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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'

Courtesy of the artist

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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Favorite Sessions
11:41 am
Wed August 8, 2012

KCRW Presents: Delta Rae

KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:45 am

The North Carolina sextet Delta Rae first caught my attention with its swampy track "Bottom of the River." The group came to our studios with a setup unlike any other band we've hosted at KCRW: a metal trashcan, a large chain and many pairs of drumsticks. Four members of Delta Rae sing lead, while everyone in the band joins in to create a cacophony of bluesy, gospel-tinged pop music, complete with stomping feet.

All Songs Considered Blog
10:39 am
Wed August 8, 2012

First Watch: Wolf Larsen, 'If I Be Wrong'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:14 pm

Wolf Larsen's life is a complicated mix of mysterious and nearly debilitating health issues and desire to dig deep in art for meaning and hope. Wolf Larsen is the stage name (and pen name) of the singer and writer Sarah Ramey. In 2008, Ramey served as the personal blogger for Obama's presidential campaign and is currently writing a book — The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness — due out in 2013 under her own name. Her new record as Wolf Larsen, Quiet at the Kitchen Door, is a bedroom recording, a project that began as a way to deal with her illness and solitude.

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World Cafe
9:18 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Lisa Marie Presley On World Cafe

Lisa Marie Presley.
Courtesy of the artist

Being the only child of rock 'n' roll's king has kept Lisa Marie Presley under a long shadow, but she's found ways to make her music stand out that don't involve her lineage or occasionally stormy personal life.

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Field Recordings
9:13 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Now, Now At Graffiti Park

Now, Now performs for a Field Recording video at Graffiti Park in Austin, Texas, during SXSW in 2012
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:34 am

The "Graffiti Park" in Austin, Texas, is stunning from any angle: Essentially a giant public canvas, the staggered façade on Baylor Street is constantly refreshed with new eye-popping murals by aerosol artists. When the members of Now, Now met us there, they were good enough sports to haul their guitars and amplifiers all the way to the top.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:08 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Song Premiere: Enslaved, 'Thoughts Like Hammers'

Enslaved.
Christian Misje

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:16 pm

In its 21-year career, Enslaved has stayed ahead of the curve. While defenders of the orthodox black-metal sound have a field day hating modern-day mold-breakers like Wolves in the Throne Room and Deafheaven, Enslaved was tearing down Valhalla with Pink Floyd-ian psychedelia and '70s prog-rock back around 2000's Mardraum.

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