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12:03 am
Sun August 12, 2012

The Zombies: Reaching Across Decades

The Zombies' Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent in the studio. The band's latest album is titled Breathe Out, Breathe In.
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Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

The Zombies' third studio album, Odessey and Oracle, spawned what may be the band's best-known song, "Time of the Season." But the record wasn't a big success when it first came out in 1968. In fact, The Zombies' original lineup disbanded before Odessey and Oracle even came out.

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World Cafe
1:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Best Coast On World Cafe

Best Coast.
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Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 3:29 pm

Best Coast is known for simple, beachy pop songs, but the L.A. duo's new album The Only Place steps up the production quality significantly. Singer Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno are driven by shared appreciation: Crazy For You and the new record both showcase the pair's infectious love of California.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:12 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From S. Carey

Ollie Millington Redferns

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:19 am

This week's quiz comes from Sean Carey, the drummer for Bon Iver and a fantastic solo artist (who records and performs as S. Carey). We featured his stunningly beautiful debut album, All We Grow in our First Listen series back in 2010. Earlier this summer he released the EP Hoyas.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:52 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Jens Lekman's Charming New Video, 'I Know What Love Isn't'

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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:39 pm

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The Record
9:10 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Muse's Matt Bellamy On His Band's Ridiculous(ly Awesome) Olympic Anthem

Muse: (from left) Chris Wolstenholme, Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:20 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:03 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Song Premiere: Dysrhythmia, 'In Secrecy'

Dysrhythmia.
Johnny DeBlase

Dysrhythmia makes the kind of highly charged, neck-breaking instrumental metal that fuels late nights spent glued to a glowing screen. Besides inadvertently creating an alternate soundtrack to Contra, Dysrhythmia inspires gape-jawed awe: These musicians are ridiculously adept at their instruments, but have also embraced an otherworldly melodicism that keeps listeners hooked — especially throughout "In Secrecy," the opening cut from the band's forthcoming sixth album, Test of Submission.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:30 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Song Premiere: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, 'The Killing Type'

Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:40 pm

I'm trying to imagine Amanda Palmer, in Amsterdam, working on this show-stopping rocker on a ukulele. But she did, and she'll tell you the tale below. This song is from the about-to-be-released album Theatre Is Evil, billed as Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra. The record was produced by John Congleton and is out on September 11.

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World Cafe
1:13 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Alejandro Escovedo On World Cafe

Alejandro Escovedo.
Todd Wolfson

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 1:32 pm

Alejandro Escovedo has played virtually every kind of rock 'n' roll there is to play, from punk to orchestral to country, during a career dating back to the 1970s.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:41 am
Thu August 9, 2012

First Watch: Lord Huron, 'Time To Run'

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For the L.A. band Lord Huron, there's far more to music than merely playing sweetly summery, rhythmically inventive pop. There's also an air of mystery: a desire to tell stories, play with identities and craft visuals to complement its sounds. The bouncy "Time to Run" is a tremendously ingratiating song, but the band's video piles on new dimensions to make it that much richer.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:49 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 8

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:02 am

We started this series of polls, like so many of the things we write and think about, with a simple water cooler conversation. After learning that the entire NPR music team loved Paul Simon's Graceland, we began to wonder whether it's possible to make a top ten list of albums everyone can agree on.

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