All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered

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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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20 May 2022

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 20

The best albums out this week include Harry's House from Harry Styles, jazz pianist Joey Alexander's Origin, new ones from R&B singer Ravyn Lenae, rapper Boldy James, Porridge Radio and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Harry Styles — Harry's House
Featured Tracks: "Music for a Sushi Restaurant," "Grapejuice"
2. Joey Alexander — Origin
Featured Tracks: "Remembering," "Summer Rising"
3. Ravyn Lenae — Hypnos
Featured Tracks: "3D," "Inside Out," "Xtasy"
4. Porridge Radio — Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky
Featured Tracks: "Back to the Radio," "End of Last Year"
5. Boldy James & Real Bad Man — Killing Nothing
Featured Track: "Game Time"

Other notable releases for May 20:
Charlie Hickey — Nervous At Night
Craig Finn — A Legacy of Rentals
Flume — Palaces
Hanson — Red Blue Green
Joe Rainey — Niineta
Kronos Quartet — Mỹ Lai
Lykke Li — EYEYE
Mary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena — West Kensington
mxmtoon — rising
SOAK — If I never know you like this again
Uffie — Sunshine Factory
17 May 2022

New Mix: Tiny Desk Contest winner Alisa Amador, SOAK, Jens Lekman, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen introduces this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Alisa Amador, plus new music from SOAK, the identical twins duo Companion, Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman and more.

Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Alisa Amador: "Milonga accidental" (Single)
2. Jens Lekman: "The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom," from The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom
3. Companion: "If I Were a Ghost," from Second Day of Spring
4. SOAK: "purgatory," from If I never know you like this again
5. Jasmyn: "Cruel Moon," from In The Wild
13 May 2022

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 13

Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Leikeli47's Shape Up, Florence + the Machine's Dance Fever and more are on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.

Featured Albums:
1. Kendrick Lamar — Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
2. Leikeli47 — Shape Up
Featured Track: "Chitty Bang"
3. Florence + the Machine — Dance Fever
Featured Track: "Choreomania"
4. Quelle Chris — DEATHFAME
Featured Track: "King in Black"
5. Tank and the Bangas — Red Balloon
Featured Track: "Communion in My Cup"
6. John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davis — Firestarter
Featured Track: "Charlie's Rampage"

Other notable releases for May 13:
The Black Keys — Dropout Boogie
Kevin Morby — This Is A Photograph
Mandy Moore — In Real Life
Mary Halvorson — Amaryllis and Belladonna
Monophonics — Sage Motel
Pkew Pkew Pkew — Open Bar
Sam Gendel & Antonia Cytrynowicz — Live a Little
Say Sue Me — The Last Thing Left
The Smile — A Light For Attracting Attention
They Hate Change — Finally, New
10 May 2022

New Mix: Regina Spektor, Stella Donnelly, Tomberlin, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares the "most astonishing song" he's heard this year: Regina Spektor's "Up The Mountain," plus Stella Donnelly's "Lungs," the many colors of MABUTA and more.

Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Regina Spektor: "Up The Mountain," from Home, before and after
2. Rachel Bobbitt: "More" (Single)
3. Shane Cooper & MABUTA: "Finish The Sun," from Finish The Sun
4. Tomberlin: "idkwntht," from i don't know who needs to hear this...
5. Kathryn Joseph: "The Burning of Us All," from For You Who Are the Wronged
6. Stella Donnelly: "Lungs," from Flood
06 May 2022

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 6

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Sharon Van Etten's We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jack Harlow's Come Home The Kids Miss You, Arcade Fire's WE and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Jack Harlow — Come Home The Kids Miss You
Featured Tracks: "Nail Tech," "First Class"
2. Ibeyi — Spell 31
Featured Tracks: "Made of Gold," "Sister 2 Sister"
3. Arcade Fire — WE
Featured Tracks: "Age of Anxiety I," "End of the Empire"
4. IDK & KAYTRANADA — Simple.
Featured Track: "Dog Food"
5. Sharon Van Etten — We've Been Going About This All Wrong
Featured Tracks: "Headspace," "Born"

Other notable releases for May 6:
!!! — Let It Be Blue
Bad Bunny — Un Verano Sin Ti
Belle And Sebastian — A Bit of Previous
Bryan Ferry — Love Letters
Ella Mai — Heart On My Sleeve
Emile Sandé — Let's Say For Instance
Jermiside & The Expert — The Overview Effect
JOYFULTALK — Familiar Science
Kikagaku Moyo — Kumoyo Island
Midland — The Last Resort: Greetings From
Otoboke Beaver — Super Champon
Suki Waterhouse — I Can't Let Go
Sunflower Bean — Headful of Sugar
02 May 2022

The Best Music of April

April brought us albums from a re-energized Pusha T, reggae legend Horace Andy, Myra Melford's improvised suite, Syd's broken-hearted R&B ballads and Straw Man Army's paranoid-but-expansive post-punk.

Featured Albums:
1. Horace Andy: "Watch Over Them" from Midnight Rocker
2. Pusha T: "Dreamin of the Past" from It's Almost Dry
3. Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet: "VII" from For the Love of Fire and Water
4. Syd: "CYBAH" from Broken Hearts Club
5. Straw Man Army: "Human Kind" from SOS

Other notable releases for April:

• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia
• Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder — Get On Board
• Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet
• Miles Okazaki's Trickster Quartet — Thisness
• Albert Ayler — Revelations
• Vince Staples — Ramona Park Broke My Heart
• Omar Apollo — Ivory
• Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...
• The Linda Lindas — Growing Up
• Wet Leg — Wet Leg
29 April 2022

New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 29

The week's best new albums include Toro y Moi's spectacular MAHAL, hard-hitting rap from the New Jersey hip-hop duo Dälek's Precipice, R&B singer Kehlani's blue water road and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Toro y Moi — MAHAL
Featured Tracks: "Magazine," "The Medium"
2. Girlpool — Forgiveness
Featured Track: "Nothing Gives Me Pleasure"
3. Dälek — Precipice
Featured Tracks: "Devotion (When I Cry The Wind Disappears)," "Boycott"
4. Kehlani — blue water road
Featured Tracks: "wish i never" and "wondering/wandering"
5. Let's Eat Grandma — Two Ribbons
Featured Tracks: "Watching You Go," "Strange Conversations"
6. Girl Ultra — El Sur
Featured Tracks: "Bombay," "Nade Que Hacer"

Other notable release for April 29:
Bloc Party — Alpha Games
Burnt Pink — Afterlife Dub
Congotronics International — Where's The One?
Corb Lund — Songs My Friends Wrote
Diane Coffee — With People
Ebi Soda — Honk If You're Sad
The Head and the Heart — Every Shade Of Blue
Kelly Lee Owens — LP8
Melody's Echo Chamber — Emotional Eternal
Miranda Lambert — Palomino
Röyksopp — Profound Mysteries
William Basinski & Janek Schaefer — ...On Reflection
26 April 2022

New Mix: Phoebe Bridgers, Wilco, Quinn Christopherson, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a live recording for the 20th anniversary of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, a new single from Phoebe Bridgers and more.

Featured Tracks And Artists:
1. Lizzy McAlpine: "weird (ft. Laura Elliot)," from five seconds flat
2. Flasher: "Love Is Yours," from Love Is Yours
3. Fontaines D.C.: "Roman Holiday," from Skinty Fia
4. Phoebe Bridgers: "Sidelines" (Single for Hulu's Conversations with Friends)
5. Quinn Christopherson: "2005" (Single)
6. Wilco: "Reservations (Live at The Pageant, St. Louis, MO 7/23/02)," from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Deluxe Edition)
22 April 2022

New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 22

The best albums out this week include It's Almost Dry from Pusha T, space rock from Spiritualized, a gorgeous ambient record from OHYUNG, a rediscovered Charles Mingus live recording and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Pusha T — It's Almost Dry
Featured Tracks "Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes," "Dreaming of the Past," "Just So You Remember," "I Pray For You"
2. Jorge Drexler — Tinta y Tiempo
Featured Tracks: "El Plan Maestro," "¡Oh, Algoritmo!"
3. Ben Marc — Glass Effect
Featured Track: "Way We Are"
4. Spiritualized — Everything Was Beautiful
Featured Tracks: "Always Together With You," "Crazy"
5. Charles Mingus — The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's
Featured Track: "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues"
6. OHYUNG — imagine naked!
Featured Track: "symphonies sweeping"

Other notable releases for April 22:

• Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet — Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet
• Bill Evans — Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert at the Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires
• Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...
• Charles Mingus — Mingus Three (Deluxe Edition)
• claire rousay — everything perfect is already here
• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia
• Hatchie — Giving the World Away
• Jason Aldean — GEORGIA
• King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard — Omnium Gatherum
• Mister Goblin — Bunny
• Patrick Watson — Better in the Shade
• Roger Eno — The Turning Year
• S. Carey — Break Me Open