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New Mix: Explosions In The Sky, Parquet Courts, Wire, Told Slant, More

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New Mix: Explosions In The Sky, Parquet Courts, Wire, Told Slant, More

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New Mix: Explosions In The Sky, Parquet Courts, Wire, Told Slant, More

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On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, Bob helps Robin Hilton out of his annual NCAA March Madness depression after his Jayhawks lose yet again. Bob plays a mind-obliterating track from Explosions In The Sky. Robin introduces us to new music from punk veterans Wire and a new song from Frankie Cosmos but they all seem to simply taunt his loss.

We also hear a magnificent new song from Told Slant that features Felix Walworth, the drummer for Eskimeaux, Florist and Bellows. Then there's more explosive sounds from Parquet Courts and a new song by rhythmic sound effect master Walker Lukens. Robin closes out the show with a song by The Glands, one of his favorite bands from Athens, Ga. in tribute to lead singer Ross Shapiro, whose death was announced late last week.

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04Logic Of A Dream

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    Logic Of A Dream
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    The Wilderness
    Artist
    Explosions In The Sky
    Label
    Temporary Residence Ltd.
    Released
    2016

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Explosions In The Sky

  • Song: Logic Of A Dream
  • from The Wilderness

Bob thinks that The Wilderness is the best marijuana record (his term) since Pink Floyd's Meddle. The magnificent sounding "Logic Of A Dream" takes you on a journey as the song builds on pulsating drums and great guitar lines.

The Wilderness is out April 1 on Temporary Residence Limited.

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The Wilderness
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The Wilderness
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Explosions In The Sky
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Temporary Residence Ltd.
Released
2016

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02Internal Exile

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    Internal Exile
    Album
    Nocturnal Koreans
    Artist
    Wire
    Label
    Pink Flag
    Released
    2016

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Wire

  • Song: Internal Exile
  • from Nocturnal Koreans

Wire exploded onto the '70s rock scene with its seminal album Pink Flag. Since then, the band has undergone constant variations of line-up and sound and its new record, Nocturnal Koreans, shows the band deep in studio experimentation.

Wire's Nocturnal Koreans is out April 22 on pinkflag.

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Nocturnal Koreans
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Nocturnal Koreans
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Wire
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Pink Flag
Released
2016

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Cover for Human Performance

01Dust

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    Dust
    Album
    Human Performance
    Artist
    Parquet Courts
    Label
    Rough Trade
    Released
    2016

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Parquet Courts

  • Song: Dust
  • from Human Performance

Parquet Courts: great for existentialism and cleaning. Bob cranks music loud when he cleans his apartment, and Parquet Courts' new music is perfect, cathartic music for the chore. The last 40 seconds of "Dust" build something like a compressed version of Explosions In The Sky and pack quite the sonic punch.

Parquet Court's Human Performance is out April 8 on Rough Trade.

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Human Performance
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Human Performance
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Parquet Courts
Label
Rough Trade
Released
2016

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01Lifted

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    Lifted
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    Lifted - Single
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    Walker Lukens
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    Walker Lukens
    Released
    2016

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Walker Lukens

  • Song: Lifted
  • from Lifted - Single

Walker Lukens does not beat box so much as use his voice to make rhythmic sound effects for his curious, textured music. The vocal intro to "Lifted" started as an iPhone voice memo. With the help of producer Jim Eno, Lukens built the entire song around that one vocal bit.

"Lifted" is the first single off of Tell It To The Judge, Lukens' new album with his band The Side Arms, out later this year.

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Lifted - Single
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Lifted - Single
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Walker Lukens
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Walker Lukens
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2016

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06Low Hymnal

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Told Slant

  • Song: Low Hymnal
  • from Going By

Felix Walworth, singer and drummer of Told Slant, is a three time veteran of the Tiny Desk after performing with Bellows, Eskimeaux and Florist. Told Slant makes dark, delicate indie rock in the same vein. Felix wrote the music for "Low Hymnal" as just a tune that remained unfinished with for about a year before the lyrics arrived quickly following a series of personal crises. "Did I invite disillusionment and self-hatred into my life when I started writing about them?" Felix says. "Probably."

Told Slant's Going By is out June 17 on Double Double Whammy.

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03Fool

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    Fool
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    Next Thing
    Artist
    Frankie Cosmos
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    ADA
    Released
    2016

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Frankie Cosmos

  • Song: Fool
  • from Next Thing

Frankie Cosmos, led by singer Greta Kline, makes wonderfully light, breezy, sweet songs that are just delightful. "Fool" is a song, according to Kline, "all about the times you put yourself out there and you feel like you failed."

Frankie Cosmos Next Thing is out April 1 on Bayonet Records.

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Next Thing
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Next Thing
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Frankie Cosmos
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ADA
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2016

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08I Can See My House from Here

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    I Can See My House from Here
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    The Glands
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    The Glands
    Label
    Capricorn
    Released
    2001

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The Glands

  • Song: I Can See My House from Here

There was a period in the late 1990s when Athens, Ga. bands were at a peak of collective, creative output. Neutral Milk Hotel released In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and bands like The Gerbils, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Glands all released seminal albums. Most of the bands went dormant after that time, but the music stands the test of time. The recent passing of Ross Shapiro, the lead singer of The Glands, comes especially hard — The Glands announced last year that the group was recording new music. We don't know what will become of that project, but, in the meantime: This one is for The Glands.

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The Glands
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The Glands
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The Glands
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Capricorn
Released
2001

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