New Mix: JR JR, Thunderbitch, Chris Walla, More : All Songs Considered This week's show is split much like some of our favorite records: The A-side is loud and fast. The B-side is slow and quiet.
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New Mix: JR JR, Thunderbitch, Chris Walla, More

New Mix: JR JR, Thunderbitch, Chris Walla, More

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Clockwise from upper left: JR JR, Chris Walla, Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Thunderbitch. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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This week's show is split much like some of our favorite records: The A-side is loud and fast. The B-side is slow and quiet.

Co-host Robin Hilton kicks things off with Thunderbitch, a raucous side project from Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. We quickly follow with bursts of infectious ear candy from the Louisiana-based art pop group Givers and a re-tooled JR JR (until recently known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.), before slowing things down slightly with the transfixing singer Jill Andrews.

Then it's time to take a deep breath and breathe in the light of our B-side, mixed by host Bob Boilen. We start with two projects from the Icelandic electronic artist Ólafur Arnalds, one a collaboration with experimental pianist Nils Frahm, the other a stunning new interpretation of music by Chopin. We close with a surprising ambient solo album from former Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla and an enchanting new album from Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Ségal.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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04Eastside Party

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    Eastside Party
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    Thunderbitch
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    Thunderbitch
    Label
    Thunderbitch Records
    Released
    2015

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Thunderbitch

  • Song: Eastside Party

Thunderbitch is the take-no-prisoners side project for Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. Thunderbitch quietly released its debut full-length record online with little warning. But the album is heart-pounding thrill ride of party-rock.

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Thunderbitch
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Thunderbitch
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Thunderbitch
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Thunderbitch Records
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2015

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02Bermuda

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    Bermuda
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    New Kingdom
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    GIVERS
    Label
    Glassnote Entertainment Group
    Released
    2015

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GIVERS

  • Song: Bermuda
  • from New Kingdom

The members of the Louisiana-based band Givers got their start playing zydeco, jazz and Cajun music. But you'd never know that when you listen to the group's latest record, New Kingdom. This cut is full of sonic wonders, including a gnarled, polyrhythmic jam.

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New Kingdom
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GIVERS
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Glassnote Entertainment Group

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01As Time Goes

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    As Time Goes
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    JR JR
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    JR JR
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    Warner Bros.
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    2015

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JR JR

  • Song: As Time Goes

Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott, the two guys behind the band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., have grown up a lot since forming the band in 2009. This year they changed their name to the abbreviated JR JR, and are back with this introspective pop gem on the passage of time and growing old.

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Jr Jr
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Jr Jr
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
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Warner Bros.
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2015

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05Cannibal

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    War Inside
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Jill Andrews

  • Song: Cannibal
  • from War Inside

Singer Jill Andrews got her start playing folk, country and bluegrass in the band The Everybodyfields. Her latest solo album is a moody pop record that includes this seductive slow-burner, "Cannibal."

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War Inside
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War Inside
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Jill Andrews
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2015

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01Four

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Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm

  • Song: Four
  • from Loon

Icelandic electronic artist Ólafur Arnalds is known in part for his inspired collaborations. Here he joins experimental pianist Nils Frahm for a collection of gorgeous, transporting instrumental pieces.

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04Reminiscence

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    Reminiscence
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    The Chopin Project
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    Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott
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    Mercury Classics
    Released
    2015

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Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott

  • Song: Reminiscence
  • from The Chopin Project

For this collaboration, Ólafur Arnalds went into the studio with classical pianist Alice Sara Ott. Together they reimagined the music of Frédéric Chopin, taking the composer's work in surprising new directions.

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The Chopin Project
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The Chopin Project
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Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott
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Mercury Classics
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2015

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01Kanta's Theme

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    Kanta's Theme
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    Tape Loops
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    Chris Walla
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    Trans
    Released
    1969

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Chris Walla

  • Song: Kanta's Theme
  • from Tape Loops

Chris Walla is best-known for his incredible work with the band Death Cab For Cutie, as both a producer and multi-instrumentalist. But Walla's new solo album is an ambient record made using analog tape loops.

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04N'kapalema

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    Musique de Nuit
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    Ballaké Sissoko/Vincent Segal
    Label
    Six Degrees
    Released
    2015

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Ballaké Sissoko/Vincent Segal

  • Song: N'kapalema
  • from Musique de Nuit

Ballaké Sissoko is a famed kora player from Mali. Vincent Ségal is a French cellist. The two first worked together on the beautiful 2009 album, Chamber Music. Six years later they're back with another collection of sweetly soothing instrumental cuts called Musique de Nuit.

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Musique de Nuit
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Musique de Nuit
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Ballaké Sissoko/Vincent Segal
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Six Degrees
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2015

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