September 29, 2010 A fan of All Songs Considered writes in with a special request: What albums would you give to a 13 year-old to help get him or her through their adolescence? Host Bob Boilen offers a few of his favorite records from his youth.
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, then and now.
September 27, 2010 Of all the artists you love now, who do you think you'll still be listening to in 40 years? And of those, who do you think will still be making great music? All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen looks at music and age.
September 23, 2010 Led by Ari Picker, who studied film scoring at Berklee, Lost in the Trees creates a cinematic blend of storytelling and strings. There's freshness and excitement to the music he writes, and that comes through in his arrangements of cellos, violins, tubas, French horns, guitar and more. Here, the band performs three of its new songs in the NPR Music offices.
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September 22, 2010 This is a unique album from Neil Young. As producer Daniel Lanois puts it, there is no band, no overdubs, just "a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording." The result is a stunning sonic adventure, heard here in its entirety.
September 21, 2010 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares a classic from his personal record collection. It may not sound like it now, but The Human League song "Being Boiled" was pretty exotic when it was released in the late '70s.
Robert Plant and Band Of Joy perform live at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.
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September 20, 2010 Band of Joy doesn't just back Robert Plant. It's a band that happens to have Plant as a member. Listen to this remarkable ensemble run through several Led Zeppelin songs and some great covers at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.
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Robert Plant's album is full of old-school rock, folk and blues, but it sounds fresh and expertly played.
September 5, 2010 His collaboration with Alison Krauss a few years ago produced a brilliant and timeless record. Now, Robert Plant has teamed up with Nashville songwriter, musician and friend Buddy Miller to make a new album called Band of Joy. The band includes some of the players from the Krauss tour, including Miller on guitar, as well as Darrell Scott and Patty Griffin.
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September 5, 2010 A family gospel and soul band with major hits in the 1970s, The Staple Singers touched the hearts of a lot of musicians. Some of them went on to write the songs Mavis Staples covers on You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Hear the album in its entirety until its release on Sept. 14.
September 3, 2010 Apple now has its own social network for music lovers. It's called Ping. It's built into the latest version of iTunes. All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen signed up and says and it seemed like he came to the party alone.
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September 1, 2010 Junip is a project featuring Swedish singer José González and some his closest friends. The band began 10 years ago, but was sidetracked by the success González found with his solo projects, particularly his 2003 album Veneer. Hear Junip's new album, Fields, in its entirety until its release on Sept. 14.
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September 1, 2010 The Walkmen's sixth studio album, Lisbon stands out for its sparseness: Its strength lies in its restraint -- the high-on-the-neck lilting guitar and the interplay between that guitar and the way the words are delivered. Hear Lisbon in its entirety until its Sept. 14 release.
August 23, 2010 Sometimes a quick browse through our music collections are revealing. All it takes is seeing two CDs sitting alphabetically side-by-side to learn a bit about who we are. David Gilmour and Andy Griffin? The Mars Volta and Martha And The Vandals?
August 23, 2010 The witty songs of Lawrence Arabia singer James Milne are good for more than just singing along: They provide a few chuckles, too. Here, the New Zealand band performs four songs from Chant Darling, which showcases Milne's great gift for poppy melodies and rich vocal harmonies.
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August 17, 2010 The duo exudes sentiment, but with a tinge of fury. The music comes straight from Peter Pisano's heart: He says five songs came to him in rapid fire after a long songwriting dry spell. How that happened remains a mystery to Pisano, but he found a voice he never knew he had. Watch Peter Wolf Crier perform songs from its debut album, Inter-Be.
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August 15, 2010 It's been four years since fans have heard Frazey Ford's lilting, laid-back voice as part of The Be Good Tanyas. But now she's returned with a solo record called Obadiah. Ford came to NPR for this Tiny Desk Concert — just her guitar and a cheetah jumpsuit — and lulled the office with four beautiful tunes from the album.
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