Paul McCartney, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Iggy Pop

New music from Paul McCartney; A revival for folk artist Vashti Bunyan; New Brit pop from Supergrass; The howl of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; A lovely night with singer Richard Swift; Brothers and sisters: The Magic Numbers; Master sitar player Anoushka Shankar; Quirky, atmospheric pop from Laura Veirs; A new collection of songs by Iggy Pop.

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Paul McCartney, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Iggy Pop

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

How Kind of You

  • Artist: Paul McCartney
  • Album: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
  • Song: How Kind of You

It's not likely to become a classic, but Paul McCartney's latest CD is widely regarded as his best work in years.

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How Kind of You
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Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
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Paul McCartney
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EMI/Parlophone

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Lookaftering

Brother

  • Artist: Vashti Bunyan
  • Album: Lookaftering
  • Song: Brother

Vashti Bunyan was a British folk artist in the late '60s who released one critically-acclaimed album before dropping out of the music business and disappearing. With the popularity of new folk growing, Bunyan has reappeared and released a new CD with help from Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and other new-acoustic artists.

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Brother
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Lookaftering
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Vashti Bunyan
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Dicristina Stair

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Road to Rouen

Roxy

  • Artist: Supergrass
  • Album: Road to Rouen
  • Song: Roxy

Supergrass got their start in the mid '90s, releasing their first CD when most of the members were still in their teens. Ten years later they've released their fifth full-length album -- a collection of trippy pop tunes, including this epic track "Roxy."

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Roxy
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Road to Rouen
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Supergrass
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Capitol

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Howl

Howl

  • Artist: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • Album: Howl
  • Song: Howl

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club get their name from Marlon Brando's gang in the 1953 film The Wild One. Though the group has written and recorded harder rock in the past, their new album is more a blend of R&B and country.

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Howl
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Howl
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
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Red Ink

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The Novelist / Walking Without Effort

Lovely Night

  • Artist: Richard Swift
  • Album: Novelist/Walking Without Effort [Secretly Canadian]
  • Song: Lovely Night

Richard Swift is a lo-fi, experimental sound artist who writes songs rooted somewhere between Tin Pan Alley and '70s songstylists like Van Dyke Parks. Swift self-released two mini-albums -- Walking Without Effort in 2001 and The Novelist in 2003 -- but neither received much notice. He's since signed with Secretly Canadian records, which has re-released Swift's two efforts as a single collection.

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Lovely Night
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The Novelist / Walking Without Effort
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Richard Swift
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Imusic

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The Magic Numbers

Mornings Eleven

  • Artist: The Magic Numbers
  • Album: The Magic Numbers [Bonus Track]
  • Song: Mornings Eleven

The Magic Numbers are Romeo Stodart and his sister Michelle from Trinidad with Sean Gannon and his sister, Angela from New York. Their music is layered with harmonies in the spirit of the Mamas and the Papas with poppy-sweet, love-lorn lyrics.

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Mornings Eleven
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The Magic Numbers
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The Magic Numbers
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Capitol/Heavenly

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Rise

Sinister Grains

  • Artist: Anoushka Shankar
  • Album: Rise
  • Song: Sinister Grains

Anoushka Shankar is the daughter of sitar grandmaster Ravi Shankar and a masterful sitar player herself. Anoushka wrote and arranged all the songs for her latest CD, Rise.

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Sinister Grains
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Rise
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Anoushka Shankar
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Angel

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Year of Meteors

Galaxies

  • Artist: Laura Veirs
  • Album: Year of Meteors
  • Song: Galaxies

Laura Veirs writes quirky, atmospheric pop with perfectly-placed electronic warbles. She was previously featured on All Songs Considered episode 70.

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Galaxies
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Year of Meteors
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Laura Veirs
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Kill Rock Stars

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A Million in Prizes: The Anthology

Lust for Life

  • Artist: Iggy Pop
  • Album: A Million in Prizes: The Anthology
  • Song: Lust for Life

Widely considered the Godfather of punk, Iggy Pop's most popular work is recalled on this new best-of collection, which includes this hit he co-produced with David Bowie.

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Lust for Life
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A Million in Prizes: The Anthology
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Iggy Pop
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Virgin

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