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.)
New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 23
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include veteran folksinger Beth Orton, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and more.
Presenting Alt.Latino: How Rosalía found her confidence
From our friends at Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre sits down with Spanish superstar Rosalía, who just earned eight Latin Grammy nominations, to talk about her musical inspirations, divine sensuality and constant pull to transform.
New Mix: Will Sheff, Beth Orton, Miya Folick, more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the return of Beth Orton, a solo debut from Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Miya Folick and more.
Featured songs and artists:
1. Courtney Marie Andrews: "These Are The Good Old Days," from Loose Future
2. Beth Orton: "Forever Young," from Weather Alive
3. Miya Folick: "Oh God," from 2007 - EP
4. Hand Habits & Amelia Meath: "Under The Water" (Single)
5. Will Sheff (feat. Cassandra Jenkins): "In the Thick of It," from Nothing Special
6. Hammered Hulls: "Boilermaker's Notch," from Careening
New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 16
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from the superstar K-pop group BLACKPINK, dance-pop star Rina Sawayama, Quinn Christopherson and more.
Presenting Alt.Latino: Omar Apollo on the power of inclusion
From our friends at NPR's Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre sits down with R&B darling Omar Apollo to talk about his experiences growing up in Indiana and becoming a role model for queer Latinx kids.
New Mix: The Comet Is Coming, Anna Tivel, Winter, more
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen returns with some of his favorite tracks of the week, including new ones from the groundbreaking reggae artist Horace Andy, singer-songwriter Anna Tivel and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Horace Andy: "Feverish," from Midnight Scorchers
2. The Comet is Coming: "TECHNICOLOUR," from Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam
3. Very Very: "Strange Occasion" (Single)
4. Anna Tivel: "Outsiders," from Outsiders
5. Winter: "good," from What Kind of Blue Are You?
6. Mama's Broke: "How It Ends," from Narrow Line
Great place to hear new artists and their music
I’ve found that I enjoy Bob’s selections over Robin’s but but throw me a curveball every so often. Been listening for many years and almost always enjoy the podcast and likely hear something new and that I really enjoy.
Appreciating New Music
Has been my go-to for new music ever since I first discovered the podcast in 2013. Although it’s still great, and I certainly understand and appreciate the progression to New Music Friday, I do miss the Bob & Robin long-form episodes (alternating song picks and sometimes around a central theme), as I think it somewhat unified the new releases and brought in some lengthier guest appearances and more in-depth attention to the music. Those episodes circa 2013 to early 2015 were some of the best I heard and really featured some incredible artists and soundscapes. In comparison, the episodes now just feel a bit more superficial in their relationship to new music. But I still appreciate all the work by the NPR music team and the continued exposure for lesser-known artists.
so boring, contrived and narrow
this feeling topped it once I read Boilen’s “most astonishing song” of this year was Regina Spektor’s “Up the mountain”. Really?
musically, contrived. lyrically, generic. vocally, pretentiously soulless.
This is a sample of the narrow ears and stance of this program. NPR music was once upon a time a diverse intelligent program. It’s now no other than another Facebook/Instagram generic platform of noise.