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New Mix: Santigold, Macklemore, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, More

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Clockwise from upper left: Macklemore and Jamila Woods, Santigold, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this week's All Songs Considered, we've got several new favorites including Bob Boilen's No. 1 discovery of 2016 so far, Lucy Dacus. Robin Hilton shares songs by several artists he thinks are about to release their best albums yet, including Santigold and Ane Brun.

Also on the show: Iggy Pop brings back his Bowie-inspired swagger with help from Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, French musicians Adan Jodorowsky & Xavi Polycarpe channeled their recent breakups into a big '70s-flavored pop song, PJ Harvey returns to her original rock sound and electronic artist Ital Tek reflects on his love of guitar drones and distorted electronics. Plus, rapper Macklemore asks a lot of difficult questions about race and responsibility in the song "White Privilege II."

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore

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    I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore
    Album
    No Burden
    Artist
    Lucy Dacus
    Label
    Egghunt Records
    Released
    2016

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Lucy Dacus

  • Song: I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore
  • from No Burden

Bob Boilen first heard Lucy Dacus when she opened for Julien Baker. She has the lilt of Sharon Van Etten, the sharp lyricism of Torres and is Bob's favorite discovery of 2016 so far.

Her first album, No Burden, comes out Feb. 26 on Egghunt Records.

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No Burden
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No Burden
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Lucy Dacus
Label
Egghunt Records
Released
2016

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01Along The Way

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    Along The Way
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    Adan & Xavi Y Los Imanes
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    Adan & Xavi Y Los Imanes
    Label
    Everloving Records
    Released
    2016

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Adan & Xavi y Los Imanes

  • Song: Along The Way
  • from Adan & Xavi Y Los Imanes

Adan Jodorowsky & Xavi Polycarpe were driven to make music together after going through simultaneous breakups. "Along The Way" sums up all of the regrets and disappointments they encountered, in a big Supertramp-meets-10cc, '70s pop sound. Adan & Xavi y Los Imanes' self-titled record is due out March 4 on Everloving Records.

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Adan & Xavi Y Los Imanes
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Adan & Xavi Y Los Imanes
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Adan & Xavi Y Los Imanes
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Everloving Records
Released
2016

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02Gardenia

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    Gardenia
    Album
    Post Pop Depression
    Artist
    Iggy Pop
    Label
    Loma Vista
    Released
    2016

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Iggy Pop

  • Song: Gardenia
  • from Post Pop Depression

Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age took Iggy Pop on a ride out to Joshua Tree to record a new album. The result feels close to Iggy's David Bowie collaborations Lust For Life and The Idiot. "Gardenia" sees Pop bring some Bowie swagger while Homme brings his signature expansive guitar sound. Post Pop Depression is due out March 18 on Loma Vista.

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Post Pop Depression
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Post Pop Depression
Artist
Iggy Pop
Label
Loma Vista
Released
2016

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01Can't Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C)

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    Can't Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C)
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    99 Cents
    Artist
    Santigold
    Label
    Atlantic
    Released
    2016

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Santigold

  • Song: Can't Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C)
  • from 99 Cents

Parenthood changes everyone. Since the birth of her son, Santigold says she's been trying to write brighter, more optimistic songs. The result is "Can't Get Enough Of Myself," from 99¢, which Robin Hilton thinks will be Santigold's best record so far. 99¢ is out Feb. 26 on Atlantic.

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99 Cents
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99 Cents
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Santigold
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Atlantic
Released
2016

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10The Wheel

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    The Wheel
    Album
    The Hope Six Demolition Project
    Artist
    PJ Harvey
    Label
    Vagrant Records
    Released
    2016

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PJ Harvey

  • Song: The Wheel
  • from The Hope Six Demolition Project

In her career as a singer-songwriter, PJ Harvey has ventured into a wide range of musical directions. But after journeying to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C., Harvey returned to London to record a straight-up but thoughtful rock record. That album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is due out April 15 on Vagrant.

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The Hope Six Demolition Project
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The Hope Six Demolition Project
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PJ Harvey
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Vagrant Records
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2016

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07All We Want Is Love

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    All We Want Is Love
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    When I'm Free
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    Ane Brun
    Released
    2015

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Ane Brun

  • Song: All We Want Is Love
  • from When I'm Free

Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun says she wanted to write a universal song about love and vulnerability. "All We Want Is Love" is a moment of classic beauty on her new record, When I'm Free, due out Feb. 26 on Balloon Ranger Recordings.

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When I'm Free
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When I'm Free
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Ane Brun
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2015

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10Reflection Through Destruction

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Ital Tek

  • Song: Reflection Through Destruction
  • from Hollowed

"Reflection Through Destruction," the title of Alan Myson's new song under the name Ital Tek, is a hint at his creative process for his new LP. The electronic musician, primarily known in EDM circles, deconstructed his musical identity and blasted it apart with experiments in electric guitar drones. The result is something much closer to his musical heart. Hollowed is out March 18 on Planet Mu; find out more about the album and artist on his Bandcamp page.

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13White Privilege II (feat. Jamila Woods)

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    White Privilege II (feat. Jamila Woods)
    Album
    This Unruly Mess I've Made
    Artist
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    Label
    Macklemore
    Released
    2016

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  • Song: White Privilege II (feat. Jamila Woods)
  • from This Unruly Mess I've Made

Perhaps the most important thing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have done with their nine-minute social justice hip-hop epic, "White Privilege II," is start a dialogue. Macklemore offers up his own reflections on his positions within the hip-hop community, the black cultural movement, and popular culture. The duo will self-release the album This Unruly Mess I've Made on Feb. 26.

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This Unruly Mess I've Made
Album
This Unruly Mess I've Made
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Label
Macklemore
Released
2016

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