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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.)
 
Welcome to This Is Not Happening: a podcast that brings you a brand new album - and fresh new tracks - every month, with four massive music fans that have been talking and blogging about their favourite records for the last ten years together. An exiled Londoner in the North (Guy), a Leeds scriptwriter (David), ex-housemates in Leeds Joey and Nolan whose paths all crossed through music, be it festivals, DJing, gigs, or just sitting at home listening to entire albums without talking. Music is ...
 
Do you want help understanding the lyrics and meaning of songs in English? With Explained in English you’ll discover great music and learn English at the same time. Here's how it works: choose a song and I’ll explain the lyrics, grammar, and meaning for you in simple English. It’s an easy way to improve your English vocabulary and comprehension while expanding your appreciation of great music. You'll soon think and interpret in English, learning and remembering more than you would with trans ...
 
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A symphonic ode to the great Midwestern state. A raw emotional gut punch. Sufjan Steven's 2005 concept album Illinois is many things, all of them tremendously powerful and affecting. Thank you to Jordan Prince (guest of the hour) for gettin me to take a deeper dive...https://www.niagaramoonmusic.com/http://www.jordanprincetunes.com/…
 
Music, lyrics, and free interactive transcript at: https://explainedinenglish.com/podcast/deathwithdignity.html Download a full album of nine unreleased song explanations when you make a donation! You get complete transcripts of the audio and extra pronunciation practice to improve your speaking skills. Thank you to everyone who is helping to suppo…
 
Episode 12 of This Is Not Happening strides from Genesis Owusu's Smiling With No Teeth to the much-anticipated new album from St Vincent: Daddy's Home. The New York art-rock darling has embraced the underbelly of the 1970s with a new persona and some eye-catching tracks. Megafan David tries to convince us why we should all love it. It's definitely …
 
The best albums out this week include GoldLink's Haram!, H.E.R.'s Back of My Mind, a comic book soundtrack called Dark Nights: Death Metal, a debut album from trans punk Cher Strauberry and more. Featured Albums: 1. Goldlink — Haram! Featured Songs: "Terrordome" and "Evian" 2. Various — Dark Nights: Death Metal Featured Song: "Diana" by Chelsea Wol…
 
The Mastelotto's Romantic Guide to King Crimson in Echoes Podcast: The Echoes Interview The Mastelottos, is the couple of King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto and his wife, singer Deborah. They have an album with what might seem an oxymoronic title, A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson. King Crimson? Romantic? But there’s more to than that as they tra…
 
There's no other artist out there quite like Kate Bush. She's a musical island unto herself, and it's no wonder she's been a huge inspiration for generations of "artpop" musicians. There are few bigger fans of hers than Attila (back again from last month!), so it only made sense we dig into this 1985 claaaassic!https://www.niagaramoonmusic.com/http…
 
Lorde talks about her new song, we get an update on the Tiny Desk contest, Pokey LaFarge recalibrates his sound, Illuminati Hotties go "Pool Hopping" and other great new songs to fall in love with. Featured Artists And Songs: 1. Lorde: "Solar Power" (Single) 2. Illuminati Hotties: "Pool Hopping," from Let Me Do One More 3. Azure Ray: "Bad Dream," f…
 
Sleater-Kinney's Path of Wellness, the thundering pop of Marina, Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and the blood-slowing sounds of Dustin O'Halloran are among NPR Music's picks for the best music out on June 11. Featured Albums: 1. Marina — Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land Featured Songs: "Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land" and "Goodbye" 2. Skyzoo — All The Bril…
 
Echoes Podcast: Agnes Obel, the 25th Icon of Echoes and Emancipator, Rena Jones and Flowerpulse Emancipator, Rena Jones, and Flowerpulse weave their electronic roots together into the ambient excursion of Xylem, their debut album. Emancipator has been featured heavily on the show with his gritty electronic sound, while Rena Jones is an old favorite…
 
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, featuring former Tiny Desk contest winner Naia Izumi, West African art-folk group The Narcotix, Laura Stevenson and more. Featured Artists And Songs: 1. Laura Stevenson: "State," from Laura Stevenson 2. Jomoro: "Nest," from Blue Marble Sky 3. The Narcotix: "Lilith," fr…
 
Harry Nilsson in 1974, produced by John Lennon himself. This beautiful mess of an album saw Nilsson permanently damage both his vocal cords and his career, but at the same time you can't help but appreciate its wildly idiosyncratic sound.As a fellow Nilsson-head, Thin Lear knows what's up - we share both our adoration and puzzlement in great detail…
 
Rostam's beautifully transfixing Changephobia, Japanese Breakfast's Jubilee and Liz Phair's first new album in more than a decade are among NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on June 4. Featured Albums: 1. Rostam — Changephobia Featured Song: "Bio 18" 2. Poté — A Tenuous Tale Of Her Featured Song: "Valley" 3. The Avalanches — Since I Left Yo…
 
Are your notes and letters meaningful to artists? YES! Garret shares why... and also updates us on the latest crowdfunding campaigns. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN ------- * David Keener - Debut Studio EP https://funding.plaiddogrecording.com/david-keeners-studio-album -------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS -------- * Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love - Mother-Lo…
 
In May, we swooned to Olivia Rodrigo's Sour, marveled at Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, went back to the '90s with The Zolas, bathed in the opulent luxury of Sinéad Harnett's voice, got lost in Bill Laurance's piano universe, and jazz group Sound Prints expanded its possibilities. Songs featured on this episode: • Olivia Rodrigo: "jealousy, jeal…
 
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by DMX, Bachelor, Mustafa, Natalia Lafourcade and more. Featured Albums: 1. Bachelor — Doomin' Sun Featured Song: "Spin Out" 2. DMX — Exodus Featured Song: "Hold Me Down" 3. Mustafa — When Smoke Rises Featured Song: "Ali" 4. Various Artists — Fire in Little Africa Featured So…
 
Gary Numan and Earth's Revenge: The Echoes Interview Gary Numan paints a dystopian nightmare where earth takes revenge for a civilization that has fostered environmental and military catastrophe. Musically, his new album, Intruder, it’s a long way from his hit single, “Cars,” but listen close and lyrically it’s not. We ponder the apocalypse with Ga…
 
This weeks All Songs Considered features a striking collaboration between Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen. I also share a conversation and music with Angélique Kidjo, psych-guitar from Mdou Moctar and more. 1. Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen: "Like I Used To" (Single) 2. Aerial East: "The Things We Build," from Try Harder 3. Saint Sister: "Manchest…
 
Episode 11 of This Is Not Happening departs from the ethereal Weather Station to a debut album of rare and mighty impact from Genesis Owusu. Smiling With No Teeth comes from an Australian-Ghanaian whose melting-pot influences have created one of the most fascinating and memorable albums of the year for an artist capturing lived experience in the st…
 
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Olivia Rodrigo, Allison Russell, Audrey Nuna and more. Featured Albums: 1. Olivia Rodrigo — Sour Featured Song: "Brutal" 2. Patrick Paige II — If I Fail, Are We Still Cool? Featured Song: "Curfew" 3. Allison Russell — Outside Child Featured Song: "4th Day Prayer" 4. Georgi…
 
Sufjan Steven's Meditations; Mythos at XXV and Patrick O'Hearn, the 22nd Icon in the Echoes Podcast It’s a packed Echoes Podcast that begins with Sufjan Stevens going ambient, accesses the 25-year history of Mythos and ends with the 22nd Icon of Echoes, Patrick O’Hearn First up in the podcast will be idiosyncratic folk-rocker Sufjan Stevens who shu…
 
At first it may seem bizarre and even cacophonous, but there's a lot to love about 2012's "Swing Lo Magellan" by Dirty Projectors. Intricate, on-point songwriting, gorgeous harmonies, and the sound of a rock band turned on its head! Enjoy this music nerd outing with myself and longtime pod-buddy Basic Printer.https://www.niagaramoonmusic.com/https:…
 
1. Sleater-Kinney: "Worry With You," from Path of Wellness 2. Billie Marten: "Human Replacement," from Flora Fauna 3. Sleepersound: "Silence Otherwise," from Idle Voices 4. Green-House: "Peace Piece," from SC25 5. Lowland Hum: "In Your Eyes," from So Low 6. Briars of North America: "Sala," from Supermoon…
 
Jess Lamb & The Factory: Manufacturing a Soulful Dreampop In the Echoes Podcast, Jess Lamb and the Factory take us into their album of spiritual search and identity. And then there’s American Idol. They are a Cincinnati band fronted by singer Jess Lamb and includes Warren Harrison from the duo Hungry Lucy. They’ve created a deep spiritual meditatio…
 
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on May 14 include Jorja Smith's Be Right Back, St. Vincent's homage to early '70s rock, a staggering new project from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and more. Featured Albums: 1. Jorja Smith — Be Right Back Featured Song: "Digging" 2. St. Vincent — Daddy's Home Featured Song: "Melting of the Sun" 3. Paris Te…
 
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including "the most fun song" Torres has ever written, the latest from Laura Marling's project called LUMP and more. 1. Torres: "Don't Go Puttin Wishes in My Head," from Thirstier 2. LUMP: "Animal (feat. Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay)," from Animal 3. Caveman: "Like Me,…
 
The son of evangelical missionaries, The Drifter Luke traveled frequently as a child, eventually settling in Washington state by age 9. He loved music from an early age singing bluegrass/gospel tunes with his family in church performance. By age 15, Luke began to focus more and more of his time to writing and creating original songs. With songs tac…
 
We share about the making of UTR's all-new White Owl Music Fest 2021, and hear music from several artists on the roster. Listen for a money-saving promo code on tickets at the end of the show! ---------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.62 ---------- * A Hero Song - Royce Lovett * Set Me Free - Andrew Osenga * Thirst No More - Sandra McCracken * Free At Last - No…
 
Music, meaning, and text transcript at: https://explainedinenglish.com/podcast/911.html Make a donation and download a full album of nine unreleased song explanations! You'll get complete transcripts of the audio and extra pronunciation practice to improve your speaking skills. Thank you to everyone who is helping to support the free podcast! Choos…
 
It's our Season Finale of our 4th season of GRD! We're talking with Aedan, Asher, & Skye Peterson (aka, the band Wake Low), plus a 10-year rewind interview with Sara Groves. -------- TRACK LISTS FOR EP.38 --------- * Autumntide - Wake Low * Curtains - Wake Low * Roll To The Middle [LIVE] - Sara Groves ---------- CREDITS ------------ * Host/Producer…
 
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the intricately detailed pop of Dodie, a posthumous release from legendary drummer Tony Allen, a mind-blower from Daniel Bachman and more. Featured Albums: 1. Dodie — Build A Problem Featured Song: "Special Girl" 2. L'Orange & Namir Blade — Imaginary Everything Featured Song: "Nihilism" 3.…
 
Ulrich Schnauss-The Sound of Utopia: The 20th Icon of Echoes Ulrich Schnauss is the 20th of 30 Icons for 30 Years of Echoes. We’ve been enthralled by his music since his second album, A Strangely Isolated Place. When his first album was issued in America after that release, we made it a CD of the Month. We get immersed in the world of Ulrich Schnau…
 
Electric Light Orchestra's 1977 double album Out Of The Blue... Largely inspired by a sudden burst of sunshine while writing in the Swiss Alps, songwriter/producer Jeff Lynne didn't pull any punches with this gargantuan recording. A notorious studio hermit, I'd almost call him a "musician's musician" if it weren't for the fact that ELO was also a c…
 
In April, we adored biting and beautiful indie rock from Pom Pom Squad and Flock of Dimes, witnessed Zao's metallic brutality, were transported by Catalan multi-instrumentalist Rita Payés and kora player Toumani Diabaté, and were reminded why we love ILOVEMAKONNEN. Songs featured on this episode: • Pom Pom Squad: "Head Cheerleader" from Death of a …
 
We have an exclusive interview with the artist in the spotlight campaign, Stephen McNeill. Plus the latest in crowdfunding campaigns. ---------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN --------- * Stephen McNeill - The Art of Repair https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stephenmcneill/the-art-of-repair-a-new-album-by-stephen-mcneill ----------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS ---------…
 
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include girl in red's long-awaited debut, the Flying Lotus soundtrack for Yasuke and more. Featured Albums: 1. girl in red — If I Could Make It Go Quiet Featured Song: "Serotonin" 2. Dawn Richard — Second Line Featured Song: "Bussifame" 3. Ashley Monroe — Rosegold Featured Song: "Siren" 4. Shelley…
 
From Man-Machines to Mind-Blowing: Kraftwerk, the 19th Icon of Echoes and Shpongle's Shponglogenic Sounds at 25. A double dose of electronic sound in the Echoes Podcast from Man-Machines to Mind-Blowing. We get Shpongled when we talk to Simon Posford and Raja Ram of the psychedelic electronic duo, Shpongle. They talk about their hallucinogenic soun…
 
Bjork, the Icelandic musical oddity (and ya know, massive global pop-star), set her artistic sights ever higher with 1997's Homogenic. This album of "strings and beats" is beautiful, fiery and glacial all at once. So, so good.And fellow Bjork enthusiast Attxla is here to get just as excited about it with me! He's a phenomenal multi-genre singer fro…
 
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the calming sounds of Ballaké Sissoko, the plainspoken wisdom of singer Faye Webster and more. Featured Songs: 1. No-No Boy: "The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming," from 1975 2. Faye Webster: "Cheers," from I Know I'm Funny haha 3. Tōth: "Guitars Are Better Than…
 
Episode 10 of This Is Not Happening finds us sticking with female artists but switching from the UK to Canada with the Weather Station's Ignorance. Tamara Lindeman's group released its 5th album in 2021, and it marks another progression from folk-tinged songwriting to full-blown grown-up pop that touched on so many of our big influences. We all wen…
 
NPR Music's shortlist for the best albums out on April 23 includes Nashville singer and rapper Houston Kendrick's technicolor pop, Malian Kora player Toumani Diabaté, Dinosaur Jr. and more. 1. Houston Kendrick — Small Infinity Featured Song: "Ugly Vybes" 2. Hannah Jadagu — What Is Going On? Featured Song: "Sundown" 3. Dinosaur Jr. — Sweep It Into S…
 
London Grammar Digs Californian Soil and Michael Hedges-The 18th Icon of Echoes London Grammar are the seductive and serene band who are releasing their third perfect dream pop album in a row. They artfully mix songs of love and loss with themes of political betrayal and social injustice, anchored by the shadowed voice of Hannah Reid. And on their …
 
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week including a "Hot and Heavy" track from Lucy Dacus, and Beatles producer George Martin's little-known side project, Ray Cathode. 1. Lucy Dacus: "Hot & Heavy," from Home Video 2. Uwade: "The Man Who Sees Tomorrow" (Single) 3. Field Music: "When You Last Heard From Linda," …
 
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on April 16 include the latest from UK rapper AJ Tracey, Norah Jones' first-ever live album, a feast of sonic wonders from Son Lux and more. Featured Albums: 1. AJ Tracey — Flu Game Featured Song: "Anxious" 2. Norah Jones — Til We Meet Again Featured Song: "Cold, Cold Heart" 3. Masabumi Kikuchi — Hanamichi …
 
Jean-Michel Jarre, 17th Icon of Echoes and Decouplr-Two Generations of Electronic Sound In the Echoes Podcast, we flip the switch on Jean-Michel Jarre, the 17th Icon of Echoes for Jean-Michel Jarre-An Icon of Electronic Music: The Echoes Documentary. The French electronic artist brought electronic music to global popularity with his 1976 album, Oxy…
 
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