"Abducted," by Cults, tops the list of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2011.
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December 28, 2011 Listen to Bob Boilen's favorite songs of the year, from Cults to Caveman and Milagres to M83.
September 28, 2011 They may not be morning people, but the men of Fleet Foxes can sure turn out solid harmonies, even at 9 in the morning. Hear their session from KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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May 9, 2011 Hear and see the band recorded live in concert from Stubb's Barbecue in Austin, Texas. The band is on tour in support of its breathtaking new album, Helplessness Blues.
Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues comes out May 3.
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April 24, 2011 On the follow-up to its hit debut, the Seattle folk-rock band beats the sophomore slump by sticking to what it does best. Hear Helplessness Blues a week before its release on May 3.
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February 15, 2011 This week on All Songs Considered, the Seattle indie-folk outfit Fleet Foxes breaks its silence with the group's first new material in three years. Plus, Son Lux's album-in-a-month project continues.
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December 22, 2010 Amazon sold hundreds of albums for $3.99, pushing the question of music's value into the spotlight.
August 1, 2009 Fleet Foxes' members blend layers of harmonized vocals with shuffling drums and finger-picked guitars, and their song titles are in sync with the vision of pastoral mammals their name conjures.
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July 30, 2009 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen recently spoke with festival producer Jay Sweet about what's in store for the Newport Folk Festival.
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December 23, 2008 Naturally, no year-end music list can be definitive, just as it's impossible to rate a year in music using purely objective measures of quality. So here are the 10 albums that Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson treasured the most in 2008.
December 15, 2008 When the votes started pouring in from NPR listeners for the year's best albums, two things became clear immediately: It was going to be tight, and many of the top spots would go to new, smaller bands and their debut albums. Bigger, more established acts (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket) were well represented, but listeners seemed more inspired by the year's quieter, more intimate albums.
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December 15, 2008 For the past few weeks, listeners have been voting for the best albums of 2008 in the All Songs Considered online poll. Bob Boilen talks about the year in music and the poll's final results, singling out music from Bob Dylan, She & Him, Girl Talk and this year's top album from Fleet Foxes.
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December 13, 2008 It's been a great year for the quiet and the subtle: The harmonies of Fleet Foxes, the fiery gentleness of Bon Iver and the African kora of Toumani Diabate were all calming company. We all need and want different things from music at different times, and gentility won out this year.
December 11, 2008 Now that the MP3 is king, vinyl has become something of an underground revolution. More and more artists have begun to insist on releasing their new albums on vinyl, and music fans who jettisoned their collections in favor of "clear, perfect digital sound CDs" are raiding garage sales and rediscovering analog music all over again. Here are 10 releases from 2008 that are worth the extra effort of vinyl.
December 8, 2008 On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with Carrie Brownstein, Stephen Thompson, and Robin Hilton about the year in music.
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December 8, 2008 Not to be outdone by its fellow Top 10 listmakers, KEXP presents its Top 11 debut albums of the year. Seattle's Fleet Foxes headlines a deep class of great rock, pop, disco, hip-hop, folk and electro-dance records.
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