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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
 
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http://www.beautifulsongoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Staves-Chicago-Sufjan-Stevens-Cover-1.mp3 I’ve always felt a connection to the city of Chicago. It’s probably because I’ve lived my whole life in Toronto, which, despite sometimes being referred to as the Canadian New York, is really more like the Canadian Chicago: big city on a G…
 
I continued exploring recent releases from Jessie Ware, Doves, Sea Girls, Phoebe Bridgers and Washed Out on this extra-long edition of the show, while the retro alternative set looked back to the UK buzz bands of the ’00s (often derisively referred to as “landfill indie”), inspired by a Vice list of “The Top 50 Greatest Landfill Indie Songs of All …
 
The guys welcome musician Lisa Loeb to talk about David Bowie’s classic 1971 record “Hunky Dory.” Plenty of other discussion including Lisa’s record “A Simple Trick To Happiness,” Dynamite magazine, Olivia Newton-John, the Camp Lisa Foundation, “Stay” and rude ‘90s critics, the genius of Mick Ronson, Andy Warhol, and a race against time to finish r…
 
On this week’s podcast, NME and Guardian writer Jenessa Williams talks about the Mercury Music Prize, the return of some old musical flames and shares her new favourite bands. Artist “Track” [Album] Yellow Days “Keep Yourself Alive” [A Day In a Yellow Beat] Shamir “Running” [Shamir] Slowthai “feel away(feat. James Blake & Mount Kimbie” [Single] Yar…
 
http://www.beautifulsongoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Duane-Allman-Little-Martha.mp3 Riding his Harley-Davidson through the streets of Macon, Georgia, in late October of 1971, Duane Allman had a lot of things to feel good about. His band was finally breaking through. Known for their high-energy live performances, The Allman Brothers Band…
 
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Sep. 18 include a long-awaited, self-titled release from Alicia Keys, PC Music's A.G. Cook, a rediscovered Thelonious Monk recording and more. Featured Albums: 1. Alicia Keys — ALICIA Featured Song: "Me x 7" 2. A.G. Cook — Apple Featured Song: "Airhead" 3. Anjimile — Giver Taker Featured Song: "To Me…
 
The guys welcome musician Aaron Lee Tasjan to talk about Matthew Sweet’s “Altered Beast.” Plenty of other discussion including Pete Droge, tornadoes, John Gallagher, writing songs on acid, what if you take out fiddle, making sheep noises, and why in the world was “Time Capsule” not a huge hit? Check out Aaron Lee Tasjan at: https://www.aaronleetasj…
 
On this week’s Tom Crook, Paul Whitty and Ben Smith kick-off the with an incendiary techno track and don’t look (or hold) back. Artist “Track” [Album] clipping. “Chapter 319 (Jonathon’s Full Stop Remix)” [Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy] Sophie Hunger “Security Check” [Halluzinationen] Idles “Grounds” [Ultra Mono] Hammond Son…
 
This week's new mix from All Songs Considered includes solo work from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, recorded with his sons, a stunning track from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker, a song for the times from Cautious Clay and more. Featured Tracks: 1. Kevin Morby "Campfire" from Sundowner 2. Adrianne Lenker "anything" from songs 3. Maple Glider "As Tradition" 4. J…
 
http://www.beautifulsongoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/A-taste-of-honey-audio-Paul-Desmond.mp3 The 33-year friendship between saxophonist Paul Desmond and pianist Dave Brubeck was as remarkable as it was unlikely. The two met playing for an army band in 1944. Brubeck auditioned for the band, and Desmond, four years older, was struck by th…
 
The guys welcome Ben and Emily Roberts of Carolina Story to talk about Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.” Plenty of other discussion including Paul Moak, East Nashville, meeting in college (and bonding over Brandi and music), T. Bone Burnett, walking naked in the woods, and the genius of the partnership of Brandi and the twins Phil and Tim Hanseroth. Ch…
 
On this week's All Songs Considered, hear new music from great unknowns and old favorites, including The Front Bottoms and Asaf Avidan. 1. Joe Wong: "Dreams Wash Away" from Nite Creatures 2. Frances Cone: "'93 Or '94" (single) 3. The Front Bottoms: "montgomery forever" from In Sickness & In Flames 4. Spacemoth: "Asking For You" (single) 5. Asaf Avi…
 
Ben Marwood host’s this week’s show as he talks his way through his favourite new tracks and albums from the past few months. Artists “Track” [Album] Blitzen Trapper “Masonic Temple Microdose #1” [Holy Smokes Future Jokes] This Is The Kit “This Is What You Did” [Off Off On] Jeff Rosenstock “Honeymoon Ashtray” [NO DREAM] The Beths “Mars, The God of …
 
One great way to be a good patron is to host a house concert. We'll tell you one way you can make that happen even in this long tail of the pandemic. Plus the latest crowdfunding campaigns! -------------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN ------------- * Two Pound Planet - Songs From the Hydrogen Jukebox (remaster vinyl re-issue) https://www.kickstarter.com/profi…
 
The guys welcome guitarist Chris Forsyth to talk about ZZ Top’s “Tejas” from 1976, Plenty of other discussion including Richard Lloyd, Matthew Sweet, Nels Cline, John Fahey, how to define your own music, ZZ Top and sexual innuendos, Pream, bad 70s driving habits like optional seatbelts and drunk driving, the colossal mistakes of the 1987 remixes, a…
 
http://www.beautifulsongoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Angelo-De-Augustine-Tomb.mp3 This week’s song was suggested by a reader. Thanks, Madison! It’s back-to-school season where I live. There’s all the excitement and nervousness that September usually brings with it, but this year there’s a strange tension in the air. It’s a tension that …
 
The guys welcome repeat revisitors Jeff Johnson (Jeff Makes Jokes) and Brian from the Tunestiles podcast to chat about the legendary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers classic “Damn the Torpedoes.” Other discussion includes the brilliance of Jimmy Iovine and Shelly Yakus, shakers, the brilliance of Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, tracks that didn’t m…
 
This week on [edit] radio, Kev Lawson talks COVID fatigue as he delivers a new-music playlist to lift anyone’s flagging mood. Artist “Track” [Album] Drake “Laugh Now Cry Later (feat. Lil Durk)” [Single] BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez “Ice Cream” [Single] Lynks Afrikka “How to Be Successful” [Smash Hits, Vol. 1 – EP] beabadoobee “Sorry (Alternate Edit)” […
 
The guys welcome singer songwriter Bre Kennedy to discuss “Women in Music Pt III” from Haim. Plenty of other discussion including creating music during the pandemic, twenty something (and ages something past that), bass face, Joni, Wayne’s distaste of popular music, and more.Check out Bre Kennedy at: https://www.iambrekennedy.com/Check out Haim at:…
 
We'll hear never-before-heard stories behind the songs from 4 different artists. Plus a world premiere songs by The Porter's Gate! ------------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.47 --------------- * Rest - The Gray Havens * Good God - Mission House * Speak - Jeremy Casella * Dragons - Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (ft. The Lone Bellow) * The Shepherdess - Julie Le…
 
On this week’s podcast, Jenessa Williams whinges about her lack of a summer holiday and attempts to make up for it with a selection of new music tracks that bring the sunshine. Artist “Track” [Album] Babeheaven “November” [Circles EP] Glass Animals “Hot Sugar” [Dreamland] Headie One “Ain’t It Different feat. AJ Tracey & Stormzy” [Single] H.E.R “Do …
 
The guys welcome singer songwriter Doe Paoro to talk about “The Globe Sessions” from Sheryl Crow. Plenty of other discussion including yoga, Bon Iver and “The Wind,” Members Only jackets, Bill Clinton, Spotify playlists generated from Doe’s song “Midnight Choir,” Bob Dylan and “Mississippi” and the Sheryl song that we all happily rediscovered becau…
 
http://www.beautifulsongoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Changes.mp3 The original version of this song, in the context of Black Sabbath’s catalogue of guitar-driven riff-rock anthems, is a bit of an oddball. With all respect to Black Sabbath (whom we featured way back in week 46) the piano part sounds childishly simple, as if it was written…
 
In this episode we explore movies about isolation, quarantine, and the way our tenuous understand of "society" breaks down under pressure. We use 10 Cloverfield Lane as a jumping off point, moving on to The MIst, Night of the Living Dead, Cabin in the Woods, Alien, and other films about people trapped together, making increasingly wacky decisions. …
 
The guys welcome Lane Hewitt of the Melody Motel Podcast to talk about Guided By Voices “Do The Collapse.” Plenty of other discussion including dragons, mushroom art, Ric Ocasek, Robert Pollard, Scrubs, the musical prowess of Doug Gillard, poetry candy, Boo Boo Snacks, and 80s country.Check out Lane and the Melody Motel podcast at: https://www.spre…
 
NPR Music's shortlist for the best new albums out this week includes the first full-length from Bright Eyes in nearly a decade, the rapper Lecrae, U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia and more. Featured Albums: 1. The Killers — Imploding the Mirage Featured Song: "Dying Breed" 2. The Mavericks — En Español Featured Song: "Recuerdos" 3. Nubya Garcia — Sour…
 
I continued delving into recent albums from Haim, My Morning Jacket, Jessie Ware and JARV IS… on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on music from another great box set, “Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995.” Here’s the tracklist for the full show: West Of The Fields August 11, 2020 R.E.M.- Little America (Live R…
 
This week on [edit] radio, Tom Crook, Ben Smith and Paul Whitty record another socially distanced podcast full of incredible new music for your listening pleasure. Artist “Track” [Album] Andy Bell “Love Comes In Waves” [The View From Half Way Down] Marie Davidson & L’OEil Nu “Renegade Breakdown” [Single] Godspeed You! Black Emperor “Their Helicopte…
 
On this week's All Songs Considered, The Swedish duo First Aid Kit covers Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again," reminding host Bob Boilen of how long it's been since he's seen a live show (159 days). 1. First Aid Kit: "On The Road Again" 2. Blu DeTiger: "Figure It Out" 3. Pillow Queens: "Holy Show" from In Waiting 4. Anjimile: "Baby No More" from Gi…
 
The guys welcome Matthew Angus of Fast Romantics to talk about U2’s classic “The Joshua Tree.” Plenty of other discussion including slapping it down, New Zealand, the Statue of Liberty, feeling horrible about our scores, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, depression, and other topics. Check out Fast Romantics at: https://fastromantics.com/Check out U2 at: u…
 
http://www.beautifulsongoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Carpenters-Help-1970.mp3 Our journey through International Cover Song Month continues with a song that is one of the most surprising covers I’ve heard in a long time. At first glance, The Carpenters seem like the least likely band to do an effective re-work of a Beatles song. For …
 
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include the latest from Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy, Fantastic Negrito, Jacob Collier, the queer country of Orville Peck and more. Featured Albums: 1. Burna Boy — Twice As Tall Featured Song: "Monsters You Made" 2. Jacob Collier — Djesse Vol. 3 Featured Song: "In My Bones" 3. Fantastic Negrit…
 
The guys welcome singer/songwriter Hayley Sabella to discuss Sufjan Stevens “Carrie and Lowell.” Plenty of other discussion including Hayley’s new record “Flew The Nest,” being the daughter of Central America missionaries and teachers, her video for “July Rain,” Brian Fallon, Eugene Oregon and Tillamook, religious imagery, hipster Sufjan fans, moth…
 
Last episode we looked at some of the best albums of the year so far, and now we look at our Critics' Picks for some of the best individual songs of the first half of 2020. ---------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.46 ---------- * Your Nearness is Our Good - Micah | Michelle (ft. Liz Vice) * Runaway - John Tibbs * Burn Again - Ecclesia * Constellations - Ellie …
 
On this week’s podcast, Ben Marwood talks warm weather, broken mic stands and about the best new music releases that he could find! Artist “Track” [Album] The Beths “I’m Not Getting Excited” [Jump Rope Gazers] Jeff Rosenstock “***BNB” [NO DREAM] Dandy Warhols “Get Off’ [Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia] Steven Adams and the French Drops “My Brothe…
 
The guys welcome the Derrek Carriveau of “I F*ing Love That Record” podcast to talk about the third album from the Beastie Boys “Check Your Head.” Plenty of other discussion including Derrek stepping in for this episode after our guest who picked the record cancelled on us, booty, Ted Nugent, seeing the Boys live in concert, 90s CD formulas, and ot…
 
http://www.beautifulsongoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Chet-Faker-No-Diggity.mp3 Norah Jones covering Soundgarden in last week’s feature was an example of the cover song as eulogy: a public, live performance in which one well-established musician pays tribute to another. This week presents the cover song as a personal act of fandom: a bed…
 
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the latest from Portland rapper Aminé, Mary Chapin Carpenter, a posthumous release from Jason Molina, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more. Featured Albums: 1. Aminé — Limbo Featured Song: "Can't Decide" 2. Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Dirt and the Stars Featured Song: "All Broken Hearts Brea…
 
The guys welcome Corbin Reiff, author of "Total F*cking Godhead The Biography of Chris Cornell," to talk about the 1991 Soundgarden classic "Badmotorfinger." Plenty of other discussion including the greatness of Chris and Soundgarden bandmates Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd and Kim Thayil, Singles, Community World Theater, getting banned from MTV, a…
 
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