New Mix: The Monkees, Esmé Patterson, Adia Victoria, Matt The Electrician, More : All Songs Considered On this week's episode we've got one of the sunniest bands of all time, mesmerizing music from the Sahara and an elegy to growing old.
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New Mix: The Monkees, Esmé Patterson, Adia Victoria, Matt The Electrician, More

New Mix: The Monkees, Esmé Patterson, Adia Victoria, Matt The Electrician, More

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On this week's episode we've got one of the sunniest bands of all time, mesmerizing music from the Sahara and an elegy to growing old.

Co-host Robin Hilton gets things started with a sweetly sad song from Matt The Electrician, a pop-folk singer based in Austin who no longer has anything to do with his own hands, while host Bob Boilen follows with Esmé Patterson, a singer with roots in folk music and a new album that stretches into the world of gritty rock.

Also on the show: The Monkees celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with a new album that includes the bubbly pop song "You Bring The Summer;" singer Adia Victoria sings sultry blues with a distinctive voice and the Algerian band Imarhan has an incredible debut album of Tuareg music.

But before we get to any music, Bob explains how he ended up flat on his back on a train platform.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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02I Don't Have Anything To Do With My Hands

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    I Don't Have Anything To Do With My Hands
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    The Party/I Don't Have Anything To Do With My Hands
    Artist
    Matt The Electrician
    Released
    1969

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Matt The Electrician

  • Song: I Don't Have Anything To Do With My Hands
  • from The Party/I Don't Have Anything To Do With My Hands

Matt The Electrician is known off stage as Matt Sever, a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas who actually was an electrician before turning to music full time. He recorded this song with Dana Falconberry, a singer we know best for making whimsical tunes with sweet harmonies.

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The Party/I Don't Have Anything To Do With My Hands
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The Party/I Don't Have Anything To Do With My Hands
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Matt The Electrician

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01Feel Right

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    Feel Right
    Album
    We Were Wild
    Artist
    Esmé Patterson
    Label
    Universal Music
    Released
    2016

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Esmé Patterson

  • Song: Feel Right
  • from We Were Wild

We first discovered Esmé Patterson in 2015, singing on the Shakey Graves song "Dearly Departed." Now she's back with a new solo album that finds her stretching from her folk roots toward gritty rock.

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We Were Wild
Album
We Were Wild
Artist
Esmé Patterson
Label
Universal Music
Released
2016

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02You Bring The Summer

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    You Bring The Summer
    Album
    Good Times!
    Artist
    The Monkees
    Label
    Warner Bros.
    Released
    2016

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The Monkees

  • Song: You Bring The Summer
  • from Good Times!

The three surviving original members of The Monkees celebrate the band's 50th anniversary this year with a new album of sunny and reflective pop songs, including tracks penned by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Paul Weller. This song, "You Bring The Summer," was written by Andy Partridge of the band XTC.

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Good Times!
Album
Good Times!
Artist
The Monkees
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2016

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04Mortimer's Blues

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    Mortimer's Blues
    Album
    Beyond the Bloodhounds
    Artist
    Adia Victoria
    Label
    Atlantic
    Released
    1969

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Adia Victoria

  • Song: Mortimer's Blues
  • from Beyond the Bloodhounds

Adia Victoria is a Nashville-based singer with a sultry, slithering voice. Her debut full-length, Beyond The Bloodhounds, is a dark and bluesy record. Keep an eye out for her Tiny Desk performance, coming soon.

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Beyond the Bloodhounds
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Beyond the Bloodhounds
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Adia Victoria
Label
Atlantic

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01Assossamagh

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    Assossamagh
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    Imarhan
    Artist
    Imarhan
    Label
    City Slang
    Released
    2016

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Imarhan

  • Song: Assossamagh

Imarhan is a group of musicians from Algeria making Tuareg music, a rhythmic, trance-inducing form popular in the Sahara Desert region. The group's self-titled debut album is perfect for every time and occasion — from early morning hours to late nights, alone in meditation or dancing with others. Imarhan roughly translates to "those who wish you well."

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Imarhan
Album
Imarhan
Artist
Imarhan
Label
City Slang
Released
2016

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