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This Week's Picks: The Mynabirds, St. Vincent, Fiona Apple And More

April 24th, 2012

Episode 398 of 797 episodes

Okay, who let Bob Boilen have a book of "rock 'n' roll" baby names? The damage is done, and he's discovered that people named "Bob" are "beloved weirdos." This revelation led Bob and Robin on a trip to find a few of their favorite "beloved weirdos" who are making great music today. St. Vincent's Annie Clark is one (emphasis on the "beloved" and creative side), with her continuous quest to craft denser, darker rock songs. Clark's new song, "GROT" — the B-side to her Record Store Day single — mixes wordless, haunting vocals with aggressive blasts of guitars and drums to create a beautiful clash of harmony and noise. Also on this week's show: Fiona Apple just released her first new song in seven years and we've got it. "Every Single Night" is a highly detailed, orchestral imagining of her own creative process; The Mynabirds' members get political with the fierce, stomping cut "Generals"; a sneak preview of the brooding, epic new full-length from Exitmusic; and Fenster crafts dreamy bedroom pop with "White to Red." St. Vincent Album: KrokodilSong: Grot The Mynabirds Album: Generals Song: Generals Fiona Apple Album: The Idler Wheel... Song: Every Single Night Fenster Album: Bones Song: White to Red Exitmusic Album: Passage Song: The Night

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