All Songs Considered

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Bob Boilen & Robin Hilton

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  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014 11:23am

    We kick off this week's show with a moody rock romp from Ex Hex, a group based out of Washington, D.C., featuring Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag), Laura Harris and Betsy Wright. We follow with the mysterious voice of Gemma Ray, a deluxe reissue of a Smashing Pumpkins classic, the enchanting Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds and more.

    The Smashing Pumpkins reissue is the band's polarizing Adore. Originally released in 1998, some fans rejected the album for having more subdued moments and electronic textures than the group's earlier records. But now, more than 15 years later, many consider it a classic. The deluxe version has more than 100 tracks, including outtakes, demos and previously unheard songs. We play the opening cut, "To Sheila."

    Also on the program: the ethereal sounds of Montreal-based singer Sea Oleena; Azure Ray's Orenda Fink is back with a new solo album, a sometimes haunting examination of death and dying and Denver-based pop duo Tennis pushes itself in new sonic directions with an album produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon and songwriter Richard Swift.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:33pm

    On this week's All Songs Considered, Robin Hilton returns from vacation with "Back To The Shack," the fantastically hard-rocking first single from Weezer's upcoming Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Bob Boilen follows with Sufjan Stevens' take on Arthur Russell's "A Little Lost," from the upcoming tribute album to the late New York cellist and composer, Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell.

    Later in the show Bob and Robin premiere three tracks: Brooklyn-based duo Buke and Gase's "Seam Esteem," Lia Ices' mesmerizing "How We Are" and a brand-new love song from Lucinda Williams, "Stowaway In Your Heart," from her upcoming double album Down Where the Spirit Meets The Bone. Also in the mix: hip-hop innovators Shabazz Palaces' shape-shifting "#CAKE."

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:23pm

    On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, prolific fuzz-rock mastermind Ty Segall joins host Robin Hilton to share some of the music that shaped his new album Manipulator and a behind-the-scenes look into his recording process.

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:43am

    On this episode of All Songs Considered, legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson joins host Bob Boilen to share some of the songs and events that shaped his career as well as songs from his new duets album, Smokey & Friends.


    Smokey remembers a series of musical milestones in his life: Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops", whom he remembers seeing for the first time when he was ten years old; Sarah Vaughan, the first singer he ever remembers hearing; the first record he ever bought, the Spaniels' 1953 hit "Baby, It's You." Alongside these influential artists he plays some of the most famous songs he performed with the Miracles, including "I Second That Emotion" and "Got a Job."


    Smokey & Friends, which is out next week, includes collaborations with artists like Miguel, John Legend and Cee Lo Green on songs written by Robinson (some that were originally performed by other artists, like Marvin Gaye). In the show, you can hear his duets with Elton John, Mary J. Blige and James Taylor. Does revisiting his own classics so many years later make him feel nostalgia? No, he says. "I've been doing concerts now for over fifty years," Smokey says. "Every night [the songs] are new to me."

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014 2:53pm

    On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob is joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, who kicks off the show with a premiere from the folk pop sibling duo Lily & Madeleine. "The Wolf Is Free" highlights the sisters' subtle harmonies.

    Bob follows that up with the new single from California's wild card ensemble Foxygen; "How Can You Really" floats on a lilting beat and sneaks in an understated chorus that will be lodged in your head for days to come.

    Next the hosts get a call from NPR Music's Ann Powers, who has recently become enamored with a young Nashville singer named Adia Victoria. Her new single (and only available recording) "Stuck In The South" was released a few weeks ago and has sent ripples through the Nashville country scene.

    Later in the show the hosts play "Runaway," the infectious pop-rock track from Self's new EP Super Fake Nice and a raucous number from London's Fat White Family called "Is It Raining In Your Mouth?"

    Stephen takes us out with up-and-coming EDM star Porter Robinson's "Divinity," featuring sweet vocals from Stars' Amy Milan and enough joyous bounce to make Stephen grin.