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New Mix: The Smashing Pumpkins, Tennis, Ex Hex, Gemma Ray, More

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New Mix: The Smashing Pumpkins, Tennis, Ex Hex, Gemma Ray, More

New Mix: The Smashing Pumpkins, Tennis, Ex Hex, Gemma Ray, More

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Clockwise from upper left: Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Alaina Moore of Tennis, Gemma Ray, Ex Hex, Orenda Fink. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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We kick off this week's show with a moody rock romp from Ex Hex, a group based out of Washington, D.C., featuring Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag), Laura Harris and Betsy Wright. We follow with the mysterious voice of Gemma Ray, a deluxe reissue of a Smashing Pumpkins classic, the enchanting Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds and more.

The Smashing Pumpkins reissue is the band's polarizing Adore. Originally released in 1998, some fans rejected the album for having more subdued moments and electronic textures than the group's earlier records. But now, more than 15 years later, many consider it a classic. The deluxe version has more than 100 tracks, including outtakes, demos and previously unheard songs. We play the opening cut, "To Sheila."

Also on the program: the ethereal sounds of Montreal-based singer Sea Oleena; Azure Ray's Orenda Fink is back with a new solo album, a sometimes haunting examination of death and dying and Denver-based pop duo Tennis pushes itself in new sonic directions with an album produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon and songwriter Richard Swift.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01Don't Wanna Lose

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    Don't Wanna Lose
    Album
    Rips
    Artist
    Ex Hex
    Label
    Merge Records
    Released
    2014

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Ex Hex

  • Song: Don't Wanna Lose
  • from Rips

Ex Hex is the latest project from singer and guitarist Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag. The band's debut album, Rips, is a ragged, raw burst of moody rock.

For more on this album, visit the band's web site.

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01The Wheel

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Gemma Ray

  • Song: The Wheel
  • from Milk For Your Motors

British singer Gemma Ray's latest album is a mix of gloomy ballads and atmospheric pop. It's her third full-length release in as many years.

For more on this album, visit the artist's web site.

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The Smashing Pumpkins

  • Song: To Sheila
  • from Adore Super Deluxe

Originally released to mixed reviews in 1998, many fans now consider Adore a classic. The deluxe reissue of the album contains an astounding 107 tracks, including demos, outtakes, previously unheard cuts and a concert DVD.

For more on this album, visit the artist's web site.

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01Palme

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Ólöf Arnalds

  • Song: Palme
  • from Palme

Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds has a voice like something out of a fairytale, both distinctive and enchanting. Her latest album, Palme, is due out Sept. 30.

For more on this album, visit the artist's web site.

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01Ace Of Cups

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    Ace Of Cups
    Album
    Blue Dream
    Artist
    Orenda Fink
    Label
    Saddle Creek
    Released
    2014

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Orenda Fink

  • Song: Ace Of Cups
  • from Blue Dream

Orenda Fink, known as one half of the dream-pop duo Azure Ray, is back with an ethereal new solo album that examines the emotional upheaval and complexities of death and dying.

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Blue Dream
Album
Blue Dream
Artist
Orenda Fink
Label
Saddle Creek
Released
2014

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01Night Vision

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Tennis

  • Song: Night Vision
  • from Ritual In Repeat

The pop duo Tennis wanted to stretch in new sonic directions. So for their latest album, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley brought on three phenomenal producers: Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon and multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift.

For more on this album, visit the artist's web site.

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01If I'm

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Sea Oleena

  • Song: If I'm
  • from Shallow

Sea Oleena's music is full of mystery and curious, expansive sonic spaces. Her debut album, Shallow, is due out Sept. 30.

For more on this album, visit the artist's web site.