Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, Swans, The Sea And Cake, More

Omar Rodriguez Lopez (clockwise from upper left), Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, Niki And The Dove

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On this week's show hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share some of their favorite new discoveries, including the Kate Bush-inspired Swedish duo Niki And The Dove, German experimental pianist Nils Frahm, and a surprising new album from singer Amanda Palmer.

Also on the show: the best new music in a decade from the Chicago-based band Sea And Cake; the inimitable storytelling of Swedish pop singer Jens Lekman; and an epic new album from post-punk veterans Swans.

This Week's Essential Listening: Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, More

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Jens Lekman

  • Album: I Know What Love Isn't
  • Song: I Know What Love Isn't
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Niki and the Dove

  • Album: Instinct
  • Song: Drummer

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Drummer
Album
Instinct
Artist
Niki and the Dove
Label
Mercury
Released
2012

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Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra

  • Album: Theatre Is Evil
  • Song: Smile (Pictures or It Didn't Happen)

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Song
Smile (Pictures or It Didn't Happen)
Album
Theatre Is Evil
Artist
Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra
Label
8ft. Records
Released
2012

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Omar Rodriguez Lopez

  • Album: Octopus Kool Aid
  • Song: People Feeding
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Nils Frahm

  • Album: Felt
  • Song: Familiar

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Song
Familiar
Album
Felt
Artist
Nils Frahm
Label
Erased Tapes Records
Released
2011

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The Sea and Cake

  • Album: Runner
  • Song: On And On

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On And On
Album
Runner
Artist
The Sea and Cake
Label
Thrill Jockey
Released
2012

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Swans

  • Album: The Seer
  • Song: Mother Of The World

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Mother Of The World
Album
Seer
Artist
Swans
Label
Young God Records

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