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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.)


This Week's Essential Listening, From Animal Collective, Cat Power, Menomena And More

August 29th, 2012

Episode 416 of 797 episodes

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back from their 2012 World Tour, which is to say they visited Seattle and Portland, Ore. last week, and have returned with a batch of new songs and stories to share. On the west coast Bob and Robin hosted a couple of listening parties, where they played music for an audience, the audience got to rate the songs, then everyone talked about them, just like hardcore music fans. They were joined by Telekinesis frontman Michael Benjamin Lerner, KEXP DJ Kevin Cole, and Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. On this week's show we hear some of the songs they played, including a heartrending new cut from rapper Macklemore called "Same Love," and the stunning title cut from Cat Power's new record, Sun. Also on the show: A peek at Animal Collective's latest sonic adventures on the group's new album Centipede Hz; The Brooklyn-based duo Buke and Gase are back with an equally adventurous EP called Function Falls; We've got a gritty new song from Menomena, and composer and arranger Matthew E. White pays homage to early Randy Newman Americana on White's debut solo record, Big Inner. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Album: Same Love Song: Same Love Cat Power Album: Sun Song: Sun Animal Collective Album: Centipede Hz Song: Moonjock Buke & Gase Album: Function Falls Song: Fussrate Menomena Album: Moms Song: Capsule Matthew E. White Album: Big Inner Song: Big Love

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