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New Music Friday: The top 8 albums out on Oct. 22
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out today include new ones from the K-pop singer CL, rapper and producer Wale, a new project from Tricky called Lonely Guest, Grouper and more.
1. CL — ALPHA
Featured song: "Chuck"
2. Wale — Folarin II
Featured song: "Name Ring Bells"
3. Grouper — Shade
Featured song: "Pale Interior"
4. Helado Negro — Far In
Featured song: "Wake Up Tomorrow"
5. angel du$t — Yak: A Collection of Truck Songs
Featured song: "Love is the Greatest" and "All the Way Dumb"
6. Lonely Guest — Lonely Guest
Featured songs: "Atmosphere" and "Move Me"
7. John Forté — Vessels, Angels & Ancestors
Featured song: "88"
8. Circuit des Yeux — -io
Featured song: "Sculpting the Exodus"
Other notable releases for Oct. 22: Bedouine — Waysides; Jackson + Sellers — Breaking Point; John Coltrane — A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle; Lana Del Rey — Blue Banisters; My Morning Jacket — My Morning Jacket.
Let It Be? No, Let's Remix The Beatles
Producer Giles Martin talks about a new 5-disc deluxe version of Let It Be, one of The Beatles' most complicated albums. Hear his remixed version of the album plus never-before-heard banter and outtakes.
Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Pop music's 'Latin Explosion' of 1999
This is the third and final installment in a special series from NPR's 'It's Been A Minute' podcast looking at important moments in the history of pop-music crossover. On this episode, Sam and his guests look at the so-called "Latin Explosion" of the late 1990s and ask who this historic if calculated moment was actually for, and what were the business considerations behind it? And what does "Livin La Vida Loca" have to do with all of it? You'll find all that out and more in this episode.
New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Oct. 15
Atlanta rapper Young Thug's Punk, Coldplay's Music of the Spheres, solo debuts from Finneas, Remi Wolf and more are among NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums.
1. Remi Wolf — Juno
Featured Song: "Anthony Kiedis"
2. Coldplay — Music of the Spheres
Featured Song: "People of the Pride"
3. Young Thug — Punk
Featured Song: "Tick Tock"
4. Joy Crookes — Skin
5. Finneas — Optimist
Featured Song: "The Kids Are All Dying"
6. Pinkpantheress — to hell with it
Featured Song: "Noticed I cried"
Other notable releases for Oct. 15: The Beatles — Let It Be (50th Anniversary Ed.); Dos Santos — City of Mirrors; Le Ren — Leftovers; Pokey LaFarge — In the Blossom of Their Shade; Xenia Rubinos — Una Rosa.
New Mix: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Shamir, more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new music of the week, including a reflection on the cost of fame from Mitski, Shamir's "Gay Agenda," sweet "Change" from Big Thief and more.
Featured Tracks And Artists:
1. Mitski: "Working for the Knife" (Single)
2. Cate Le Bon: "Running Away," from Pompeii
3. Big Thief: "Change," from Change EP
4. Doran: "Old Moon," from Doran
5. Kevin Morby & Hamilton Leithauser: "Virginia Beach" (Single)
6. Shamir: "Gay Agenda" (Single)
Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Reassessing Janet Jackson's 'Control' and legacy
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's Control. That album was her first real commercial hit and, looking back, helped redefine all of pop music. In the late '80s and '90s, Jackson was one of the biggest stars of our time — right up there with her brother, Michael and Madonna. And yet, Jackson isn't always given her due. In this special episode from NPR's It's Been A Minute podcast, host Sam Sanders explores why that is, how she made the album Control, and the incident — that lasted all but a second — that changed the course of her career.
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