The Best of ASC

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On this episode, we dig through our archives to bring you some of our favorite artists and albums featured on All Songs Considered during the past two years.

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The Best of ASC

Songs from the Velvet Anvil

Lost In The Stars

  • Artist: The Gillham Park Orchtet
  • Album: Songs from the Velvet Anvil
  • Song: Lost In The Stars

The Gillham Park Orchtet (yes, "orchtet" not "ochtet") recorded and performed in Kansas City, MO in the late 1990s.

Way to Blue

Pink Moon

  • Artist: Nick Drake
  • Album: Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake
  • Song: Pink Moon

Twenty five years after his death, Nick Drake's music is finding more recognition than ever before.

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Pink Moon
Album
Way to Blue
Artist
Nick Drake
Label
Island

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World Musette

The Fox Musette

  • Artist: Les Primitifs du Futur
  • Album: World Musette
  • Song: The Fox Musette

Cartoonist R. Crumb plays the claw-hammered-style banjo and sings in this group from Paris. If you like music from the 1920s, you'll enjoy this unique sound.

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Song
The Fox Musette
Album
World Musette
Artist
Les Primitifs du Futur

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Facing Future

Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

  • Artist: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • Album: Facing Future
  • Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

Nicknamed the "Gentle Giant," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has a tender voice with a giant sound. He gained international fame with this featured selection: A medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World."

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World
Album
Facing Future
Artist
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Label
Mountain Apple

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Look into the Eyeball

The Great Intoxication

  • Artist: David Byrne
  • Album: Look into the Eyeball
  • Song: The Great Intoxication

Since the breakup of the Talking Heads in 1991, David Byrne has released a half a dozen solo albums, written books, and shown his photography at several exhibits. His latest release is Look Into the Eyeball.

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Song
The Great Intoxication
Album
Look into the Eyeball
Artist
David Byrne
Label
Virgin

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Amnesiac

Pyramid Song

  • Artist: Radiohead
  • Album: Amnesiac
  • Song: Pyramid Song

Radiohead have been compared to Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. But their sound is distinctly modern and inimitable.

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Pyramid Song
Album
Amnesiac
Artist
Radiohead
Label
Capitol

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Aldyn Dashka

Chorumal Bodum

  • Artist: Yat Kha
  • Album: Aldyn Dashka
  • Song: Chorumal Bodum

Lead singer Albert Kuvezin produces a remarkable and seemingly unnatural sound, using a technique known as "throat singing."

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Chorumal Bodum
Album
Aldyn Dashka
Artist
Yat Kha

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Pirates Choice

Ultrus Horas

  • Artist: Orchestre Baobab
  • Album: Pirate's Choice: The Legendary 1982 Session
  • Song: Ultrus Horas

Orchestra Baobab first released this album on cassette in the early '80s. It was widely pirated by devout fans and is now available for the first time on CD.

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Ultrus Horas
Album
Pirates Choice
Artist
Orchestra Baobab
Label
Elektra/Asylum

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

  • Artist: Wilco
  • Album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • Song: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Wilco's previous label refused to put out this album, saying it was too weird. Fortunately for fans everywhere, Nonesuch picked it up and plans to release it April, 2002.

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I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Album
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Artist
Wilco
Label
Nonesuch

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Is A Woman

Autumn's Vicar

  • Artist: Lambchop
  • Album: Is a Woman
  • Song: Autumn's Vicar

Lambchop are part of the Nashville music scene with a sound that veers from twangy country to ambient, alt/art rock.

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Autumn's Vicar
Album
Is A Woman
Artist
Lambchop

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When I Was Cruel

When I Was Cruel

  • Artist: Elvis Costello
  • Album: When I Was Cruel
  • Song: When I Was Cruel

This is a sneak preview of the latest CD from Elvis Costello, not due for release until late April, 2002.

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When I Was Cruel
Album
When I Was Cruel
Artist
Elvis Costello
Label
Island

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Digdig

Place D'Youville

  • Artist: René Lacaille & Bob Brozman
  • Album: Digdig
  • Song: Place D'Youville

A master of Hawaiian slide guitar, Bob Brozman collaborates with René Lacaille on this largely instrumental album he calls "world blues."

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Place D'Youville
Album
Digdig
Artist
Bob Brozman
Label
World Music Network

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Things Shaped in Passing

Now Like Photographs

  • Artist: The Six Parts Seven
  • Album: Things Shaped in Passing
  • Song: Now Like Photographs

A great dreamy guitar record from an unknown group from Ohio, Things Shaped In Passing can be heard often between stories on NPR's All Things Considered.

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Now Like Photographs
Album
Things Shaped in Passing
Artist
The Six Parts Seven
Label
Suicide Squeeze

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Land

Free Money

  • Artist: Patti Smith
  • Album: Land
  • Song: Free Money

In 1979, Patti Smith waved goodbye to rock and roll, only occasionally appearing on a handful of albums since. Now she's back with a retrospective of her work called, Land.

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Free Money
Album
Land
Artist
Patti Smith

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Rabbit Songs

When I Was Drinking

  • Artist: Hem
  • Album: Rabbit Songs
  • Song: When I Was Drinking

New York song writer Dan Messe puts an ad in the paper for a singer and finds "the most beautiful voice" he's ever heard. Sally Ellyson sings here on Rabbit Songs, a gorgeous debut from the group, Hem.

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When I Was Drinking
Album
Rabbit Songs
Artist
Hem

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