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All Songs Considered from NPR Music

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All Songs Considered is NPR's guide to discovering new music below the top 40 radar.

All Songs Considered is NPR's guide to discovering new music below the radar. Every week, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton go through hundreds of new cds to find sneak previews of music that's worth getting excited about, whether it's the latest Swedish pop band, a hip hop artist going ambient, or a singer-songwriter with a twisted new take on love. Sometimes, artists or critics stop by All Songs Considered with their top picks. It?s the perfect show for listeners who want to stay current, but don?t have the time.

All Songs Considered started as an online show in 2000 after receiving countless letters from listeners who wanted to know more about the music played between stories on NPR's evening news program, All Things Considered. Now All Songs Considered has become a destination for artists such as Lily Allen or Bright Eyes to spin their favorite tunes, or musicians such as Wilco, Bjork Sigur Ros or Ben Gibbard webcast their live concerts. It is a show that one week can feature the music of Portugal and the next feature the White Stripes or Andrew Bird.


All Songs Considered has a dedicated and growing online audience: Hundreds of thousands listen to All Songs Considered on the web and via podcast every month and the All Songs podcast is consistently ranked the #1 music podcast in iTunes. You can visit All Songs Considered online at http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/.


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All Songs Considered is NPR's guide to discovering new music below the radar. Every week, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton go through hundreds of new cds to find sneak previews of music that's worth getting excited about, whether it's the latest Swedish pop band, a hip hop artist going ambient, or a singer-songwriter with a twisted new take on love. Sometimes, artists or critics stop by All Songs Considered with their top picks. It?s the perfect show for listeners who want to stay current, but don?t have the time. All Songs Considered started as an online show in 2000 after receiving countless letters from listeners who wanted to know more about the music played between stories on NPR's evening news program, All Things Considered. Now All Songs Considered has become a... Show full description


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Caption: Bon Iver, Credit: D.L. Anderson/Courtesy of the artist
Hear a sneak preview of one of 2011's most anticipated new albums, as well as some brooding metal. [Available for free to NPR member stations. If y...

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  • Added: May 18, 2011
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Bono of U2., Credit: Getty Images
The All Songs crew looks at the moment it all went wrong, relived in vivid detail. [Available for free to NPR member stations. If you're not an NPR...

Bought by KRZA, KFOK-LPFM, KHNS, and KEOS


  • Added: May 04, 2011
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Los Rakas., Credit: Courtesy of the artist
The hosts of Alt.Latino are back to school the ASC crew on the latest in Latin Alternative music. [Available for free to NPR member stations. If yo...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2011
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Ludicra (left) and Big Boy., Credit: Courtesty of Ludicra, Getty Images
Host Bob Boilen brings in three of his NPR Music co-workers to share the best in jazz, hip-hop, noise and metal. (Available for free to NPR member ...

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  • Added: May 05, 2010
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Jon ("Jonsi") Thor Birgisson and Billy Holiday
Jon ("Jonsi") Thor Birgisson of Sigur Ros spins some of his favorite music -- everything from Iron Maiden to Django Reinhardt! Available for free ...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Flight of the Conchords, Credit: Courtesy of the artist
On this edition of All Songs Considered, you'll hear songs of love and loathing from Shop Assistants, The Ramones, Stars, Split Enz, Flight of the ...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2010
  • Length: 28:59
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Danger Mouse And The Shins' James Mercer have a new project called Broken Bells. Bob Boilen shares a track from them and more on this episode. (Ava...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2010
  • Length: 28:58
Caption: Baroness' 'Blue Record', Credit: John Baizley  Baroness John Baizley
Lars Gotrich's near-OCD list-making habit revealed a notably louder strain of sound in 2009. Available for free to NPR member stations. If you're ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
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Thousands of votes poured in and, just as it is every year, the race was very close. In our mid-year ballot, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post ...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
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It seemed like an impossible task, but that didn't stop us from trying. With the first decade of the new millennium coming to a close, we decided t...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Choir of Young Believers performs at KEXP., Credit: Gabi Porter
Host Bob Boilen went to CMJ and all he got were some great music picks.

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2009
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bjork
Bjork spins an eclectic mix of songs for host Bob Boilen.

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Neil Young, Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Bob Boilen shares new music from Moby, ApSci, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, plus a prime cut from Neil Young's massive new box set.

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2009
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Zee Avi
Host Bob Boilen spins new music from The Low Anthem, The Dry Spells, Diana Jones, Zee Avi and more.

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2009
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Regina Spektor's far.
Are you a lyrics person? We ask that question and listen to new CDs by Wilco, Loxsly and more.

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown
For host Bob Boilen, everything about the new Green Day is just right. So why doesn't he like it?

Bought by KTRL and Marfa Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Blow
All Songs Considered listeners tell host Bob Boilen about their favorite bands.

Bought by KRZA, KFOK-LPFM, KHNS, KTRL, KSJD and more


  • Added: May 20, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Sonic Youth's new album is The Eternal
Get a sneak preview of the new Sonic Youth album, plus new music from Bat for Lashes, Mamer, Mulat Astatke and more on this episode of All Songs Co...

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  • Added: May 06, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Akron Family's new album Set'em Wild, Set'em Free
New music from Patrick Watson, MGMT's musical soulmate Sucker, Art Brut and more.

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: The Dead Weather
The Dead Weather is a new super-group of sorts with members from several well-loved bands, including Jack White of The White Stripes, Dean Fertita ...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2009
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 1