Bob Boilen

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Bellows: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bellows' debut album, Blue Breath, was among my Top 20 records of last year. What sets Bellows apart from thousands of other guitar-bass-drums bands out there is its heart. Oliver Kalb sings about things that matter to him in ways that matter to me. His sing-song, matter-of-fact phrasing and guitar ...


All Songs +1: Songs That Remind You Of Mom

Friday, May 08, 2015

In honor of Mother's Day, we asked listeners to tell us about the songs that remind them of mom. We got thousands of stories and song suggestions, way more than we could ever publish here. So for this week's All Songs +1 podcast we've also put together a list ...


Eskmo: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, May 08, 2015

We met at a ping-pong party in Iceland. Brendan Angelides introduced himself as a musician and friend of Jónsi and Alex Somers, who were hosting the party. When I came home from the Iceland Airwaves music festival, I listened to the music Angelides makes under the name Eskmo, ...


JiHAE, 'It Just Feels'

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

This fiery song is pretty much an ode to orgasm. JiHAE sings this song with conviction:

It feels so good

And it feels so right

It feels like I've been rescued

in the middle of the nightI

It might be surprising that JiHAE (pronounced "Gee-HAY"), a Seoul-born artist now based ...


Christopher Paul Stelling, 'Hard Work'

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Christopher Paul Stelling is a brilliant fingerpicker with a message: "I know my work is never done, 'til I can see the good in everyone." That's the heart of his new song, "Hard Work," and the setting for this live, one-take performance couldn't be simpler: his tiny NYC kitchen. The ...


All Songs: Nine Creative Musicians You Should Know

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

This week on All Songs Considered, we grapple with the alchemy of creation — the myriad ways a musician gets from blank page and empty studio to a full sound and lyrics that ring true. We were inspired in part by a show Bob saw recently by Magnetic Fields front ...


Song Premiere: Farao, 'Hunter'

Monday, May 04, 2015

Farao is the music of Kari Jahnsen, a Norwegian musician, singer and songwriter. This song, "Hunter," seems to reflect the serene environment of the small village she's from, Ulnes, in a Nordic mountain valley with a population of five hundred. The song is an enchanting mix of her ethereal voice ...


All Songs +1: 'Baltimore'

Friday, May 01, 2015

When we asked listeners to tell us about a song they turned to this week — one that spoke in some way to weighty events unfolding around the world and how they felt — we weren't sure what we'd get. Would it be mostly songs of solace? Songs ...


José González: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

There's a quiet and a calm from José González that amplify his words. This has never been truer than on his new album, Vestiges & Claws. The songs are full of abstract imagery — more paintings than stories. He performed this song, "With The Ink of A Ghost," ...


Why We Like Falsetto, Why Melodies Matter And Other Musical Wonders

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Why do we like falsetto so much? Why is melody the single most important part of a song? And why does country music move (or repel) us? These are just a few of the questions that popped up during our All Songs Considered listening party in Boston last week.

All ...


DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, April 25, 2015

People always ask me, "What's your favorite Tiny Desk Concert?" Well, right now it's the one recently performed by DakhaBrakha. The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine make music that sounds like nothing I've ever heard, with strands of everything I've ever heard. There are rhythms that sound West African and ...


Come To A Screening of 'Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For a solid decade, Washington, D.C. was firmly on the map as the punk capital of the nation. During the 1980s, you could see Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Fugazi and Mission Impossible (featuring a 16-year-old Dave Grohl) in DIY spaces all over town. And what made it ...


All Songs Considered: Hear Brand New My Morning Jacket, More

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On today's All Songs Considered, we're hitting you with several premieres, beginning a heavy cut from My Morning Jacket's latest studio album, The Waterfall. On "Believe (Nobody Knows)," front man Jim James seeks meaning and truth in an uncertain world, while hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton consider a life ...


Jessie Ware: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 20, 2015

Young, soulful English singer Jessie Ware has a powerful voice, but it's used with grace. Her singing brings warmth to electronic music and swoon to her own pop, so it's no surprise that her visit to the Tiny Desk was filled with casual poise and spontaneity.

Ware's dramatic nightclub shows ...


All Songs Plus One: Our Record Store Day Must-Haves

Friday, April 17, 2015

Record Store Day is that magical day each spring (this year it's Saturday, April 18) when geeks like us line up outside their favorite music shops to get their hands on a bunch of vinyl exclusives. These are the albums, EPs and singles bands and labels put out just to ...


Highasakite, 'Heavenly Father'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

When Bon Iver's Justin Vernon saw Norway's Highasakite perform at the 2012 Oya Festival in Oslo, he fell in love. Soon the two bands were touring together. Now the only band I know that tours with a flugabone has taken one of Vernon's songs and made ...


Songs We Love: Algiers, 'Black Eunuch'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

If I had to pick one new band that you should absolutely listen to, it's Algiers, three young men who grew up in Atlanta. Sonically, they make really eerie gospel music that's a rock-inspired amalgamation of all different stuff. In "Black Eunuch," you can hear the sounds of both black ...


Soak, 'Blud'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Soak is the music of 18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson. Her first album isn't even out yet, but based on her SXSW performance and the songs that are out there, it will likely be a top-ten record of the year for me.

This latest song, "Blud," is a peek into a relationship ...


New Mix: Built To Spill, The Milk Carton Kids, Brown Bird, Protomartyr

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Idaho's Built to Spill were one of the most beloved rock acts of the '90s and now the indie rock pioneers are back with a new rhythm section and the band's first album since 2009. This week on All Songs Considered, we bring you a new track from upcoming album ...


Chadwick Stokes: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 13, 2015

His songs feel familiar; they're old friends before the first play is done. They'd fit nicely on a mix alongside Paul Simon or the McCartney side of The Beatles. But the songs of Chadwick Stokes aren't throwbacks so much as timeless tunes — paintings with words ...