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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.)

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.)

 

#300

Let It Be? No, Let's Remix The Beatles

Producer Giles Martin talks about a new 5-disc deluxe version of Let It Be, one of The Beatles' most complicated albums. Hear his remixed version of the album plus never-before-heard banter and outtakes. ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

40 MINS

40:34

19 Oct 2021


#299

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Pop music's 'Latin Explosion' of 1999

This is the third and final installment in a special series from NPR's 'It's Been A Minute' podcast looking at important moments in the history of pop-music crossover. On this episode, Sam and his guests look at the so-called "Latin Explosion" of the late 1990s and ask who this historic if calculated moment was actually for, and what were the business considerations behind it? And what does "Livin La Vida Loca" have to do with all of it? You'll find all that out and more in this episode. ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

34 MINS

34:30

18 Oct 2021


#298

New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Oct. 15

Atlanta rapper Young Thug's Punk, Coldplay's Music of the Spheres, solo debuts from Finneas, Remi Wolf and more are among NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums.Featured Albums: 1. Remi Wolf — JunoFeatured Song: "Anthony Kiedes"2. Coldplay — Music of the SpheresFeatured Song: "People of the Pride"3. Young Thug — PunkFeatured Song: "Tick Tock"4. Joy Crookes — SkinSong: "Poison"5. Finneas — OptimistFeatured Song: "The Kids Are All Dying"6. Pinkpantheress — to hell with itFeatured Song: "Noticed I cried" Other notable releases for Oct. 15: The Beatles — Let It Be (50th Anniversary Ed.); Dos Santos — City of Mirrors; Le Ren — Leftovers; Pokey LaFarge — In the Blossom of Their Shade; Xenia Rubinos — Una Rosa. ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

22 MINS

22:44

15 Oct 2021


#297

New Mix: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Shamir, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new music of the week, including a reflection on the cost of fame from Mitski, Shamir's "Gay Agenda," sweet "Change" from Big Thief and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Mitski: "Working for the Knife" (Single)2. Cate Le Bon: "Running Away," from Pompeii3. Big Thief: "Change," from Change EP4. Doran: "Old Moon," from Doran5. Kevin Morby & Hamilton Leithauser: "Virginia Beach" (Single)6. Shamir: "Gay Agenda" (Single) ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

32 MINS

32:44

13 Oct 2021


#296

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Reassessing Janet Jackson's 'Control' and legacy

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's Control. That album was her first real commercial hit and, looking back, helped redefine all of pop music. In the late '80s and '90s, Jackson was one of the biggest stars of our time — right up there with her brother, Michael and Madonna. And yet, Jackson isn't always given her due. In this special episode from NPR's It's Been A Minute podcast, host Sam Sanders explores why that is, how she made the album Control, and the incident — that lasted all but a second — that changed the course of her career. ... Read more

11 Oct 2021

42 MINS

42:26

11 Oct 2021


#295

New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart, new ones from Cimafunk, the underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Reba McEntire, and more. Featured Albums:1. James Blake — Friends That Break Your HeartFeatured Songs: "Foot Forward" and "Frozen"2. BadBadNotGood — Talk MemoryFeatured Song: "Beside April"3. Susana Baca — Palabras UrgentesFeatured Song: "Cambalache"4. Natalie Hemby — Pins and NeedlesFeatured Song: "Banshee"5. Various — Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol. 2 (John Prine tribute album)Featured Song: "Summer's End" (Performed by Valerie June)6. Cimafunk — El AlimentoFeatured Song: "Sal De Lo Malo"7. Various — It's A Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania RecordsFeatured Song: "Soul Drummers" (Performed by Ray Baretto)8. Joshua Crumbly — ForEverFeatured Song: "KOLKATA"9. Atmosphere — WORD?Featured Song: "Fleetwood"10. Reba McEntire — Revived, Remixed, RevisitedFeatured Song: "Fancy" ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

35 MINS

35:26

08 Oct 2021


#294

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': The Lasting Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

Fifty years ago this month, the TV show Soul Train was first broadcast nationally. It brought Black music, dance, fashion and performance into viewers' homes every weekend and continued for more than 30 years. There was nothing like it on TV, and all these years later, there's been nothing like it since. On this special episode from the NPR podcast, It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders, we look at the lasting impact of Soul Train and why it mattered. ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

34 MINS

34:29

06 Oct 2021


#293

The Best Music of September: NPR Staff Picks

Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year?Songs featured in this episode: • Ada Lea: "hurt" from one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden • MUNA (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers), "Silk Chiffon"• Little Simz: "Standing Ovation" from Sometimes I Might Be Introvert• Mon Laferte: "Nothing Else Matters" from The Metallica Blacklist• Sun-El Musician (Feat. Simmy), "Higher"• Jon Hopkins: "Sit Around the Fire (Feat. Ram Dass & East Forest)" from Music for Psychedelic Therapy Follow the [#NowPlaying blog] (https://www.npr.org/series/1002643619/now-playing) for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs. ... Read more

04 Oct 2021

41 MINS

41:47

04 Oct 2021


#292

New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Oct. 1

NPR Music's picks for the best new releases out this week include the long-awaited studio album from Philly rapper Meek Mill, a stunning record from Brandi Carlile, country singer Miko Marks and more.Featured Albums: 1. Meek Mill — Expensive PainFeatured Song: "Blue Notes 2"2. Brandi Carlile — In These Silent DaysFeatured Song: "Broken Horses"3. Ben Marc — Breathe SuiteFeatured Song: "Breathe Suite A"4. Tirzah — ColourgradeFeatured Song: "Hive Mind"5. Illuminati Hotties — Let Me Do One MoreFeatured Song: "Knead"6. Shad — TaoFeatured Song: "Black Averageness"7. Miko Marks — Race RecordsFeatured Song: "Hard Times"Other notable releases for Oct. 1: Dar Williams — I'll Meet You Here; Hovvdy — True Love; Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett — Love For Sale; Strand of Oaks — In Heaven. ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

27 MINS

27:14

01 Oct 2021


#291

New Mix: Le Ren, Wet Leg, Ustad Saami, NoSo, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite new songs of the week include the funny, uplifting music of Wet Leg, a prayer for peace from 77-year-old Pakistani artist Ustad Saami and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Wet Leg: "Wet Dream" (Single)2. NoSo: "Suburbia" (Single)3. Nynke Laverman: "Stoarm" from Plant4. Nora Brown: "The Very Day I'm Gone" from Sidetrack My Engine5. Jane Fontana: "Untitled, No. 1" from In Situ EP6. Grace Cummings: "Heaven" from Storm Queen7. Le Ren: "I Already Love You" from Leftovers8. Ustad Saami: "Prayer for Peace" from east Pakistan sky ... Read more

29 Sep 2021

46 MINS

46:46

29 Sep 2021


#290

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 24

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, a Sufjan Stevens collaboration with Angelo De Augustine, country singer Mickey Guyton and more.Featured Albums: 1. Anthony Hamilton — Love is the New BlackFeatured Song: "Love Is The New Black"2. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine — A Beginner's MindFeatured Song: "Lady Macbeth In Chains"3. Kari Faux — Lowkey Superstar DeluxeFeatured Song: "While God Was Sleeping"4. Hayden Pedigo — Letting GoFeatured Song: "Some Kind of Shepherd"5. Mickey Guyton — Remember Her NameFeatured Song: "Different"6. Solemn Brigham — South Sinner StreetFeatured Songs: "Keep The Hope" and "Vice North"7. Japanese Breakfast — Sable Featured Songs: "Glider" and "Cartographer's Theme"8. Ada Lea — One Hand on the Steering Wheel The Other Sewing A GardenFeatured Song: "Oranges"Other notable releases for Sept. 24: Alessia Cara — In The Meantime; Andy Shauf — Wilds; Arturo O'Farrill — Dreaming in Lions; Caleb Landry Jones — Gadzooks Vol. 1; Laura Jane Grace — At War With Silverfish; NAO — And Then Life Was Beautiful; Poppy — Flux. ... Read more

24 Sep 2021

32 MINS

32:23

24 Sep 2021


#289

New Mix: alt-J, Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah, Bnny, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week, including a new one from the Leeds rock band alt-J, Swedish singer-songwriter Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. alt-J: "U&ME," from The Dream2. Hyd: "Skin 2 Skin," from Hyd (EP)3. Amythyst Kiah: "Black Myself (Moby Remix)" (Single)4. La Luz: "Lazy Eyes and Dune," from La Luz5. Bnny: "Sure," from Everything6. Loney Dear: "Go Easy On Me Now (Sirens + emergencies)," from A Lantern and a Bell ... Read more

22 Sep 2021

34 MINS

34:21

22 Sep 2021


#288

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Meet Our Winner

In the seventh and final episode of Top Shelf, hear from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest winner, Neffy: a rising singer-songwriter from Arlington, Va., with a breathtaking, soulful, inimitable voice. ... Read more

20 Sep 2021

33 MINS

33:39

20 Sep 2021


#287

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 17

The debut album from singer and rapper Lil Nas X tops our list of the week's best releases, along with the 25th anniversary of Buena Vista Social Club, new ones from José González, Carly Pearce and more.Featured Albums: 1. Lil Nas X — MonteroFeatured Song: "Dead Right Now"2. Carly Pearce — 29: Written In StoneFeatured Song: "Diamondback"3. Charley Crockett — Music City USAFeatured Song: "Honest Fight"4. Adia Victoria — A Southern GothicFeatured Song: "Troubled Mind"5. Buena Vista Social Club — Buena Vista Social ClubFeatured Songs: "Chan Chan" and "El Diablo Suelto"6. José González — Local ValleyFeatured Song: "Visions"7. Sheila Jordan — Comes Love: Lost Session 1960Featured Song: "Ballad of the Sad Young Men"8. Moor Mother — Black Encyclopedia of the AirFeatured Song: "Vera Hall"Other notable releases for Sept. 17: Bob Dylan — Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16; Cory Henry — Best of Me; James Vincent McMorrow — Grapefruit Season; Lindsey Buckingham — Lindsey Buckingham; Melissa Ethridge — One Way Out. ... Read more

17 Sep 2021

37 MINS

37:10

17 Sep 2021


#286

New Mix: Tiny Desk Contest Winner Neffy, Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including the Tiny Desk Contest-winning song from the singer, Neffy, new ones from Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Neffy: "Wait Up" (Single)2. Aisha Badru: "Rebirth," from The Way Back Home EP3. Lily Konigsberg: "Sweat Forever," from Lily We Need To Talk Now4. Sloppy Jane: "Party Anthem," from Madison5. My Morning Jacket: "Love Love Love," from My Morning Jacket6. Snail Mail: "Valentine," from Valentine ... Read more

15 Sep 2021

29 MINS

29:41

15 Sep 2021


#285

New Music Friday: The Top 11 Albums Out On Sept. 10

It's a packed release day, with new albums from the prince of reggaeton J Balvin, Kendrick Lamar collaborator and rising rapper Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew W.K. and more.Featured Albums: 1. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt 2Featured Song: "A Beautiful Chicago Kid"2. Kacey Musgraves — Star-CrossedFeatured Songs: "Cherry Blossom" and "Gracias A La Vida"3. J Balvin — JOSEFeatured Song: "La Familia"4. Yebba — DawnFeatured Song: "Boomerang"5. Andrew W.K. — God Is PartyingFeatured Songs: "Babalon" and "Goddess Partying"6. AZ — Doe or Die IIFeatured Song: "Check Me Out"7. Park Hye Jin — Before I DieFeatured Song: "Me Trust Me"8. Low — Hey WhatFeatured Song: "White Horses"9. Deb Never — Where Have All The Flowers GoneFeatured Song: "Stupid"10. Bomba Estéreo — DejaFeatured Song: "Agua"11. Baby Keem — The Melodic BlueFeatured Song: "Range Brothers"Other notable releases for Sept. 10: Heartless Bastards — A Beautiful Life; Matthew E. White — K Bay; Sleigh Bells — Texis; We Were Promised Jetpacks — Enjoy The View. ... Read more

10 Sep 2021

38 MINS

38:31

10 Sep 2021


#284

New Mix: Andy Shauf, 79rs Gang, Opium Moon, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week, including a profoundly moving reflection on Hurricane Katrina, a new story-song from Andy Shauf and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. 79rs Gang: "Stop The Water" (Single)2. Andrea von Kampen: "Water Flowing Downward," from That Spell3. Opium Moon: "Night," from Night + Day4. Claire Cronin: "Bloodless," from Bloodless5. Andy Shauf: "Spanish On The Beach" (Single)6. Marc Farre: "Prayer Flags," (Single) ... Read more

08 Sep 2021

35 MINS

35:53

08 Sep 2021


#283

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On Sept. 3

Our picks for the best new albums out this week come from the British rapper LIttle Simz, jazz pianist Kirk Lightsey, rising reggaeton singer Jhay Cortez, metal veterans Iron Maiden and more.Featured Albums:1. Little Simz — Sometimes I Might Be IntrovertFeatured Songs: "Introvert" and "The Rapper That Came To Tea"2. Jhay Cortez — TimelezzFeatured Song: "Los Bandoleros"3. Kirk Lightsey — I Will Never Stop Loving YouFeatured Song: "I Will Never Stop Loving You"4. Iron Maiden — SenjutsuFeatured Song: "Days Of Future Past"5. Lady Blackbird — Black Acid SoulFeatured Songs: "Five Feet Tall" and "Blackbird"6. Baby Queen — The YearbookFeatured Song: "Raw Thoughts"7. L'Orange — The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel BetterFeatured Song: "Talk To Friendly Walls"Other notable releases for Sept. 3: Damu The Fudgemunk — Conversation Peace; Imagine Dragons — Mercury, Act I; Lady Gaga — Dawn Of Chromatica (remix album) ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

30 MINS

30:56

03 Sep 2021


#282

The Best Music Of August: NPR Staff Picks

Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year? In August, we got vulnerable with James Blake, leveled up with Foxing, cooed with PinkPantheress, discovered an obscure Polish composer via pianist Lucas Debargue, memorialized a member of Injury Reserve and went back in time to Lee Morgan's weekend residency at the Lighthouse. Songs heard on this episode: • James Blake: "Life is Not the Same" from Friends That Break Your Heart • Foxing: "Beacons" from Draw Down the Moon• PinkPantheress, "Just for me"• Lucas Debargue: "Nostalgie du pays" from Zal — The Music of Miłosz Magin • Injury Reserve: "Knees" from By the Time I Get to Phoenix • Lee Morgan: "Absolutions (Friday, Set 2)" from The Complete Live at the Lighthouse Follow the [#NowPlaying blog] (https://www.npr.org/series/1002643619/now-playing) for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs. ... Read more

01 Sep 2021

28 MINS

28:59

01 Sep 2021


#281

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Our Favorite 2021 Entries, Episode 6

Before we announce this year's winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, last year's winner, Linda Diaz, shares her picks. ... Read more

30 Aug 2021

42 MINS

42:40

30 Aug 2021