All Songs Considered

by NPR

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.)

  

Latest Episodes

Guest DJ: Lord Huron On The Songs That Shaped The Cinematic 'Vide Noir'

The band Lord Huron is known for its cinematic story songs. Ben Schneider, creator of the project, talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about some of the music by other artists that informed the tales on Lord Huron's latest album.


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Posted on 19 April 2018 | 12:20 pm


The Birth Of Tiny Desk Concerts

Laura Gibson recounts the tale of how one lousy concert in Austin wound up birthing The Tiny Desk Concert series.


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Posted on 18 April 2018 | 9:00 am


Swan Songs: Music For Your Final Exit

We asked listeners what song they want played at their funeral. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share some of the incredible responses we got, along with the stories behind them.


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Posted on 17 April 2018 | 3:47 pm


New Music Friday: April 13

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers join host Robin Hilton for a quick run through some of the most essential new albums out on April 13, starting with the Korean surf-rock band Say Sue Me and their wistful and gritty album Where We Were Together. Also on the show: Singer Juliana Hatfield's inspired and uplifting tribute to Olivia Newton John, the distorted chaos of A Place To Bury Strangers and more. Full playlist: 1. Say Sue Me: Where We Were Together, 2. Juliana Hatfield: Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John, 3. A Place To Bury Strangers: Pinned, 4. Laura Veirs: The Lookout, 5. L.A. Salami: The City Of Bootmakers, 6. Goldmund: Occasus, 7. Tinashe: Joyride. Also notable for April 13: John Prine: The Tree Of Forgiveness, Josh Rouse: Love In The Modern Age, Rainbow Kitten Surprise: How To: Friend, Love, Freefall, Mr. Fingers: Cerebral Hemispheres.


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Posted on 13 April 2018 | 9:00 am


New Mix: Ólafur Arnalds, Khruangbin, Whyte Horses, Ari Roar, More

It's pretty much impossible to ever fully understand why we love or dislike a song. Sometimes we're just in a bad mood when we first hear it and the whole experience sours. Or maybe the opposite happens: You're in a totally elated mood and every song you hear sounds way better than it really is. We open this week's show with a brief reflection on this phenomenon before settling on the one thing we're always looking for no matter what: Songs that transport us in some way. Full playlist: 1. Whyte Horses: "Counting Down The Years," 2. Khruangbin: "Evan Finds The Third Room," 3. Beatrice Dear: "Atungak," 4. Abuse Of Power: "View Of The Few," 5. Ari Roar: "Don't Have A Fit," 6. Ólafur Arnalds: "re:member"


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Posted on 10 April 2018 | 4:09 pm


New Music Friday: April 6

All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Tom Huizenga, Marissa Lorusso, Sidney Madden and Ann Powers about some of the best new albums out now on Apr. 6, from the scorching punk of Norway's Dark Times to the mesmerizing cello drones of Clarice Jensen, rap phenom Cardi B, dance pop singer Kylie Minogue's country turn and much more. Full playlist. 1. Dark Times: Tell Me What I Need, 2. Christina Vontzou: No. 4, 3. Cardi B: Invasion Of Privacy, 4. Clarice Jensen: From This That Will Be Filled, 5. Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog, 6. Kylie Minogue: Golden, 7. Kali Uchis: Isolation, 8. Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. Also notable for April 6: Tom Misch: Geography, Dr. Octogon: Moosebumps, Paul de Jong: You Funken Sucker, Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex & Food, Eels: The Deconstruction.


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Posted on 6 April 2018 | 9:00 am


New Mix: Young Fathers, Confidence Man, A Stunning Tiny Desk Contest Entry, More

As we sift through the thousands of video entries we got for this year's Tiny Desk contest, we've laughed, loved and made a lot of phenomenal discoveries along the way. On this edition of All Songs Considered we share one of the most powerful and deeply moving ones we've seen. It comes from a band called Bernie And The Believers whose lyricist, Bernie Dalton, pursued his lifelong dream of making an album, even after ALS robbed him of his ability to move or speak. We share the song the group performed for its Tiny Desk contest entry, "Unusual Boy." Full playlist: 1. Confidence Man "Boyfriend (Repeat)," 2. Illuminati Hotties "Paying Off The Happiness," 3. Young Fathers "In My View," 4. Forth Wanderers "Taste," 5. Bernie And The Believers "Unusual Boy (feat. Essence)," 6. Nikolai Lugansky "No. 5 in G Major. Moderato," 7. Hookworms "Opener."


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Posted on 3 April 2018 | 5:51 pm


New Music Friday: March 30

All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Felix Contreras, Marissa Lorusso and Ann Powers about the must-hear albums out on March 30. This includes country singer Kacey Musgraves boundary-pushing Golden Hour, the Cuban big band Orquesta Akokan, conceptual hip-hop from Jean Grea and Quelle Chris, crazy infectious pop from Haley Kiyoko and much more. Albums featured: 1. Orquesta Akokan: Akokan, 2. Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour, 3. Haley Kiyoko: Expectations, 4. Jean Grae and Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine, 5. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed, 6. Frankie Cosmos: Vessel, 7. Lindi Ortega: Liberty, 8. Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere. Also notable for March 30: Amen Dunes: Freedom, Mary Chapin Carpenter: Sometimes Just The Sky, The Voidz: Virtue, Rich The Kid: The World Is Yours, Trace Mountains: A Partner To Lean On, DJ Esco: Kolorblind, Czarface & MF Doom: Czarface Meets Metalface.


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Posted on 30 March 2018 | 9:00 am


New Mix: Guided By Voices, Fantastic Negrito, A Stella Donnelly Lullaby, More

The March For Our Lives rallies that unfolded across the country this past weekend underscored the heightened state of fear and anger over gun violence in the U.S. We open this week's show with a powerful new song from the blues and soul artist Fantastic Negrito, that he says channels his own anxieties and outrage over the state of the world, called "Plastic Hamburgers." The surprisingly loud and gritty rock cut is from his upcoming album, Please Don't Be Dead. Complete playlist for this episode: 1. Fantastic Negrito "Plastic Hamburgers," 2. Guided By Voices "Space Gun," 3. Stella Donnelly "Talking," 4. Hearts Hearts "Phantom/Island," 5. John Prine "Summer's End," 6. Grouper "Parking Lot"


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Posted on 27 March 2018 | 3:47 pm