Bob Boilen

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Have An Oddly Jolly Christmas: A Quirky Holiday Playlist

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hear an interview with Mitchell Kezin, a Christmas music "crate-digger," searching far and wide for rare holiday music of years past, along with a playlist featuring lesser-known Christmas gems.


Bob And Robin's Holiday In Space

Monday, December 22, 2014

In 2012 we — Bob and Robin, your two intrepid All Songs Considered hosts — celebrated the season by renting a cabin in a snowy woods for a holiday party that nobody came to. Last year we took a road trip to the nation's heartland to discover the ...


Lucinda Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, December 20, 2014

She came to the Tiny Desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion. Lucinda Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.

Williams is on a roll with a new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The ...


Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We love hearing what our listeners think are the best albums of the year. It's a fun way to see how our own picks line up with our audience's, and a chance to discover some surprises we may have missed. (There are always surprises we missed.)

For 2014, our listeners ...


Watch 'Road Dawgs,' A Mini-Documentary About Future Islands

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This was Future Islands' year. After touring hard for eight years and recording four albums, they finally broke through. The latest album, Singles, came out in March. It is a well-loved and grand look at the dramatic and synthy side of this Baltimore band, though it may have ...


In Pictures: After Horrific Attack, Pakistan Picks Up The Pieces

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pakistan is picking up the pieces today after an attack on a school by Taliban militants left 145 people dead.

It's a heart-wrenching story. We've collected the news in a different post. Here, we'll tell the story visually, but fair warning — the photographs are representative of the horrific ...


Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This year, my favorites were quieter than usual. My top three albums have acoustic guitars often as the lead instrument, though the artists — Luluc, Angel Olsen and Rodrigo Amarante — originate from Australia, the U.S. and Brazil, respectively.

Six of my top 10 are led by ...


Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

In the summer of 1971, I was a camp counselor at a sleep-away camp for a bunch of 5- to 7-year-olds. For those eight weeks, I walked home with about $50. I bought a guitar and began to learn the songs I'd come to love from the recently released Tea ...


First Watch: U2 'Song For Someone'

Monday, December 08, 2014

UPDATE: This video is no longer available here.

Tomorrow, as a companion to U2's album Songs of Innocence, the band is releasing Films of Innocence, one video for each song on the album. But today we've got an early preview of the video for "Song for Someone," ...


St. Paul And The Broken Bones: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you're likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.

That man standing on my desk in the golden shoes is Paul Janeway. He was, in fact, ...


Introducing Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Want to play a Tiny Desk Concert? Now's your chance: NPR Music and Lagunitas are holding a contest, and the winner gets to perform at my desk here at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

To enter, make a video of you performing one original song behind a desk ...


Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, December 01, 2014

Sam Amidon takes traditional music and makes it his own. He might begin with a traditional murder ballad and then morph it into something of his own, fueled by Bill Frisell's languidly atmospheric guitar, Shahzad Ismaily's minimal but essential percussion and Amidon's own yearning voice. At other times, ...


Guest DJ: Yusuf/Cat Stevens

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Decades ago, the potent folk songs of Cat Stevens inspired All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen to pick up acoustic guitar. Now known as Yusuf/Cat Stevens, the singer visits the All Songs studio for this week's show to discuss his path to music and share songs that inspired him ...


J Mascis: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The loudest guy in the world came to the Tiny Desk to perform some of his quietest music. Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, for years a guy who's turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all ...


New Mix: TV On The Radio, Caribou, More

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Earlier this month, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to attend the annual Iceland Airwaves music festival. Kevin Cole and the crew from NPR member station KEXP were there to broadcast and record bands at the festival. The lineup included bands from around the ...


Guest DJ Dave Grohl

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This week, Foo Fighters releases its latest project, Sonic Highways. Why "project" rather than album? Sonic Highways is more than just eight new songs. It's also an eight-part documentary currently running on HBO. Together, the album and film series look at the intersection of geography and music. It's what ...


You Cannot Be Serious: The All Songs Considered Listening Party

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Imagine an evening where you just around with your closest friends or family, and all you do is play music for each other. No TV or video games. No texting. Just a bunch of songs and some great conversations about what you love, or don't love and why.

It's kind ...


Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen's 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When it came out in February, I told friends that the Angel Olsen album Burn Your Fire For No Witness was my favorite of the year so far. Now, here in late October, my love for that record has only grown deeper. The songs are sullen at times, on ...


Luluc, 'Small Window'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The folk duo Luluc's first album for Sub Pop was co-produced by the National's Aaron Dessner and will be released on July 15. More on this artist from the band's website.

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Bob Boilen's Top 10 Discoveries From The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon

Monday, October 27, 2014

Every fall, hundreds of bands migrate to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Many of these groups are playing their first shows in NYC and for a lot of the audience — music journalists, college dj's and fans alike — it's their first taste of these young ...