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New Mix: A Premiere From M. Ward, Julia Holter And More

February 21st, 2012

Episode 385 of 811 episodes

This week on All Songs Considered, M. Ward puts his many side projects aside to record a new solo album — one that explores the moody songwriter's cheerier side. A Wasteland Companion isn't out until April, but we've got an exclusive sneak preview of the song "Primitive Girl." Also on the show: no-frills blues-rock from Ohio's Mount Carmel, a snowballing slow-burner from London's Dry the River and shoegazey pop from Minnesota's Now, Now (whose members met in marching band). Plus, Julia Holter and Tiny Victories get playful with the tools and conventions of electronic music, and a CD picked solely for its cover art turns out to be from NPR's own backyard. Mount Carmel Album: Real Women Song: Swaggs Dry the River Album: Shallow Bed Song: Lion's Den Now, Now Album: Threads Song: Prehistoric Julia Holter Album: Ekstasis Song: Für Felix Office of Future Plans Album: Office of Future Plans Song: Harden Your Heart M. Ward Album: A Wasteland Companion Song: Primitive Girl Tiny Victories Album: Those Of Us Still Alive EP Song: Mr. Bones

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