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The Best of ASC
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The Best of ASC

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The Best of ASC

The Best of ASC
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On this episode, we dig through our archives to bring you some of our favorite artists and albums featured on All Songs Considered during the past two years.

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The Best of ASC

Songs from the Velvet Anvil

Lost In The Stars

  • from Songs from the Velvet Anvil
  • by The Gillham Park Orchtet

The Gillham Park Orchtet (yes, "orchtet" not "ochtet") recorded and performed in Kansas City, MO in the late 1990s.

Way to Blue
Pink Moon
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Pink Moon

  • from Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake
  • by Nick Drake

Twenty five years after his death, Nick Drake's music is finding more recognition than ever before.

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Way to Blue
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Way to Blue
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Nick Drake

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World Musette
The Fox Musette
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The Fox Musette

  • from World Musette
  • by Les Primitifs du Futur

Cartoonist R. Crumb plays the claw-hammered-style banjo and sings in this group from Paris. If you like music from the 1920s, you'll enjoy this unique sound.

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World Musette
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World Musette
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Les Primitifs du Futur

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Facing Future
Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

  • from Facing Future
  • by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Nicknamed the "Gentle Giant," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has a tender voice with a giant sound. He gained international fame with this featured selection: A medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World."

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Facing Future
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Facing Future
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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

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Look into the Eyeball
The Great Intoxication
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The Great Intoxication

  • from Look into the Eyeball
  • by David Byrne

Since the breakup of the Talking Heads in 1991, David Byrne has released a half a dozen solo albums, written books, and shown his photography at several exhibits. His latest release is Look Into the Eyeball.

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Look into the Eyeball
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Look into the Eyeball
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David Byrne

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Amnesiac
Pyramid Song
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Pyramid Song

  • from Amnesiac
  • by Radiohead

Radiohead have been compared to Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. But their sound is distinctly modern and inimitable.

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Amnesiac
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Amnesiac
Artist
Radiohead

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Aldyn Dashka
Chorumal Bodum (I Am a Traveler)
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Chorumal Bodum

  • from Aldyn Dashka
  • by Yat Kha

Lead singer Albert Kuvezin produces a remarkable and seemingly unnatural sound, using a technique known as "throat singing."

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Aldyn Dashka
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Aldyn Dashka
Artist
Yat Kha

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Pirates Choice
Utrus Horas
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Ultrus Horas

  • from Pirate's Choice: The Legendary 1982 Session
  • by Orchestre Baobab

Orchestra Baobab first released this album on cassette in the early '80s. It was widely pirated by devout fans and is now available for the first time on CD.

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Pirates Choice
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Pirates Choice
Artist
Orchestra Baobab

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
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I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

  • from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • by Wilco

Wilco's previous label refused to put out this album, saying it was too weird. Fortunately for fans everywhere, Nonesuch picked it up and plans to release it April, 2002.

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
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Wilco

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Is A Woman
Autumn's Vicar
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Autumn's Vicar

  • from Is a Woman
  • by Lambchop

Lambchop are part of the Nashville music scene with a sound that veers from twangy country to ambient, alt/art rock.

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Is A Woman
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Is A Woman
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Lambchop

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When I Was Cruel
When I Was Cruel
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When I Was Cruel

  • from When I Was Cruel
  • by Elvis Costello

This is a sneak preview of the latest CD from Elvis Costello, not due for release until late April, 2002.

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When I Was Cruel
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When I Was Cruel
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Elvis Costello

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Digdig
Place d'Youville
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Place D'Youville

  • from Digdig
  • by RenĂ© Lacaille & Bob Brozman

A master of Hawaiian slide guitar, Bob Brozman collaborates with René Lacaille on this largely instrumental album he calls "world blues."

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Digdig
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Digdig
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Bob Brozman

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Things Shaped in Passing
Now Like Photographs
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Now Like Photographs

  • from Things Shaped in Passing
  • by The Six Parts Seven

A great dreamy guitar record from an unknown group from Ohio, Things Shaped In Passing can be heard often between stories on NPR's All Things Considered.

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Things Shaped in Passing
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Things Shaped in Passing
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The Six Parts Seven

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Land
Free Money
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Free Money

  • from Land
  • by Patti Smith

In 1979, Patti Smith waved goodbye to rock and roll, only occasionally appearing on a handful of albums since. Now she's back with a retrospective of her work called, Land.

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Land
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Land
Artist
Patti Smith

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Rabbit Songs
When I Was Drinking
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When I Was Drinking

  • from Rabbit Songs
  • by Hem

New York song writer Dan Messe puts an ad in the paper for a singer and finds "the most beautiful voice" he's ever heard. Sally Ellyson sings here on Rabbit Songs, a gorgeous debut from the group, Hem.

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Rabbit Songs
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Rabbit Songs
Artist
Hem

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