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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

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Discussion: The Year's Best Music (So Far)

June 15th, 2011

Episode 346 of 811 episodes

Around this time each year, the All Songs Considered gang pauses to marvel at how quickly the months are passing, and to reflect on some of the memorable music that's come out so far. What have been some of 2011's biggest surprises? Who are some of the best new artists? NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and reviewer Ann Powers join co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to share some of the songs and albums they think have helped define the first half of 2011. Songs in this episode: Rubber Artist: Yuck Album: Yuck House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls Artist: The Weeknd Album: House of Balloons The Wilhelm Scream Artist: James Blake Album: James Blake We Sing In Time Artist: The Lonely Forest Album: Arrows Firewall Artist: Bright Eyes Album: The People's Key Red Horse (Judges II) Artist: Colin Stetson Album: New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges Flown Artist: Julianna Barwick Album: The Magic Place Coney Island Winter Artist: Garland Jeffreys Album: King of In Between Bloom Artist: Radiohead Album: The King Of Limbs Bizness Artist: tUnE-yArDs Album: w h o k i l l Civilian Artist: Wye Oak Album: Civilian Bubble Artist: King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Album: Diamond Mine Country Clutter Artist: Dolorean Album: The Unfazed Someone Like You Artist: Adele Album: 21 Helplessness Blues Artist: Fleet Foxes Album: Helplessness Blues Abducted Artist: Cults Album: Cults Album: Cults

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