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Discussion: Our Favorite Music Of The Year (So Far)
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Discussion: Our Favorite Music Of The Year (So Far)

The Year In Music (So Far): 2012

Discussion: Our Favorite Music Of The Year (So Far)

Discussion: Our Favorite Music Of The Year (So Far)
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Clockwise from upper left: Kishi Bashi, Simone White, Bobby Womack, Aleksa Palladino of Exitmusic, Sinead O'Connor.

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This week on All Songs Considered, co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers to take a step back, catch their breaths and consider the past six months of music. They share their favorite new artists, biggest surprises and favorite albums and songs from the first half of 2012. The biggest surprise of the year? Bob is into a Swedish pop song with the line, "You're from the '70s / but I'm a '90s b——."

Second to Bob's unexpected pop pick: the heated discussion of Carly Rae Jepsen's sugary song of the summer, "Call Me Maybe." This week's show features a batch of poptimistic, feel-good songs, as well as a few tracks better heard alone in a dark, quiet room. These favorite songs of the year aren't necessarily delicately crafted; particularly awesome is Japandroids' rebellious "Fire's Highway," with a shout-to-the-heavens chorus and brash guitar and drums. Bob and Robin's favorite new artist of the year so far, Kishi Bashi, uses layers and loops to create a radiant, uplifting soundscape in "Bright Whites."

Another theme of the year seemed to be artists who've been around for a while, like Sinead O'Connor and Bobby Womack, as well as triumphant comeback albums like Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel...

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Discussion: Our Favorite Music Of The Year (So Far)

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Bright Whites
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Kishi Bashi

  • Song: Bright Whites
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Now, Now

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TRANS RECORDS
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Born to Win (Part One)
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Hurray For The Riff Raff

  • Song: Born to Win (Part One)
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Fire's Highway
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Japandroids

  • Song: Fire's Highway
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I Had A Baby
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Sinead O'Connor

  • Song: I Had A Baby
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One Little Indian
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2012

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Hot Knife
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Fiona Apple

  • Song: Hot Knife
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I Love It
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Icona Pop

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Hey Jane
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Spiritualized

  • Song: Hey Jane
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Exitmusic

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Regina Spektor

  • Song: Small Town Moon
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Please Forgive My Heart
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Bobby Womack

  • Song: Please Forgive My Heart
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Patrick Watson

  • Song: Adventures In Your Own Backyard
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Simone White

  • Song: Big Dreams and the Headlines
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Best Coast

  • Song: The Only Place
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151A

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