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New Mix: Premieres From Nico Vega, Joe Henry, More

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New Mix: Premieres From Nico Vega, Joe Henry, More

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Clockwise from upper left: Nico Vega, Joe Henry, Dub Thompson, Broken Twin

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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton kick off this week's All Songs Considered with a song that's 160 years old but still resonates. Guitarist Marisa Anderson offers a transporting, solo electric version of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More," an ever-relevant tune about pausing to enjoy "life's pleasures and count its many tears."

Also on the show, we've got premieres from singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Henry, and the rapturous rock group Nico Vega. Henry's epic new song, "Sparrow," from his upcoming album Invisible Hour, is a deeply moving reflection on a long life filled with awe and wonder, while Nico Vega's "I'm On Fire" is a joyful, fist-pumping pop ode to "funky dance" moves.

Plus, a stunning, mostly a cappella song showcasing the gorgeous voice of Danish singer Majke Voss Romme; the gnarled, shape shifting beats of Dub Thompson; and Priests, a D.C. band making punk rock for the 21st century.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01Hard Times Come Again No More

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Marisa Anderson

  • Song: Hard Times Come Again No More
  • from Traditional And Public Domain Songs

Host Bob Boilen discovered Marisa Anderson performing at a house concert in D.C. and fell in love with her gifted, unaffected interpretations of traditional songs, including this 1854 parlor tune from Stephen Foster. This album is available from Marisa Anderson's web site.

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01Sparrow

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    Sparrow
    Album
    Invisible Hour
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    Joe Henry
    Released
    2014

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Joe Henry

  • Song: Sparrow
  • from Invisible Hour

Joe Henry has a reputation for crafting roomy sonic spaces that invite meditative exploration. His 13th solo album is a rumbling, reflective collection of acoustic songs he says are mostly "about marriage." But it's more complicated and mysterious than that. Read more from Joe Henry's web site.

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01No Time

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Dub Thompson

  • Song: No Time
  • from 9 Songs

Dub Thompson is a duo from Agoura Hills, north of Los Angeles. Gutiarist Matt Pulos and drummer Evan Laffer are just 19 years old, and make intense, hook-filled grooves. Their album, 9 Songs (which has only 8 tracks), is available from the Dub Thompson web site.

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09If Pilots Go To Heaven

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    May
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    Broken Twin
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    Anti
    Released
    1969

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Broken Twin

  • Song: If Pilots Go To Heaven
  • from May

Broken Twin is the musical project of Danish singer Majke Voss Romme. Her gorgeous, haunting voice carries the bulk of the songs on her remarkable debut full-length from Anti- Records.

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08I'm On Fire

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    I'm On Fire
    Album
    Lead To Light
    Artist
    Nico Vega
    Label
    Five Seven Music
    Released
    2014

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Nico Vega

  • Song: I'm On Fire
  • from Lead To Light

Nico Vega's latest album is an effervescent, joyful collection of fist-pumping pop tunes. This cut is also available via iTunes.

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