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New Mix: An Emotional Rollercoaster With Grimes, Money And More
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New Mix: An Emotional Rollercoaster With Grimes, Money And More

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New Mix: An Emotional Rollercoaster With Grimes, Money And More

New Mix: An Emotional Rollercoaster With Grimes, Money And More
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Clockwise from upper left: Grimes, Hailu Mergia, Money, Many Rooms

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This week's All Songs Considered is an emotional roller coaster. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton start off mellow with the sweet, acoustic Many Rooms, only to pull the rug out from under it with a monstrously good tune from Grimes. Then we've got intricate Ethiopian accordion rhythms from Hailu Mergia, a piece full of anguish and beauty from the Manchester band Money and a thick, shoe-gazey song from Shmu to close out the whirlwind of frenzied feelings.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01Hollow Body
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Hollow Body

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  • by Many Rooms

"Hollow Body" is the first single off the debut EP from the singer-songwriter known as Many Rooms. It's expected out in December. Brianna Hunt, the woman behind the resonant acoustic guitar, has a sweet, airy voice that she paints across the sound of her fingers on the strings.

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06Kill v. Maim
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    Kill v. Maim
    Album
    Art Angels
    Artist
    Grimes
    Label
    4AD
    Released
    2015

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Kill v. Maim

  • from Art Angels
  • by Grimes

Grimes has come a long way in the nearly four years since her last record, Visions. "Kill v. Maim" from her new album, Art Angels, showcases a more developed sound with elements of noise rock, a Toni Basil-style chant and a ridiculously catchy chorus.

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Art Angels
Album
Art Angels
Artist
Grimes
Label
4AD
Released
2015

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01Shemonmuanaye
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    Shemonmuanaye
    Album
    Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye
    Artist
    Hailu Mergia
    Label
    Awesome Tapes From Africa
    Released
    2013

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Shemonmuanaye

  • from Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye
  • by Hailu Mergia

Before Hailu Mergia settled in Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s and made a career as a cab driver, he was a popular musician at home in Ethiopia. Though they've lived in the same city for decades, he came to Bob's attention when he opened a recent show by Beirut at the Lincoln Theatre in D.C. "Shemonmuanaye" shows off Mergia's dexterity on the accordion, expertly winding up and down the scale, somehow always finding the groove.

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Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye
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Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye
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Hailu Mergia
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Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released
2013

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03You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky
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    You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky
    Album
    Suicide Songs
    Artist
    Money
    Released
    1969

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You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky

  • from Suicide Songs
  • by Money

"You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky" from Money's forthcoming 2016 album, Suicide Songs, starts out feeling big and empty, an echo of loneliness. As it progresses, deep bass drum booms join the guitar, followed by piano, then cymbals, then a string section. By the end, the song has filled its own void with a lush beauty.

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Suicide Songs
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Suicide Songs
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Money

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02Pictionary
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    Pictionary
    Album
    Shh!!!!
    Artist
    Shmu
    Label
    Gtz Records
    Released
    1969

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Pictionary

  • from Shh!!!!
  • by Shmu

Shmu is the project of Zorch drummer Sam Chown. His percussive prowess shines through in the rapid-fire drum fills on the driving, shoegaze song "Pictionary," from his recently-released album, Shhh!!!!

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Shh!!!!
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Shmu
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