New Mix: Suuns, Autolux, Adult Jazz, More : All Songs Considered On this week's episode of All Songs: A visit from one of our favorite producers and musicians, the one and only John Congleton, plus the week's best new music.
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New Mix: Suuns, Autolux, Adult Jazz, More

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New Mix: Suuns, Autolux, Adult Jazz, More

New Mix: Suuns, Autolux, Adult Jazz, More

New Mix: Suuns, Autolux, Adult Jazz, More

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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore some warped musical territory with a little help from one of our friends: producer and musician John Congleton. John turns us on to the deliberate, unrelenting music of Montreal's Suuns, a record he was excited to produce.

Also on the show: Bob can't stop listening to the dark humor of teenage psych-pop duo Let's Eat Grandma, Robin takes us into the fractured world of Autolux and changes things up with the tranquil Zen of Mutual Benefit and closes the show with the searching, deconstructive music of Adult Jazz.

Songs Featured On This Week's Episode

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09Paralyzer

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    Paralyzer
    Album
    Hold/Still
    Artist
    Suuns
    Label
    Secretly Canadian
    Released
    2016

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Suuns

  • Song: Paralyzer
  • from Hold/Still

The members of Suuns are extremely deliberate and forward-thinking. According to John Congleton, who produced the group's new LP, Hold/Still, every note, rhythm and lyric the band composes is 100% intentional. He finds a transcendent quality to its unrelenting sound.

Hold/Still is out now on Secretly Canadian.

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Song
Hold/Still
Album
Hold/Still
Artist
Suuns
Label
Secretly Canadian
Released
2016

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Autolux

  • Song: Soft Scene
  • from Pussy's Dead

Pussy's Dead is only Autolux's third LP in its 15-year history as a band. The music is warped and disjointed by fractured chord progressions and shifting beats. That sound, sculpted by producer BOOTS, revolves around the drums and percussion provided by Carla Azar, a frequent Jack White collaborator.

Pussy's Dead is out now on 30th Century Records.

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Song
Pussy's Dead
Album
Pussy's Dead
Artist
Autolux
Label
Sony Music
Released
2016

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06Rapunzel

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    Rapunzel
    Album
    I, Gemini
    Artist
    Let's Eat Grandma
    Label
    Transgressive
    Released
    2016

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Let's Eat Grandma

  • Song: Rapunzel
  • from I, Gemini

Bob cannot stop playing the music of this somewhat creepy teenage duo Let's Eat Grandma. There's a darkness in this music and the stories, but also a real humor embedded in what they do.

I, Gemini is out June 17 on Transgressive Records and available here digitally.

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I, Gemini
Album
I, Gemini
Artist
Let's Eat Grandma
Label
Transgressive
Released
2016

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12Hereafter

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    Hereafter
    Album
    Skip A Sinking Stone
    Artist
    Mutual Benefit
    Label
    Transgressive
    Released
    2016

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Mutual Benefit

  • Song: Hereafter
  • from Skip A Sinking Stone

Mutual Benefit's Jordan Lee was inspired to compose "The Hereafter" after stumbling onto a guhzeng, a kind of Chinese zither, at a friend's studio. He builds the song around a simple guhzeng melody that lends itself perfectly to the Zen-like themes about the impermanence of life.

Skip A Sinking Stone is out May 20 on Mom + Pop.

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Skip A Sinking Stone
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Skip A Sinking Stone
Artist
Mutual Benefit
Label
Transgressive
Released
2016

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01Earrings Off!

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    Earrings Off!
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    Earrings Off!
    Artist
    Adult Jazz
    Label
    Tri Angle
    Released
    2016

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Adult Jazz

  • Song: Earrings Off!
  • from Earrings Off!

Like Suuns and Autolux, Adult Jazz's new work seeks to break down the familiar: The group takes standard chord progressions, melodies and rhythms and tear the elements apart. Adult Jazz pairs this deconstruction of musical elements with a deconstruction of gender identity on its new concept record Earrings Off. The title track asks the question, "What would you be like if you weren't ever told you were a boy or a girl?"

Earrings Off is out May 20 on Tri Angle Records.

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Earrings Off!
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Earrings Off!
Artist
Adult Jazz
Label
Tri Angle
Released
2016

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