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New Mix: Courtney Barnett, Exitmusic, Okkervil River, More

Clockwise from upper left: Courtney Barnett, Anna Von Hauswolff, Exitmusic, Okkervil River
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Clockwise from upper left: Courtney Barnett, Anna Von Hauswolff, Exitmusic, Okkervil River

Since releasing her incredible, 2015 debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has released a collaboration record with Kurt Vile and a one-off single called "How To Boil An Egg." But she's back now with a new full-length solo album. Tell Me How You Really Feel is due out May 18 and we've got the first single from it, "Nameless, Faceless."

Also on the show: The long wait for new music from the brooding dreamscape duo Exitmusic is over. After releasing a stunning debut called Passage in 2012, the band largely disappeared. But Exitmusic is finally back with a worthy followup born out of heartache and loss. The Recognitions is due out April 20 and the first single is a densely layered, soaring elegy, "I'll Never Know."

Plus, a thoughtful treatise on love and autonomy from Half Waif (former Pinegrove keyboardist Nandi Rose Plunkett's project); a 12-minute dark-drone epic from Swedish organist Anna von Hausswolff; and a surprisingly cheery new track from Okkervil River. And NPR Music's Lars Gotrich stops by to share two out-of-the-blue releases: one a brief segue into lo-fi rock from the fizzy, high-sheen pop group Kero Kero Bonito, the other a sonic evolution reminiscent of Jason Molina courtesy of L.A. composer Clint Heidorn.

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Robin Hilton is a producer and co-host of the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.
In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.
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