Otis Hart

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First Listen: Protomartyr, 'Under Color Of Official Right'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

There's nothing wrong with music that doubles as an outpouring of joy: sing-along choruses, ecstatic vocals, outsize emotion — a positive outlook on life, generally speaking. If that's your thing, Protomartyr is here to spill it all over the front of your nice, new shirt, possibly scalding you in the ...

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Song Premiere: Merchandise, 'Figured Out'

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DIY punk bands from around the country are getting a bit more attention these days, largely due to Twitter and Bandcamp, and one of the turning points was Merchandise's 2012 album, Children of Desire. The Tampa-based band was a revelation to a lot of different music lovers; instead ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of The Month

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome to Recommended Dose, All Songs Considered's roundup of our favorite dance tracks. We listen to literally hundreds of new songs each month, test the standouts on some very loud speakers, and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

You can stream this month's mix here or ...

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First Listen: Diane Cluck, 'Boneset'

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Diane Cluck has been under-appreciated for so long, it's hard not to try to make up for lost time. So, before you listen to Boneset for the first time, take a few minutes to listen to one of the best songs of the last 10 years: "All I Bring ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of The Month

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome to the first edition of Recommended Dose, a monthly mix series for All Songs Considered that will collect our favorite new electronic music at the end of every month.

Our inaugural mix actually looks back at December and January. Unlike other corners of the music industry, the dance world ...

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Top 10 Dance Tracks Of 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Over the past few years, dance music has been making major inroads into the pop-music world. Mainstream productions are pulling ideas that have been prevalent in underground house and techno for decades into singles that ride high on the pop charts. But unlike pop singles, which often are meant to ...

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New Burial EP Arrives December 16

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Burial, one of the most popular and widely respected electronic music producers in the world, is set to release a new EP on December 16 on Hyperdub Records.

Details are sketchy right now, but the EP will contain three songs, totaling 28 minutes. This is the second straight December that ...

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The Mix: Britpop At 20

Sunday, September 08, 2013

On Sept. 8, 1993, the London rock band Suede took home the Mercury Music Prize, Britain and Ireland's "album of the year" award, for its self-titled debut. It capped a historic year for lead singer Brett Anderson and his bandmates, who in March had set a record for fastest-selling debut ...

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First Listen: Potty Mouth, 'Hell Bent'

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Potty Mouth's "Damage," the first single from the Massachusetts band's debut album Hell Bent, opens with four provocative words: "How real were you?" Singer Abby Weems is addressing a former friend who's too ashamed to ask for help, but when lifted from the rest of the song, those four words ...

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First Listen: Beautiful Swimmers, 'Son'

Monday, June 24, 2013

The term "jam session" conjures up images of artists from all sorts of genres: Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, Can, maybe Animal Collective. House music, though? Not so much. Electronic music and its many sub-genres are known for jams, but less so for nebulous bursts of creativity. Dance ...

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First Listen: Jagwar Ma, 'Howlin'

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Does Jagwar Ma make rock music or dance music? It's genuinely tough to tell. A duo from Sydney, Australia, Jagwar Ma combines rock 'n' roll signifiers (electric guitars, psychedelic vocals) with pristine dance-music production. The band's full-length debut, Howlin (out June 11), references The Stone Roses one minute and space ...

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Boards Of Canada Share New Video, Song

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Scottish brothers Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin — known almost exclusively as Boards of Canada — have had the electronic music world checking record bins, podcasts and flights to Tokyo over the past six weeks for clues about the duo's impending album, Tomorrow's Harvest.

While Tomorrow still ...

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First Listen: Mount Kimbie, 'Cold Spring Fault Less Youth'

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Daft Punk caused a stir earlier this year when its members announced that they'd recorded their new album, Random Access Memories, without drum machines or computer programs. Thomas Bangalter recently told All Things Considered's Audie Cornish that he'd wanted to glorify the "magic of human performances and possibly do ...

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First Listen: Tricky, 'False Idols'

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Listening to a new Tricky album for the first time can be a, well, tricky experience. Anyone who lived through the '90s trip-hop bubble is going to spend that initial spin comparing it to Maxinquaye, the Bristol producer's canonized collaboration with Martina Topley-Bird. Obviously, that's setting the table for disappointment ...

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Song Premiere: Listen To Laurel Halo's 'Sex Mission'

Friday, May 17, 2013

Carnal implications abound on "Sex Mission," a new techno track from the Brooklyn-based musician Laurel Halo. There's the not-exactly-subtle title, and the EP from whence it comes is called Behind the Green Door (out May 21), a nod to a ground-breaking porn flick from the 1970s. The music itself throbs ...

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First Watch: Jeri-Jeri With Baaba Maal, 'Gawlo'

Friday, May 10, 2013

One of my favorite songs last year was a collaboration between a Sengalese drum collective and a German techno producer. The producer, Mark Ernestus traveled to the West African country to work with Jeri-Jeri, a group that plays a popular dance music called mbalax. The result was "

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Prescription To Bang: Listen To Kyle Hall's 'Dr. Crunch'

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Sometimes all you need for a banging dance track is an unstoppable rhythm and a nuanced hook. Tweak the hook every couple bars, don't mess with the beat too much, and you've got a potential stomper on your hands.

That's the recipe on Kyle Hall's juggernaut "Dr. Crunch," the largest ...

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First Listen: Classixx, 'Hanging Gardens'

Sunday, May 05, 2013

The California duo Classixx treats dance music in much the same way Instagram treats photos: The band's full-length debut, Hanging Gardens (out May 14), feels vibrant and vintage, unmistakably young and unnaturally nostalgic, all at the same time.

It's a trick Michael David and Tyler Blake, both bred in the ...

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Yo La Tengo: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 15, 2013

It's not often that someone on the NPR Music team gets to see his or her favorite band perform a Tiny Desk Concert. After all, you can only have one favorite band, and NPR Music supports a staff of about 20; that means that, of the 250-plus Tiny Desk Concerts ...

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First Listen: Kurt Vile, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

Sunday, March 31, 2013

There's something about Kurt Vile's voice that transcends whatever comes out of his mouth. He's not classically trained (not even close), and has no traditional range to speak of, but the laid-back Philadelphia guitarist is transfixing all the same. His mumbled words resonate with dogged determination. It's one of ...

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