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New Mix: Music From M. Ward, Nothing, Marissa Nadler, A Chat With Mitski & More
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New Mix: Music From M. Ward, Nothing, Marissa Nadler, A Chat With Mitski & More

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New Mix: Music From M. Ward, Nothing, Marissa Nadler, A Chat With Mitski & More

New Mix: Music From M. Ward, Nothing, Marissa Nadler, A Chat With Mitski & More
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Clockwise from upper left: Marissa Nadler, M. Ward, Mitski, Kyle Craft, Nothing

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This week on All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton call up Mitski to talk about her new song "Your Best American Girl" from her just announced album, Puberty 2. We also play a new song by Kyle Craft, former singer of one of our SXSW 2013 picks Gashcat, whose first recordings as a solo artist display his talent for great melodies and haunting lyrics. We also play a song from the first M. Ward solo record in four years, the warm, synth-laced "Girl From Conejo Valley."

Also on the show: Marissa Nadler nestles her voice into the dense darkness of her new sound and Robin highlights the catchy noise rock of Philadelphia's Nothing. Plus, Stephen Thompson breaks into the studio to talk about the Austin 100 (his annual playlist of great music that will be featured at the upcoming SXSW music festival) and one of the artists he discovered, Odetta Hartman.

There's more news from NPR Music: Mitski will be playing our SXSW Showcase on Wednesday, March 16 (the full lineup to be announced this Friday). Plus, we're announcing the winner of the Tiny Desk Contest on Thursday, so stay tuned for more great music and news!

Songs Featured On This Episode

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09Pentecost
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    Pentecost
    Album
    Dolls of Highland
    Artist
    Kyle Craft
    Label
    Sub Pop
    Released
    2016

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Kyle Craft

  • Song: Pentecost
  • from Dolls of Highland

"Pentecost" sees Kyle Craft (whose band Gashcat would perform the song as a live rarity) return to his hometown in Louisiana, haunted by the ghost of a friend who took his own life. Paired with his knack for great melodies, it demonstrates Craft's emotional power as a songwriter.

Dolls of Highland is out April 29 on Sub Pop.

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Song
Dolls of Highland
Album
Dolls of Highland
Artist
Kyle Craft
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2016

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06Girl From Conejo Valley
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    Girl From Conejo Valley
    Album
    More Rain
    Artist
    M. Ward
    Label
    Merge Records
    Released
    2016

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M. Ward

  • Song: Girl From Conejo Valley
  • from More Rain

The rolling thunder of the drums and the glowing synthesizers on "Girl From Conejo Valley" are classic M. Ward sounds, and as with everything he does, Ward injects the song with an incredible amount of warmth. Bob and Robin agree that his latest album, More Rain, may be his best work in the last 10 years.

More Rain is out March 4 on Merge Records.

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More Rain
Album
More Rain
Artist
M. Ward
Label
Merge Records
Released
2016

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07Janie In Love
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    Janie In Love
    Album
    Strangers
    Artist
    Marissa Nadler
    Label
    Sacred Bones
    Released
    2016

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Marissa Nadler

  • Song: Janie In Love
  • from Strangers

Marissa Nadler's beautiful, ethereal voice nestles snugly into the dark density of "Janie In Love." On Strangers, she trades in a delicate folk sound for something more atmospheric. Bob thinks it's a good exchange, and one that might finally win Nadler the love she deserves.

Strangers is out May 20 on Sacred Bones.

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Strangers
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Strangers
Artist
Marissa Nadler
Label
Sacred Bones
Released
2016

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05Your Best American Girl
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    Your Best American Girl
    Album
    Puberty 2
    Artist
    Mitski
    Label
    Dead Oceans
    Released
    2016

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Mitski

  • Song: Your Best American Girl
  • from Puberty 2

Mitski uses "Your Best American Girl' to tackle the dualities in her identity: as a Japanese-American who doesn't feel fully American and as an artist torn between who she is and who she and others think she should be. It makes for potent subject matter, and she continues to demonstrate her incredible lyrical gift.

Listen to the full show to hear Mitski talk about the song, her changing writing style and the recording of her new album, Puberty 2.

Puberty 2 is out June 17 on Dead Oceans.

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Puberty 2
Album
Puberty 2
Artist
Mitski
Label
Dead Oceans
Released
2016

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01Creektime
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    Song
    Creektime
    Album
    222
    Artist
    Odetta Hartman
    Label
    Northern Spy
    Released
    2015

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Odetta Hartman

  • Song: Creektime
  • from 222

Every year, in the months leading up to SXSW, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson listens to over 1800 songs to construct the Austin 100, his annual playlist of the best music you'll hear at the festival. His favorite discovery from this year's batch of songs was this one by Odetta Hartman. In only two minutes, "Creektime" takes you on a grand journey from the front porch to experimental horizons.

222 is out now on Northern Spy Records and the Austin 100 is live on the NPR Music main site.

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222
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222
Artist
Odetta Hartman
Label
Northern Spy
Released
2015

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03Vertigo Flowers
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    Vertigo Flowers
    Album
    Tired of Tomorrow
    Artist
    Nothing
    Label
    Relapse Records
    Released
    2016

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Nothing

  • Song: Vertigo Flowers
  • from Tired of Tomorrow

The Philadelphia-based band Nothing had finished writing and had began recording its second LP in San Francisco when lead singer Domenic Palermo suffered intense head trauma during an assault. The subsequent vertigo and mental cloud hung over the sessions, leading Palermo to re-write many of the songs as a way to exorcise the haze from his head. The result is a dreamier noise rock, which you can hear on "Vertigo Flowers."

Tired of Tomorrow is out May 13 on Relapse Records.

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Tired of Tomorrow
Album
Tired of Tomorrow
Artist
Nothing
Label
Relapse Records
Released
2016

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