New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More

This week, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton play brand new cuts from springtime releases by the well-established and widely adored bands The Black Keys and Swans. Both songs are instantly recognizable: The Black Keys for their spare, punchy, guitar-based pop, and Swans for their epic, densely layered orchestrations.

Bob shares music by a New Zealand-based band called Tiny Ruins. That song's airy vocals and restrained instrumentation pair well with a pick from Robin: Dylan Shearer, who channels the folky, quiet side of Pink Floyd on a song called "Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)."

Also on the program: The strangely alluring electronica of London's Metronomy; and Robin mourns the loss his beloved Jayhawks suffered over the weekend in the NCAA basketball tournament with the soothing sounds of A Winged Victory For The Sullen.


Minuet For A Cheap Piano No. 1

Artist: A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Album: Atomos VII


A Little God In My Hands

Artist: Swans

Album: To Be Kind


Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)

Artist: Dylan Shearer

Album: Garagearray


Ballad of the Hanging Parcel

Artist: Tiny Ruins

Album: Brightly Painted One


Boy Racers

Artist: Metronomy

Album: Love Letters



Artist: The Black Keys

Album: Turn Blue

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