Summer Music Preview: Premieres From Cat Power, Avett Brothers, The Antlers And More

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Top row (left to right): The Antlers, Cat Power; Middle row: Bill Fay, Sean Rowe, Nas; Bottom row: Christian Scott, JEFF The Brotherhood

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This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer sneak previews of some of the summer's most anticipated releases. The show opens with JEFF The Brotherhood's roll-down-the-windows jam, "Country Life," produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, followed by the new Spoon/Wolf Parade/New Bomb Turks supergroup Divine Fits and their effortlessly cool, "Would That Not Be Nice?".

English singer-songwriter Bill Fay returns with his first new album in 40 years, while Cat Power returns after a six-year hiatus with what may be her best album ever. A year after releasing a spectacular full-length record, The Antlers are back with a surprise EP of pure sonic bliss.

Later on the show, Bob and Robin are joined by resident hip-hop expert Frannie Kelley of The Record who selects, as Robin says, a "dope" track from Nas; and Patrick Jarenwattananon of A Blog Supreme picks jazz trumpeter (and coincidentally nephew of Nas collaborator and saxophonist Donald Harrison), Christian Scott.

The show ends with Lars Gotrich's pick, the crushing and explosive "Even If You Knew" from Six Organs of Admittance.

Summer 2012 Music Preview

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Jeff the Brotherhood

  • Album: Hypnotic Nights
  • Song: Country Life

Hypnotic Nights will be released on July 17th on Warner Bros. Records.

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Song
Country Life
Album
Hypnotic Nights
Artist
Jeff the Brotherhood
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2012

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Grizzly Bear

  • Album: TBD
  • Song: Sleeping Ute

The as-yet-unnamed album will be released on September 18th on Warp Records.

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Cat Power

  • Album: Sun
  • Song: Cherokee

Note: This song can be heard in the full version of All Songs Considered. Click the link at the top of the page to "Hear The Discussion."

You can also hear the new Cat Power single, "Ruin," on the All Songs Considered blog.

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Nas

  • Album: Life Is Good
  • Song: Accident Murderers feat. Rick Ross (Produced by No I.D.)

You can hear this song on the artist's SoundCloud page.

Life is Good will be released on July 17th on Island Def Jam.


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Accident Murderers feat. Rick Ross (Produced by No I.D.)
Album
Life Is Good
Artist
Nas
Label
Def Jam
Released
2012

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Christian Scott

  • Album: Christian aTunde Adjuah
  • Song: Spy Boy/Flag Boy

Christian aTunde Adjuah will be released on July 31st on Concord.

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Song
Spy Boy/Flag Boy
Album
Christian aTunde Adjuah
Artist
Christian Scott
Label
Concord Records
Released
2012

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The Very Best

  • Album: MTMTMK
  • Song: We OK

MTMTMK will be released on July 17th on Moshi Moshi and Cooperative Records.

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Song
We OK
Album
MTMTMK
Artist
The Very Best
Label
Cooperative Music
Released
2012

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Bill Fay

  • Album: Life Is People
  • Song: Never Ending Happening

Life Is People will be released on August 21st on Dead Oceans.

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Song
Never Ending Happening
Album
Life Is People
Artist
Bill Fay
Label
Dead Oceans Records
Released
2012

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Ivan & Alyosha

  • Album: All The Times We Had
  • Song: Be Your Man

All The Times We Had will be released on August 7th on Missing Piece Records.

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Sean Rowe

  • Album: The Salesman and the Shark
  • Song: Horses

The Salesman and the Shark will be released on August 28th on ANTI-.

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The Antlers

  • Album: Undersea
  • Song: Crest

Undersea will be released on July 24th on ANTI-.

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Song
Crest
Album
Undersea
Artist
The Antlers
Label
Anti
Released
2012

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Six Organs of Admittance

  • Album: Ascent
  • Song: Even If You Knew

Ascent will be released on August 21st on Drag City.