Ben Folds, The Chieftains, Maktub

New music from Blind Boys of Alabama; A Derek Bell tribute from The Chieftains; Music for a memoir by Black 47; The hopes and fears of pop trio Keane; Songs for Silverman from Ben Folds; The deadpan bleat of The Mountain Goats; Solo music from Azure Ray's Maria Taylor; Eclectic Seattle rockers Maktub; Early Jamaican dub pioneer King Tubby.

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Ben Folds, The Chieftains, Maktub

Atom Bomb

(Jesus Hits Like an) Atom Bomb

  • Artist: Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Album: Atom Bomb
  • Song: (Jesus Hits Like an) Atom Bomb

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing and recording together for more than 60 years. They were previously featured on All Songs Considered episode 24. Baritone George Scott, heard at the beginning of this tune, died earlier this month.

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Live from Dublin

Derek's Tune: The Geese and Bright Love

  • Artist: The Chieftains
  • Album: Live from Dublin
  • Song: Derek's Tune: The Geese and Bright Love

Chieftains harpist Derek Bell died two years ago. He's remembered on this tribute concert recorded live in Dublin.

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Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes

Downtown Baghdad Blues

  • Artist: Black 47
  • Album: Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes
  • Song: Downtown Baghdad Blues

Larry Kirwan is an author and musician who explores his Irish heritage in a new memoir and companion CD of original songs. He records under the name Black 47.

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Hopes and Fears

Everybody's Changing

  • Artist: Keane
  • Album: Hopes and Fears
  • Song: Everybody's Changing

Keane are a pop trio from East Sussex, England that got its start playing cover tunes by Oasis and the Beatles. While trying to break into the business, Keane's guitarist quit. But the group decided to press on as a piano-driven trio.

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Songs for Silverman

Bastard

  • Artist: Ben Folds
  • Album: Songs for Silverman
  • Song: Bastard

Ben Folds follows his unusual collaboration with William Shatner (see All Songs Considered episode 74) with a new collection of solo works. The CD includes a tribute song to Elliott Smith and one tune with vocal backing by Weird Al Yankovic. [Note: This song contains adult language.]

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The Sunset Tree

You or Your Memory

  • Artist: The Mountain Goats
  • Album: Sunset Tree
  • Song: You or Your Memory

The Mountain Goats were first featured on All Songs Considered episode 55. The group is known for its lo-fi recordings made on consumer boom boxes, but this album was recorded in-studio and produced by John Vanderslice.

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11:11

Song Beneath the Song

  • Artist: Maria Taylor
  • Album: 11:11
  • Song: Song Beneath the Song

Maria Taylor is one-half of the dream-pop duo Azure Ray based in Omaha. This is her first solo release. It features electronic musician Mike Mogis, the artist who sculpted some of the digital landscapes on the Bright Eyes CD Digital Ash in a Digital Urn.

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Say What You Mean

Say What You Mean

  • Artist: Maktub
  • Album: Say What You Mean
  • Song: Say What You Mean

Maktub means "it is written" in Arabic. From Seattle, the band's sound is rooted in classic soul.

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The Rough Guide to Dub

Behold a Dub

  • Artist: King Tubby
  • Album: The Rough Guide to Dub
  • Song: Behold a Dub

King Tubby appears on this Rough Guide compilation exploring the roots of Jamaican dance music. He first appeared on All Songs Considered episode 63.

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