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Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen is an American musician and media personality. He is the host and creator of NPR's online music show All Songs Considered. Boilen created the Tiny Desk Concert series for NPR Music, hosting intimate performances at his desk. The series curated by Boilen and the team of NPR Music was inspired by a comment made by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson when he jokingly invited musician Laura Gibson to perform at Bob's desk.
Recent episodes featuring Bob Boilen
New Music Friday: Nov. 15
All Songs Considered
Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a posthumous release from rapper Lil Peep, gorgeous reflections from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, singer Mary Lambert and more.Featured Albums And Songs:1. Milky Chance - Mind the MoonFeatured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House"2. Brainstory - BuckFeatured Song: "Sorry"3. Lady Antebellum - OceanFeatured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You"4. Arthur Russell - Iowa DreamFeatured Song: "Everybody Everybody"5. Lil Peep - Everybody's EverythingFeatured Song: "Princess"6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made A PlaceFeatured Song: "Dream A While"7. Odessa - All ThingsFeatured Song: "All Things"8. Mary Lambert - Grief CreatureFeatured Songs: "Write You A Song" and "Me Museum"9. Joe Henry - The Gospel According to WaterFeatured Song: "Famine Walk"10. Benoît Pioulard - SylvaFeatured Songs: "Raze II" and "Keep"Other Notable Releases Out Nov. 15: Celine Dion — Courage; DJ Shadow — Our Pathetic Age; Fran — A Private Picture; Hammock — Silencia; Ice Cream — Fed Up; Jenny Owen Youngs — Night Shift; Juliana Hatfield — Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police; Maria Taylor — Maria Taylor; Molly Burch — The Molly Burch Christmas Album; Sam Amidon — Fatal Flower Garden; Tindersticks — No Treasure But Hope.
The 2010s: Latinx Music Before And After 'Despacito'
All Songs Considered
"Despacito" was more than a popular song. It was the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban."The song went on to practically break the Internet, with a record number of YouTube views from around the globe (currently hovering around six billion streams).But, as we discuss in this week's All Songs Considered/Alt.Latino collaboration, "Despacito" was more than a very popular it song. It was the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban." Spanish-language artists from just about every corner of Latin America and Spain took reggaeton and ran with it, adding elements of hip-hop, R&B and soul.Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras joins Bob Boilen to look back at the decade and play some music samples from a period of profound transition in Latinx music.
Serenity Now: Music And A Conversation With Joan Shelley
All Songs Considered
In this All Songs Considered guest DJ session, Joan Shelley talks about her latest album, Like the River Loves the Sea and shares songs by some of the other artists who've inspired her over the years.
New Music Friday: Nov. 8
All Songs Considered
This week's best new albums include a solo release from Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr from Hamilton, the woozy world of FKA Twigs, country singer Luke Combs and more.Featured Albums:1. Leslie Odom Jr. — Mr.2. Bishop Briggs — Champion3. FKA Twigs — Magdalene4. Dessa & The Minnesota Orchestra — Sound the Bells: Recorded Live at Orchestra Hall5. The Good Ones — Rwanda, You Should be Loved6. Kate Davis — Trophy7. Luke Combs — What You See Is What You Get8. Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron — Lost Wisdom Pt. 29. SebastiAn — Thirst10. Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Scene — Waiting GameOther Notable Albums Out Nov. 8: Allen Stone — Building Balance; Josienne Clarke — In All Weather; Kele Okereke — 2042; Lucy Dacus — EP; Moor Mother — Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes; Philip B Price — Bone Almanac; Simply Red — Blue Eyed Soul; Sin Fang — Sad Party; Suss — High Line; Xylouris White — The Sisypheans;
Interview: Angel Olsen And John Congleton On How They Made 'All Mirrors'
All Songs Considered
Angel Olsen has reimagined her sound. On this edition of All Songs Considered, she and her co-producer, John Congleton reveal how they did it, with the help of a 14-piece string section."What making this record was about," says Angel Olsen, "is erasing my own thoughts about where the song should be, letting go and being more open to other ideas.""I have this weird theory," adds John Congleton, "that the only thing a good producer really can do is know when a mistake is right." This process began with Angel Olsen first recording all the songs as a solo album. Then, through these collaborations, the music organically morphed and strengthened into this extraordinary record. You can hear the full interview with the play button at the top of the page and her the full album, All Mirrors below.
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Washington, DC, USA
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2 weeks, 21 hours