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Bob Dylan, Geoff Reacher, My Brightest Diamond

All new music from folk legend Bob Dylan; Woody Guthrie covered by The Klezmatics; Country electronica from Geoff Reacher; Music for balloons from Judy Dunaway; Throat singing meets Zeppelin in Yat Kha; The sweet sound of My Brightest Diamond; The perfect world of Madeleine Peyroux.

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Bob Dylan, Geoff Reacher, My Brightest Diamond

Ain't Talkin

Bob Dylan returns with just his third collection of all-new material since 1990's Under The Red Sky. It's as lyrically and musically inspired as some of his finest work in a career spanning more than 40 years.

Mermaid Avenue

Once labeled "the planet's radical Jewish roots band," The Klezmatics offer wild and playful takes on klezmer, traditional dance music of Eastern European Jews. For this album they scored original music for the lyrics of folk legend Woody Guthrie.

Hidden Meaninin

Geoff Reacher calls his sometimes odd blend of country and artful electronica "country Brecht." In his online bio, the multi-instrumentalist says he wants his songs "to sound like now, like how now feels to me, kind of hard-boiled and calamitous and full of fearsome possibilities; and I play 'em live and loud, with guitar, beats, synth stabs, horn samples all chopped up and echoed out."

Etude No. 2 for Balloon and Violin

Judy Dunaway calls herself the mother of "balloon music." On her latest CD she blends the sounds of violin and other instruments with the sometimes screeching sounds balloons make when slowly releasing air.

When the Levee Breaks

Originally featured on All Songs Considered episode 10, the Tuva throat singer Albert Kuvezin and the band Yat Kha here cover a surprising mix of songs by artists like Led Zeppelin and Joy Division, all sung in an unimaginably low voice.

Something of an End

My Brightest Diamond is the work of singer Shara Worden, known in part for the angelic harmonies she lends on recordings by Sufjan Stevens. The daughter of a champion accordion player, Worden grew up listening to gospel, classical music and jazz. In college she formally studied opera.

Smile

Originally featured on All Songs Considered episode 71, Madeleine Peyroux has a voice strikingly similar to Billy Holiday's. For her latest CD, she covers the work Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg and this Charlie Chaplin tune, "Smile."

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