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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.)


Liz Phair, The Books, Ra Ra Riot, Vijay Iyer, More

July 19th, 2010

Episode 292 of 811 episodes

Rock guitarist and singer Liz Phair is back from a five-year hiatus with one of the most unusual and creative albums of her career, but hardly anyone has noticed. That's because she quietly self-released the record on her website, over the fourth of July weekend. On this edition of All Songs Considered we share a cut from the new album Funstyle. Also on the show: A gorgeous new solo record from Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey; a mesmerizing sound collage from The Books; feel-good garage rock from Agent Ribbons; new-folk singer David Dondero; Icelandic artist Olof Arnalds; jazz pianist Vijay Iyer covers a classic pop song from the '80s; and the New York-based rock group Ra Ra Riot returns with an epic sophomore release.

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