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The Best of ASC

On this episode, we dig through our archives to bring you some of our favorite artists and albums featured on All Songs Considered during the past two years.

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The Best of ASC

Lost In The Stars

The Gillham Park Orchtet (yes, "orchtet" not "ochtet") recorded and performed in Kansas City, MO in the late 1990s.

Pink Moon

Twenty five years after his death, Nick Drake's music is finding more recognition than ever before.

The Fox Musette

Cartoonist R. Crumb plays the claw-hammered-style banjo and sings in this group from Paris. If you like music from the 1920s, you'll enjoy this unique sound.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

Nicknamed the "Gentle Giant," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has a tender voice with a giant sound. He gained international fame with this featured selection: A medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World."

The Great Intoxication

Since the breakup of the Talking Heads in 1991, David Byrne has released a half a dozen solo albums, written books, and shown his photography at several exhibits. His latest release is Look Into the Eyeball.

Pyramid Song

Radiohead have been compared to Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. But their sound is distinctly modern and inimitable.

Chorumal Bodum

Lead singer Albert Kuvezin produces a remarkable and seemingly unnatural sound, using a technique known as "throat singing."


Vespertine is Bjork's first release since winning a "Best Actress" award at the Cannes Film Festival for her staring role in the Lars Von Trier film "Dancer in the Dark."

Ultrus Horas

Orchestra Baobab first released this album on cassette in the early '80s. It was widely pirated by devout fans and is now available for the first time on CD.

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

Wilco's previous label refused to put out this album, saying it was too weird. Fortunately for fans everywhere, Nonesuch picked it up and plans to release it April, 2002.

Autumn's Vicar

Lambchop are part of the Nashville music scene with a sound that veers from twangy country to ambient, alt/art rock.

When I Was Cruel

This is a sneak preview of the latest CD from Elvis Costello, not due for release until late April, 2002.

Place D'Youville

A master of Hawaiian slide guitar, Bob Brozman collaborates with René Lacaille on this largely instrumental album he calls "world blues."

Now Like Photographs

A great dreamy guitar record from an unknown group from Ohio, Things Shaped In Passing can be heard often between stories on NPR's All Things Considered.

Free Money

In 1979, Patti Smith waved goodbye to rock and roll, only occasionally appearing on a handful of albums since. Now she's back with a retrospective of her work called, Land.

When I Was Drinking

New York song writer Dan Messe puts an ad in the paper for a singer and finds "the most beautiful voice" he's ever heard. Sally Ellyson sings here on Rabbit Songs, a gorgeous debut from the group, Hem.