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New Mix: Margo Price, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hand Habits, More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes and discoveries of the week, including a powerful song on addiction from Margo Price, a stirring violin concerto, and more surprises.
1. Hand Habits: "4th of July," from dirt - EP
2. Miss Grit: "Impostor," from Impostor - EP
3. Margo Price: "Hey Child," from That's How Rumors Get Started
4. Anna Fox Rochinski: "Cherry," from Cherry
5. Anna B Savage: "Baby Grand," from A Common Turn
6. Iceland Symphony Orchestra: "Violin Concerto by Daníel Bjarnason," from Occurrence
New Music Friday: Jan. 22
NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out on Jan. 22 includes the country hip-hop of Willie Jones, electronic artist Yu Su, Atlanta rapper BRS Kash, Rhye and more.
1. Th1rt3en — A Magnificent Day For An Exorcism
Featured Song: "The Magician"
2. Yu Su — Yellow River Blue
Featured Song: "Klein"
3. BRS Kash — Kash Only
Featured Song: "Do It"
4. Remy Banks — The Phantom Of Paradise
Featured Song: "Tomorrow"
5. Rhye — Home
Featured Song: "Black Rain"
6. Typhoon — Sympathetic Magic
Featured Song: "Empire Builder"
7. Palberta — Palberta 5000
Featured Song: "Fragile Place"
8. Willie Jones — Right Now
Featured Song: "American Dream"
Other notable releases for Jan. 22: Alina Kalancea — Impedance; Bicep — Isles; CARM — CARM; Elio — Can You Hear Me Now; Elori Saxl — The Blue of Distance; Erik the Architect — Future Proof; Groupie — Ephemeral; James Yorkston and the Second Hand Orchestra — The Wide River; Jeremiah Fraites — Piano Piano; Lande Hekt — Going to Hell; Logic1000 — You've Got The Whole Night To Go; Thee Conductor — Spirit of a Ghost; Widowspeak — Honeychurch.
New Mix: Steady Holiday, Nora Brown, Bernice And More Discoveries
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new musical discoveries, with messages of love, understanding and acceptance.
1. Bernice: "It's Me, Robin" from Eau de Bonjourno
2. Nana Yamato: "Do You Wanna" from Before Sunrise
3. Darkside: "Liberty Bell" from Spiral
4. Nora Brown: "East Virginia" from Cinnamon Tree
5. Steady Holiday: "Love Me When I Go To Sleep" from Take The Corners Gently
6. Steven Wilson: "King Ghost" from The Future Bites
New Music Friday: Jan. 15
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the latest solo release from Zayn, the "bratty feminist" pop of Ashnikko, the Israeli jazz quartet Apifera and more.
1. Ashnikko — Demidevil
Featured Song: "Toxic"
2. Zayn — Nobody's Listening
Featured Song: "Outside"
3. Sexual Harrassment — I Need A Freak
Featured Song: "I Need A Freak"
4. Kate Davis — Strange Boy
Featured Song: "I'll Do Anything But Break Dance For Ya, Darling"
5. Pom Poko — Cheater
Featured Song: "Like A Lady"
6. Apifera — Overstand
Featured Song: "Overstand"
7. Midnight Sister — Painting the Roses
Featured Song: "Dearly Departed"
8. Pearl Charles — Magic Mirror
Featured Song: "Take Your Time"
Other notable releases for Jan. 15: Azure Ray — Azure Ray; Beach Bunny — Blame Game; Buck Meek — Two Saviors; Danielle Durack — No Place; Frank Iero and the Future Violents — Heaven is a Place, This is a Place; Jody Lo — I Will Not Break the Scale; Matthew Sweet — Catspaw; Samia — The Baby Reimagined; Shame — Drunk Tank Pink; You Me At Six — Suckapunch.
New Mix: Courtney Barnett And Vagabon, Shame, Buke And Gase, More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares surprising collaborations between Vagabon and Courtney Barnett, Buke and Gase with So Percussion and more great discoveries.
Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Vagabon Feat. Courtney Barnett: "Reason to Believe"
2. Gia Margaret: "Solid Heart"
3. Shame: "Nigel Hitter" from Drunk Tank Pink
4. Buke and Gase / So Percussion: "Hold It In" from A Record Of...
5. awakebutstillinbed: "beauty" from stay who you are
6. Another Sky: "It Keeps Coming" from Music For Winter Vol. 1
Viking's Choice 2020: The Year In Loud, Weird And Wonderful
Spanish punk, metal-sampling rap, Kenyan grindcore, Russian synth pop — this is how NPR Music's resident Viking coped, raged and soothed himself in 2020.