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All Songs Considered
4:09 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Dinosaur Jr. Returns, Metal From Baroness, Son Lux And More

Clockwise from upper left: Dinosaur Jr., Victoria Bergsman of Taken By Trees, Baroness
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Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 8:57 am

On this week's All Songs Considered, listen to what happens when Robin takes a chance on an album based solely on its cover art, and when Bob brings on a surprise guest who makes our ears bleed.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:04 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Song Premiere: Taken By Trees, 'Dreams'

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Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:54 pm

  • Dreams (Album Version)

If you don't know Taken by Trees, the solo project of Swedish singer Victoria Bergsman, then perhaps you're new to All Songs Considered. In 2009, Taken by Trees' made my year end top 10 list and then seemed to vanish. The album, East of Eden, was made in Pakistan but embodied American popular music in the way only a Scandinavian could do (as in so many cases, that meant "better").

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The Mix
1:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Mix: The Woody Guthrie Centennial

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 on July 14, 2012.
Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 1:15 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:25 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

How Doo-Wop Unlocks The New Album By Dirty Projectors

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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:46 pm

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Music Reviews
11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.
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Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 11:25 am

Facing Bach's St. Matthew Passion, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances.

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