New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More : All Songs Considered On this week's All Songs Considered, we share songs that are punk in spirit, synth-fueled, noisy and touched with real-life tragedy.
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New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

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New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

New Mix: Wilco, Sleigh Bells, The Julie Ruin, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

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On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, we play new music from old favorites Wilco, JEFF The Brotherhood and Sleigh Bells. We also share songs from artists we've only just found out about: Bob introduces us to the young, Singapore-based Linying and our intern Sophie brings us Globelamp.

Robin points out that the very sad "Play That One Again," from Greg Laswell's album Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, has its roots in real-life heartache: Laswell wrote the song in the wake of a divorce and while watching a parent suffer. In a track from Sleigh Bells, we hear the band grow out of their noise pop sound and into something a little more muted.

But first, it's Robin's last day before vacation so he says goodbye for now and eats one too many packs of Smarties.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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01Punishment

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    Punishment
    Album
    Zone
    Artist
    JEFF The Brotherhood
    Label
    Dine Alone Records
    Released
    2016

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JEFF The Brotherhood

  • Song: Punishment
  • from Zone

At first, JEFF The Brotherhood comes across as a simple rock duo, but if you look past the surface, Bob says, "they're just funny as hell." "Punishment" is a perfect examplet: it pairs fun guitar work and looping with dry humor in the lyrics. The group has a new record coming out in August called Zone, which it calls part of a "spiritual trilogy" with their 2009 and 2011 records.

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Zone
Album
Zone
Artist
JEFF The Brotherhood
Label
Dine Alone Records
Released
2016

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12Time Is Up

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    Time Is Up
    Album
    Hit Reset
    Artist
    The Julie Ruin
    Label
    Hardly Art
    Released
    2016

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The Julie Ruin

  • Song: Time Is Up
  • from Hit Reset

The band is fronted by Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna, so naturally, this latest Julie Ruin album is punk in spirit. "Time Is Up" has super-catchy pop melodies that just make you want to dance. Bonus: Listen to our +1 interview with Hanna about the reissue of Bikini Kill's legacy and its earliest demos.

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Hit Reset
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Hit Reset
Artist
The Julie Ruin
Label
Hardly Art
Released
2016

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01Washington Moon

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    Washington Moon
    Album
    Orange Glow
    Artist
    Globelamp
    Label
    Wichita
    Released
    2016

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Globelamp

  • Song: Washington Moon
  • from Orange Glow

Picked by our intern, Sophie Kemp, "Wasington Moon" plays with fabulous reverb and textured vocals to make the perfect rainy day song. Globelamp is Elizabeth Le Fey, a former Foxygen member whose new psych folk act has a sound akin to Mazzy Star and Melody's Echo Chamber.

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Orange Glow
Album
Orange Glow
Artist
Globelamp
Label
Wichita
Released
2016

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04Heavy Balloon

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    Heavy Balloon
    Album
    House Of Souls
    Artist
    Tele Novella
    Label
    Yellow Year
    Released
    2016

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Tele Novella

  • Song: Heavy Balloon
  • from House Of Souls

Inspired by the classic Velvet Underground song "Caroline Says," this track by the Austin-based band Tele Novella is going to make you so happy. "Heavy Balloon" comes from the band's upcoming debut record House Of Souls.

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House Of Souls
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House Of Souls
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Tele Novella
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Yellow Year
Released
2016

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09Locator

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    Locator
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    Schmilco
    Artist
    Wilco
    Label
    dBpm
    Released
    2016

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Wilco

  • Song: Locator
  • from Schmilco

Robin loves the dark, tense vibe in this new Wilco track from its upcoming album Schmilco. Robin also says that Jeff Tweedy is in a remarkable creative period right now, between last year's Star Wars and the 2014 album Sukirae he made with his son Spencer as Tweedy.

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Schmilco
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Schmilco
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Wilco
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dBpm
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2016

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09Play That One Again

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    Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet
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    Greg Laswell
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    Vanguard
    Released
    2016

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Greg Laswell

  • Song: Play That One Again
  • from Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet

There is so much heartache and longing in this song, not just in the words but also in the melody. At one moment, Laswell sings, "The world's not listening / but I was / I hope you find your bright blue skies." Despite the bass line like a heartbeat and Laswell's beautiful voice, it's a song that comes from a place of absolute tragedy.

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Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet
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Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet
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Greg Laswell
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Vanguard
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2016

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01Alpine

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    Alpine
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    Alpine
    Artist
    Linying
    Label
    Akira Records
    Released
    2016

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Linying

  • Song: Alpine
  • from Alpine

Linying is an artist from Singapore. Her brand new track "Alpine" is sparse, just Linying's vocals, bass, synth and — in the song's hooks — programmed drums. Bob thinks she has a sound like Bon Iver.

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Alpine
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Alpine
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Linying
Label
Akira Records
Released
2016

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01Hyper Dark

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    Hyper Dark
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    Hyper Dark
    Artist
    Sleigh Bells
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    Sleigh Bells
    Released
    2016

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Sleigh Bells

  • Song: Hyper Dark
  • from Hyper Dark

The noise pop duo Sleighs Bells is back. The band says it wanted this new track to "feel like a memory, with details coming in and out of focus." Robin says that the group is growing out of their jagged, noisy sound without totally leaving it behind.

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Hyper Dark
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Hyper Dark
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Sleigh Bells
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Sleigh Bells
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2016

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