All Songs Considered
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
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.Featured Albums:1. Alicia Keys — ALICIAFeatured Song: "Me x 7"2. A.G. Cook — AppleFeatured Song: "Airhead"3. Anjimile — Giver TakerFeatured Song: "To Meet You There"4. Butcher Brown — #kingbutchFeatured Song: "Cabbage"5. Thelonious Monk — Palo AltoFeatured Song: "Blue Monk"6. Jealous of the Birds — PeninsulaFeatured Song: "Pendulum"7. Sly5thAve — What It IsFeatured Song: "What It Is"8. Fenne Lily — BreachFeatured Song: "Elliott"9. Steve Arrington — Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul SessionsFeatured 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.
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.Featured Tracks:1. Kevin Morby "Campfire" from Sundowner2. Adrianne Lenker "anything" from songs3. Maple Glider "As Tradition" 4. Jeff Tweedy "Love Is The King" from Love Is The King5. 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 Creatures2. Frances Cone: "'93 Or '94" (single)3. The Front Bottoms: "montgomery forever" from In Sickness & In Flames4. Spacemoth: "Asking For You" (single)5. Asaf Avidan: "Lost Horse" from Anagnorisis6. Afel Bocoum: "Dakamana" from Lindé7. 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.Featured Albums:1. The Killers — Imploding the MirageFeatured Song: "Dying Breed"2. The Mavericks — En EspañolFeatured Song: "Recuerdos"3. Nubya Garcia — SourceFeatured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"4. Cidny Bullens — Walking Through This WorldFeatured Song: "The Gender Line"5. Bright Eyes — Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once WasFeatured Songs: "Dance and Sing" and "Pageturner's Rag"6. Lecrae — RestorationFeatured Song: "Set Me Free"7. L.A. Witch — Play With FireFeatured 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 Waiting4. Anjimile: "Baby No More" from Giver Taker 5. AMAARA: "Desert Storm" from Heartspeak6. 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.Featured Albums: 1. Burna Boy — Twice As TallFeatured Song: "Monsters You Made"2. Jacob Collier — Djesse Vol. 3Featured Song: "In My Bones"3. Fantastic Negrito — Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?Featured Song: "I'm So Happy I Cry"4. Whitney — CandidFeatured Song: "Strange Overtones"5. Son Lux — TomorrowsFeatured Song: "Plans We Made"6. Kathleen Edwards — Total FreedomFeatured Song: "Birds on a Feeder"7. Orville Peck — Show PonyFeatured Song: "No Glory In The West"8. Ashley Ray — PaulineFeatured Song: "Pauline"9. Gloria Estefan — Brazil305Featured 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.Featured Albums:1. Aminé — LimboFeatured Song: "Can't Decide"2. Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Dirt and the StarsFeatured Song: "All Broken Hearts Break Differently"3. Jordan Lehning — Little IdolsFeatured Song: "Oolaloom"4. Loyal Lobos — EverlastingFeatured Song: "Whatever it Is"5. Carmen Canedo — Know It AllFeatured Song: "Morrow"6. Jason Molina — Eight GatesFeatured Song: "She Says"7. The Microphones — Microphones in 2020Featured Song: "Microphones in 2020"8. Immanuel Wilkins — OMEGAFeatured Song: "Ferguson — An American Tradition"Stay in touch with the NPR Music newsletter. Sign up here.
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.Featured Albums:1. Brandy — B7Featured Song: "Say Something"2. Alanis Morissette — Such Pretty Forks in the RoadFeatured Song: "Smiling"3. Charley Crockett — Welcome to Hard TimesFeatured Song: "Welcome to Hard Times"4. Dominic Fike — What Could Possibly Go WrongFeatured Song: "Joe Blazey"5. Max Richter — VoicesFeatured Songs: "Murmuration," "All Human Beings" and "Mercy"6. Land of Talk — Indistinct ConversationsFeatured 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 Eerie8. Thanya Iyer — KindFeatured Song: "My Mind Keeps Running"9. Charles Tolliver — ConnectFeatured 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.Keep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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 Mess2. Chrissy Stewart: "House of Christina" from House of Christina3. Le Ren: "The Day I Lose My Mind" from Morning & Melancholia4. Saadi: "Pearl" from Saadi5. Shirley Collins: "Barbara Allen" from Heart's Ease6. 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.Featured Albums:1. Taylor Swift — FolkloreFeatured Song: "Seven"2. Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis — HouseFeatured Song: "Shoes"3. Lord Finesse — Motown State of MindFeatured Song: "I Wanna Be Where You Are"4. Roberta Flack — First Take (50th Anniversary Edition)Featured Song: "Trade Winds"5. Sparkle Division — To Feel EmbracedFeatured Song: "You Go Girl!"6. Jaguar Sun — This Empty TownFeatured Song: "Red"7. Jess Cornelius — DistanceFeatured Song: "Banging My Head"8. Courtney Marie Andrews — Old FlowersFeatured Song: "Together or Alone"9. Kamaal Williams — Wu Hen Featured Song: "Mr. Wu"10. Maria Schneider — Data LordsFeatured 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.Keep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter.
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 Rain3. Gordon Koang: "South Sudan" from Unity4. Madeline Kenney: "Picture Of You" from Sucker's Lunch5. Sylvan Esso: "Ferris Wheel" from Free Love6. 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.Featured Albums:1. The Chicks — GaslighterFeatured Song: "Sleep at Night"2. Lianne La Havas — Lianne La HavasFeatured Song: "Seven Times"3. Blu & Exile — Miles: From an Interlude Called LifeFeatured Song: "True and Livin'"4. JARV IS — Beyond the PaleFeatured Song: "Sometimes I Am Pharaoh"5. Protomartyr — Ultimate Success TodayFeatured Song: "Processed by the Boys"6. Ellie Goulding — Brightest BlueFeatured Song: "How Deep is Too Deep?"7. Zara McFarlane — Songs of An Unknown TongueFeatured Song: "State of Mind"8. KLLO — Maybe We CouldFeatured 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
This week's All Songs Considered mix features the extraordinary voice of Golda May, the cello music of Diana Burgess, the soul-filled sounds of Snoh Aalegra and more.1. Golda May: "Hear Me Out" 2. Lomelda: "Wonder" from Hannah 3. Knot: "Foam" from Knot 4. Diana Burgess: "You Run" from You Run 5. Snoh Aalegra: "Dying 4 Your Love" 6. MXXWLL: "Light Turn Green" from Sheeesh
The best new albums out this week include the first posthumous full-length from the late rapper Juice Wrld, singer Margo Price's best record yet, the return of Rufus Wainwright and more.Featured Albums:1. Juice WRLD — Legends Never DieFeatured Song: "Life's A Mess"2. Rufus Wainwright — Unfollow the RulesFeatured Song: "Damsel In Distress"3. Apollo Brown & Ché Noir — As God IntendedFeatured Song: "Money Oriented"4. Margo Price — That's How Rumors Get StartedFeatured Song: "What Happened To Our Love"5. Sharhabil Ahmed — The King of Sudanese JazzFeatured Song: "Argos Farfish"6. The Beths — Jump Rope GazersFeatured Song: "I'm Not Getting Excited"7. My Morning Jacket — The Waterfall IIFeatured Song: "Spinning My Wheels"8. Jimmie Allen — Bettie JamesFeatured Song: "When This Is Over"9. Julianna Barwick — Healing Is a MiracleFeatured Song: "In Light (feat. Jónsi)10. Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade — RoundAgainFeatured Song: "Right Back Round Again"Other notable releases for July 10: Brett Eldredge — Sunday Drive; Dinner Party — Dinner Party; DMA's — The Glow; The Jayhawks — XOXO; Joshua Ray Walker — Glad You Made It; Kacy Hill — Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again?; Kestrels — Dream or Don't Dream; Ray Wylie Hubbard — Co-Starring; Sahbabii — Barnacles; The Streets — None of Us Are Getting Out of This Alive; Summer Walker — Life On Earth.
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
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.
From the foreboding final track of Run The Jewels' RTJ4 to pianist Jenny Lin's heart-soothing Philip Glass performance to SAULT's timely Untitled (Black Is), hear the voices of the NPR Music staff share their picks.
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.
There are way more new artists with stunning debuts this year than we could ever fit on a single show. But on this week's All Songs Considered, we share some of the standouts of 2020 (so far).Featured Artists And Songs:1. Coriky: "Clean Kill" from Coriky2. Rina Sawayama: "STFU!" from Sawayama3. Tenci: "Joy" from My Heart Is An Open Field4. THICK: "Mansplain" from 5 Years Behind 5. Katie Pruitt: "Grace Has a Gun" from Expectations 6. Buscabulla: "Vámono" from Regresa7. Asher Gamedze: "Siyabulela" from Dialectic Soul8. Christian Lee Hutson: "Atheist" from Beginners9. Eve Owen: "Bluebird" from Don't Let the Ink Dry10. Jonah Mutono: "The Low" from GERGKeep up with the latest from NPR Music by signing up for our newsletter at npr.org/musicnewsletter. We only send it out once a week and it's a great way to stay in touch.
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
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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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: GoGo Penguin — GoGo Penguin; Coriky — Coriky; Sammy Brue — Crash Test Kid; Momma — Two Of Me
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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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.
At the end of every month, the NPR Music team picks their favorite albums and songs. Their passions vary widely, from Atlanta rapper Deante' Hitchcock to Australian ambient artist Madeleine Cocolas.
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.
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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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.
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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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.
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)
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)
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.
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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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.
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.
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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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: www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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"2. 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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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.
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 ColombiaFeatured 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 — Why Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes Featured 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: www.npr.org/musicnewsletter
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 www.npr.org/musicnewsletter