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All Songs Rewind: The Worst Songs Of All Time?

Note: With hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton away this week, we've got an encore presentation of The Worst Songs Of All Time, from Feb. 2014. Guitarist, actor, writer (and former Monitor Mix blogger) Carrie Brownstein joins us, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, to do something we don't normally do: Talk about the songs we really, really don't like. Our mission at All Songs is to bring you our favorite musical discoveries of the week. But after Stephen wrote his Good Listener column examining Starship's widely reviled hit single "We Built This City," we watched the comments pour in like an out-of-control fire hose, and got to talking about all the songs that drive us bonkers. It was so much fun we decided to continue the discussion here, with a look at some of the contenders for worst songs of all time, and why they stick in our craw. These are the relentless earworms — the songs you can't escape once they're in your head — or the annoying novelty songs. "The Candy Man," anyone? We also look at songs that take themselves too seriously, songs we used to love until they were ruined by a bad personal experience and more.

All Songs Rewind: The Worst Songs Of All Time?

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All Songs +1: How Aaron Dessner Unknowingly Rescued Lisa Hannigan

I've missed Lisa Hannigan. Five years ago the Irish songwriter and singer made an unforgettably beautiful record called Passenger. She came by to play a Tiny Desk Concert that year and then I waited sometimes impatiently for five years, it was tough, I miss her sad delicate songs. Well it turns out the five year gap wasn't something she did with intent. On this +1 edition of All Songs Considered I talk with Lisa Hannigan about how this happenstance collaboration, how it unlocked her writing block and the mechanics of making this long distance musical relationship work.

All Songs +1: How Aaron Dessner Unknowingly Rescued Lisa Hannigan

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Bon Iver, The White Stripes, Ed Harcourt, Lambchop, More

This week on All Songs Considered, we return from break with new music by some of our all-time favorite artists, including a wildly different sound from Bon Iver, a previously unreleased White Stripes song and a remarkable new direction for the Nashville art-folk group Lambchop.Also on the show: The Neutral Milk Hotel-inspired LVL UP, an arresting instrumental from Swans percussionist Thor Harris and Ed Harcourt's searing indictment against political corruption.But first, Robin digs into a little gift from Bob: a Twinkie! Playlist: 1. LVL UP, 2. Bon Iver, 3. Lambchop, 4. The White Stripes, 5. Thor & Friends, 6. Ed Harcourt

Bon Iver, The White Stripes, Ed Harcourt, Lambchop, More

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Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More

This week, we've got a surprise: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton both went on vacation and left the All Songs studio unlocked. Apparently neither one of them uses two-step verification, so it took only a very minor effort for a couple of highly skilled NPR Music team members, Daoud Tyler-Ameen and Saidah Blount, to hack into the elaborate system of tubes, funnels and hamster wheels that feed podcasts from our microphones into your earbuds for a very special takeover edition of All Songs Considered. Daoud last visited the show to play some foot-stomping power-pop, and Saidah was our copilot for this year's South By Southwest festival preview. Together they dissect new music from California punks Joyce Manor, sounding more fleshed-out and anthemic than ever; slow-burning electro-soul from London songwriter Nao; a hip-hop track by two South Asian MCs that's as funny as it is uneasy about our current political moment and more. (And because Daoud and Sai grew up in the '80s and '90s, reference is made to JNCO jeans, black lipstick, the old THX logo theme and the end credits of the 1995 Power Rangers film. Things get ... specific.)

New Mix: Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More

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All Songs +1: A Conversation With Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood

On this week's +1 Bob chats with Radiohead's visionary guitarist Jonny Greenwood about the making of the band's newest record, A Moon Shape Pool

All Songs +1: A Conversation With Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood

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New Mix: Regina Spektor, Lowell, Angelica Garcia, More

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and guest host Stephen Thompson play new music from Regina Spektor, experimental rap from Clipping, which features Daveed Diggs of Hamilton, and a great synth track from singer-songwriter Lowell.Bob starts the show off with a song from the 22-year-old guitarist and singer Angelica Garcia that he cannot get out of his head. Orange Flower" is a playful, foot-stomping rock track and Garcia's very first single. Stephen shares "Umpqua Rushing," a song about a river in Oregon by the group Blind Pilot, who he has been following for almost a decade.But first, it's Stephen's birthday, which means it's time for the NPR Music team to surprise him with a cake made of ice cream and Twinkies. Obviously.

New Mix: Regina Spektor, Lowell, Angelica Garcia, More

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All Songs +1: Sofar Sounds Wants To Bring Your Favorite Musicians To Your Home

In this week's +1 podcast, Bob Boilen interviews Rafe Offer of Sofar Sounds, which brings artists and fans together for shows in small, intimate spaces.

All Songs +1: Sofar Sounds Wants To Bring Your Favorite Musicians To Your Home

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New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, we play new music from old favorites Wilco, JEFF The Brotherhood and Sleigh Bells. We also share songs from artists we've only just found out about: Bob introduces us to the young, Singapore-based Linying and our intern Sophie brings us Globelamp.Robin points out that the very sad "Play That One Again," from Greg Laswell's album Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, has its roots in real-life heartache: Laswell wrote the song in the wake of a divorce and while watching a parent suffer. In a track from Sleigh Bells, we hear the band grow out of their noise pop sound and into something a little more muted.But first, it's Robin's last day before vacation so he says goodbye for now and eats one too many packs of Smarties.

New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

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Newport Folk 2016 Preview: Patti Smith, Flight Of The Conchords, More

On this special All Songs Considered episode, host Bob Boilen talks to Jay Sweet, the executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival. The two talk about the artists they're most excited to see, from the 20-year-old newcomer Raury to Flight Of The Conchords, Rayland Baxter, Margo Price, Joan Shelley and many more.

Newport Folk 2016 Preview: Patti Smith, Flight Of The Conchords, More

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All Songs +1: Amanda Palmer And Her Dad Discover Each Other In Song

For years, Amanda Palmer has been a provocative artist. But on her new record, she finds kinship with her father Jack — and gets to know him as they cover songs from his generation and hers.

All Songs +1: Amanda Palmer And Her Dad Discover Each Other In Song

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