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New Mix: Lykke Li, A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, Patti Smith Does Buddy Holly, More

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New Mix: Lykke Li, A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, Patti Smith Does Buddy Holly, More

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New Mix: Lykke Li, A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, Patti Smith Does Buddy Holly, More

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Clockwise from top: Tinariwen, Lykke Li, Eleanor Friedberger, John Maus. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Sometimes you have to destroy the thing you love in order to save it. This edition of All Songs Considered was originally planned as a follow-up to last week's Best of 2011 (So Far) show, highlighting the top picks from our listener poll. But immediately after taping, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton found themselves in a rare moment of agreement: Worst. Episode. Ever.

You can see the results of the poll over at the ASC blog and catch up on some of the great music you might have missed this year — but this week's show, re-recorded from scratch, is all about what's next. That includes the solo debut of Fiery Furnaces singer Eleanor Friedberger (scroll down for a video, featuring a hot kiss with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel) and a slow-and-steady Buddy Holly cover by Patti Smith. We've also got two premieres from albums that are still months away: a hypnotic groove from the Malian blues veterans in Tinariwen and some typically triumphant indie-pop from Mates of State.

New Mix: A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, Patti Smith Does Buddy Holly, More

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Get Some

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  • by Lykke Li

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Wounded Rhymes
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Wounded Rhymes
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Lykke Li
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Atlantic/WEA
Released
2011

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Imidiwan Matanam

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Words of Love (performed by Patti Smith)

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Rave on Buddy Holly
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Rave on Buddy Holly
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Hear Music
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2011

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Palomino

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My Mistakes

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Last Summer
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Eleanor Friedberger
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Merge
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2011

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Believer

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We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
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John Maus
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Ribbon Records
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2011

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