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 Day
2. Lisa O'Neill: "Pothole in the Sky" from Pothole in the Sky
3. The Deadlians: "I Don't Want to Ride Yer Aul Anymore" (Single)
4. Lankum: "Ode to Lullaby" from The Livelong Day
5. Lankum: "Wild Rover" from The Livelong Day
6. Landless: "Via Extasia" from Bleaching Bones
7. Lankum: "Hunting the Wren" from The Livelong Day
8. Junior Brother: "Hungover at Mass" from F*** Off I Love You
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.
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.
1. Foals - 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2'
2. Patrick Watson - 'Wave'
3. Caroline Polachek - 'Pang'
4. clipping. - 'There Existed an Addiction to Blood'
5. Vagabon - 'Vagabon'
6. Gucci Mane - 'Woptober II'
7. Floating Points - 'Crush'
8. Common Holly - 'When I Say to You Black Lightning'
9. Hovvdy - 'Heavy Lifter'
10. Walrus - 'Cool to Who'
Other Notable Releases For Oct. 18: Anna Wise — As if it Were Forever; Battles — Juice B Crypts; Corridor — Junior; Jim James — The Order of Nature; Jimmy Eat World — Surviving; Mark Lanegan — Somebody's Knocking; Milk Carton Kids — The Only Ones (ep); The Muffs — No Holiday; Sufjan Stevens — The Decalogue; Tamino — Amir; Third Eye Blind — Screamer; White Reaper — You Deserve Love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The son of the late Beatles producer George Martin reveals how he remixed the final album all four members of the band made together.
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 Lights
2. Tegan & Sara — Hey, I'm Just Like You
3. John Coltrane — Blue World
4. Guillermo Klein and Los Guachos
5. Sturgill Simpson — Sound & Fury
6. Girl Band — The Talkies
7. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith — Songs From the Bardo
Other 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.
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."
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.
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.
The week's best new album drops includes the genre-bending pop of Charli XCX, an ambitious concept record by The Lumineers, the euphoric songs of Emeli Sandé, new Chelsea Wolfe, Sampa The Great, more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. The Lumineers - 'III,' 2. Charli XCX - 'Charli,' 3. Bethlehem Steel - 'Bethlehem Steel,' 4. Emeli Sandé - 'Real Life,' 5. Microwave - 'Microwave,' 6. Chelsea Wolfe - 'Birth of Violence,' 7. Sampa The Great - 'The Return,' 8. Jeremy Ivey - 'The Dream and the Dreamer.' OTHER NOTABLE ALBUMS FOR SEP. 13: Alex Cameron — Miami Memory; Belle & Sebastian — Days of the Bangold Summer; Chasity — Homemade Satan; Devendra Banhart — Ma; Goo Goo Dolls — Miracle Pill; Gruff Rhys — Pang; Hobo Johnson — The Fall of Hobo Johnson; Jenny Hval — The Practice of Love; Joseph — Good Luck Kid; Long Beard — Means to Me; Pixies — Beneath the Eyrie; (Sandy) Alex G — House of Sugar; Shawn Colvin — Steady On 30th Anniversary; Trupa Trupa — Of the Sun.
There's a cinematic theme in the songs on this edition of All Songs Considered, including a new track from Thom Yorke called "Daily Battles" and an instrumental version of it from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. These two songs were created for the Edward Norton film Motherless Brooklyn. FEATURED SONGS AND ARTISTS: 1. Ride: "R.I.D.E.," 2. Overcoats: "The Fool," 3. Arthur Moon: "Myelin," 4. Lydia Ramsey: "Story Untold," 5. Jim James & Teddy Abrams: "Set it to Song," 6. Thom Yorke & Flea: "Daily Battles," 7. Wynton Marsalis: "Daily Battles"
Our list of the best albums out this week includes The Highwomen's self-titled release, R&B singer Mahalia's remarkable Love and Compromise, new Frankie Cosmos, MUNA, Lower Dens and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. Muna – 'Saves the World,' 2. Tinariwen – 'Amadjar,' 3. Lower Dens – 'The Competition,' 4. Frankie Cosmos – 'Close it Quietly,' 5. The Highwomen – 'The Highwomen,' 6. Mahalia – 'Love and Compromise,' 7. Daymé Arocena – 'Sonocardiogram,' 8. Bat for Lashes – 'The Lost Girls.' OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR SEP. 6: Adam Green — Engine of Paradise; Alessia Cara — This Summer (EP); Chrissie Hynde — Valve Bone Woe; Crystal Gayle — You Don't Know Me; Death Cab For Cutie — The Blue EP; Ghostface Killah — Ghostface Killahs; Iggy Pop — Free; Kindness — Something Like War; Miles Davis — Rubberband
This edition of All Songs Considered has songs of gratitude from Pinegrove, a take on intimacy from Norway's Jenny Hval, a song of quietude from Anna Meredith and the magic of the Mellotron. 1. Sudan Archives: "Confessions," 2. Jenny Hval: "High Alice," 3. Pinegrove: "Moment," 4. Anna Meredith: "moonmoons," 5. Mellotron Variations: "Pulsar," 6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "One with the Birds."
Our shortlist for the week's best new albums includes Lana Del Rey's odyssey-length adventure Norman F****** Rockwell, Sheryl Crow's final album, Threads, new Black Belt Eagle Scout and more. FEATURED ALBUMS: 1. G Flip - About Us, 2. Boy Scouts - Free Company, 3. Black Belt Eagle Scout - At The Party With My Brown Friends, 4. Lana Del Rey - Norman F****** Rockwell, 5. Close Talker - How Do We Stay Here, 6. Somos - Prison On A Hill, 7. Sheryl Crow - Threads. OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES FOR AUG. 30: Bon Iver - i.i (physical release); Common - Let Love; The Futureheads - Powers; Joan Shelley - Like The River Loves The Sea; Pharmakon - Devour; Tool - Fear Inoculum; Trisha Yearwood - Every Girl; Whitney - Forever Turned Around.