Ryan Adams, Aimee Mann, Of Montreal

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New music from Ryan Adams; A boxing metaphor from Aimee Mann; A bluegrass classic with Doyle Lawson; The ghostly sounds of Liz Durrett; From the Elephant 6 collective: Of Montreal; Former '80s rock icons The Go-Betweens; From Chicago via London, it's The Zincs; Strange sound designs from Negativland.

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Ryan Adams, Aimee Mann, Of Montreal

Cold Roses

Easy Plateau

  • Artist: Ryan Adams
  • Album: Cold Roses
  • Song: Easy Plateau

This double CD is one of three new releases expected this year from the ever prolific singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. He's joined by a backing band here called The Cardinals. We first featured Adams on All Songs Considered episode 18.

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Cold Roses
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The Forgotten Arm

King of the Jailhouse

  • Artist: Aimee Mann
  • Album: The Forgotten Arm
  • Song: King of the Jailhouse

Aimee Mann got her start in the early '80s as the lead singer for the pop group Til Tuesday. She broke up the band in 1989 and embarked on a solo career. Mann finds inspiration for her latest CD in a new hobby of hers: boxing.

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The Forgotten Arm
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You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper

Four Walls

  • Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Album: You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper
  • Song: Four Walls

Doyle Lawson grew up in rural Tennessee, where he learned the mandolin. His inspiration was the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe. The vocal harmonies on this CD are beautiful.

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You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper
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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

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Husk

Slip

  • Artist: Liz Durrett
  • Album: Husk
  • Song: Slip

From Georgia, Liz Durrett writes sleepy-slow, spare story songs. Her uncle, Vic Chesnutt produced her debut CD and performs on some of the tracks.

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Husk
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The Sunlandic Twins

So Begins Our Alabee

  • Artist: Of Montreal
  • Album: The Sunlandic Twins
  • Song: So Begins Our Alabee

Of Montreal is part of the Elephant Six recording collective, a group a musicians with shared interests who play in each others bands, including The Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Olivia Tremor Control.

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So Begins Our Alabee
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The Sunlandic Twins
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Of Montreal
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Polyvinyl

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Oceans Apart

Here Comes a City

  • Artist: The Go-Betweens
  • Album: Oceans Apart
  • Song: Here Comes a City

Originally formed in the early 1980s, The Go-Betweens were a new wave group with a cult following until their break up in 1989. They reunited in 2000 and collaborated with all three members of Sleater-Kinney for a new album. This is The Go-Betweens third new release since getting back together.

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Oceans Apart
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The Go-Betweens
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Yep Roc

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Dimmer.

Breathe in the Disease

  • Artist: The Zincs
  • Album: Dimmer.
  • Song: Breathe in the Disease

Originally from England, Jim Elkington started the Zincs as a solo project, drawing inspiration from British folk. Now living in Chicago, he recorded this album with a backup band. It's his debut for the Thrill Jockey label.

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No Business

Downloading

  • Artist: Negativland
  • Album: No Business
  • Song: Downloading

The members of Negativland have been making wildly experimental and satirical sound collages since the late 1970s. Their latest CD, which includes 50 pages of liner notes, takes on the recording industry, particularly on this track about file sharing.

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