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October 5, 2009 The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs and Bill Frisell have one thing in common: When they wanted their music to sound amazing, they called on Tucker Martine for help. Martine is a composer, a musician and one of the most sought-after producers in the business, known for a mixture of imagination and soul. On this edition of All Songs Considered, Martine shares music from some of his favorite artists — including a sneak preview of Veirs' new album, which comes out in January.
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December 20, 2007 All Things Considered Reviewer Tom Moon offers his picks for the year's best albums. For Mooon 2007 was about nice chord sequences, tunes that modulate into different keys, and honest-to-goodness "bridge" sections where big sunshine comes through the clouds. He says it's been a while since we've had such interesting progressions.
December 6, 2007 Host Bob Boilen talks with reviewers Carrie Brownstein, Will Hermes, Tom Moon and Meredith Ochs about the year's biggest surprises and letdowns in music. Hear their picks for the year's most innovative album, the best new band of 2007, the year's best song and more. Featured songs and artists are listed below.
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October 2, 2007 Bill Frisell's guitar sits front and center, teasing out references to gritty desert rock, and slinky upstroke strums of dub and reggae. Inventive studio tricks add languid, ethereal atmosphere.
September 13, 2007 Two years ago, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Matt Chamberlain spent a few days free-associating in the recording studio. Their extemporaneous jams were then sampled, cut up and mixed together to create an unusual album project called Floratone.
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August 23, 2007 1980s-inspired pop from Canada's Stars; Master sitar player Anoushka Shankar; Psychedelic folk-pop from Iron and Wine; Guitarist Bill Frisell and Floratone; Jenny Lewis returns with Rilo Kiley; A feast of frenzy from Animal Collective; My Bloody Valentine-inspired rock by Maps.
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