You Cannot Be Serious: The All Songs Considered Listening Party : All Songs Considered The conversation got pretty heated when hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton hosted a listening party and invited everyone to rate the music.
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You Cannot Be Serious: The All Songs Considered Listening Party

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You Cannot Be Serious: The All Songs Considered Listening Party

You Cannot Be Serious: The All Songs Considered Listening Party

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Imagine an evening where you just around with your closest friends or family, and all you do is play music for each other. No TV or video games. No texting. Just a bunch of songs and some great conversations about what you love, or don't love and why.

It's kind of a fantasy — a nice idea that almost never really happens — but for the past few years, All Songs Considered has been hosting listening parties that get pretty close to that fantasy. We fill a club or auditorium with music lovers. We have a panel of two or three guests on stage: some friends, some colleagues, maybe a musician or two. And we play songs. Everyone in the room, on stage and off, has a stack of cards numbered 1 through 10. And as we listen, everyone rates the music. A "1" means you pretty much hate the song and a "10" means you're over-the-moon in love with it. And then we talk about the songs. It gets heated sometimes.

We recently hosted a listening party in Washington, D.C, with Bob on stage and Robin in the audience. Three guests sit on the panel — NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, Katie Alice Greer (singer for the D.C. band Priests) and Emily White, who runs the artists management company Whitesmith Entertainment. Everybody brought songs to share with the audience, but we began with one of Bob's picks, a song that should be familiar to regular All Songs listeners.

You can hear the entire listening party with the link above, or just the songs featured below.

Future Of Music Coalition/All Songs Considered Listening Party

Hozier
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Hozier

  • Song: Jackie And Wilson
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Deerhoof

  • Song: Paradise Girls
  • from La Isla Bonita
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La Isla Bonita
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La Isla Bonita
Artist
Deerhoof
Label
Polyvinyl
Released
2014

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Fox Stevenson

  • Song: Out There
  • from All This Time EP
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Beach Boys

  • Song: God Only Knows
  • from Pet Sounds
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Pet Sounds
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Pet Sounds
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Beach Boys
Released
2008

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Tears for fears
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Tears for Fears

  • Song: Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  • from Going to California
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Going to California
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Going to California
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Tears for Fears
Label
Mercury
Released
1990

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Bjork

  • Song: Hidden Place
  • from Vespertine
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Vespertine
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Vespertine
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Bjork
Label
Elektra
Released
2008

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The Flaming Lips

  • Song: Fixing A Hole
  • from With A Little Help From My Fwends
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With A Little Help From My Fwends
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With A Little Help From My Fwends
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The Flaming Lips
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2014

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The Flaming Lips

  • Song: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  • from With A Little Help From My Fwends
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With A Little Help From My Fwends
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With A Little Help From My Fwends
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The Flaming Lips
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Warner Bros.
Released
2014

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Anyway
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Immigrant Union

  • Song: War Is Peace
  • from Anyway
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Alt-J

  • Song: Hunger of the Pine
  • from This Is All Yours [LP]
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This Is All Yours [LP]
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This Is All Yours [LP]
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Alt-J
Label
Atlantic
Released
2014

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Moon Hooch

  • Song: Number 9
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Moon Hooch
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Moon Hooch
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Moon Hooch
Label
Hornblow
Released
2013

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Stevie Wonder

  • Song: Living for the City
  • from Definitive Collection
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Definitive Collection
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Definitive Collection
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Stevie Wonder
Label
Universal Music TV
Released
2002

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The Ronettes

  • Song: Be My Baby
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Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes
Album
Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes
Artist
The Ronettes
Label
Sony Legacy
Released
2011

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