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.)
Jazmine Sullivan unspools her 'Heaux Tales,' NPR Music's album of the year
The singer reveals the stories and inspiration behind her breathtaking album. Released in January, Heaux Tales held our gaze throughout the year, becoming NPR Music's pick for the best album of 2021.
New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Nov. 26
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Licorice Pizza, Turkish funk from El Michels Affair, Julie Doiron and more.
1. Various — Licorice Pizza
Featured Songs: "Peace Frog" (The Doors) and "Licorice Pizza" (Jonny Greenwood)
2. El Michels Affair — Abominable
Featured Song: "Cham Cham"
3. Julie Doiron — I Thought of You
Featured Song: "Cancel the Party"
4. Cynic — Ascension Codes
Featured Song: "Mythical Serpents"
5. Spectacular Diagnostics — Ancient Methods
Featured Song: "The Wall"
New Mix: Beach House, Jasmyn, Mckenna Grace, more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week including Beach House's "Once Twice Melody," "Haunted House" from the actress Mckenna Grace, Medium Build and more.
1. Beach House: "Once Twice Melody," from Once Twice Melody
2. Medium Build: "Rabbit" (Single)
3. Semler: "Prodigal Girl," from Late Bloomer EP
4. Mckenna Grace: "Haunted House" (Single)
5. Jasmyn: "Find the Light" (Single)
6. Lizzy McAlpine: "doomsday" (Single)
New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Nov. 19
Adele's long-awaited 30 tops NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week, along with new ones from Snoop Dogg, Makaya McCraven, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and more.
1. Adele — 30
Featured track: "Oh My God"
2. Snoop Dogg — Algorithm
Featured tracks: "Big Subwoofer" and "Anxiety"
3. Makaya McCraven — Deciphering the Message
Featured track: "Black Rhythm Happening"
4. Ben LaMar Gay — Open Arms to Open Us
Featured track: "Aunt Lola and the Quail"
5. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss — Raise the Roof
Featured track: "Go Your Way"
6. Apollo Brown & Stalley — Blacklight
Featured track: "Breathe"
7. Coldcut — @0
Featured track: "Star Ray" (performed by Julianna Barwick)
Other notable releases for Nov. 19: Brian Wilson — At My Piano; Elbow — Flying Dream 1; Khemmis — Deceiver; Sting — The Bridge.
New Mix: Big Thief, Pinegrove, FACESOUL, Maia Friedman, more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week, including a just-announced track from Big Thief, the London-based Somali artist known as FACESOUL, Pinegrove and more.
1. Big Thief: "Time Escaping," from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
2. Maia Friedman: "Where the Rocks Are," from Under the New Light
3. Mirrors: "Una Rosa," from Mirrors
4. Pinegrove: "Alaska," from 11-11
5. Why Bonnie: "Galveston" (Single)
6. FACESOUL: "The Path," from YSRA
New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Nov. 12
The Bruno Mars-Anderson .Paak collab as Silk Sonic tops NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Courtney Barnett, Aesop Rock, Jon Hopkins and more.
1. Silk Sonic — An Evening with Silk Sonic
Featured Songs: "Fly As Me" and "Blast Off"
2. Atarashii Gakko — Snacktime!
Featured Song: "Free Your Mind"
3. Jon Hopkins — Music for Psychedelic Therapy
Featured Songs: "Love Flows over Us in Prismatic Waves" and "Sit Around the Fire"
4. Courtney Barnett — Things Take Time, Take Time
Featured Song: "Turning Green"
5. Aesop Rock & Blockhead — Garbology
Featured Song: "The Sea"
6. Joell Ortiz — Autograph
Featured Songs: "Uncle Chris Car" and "OG"
Other notable releases for Nov. 12: Bill Charlap — Street of Dreams; IDLES — Crawler; Nirvana — Nevermind (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe); Taylor Swift — Red (Taylor's Version); They Might Be Giants — Book.
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