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New music on this week's All Songs Considered 
After teasing fans for weeks with a mysterious promotion scheme, the Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada has finally released a new song. Hear it on this week's All Songs Considered, along with a Sharon Van Etten-Shearwater duet, the funktacular Thundercat, folk singer Laura Veirs and more.
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Today only, hear the premiere of "Rocky Ground," a brand new song from Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball.
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See frontman Justin Vernon and drummer Sean Carey on dueling grand pianos.
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Bob Boilen provided a beat. All Songs Considered readers filled in the rest.
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The Portlandia stars discuss the music they grew up with, the sounds of Portland and how spooky Glenn Danzig's house is.
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The science-minded Icelandic singer takes a microscopic look at the chaotic life inside us all in her new video for "Hollow"
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Coming from an artist who's become a model of sunny consistency over the course of a dozen albums, Break It Yourself is a quiet, careful grower. Give it time, though, and it blooms into something bea...
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This week on All Songs Considered: The first album from an enigmatic Spanish producer, a Hot Chip side project, remixed South African dance music and a new project from members of Depeche Mode.
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A classic love story: Boy meets girl, girl's father sabotages boy's fire acrobatics. You know the drill.
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All Songs Considered listeners pick their favorite albums of 2011
While most big releases from the first half of the year held their ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots — and sent some All Songs favorites tumbling down the list.
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host/producer/curator for NPR's All Songs Considered.
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    Senior Producer/Host, 1988 - present
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Lover of music and a bit of a geek
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I started making music in the late 70s. Bought an Arp Odyssey. Played with Tiny Desk Unit. First band to play Washington's 9:30 Club and in fact the last to play at the old location in '95. Wrote music for Impossible Theater a Baltimore political and multimedia company. Performed at BAM in 86, Wrote a piece of music based on sampling in '83 called Whiz Bang a History of Sound. Came to NPR in 1988 and worked for and directed All Things Considered until 2007. Started an online music show for NPR in 2000 called All Songs Considered. Still doing that and loving that.
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First band to play 9:30 Club. Director of All Things considered 18 years. Wrote an early piece of electronic music using sampling in 1983. Make great bialy's.
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Brooklyn, Ny - Queens, NY - Silver Spring, MD - Washington DC - Poughkeepsie NY - Bethesda, MD - The Plains, Va - Warrenton, Va
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