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All Songs TV
7:58 am
Thu June 5, 2014

American Football, 'Never Meant'

Still from "Never Meant."
Chris Strong

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:54 am

Director Chris Strong took his inspiration for the video directly from the album's darkly glowing artwork:

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All Songs Considered
6:52 am
Thu June 5, 2014

After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview

Spoon.
Tom Hines Courtesy Of The Artist

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 8:30 am

Spoon's first album in four years is called They Want My Soul. It won't be released until Aug. 5, but frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recently joined All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of the record and share the stories behind it. You can hear the full interview using the link above, or read edited highlights below.

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World Cafe
1:34 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Jessica Lea Mayfield On World Cafe

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
LeAnn Mueller Courtesy of the artist

In 2007, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach discovered an EP by an artist called Chittlin, who hailed from Kent, Ohio — an area near his hometown of Akron. The voice behind Chittlin was 15-year-old Jessica Lea Mayfield, a singer-songwriter who'd been performing in a bluegrass band with her family since she was 8. Her languid tone had a simple power and reflected a sentiment that seemed wise beyond her years.

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Music News
1:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Well, All Right, Starchild, The Mothership Is Back

George Clinton emerges from Parliament-Funkadelic's Mothership on June 4, 1977, at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:18 pm

"Do y'all want to fly this evening? Do you want to ride on the Mothership?"

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Music Interviews
12:23 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk

Bob Mould's latest album is Beauty & Ruin.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:26 pm

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World Cafe
2:21 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Noah Gundersen On World Cafe

Noah Gundersen.
Phillip Harder Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:11 am

Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen grew up in a strict Christian household with limited access to secular music. Nevertheless, he self-released his first record at 13 and played with his sister in the band The Courage.

Now 25, Gundersen came out with a new album, Ledges, earlier this year. He self-produced the record, which was recorded at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's studio. On this episode of World Cafe, he plays a few songs from Ledges.

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Favorite Sessions
9:43 am
Tue June 3, 2014

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos performs live for WAMU's Bandwidth.
Maggie Famiglietti WAMU

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:17 pm

New York's Greta Kline has been cranking out lo-fi releases over the last few years under a number of different aliases. This spring, she released her debut full-length, Zentropy, as Frankie Cosmos — her first recording with a band.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New Mix: Premieres From Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, More

Clockwise from upper left: Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, Shinedoe.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:34 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we highlight music that reflects on the passage of time, with special premieres from Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone and more.

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All Songs Considered
1:33 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

A 'Pink Frost' Remake Heralds The Return Of The Chills

The original art to The Chills' "Pink Frost" 7" single.
Courtesy of the artist

In certain corners of the record-collecting world, few rock songs are revered as much as The Chills' "Pink Frost." The tune turns 30 this year, and to celebrate, the band has re-recorded it and included it as the B-side to its first single since 1995.

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Favorite Sessions
11:09 am
Mon June 2, 2014

KEXP Presents: tUnE-yArDs

Dave Lichterman KEXP

The typography of the band's name — tUnE-yArDs — mirrors the ecstatic rhythms of its new album. For Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus has traveled far, sonically and literally, to expand upon the conceit of her self-recorded debut and turn tUnE-yArDs into a communal tribe of singers, dancers and performers.

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