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For immediate release
July 23, 2003
Jenny Lawhorn

All Songs Considered 3 CD Showcases New And Unusual Music Featured On NPR

WASHINGTON-They're called "buttons" in NPR jargon-the 20 seconds of music played between news reports, hand-picked by the director to add to the mood of each story, feature or report. Back by popular demand, All Songs Considered 3, the latest CD release from NPR, is an eclectic collection of music previously featured on NPR's popular afternoon newsmagazine, All Things Considered.

The 14 songs complied by All Things Considered director Bob Boilen run the gamut from the world-class to the obscure, from blues to alternative country, including a Ry Cooder collaboration with Cuban guitarist Manuel Galban, the mystery of Iceland's Sigur Ros, Australia's Dirty Three, and classical accordionist Daniel Barski. Other artists include Bob Brozman, Daniel Lanois, and the 1950's rock-'n-roll sax of Willis Jackson. The Bad Plus' powerful contribution to this album-jazz with a rock 'n' roll twist-was recorded in NPR's Studio 4A.

"This is our best All Songs Considered CD to date," said Boilen, who is the director of the afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered and host of the online music show All Songs Considered. "It is the best of the best, and a little off the beaten track. It is an excellent sampling of a variety of unique music."

All Songs Considered 3 is the third CD release from the popular online music show All Songs Considered ( Like the CDs, All Songs Considered features the music of artists who often don't get airplay elsewhere.

All Songs Considered 3 will be available in August 2003 at the NPR Shop, by calling 1-888-NPR-DISC and at limited retail outlets. Other recent CD releases from NPR include the "I heard it on NPR" CD's, At Home in the World and Jazz for Blue Nights.

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