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For the second episode of Alt.Latino's regional Mexican music series, hosts Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras interview the rising family band Yahritza y Su Esencia in its hometown of Yakima, Washington. The two discover that the U.S.-Mexico border looms large in this regional Mexican moment, especially for Yahritza y Su Esencia — not strictly because of the music's obvious Mexican roots, but also the ways in which the border can create an "us" and "them" dynamic. The band's struggles with musical and personal identity also reflect the real struggles that millions of US-born folks with Mexican heritage face. And what started as a musical journey for Ana and Felix, has now become a personal journey. Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Janice Llamoca, Shelby Hawkins, Suraya Mohamed and Natalia Fidelholtz. The editor for this episode is Jacob Ganz and our project manager is Grace Chung. Hazel Cills is the podcast editor and digital editor for Alt.Latino. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.
Peter Gabriel is back with <em>I/O</em>, his first studio album of all-new songs in more than 20 years. To mark the occasion, we're revisiting a conversation and guest DJ session we with did with the singer when he was touring for the 25th anniversary of his album <em>So. </em>
Earlier this year, Peso Pluma — a 24-year-old who grew up in between Guadalajara, Jalisco and San Antonio — became the first regional Mexican artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. Something in the music industry was changing. Streaming numbers for regional Mexican shot up astronomically, as the musical stylings of banda and norteño made their way onto the Coachella main stage and burgeoning stars like Peso Pluma began to book their first U.S. tours in major markets. But what accounted for regional Mexican's rise? And what does the genre's continued popularity say about not just changing trends in the Latin music industry, but the changing shape of America? For the next three episodes of Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras dive into the regional Mexican explosion, revealing the complex relationships both Mexicans and Mexican Americans have with identity from either side of the border. In this first episode, Felix and Anamaria travel to Nashville, Tenn. to witness Peso Pluma's performance and to try to understand the root of the phenomenon, through their own personal experiences and the people they meet along the way. Audio for this episode of 'Alt.Latino' was edited and mixed by Janice Llamoca and Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Shelby Hawkins, Suraya Mohamed, Natalia Fidelholtz and Lauren Migaki. The editor for this episode is Jacob Ganz and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.
For the first time in nearly two decades, André 3000 is releasing an album of new music. New Blue Sun, set to be released this Friday, Nov. 17, is a stunning 87-minute mind-bender, minimalist and experimental, tribal and transcendent. One thing it is not, however, is a rap record. In a conversation with NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, the legendary musician talks about creativity, grief and inspiration, about finding his voice in a new instrument, and explains why he took his music in a wildly unexpected direction. You can read the full interview with André 3000 at NPR.org/music.
The week's best albums include the gothic Heaven Knows from PinkPantheress, a meticulously recreated — and legendary — Bob Dylan concert from Cat Power, Mon LaFerte's seductive Autopoiética and more. Featured Albums: 1. PinkPantheress — Heaven Knows Featured Songs: "Another Life (feat. Rema)," "Nice to Meet You (feat. Central Cee)," "Blue" 2. Cat Power — Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Concert Hall Featured Songs: "Fourth Time Around," "Ballad of a Thin Man," "She Belongs to Me," "Just Like a Woman" 3. Mon LaFerte — Autopoiética Featured Songs: "Autopoiética," "Tenochtitlan," "40 y MM," "Casta Diva" 4. Aïsha Devi — Death is Home Featured Song: "Immortelle" 5. mxmtoon — plum blossom (revisited) Featured Song: "1-800-DATEME (revisited)" 6. Chris Stapleton — Higher Featured Song: "White Horse" 7. Lila Blue — Sweet Pea Featured Song: "Sweat Pea" 8. Aesop Rock — Integrated Tech Solutions Featured Song: "Infinity Fill Goose Down" 9. R.E.M. — Up Featured Song: "Lotus" Other notable releases for Nov. 10: AJR — The Maybe Man Beirut — Hadsel Brandy — Christmas With Brandy Daneshevskaya — Long is the Tunnel Jelani Blackman — The Heart of It Scream — DC Special Tyvek — Overground
Mind-blowing AI tools made it possible for The Beatles to release what they're calling their last song, "Now And Then." To mark the occasion, we're revisiting a conversation with producer Giles Martin, who used the same AI to remix the original mono recordings of The Beatles album <em>Revolver</em>.
The week's best albums include rapper and singer Tkay Maidza's menacing yet beautiful Sweet Justice, the ever-shifting jazz rock of Sen Morimoto's Diagnosis, Actress' spellbinding LXXXVIII and more. Featured Albums: 1. Tkay Maidza — Sweet Justice Featured Songs: "WUACV," "Ring-A-Ling," "Ghost!," "Free Throws," "WASP" 2. Sen Morimoto — Diagnosis Featured Songs: "Bad State," "Feel Change," "St. Peter Blind," "Pain" 3. Actress — LXXXVIII Featured Songs: "Push Power," "M2," "Typewriter World," "Its me" 4. Resavoir — Resavoir Featured Song: "Inside Minds" 5. Kevin Abstract — Blanket Featured Song: "Blanket" 6. Hilary Woods — Acts of Light Featured Song: "Burial Rites" Other notable releases for Nov. 3: Cold War Kids — Cold War Kids Ian Sweet — SUCKER Jean-Michael Jarre — OXYMOREWORKS Jimmy Buffett — Equal Strain on All Parts (final album) Joey Alexander — Continuance Jung Kook — GOLDEN Kevin Drew — Aging King Creosote — I DES Laura Veirs — Phone Orphans Matmos — Return to Archive Michael Franti & Spearhead — Big Big Love Semisonic — Little Bit of Sun Snail Mail — Valentine Demos The Struts — Pretty Vicious
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the long-awaited sophomore full-length from Black Pumas, Peruvian electronic artist Sofia Kourtesis, The Mountain Goats and more. Featured Albums: 1. Black Pumas — Chronicles of a Diamond Featured Songs: "More Than A Love Song," "Gemini Sun," "Angel," "Hello," "Rock and Roll" 2. Sofia Kourtesis — Madres Featured Songs: "Funkhaus," "Vajkoczy," "Habla Con Ella," "Estación Esperanza (feat. Manu Chao)" 3. The Mountain Goats — Jenny from Thebes Featured Songs: "Fresh Tattoo," "Only One Way," "Going to Dallas" 4. María José Llergo — ULTRABELLEZA Featured Song: "RUEDA, RUEDA" 5. Mint Field — Aprender a Ser Featured Song: "Respiro Profundo" 6. Taylor Swift — 1989 (Taylor's Version) Featured Song: "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)" 7. Shabazz Palaces — Robed in Rareness Featured Song: "Binoculars (feat. Royce The Choice)" 8. Nirvana — In Utero (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe) Featured Song: "Heart-Shaped Box (Live In Seattle, Seattle Center Arena - January 7, 1994)" Other notable releases for Oct. 27: Angie McMahon — Light, Dark, Light Again DJ Shadow — Action Adventure Duran Duran — DANSE MACABRE The Gaslight Anthem — History Books The Kills — God Games Mayer Hawthorne — For All Time Mike Reed — The Separatist Party Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — Bauhaus Staircase Poppy — Zig Wild Nothing — Hold
The Colombian singer Maluma has a lot to be excited about these days — a world tour, a new album and a shot at exploring a different part of his humanity: being a parent. The artist has often felt a sense of responsibility: to support up and coming artists he seeks out on social media and to showcase a more joyful, loving side of Colombia to the world. And, now, responsibility is about to take on a whole new meaning. Following a tear-filled performance at the Tiny Desk, the artist sat down with Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre to talk about what it means now to have two loves of his life. Audio for this episode of 'Alt.Latino' was edited and mixed by Suraya Mohamed. Our show editor is Hazel Cills and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include U.K. singer-songwriter Sampha, a Rolling Stones comeback and more. Featured Albums: 1. Sampha — LAHAI Featured Songs: "Dancing Circles," "Stereo Colour Cloud (Shaman's Dream)," "What If You Hypnotise Me (feat. Léa Sen)," "Spirit 2.0," "Only" 2. The Rolling Stones — Hackney Diamonds Featured Songs: "Bite My Head Off," "Depending On You," "Dreamy Skies," "Mess It Up," "Sweet Sounds Of Heaven," "Whole Wide World" 3. Glen Hansard — All That Was East Is West of Me Now Featured Songs: "The Feast Of Saint John," "Sure As The Rain," "Bearing Witness" 4. Dylan LeBlanc — Coyote Featured Song: "Dust" 5. Helena Deland — Goodnight Summerland (Out Oct. 13) Featured Song: "Bright Green Vibrant Day" 6. Valee & Michael Vincent Waller — Valeedation Featured Song: "Tailor Swift" Other notable releases for Oct. 20: awakebutstillinbed — Chaos Takes the Wheel and I Am a Passenger Blink-182 — ONE MORE TIME... Blues Traveler — Traveler's Soul Bombay Bicycle Club — My Big Day Boys Like Girls — Sunday At Foxwoods Devo — 50 Years Of De-Evolution (1972-2023) Emily Wolfe — The Blowback Israel Nash — Ozarker Katie Von Schleicher — A Little Touch of Schleicher in the Night Lost Girls (Jenny Hval & Håvard Volden) — Selvutsletter Pip Blom — Bobbie Salt-N-Pepa — Very Necessary (30th Anniversary Edition) Sleaford Mods — More Uk Grim EP Summer Walker — Girls Need Love (Girls Mix) Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (first-ever release)
With the retirement of longtime <em>All Songs </em>host Bob Boilen, we're looking back and sharing some of our favorite episodes from over the years. This week we've got <em>songs </em>we should retire — songs that are undeniably great, that we truly love — and that get overplayed way too much.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the rapper Earl Sweatshirt, the return of Sufjan Stevens and more. 1. Earl Sweatshirt & The Alchemist — Voir Dire Featured Song: "27 Braids" 2. Sufjan Stevens — Javelin Featured Song: "Goodbye Evergreen" 3. Jolie Holland — Haunted Mountain Featured Song: "Highway 72"
Twenty three years after creating and hosting All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen is retiring. But before he goes, we've got a special send-off, featuring a surprise guest list of his favorite artists. You'll hear from Brian Eno, Sharon Van Etten, Jeff Tweedy, Mitski and a whole lot more.