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All Songs Considered: Hear Brand New My Morning Jacket, More

Clockwise from upper left: My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Matt Pond PA, Desaparecidos
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Clockwise from upper left: My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Matt Pond PA, Desaparecidos

On today's All Songs Considered, we're hitting you with several premieres, beginning a heavy cut from My Morning Jacket's latest studio album, The Waterfall. On "Believe (Nobody Knows)," front man Jim James seeks meaning and truth in an uncertain world, while hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton consider a life of possibilities.

We've also got a premiere from Matt Pond PA's upcoming album, The State Of Gold, a crowdsourced record he conceived after a long period of writer's block in a winter cabin. The song, "The State Of Gold, Pt. 2," is both wistful and joyful.

After a 13-year recording hiatus, Conor Oberst's Nebraska punk band Desaparecidos is back with a new album of politically charged rock. We've got the song "City on the Hill."

We'll hear Sharon Van Etten's title track from her latest EP I Don't Want to Let You Down, backed by her four piece touring band. We also premiere a song from multi-instrumentalist and touring musician Heather Woods Broderick, who also sings harmonies on Van Etten's EP.

The Norweigian band Highasakite offers a beautiful new take on Bon Iver's "Heavenly Father" that may be more beautiful than Justin Vernon's original. We'll also hear from electronic producer Gacha, of Berlin, who teamed up with vocalist Natalie Beridze on a track from his debut full-length album.

But first, are you a believer, a possibilist or a doubter?

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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.
Robin Hilton is a producer and co-host of the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.