New Mix: Liz Phair, Ra Ra Riot, Vijay Iyer, More

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Members of Ra Ra Riot (left), Agent Ribbons (upper right), cover art for the S. Carey album 'All We Grow' (bottom right).

Rock guitarist and singer Liz Phair is back from a five-year hiatus with one of the most unusual and interesting albums of her career, but hardly anyone has noticed. That's because Phair quietly self-released the record on her website, over the July 4 weekend. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share a track from her new album, Funstyle. Also on the show: a gorgeous new solo record from Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey, a mesmerizing sound collage from The Books, feel-good garage-rock from Agent Ribbons, new-folk singer David Dondero, Icelandic artist Olof Arnalds, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (covering a classic pop song from the '80s), and the string-infused rock group Ra Ra Riot.

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New Mix: Liz Phair, Ra Ra Riot, Vijay Iyer, More

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Liz Phair

  • Artist: Liz Phair
  • Album: Funstyle
  • Song: And He Slayed Her

For more on this album, visit the artist's website.

 
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S. Carey

  • Artist: S. Carey
  • Album: All We Grow
  • Song: In the Dirt
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  • "In the Dirt"
  • Album: All We Grow
  • Artist: S. Carey
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Released: 2010
 
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The Books

  • Artist: The Books
  • Album: The Way Out
  • Song: Thirty Incoming
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  • "Thirty Incoming"
  • Album: The Way Out
  • Artist: The Books
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • Released: 2010
 
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Agent Ribbons

  • Artist: Agent Ribbons
  • Album: Chateau Crone
  • Song: I'm Alright

For more on this album, visit the artist's website.

 
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David Dondero

  • Artist: David Dondero
  • Album: # Zero With a Bullet
  • Song: # Zero With a Bullet
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  • "# Zero With a Bullet"
  • Album: # Zero With a Bullet
  • Artist: David Dondero
  • Label: Team Love
  • Released: 2010
 
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Ólöf Arnalds

  • Artist: Ólöf Arnalds
  • Album: Innundir Skinni
  • Song: Innundir Skinni
 
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Vijay Iyer

  • Artist: Vijay Iyer
  • Album: Solo
  • Song: Human Nature
 
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Ra Ra Riot

  • Artist: Ra Ra Riot
  • Album: The Orchard
  • Song: Boy
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  • "Boy"
  • Album: The Orchard
  • Artist: Ra Ra Riot
  • Label: Barsuk
  • Released: 2010
 

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