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Clockwise from upper left: Nico Vega, Joe Henry, Dub Thompson, Broken Twin
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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton kick off this week's All Songs Considered with a song that's 160 years old but still resonates. Guitarist Marisa Anderson offers a transporting, solo electric version of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More," an ever-relevant tune about pausing to enjoy "life's pleasures and count its many tears."
Also on the show, we've got premieres from singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Henry, and the rapturous rock group Nico Vega. Henry's epic new song, "Sparrow," from his upcoming album Invisible Hour, is a deeply moving reflection on a long life filled with awe and wonder, while Nico Vega's "I'm On Fire" is a joyful, fist-pumping pop ode to "funky dance" moves.
Plus, a stunning, mostly a cappella song showcasing the gorgeous voice of Danish singer Majke Voss Romme; the gnarled, shape shifting beats of Dub Thompson; and Priests, a D.C. band making punk rock for the 21st century.
01Hard Times Come Again No More
- Song: Hard Times Come Again No More
- from Traditional And Public Domain Songs
Host Bob Boilen discovered Marisa Anderson performing at a house concert in D.C. and fell in love with her gifted, unaffected interpretations of traditional songs, including this 1854 parlor tune from Stephen Foster. This album is available from Marisa Anderson's web site.
- Song: Sparrow
- from Invisible Hour
Joe Henry has a reputation for crafting roomy sonic spaces that invite meditative exploration. His 13th solo album is a rumbling, reflective collection of acoustic songs he says are mostly "about marriage." But it's more complicated and mysterious than that. Read more from Joe Henry's web site.
- Song: No Time
- from 9 Songs
Dub Thompson is a duo from Agoura Hills, north of Los Angeles. Gutiarist Matt Pulos and drummer Evan Laffer are just 19 years old, and make intense, hook-filled grooves. Their album, 9 Songs (which has only 8 tracks), is available from the Dub Thompson web site.
- Song: If Pilots Go To Heaven
- from May
Broken Twin is the musical project of Danish singer Majke Voss Romme. Her gorgeous, haunting voice carries the bulk of the songs on her remarkable debut full-length from Anti- Records.
- Song: I'm On Fire
- from Lead To Light
Nico Vega's latest album is an effervescent, joyful collection of fist-pumping pop tunes. This cut is also available via iTunes.