January 22, 2013 You can NOT be serious! You'd put Grandaddy's "Jed The Humanoid" over "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles?! And I see no mention of Bob Dylan on this list! How daaaaare you. This week's debate looks at our favorite stories told in song.
January 10, 2013 It's often hard to know what a song means. Sometimes musicians have a clear theme or idea in mind, and other times even they don't have a clue what they were thinking. In a new video, animator Martha Colburn finds deeper meanings in the improvised music of Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier.
January 7, 2013 This year, instead of fake-committing to the usual health, fitness and money management resolutions each new year brings, why not vow to change some of the ways you listen to and love music?
January 3, 2013 By our count, Ty Segall's latest group, called "Fuzz," is the ninth band or side-project for the already ridiculously prolific guitarist. As the name suggests, the first two tracks from Fuzz are fantastically distorted rock numbers inspired by late '60s metal.
December 21, 2012 The sprawling assortment of singers, horn players, guitarists and percussionists is the largest band we've ever hosted at the Tiny Desk. But Tim DeLaughter and his group say they're used to playing a game of "human Tetris," and had no problem squeezing behind Bob Boilen's desk for this special holiday performance.
December 17, 2012 This time of year brings out the best and worst in us when it comes to music, and we all have our memories of seasonal songs. All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton remembers a painfully unforgettable childhood performance of "O Holy Night."
December 12, 2012 For one listener, it was a good year for albums that were big and loud, but a few quieter, introspective picks snuck onto Robin Hilton's list as well.
December 4, 2012 The super-sized band is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." In this video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.
December 3, 2012 When you think of the music you loved and listened to the most in 2012, you might find they're not the same thing. Using the "Play" count in iTunes it's easy to get a reality check and see just how many times you actually listened to "Gangnam Style."
November 29, 2012 The new video from the Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome is designed to look like a graphic novel — a dark and stylish fantasy about an epic battle to save the world from an evil queen.
November 28, 2012 All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton answers listener questions about the hazards of overplayed music, the perfect songs for massage therapists, and the best way to start listening to the music of one of his favorite bands, Telekinesis.
November 16, 2012 The Zolas' latest music video, for the song "Knot In My Heart," was crafted using stop-motion and live actors, a time-intensive process that the video's director and members of the band call "grueling" and "excruciating."
November 14, 2012 On this edition of All Songs Considered hear a song from the album that helped convince host Bob Boilen to lift a 34 year-old ban on arena rock shows. We've also got some great new discoveries, including the ambient rock group IO Echo, and the mesmerizing singer Angel Olsen.
November 9, 2012 This week's All Songs Considered debate is all about the bands that keep us waiting — and waiting — for new records. My Bloody Valentine is finally promising a followup to the band's truly amazing Loveless album, more than 20 years later. What other bands really ought to have a new record out by now?
November 7, 2012 Many bands — from the early '70s rock group Mott the Hoople to the more recent prog-jam band Umphrey's McGee — have cringe-worthy names but make music that's so good, you can forgive them. What are some of your favorite bands with not-so-favorite names?