NPR: All Songs Considered Podcast

NPR: All Songs Considered Podcast

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Host Bob Boilen spins new music from emerging bands and musical icons.

Episodes

Lana Del Rey, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Colin Stetson, Penguin Cafe, More  

On this week's show: Music to cleanse the brain! 1. Shogu Tokumaru: "Lita-Ruta," 2. Penguin Cafe: "Contorum," 3. Tom Adams: "Sparks," 4. Lana Del Rey: "Love," 5. Violents & Monica Martin: "How It Left," 6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "Treasure Map," 7. Colin Stetson: "Spindrift"

Guest DJ: Ryan Adams  

Ahead of the release of his newest record, Ryan Adams sits down with NPR Music's Bob Boilen to consider his favorite love songs, including Springsteen, Dylan and Sonic Youth.

Future Islands, The Black Angels, David Bazan, Jacaszek, More  

It's starting to feel like every show this year is going to have music inspired or shaped in some way by social and political unrest. This week, that means a dark and gritty new cut about greed and corruption from The Black Angels, and singer David Bazan's (relatively) uplifting plea for empathy in his new song, "Care." But we've also got plenty of other music to lift you up, including the wistful but celebratory new song from Future Islands called "Ran," and an epic, shape-shifting rock cut from the Athens, Ga. band Oak House. NPR Music's Lars Gotrich and Marissa Lorusso stop by the studio to turn us on to a couple of their favorite new discoveries, including some pure pop joy from a New York group called Charly Bliss, and the Japanese experimental psych-rock band Sundays & Cybele. 1. Future Islands, "Ran," 2. The Black Angels, "Currency," 3. David Bazan, "Care," 4. Charly Bliss, "Glitter," 5. Sundays & Cybele, "Chaos & Systems," 6. Oak House, "Esque," 7. Jacaszek, "Soft Music," 8. Johnny Flynn, "Heart Sunk Hank."

Jens Lekman Wants To Sing You A Strange Story  

We premiere a very cheery-sounding piece of music from Swedish songwriter and singer Jens Lekman, though the story behind it is decidedly dark at the same time.

On Horses and Beatles: A Conversation With Real Estate's Martin Courtney  

"I feel like this is my lane, guitar-based pop music." Martin Courtney and his band Real Estate's fourth album In Mind, takes cues from one of the great albums of all time, The Beatles Abbey Road.

Missy Elliott, Sampha, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, More  

This episode of All Songs Considered covers the very ends of spectrum, from carefree celebration to soul-baring sadness. Hear new tracks by Missy Elliott, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, and more: 1. Valley Queen, "Stars Align," 2. Mount Eerie, "Real Death," 3. Nick Hakim, "Bet She Looks Like You," 4. Missy Elliott, "I'm Better (feat. Lamb)," 5. Young Fathers, "Only God Knows (ft. Leith Congregational Choir)," 6. A Winged Victory For The Sullen, "Metro Part Three," 7. Sampha, "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano"

How Laurie Anderson And Philip Glass Were About To Change The World  

The performance artist reflects on Philip Glass' generous spirit, his perpetually fresh ideas and the grand experiments hatched in the lofts of SoHo in the '70s

While My Guitar Gently Sings: A Conversation With Delicate Steve  

Here's something rare these days: an instrumental guitar-rock record that's actually a joy to listen to. This Is Steve is by the artist Delicate Steve, otherwise known as Steve Marion, who plays all the instruments on this incredibly fun (and sometimes funny) album. On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with Delicate Steve about the guitar music Steve loves, including music from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sly and the Family Stone, as well as the singers who inspire his lyrical guitar styles, which he describes as "cartoon rock."

The Power Of Political Music and More  

On this week's All Songs Considered: Musicians face personal challenges, political uncertainty, the state of humanity — and rally.1) MILCK: "Quiet"2) Angel Olsen: "Fly On Your Wall"3) Charlotte Day Wilson: "Work"4) Jesca Hoop: "Memories Are Now"5) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "Down (Is Where I Want to Be)"6) Tim Darcy: "Still Waking Up"7) Father John Misty: "Pure Comedy"8) Overcoats: "Hold Me Close"

Songs For Hope And Change  

Our first new mix of 2017 features songs that are both big and hopeful, and crushingly sad, from the politically charged music of Run The Jewels and Timber Timbre to the joyful bliss of Lowland Hum.

+1: Sharon Van Etten On The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Her Role On 'The OA'  

The singer opens up about her debut acting role on the mysterious Netflix series The OA, the personal experiences that inspired her performance and how to cry on command.

Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2017  

Every January, we look forward to globalFEST, a one-night showcase of newly emerging and well-established artists from around the world. This annual event, held at Manhattan's Webster Hall, is where industry insiders and cool-hunters alike ferret out the next big global music acts on the touring circuit — the buzzed-about bands playing on this single winter night form the vanguard of what you're going to be watching at festivals and at venues across the country over the next couple of years.

Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2017  

Every January, we look forward to globalFEST, a one-night showcase of newly emerging and well-established artists from around the world. This annual event, held at Manhattan's Webster Hall, is where industry insiders and cool-hunters alike ferret out the next big global music acts on the touring circuit — the buzzed-about bands playing on this single winter night form the vanguard of what you're going to be watching at festivals and at venues across the country over the next couple of years. 1. Septeto Santiaguero, "Dónde Están" 2. L'Orchestre Afrisa International, "Nakeyi Nairobi" 3. Maarja Nuut feat. Hendrick Kaljujärv, "Hobusemäng" 4. SsingSsing, "Minyo Medley" 5. Jojo Abot, "To Li" 6. Alsarah & The Nubatones, "3yan T3ban" 7. Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo, "Mayoral" 8. Batida, "Alegria"

Interview: Julien Baker Signs To Matador, Shares New Song  

We have a candid interview with Julien Baker, a young singer of sad, thoughtful songs. Her new song, "Funeral Pyre," is being released on the storied independent label Matador Records.

+1: A Conversation With Comedian Hannibal Buress  

Guest host and NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with comedian, actor and writer Hannibal Buress. Buress is known and loved for his brand of irreverent comedy and his gift for finding absurdity in the seemingly mundane. It's an audacity that informs not only his sense of humor, but also his taste in music. A hip-hop head from Chicago's West Side, Buress is a true rap omnivore whose tastes run the gamut from the uber-popular to the obscure.

+1 Encore: A Conversation With Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood  

Bob chats with Radiohead's visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band's newest record, A Moon Shaped Pool.

+1 Encore: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters  

The bassist, singer and songwriter behind some of the 20th century's most iconic music goes deep into race, civil rights, prison reform, the troubled music industry and more.

+1 Encore: A Conversation With Paul McCartney  

Paul McCartney talks about his solo career-spanning compilation Pure McCartney, his creative process, how he stays inspired and why he sometimes thinks he should take songwriting more seriously.

+1 Encore: Paul Simon Conversation  

Paul Simon talks about his album, Stranger To Stranger, and why it may be his last, at least for a while. He also shares the new song, "The Werewolf."

+1 Encore: David Bowie Makes His Dream Jazz Record  

Three weeks before David Bowie released Blackstar, and three weeks before he died, I spoke with jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti about making what would be David Bowie's final album.

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