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New Mix: Deerhunter, YACHT, Youth Lagoon, GEMS, More

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New Mix: Deerhunter, YACHT, Youth Lagoon, GEMS, More

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Clockwise from upper left: Deerhunter, Youth Lagoon, GEMS, YACHT Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Bob Boilen is back after several weeks for this week's episode of All Songs Considered, and at least part of this week's show is Robin coming to terms with Bob's new beard. After moving through the stages of denial, grief and anger, Bob and Robin finally find acceptance by sharing new music that, as Robin puts it, "hits them just right." Bob brings music that makes him laugh and think and music from bands fully coming into their own, while Robin offers rock with a vulnerable side and a couple of new projects from bands pairing technology-heavy production with sharp political awareness.

Bob and Robin are also joined in the studio by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, who writes the All Songs advice column The Good Listener. Stephen brings with him his latest column's quandry, about height-based etiquette at shows, and he, Bob and Robin discuss the surprisingly passionate responses he's gotten so far. (If you have a question for The Good Listener, email Stephen at goodlistener@npr.org.)

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01Laugh Till I Cry

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    Laugh Till I Cry
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    Back on Top
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    The Front Bottoms
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    Fueled by Ramen Records
    Released
    2015

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The Front Bottoms

  • Song: Laugh Till I Cry
  • from Back on Top

Indie rock band The Front Bottoms hits Bob's funny bone and pleasure center at the same time. With laugh-out-loud lyrics about a sick DJ couched in endorphin-boosting, '90s throwback pop-rock guitar riffs, it's easy to hear why.

Back On Top comes out Sept. 18. See the video for "Laugh Till I Cry" here.

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Back on Top
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Back on Top
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The Front Bottoms
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Fueled by Ramen Records
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01Living As A Ghost

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GEMS

  • Song: Living As A Ghost
  • from Kill The One You Love

The members of dream-pop duo GEMS recently broke Bob's heart when they relocated from D.C. to L.A., but he forgives them on the basis that the music they make now sounds like the music they always intended to make. Cliff Usher and Lindsay Pitts are perfectionists whose new work is more nuanced, exacting and intricate than anything else they've done. "Living as a Ghost" is a hard piece of electronica, stitched seamlessly into Pitts' floating, ethereal vocals. The overall effect is both enveloping and electrifying.

Kill The One You Love comes out Oct. 30.

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01I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler

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YACHT

  • Song: I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler
  • from I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler

Like GEMS, YACHT are another caps-lock-named duo incorporating precise production into electronics-heavy pop. YACHT's music is always densely layered and hypnotically catchy, and the title track to its newly-announced sixth album is no different. "I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler" takes on police brutality, social media and drone-based society, all over robotic vocals from Claire Evans and glitchy, funky production from Jona Bechtolt.

I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler comes out Oct. 16.

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07Snakeskin

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    Snakeskin
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    Fading Frontier
    Artist
    Deerhunter
    Label
    4AD
    Released
    1969

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Deerhunter

  • Song: Snakeskin
  • from Fading Frontier

Bob's last pick is from Atlanta art-rock band Deerhunter, fronted by charismatic oddball Bradford Cox. "Snakeskin" is a psychedelic piece of rock swagger, and Bob says Deerhunter's new album, Fading Frontier, might be his favorite yet from the band. See the abstract, unnerving video for "Snakeskin" here.

Fading Frontier comes out Oct. 16.

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02Highway Patrol Stun Gun

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    Highway Patrol Stun Gun
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    Savage Hills Ballroom
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    Youth Lagoon
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    Fat Possum
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    2015

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Youth Lagoon

  • Song: Highway Patrol Stun Gun
  • from Savage Hills Ballroom

Robin takes us out with "Highway Patrol Stun Gun," another track inspired in part by increasing reports of police brutality. He calls this new music from Youth Lagoon, the stage name of multi-instrumentalist Trevor Powers, a "creative leap." It's Youth Lagoon's most purposeful, composed work yet; while previous projects sounded to Robin like Powers was discovering sounds, this album is intentionally and impeccably curated from start to finish. Hear another track from the album here.

Savage Hills Ballroom comes out Sept. 25.

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Savage Hills Ballroom
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Youth Lagoon
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Fat Possum
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