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

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

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

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

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Omar Rodriguez Lopez (clockwise from upper left), Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, Niki And The Dove Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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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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I Know What Love Isn't

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Jens Lekman

  • Song: I Know What Love Isn't
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Drummer

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Niki and the Dove

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Instinct
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Niki and the Dove
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Mercury
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2012

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Smile (Pictures or It Didn't Happen)

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Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra

  • Song: Smile (Pictures or It Didn't Happen)
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Theatre Is Evil
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8ft. Records
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2012

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People Feeding

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Familiar

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Nils Frahm

  • Song: Familiar
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Erased Tapes Records
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On And On

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The Sea and Cake

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The Sea and Cake
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Thrill Jockey
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2012

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Mother Of The World

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