In a conversation with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Yusuf Cat Stevens explains how — and why — he decided to re-record his landmark album a half-century after it was first released.
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Sep. 18 include a long-awaited, self-titled release from Alicia Keys, PC Music's A.G. Cook, a rediscovered Thelonious Monk recording and more.
1. Alicia Keys — ALICIA
Featured Song: "Me x 7"
2. A.G. Cook — Apple
Featured Song: "Airhead"
3. Anjimile — Giver Taker
Featured Song: "To Meet You There"
4. Butcher Brown — #kingbutch
Featured Song: "Cabbage"
5. Thelonious Monk — Palo Alto
Featured Song: "Blue Monk"
6. Jealous of the Birds — Peninsula
Featured Song: "Pendulum"
7. Sly5thAve — What It Is
Featured Song: "What It Is"
8. Fenne Lily — Breach
Featured Song: "Elliott"
9. Steve Arrington — Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions
Featured Songs: "Make A Difference" and "Soulful I Need That In My Life"
Other notable releases for Sept. 18: Ava Max — Heaven & Hell; Body Double — Milk Fed; Cults — Host; Daniel Romano — How Ill Thy World Is Ordered; Deradoorian — Find the Sun; Dig Nitty — Reverse of Mastery; Eastwood — It Never Gets Easy; Eivør — Segl; Elderbrook — Why Do We Shake in the Cold?; Gracie & Rachel — Hello, Weakness, You Make Me Strong; Handsome Ghost — Some Still Morning; Joan Osborne — Trouble and Strife; Johann Johannsson — Retrospective II; Nate Rocket Wonder & Roman GianArthur – Antebellum (Soundtrack); Sarah Davachi — Cantus, Descant; Saunder Jurriaans — Beasts; Semisonic — You're Not Alone; Yusuf Cat Stevens — Tea for the Tillerman; Ziggy Marley — More Family Time.
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This week's new mix from All Songs Considered includes solo work from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, recorded with his sons, a stunning track from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker, a song for the times from Cautious Clay and more.
1. Kevin Morby "Campfire" from Sundowner
2. Adrianne Lenker "anything" from songs
3. Maple Glider "As Tradition"
4. Jeff Tweedy "Love Is The King" from Love Is The King
5. BONZIE "Alone"
6. Cautious Clay "Agreeable" from Agreeable
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by The Flaming Lips, Rita Indiana, Waylon Payne and more.
On this week's All Songs Considered, hear new music from great unknowns and old favorites, including The Front Bottoms and Asaf Avidan.
1. Joe Wong: "Dreams Wash Away" from Nite Creatures
2. Frances Cone: "'93 Or '94" (single)
3. The Front Bottoms: "montgomery forever" from In Sickness & In Flames
4. Spacemoth: "Asking For You" (single)
5. Asaf Avidan: "Lost Horse" from Anagnorisis
6. Afel Bocoum: "Dakamana" from Lindé
7. Joe Wong: "Dreams Wash Away (Instrumental)" from Nite Creatures
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new albums by Big Sean, Tricky, Lomelda, Bill Callahan and more. Click here to see all of our featured albums for the week of Sept. 4.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in August 2020, featuring everything from the genre-busting indie rock of Bartees Strange and Victoria Monét's layered R&B to the return of Bright Eyes.
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including unadorned records from Angel Olsen and The Avett Brothers, the genre-bending Georgia Anne Muldrow and more.
Fifteen years ago this week, All Songs Considered launched its first ever podcast episode. Hear how it sounded.
NPR Music's shortlist for the best new albums out this week includes the first full-length from Bright Eyes in nearly a decade, the rapper Lecrae, U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia and more.
1. The Killers — Imploding the Mirage
Featured Song: "Dying Breed"
2. The Mavericks — En Español
Featured Song: "Recuerdos"
3. Nubya Garcia — Source
Featured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"
4. Cidny Bullens — Walking Through This World
Featured Song: "The Gender Line"
5. Bright Eyes — Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
Featured Songs: "Dance and Sing" and "Pageturner's Rag"
6. Lecrae — Restoration
Featured Song: "Set Me Free"
7. L.A. Witch — Play With Fire
Featured Song: "Dark Horse"
8. Roomful of Teeth — The Ascendant & Just Constellations
Featured Songs: "The Beginning And..." and "The Magic Constellation - Winter"
Other notable releases for Aug. 21: Nas — King's Disease; Alex the Astronaut — The Theory of Absolutely Nothing; Bully — Sugaregg; Chuck Prophet — The Land That Time Forgot; Logan Farmer — Still No Mother; Matmos — The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form; The Front Bottoms — In Sickness & In Flames.
On this week's All Songs Considered, The Swedish duo First Aid Kit covers Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again," reminding host Bob Boilen of how long it's been since he's seen a live show (159 days).
1. First Aid Kit: "On The Road Again"
2. Blu DeTiger: "Figure It Out"
3. Pillow Queens: "Holy Show" from In Waiting
4. Anjimile: "Baby No More" from Giver Taker
5. AMAARA: "Desert Storm" from Heartspeak
6. Ólafur Arnalds: "Back to the Sky"
7. Sonny Singh: "Mitar Pyare Nu"
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include the latest from Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy, Fantastic Negrito, Jacob Collier, the queer country of Orville Peck and more.
1. Burna Boy — Twice As Tall
Featured Song: "Monsters You Made"
2. Jacob Collier — Djesse Vol. 3
Featured Song: "In My Bones"
3. Fantastic Negrito — Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
Featured Song: "I'm So Happy I Cry"
4. Whitney — Candid
Featured Song: "Strange Overtones"
5. Son Lux — Tomorrows
Featured Song: "Plans We Made"
6. Kathleen Edwards — Total Freedom
Featured Song: "Birds on a Feeder"
7. Orville Peck — Show Pony
Featured Song: "No Glory In The West"
8. Ashley Ray — Pauline
Featured Song: "Pauline"
9. Gloria Estefan — Brazil305
Featured Song: "Samba"
Other notable releases for August 14: Poppy — I Disagree (More); Eleven7four — What's the 1174; Biffy Clyro — A Celebration of Endings; Caylee Hammack — If It Wasn't For You; Emma Swift — Blonde on the Tracks; Young Jesus — Welcome to Conceptual Beach.
The singer and author chats with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about Jollett's incredible new memoir, Hollywood Park. It's also the title of his latest album with The Airborne Toxic Event.
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the latest from Portland rapper Aminé, Mary Chapin Carpenter, a posthumous release from Jason Molina, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more.
1. Aminé — Limbo
Featured Song: "Can't Decide"
2. Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Dirt and the Stars
Featured Song: "All Broken Hearts Break Differently"
3. Jordan Lehning — Little Idols
Featured Song: "Oolaloom"
4. Loyal Lobos — Everlasting
Featured Song: "Whatever it Is"
5. Carmen Canedo — Know It All
Featured Song: "Morrow"
6. Jason Molina — Eight Gates
Featured Song: "She Says"
7. The Microphones — Microphones in 2020
Featured Song: "Microphones in 2020"
8. Immanuel Wilkins — OMEGA
Featured Song: "Ferguson — An American Tradition"
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The musical tastes of the NPR Music crew are a delightful jumble. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music from July 2020, featuring Madeline Kenney, Nubya Garcia and Taylor Swift.
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new releases include Brandy's first new album in eight years, a stunning debut from rapper and singer Dominic Fike, retro-country from Charley Crockett and more.
1. Brandy — B7
Featured Song: "Say Something"
2. Alanis Morissette — Such Pretty Forks in the Road
Featured Song: "Smiling"
3. Charley Crockett — Welcome to Hard Times
Featured Song: "Welcome to Hard Times"
4. Dominic Fike — What Could Possibly Go Wrong
Featured Song: "Joe Blazey"
5. Max Richter — Voices
Featured Songs: "Murmuration," "All Human Beings" and "Mercy"
6. Land of Talk — Indistinct Conversations
Featured Songs: "Look to You (Intro)" and "Look to You"
7. Mirah — You Think It's Like This, But Really It's Like This (20 Year Anniversary)
Featured Songs: "100 Knives" and "Of Pressure" performed by Mount Eerie
8. Thanya Iyer — Kind
Featured Song: "My Mind Keeps Running"
9. Charles Tolliver — Connect
Featured Song: "Blue Soul"
Other notable releases for July 31: Fontaines D.C. — A Hero's Death; Madeline Kenney — Sucker's Luch; Makaya McCraven — Universal Beings E&F Sides; Trevor Powers — Capricorn; The Psychedelic Furs — Made of Rain.
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This week's All Songs Considered features Angel Olsen's first album made without a backing band in eight years, 85-year old British folk legend Shirley Collins and a bunch of wonderful new discoveries.
1. Angel Olsen: "Whole New Mess" from Whole New Mess
2. Chrissy Stewart: "House of Christina" from House of Christina
3. Le Ren: "The Day I Lose My Mind" from Morning & Melancholia
4. Saadi: "Pearl" from Saadi
5. Shirley Collins: "Barbara Allen" from Heart's Ease
6. Cinder Well: "Our Lady's" from No Summer
Taylor Swift's surprise new album, Folklore tops our list of the week's best releases, along with new ones from Lupe Fiasco, a 50th anniversary edition of Roberta Flack's debut album and more.
1. Taylor Swift — Folklore
Featured Song: "Seven"
2. Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis — House
Featured Song: "Shoes"
3. Lord Finesse — Motown State of Mind
Featured Song: "I Wanna Be Where You Are"
4. Roberta Flack — First Take (50th Anniversary Edition)
Featured Song: "Trade Winds"
5. Sparkle Division — To Feel Embraced
Featured Song: "You Go Girl!"
6. Jaguar Sun — This Empty Town
Featured Song: "Red"
7. Jess Cornelius — Distance
Featured Song: "Banging My Head"
8. Courtney Marie Andrews — Old Flowers
Featured Song: "Together or Alone"
9. Kamaal Williams — Wu Hen
Featured Song: "Mr. Wu"
10. Maria Schneider — Data Lords
Featured Songs: "Data Lords" and "Bluebird"
Other notable releases for July 24: Katie Dey — Mydata; Liza Anne — Bad Vacation; Logic — No Pressure; Lori McKenna — The Balladeer; The Naked And The Famous — Recover; PJ Harvey — Dry Demos; Shirley Collins — Heart's Ease; Thin Lear — Wooden Cave; Thomas Bartlett — Shelter.
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On this edition of All Songs Considered, Sylvan Esso share and talk about their new song "Ferris Wheel," plus the first new album from The Psychedelic Furs in 29 years and more.
1. TRISHES: "Gaslight"
2. The Psychedelic Furs: "Come All Ye Faithful" from Made Of Rain
3. Gordon Koang: "South Sudan" from Unity
4. Madeline Kenney: "Picture Of You" from Sucker's Lunch
5. Sylvan Esso: "Ferris Wheel" from Free Love
6. Barker: "Paradise Engineering" from Utility
The week's best new albums include old-school hip-hop from Blu & Exile, a transformative record from singer Lianne La Havas, the existential rock of Protomartyr, pop singer Ellie Goulding and more.
1. The Chicks — Gaslighter
Featured Song: "Sleep at Night"
2. Lianne La Havas — Lianne La Havas
Featured Song: "Seven Times"
3. Blu & Exile — Miles: From an Interlude Called Life
Featured Song: "True and Livin'"
4. JARV IS — Beyond the Pale
Featured Song: "Sometimes I Am Pharaoh"
5. Protomartyr — Ultimate Success Today
Featured Song: "Processed by the Boys"
6. Ellie Goulding — Brightest Blue
Featured Song: "How Deep is Too Deep?"
7. Zara McFarlane — Songs of An Unknown Tongue
Featured Song: "State of Mind"
8. KLLO — Maybe We Could
Featured Song: "Still Here"
Other notable released for July 17: Alice Ivy — Don't Sleep; Bing & Ruth — Species; Christian Sands — Be Water; Crickets — Crickets; David Ramirez — My Love Is A Hurricane; Dehd — Flower of Devotion; Illuminati Hotties — Free IH: This is Not the One You've Been Waiting For; Laraaji — Sun Piano; Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards — Bitter Better; Nicolas Jaar — Telas; S.G. Goodman — Old Time Feeling