All Songs Considered

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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

Love is often presented as something easy, a matter of simply following your heart. But in actuality, it's rarely that effortless. Several of this week's songs reflect the sour, absurd, and heartrending aspects of intimacy. Complete playlist: 1. Michael Rault: "I'll Be There," 2. Flasher: "Pressure," 3. Wet: "Love Is Not Enough," 4. John Grant: "Love Is Magic," 5. Tim Hecker: "Music For Tundra Pt. 1," 6. Deafheaven: "Canary Yellow"

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What's an anthem? It's a stirring call to arms or an expression of collective emotion. Sometimes it's a recognition of injustice, a representation of an oppressed group, or an inspirational message of hope. But it always captures something much larger than itself — the spirit of a community, unified in ...
This week's best new releases includes Drake's highly-anticipated double album, _Scorpion_ , Florence + the Machine's tentative turn toward optimism with _High as Hope_ , previously unheard and unreleased music from jazz legend John Coltrane and much more. Featured Albums: Drake: _Scorpion,_ Jim James: _Uniform Distortion,_ The Innocence Mission: _Sun ...
On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, the pressure's on. To give a kind of guide to future interns, current All Songs intern, Cat Zhang has begun secretly evaluating Bob and Robin to develop her own NPR Music team ranking. One major criteria? Music selection. Full playlist: 1. The ...
On this week's episode of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael, along with jazz critic Nate Chinen from WBGO about the most exciting new releases for June 22. Albums include the intense, industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails, the ...
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On this week's show we share your picks for the best new artists so far in 2018, along with a couple of our own: Robin's is MILCK, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who writes empowering, cathartic ballads, while Bob chose Niklas Paschburg, an innovative young German composer and pianist whose music ...
On this week's New Music Friday, _All Songs Considered'_ s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Rodney Carmichael, and Stephen Thompson for a quick run through the best new releases for June 15. Highlights include Christina Aguilera's _Liberation,_ a monument to self-empowerment with contributions from Kanye West ...
Death Cab For Cutie is back with some pretty great new music. The band has just announced that a new album is on the way called _Thank You for Today._ And in this special episode of _All Songs Considered,_ singer Ben Gibbard shares and talks about the first single, "Gold ...
This week's _All Songs Considered_ begins with Robin's warm, buttery sugar cookie – Bob bets Robin will share the cookie as a reward for playing "What is the Body," the new exhilarating art-rock single from Donny McCaslin the acclaimed saxophonist whose band backed David Bowie's _Blackstar._ Robin followed with Sad ...
_All Songs Considered'_ s Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna, and Sidney Madden to talk about June 8's standout albums. Highlights include the candid, introspective rock of Snail Mail, the jazzy, laid-back R&B; of British singer Jorja Smith, the sultry pop of Lykke Li, and ...
Songs on this week's episode of All Songs Consideredgrapple with sweeping, thematically weighty subjects, from xenophobia and immigration to Hurricane Sandy and the inherent meaninglessness of life: 1. Audible: "Up, Up And Away," 2. Nothing: "Zero Day," 3. The 1975: "Give Yourself A Try," 4. IDLES: "Danny Nedelko," 5. Sam ...
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For just over a decade, Thou has made music that is, at times, grueling in its pace and extreme in volume, but that can also be painfully beautiful — the Baton Rouge metal band has a penchant for pitting Bryan Funck's searing vocals against dense, majestic melodies. The group's shows ...
This past week singer James Blake quietly dropped an incredible new song called "Don't Miss It." Like much of his work, it's both sultry and synthetic – a mix of seductive melodies and warped production, including a piano that keeps slipping out of tune. On this week's show we share ...
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On this special Guest DJ edition of _All Songs Considered,_ I talk with the dry-witted songwriter and guitarist, Stephen Malkmus. He made five albums with the much-beloved rock band Pavement, from 1992-1999, but his latest release comes from his other project, The Jicks. It's called _Sparkle Hard_ and it's his ...
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Last week, we asked listeners to tell us about the songs that got them through school. As the stories poured in, we began to see some clear and common themes. For starters, school, while being an exciting time of profound change, is _really_ hard. Many told us stories of battling ...
Mitski's new album is called Be the Cowboy. She talks with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen about the lead-off single "Geyser," and the near- desperate passion that went into making it.