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Clockwise from top: Cornershop and Bubbley Kaur, Protect-U, Big K.R.I.T., and Willie Wright.
We are the NPR Music interns. You may have seen our stories on the website in the past four months. We were extremely lucky to snag such an internship, and our superiors (i.e., everyone here) were receptive to pitches, but... well, let's just say they missed out on a ton of great songs.
We would get a song in here and there, revisit a classic album or interview an artist, but we spent most of our time just learning the ropes. Now, it's our chance to show off our curating chops.
In this week's edition of The Mix, you'll find songs we love from 2011 that we felt got underrepresented, even neglected, on the site. Listen long enough, and you'll hear lost gems of the Indonesian psych era, ATLien hip-hop, bleached California punk and greasy railroad songs. The picks range from little-known DIYers to hotshots with their own publicists.
This is the music that fueled NPR Music's trio of spring interns through four strange and incredible months spent slaving away at NPR's headquarters. Cheers to that.