanks for the DanceFeatured Song: "Happens to the Heart"Other Notable Releases For Nov. 22: Animal Collective — Ballet Slippers; Harry Nilsson — Losst and Founnd; Jason Aldean — 9; Luke Lalonde — The Perpetual Optimist; Pernice Brothers — Spread the Feelings; Omar Souleyman — Shlon; Twain — Adventure; William Patrick Corgan — Cotillions.
November 19, 2019
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. Wished Bone: "Hold Me" (Single)7. Jesca Hoop: "Song for a Bygone Era" from 'Afterbirth'8. Esmé Patterson: "Light in Your Window" (Single)
November 15, 2019
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 MoonFeatured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House"2. Brainstory - BuckFeatured Song: "Sorry"3. Lady Antebellum - OceanFeatured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You"4. Arthur Russell - Iowa DreamFeatured Song: "Everybody Everybody"5. Lil Peep - Everybody's EverythingFeatured Song: "Princess"6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made A PlaceFeatured Song: "Dream A While"7. Odessa - All ThingsFeatured Song: "All Things"8. Mary Lambert - Grief CreatureFeatured Songs: "Write You A Song" and "Me Museum"9. Joe Henry - The Gospel According to WaterFeatured Song: "Famine Walk"10. Benoît Pioulard - SylvaFeatured Songs: "Raze II" and "Keep"Other Notable Releases Out Nov. 15: Celine Dion — Courage; DJ Shadow — Our Pathetic Age; Fran — A Private Picture; Hammock — Silencia; Ice Cream — Fed Up; Jenny Owen Youngs — Night Shift; Juliana Hatfield — Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police; Maria Taylor — Maria Taylor; Molly Burch — The Molly Burch Christmas Album; Sam Amidon — Fatal Flower Garden; Tindersticks — No Treasure But Hope.
November 14, 2019
"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 the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban." Spanish-language artists from just about every corner of Latin America and Spain took reggaeton and ran with it, adding elements of hip-hop, R&B and soul.Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras joins Bob Boilen to look back at the decade and play some music samples from a period of profound transition in Latinx music.
November 12, 2019
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.
November 8, 2019
This week's best new albums include a solo release from Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr from the Hamilton, the woozy world of FKA Twigs, country singer Luke Combs and more.Featured Albums:1. Leslie Odom Jr. — Mr.2. Bishop Briggs — Champion3. FKA Twigs — Magdalene4. Dessa & The Minnesota Orchestra — Sound the Bells: Recorded Live at Orchestra Hall5. The Good Ones — Rwanda, You Should be Loved6. Kate Davis — Trophy7. Luke Combs — What You See Is What You Get8. Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron — Lost Wisdom Pt. 29. SebastiAn — Thirst10. Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Scene — Waiting GameOther Notable Albums Out Nov. 8: Allen Stone — Building Balance; Josienne Clarke — In All Weather; Kele Okereke — 2042; Lucy Dacus — EP; Moor Mother — Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes; Philip B Price — Bone Almanac; Simply Red — Blue Eyed Soul; Sin Fang — Sad Party; Suss — High Line; Xylouris White — The Sisypheans;
November 6, 2019
Angel Olsen has reimagined her sound. On this edition of All Songs Considered, she and her producer, John Congleton reveal how they did it, with the help of a 14-piece string section."What making this record was about," says Angel Olsen, "is erasing my own thoughts about where the song should be, letting go and being more open to other ideas.""I have this weird theory," adds John Congleton, "that the only thing a good producer really can do is know when a mistake is right." This process began with Angel Olsen first recording all the songs as a solo album. Then, through these collaborations, the music organically morphed and strengthened into this extraordinary record. You can hear the full interview with the play button at the top of the page and her the full album, All Mirrors below.
November 4, 2019
Pianist and producer Robert Glasper is on a mission to reconnect jazz with black music. In the past decade he's helped transform the work of artists like Kendrick Lamar, Brittany Howard and more.Glasper ended the the 2000s with an album called Double Booked, which made a selling point out of his straddling of two worlds — acoustic jazz piano on one side, R&B/hip-hop groove on the other. The second of those involved a group called The Robert Glasper Experiment, and he felt it had a statement to make.It arrived in the form of an album called Black Radio, which Blue Note released in 2012. Studded with notable guest artists (like rappers Lupe Fiasco and Yasiin Bey, and singers Lalah Hathaway and Erykah Badu), it heralded a renewed spirit of collaboration between jazz and what had previously been known as neo-soul. When Black Radio won a Grammy in 2013 — not in a jazz category but for Best R&B Album — it felt like the opening of a new chapter.On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Robin Hilton is joined by Nate Chinen, from WBGO and Jazz Night in America, and Rodney Carmichael, from NPR Music, to discuss the influence of Glasper's approach — not only in jazz circles but also on hip-hop touchstones like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, and beyond-soul masterworks released this year, like Flying Lotus' Flamagra and Brittany Howard's Jaime.
November 1, 2019
Our picks for the best albums out this week include Gang Starr's first new release in 16 years, humor and heart from country singer Miranda Lambert, the latest in Bob Dylan's Bootleg series and more. 1. Jeff Lynne's ELO — From Out of Nowhere2. Bob Dylan — Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 153. Miranda Lambert — Wildcard4. Gang Starr — One of the Best Yet5. Michael Kiwanuka — KIWANUKA6. Vetiver — Up on High7. A Winged Victory for the Sullen — The Undivided Five8. R.LUM.R — SurfacingOther Notable Releases For Nov. 1: Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox — Myths 004 (EP); Cold War Kids — New Age Norms 1; CUP (Nels Cline & Yuka Honda) — Spinning Creature; Highly Suspect — MCID; Hootie & The Blowfish — Imperfect Circle; Jeff Goldblum — I Shouldn't Be Telling You This; Josh Rouse — The Holiday Sounds of Jeff Rouse; Leif Vollebekk — New Ways; R.E.M. — Monster 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition; Sudan Archives — Athena; Turnover — Altogether; Ty Segall — Pig Man Lives Volume 1.
October 31, 2019
Our look back at the past decade in music continues as we examine the ways musical borders have fallen and why global sounds are more prevalent and popular than ever.Over the past decade, the borders between different musical worlds have fallen. Producers, singers, songwriters and other artists from around the globe are collaborating in new ways, while genres have blended together so completely and seamlessly it's almost impossible to label a lot of popular music as any one thing. These cross-cultural, and cross-border alliances – along with streaming and social media – have also been a pipeline for delivering global artists to new audiences on a scale never seen before. Think of the juggernaut K-pop band BTS and how thoroughly the group has dominated pop charts, or the rise of Latinx artists like Rosalía, Bad Bunny and J Balvin.On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas and Stephen Thompson, and Elise Hu, host of NPR's Future You and founding bureau chief for NPR's office in Seoul. They discuss the ways we're hearing globalization in music, why it's happening and some of the complications and questions around this evolution.
October 30, 2019
After her Tiny Desk performance, the rapper joined NPR's Sidney Madden for a live conversation on playing with a band for the first time, hanging onto her Texas roots and plans for her debut album.
October 29, 2019
This week's mix from All Songs Considered somehow took on a dog theme, beginning with a board game from the band PUP, where every move leads to failure and disappointment. But the music's still good!Artists and Songs on This Episode:1. Illuminati Hotties: "ppl plz"2. Frances Quinlan: "Rare Thing"3. Lucy Dacus: "In the Air Tonight"4. Julien Baker: "Tokyo"5. Torres: "Good Scare"6. Squirrel Flower: "Red Shoulder"7. Trupa Trupa: "Dream About"
October 28, 2019
In the past decade, LGBTQ issues hit the mainstream in unprecedented ways, and music played a big part, with songs about queer love on the radio and anthems of allyship coming from all major genres.On this episode of All Songs Considered, we look back on the way queer issues moved towards the center of the conversation during the 2010s. We talk about how decades of activism led up to this moment and how social media has helped foster safe spaces and access to information for young people across spectrums of gender and sexuality. We also discuss how LGBTQ musicians are helping reimagine pop sounds — from openly expressing queer desire to cyborgian shapeshifting — and question what the future of "mainstreaming" might hold for queer communities.
October 25, 2019
The fourth-quarter deluge continues this week with new releases from Rex Orange County, King Princess, Gallant and more, including the first new album in seven years from Neil Young & Crazy Horse.Featured Albums:1. Mikal Cronin — Seeker2. King Princess — Cheap Queen3. Great Grandpa — Four of Arrows4. Neil Young & Crazy Horse — Colorado5. Rex Orange County — Pony6. Anamanaguchi - [USA]7. Gallant — Sweet Insomnia8. Sunn O))) — PyroclastsOther Notable Albums For Oct. 25: Alcest — Spiritual Instinct; Anna Meredith — Fibs; Anthony Ramos — The Good & The Bad; The Bad Plus — Activate Infinity; Brooke Candy — Sexorcism; Cigarettes After Sex — Cry; Dry Cleaning — Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks; Grace Potter — Daylight; Juana Molina — For Fun; Lankum — The Livelong Day; Little Scream — Speed Queen; Old Dominion — Old Dominion; Ringo Starr — What's My Name; Sarah Jaffe — SMUT; Van Morrison — Three Chords and the Truth; Verite — New Skin; Walk off the Earth — Here We Go!
October 24, 2019
Since its founding in 2008, Bandcamp has become a buzzing, artist-friendly hub for music lovers, with pay-what-you-want pricing and lots or rabbit holes leading to music you won't find anywhere else.In this episode of All Songs Considered, CEO and co-founder Ethan Diamond says that when an artist succeeds on Bandcamp, Bandcamp succeeds. That philosophy has driven the company since 2008, with over $425 million paid directly to musicians and record labels. Sadie Dupuis says that Bandcamp was instrumental in booking the first tour for her band Speedy Ortiz and that its name-your-price model has not only allowed her some steady income but also an avenue to raise money for causes she cares about.
October 22, 2019
In this Guest DJ session with All Songs Considered, Radie Peat and Ian Lynch of the band Lankum talk about their new album, The Livelong Day, the evolving sounds of their native Ireland, and share their favorite Irish, off-the-radar artists.Artists and songs featured on this episode:1. Lankum: "Bear Creek" from The Livelong Day2. Lisa O'Neill: "Pothole in the Sky" from Pothole in the Sky3. The Deadlians: "I Don't Want to Ride Yer Aul Anymore" (Single)4. Lankum: "Ode to Lullaby" from The Livelong Day5. Lankum: "Wild Rover" from The Livelong Day6. Landless: "Via Extasia" from Bleaching Bones7. Lankum: "Hunting the Wren" from The Livelong Day8. Junior Brother: "Hungover at Mass" from F*** Off I Love You
October 21, 2019
Is classical music dying? No. But its institutions, artists and promoters took some hits in the past decade, from bankruptcies to sexual harassment. Still, along the way, we heard a lot of terrific music.On this episode of All Songs Considered, we look at the roller coaster ride of high points and derailments in classical music. Symphony Orchestras and opera companies floundered financially, some going belly up and others rebounding as newly created organizations flourished. Women seemed to take a few steps forward and a few backward: While five of the last ten music Pulitzers were awarded to women, their music was conspicuously absent from our symphony halls. And tragically, both women and men, in many facets of classical music, were victims of sexual abuse and harassment. Anne Midgette, the author and classical music critic for The Washington Post, joins NPR Music's Tom Huizenga for this discussion.
October 18, 2019
It's a packed release week, with new albums from Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, the rapper Gucci Mane, warped hip-hop from clipping., the electronic artist Floating Points and more.
October 17, 2019
Our series looking back at the past decade in music continues with a conversation about social media and how it's allowed (for better or worse) the rise of super fans, otherwise known as stans.NPR Music's Sidney Madden talks with reporter Joshua Bote from USA Today, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers about the ways standom has empowered artists in positive ways while also fueling cancel culture.
October 15, 2019
In the first of a series of conversations about the past decade in music, we examine some of the ways the singer, songwriter, producer and businesswoman helped steer the 2010s in new directions.
October 14, 2019
The 17-year-old pop star talks NPR Music's Stephen Thompson about getting through her teenaged years, directing her own videos, experiencing art with synesthesia and more in this interview, recorded live on stage at Austin's ACL Music Festival.
October 11, 2019
Our shortlist of the best new albums out this week incudes Big Thief's Two Hands, rapper Lil' Kim's first new studio project in 14 years, a solo album from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and more.FEATURED ALBUMS:1. Elbow - 'Giants of All Sizes'2. Big Thief - 'Two Hands'3. Kim Gordon - 'No Home Record'4. Lil' Kim - '9'5. Lightning Bolt - 'Sonic Citadel'6. Babymetal - 'Metal Galaxy'OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR OCT. 11:Allah-Las — LAHS; Art Alexakis — Sun Songs; Cursive — Get Fixed; Emily King — Change of Scenery (EP); Ensemble Resonanz & Moses Sumnney — Dessner: Tenebre; Freddie Mercury — Never Boring (Box Set); Joseph Arthur — Come Back World; Mark Kozelek & Petra Hayden — Joey Always Smiled; Matt Pond & Chris Hansen — An Orchestrated Impulse; Son Little — Invisible (EP); Starcrawler — Devour You; Wale — Wow ...That's Crazy.
October 8, 2019
In this guest DJ session from All Songs Considered, Tweedy talks about Wilco's new album, Ode to Joy, and the importance of appreciating life's smallest moments.
October 4, 2019
It's a packed release week, with new albums from R&B singer Summer Walker, The Avett Brothers, Angel Olsen, Wilco, Danny Brown and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Lyndsey McKenna, Rodney Carmichael, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the week's best new albums.FEATURED ALBUMS:1. The Avett Brothers - 'Closer Than Together'Featured songs: "Locked Up" and "Bleeding White"2. Angel Olsen - 'All Mirrors'Featured songs: "What It Is" and "New Love Cassette"3. Wilco - 'Ode to Joy'Featured song: "Citizens"4. Summer Walker - 'Over It'Featured songs: "Come Thru" and "Fun Girl"5. Dermot Kennedy - 'Without Fear'Featured song: "Lost"6. Danny Brown - 'unknowhatimsayin'Featured song: "Savage Nomad"7. San Fermin - 'The Cormorant I'Featured songs: "Saints" and "Hickman Creek"OTHER NOTABLE OCT. 04 RELEASES:City and Colour — A Pill for Loneliness; The Darkness — Easter is Canceled; DIIV — Deceiver; Gatecreeper — Deserted; Lightning Dust — Spectre; Lisa Prank — Perfect Love Song; Nick Cave — Ghosteen; The North Mississippi Allstars — Up and Rolling; The Penguin Café — Handfuls of Night; Robert Glasper — F*** Yo Feelings; Supa Bwe — Jaguar; That Dog. — Old LP.
October 3, 2019
The Talking Head, author, cyclist and creative soul talks about "Reasons to be Cheerful," a story-based project to lift your spirits. He also talks about his "American Utopia" tour, now on Broadway.
October 1, 2019
The son of the late Beatles producer George Martin reveals how he remixed the final album all four members of the band made together.
September 27, 2019
The best new albums out this week include Sturgill Simpson's scuzzy rock record Sound & Fury, reliably infectious pop from The New Pornographers, new Tegan & Sara, a lost John Coltrane album and more.
September 27, 2019
The best new albums out this week include Sturgill Simpson's scuzzy rock record Sound & Fury, reliably infectious pop from The New Pornographers, new Tegan & Sara, a lost John Coltrane album and more.1. The New Pornographers — In the Morse Code of Brake Lights2. Tegan & Sara — Hey, I'm Just Like You3. John Coltrane — Blue World4. Guillermo Klein and Los Guachos5. Sturgill Simpson — Sound & Fury6. Girl Band — The Talkies7. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith — Songs From the BardoOther Notable Releases For Sept. 27: Allesandro Cortini — Volume Massimo; The Beatles — Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Edition; The Comet is Coming — The Afterlife; Jon Pardi — Heartache Medication; Kefaya & Elaha Soroor — Songs of Our Mothers; Kevin Gates — I'm Him; Molly Brazy — Built to Last; Opeth — In Cauda Venenum; Ronin Arkestra — Sonkei.
September 24, 2019
Warning: The opening cut on this week's show, by Fran got stuck in my head and kept me wide awake at four in the morning. But a song from Soccer Mommy about dealing with temptation and the devil, Chastity Belt's first new music since 2017 and (Sandy) Alex G's devastating song titled "Hope" will help when taken at a hefty volume. Once dosed, you will be lulled by the deep, sullen sounds of the late Leonard Cohen and all-new material he recorded before his death. You can top it off with harmonies Christopher Paul Stelling's fine guitar picking and poetry on his new tune "Have To Do For Now," and River Whyless' cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe."
September 20, 2019
Our shortlist of the best albums out this week includes Brittany Howard's masterpiece, Jaime, sad bangers from Tove Lo, a profoundly beautiful, debut solo LP from Mountain Man's Molly Sarlé and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Andrew Combs - Ideal Man; 2. Brittany Howard - Jaime; 3. Molly Sarlé - Karaoke Angel; 4. Rachid Taha - Je Suis Africain; 5. Tove Lo - Sunshine Kitty; 6. Pieta Brown - Freeway; 7. Darrin Bradbury - Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs.OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR SEP 20: Blink 182 — Nine; Cashmere Cat — Princess Catgirl; Charlie Crocket — The Valley; Chastity Belt — Chastity Belt; Efterklang — Altid Sammen; Fitz and the Tantrums — All the Feels; Hiss Golden Messenger — Terms of Surrender; Keane — Cause and Effect; Liam Gallagher — Why Me? Why Not?; M83 — DSVII; Nils Frahm — Encores 3; Robbie Robertson — Sinematic; Y La Bamba — Entre Los Dos; Vivian Girls — Memory.
September 17, 2019
On the day before his album came out, Hobo Johnson joined me to play DJ. We discussed the making of his album and played some of the music that has inspired him over the years. I think you'll be surprised by some of his picks.
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