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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.)


New Year, New Mix: St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, More

January 7th, 2014

Episode 494 of 811 episodes

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back from their holiday journey to the heartland, rested and ready to celebrate the new year with a batch of new music from some of their favorite artists, and latest discoveries.Robin kicks things off with a new cut from St. Vincent, an artist who continues to redefine what it means to rock an electric guitar. Her new, self-titled album isn't out until late February, but you can get a good taste of it with the fantastically gritty, disjointed song "Digital Witness."Also on the show: Bruce Springsteen reimagines his somber, acoustic classic, "The Ghost Of Tom Joad," as massive, noisy rock song, courtesy of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello; Lost In The Trees, a band normally defined by its lush string arrangements, is back with a brand new sound; singer, songwriter Damien Jurado takes us on a journey through an imaginary world where everyone is named "Silver," and Bob Boilen shares some bold and beautiful new discoveries from the Swedish duo I Break Horses and Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Danny Brewer, who writes and records as Besides Daniel.Songs Featured On This EpisodeSt. VincentAlbum: St. VincentSong: Digital WitnessI Break HorsesAlbum: ChiaroscuroSong: DenialDamien JuradoAlbum: Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal SonSong: Silver TimothyLost in the TreesAlbum: Past LifeSong: Past LifeBruce SpringsteenAlbum: High HopesSong: Ghost of Tom JoadBesides DanielAlbum: This Marvelous GriefSong: Untouched and Burning

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