We kick off this week's All Songs Considered with new music from Wilco. The band surprised fans by dropping a new album out of the blue late last week. It's called ... wait for it ... Star Wars, and Wilco is letting everyone download it for free from the group's website (for a month). But don't let the playful name fool you. Star Wars is one of Wilco's trippiest, most inventive and surprising releases in 20 years of making music.
We're pretty impressed with the new Amy Helm CD 'Didn't it Rain', and look forward to playing it for you on Friday 7/24 at 12 noon on KSUT. This solo project is also the result of the final recording sessions of her father Levon Helm, who acted as the project’s executive producer as well as adding his unmistakable drumming on three tracks.
Julien Baker started making her own music as a way to stay creative during the school year at Middle Tennessee State University. (MTSU is in Murfreesboro, and her band Forrister is Memphis-based.) It's this music-as-exercise mentality that lends her debut album Sprained Ankle the starkness and intimacy of a note to self.
Warren Haynes is best known for playing lead guitar for Gov't Mule and being in the final lineup of The Allman Brothers Band, who recently put their career to bed with a last series of concerts at The Beacon Theater in New York. Meanwhile, Haynes has been making solo studio albums, each with a distinct style. His last one, 2011's Man in Motion, was his soul album.
Joking that they're "twice as good live" with the addition of a drummer and second guitarist, Brooklyn duo Tanlines returns to the KEXP studio to perform songs from their dreamy new album, Highlights, including the wonderfully warm summer escape, "Slipping Away."