The Polyphonic Spree performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
December 21, 2012 The sprawling assortment of singers, horn players, guitarists and percussionists is the largest band we've ever hosted at the Tiny Desk. But Tim DeLaughter and his group say they're used to playing a game of "human Tetris," and had no problem squeezing behind Bob Boilen's desk for this special holiday performance.
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Members of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band of Australia during an attempt to set a world record by playing Christmas carols for 40 straight hours.
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December 17, 2012 This time of year brings out the best and worst in us when it comes to music, and we all have our memories of seasonal songs. All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton remembers a painfully unforgettable childhood performance of "O Holy Night."
Cat Power (Chan Marshall) put out the best record of her career in 2012, with the triumphant Sun.
December 12, 2012 For one listener, it was a good year for albums that were big and loud, but a few quieter, introspective picks snuck onto Robin Hilton's list as well.
The Polyphonic Spree, under a shower of confetti.
December 4, 2012 The super-sized band is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." In this video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.
December 3, 2012 When you think of the music you loved and listened to the most in 2012, you might find they're not the same thing. Using the "Play" count in iTunes it's easy to get a reality check and see just how many times you actually listened to "Gangnam Style."
November 29, 2012 The new video from the Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome is designed to look like a graphic novel — a dark and stylish fantasy about an epic battle to save the world from an evil queen.
November 28, 2012 All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton answers listener questions about the hazards of overplayed music, the perfect songs for massage therapists, and the best way to start listening to the music of one of his favorite bands, Telekinesis.
November 16, 2012 The Zolas' latest music video, for the song "Knot In My Heart," was crafted using stop-motion and live actors, a time-intensive process that the video's director and members of the band call "grueling" and "excruciating."
Clockwise from top: Local Natives, IO Echo, Angel Olsen, cover art for Gospel Claws and The Who's Quadrophenia.
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November 14, 2012 On this week's show, we've got some great new discoveries, including the ambient rock group IO Echo, and mesmerizing singer Angel Olsen.
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It's been more than 20 years since My Bloody Valentine put out the band's now legendary Loveless album. Frontman Kevin Shields is promising a followup by the end of the year.
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November 9, 2012 This week's All Songs Considered debate is all about the bands that keep us waiting — and waiting — for new records. My Bloody Valentine is finally promising a followup to the band's truly amazing Loveless album, more than 20 years later. What other bands really ought to have a new record out by now?
Singer Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople made some amazing music. The band name, on the other hand, could have used some work.
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November 7, 2012 Many bands — from the early '70s rock group Mott the Hoople to the more recent prog-jam band Umphrey's McGee — have cringe-worthy names but make music that's so good, you can forgive them. What are some of your favorite bands with not-so-favorite names?
Jason Lytle performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 28.
November 5, 2012 Lytle's deeply affecting story-songs offer listeners moments of fantastical escape or quiet reflection, while examining the mundane hopes and failed dreams of oddball characters. Watch him perform solo acoustic versions of songs from his latest record, plus one classic Grandaddy tune.
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October 30, 2012 We get a lot of mail and figured we should spend some time periodically sharing and answering some of if here. Today's question is one we get a lot: "How do you pick what gets featured on All Songs Considered?"
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Five Eight giving yet another one of its many memorable live performances.
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October 29, 2012 These aren't sad cases of completely unknown bands. They may even have the respect of critics and a decent fan base. But for whatever reason haven't made it to the majors. Weigh-in on the latest nerd debate at our office.
October 29, 2012 The Swedish singer's latest album, Pale Fire, is a weighty collection of moody meditations on politics, foreign affairs and other deep thoughts. Hear the latest single from the record, which is due out Nov. 16.
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