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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  • "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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  • "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

This track is available through the artist's SoundCloud page.

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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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