On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in November 2020, featuring Kali Uchis' heart-struck devotionals, Tierra Whack's playful pop, metal duo Jucifer's tribute to Arabic music and Salaam Remi's star-studded soundtrack of the Black experience.
Bad Bunny closed his second album, YHLQMDLG, with a promise to return in nine months (so right about now) with another, which he also claimed would be his last. And on Tuesday, Bad Bunny tweeted something we've seen before: a tracklist labeling each song a "TEMAZO," as he did with the "PALOS" off YHLQMDLG and his 2018 debut, X 100PRE. His third album of 2020, El Último Tour del Mundo, dropped right on time Friday night.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in October 2020, featuring South African jazz group SPAZA, Wendy Eisenberg's acrobatic guitar play, Jean Dawson's adventurous pop and Touché Amoré's desperate hardcore.
Follow the Press Pause playlist for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
“I can see you’re dead inside,” Jean Dawson repeats in a sing-song chant to the monster under the bed. Pixel Bath , Dawson’s follow-up to 2019’s excellent Bad Sports EP, is awash in mythologies of Dawson’s own creation. The album builds on the experimental foundations of its precursor, using arcane imagery of the devil, angels, and monsters to illustrate nightmares that land as lightly as a dream.
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR Music presents four very special Tiny Desk Home Concerts recorded especially for this week. This video from global superstar Ozuna is a world premiere.
Bonnie Bloomgarden of Death Valley Girls isn’t one for writing songs as much as accessing them. She’s fascinated by the Akashic records — the concept of a metaphysical plane that holds all information of the human experience past, present, and future. If you follow this philosophy within their latest record, all songs have already always been and will be written.
Who gets lionized and why? As monuments to the Confederacy continue to come down by public protest and force, we decided to nominate Latinx artists whom we think deserve to be immortalized for their achievements. Alt.Latino contributor Stefanie Fernández, plus NPR's Anaïs Navarro Laurent and Laura Beltrán Villamizar, join Felix Contreras this week for a conversation about identity, representation and how the past can influence the present.
For a lot of people, the light-as-air guitar riff and clear-blue horns that prologue the song "Superman," by Goldfinger, can surface memories of a simpler time, when ska was something you might have been expected to know about. I never owned a Tony Hawk video game myself, but I do have an older brother. This past weekend, Jorge and everyone else got the chance to revisit this cultural artifact via the remastered Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, released on Sep. 4.
Cuban-American pop star Gloria Estefan may have one of those game changing albums on her hands with the release of Brazil305, a re-examination of some of her most familiar songs through the lens of her life-long love of Brazilian music and rhythms.
This week, Alt.Latino contributor Stefanie Fernández joins me on a wide ranging conversation with Estefan about her new record — and about that time she snuck a traditional West African Yoruba chant into mainstream pop radio.
L.A. Witch — Play With Fire
Featured Song: "Dark Horse"
Gloria Estefan — Brazil305
Featured Song: "Samba"
Summer normally has an air of freedom, but we all have our minds elsewhere, so we won't hold it against the season for not producing a lengthy summer playlist. But musicians continue to produce music, some speaking to the moment, others not. And there is a lot of it. So with that context, we present a handful of songs that we think you should know about. As always, ten cuidado.