All Songs Considered

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 (som
New Music Friday: Feb. 23
Feb 23 • 17 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson, Lars Gotrich and Joshua Bote about the essential new albums out for Feb. 23. Full playlist: 1. Screaming Females ‘All At Once,’ 2. Dessa ‘Chime,’ 3. S. Carey ‘Hundred Acres,’ 4.…
New Mix: Courtney Barnett, Exitmusic, Okkervil River, More
Feb 20 • 53 min
Since releasing her incredible, 2015 debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has released a collaboration record with Kurt Vile and a one-off single called “How To Boil An Egg.” But she’s back now with a new…
+1: A Conversation With Irish Rapper Rejjie Snow
Feb 19 • 19 min
NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden talk with Snow about his stunning new album, Dear Annie.
New Music Friday: Feb. 16
Feb 16 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton runs through the essential new albums out on Feb. 16 with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Rejjie Snow ‘Dear Annie,’ 2. Brandi Carlile ‘By The Way, I Forgive You,’ 3. Superchunk ‘What A…
Guest DJ: First Aid Kit Talks About - And Sings - Swedish Pop
Feb 15 • 40 min
And now, a conversation and sing-a-long with First Aid Kit!It’s been just about six years since First Aid Kit knocked me out with the duo’s performance at the Tiny Desk. The two Swedish sisters, Klara and Johanna Söderberg, make remarkable, American…
Love Songs With Jay Som And Japanese Breakfast
Feb 12 • 38 min
Melina Duterte, best known for her project Jay Som, and Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast felt like the perfect choice to talk to us this week: They both know how to write about love, and they’re both playfully entertaining on social media. They each…
New Music Friday: Feb. 9
Feb 9 • 17 min
All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Marissa Lorusso about the essential new albums out on Feb. 9, including the Black Panther soundtrack, MGMT’s ‘Little Dark Age,’ the crazy polyrhythms or Palm and more. Albums…
New Mix: Girlpool, Superorganism, The Messthetics, More
Feb 6 • 33 min
Former members of the legendary Fugazi, new semi-found-sound collages and Blood Orange collaborates with Girlpool.
New Music Friday: Feb. 2
Feb 2 • 22 min
All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton runs through this week’s essential new releases with NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson. This week we manage to go from Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man Of The Woods’ to the abstract sounds of Efrim Menuck of Godspeed…
New Mix: Wye Oak, José González, Let’s Eat Grandma, More
Jan 30 • 37 min
Has anyone ever watched the Grammy’s and concluded that the Recording Academy really nailed it? (No one has ever concluded they nailed it). So we begin this episode of All Songs Considered with a simple question: Why keep watching?! It’s like being…
New Music Friday: Jan. 26
Jan 26 • 16 min
Friday’s the day lots of new albums drop! All Songs Considered’s Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Lars Gotrich about the ones you need to hear that are out today: 1. Ty Segall ‘Freedom’s Goblin,’ 2. No Age ‘Snares Like A Haircut,’ 3.…
Kevin Morby And Waxahatchee Talk About Covering Songs By Jason Molina
Jan 25 • 24 min
Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield have just released covers of two songs by the late cult legend Jason Molina. One of the two tunes released today, the A-side, is among Molina’s best-known songs, called “Farewell Transmission.” The B-side is…
New Mix: David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, Nils Frahm, More
Jan 23 • 47 min
David Byrne is back with his first album of all-new solo music in 14 years. American Utopia, due out March 9 on Byrne’s Todo Mundo imprint, includes contributions from Brian Eno, the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin, Sampha and more. We kick this week’s…
A Conversation With MILCK: ‘Women Are Viral’
Jan 22 • 22 min
Connie Lim, who writes and records as MILCK (a combination of her last name backwards and her first two initials) makes music for anyone who feels out of place in the world. They’re songs of empowerment and cathartic healing for the displaced and…
New Music Friday For January 19
Jan 19 • 17 min
Hear a rundown of the best new albums out today, including music from Tune-Yards, Shopping, Belle & Sebastian, First Aid Kit and more.
Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2018
Jan 17 • 51 min
Not matter how much of a music geek you may be, globalFEST is a music festival of discovery for everyone. Now in its 15th year, it’s a celebration of music from around the world.This year’s festival featured extraordinary Congolese music from Jupiter &…
8 New Artists To Watch In 2018
Jan 9 • 56 min
All this year, NPR Music and its member stations will be following a group of outstanding new and emerging artists from local music scenes across the globe for a series we’re calling Slingshot. On this week’s All Songs Considered, we talk to some of the…
+1: Ice Music: Building Instruments Out Of Water
Jan 6 • 13 min
Many of us in the U.S. are freezing this weekend and looking for warmth, but halfway around the world is an artist whose career in music is dependent on frigid weather.Terje Isungset is a Norwegian musician who makes his own instruments — out of ice.…
New Year, New Mix: Typhoon, Lucy Dacus, Anna Burch, More
Jan 4 • 41 min
And we’re back! Our first new mix of the new year includes gritty guitar rock from the band Bethlehem Steel, a sweetly seductive, pop earworm from singer Anna Burch, and an epic breakup song from Lucy Dacus.We’ve also got a stunning new cut from the…
Viking’s Choice: The Year In Cathartic Screams And Meditative Drones
Dec 26, 2017 • 40 min
When so much of 2017 felt broken, it felt good to scream along to punk and metal records. But more often than not, my restoration came from quiet music and a good cup of tea. These are the realms I inhabit in my Viking’s Choice column, where it’s not…
The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
Dec 20, 2017 • 58 min
For nearly 10 years, NPR Music has recorded concerts from behind Bob Boilen’s desk. During the holidays, the desk gets a little more festive, thanks to a snow machine, paper snowflakes and Stephen Thompson’s hand-drawn Christmas tree. (It’s labeled…
Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2017
Dec 18, 2017 • 70 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down through the Top Ten Albums of 2017 selected by listeners in our online poll.
The Year In Music 2017
Dec 11, 2017 • 84 min
Music and politics have a long history and in 2017, a new chapter in their fraught and complicated relationship burst open. It began on a weekend in January with the Presidential inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. (and around the…
The Five Year Wait Is Over: A Conversation With Rhye
Dec 8, 2017 • 28 min
It’s been nearly 5 years since the quietly seductive album by Rhye was released. Today a conversation with Mike Milosh the soulful androgynous singer and creator of Rhye on making Blood.
2016 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Dec 1, 2017 • 32 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2016 episode, NPR Music’s Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the…
2015 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 30, 2017 • 24 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2015 episode, NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at…
2014 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 29, 2017 • 27 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2014 episode, NPR Music’s Jacob Ganz and Rodney Carmichael join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the tween…
2013 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 28, 2017 • 26 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and highlights of the past decade. On this 2013 episode, NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga and Sidney Madden join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at surprise…
2012 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 27, 2017 • 24 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some of the musical memories and moments. On this 2012 episode, NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and Stephen Thompson join co-host Robin Hilton to look back at the Pussy Riot…
2011 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 24, 2017 • 23 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2011 episode we listen to the music of James Blake, Adele’s ‘21,’ revisit Amy Winehouse the year of her death and the U.S. launch of…
2010 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 23, 2017 • 18 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2010 episode we listen to the music of Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ the return of EMO with The World Is A Beautiful…
2009 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 22, 2017 • 24 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2009 episode we listen to the debut music of The xx, the brilliant album from Vijay Iyer, ‘Historicity,’ and we honor the lives of…
2008 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 21, 2017 • 25 min
NPR Music has turned 10. We have a series of 10 podcasts looking back at some musical memories and moments. On this 2008 episode we listen to the music of Bon Iver, hear a brief interview with him from 2008. We also talk about the birth of BandCamp and…
2007 Remembered: NPR Music Turns 10
Nov 20, 2017 • 14 min
NPR Music has turned 10. And for the occasion we have a series of 10 short podcasts looking back at some musical memories and highlights. For 2007 we look at the impact of the iPhone, the release of Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows,’ the music of M.I.A. and more.
What Makes A Great Album Last?
Nov 14, 2017 • 38 min
The season of list-making, specifically (for us) lists about the year’s best music, is rapidly descending. But before the craziness begins over who had the best album or song in 2017, we thought we’d look back at some of our previous top-ten lists to see…
Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Nov 13, 2017 • 40 min
By now you may have heard of the intercontinental, surprise collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, for an album called Lotta Sea Lice. The two singers have been mutual admirers for a while and kept bumping into one another at various…
Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, ‘Colors’
Nov 9, 2017 • 31 min
In a career spanning three decades, Beck has remained one of music’s most intriguing shapeshifters. From the warped folk of his earliest recordings to the chopped-up samples, hip-hop beats and lush orchestral arrangements of albums that followed, Beck has…
New Mix: Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner, Selections From Womex And More
Nov 7, 2017 • 42 min
Cathartic rock from both the New Jersey band Pinegrove and the Canadian duo known as Partner; Glasgow singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson’s dark and brooding “There Are No Saints”; and NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas joins us to talk about some of her…
R.E.M. Reflects On 25 Years Of ‘Automatic For The People’
Nov 2, 2017 • 28 min
Michael Stipe and Mike Mills look back on what inspired the band to make the beautiful but melancholy songs on Automatic For The People and what the music means to them after so many years. This month R.E.M. is celebrating the 25th anniversary of…
+1 Weaves Play Guest DJ
Nov 1, 2017 • 34 min
My current obsession is Wide Open, the new album from the Toronto band Weaves. Morgan Waters plays some of the most angular and memorable guitar I’ve heard in a long time, and the rhythm section is a dynamic driving force, too. Singer Jasmyn Burke may as…
Pearls Before Swine’s ‘Underground’ Classic Reissued 50 Years Later
Oct 31, 2017 • 32 min
Here is one of the seminal underground records of the late 1960s: The band is Pearls Before Swine, and its album is called One Nation Underground. Although the album has been reissued on a number of occasions, those editions always got it wrong, using bad…
How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo
Oct 27, 2017 • 34 min
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo walks us through Pacific Daydream, the band’s new album of polished pop hits, and explains how he finally eliminated power chords from the group’s sound.
+1 Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde - His First New Music In 20 Years
Oct 26, 2017 • 34 min
On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered a conversation with Simon Raymonde, the former bassist for Cocteau Twins and founder of Bella Union records. He’s back after a 20-year hiatus from music with a new song we’re premiering. “I Saw The Days Go By”…
New Mix: Tune-Yards, A. Savage, Balmorhea, More
Oct 24, 2017 • 40 min
It’d been more than three years since Tune-Yards released new music, but the singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus is back, now as a duo with Nate Brenner. Her new single is a sonic thrill ride called “Look At Your Hands,” and it’s from her…
+1: A Conversation With Margo Price
Oct 24, 2017 • 37 min
The queen of East Nashville talks with NPR Music’s Ann Powers about her new album, All American Made, working with Willie Nelson and what it was like to record at the legendary Sun Studios.
How Composer Daniel Hart Brought ‘A Ghost Story’ To Life
Oct 19, 2017 • 14 min
Composer Daniel Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.
New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More
Oct 17, 2017 • 43 min
MGMT, the psych-pop duo behind one of the decade’s best earworms, is back with its first new music in four years. “Little Dark Age,” is the title track to their 2018 album, and it’s a pulsing, synthesized meditation on the age of anxiety over a world…
Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire
Oct 11, 2017 • 34 min
They are often beloved classics, or works of pure genius. And you never, ever need to hear them again. They are the songs that must be retired.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Made His New Benefit Song For Puerto Rico
Oct 6, 2017 • 15 min
Composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda has written and recorded a new song to help raise money for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Sales of the track, “Almost Like Praying,” will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Hurricane Relief Fund. It…
New Mix: Tom Petty, The Breeders, Torres, Ibeyi, More
Oct 3, 2017 • 39 min
It’s hard to record a show like ours in the wake of a tragedy as profound as what happened in Las Vegas this past Sunday. But we hope the music we’re sharing this week gives you time to reflect and, if needed, escape. One thing we know: Songs, in times…
New Mix: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chad VanGaalen, Lean Year, More
Sep 26, 2017 • 50 min
Actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg has a long history of making provocative art that stretches back to her teen years, when she recorded the 1984 song “Lemon Incest” with her father, the French pop singer Serge Gainsbourg. Over the past four decades…
First Word: Moses Sumney Walks Us Through His Sonic Dreamscape, ‘Aromanticism’
Sep 20, 2017 • 37 min
We hit “play” on the Los Angeles-based singer’s entire new album while he shares the stories and inspiration behind each track. He says Aromanticism is about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape.
New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More
Sep 19, 2017 • 48 min
The last full-length album from Björk, 2015’s Vulnicurna, was a dark, brooding breakup record documenting the end of a longtime relationship. Now the enigmatic Icelandic singer is back with a new song of healing and hope from an album she’ll release in…
New Mix: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More
Sep 12, 2017 • 37 min
Billy Corgan, as frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins, made twisted, abrasive rock. But within that project he always had a soft side, expressed in quieter, acoustic songs sprinkled throughout the Pumpkins’ catalog. Now the singer is back with a new solo…
+1: The Weird World Of ‘Feature’ Credits
Sep 7, 2017 • 19 min
How contributors are credited on albums can lead to fierce, behind-the-scenes battles. Reporter Peter Robinson from The Guardian helps us make sense of this funny little corner of the music business.
The National’s Matt Berninger On Creating ‘Sleep Well Beast’
Aug 30, 2017 • 30 min
The National is about to release its seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, on September 8. But days before it comes out, on September 5, the band is going to play that record in its entirety live for NPR.The new songs revolve around the fears and…
New Mix: Beck, Weaves, King Krule, Curtis Harding, More
Aug 29, 2017 • 41 min
After three years of trickling out singles, Beck has finally announced Colors, a new full-length due out this fall. His latest track, “Dear Life,” channels Beach Boys harmonies and the barrel-house piano of classic Beatles songs like “Martha My Dear” or…
New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More
Aug 23, 2017 • 40 min
It’s been a little over a month since hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton sat together and shared some essential tunes, but they’re back with some keepers, including a new, swoon-worthy song from singer Julien Baker and a beautifully infectious track from…
Guest DJ Week: Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia
Aug 18, 2017 • 48 min
Our week of Guest DJs concludes with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, co-stars of the IFC comedyseries Portlandia. Earlier this year the show was renewed for an eighth and final season, which is scheduled to air in 2018. Back in 2012, Carrie and Fred…
Guest DJ Week: Courtney Barnett
Aug 17, 2017 • 47 min
Our week of Guest DJs continues with Courtney Barnett. Later this year the Australian guitarist and singer will release a new album she recorded with Kurt Vile. In October, the two will also embark on limited tour together. Back in 2015, Barnett had just…
Guest DJ Week: Björk
Aug 16, 2017 • 39 min
Our week of Guest DJs continues with Björk. The Icelandic singer recently announced she’ll be releasing a new album, possibly before the end of the year. In this 2009 conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Björk talked about Voltaïc, her…
Guest DJ Week: Randy Newman
Aug 15, 2017 • 34 min
This week we’re featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Today we’ve got a conversation with Randy Newman. The singer, composer and pianist recently released his 11th solo album. It’s called Dark Matter. Bob Boilen originally spoke with…
Guest DJ Week: Roger Waters
Aug 14, 2017 • 46 min
This week we’re featuring select episodes from our Guest DJ archives. Roger Waters is currently on the North American leg of his Us + Them tour, performing songs from the Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The…
The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women
Aug 10, 2017 • 41 min
Five journalists join forces to unpack NPR Music’s ‘Turning The Tables’ list.
Stretch and Bobbito: The Legends Return To Radio
Aug 1, 2017 • 48 min
The legendary New York DJ duo of Stretch and Bobbito have reunited. After 19 years off the airwaves, Adrian “Stretch” Bartos and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia are back with a conversational, sometimes musical NPR podcast called What’s Good With Stretch And…
Newport Folk 2017 Preview: Drive By Truckers, Jim James, John Prine And More
Jul 25, 2017 • 37 min
The Newport Folk Festival can feel like a cross between summer camp and a family reunion. Fans return year after year in no small part because the camaraderie between musicians is unlike most other festivals. You can always count on unusual and memorable…
+1 Sylvan Esso Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before
Jul 24, 2017 • 27 min
For this one brief project, the Echo Mountain Sessions, the duo of Sylvan Esso turns into a full blown band. You’ll here the music and a conversation with Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath. Back in April, right about the time Sylvan Esso were releasing their…
Josh Ritter, Ian Chang, Moses Sumney And More
Jul 18, 2017 • 51 min
You’ll want to listen to this week’s show on a good pair of headphones, preferably in the dark and, if you take drummer Ian Chang’s advice, while getting a massage. We open the program with a spine-tingling cut called “ASMR,” from Chang’s debut solo EP,…
k.d. lang Reflects On 25 Years Of ‘Ingénue’
Jul 13, 2017 • 30 min
Back in 1992, singer k.d. lang released a record unlike any other. Ingénue slithered against the popular music grain with songs that drew slow, deep breaths and sighed seductively. It had an alluringly divergent sound that landed somewhere in a blurry…
Music From ‘The Big Sick,’ Rhye, Protomartyr, Waxhatchee, More
Jul 11, 2017 • 47 min
Composer Michael Andrews started writing music for movies back in 2001, when he scored the now-cult-classic film Donnie Darko (which included Andrews’ haunting arrangement of the Tears For Fears song “Mad World”). His simple, brilliantly rendered songs…
New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba, More
Jul 5, 2017 • 44 min
We begin this week’s show with a simple message: Use this time to become mindful and peaceful, taking calming breaths… while listening to our latest mix of essential new music. This includes a beautiful new ballad from St. Vincent, a potent, emotional…
Listener Picks For 2017’s Best New Artists (So Far)
Jun 27, 2017 • 76 min
As we tallied the results of this year’s listener poll for 2017’s best new artists (so far), we continue to see women dominating the list and guitars still a big part of your musical landscape. Four of the five most popular new artists are women or…
+1 Guest DJ: Aldous Harding
Jun 21, 2017 • 35 min
A song can trigger a well of emotions and so it was for Aldous Harding. The intense singer and songwriter from New Zealand and I sat down to talk about the music she loved growing up. It was a teary and thoughtful conversation about the few artists that…
Lorde, Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, More
Jun 20, 2017 • 42 min
We follow Father’s Day weekend with a mix of powerful new pop and rock from a lot of incredible women, including “Exhumed,” a raging, cathartic song from Zola Jesus, and roaring doom metal from Chelsea Wolfe. Full Playlist: 1. Katie Von Schleicher: “Sell…
Metric’s Emily Haines, Guerilla Toss, Chastity Belt, Gordi, More
Jun 13, 2017 • 46 min
We get right down to business this week with the fantastic, frenetic pop of Guerilla Toss. The New York band has a new album on the way and recently released “Betty Dreams Of Green Men,” a cut inspired by alien abduction, addiction and the obsessions that…
Guest DJ: How The Band Phoenix Made A Joyful Record In Chaotic Times
Jun 9, 2017 • 34 min
There’s a joyful new album from Phoenix. Ti Amo is the Paris-based band’s first record since 2013 and took the better part of the past four years to make. On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with guitarist Laurent Brancowitz and…
Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly And Bryce Dessner On Creating ‘Planetarium’
Jun 8, 2017 • 18 min
The trio talk about the grand mysteries of the universe that helped inspire their celestial collaboration, Planetarium.
Guest DJ: alt-J
Jun 6, 2017 • 25 min
The trio joins host Bob Boilen to play some of their favorite songs by other artists, including music from Radiohead, Metronomy and Death Grips. 1. Metronomy: “Corinne,” 2. Radiohead: “Reckoner,” 3. Jorja Smith: “Blue Lights,” 4. Julia Michaels: “Issues,”…
+1 Dan Auerbach Plays DJ
Jun 5, 2017 • 40 min
A conversation with Dan Auerbach and the music that inspired his new album ‘Waiting on a Song’
Jeff Tweedy, Kevin Morby, big Thief, Mitski, More
May 31, 2017 • 44 min
A couple of weeks ago Robin Hilton snuck a Harry Styles cut on the show, to see if he could trick Bob Boilen into loving the One Direction singer’s solo effort by not telling him who it was. (It didn’t work). This week Robin tries to get another One…
+1: Why We’re Still Obsessed With Tupac
May 26, 2017 • 30 min
Two decades after his death, Tupac Shakur is still the headline-generating, record-selling, contentious figure that he was in life. On this +1, NPR Music hip-hop reporter Rodney Carmichael talks with Ben Westhoff, author of Original Gangstas, a book about…
Why Remix ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains
May 23, 2017 • 29 min
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ turns 50 next week — so what’s been done to celebrate one of the greatest records ever? They’ve remixed the entire album! The word “remix,” in fact, may not capture the scope of the project — it’s more like someone…
Fleet Foxes, The National, Harry Styles Of One Direction, More
May 16, 2017 • 41 min
Yes, it’s true: Harry Styles of the British boy band One Direction has taken a huge left turn on his debut solo album, turning in an infectious, sometimes gritty batch of rock songs inspired by The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and other classic bands he…
+1: Ravi Coltrane On His Mother’s ‘Ecstatic Music’
May 15, 2017 • 60 min
This week, guest host and NPR Music reporter and producer Anastasia Tsioulcas talks with jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader Ravi Coltrane about his late mother’s remarkable music on a new compilation called World Spirituality Classics 1: The…
A Mother’s Day Mix: Songs That Remind You Of Mom
May 10, 2017 • 37 min
Grab your hanky — you’re gonna need it for this week’s episode of All Songs Considered. We certainly did while reading and listening to all of the incredible stories we received from listeners about the songs that remind them of their moms. Some were…
Feist, Beth Ditto, Frankie Cosmos, Rostam, More
May 5, 2017 • 38 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich to share the week’s best new music, including another cut from Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium collaboration and Feist: 1. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister:…
The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy & Olivia Chaney Talk About New Collaboration, Reimagining British Folk
May 5, 2017 • 47 min
If you’ve never found a way to experience the bliss and tragedy of traditional British folk music, this is your chance. The Queen of Hearts is a stunning new album by Offa Rex, the project of English singer Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. It’s a…
The War On Drugs, Shakey Graves, Mr. Mitch, The Mountain Goats, More
Apr 27, 2017 • 67 min
Special guests from the NPR Music team join All Songs Considered this week to share some of their favorite releases from April: 1. Shakey Graves: “Nobody’s Fool,” 2. Elliot Moss: “99,” 3. Orgone: “I Sold My Heart To The Junkman,” 4. The Mountain Goats:…
Kendrick Lamar, Weed, Gems, Cigarettes After Sex, More
Apr 18, 2017 • 51 min
This week’s essential new music mix includes the remarkable story of Kendrick Lamar’s rise, supremely fuzzy garage rock from Weed, the dream pop duo Gems and more. 1. Kendrick Lamar: “DUCKWORTH.,” 2. Adam Torres: “I Came To Sing,” 3. Cigarettes After Sex:…
Todd Rundgren On Technology, Creativity And His New Song With Trent Reznor
Apr 13, 2017 • 27 min
Today on All Songs Considered, a conversation with Todd Rundgren — who has been recording music for almost 50 years! His first recordings came in 1968 with his band Nazz, before he began making his own groundbreaking pop albums. Those early solo albums —…
+1: A Conversation With Matt Martians And Syd Of The Internet
Apr 12, 2017 • 40 min
Timmhotep Aku is an NPR Music contributor and occasional guest host for our +1 podcasts. This week he talks with Matt Martians and Syd of the soul band The Internet.
San Fermin, Andrew Combs, A Johnny Cash Mashup, More
Apr 11, 2017 • 44 min
We’ve often joked on the show about the virtual circus that’s endlessly unfolding in Bob Boilen’s brain, where his childlike imagination dances to the sound of a whistling calliope. So, for Bob’s birthday this week, it felt appropriate to begin our show…
Son Lux, Big Thief, Public Service Broadcasting, Walter Martin, More
Apr 4, 2017 • 54 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their favorite songs of the week, including premieres from Elf Power and Big Thief, plus new music from The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, Son Lux and more: 1. Elf Power: “Watery Shreds,” 2. Big Thief: “Mythological…
+1: Comedian Neal Brennan Of ‘Chappelle’s Show’ And ‘3 Mics’
Mar 30, 2017 • 32 min
Timmhotep Aku is an occasional NPR Music contributor and guest host for our +1 podcasts. This week he talks with writer, comedian and hip-hop lover Neal Brennan. Comedy and hip-hop have a lot in common: Both are balms for the sting of the everyday…
Sufjan Stevens, Gorillaz, Perfume Genius, More
Mar 28, 2017 • 53 min
On this week’s show co-host Robin Hilton manages to heave himself off of the floor (after his beloved Kansas Jayhawks lost in the NCAA tournament AGAIN) long enough to hit the play button on some phenomenal new music. Host Bob Boilen and World Cafe host…
+1 How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated ‘The Psalms’
Mar 23, 2017 • 42 min
Lenny Kaye is an elemental force in music and a spiritually attuned diviner of sounds. On this episode, he walks us through his process and his inspirations including producing the new album by Jessi Colter
Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017
Mar 21, 2017 • 54 min
SXSW isn’t a rock festival, a hip-hop festival or a global music festival — it’s a big bundle of everything rolled into five spring-warm Texas days. For artists, the choice to attend can be an expensive risk, traveling from Taiwan, Mebourne, Brixton,…
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday
Mar 19, 2017 • 6 min
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Saturday Our final day at this great music festival leaves on me (Bob Boilen) and Stephen Thompson standing to talk about our discoveries for SXSW 2017
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Friday
Mar 18, 2017 • 19 min
Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Colorado Public Radio’s Jessi Whitten convened on an Austin street corner Friday night to recap their favorite moments of the day.
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Thursday
Mar 17, 2017 • 19 min
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Thursday - where bob is chased by a nearly naked man screaming to ‘forgive yourself!’ and where Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley talk about music that thrilled them.
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Wednesday
Mar 16, 2017 • 15 min
On this second full day at SXSW, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson talk about the music they saw in Austin including bands from the NPR Music showcase featuring PWR BTTM Sylvan Esso, Lizzo, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Big Thief and The New…
SXSW Late-Night Dispatch: Tuesday
Mar 15, 2017 • 12 min
On Day 1 of SXSW 2017, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson gather at 2 a.m. to talk about favorite moments from Tuesday.
+1 Hey Bands, Why T-Shirts Matter, A Martin Atkins Minute
Mar 14, 2017 • 6 min
Funny man, former PIL drummer and music business advisor Martin Atkins looks at SXSW from a band perspective. It’s the T-shirt that counts.
SXSW 2017 Preview
Mar 13, 2017 • 73 min
For music lovers, South By Southwest can feel like Christmas, Mardi Gras, Spring Break and March Madness rolled into one. Spread out over five days and nights in Austin, Texas, it’s a thrilling and exhausting musical endurance challenge, with fans often…
+1: Remembering Elliott Smith’s Masterpiece, ‘Either/Or,’ 20 Years Later
Mar 10, 2017 • 32 min
This year marks the 20th anniversary of what many consider Elliott Smith’s best album, Either/Or. To mark the occasion, Kill Rock Stars is releasing an expanded version of the late singer’s record, with remastered versions of the original songs, live…
Alt-J, Elliott Smith, The New Pornographers, Girlpool, More
Mar 7, 2017 • 52 min
When we sat down to record this week’s podcast, we were a little bleary-eyed after staying up late the night before to see the The Flaming Lips’ show at the 9:30 Club here in Washington, D.C. But — between the band’s confetti cannons, laser light show and…
+1: Resistance Radio: Darkly Reimagining The ’60s Sound
Mar 3, 2017 • 31 min
A conversation with musician/producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) about creating an album inspired by an alternative universe in which Germany and Japan win World War II.
Our Tiny Desk Contest Winner, Land Of Talk, Juana Molina, More
Feb 28, 2017 • 44 min
We kick this week’s show off with the wild ride that is Tank And The Bangas, our unanimous pick to win this year’s Tiny Desk Contest. They’re from New Orleans and have the kind of playful, infectious energy that makes a band impossible to miss. You can…
Lana Del Rey, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Colin Stetson, Penguin Cafe, More
Feb 21, 2017 • 56 min
On this week’s show: Music to cleanse the brain! 1. Shogu Tokumaru: “Lita-Ruta,” 2. Penguin Cafe: “Contorum,” 3. Tom Adams: “Sparks,” 4. Lana Del Rey: “Love,” 5. Violents & Monica Martin: “How It Left,” 6. Bonnie “Prince” Billy: “Treasure Map,” 7. Colin…
Guest DJ: Ryan Adams
Feb 14, 2017 • 53 min
Ahead of the release of his newest record, Ryan Adams sits down with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen to consider his favorite love songs, including Springsteen, Dylan and Sonic Youth.
Future Islands, The Black Angels, David Bazan, Jacaszek, More
Feb 7, 2017 • 55 min
It’s starting to feel like every show this year is going to have music inspired or shaped in some way by social and political unrest. This week, that means a dark and gritty new cut about greed and corruption from The Black Angels, and singer David…
Jens Lekman Wants To Sing You A Strange Story
Feb 6, 2017 • 23 min
We premiere a very cheery-sounding piece of music from Swedish songwriter and singer Jens Lekman, though the story behind it is decidedly dark at the same time.
On Horses and Beatles: A Conversation With Real Estate’s Martin Courtney
Feb 1, 2017 • 23 min
“I feel like this is my lane, guitar-based pop music.” Martin Courtney and his band Real Estate’s fourth album In Mind, takes cues from one of the great albums of all time, The Beatles Abbey Road.
Missy Elliott, Sampha, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, More
Jan 31, 2017 • 46 min
This episode of All Songs Considered covers the very ends of spectrum, from carefree celebration to soul-baring sadness. Hear new tracks by Missy Elliott, Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, and more: 1. Valley Queen, “Stars Align,” 2. Mount Eerie, “Real Death,”…
How Laurie Anderson And Philip Glass Were About To Change The World
Jan 27, 2017 • 21 min
The performance artist reflects on Philip Glass’ generous spirit, his perpetually fresh ideas and the grand experiments hatched in the lofts of SoHo in the ’70s
While My Guitar Gently Sings: A Conversation With Delicate Steve
Jan 26, 2017 • 33 min
Here’s something rare these days: an instrumental guitar-rock record that’s actually a joy to listen to. This Is Steve is by the artist Delicate Steve, otherwise known as Steve Marion, who plays all the instruments on this incredibly fun (and sometimes…
The Power Of Political Music and More
Jan 24, 2017 • 51 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered: Musicians face personal challenges, political uncertainty, the state of humanity — and rally.1) MILCK: “Quiet”2) Angel Olsen: “Fly On Your Wall”3) Charlotte Day Wilson: “Work”4) Jesca Hoop: “Memories Are Now”5) Clap…
Songs For Hope And Change
Jan 17, 2017 • 40 min
Our first new mix of 2017 features songs that are both big and hopeful, and crushingly sad, from the politically charged music of Run The Jewels and Timber Timbre to the joyful bliss of Lowland Hum.
+1: Sharon Van Etten On The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Her Role On ‘The OA’
Jan 13, 2017 • 18 min
The singer opens up about her debut acting role on the mysterious Netflix series The OA, the personal experiences that inspired her performance and how to cry on command.
Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2017
Jan 11, 2017 • 43 min
Every January, we look forward to globalFEST, a one-night showcase of newly emerging and well-established artists from around the world. This annual event, held at Manhattan’s Webster Hall, is where industry insiders and cool-hunters alike ferret out the…
Interview: Julien Baker Signs To Matador, Shares New Song
Jan 6, 2017 • 21 min
We have a candid interview with Julien Baker, a young singer of sad, thoughtful songs. Her new song, “Funeral Pyre,” is being released on the storied independent label Matador Records.
+1: A Conversation With Comedian Hannibal Buress
Jan 5, 2017 • 28 min
Guest host and NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with comedian, actor and writer Hannibal Buress. Buress is known and loved for his brand of irreverent comedy and his gift for finding absurdity in the seemingly mundane. It’s an audacity that…
+1 Encore: A Conversation With Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
Jan 1, 2017 • 24 min
Bob chats with Radiohead’s visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band’s newest record, A Moon Shaped Pool.
+1 Encore: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters
Dec 31, 2016 • 47 min
The bassist, singer and songwriter behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic music goes deep into race, civil rights, prison reform, the troubled music industry and more.
+1 Encore: A Conversation With Paul McCartney
Dec 30, 2016 • 32 min
Paul McCartney talks about his solo career-spanning compilation Pure McCartney, his creative process, how he stays inspired and why he sometimes thinks he should take songwriting more seriously.
+1 Encore: Paul Simon Conversation
Dec 29, 2016 • 38 min
Paul Simon talks about his album, Stranger To Stranger, and why it may be his last, at least for a while. He also shares the new song, “The Werewolf.”
+1 Encore: David Bowie Makes His Dream Jazz Record
Dec 28, 2016 • 25 min
Three weeks before David Bowie released Blackstar, and three weeks before he died, I spoke with jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti about making what would be David Bowie’s final album.
Vikings Choice 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 47 min
Our resident Viking Lars Gotrich recalls 2016 in feral metal, dystopian and ocean-mimicking synths and Afro-futurist pop cubism.
Holiday Extravaganza 2016
Dec 21, 2016 • 61 min
Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join us for a steam engine ride to the north pole in this year’s holiday extravaganza!
+1: How PiL’s Drummer Wound Up Digging Ditches
Dec 20, 2016 • 8 min
In this Martin Atkins minute, the former drummer for Public Image Ltd shares the story of how he quit the band at the height of its popularity, only to end up digging ditches for a living.
Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners’ Favorite 100 Albums Of 2016
Dec 15, 2016 • 65 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we count down and talk about the poll’s top 20 albums. You’ll find those records below, along with a list of our listeners’ top 100 albums.
The Year In Music 2016
Dec 6, 2016 • 2 min
Our annual recap of the year’s best songs and albums, memorable moments and other defining moments. 1. David Bowie - Lazarus 2. Anderson .Paak - The Season/Carry Me 3. Miranda Lambert - Sweet By And By 4. George Martin - A Day In The Life 5. Greg Laswell…
All Songs +1: Peter Silberman On Compassion, Impermanence And Hearing Loss
Dec 1, 2016 • 17 min
Today’s All Songs +1 podcast is a conversation with The Antlers’ Peter Silberman on how hearing loss would eventually lead him to create his first solo album.
Laura Marling, Weyes Blood, Sam Phillips, Peals, bed.
Nov 29, 2016 • 34 min
On this week’s show: Songs about the indomitable human spirit. Plus, music plucked from a honey jar (seriously). 1. Peals, “Become Younger,” 2. Sam Phillips, “World On Sticks,” 3. Laura Marling, “Soothing,” 4. Weyes Blood, “Used To Be,” 5. bed., “Girl”
Some Of The Best Songs We Missed This Year
Nov 22, 2016 • 38 min
Before being consumed by our year-end coverage, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton hit the pause button to catch up on some of the great music they missed this year. 1. Anthony Joseph - “Slinger,” 2. The Frightnrs - “Nothing More To Say,” 3. D.D Dumbo…
The Songs Remain The Same, But All The Meanings Have Changed
Nov 16, 2016 • 39 min
When profound change happens in life, the meaning of the music you hear tends to change, too. On this week’s show: Songs both light and dark in a post-election world. 1. Rubblebucket, “If U C My Enemies,” 2. Alev Lenz, “Fall Into Me,” 3. Sinkane, “U’huh,”…
Guest DJ: Matty Healy Of The 1975 On Making Music From Now On
Nov 15, 2016 • 37 min
One of the most surprising records for me this year is the latest album by The 1975. My preconceptions of this band’s music as simple, catchy pop have turned out to be so wrong. The album, called I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so…
Guest DJ Nick Mason On Pink Floyd’s Early Years
Nov 11, 2016 • 31 min
As a gigantic 27-disc box-set history of Pink Floyd is released, the band’s drummer discusses those early years and the other music that inspired him.
Guest DJ: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters
Nov 8, 2016 • 47 min
Roger Waters plays DJ, sharing music by those he loves and talks about what draws him to songs. This conversation isn’t about his time with Pink Floyd. In fact, over the course of this nearly hour-long interview, he didn’t mention the band he left more…
What Was It Like To See Pink Floyd In 1966? Joe Boyd Knows
Nov 7, 2016 • 31 min
This week a gigantic Pink Floyd box set is released. What’s remarkable about Pink Floyd Early Years 1965-1972 is that its 27 discs cover only the band’s first seven years! All this week we’ll think pink with some of the people who were there. On Friday —…
After 38 Years Of Silence, A Legend Of Folk Music Sings
Nov 4, 2016 • 46 min
Imagine being a singer — in this case, a singer of traditional British folk songs and murder ballads, songs of love, hate, revenge, redemption and tragedy. And as the singer of these songs, you get pretty well known in the circles of folk music in the…
All Songs +1: Our Most Memorable Tiny Desk Jazz Sets
Nov 3, 2016 • 27 min
Patrick Jarenwattananon has been the backbone of our jazz coverage almost since NPR Music started in 2007. Patrick came to us as a 22-year-old intern and shortly after began covering legendary and rising jazz luminaries like a veteran journalist. His…
Guest DJ: AURORA On Her Love Of Heavy Metal And Leonard Cohen
Nov 2, 2016 • 54 min
I first saw Aurora in a small club in New York City three years ago. She was just 17 years old, but her performance was mesmerizing. Her frail, blonde figure mirrored her enchanting voice and words. The young singer from Norway put out a dramatic and…
Priests, Kevin Morby, James Chance, Crystal Fighters, Fialta, More
Nov 1, 2016 • 51 min
If you’re looking of a break from the relentless assault of gut-churning news headlines, you’ve come to the right place! For this week’s show Robin Hilton thought he’d send a little bit of good cheer into the world with some big, joyful group sing-alongs…
A Conversation With Anderson .Paak And Knxwledge
Oct 27, 2016 • 35 min
On this week’s +1 podcast, NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with singer and rapper Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge about their new collaboration under the name NxWorries.
Run The Jewels, Flaming Lips, John Prine, Sad13, Laura Burhenn, More
Oct 25, 2016 • 35 min
In this week’s All Songs Considered, we feature three solo projects by some of our favorite bandleaders, a solo artist’s duets record, and new music from some familiar faces, or more accurately put, some familiar Lips. The Flaming Lips are back with a new…
All Songs +1: Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste
Oct 24, 2016 • 24 min
Sunday is the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, a defining album for both the band and a generation of pop-punk fans. A decade later, NPR’s Daoud Tyler-Ameen is still processing what it means to love this record, and what its…
+1: How David Bowie’s Songs Became The Musical ‘Lazarus’
Oct 21, 2016 • 20 min
On this week’s +1 podcast: A conversation with Henry Hey, the orchestrator, arranger and musical director for Lazarus, the off-Broadway musical set to the songs of David Bowie. Lazarus only ran in New York for six weeks last winter, and the songs weren’t…
EL VY’s Song Against Trump, New Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, More
Oct 18, 2016 • 44 min
For as much as the election has dominated the news this year, the political cycle hasn’t invaded the world of All Songs Considered. But this week we’ve got a remarkable cut by the band EL VY that’s all about Donald Trump. “Are These My Jets?” is from 30…
Pusha T And Rivers Cuomo Join Zeds Dead, Amber Coffman, TOY, More
Oct 11, 2016 • 46 min
This week’s show features new music from Amber Coffman, a tribute to a friend and a collaboration between Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T. Plus: Reports of the guitar solo’s death were greatly exaggerated.
Solange, Gillian Welch, Cuddle Magic, Major Stars, More
Oct 5, 2016 • 35 min
We’ve got a lot of sounds on this week’s show, from Solange’s powerful meditation on being black in America, to the gentle folk of Gillian Welch. But some sounds are a lot louder than the others. 1. Solange: Tina Taught Me, 2. Solange: Don’t Touch My…
All Songs +1: John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life
Sep 30, 2016 • 45 min
This past week I was at the 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, listening to and having conversations with musicians. One songwriter and singer I’ve admired from the world of Americana during this decade is John Paul White,…
Brian Eno Sings, New Dirty Projectors, Leonard Cohen, Savoir Adore, More
Sep 27, 2016 • 44 min
Bob kicks things off with a big surprise: Brian Eno is singing! The ambient pioneer and producer hasn’t released a vocal record in years. But he was lured back into the studio to record a new track by the Portuguese rock band The Gift. It’s called “Love…
+1: Danny Brown Shares New Song, Talks Nas And New Album
Sep 22, 2016 • 40 min
On this week’s +1 podcast, Timmhotep Aku premieres “Rolling Stone,” a new song from Danny Brown, and talks with the Detroit rapper about his upcoming album, Atrocity Exhibition.
Nine Artists To Watch For At AmericanaFest 2016
Sep 20, 2016 • 58 min
NPR Music is headed to Nashville for this week’s AmericanaFest where we’ll be checking out some of the newest and most promising voices in roots music, along with a few veterans. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music contributors Ann…
Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, King Creosote, L.A. Salami, More
Sep 13, 2016 • 48 min
The gang’s finally back together! And by gang we mean hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, who find themselves in the studio together for the first time in a month. With the summer break finally over, the two return with this week’s essential mix, from both…
All Songs +1: A Film On Nick Cave And Coping With The Loss Of His Son
Sep 12, 2016 • 20 min
There’s a new film featuring Nick Cave and the first chance to hear his thoughts since his 15-year-old son fell from a cliff. We talk to director Andrew Dominik.
+1: Grandaddy Is Back! Frontman Jason Lytle Talks About New Album, Shares Two New Songs
Sep 9, 2016 • 17 min
Ten years after Grandaddy’s last album, the Modesto, Calif. band has released two new songs. Singer Jason Lytle reveals the emotional turmoil behind his return to the band’s signature distorted pop.
New Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M. Acoustic, More
Sep 6, 2016 • 38 min
When we settled into the studio for this week’s All Songs Considered, a clear theme quickly emerged: We had a whole lot of music by artists we already adore! This includes a rare acoustic demo by R.E.M., a glorious new electro-pop cut from Sylvan Esso, a…
All Songs Rewind: Breaking Up With Your Favorite Bands
Aug 30, 2016 • 48 min
This week: the moment it all went wrong, relived in vivid detail. Members of the All Songs Considered crew share stories of hope and heartache as they remember some of the bands they’ve broken up with over the years and why. NPR Music’s Daoud Tyler-Ameen…
+1: The Beatles Are Live And Sounding Better Than Ever
Aug 25, 2016 • 20 min
On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with producer Giles Martin about his remarkable efforts to salvage the only three professional recordings ever made of The Beatles performing live. Giles explains how he was able to take the…
All Songs Rewind: The Worst Songs Of All Time?
Aug 23, 2016 • 61 min
Note: With hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton away this week, we’ve got an encore presentation of The Worst Songs Of All Time, from Feb. 2014. Guitarist, actor, writer (and former Monitor Mix blogger) Carrie Brownstein joins us, along with NPR Music’s…
All Songs +1: How Aaron Dessner Unknowingly Rescued Lisa Hannigan
Aug 18, 2016 • 21 min
I’ve missed Lisa Hannigan. Five years ago the Irish songwriter and singer made an unforgettably beautiful record called Passenger. She came by to play a Tiny Desk Concert that year and then I waited sometimes impatiently for five years, it was tough, I…
Bon Iver, The White Stripes, Ed Harcourt, Lambchop, More
Aug 16, 2016 • 42 min
This week on All Songs Considered, we return from break with new music by some of our all-time favorite artists, including a wildly different sound from Bon Iver, a previously unreleased White Stripes song and a remarkable new direction for the Nashville…
Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More
Aug 9, 2016 • 38 min
This week, we’ve got a surprise: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton both went on vacation and left the All Songs studio unlocked. Apparently neither one of them uses two-step verification, so it took only a very minor effort for a couple of highly skilled NPR…
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
Aug 4, 2016 • 24 min
On this week’s +1 Bob chats with Radiohead’s visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band’s newest record, A Moon Shape Pool
New Mix: Regina Spektor, Lowell, Angelica Garcia, More
Aug 2, 2016 • 37 min
On this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and guest host Stephen Thompson play new music from Regina Spektor, experimental rap from Clipping, which features Daveed Diggs of Hamilton, and a great synth track from singer-songwriter…
All Songs +1: Sofar Sounds Wants To Bring Your Favorite Musicians To Your Home
Jul 29, 2016 • 21 min
In this week’s +1 podcast, Bob Boilen interviews Rafe Offer of Sofar Sounds, which brings artists and fans together for shows in small, intimate spaces.
New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More
Jul 27, 2016 • 47 min
On this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, we play new music from old favorites Wilco, JEFF The Brotherhood and Sleigh Bells. We also share songs from artists we’ve only just found out about: Bob introduces us to the young, Singapore-based Linying…
Newport Folk 2016 Preview: Patti Smith, Flight Of The Conchords, More
Jul 19, 2016 • 31 min
On this special All Songs Considered episode, host Bob Boilen talks to Jay Sweet, the executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival. The two talk about the artists they’re most excited to see, from the 20-year-old newcomer Raury to Flight Of The…
All Songs +1: Amanda Palmer And Her Dad Discover Each Other In Song
Jul 18, 2016 • 34 min
For years, Amanda Palmer has been a provocative artist. But on her new record, she finds kinship with her father Jack — and gets to know him as they cover songs from his generation and hers.
+1: My Cell Phone Rights At Shows Vs. Yours
Jul 15, 2016 • 20 min
We recently asked people what they think about new technology that can disable their phone cameras or otherwise lock away their devices while at concerts. The poll we put up was prompted by Apple’s announcement of a patent on tech that would forcibly…
+1: Kishi Bashi Talks About New Album, Shares New Music
Jul 13, 2016 • 40 min
Kishi Bashi recently stopped by NPR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to announce his new album Sonderlust, which is due out Sept. 16 via Joyful Noise. It includes the lushly layered “Say Yeah,” a rapturous mix of ’70s soft rock, disco and synth pop. Hear…
A Lot Of Songs About Ice Cream
Jul 12, 2016 • 52 min
On July 15, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring July National Ice Cream Month, and called “upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” As this week marks that…
Daniel Lanois, Deap Vally, Nonkeen, Pinegrove, More
Jul 5, 2016 • 43 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we share new music from legendary producer and ambient pioneer, Daniel Lanois, and from the friends-for-life trio Nonkeen, whose new album comes in the aftermath of a “freak carousel accident.” Also on the show is a…
Your Favorite New Musicians Of 2016 (So Far)
Jun 29, 2016 • 69 min
It’s only June and this year is already jam-packed with remarkable new artists who’ve released some of 2016’s most memorable music. These are artists who released their very first songs or first full-length albums so far this year.Last week we asked for…
New Mix: Bellows, Cornelius, Keaton Henson, A-WA, The Wild Reeds, More
Jun 21, 2016 • 42 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered we come full circle. Robin Hilton opens the show by looking back in time with a weird, psychedelic track by Cornelius from his long out-of-print, newly reissued album Fantasma. If the song doesn’t justify itself, Bob…
All Songs +1: Hozier Meets Tarzan, A New Song, Video And Conversation
Jun 16, 2016 • 15 min
We have a new song and an interview with Hozier. The song is a love song for the film “The Legend of Tarzan”
The Tallest Man On Earth, Lisa Hannigan, LP, More
Jun 14, 2016 • 46 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered mix, we play songs about longing, loss, and healing, with premieres from The Tallest Man On Earth, pop singer LP and more.Co-host Robin Hilton opens the show with “Strange,” a track LP wrote after realizing that what…
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Paul McCartney
Jun 10, 2016 • 32 min
Of all the musicians on the planet, you’d think Paul McCartney would have, by now, figured out this whole songwriting thing. But as he tells us in this week’s +1 podcast, “You never get it down. I don’t know how to do this. You’d think I do, but it’s not…
Songs On Letting Go And Believing In Yourself
Jun 7, 2016 • 43 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we play songs about facing fears, being true to yourself and not worrying about what everyone else thinks, plus a new song from Angel Olsen and a conversation with her about her surprising new sound.Robin Hilton opens…
+1: Sean Lennon’s Surreal Ode To Michael Jackson’s Pet Chimp, Bubbles
Jun 3, 2016 • 12 min
Sean Lennon’s latest collaboration is with Primus bassist and lead singer Les Claypool. They’re calling themselves the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and their new album is a collection of trippy, psychedelic space jams called The Monolith Of Phobos (a…
The Worst Songs Of All Time? (Encore Presentation)
May 31, 2016 • 61 min
This week on a very special edition of All Songs Considered … guitarist, actor, writer (and former writer for NPR Music, at her Monitor Mix blog) Carrie Brownstein returns. She joins us, along with NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson, to do something we don’t…
The Monkees, Esmé Patterson, Adia Victoria, More
May 24, 2016 • 32 min
On this week’s episode we’ve got one of the sunniest bands of all time, mesmerizing music from the Sahara and an elegy to growing old.Co-host Robin Hilton gets things started with a sweetly sad song from Matt The Electrician, a pop-folk singer based in…
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Paul Simon
May 19, 2016 • 38 min
Paul Simon has a new album coming out and it’s wonderful. Titled Stranger To Stranger, it’s his thirteenth solo release and he told me he it could be his last, at least for a while. For this week’s +1 podcast, I sat with Paul Simon at NPR’s New York…
The 1975, SOAK Covers Led Zeppelin, A Home Demo From My Morning Jacket, More
May 17, 2016 • 30 min
This week’s essential mix from All Songs Considered includes a surprising, electronic, mostly instrumental cut from The 1975 — a British group known more for its brash Top-40 pop and rock — an intimate home demo recording from My Morning Jacketand a…
+1: This Week’s Number One Song
May 13, 2016 • 8 min
Earlier this week we asked you to tell us what your favorite song is right now — the one track you can’t stop listening to. Maybe it’s something from one of the big releases, or maybe it’s something from a lesser-known artist off everyone’s radar. Or…
Guest DJ: Weezer Frontman Rivers Cuomo
May 10, 2016 • 37 min
It’s hard to imagine an artist who works harder or cares more about what their fans think than Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. For the past 20-plus years he’s been a tireless and meticulous songwriter who maintains incredibly detailed spreadsheets with…
+1: The Season Of Surprise Albums, From Beyoncé To James Blake
May 6, 2016 • 28 min
It really started nearly two weeks ago when Beyoncé surprise-released her monstrously good record, Lemonade, via an album-length video shown on HBO. Drake followed a few days later when he unloaded 20 new songs on fans with the epic album Views. Then…
Suuns, Autolux, Adult Jazz, Mutual Benefit, Let’s Eat Grandma!
May 3, 2016 • 39 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore some warped musical territory with a little help from one of our friends: producer and musician John Congleton. John turns us on to the deliberate, unrelenting music of…
Moon Hooch, Summer Cannibals, PUP, More
Apr 26, 2016 • 34 min
We’ve all been dealing with so much unhappiness over the last week that hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton wanted to kick of this week’s All Songs Considered with some celebrations. Bob leads off with some great pick-me up music from Moon Hooch. Robin…
+1 Remembering Prince, The Utopian
Apr 21, 2016 • 13 min
Prince was one of those rare musicians who continued to connect with people decades after the start of his career. As NPR Music’s Ann Powers tells All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, Prince had a unique vision of a perfect world, one…
New Music From The Avett Brothers, The Low Anthem, Deerhoof, More
Apr 19, 2016 • 33 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton kick off the show with back-to-back premieres from upcoming albums by beloved bands. Robin leads with a frenetic new song by Deerhoof, originally written for the HBO series Vinyl, that…
All Songs +1: Sturgill Simpson Talks About His ‘Guide To Earth’
Apr 15, 2016 • 34 min
Sturgill Simpson’s 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, took a lot of people by surprise. While the song forms were firmly rooted in Nashville traditions, the stories he told and observations he made were more like something from a metaphysical…
New Mix: The National Covers The Grateful Dead, Free Cake For Every Creature, More
Apr 12, 2016 • 45 min
It’s a big week for Bob Boilen! He celebrated his birthday earlier in the week and his first book, Your Song Changed My Life, comes out today. He celebrated on the show today with some wonderful pop music by the band Free Cake For Every Creature and a…
All Songs +1: What Song Changed Your Life?
Apr 7, 2016 • 33 min
Is there a song that changed you? A song that altered the course of how you think about life, changed what you do and how you do it?
New Mix: Weezer, The Jayhawks, Colin Stetson, More
Apr 5, 2016 • 38 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a mix of new songs by veteran artists and shiny premieres from up-and-coming bands. Robin leads off the show with a cut from the country-folk flavored alternative rock group The…
All Songs +1: A Conversation With Explosions In The Sky
Mar 31, 2016 • 29 min
Members of Explosion in the Sky talk about the challenge of making The Wilderness, the most adventurous record yet from an already sonically mind-bending band.
New Mix: Explosions In The Sky, Parquet Courts, Wire, Told Slant, More
Mar 29, 2016 • 41 min
On this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, Bob helps Robin Hilton out of his annual NCAA March Madness depression after his Jayhawks lose yet again. Bob plays a mind-obliterating track from Explosions In The Sky. Robin introduces us to new music from…
All Songs +1: Hear Ryan Adams and Bob Mould Play Music And Talk About Everything Under The Sun
Mar 24, 2016 • 60 min
There’s new music from Bob Mould. His latest album, Patch The Sky, comes out March 25. One of this legendary musician’s biggest fans — from his punk days of Hüsker Dü to the land of Sugar and his prolific and exciting solo records — is musician Ryan…
SXSW 2016 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments
Mar 23, 2016 • 65 min
After six days of little sleep and a lot of music, the All Songs Considered team is back from Austin with a bucketload of bands and discoveries to share. On this week’s show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson to…
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: The Weekend
Mar 21, 2016 • 12 min
All Songs host Bob Boilen gathers Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley for their final roundup of the festival.
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Friday
Mar 19, 2016 • 12 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton wrap up their evening on a busy street with All Songs contributor Stephen Thompson.
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Thursday
Mar 18, 2016 • 16 min
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton speak with All Songs contributors Katie Presley and Stephen Thompson about their favorite St. Patrick’s Day discoveries.
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Wednesday
Mar 17, 2016 • 18 min
Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to relive their Wednesdays in Austin.
SXSW 2016 Late-Night Dispatches: Tuesday
Mar 16, 2016 • 10 min
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SXSW 2016 Music Preview
Mar 14, 2016 • 64 min
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All Songs +1: Iggy Pop & Josh Homme Talk ‘Post Pop Depression
Mar 11, 2016 • 36 min
There’s new music from Iggy Pop and that’s a pretty big thrill.Post Pop Depression is a collaboration with Joshua Homme from Queens of the stone age. What you hear is more crooning and thoughtful Iggy then the image in your minds of a stage diving…
New Mix: Sturgill Simpson, Beth Orton, Julianna Barwick, Damien Jurado, More
Mar 8, 2016 • 55 min
This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton talk about Sturgill Simpson’s more rock-inspired sound and how parenthood inspired Simpson’s new LP, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. Bob also plays some great, guitar-driven rock from Weaves…
+1: The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner
Mar 4, 2016 • 27 min
On this +1 podcast we interview the winner of the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea’s submission was so remarkable – as Robin Hilton says, he watched hundreds of submissions, and Gaelynn’s music cut through all the noise and rose, beautifully, to the…
New Mix: Music From M. Ward, Nothing, Marissa Nadler, A Chat With Mitski & More
Mar 1, 2016 • 45 min
This week on All Songs: The best new songs of the week, an interview with Mitski and a first look at some of the great music we’ll hear at SXSW 2016.
New Mix: Breakthroughs By Car Seat Headrest, The Coathangers, Big Thief, More
Feb 23, 2016 • 39 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share songs from a trio of bands on the verge of releasing breakthrough albums. Bob starts the show strong with a jaw-dropping new song from Car Seat Headrest called “Vincent.” Robin…
All Songs +1: French Cooking And How A Tour Manager Could Save Your Life
Feb 19, 2016 • 6 min
How can the French culinary phrase ‘mise en place’ save your band’s life and make anyone’s life a whole lot better?
New Mix: A George Harrison Tribute, Fantastic Negrito, More
Feb 16, 2016 • 56 min
Hear a tribute to George Harrison, plus new music by Fantastic Negrito, Black Mountain and more on this week’s mix from All Songs Considered.
New Mix: Shearwater, Lily & Madeleine, Eskimeaux, More
Feb 9, 2016 • 47 min
On this week’s All Songs, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share songs of power, protest and passion, including a cut from Shearwater’s “angriest” record to date, the urgent rock of the Ukrainian band Phooey! and singer Kevin Morby’s fervent if exasperated…
All Songs +1: Andrew Bird Gets Personal
Feb 5, 2016 • 29 min
“These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled.” That’s the great violinist, lyricist and singer Andrew Bird on the subject of a project he’s excited though a bit apprehensive…
New Mix: Santigold, Macklemore, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, More
Feb 2, 2016 • 54 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we’ve got several new favorites including Bob Boilen’s No. 1 discovery of 2016 so far, Lucy Dacus. Robin Hilton shares songs by several artists he thinks are about to release their best albums yet, including Santigold…
Our Top Discoveries At globalFEST 2016
Jan 27, 2016 • 45 min
On Sunday, Jan. 17, globalFEST, one of America’s premiere showcases of musical talent from around the world, once again took over the three stages at Manhattan’s Webster Hall. To discuss the evening’s performances and insights, All Songs Considered host…
New Music From Ray LaMontagne, Lucius, A Bowie Cover From Glen Hansard, More
Jan 20, 2016 • 39 min
It’s our first show with new music in 2016! After nearly two months of best-of’s, holiday and Sweet 16 specials, we get back to doing what we do best and love most: playing great new music. On this week’s All Songs Considered, we share a new song by Tiny…
16 Number One Songs From Our First 16 Years
Jan 6, 2016 • 114 min
All Songs Considered is celebrating its Sweet 16 this month, so to mark the occasion on this week’s show we’re counting down our favorite songs from each of the past 16 years
Viking’s Choice 2015: The Year In The Loud And The Weird
Dec 29, 2015 • 53 min
At this point, it’s basically tradition: The last show of the year is dedicated to the loud, the fast, the heavy, the cosmic and the sublime. A.K.A., when All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and I talk about metal, punk and a broad definition of…
The All Songs Considered Holiday Spectacular, 2015
Dec 21, 2015 • 35 min
Every year around this time we like to take a break from our usual musical discoveries and get together with old friends for what we call the All Songs Considered Holiday Spectacular, a seasonal special done in the tradition of old-time radio. After…
All Songs +1: David Bowie Fulfills His Jazz Dream
Dec 17, 2015 • 25 min
It’s long been a dream of David Bowie to make a jazz record with a big band. On Jan. 8, 2016, Bowie’s 69th birthday, we’ll hear his dream realized. The path to ★ (pronounced “blackstar”), Bowie’s 25th album, is filled with chance meetings with all the…
Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015
Dec 16, 2015 • 76 min
You never entirely know what you’re going to get when you ask listeners to rank their favorite albums of the year. But the results of All Songs Considered’s 2015 listener poll may be the most diverse we’ve seen in ten years of doing these lists. From…
All Songs +1: What Does It Mean To Be A Rock Star?
Dec 7, 2015 • 6 min
In this installment of The Martin Atkins Minute, the professor, producer and former Public Image Ltd. drummer wonders what it means to be a rock star in a world flipped on its head. It’s a world where Dunkin’ Donuts is selling chicken sandwiches, Burger…
The Year In Music 2015
Dec 2, 2015 • 90 min
The All Songs Considered crew looks back at the highlights in 2015 with a focus on the music we loved most including Courtney Barnett, Kendrick Lamar, Girlpool, Jason Isbell, Sleater-Kinney, Missy Elliott, Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Joan Shelley and Adele.
New Mix: Missy Elliot, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PWR BTTM And More
Nov 24, 2015 • 38 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered we share a track from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Leon Bridges premiered on the All Songs blog. And after a 10-year hiatus from releasing new music, Missy Elliot is back in action with a song that makes us…
All Songs +1: Adele Mania
Nov 20, 2015 • 12 min
As Adele’s 25, finally arrives, we take a look back at the week when anticipation for her third album — which may debut to record-breaking sales — peaked with a mobbed concert in New York. NPR’s Saidah Blount describes a scene involving ticket scalping in…
Music For Healing
Nov 17, 2015 • 54 min
Music can provide a space for healing, feeling and thought. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, including at a show in that city’s Bataclan concert hall, we were compelled to play music with a meditative tone, songs that allow space and time for…
All Songs +1: Danger Mouse Is Starting His Own Record Label
Nov 12, 2015 • 15 min
Brian Burton has good taste. As Danger Mouse, he’s won five Grammy Awards and worked with everyone from the Black Keys to Gorillaz to Adele. Now the musician, songwriter and producer is adding another impressive project to his resume: his own record…
New Mix: An Emotional Rollercoaster With Grimes, Money And More
Nov 10, 2015 • 37 min
This week’s All Songs Considered is an emotional roller coaster. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton start off mellow with the sweet, acoustic Many Rooms, only to pull the rug out from under it with a monstrously good tune from Grimes. Then we’ve got…
All Songs +1: The Carrie Brownstein We Never Knew
Nov 4, 2015 • 46 min
On this week’s +1 Podcast, we talk with Carrie Brownstein about her new book, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl and look back at the highs and lows of her time with Sleater-Kinney, and the talk about the future of the band.
Show Takeover: The Milk Carton Kids
Nov 2, 2015 • 42 min
After tricking hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton into abandoning the studio in search of the world’s most complicated latte, Los Angeles folk duo The Milk Carton Kids commandeer the mic and take over this week’s show. Singers and guitarists Kenneth…
All Songs +1: A Musician’s Nightmare
Oct 30, 2015 • 7 min
Martin Atkins is trapped inside a nightmare that has claimed the lives and careers of so many musicians who came before him. The temptations, the distractions, the legalese, oh, the terror! And just when he thinks he’s finally safe, the torment begins…
New Mix: Weezer, Mike Milosh And J. Viewz, Savages, More
Oct 27, 2015 • 39 min
This week on All Songs Considered, Weezer is back with an insanely catchy new single that takes on everything from sexism to religion, filtered through Rivers Cuomo’s playful sense of humor. Marlon Williams puts his choir boy-meets-punk rocker touch on…
All Songs +1: Discussion with Neko Case and John Grant
Oct 23, 2015 • 45 min
Listen to this conversation and you’ll feel like you’re sitting in an airport lounge eavesdropping on Neko Case and John Grant, two smart, funny mutual admirers.
New Music From Beach House, Chairlift, CMJ Discoveries And More
Oct 21, 2015 • 38 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, Robin starts the show with a question: What bands have you discovered and fallen in love with from commercials? His first pick, Chairlift, has come a long way since its 2008 ad for the Apple iPod Nano. Bob’s first…
+1: The Madness Of Never Ending Format Changes
Oct 16, 2015 • 6 min
The way we listen to music evolves constantly. From wax cylinder recordings all the way through to today’s streaming services, formats have come a long way. What’s next? What does this unending metamorphosis say about the music industry? And what does any…
Diet Cig, Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon, Georgia And More
Oct 13, 2015 • 36 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen is getting excited for the CMJ Music Marathon in New York and Robin Hilton is just plain getting excited. Bob shares some of the things he’s most eager to hear at the festival, like Georgia’s one-woman…
+1: The Hazards And Humor Of Making Explicit Music
Oct 9, 2015 • 12 min
The musician and provocateur known as Peaches has just won a Polaris prize for the Best Canadian Album of the 2000s. Music fans selected her sexually charged debut release The Teaches Of Peaches in an online poll over albums by Arcade Fire, Broken Social…
New Mix: Bob Dylan, Frank Turner, Daughter And More
Oct 6, 2015 • 44 min
This week on All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and Robin share a few of their favorite things: choice tunes from cherished artists. We’ve got all the bases covered, from a devastating song about dementia from Daughter to an energetic anthem from Frank…
+1: Mark Ronson On Making Something Old New Again
Oct 2, 2015 • 27 min
On this week’s +1 Podcast, we talk with producer, DJ and musician Mark Ronson about the allure of vintage sounds and why he chose to build his career around making the old sound new again.
New Mix: Psych Pop And Gritty Rock From John Grant, Dilly Dally, More
Sep 29, 2015 • 43 min
Good luck getting these tunes out of your head. Host Bob Boilen kicks off this week’s All Songs Considered with new music by Pell, a rapper and songwriter who garnered well-deserved attention for his first mixtape, and is back in a big way with production…
+1: Why ‘Hamilton’ The Musical Works
Sep 25, 2015 • 16 min
On paper, the musical Hamilton sounds like a joke. But as NPR Music’s Timmhotep Aku tells us in this week’s +1 podcast, “Maybe you shouldn’t judge things on face value.” Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda takes a snooze-worthy subject — the history of…
All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro Plays DJ
Sep 21, 2015 • 36 min
Ari Shapiro started his career as an intern for NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg; he went on to become a White House correspondent, among other high-profile roles. Now, he’s one of the hosts of NPR’s evening news program All Things…
+1: The Three Biggest Winners In Nashville This Week
Sep 18, 2015 • 11 min
On this week’s +1 podcast, we go to Nashville where host Bob Boilen has been making new discoveries at the Americana Music Festival, and attended the Americana Music Awards ceremony. Boilen chats with co-host Robin Hilton about this year’s three biggest…
AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More
Sep 15, 2015 • 56 min
NPR Music is in Nashville all this week for the 16th annual AmericanaFest. So the newest episode of All Songs Considered offers a big bundle of music from some of the acts who are playing the festival that the team is most excited to see. Before leaving…
AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More
Sep 15, 2015 • 55 min
NPR Music is in Nashville all this week for the 16th annual AmericanaFest. So the newest episode of All Songs Considered offers a big bundle of music from some of the acts who are playing the festival that the team is most excited to see. Before leaving…
All Songs +1: The Martin Atkins Minute - The Blackberry Jam Scam
Sep 11, 2015 • 7 min
Are you a musician looking to be heard? If so, give a listen to the first segment of a new series we’re calling The Martin Atkins Minute. This episode the Blackberry Jam Scam.
New Mix: JR JR, Thunderbitch, Chris Walla, More
Sep 8, 2015 • 54 min
This week’s show is split much like some of our favorite records: The A-side is loud and fast. The B-side is slow and quiet. Co-host Robin Hilton kicks things off with Thunderbitch, a raucous side project from Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. We…
All Songs +1: Sharon Van Etten Interviews Low’s Mimi Parker
Sep 4, 2015 • 23 min
Today, on our All Songs +1 podcast, we’re doing something a bit different. It’s a conversation between two people we love, Sharon Van Etten and Mimi Parker from the band Low, about being a mom and being in a rock band.
Encore Presentation: Guest DJ John Congleton
Sep 3, 2015 • 68 min
This conversation with producer John Congleton remains one of our all-time favorite discussions about music, life, and why we love the songs we love. Since we originally posted it in the fall of 2014, Congleton has gone on to produce new albums by Franz…
Don’t Know BOOTS? Here’s Why You Should Listen Now
Aug 27, 2015 • 36 min
BOOTS is the most interesting new artist I’ve heard in 2015. I first discovered his sound by hearing his production on the FKA twigs album, a record filled with an ever-fascinating, warped and twisted sound. You may have first encountered him writing and…
New Mix: Foals, Telekinesis, Julia Holter, Rodrigo Amarante, More
Aug 25, 2015 • 41 min
This week’s episode of All Songs Considered is a journey of sound. Bob has a new favorite noise app, so he and Robin Hilton go on a sonic expedition that includes a spring walk, a gaggle of purring kittens, and a rolling rain storm (thunder optional). As…
All Songs +1: The Return Of Bikini Kill
Aug 21, 2015 • 15 min
Bikini Kill, the feminist punk band at the forefront of the ’90s riot grrrl movement, are about to reissue something few people have heard. The group’s very first demo, Revolution Girl Style Now, is coming out not only in its original cassette format, but…
New Mix: Deerhunter, YACHT, Youth Lagoon, GEMS, More
Aug 18, 2015 • 40 min
Bob Boilen is back after several weeks for this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, and at least part of this week’s show is Robin coming to terms with Bob’s new beard. After moving through the stages of denial, grief and anger, Bob and Robin finally…
All Songs +1: Memories Of Columbia House
Aug 14, 2015 • 12 min
Columbia House (actually, the company that has owned Columbia House since 2012) filed for bankruptcy this week, which will mean a great deal to those who were music lovers in the 1980s and ’90s, and probably close to nothing to listeners under the age of…
Remembering Sean Price, Plus Girl Band, Diane Coffee, Bikini Kill, More
Aug 11, 2015 • 42 min
This week, the All Songs team picks songs that sound like revolutions. Bob Boilen is out, so co-host Robin Hilton is joined by Katie Presley in D.C. and Timmhotep Aku in New York. The trio shares big, smashy music that lets Robin engage in his once-yearly…
All Songs +1: Laura Jane Grace And Lauren Denitzio On Surviving In Punk
Aug 7, 2015 • 21 min
The outspoken leaders of the bands Against Me! and Worriers discuss gender identity in art, being a punk musician in 2015 and the new Worriers album Imaginary Life, which Grace produced.
Guest DJ: Sylvan Esso
Aug 4, 2015 • 46 min
This … Is The Show: Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, the singer and electronic artist behind the music of Sylvan Esso, join All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of their favorite songs by other musicians. There’s jazz from The…
Guest DJ: Leon Bridges
Jul 28, 2015 • 35 min
Leon Bridges grew up listening to Usher, but his music suggests influences a generation removed. The Texas singer pairs irresistible pop charm with tightly-executed song structures. But his throwback act is no mere nostalgia trip. In fact, Bridges…
Jason Isbell: Newport Folk Festival 2015
Jul 27, 2015 • 60 min
Hear Jason Isbell perform at the Newport Folk Festival 2015 Jason Isbell, lead vocals & guitar Sadler Vaden, guitar Jimbo Hart, bass Derry DeBorja, keyboards Chad Gamble, drums Set List: 1. Palmetto Rose 2. Stockholm 3. Something More Than Free 4. 24…
All Songs +1: Josh Ritter Song Premiere/Interview
Jul 27, 2015 • 11 min
Josh Ritter tells the tale of a “risky teen” and a Bible school intervention in the lead single from his forthcoming album, Sermon On The Rocks.
New Music From Wilco, Night Beds, Lianne La Havas, More
Jul 21, 2015 • 38 min
We kick off this week’s All Songs Considered with new music from Wilco. The band surprised fans by dropping a new album out of the blue late last week. It’s called … wait for it … Star Wars, and Wilco is letting everyone download it for free from the…
All Songs +1: What’s The First Song A Newborn Should Hear?
Jul 17, 2015 • 11 min
Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton think about the first song you should play for a newborn.
Guest DJ: SOAK
Jul 14, 2015 • 44 min
Before We Forgot How to Dream is one of my favorite albums of 2015. It’s by an artist you may not yet know, but I’m hoping you’ll fall in love with her. Her name is Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as SOAK. Today SOAK plays dj on All Songs Considered…
All Songs Rewind: The Legacy Of The ’90s
Jul 8, 2015 • 99 min
This retrospective charts the birth of grunge, the commercial rise of hip-hop, a batch of gutsy female songwriters and a few goofy one-hit wonders we’d mostly forgotten about. This episode is also Ann Powers’ debut as a member of NPR Music, and she and…
All Songs +1: Beach House Talks About Their New Song
Jul 1, 2015 • 18 min
There’s a new album coming from Beach House, the dreamy Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. That album, called Depression Cherry, comes out on Sub Pop on Aug. 28. Today we get to hear a first song from the album, called “Sparks,” and…
Our Favorite New Artists Of 2015 (So Far)
Jun 30, 2015 • 58 min
This week marks the mid-point of 2015, and the All Songs Considered team is ready to take stock. On this week’s show, we share our favorite music from debut albums released in the first half of this year. It’s only June, but we picked the music we’re…
Guest DJ: Courtney Barnett
Jun 23, 2015 • 47 min
Melbourne guitarist and singer Courtney Barnett has been an NPR Music favorite since I caught three of her performances at New York’s CMJ Music Festival in 2013. Her blend of witty lyricism and deadpan delivery made for two excellent EPs, and this year a…
Guest DJ: Kate Tempest On The Power Of Words
Jun 16, 2015 • 36 min
London poet, playwright, and hip-hop artist Kate Tempest was Bob Boilen’s favorite discovery from the SXSW festival this year. Her gripping performance style and obvious commitment to connecting deeply with her audience led Bob to her stunning 2014…
New Music from Dan Auerbach, Joan Shelley, Beauty Pill, More
Jun 9, 2015 • 36 min
On this week’s episode of All Songs Considered, we’ve got an album announcement from a new band featuring Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and song premieres from Widowspeak and Joan Shelley. We’ve also got an incredible story, one that surrounds the latest…
All Songs +1: The Art Of Streaming
Jun 5, 2015 • 14 min
Much has been written about the technology behind music streaming services, and about how much they cost (or don’t) for listeners and make (or don’t) for artists. But what about the actual, daily experience of listening in the age of the stream? For our…
New Mix: Six Songs For The Energy-Deficient
Jun 2, 2015 • 32 min
The amps on All Songs Considered this week never dip lower than 11. Bob is joined in the studio by a sleep-deprived Katie Presley, who just moved across the country in a packed truck and has the road trip anthem to prove it, along with NPR Music’s Lars…
New Mix: Six Musical Discoveries You Can’t Miss
May 27, 2015 • 35 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, Bob is joined in the studio by NPR Music’s Katie Presley and Jacob Ganz and the crew sets its sights on discovery. None of the musicians featured in this episode have ever been played on All Songs before — we set out…
All Songs +1: Kimase Washington
May 21, 2015 • 10 min
Even if you don’t know anything about jazz, it’s quite possible you’ve heard the music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington: That’s him on the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. But that’s only the very tip of his iceberg. His new album The…
The Songs That Make Us Cry
May 19, 2015 • 42 min
What song makes you cry? It could be “Adagio for Strings,” but it could also be “Highway to Hell.” As you’ll learn on this week’s All Songs Considered, the music that gets us weeping can have as much, or more, to do with association than with composition.…
All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life
May 15, 2015 • 8 min
While they’re not splitting open a person’s chest and massaging their heart back to life, musicians and the songs they make may actually be saving lives. At least that’s the consensus we gathered from the thousands of stories and comments we’ve gotten in…
All Songs Considered: From Perfect Pop Anthems To Saxophone Punk
May 12, 2015 • 33 min
On our show this week, bigger is better. We start with a pop anthem and feature a set of artists all leaning into or newly discovering their boldest, most attention-grabbing music yet. Some, as in the case of a frontman gone solo and a bilingual…
All Songs +1: Songs That Remind You Of Mom
May 8, 2015 • 8 min
In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked listeners to tell us about the songs that remind them of mom. We got thousands of stories and song suggestions, way more than we could ever publish here. So for this week’s Plus One podcast we’ve also put together a list…
Nine Creative Musicians You Should Know
May 5, 2015 • 54 min
This week on All Songs Considered, we grapple with the alchemy of creation — the myriad ways a musician gets from blank page and empty studio to a full sound and lyrics that ring true. The seven songs on the show (one is a collaboration between a drummer…
All Songs +1: ‘Baltimore’
May 1, 2015 • 9 min
When we asked listeners to tell us about a song they turned to this week — one that spoke in some way to weighty events unfolding around the world and how they felt — we weren’t sure what we’d get. Would it be mostly songs of solace? Songs of grief, or…
An All Songs Listening Party: Boston-Berklee
Apr 28, 2015 • 66 min
Why do we like falsetto so much? Why is melody the single most important part of a song? And why does country music move (or repel) us? These are just a few of the questions that popped up during our All Songs Considered listening party in Boston with the…
+1: Why We Like The Music We Like
Apr 24, 2015 • 4 min
On this week’s mini podcast: Is some music too simple — or too complicated — to enjoy?
Hear Brand New My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst and more
Apr 21, 2015 • 48 min
On today’s All Songs Considered, we’re hitting you with several premieres, beginning a heavy cut from My Morning Jacket’s latest studio album, The Waterfall. On “Believe (Nobody Knows),” front man Jim James seeks meaning and truth in an uncertain world,…
+1: Our Record Store Day Must-Haves
Apr 17, 2015 • 11 min
On this week’s Plus One (our new, mini podcast), hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ben “Super Fan” Kessler to talk about the vinyl Record Store Day releases they’re most excited to get.
New Mix: Built To Spill, The Milk Carton Kids, Brown Bird, Protomartyr and More
Apr 14, 2015 • 45 min
All Songs Considered hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen bring you this week’s essential listening, including new music from Built to Spill, The Milk Carton Kids, Brown Bird, Protomartyr and more.
Your Song Of The Week: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘King Kunta’
Apr 10, 2015 • 11 min
Bob Boilen and I thought we’d try something new this week: a second All Songs Considered, a mini-podcast. We start with a ten-minute conversation about a song our listeners say they couldn’t stop playing this week: Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta,” a track…
Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand with Sparks, MNDR with Killer Mike, The Sonics and White Reaper
Apr 7, 2015 • 38 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered we talk about the secrets to being happy and how they relate to a euphoric new track from the electro-pop group Passion Pit. We’ll hear the first song from Franz Ferdinand’s collaboration with one of Bob Boilen’s…
Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams, More
Mar 31, 2015 • 40 min
All Songs Considered hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen play this week’s essential new songs, including Jamie xx and Joy Williams of the band The Civil Wars, and a classic by Ryan Adams.
SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments
Mar 25, 2015 • 41 min
After a week of 16-hour days and little-to-no sleep, the All Songs Considered gang is back from Austin with a slew of musical discoveries from the 2015 South by Southwest music festival. On this week’s show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by…
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Saturday
Mar 22, 2015 • 18 min
Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson, Ann Powers and Katie Davis wrap up our final day at SXSW 2015, discuss our highlights and are lulled by the music of Torres. Our final South by Lullaby
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Friday
Mar 21, 2015 • 18 min
Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley discuss the rainy day wrap up of bands here in Austin incuding Juce, The Family Crest, Howard, Torres, Natalie Prass, Cristina Valentina, Summer Cannibals, and some Japanese electro-pop.
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Thursday
Mar 20, 2015 • 15 min
Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stepehen Thompsona and Katie Presley talk about their discoveries from Thursday’s SXSW including Soak, Girl Band, Ibeyi, Count This Penny and more. We also present another South x Lullaby with Mynabirds
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Wednesday
Mar 19, 2015 • 20 min
Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers to talk about discoveries and favorites from this years SXSW Music Festival. Highlights include music from our showcase including Courtney Barnett performance of much of her new…
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Tuesday
Mar 18, 2015 • 18 min
Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley gather round for a look at Day 1 at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Highlights include the UK poet and rapper Kate Tempest and the Austin big The Golden Dawn who mix Sun Ra with Sly Stone. And…
SXSW 2015 Music Preview
Mar 17, 2015 • 82 min
If you love music as much as we do (we really love music), there’s a good chance that this is one of your favorite weeks of the year. This is when the massive South by Southwest music festival and conference bubbles up and spills over into the streets of…
New Mix: Villagers, Joanna Gruesome, Young Fathers, More
Mar 10, 2015 • 41 min
On this week’s All Songs Considered, we look at one of life’s immutable truths: Nothing’s ever easy! Or, at least some things are way harder than they need to be. That’s part of the message in the new kiss-off song that opens our show, “Hot Scary Summer,”…
Björk, Torres, Boots, More
Mar 3, 2015 • 54 min
This week on All Songs Considered, we get heavy — heavy lyrics, heavy themes — as hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore the meaning of life, even breaking it down to the atomic level, with existential music from English folk singer Bill Fay, Björk and…
Lord Huron, Metz, Patrick Watson, More
Feb 24, 2015 • 35 min
It may be freezing on the east coast, but on All Songs Considered this week, we’ve got the hottest tracks to keep you out of the cold. At the top, North Dakota songwriter Tom Brosseau tells a heartbreaking story about a boy abandoned by his mother.…