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The Camouflage Assassin: Mac Phipps
In this bonus feed drop we share an episode of NPR Music's new podcast Louder Than A Riot. Hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden spent a year investigating the link between the rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. In this episode they look at the story of Mac Phipps, a rapper whose own lyrics were used against him in court.
The Best Music Of November 2020
Our favorite music released this month includes Kali Uchis' heart-struck devotionals, Tierra Whack's playful pop and metal duo Jucifer's tribute to Arabic music.
New Music Friday: Nov. 27
NPR Music's pick for the best new albums out this holiday week include an epic return for The Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J, a previously unreleased Bill Evans concert and more.
1. The Smashing Pumpkins — Cyr
Featured Song: "Save Your Tears"
2. Juicy J — The Hustle Continues
Featured Song: "1995"
3. Ane Brun — How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow
Featured Song: "Trust"
4. Sundae Crush — A Real Sensation
Featured Song: "Good Boy"
5. Bill Evans — Bill Evans Live At Ronnie Scott's
Featured Song: "A Sleeping Bee"
6. Various — Pop Ambient 2021
Featured Song: "Mittsommer"
Other notable albums out Nov. 27: Bad Bunny — El Último Tour del Mundo; Bille Joe Armstrong — No Fun Mondays; Bombino — Live in Amsterdam; JFDR — Dream On; Miley Cyrus — Plastic Hearts.
New Mix: Steve Earle, Big Thief's Buck Meek, Katy Kirby, More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week including Steve Earle performing the work of his late son, Justin Townes Earle who died of an apparent drug overdose in August.
1. Steve Earle: "Harlem River Blues" from J.T.
2. Buck Meek: "Pareidolia" from Two Saviors
3. Horsegirl: "Ballroom Dance Scene" (Single)
4. Painted Shield: "Ten Years From Now" from Painted Shield
5. Miloe: "Change Your Mind" from Greenhouse
6. Katy Kirby: "Traffic!" from Cool Dry Place
Sylvan Esso Launch New Podcast, 'Shaking Out The Numb'
Hear the first episode of the podcast, created with Vermont Public Radio's Erica Heilman, as the band reveals how they made their latest album, Free Love.
Erica Heilman spent hours talking with singer Amelia Meath and synthesist Nick Sanborn. We get a deep insight into how this couple works together — in this case, it began with Amelia's voice memo. It was just her singing, unaccompanied. And though they've made music together for the past seven-plus years, Nick thought it might be the best thing she'd ever done. Give a listen to Shaking Out The Numb, and see how the song unfolds.
New Music Friday: Nov. 20
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums includes the debut, studio full-length from rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the first all-Spanish album from Kali Uchis, U.K. dub artist The Bug and more.
1. Megan Thee Stallion — Good News
Featured Song: "Savage Remix"
2. Mamalarky — Mamalarky
Featured Song: "Drug Store Model"
3. The Bug (feat. Dis Fig) — In Blue
Featured Song: "Take"
4. Kali Uchis — Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)
Featured Song: "La Luna" and "te pongo mal"
5. Partner — Never Give Up
Featured Song: "Honey"
6. Shygirl — ALIAS
Featured Song: "Twelve"
7. Grandaddy — The Sophtware Slump 20th Anniversary Edition
Featured Song: "Jed's Other Poem" (solo piano version)
8. Visionaries — V
Featured Song: "Put It Together"
Other notable releases for Nov. 20: 5 Billion In Diamonds — Divine Accidents; Anna McClellan – I Saw First Light; Ida Mae — Raining For You; Neil Young — Archives Vol. II (1972-1976); Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick — Fermi's Paradox; Tayla Parx — Coping Mechanisms; Tank and the Bangas — Friend Goals; War on Drugs — Drugs Live.