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The Decemberists, Nat King Cole, Antony and the Johnsons

New music from The Decemberists; Canada's country rocker Kathleen Edwards; Remembering the music of Nat King Cole; Surreal crooner Antony and the Johnsons; Galaxie 500's Damon and Naomi; Columbian activist Andrea Echeverri; A Brazilian in New York: Luiz Bonfa; Roots of rap from Linton Kwesi Johnson; Radiohead for piano: Christopher O'Riley; A farewell to minimalist Harold Budd.

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The Decemberists, Nat King Cole, Antony and the Johnsons

The Infanta

The Decemberists are a five-piece Portland band previously featured on All Songs Considered episode 59.

Somewhere Else

This is singer/songwriter Kathleen Edward's second CD. Her first was featured on All Songs Considered episode 32.

Mona Lisa

More than 40 years after his death, the music of Nat King Cole is remembered on this new collection of classics like "Nature Boy" and "Unforgettable."

Fistful of Love

Antony is a 21st century crooner with a strange and delicate voice. Boy George and Rufus Wainwright join him on this CD.

The Earth Is Blue

Drummer Damon Krukowski and bassist Naomi Yang were two-thirds of the 1980s dream pop group Galaxie 500 until the band broke up in 1991. The two have since been releasing CDs as a duo.

A Eme O

Colombian native Andrea Echeverri got her start as the frontwoman for the band Aterciopelados and is known as a vocal feminist in her home country. This is her debut solo release, a collection of personal songs celebrating the joys of being a mother.

A Brazilian in New York

Luiz Bonfá was one of the leading figures in the birth of Bosa Nova. Though not as well known, his music actually predates Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. Bonfá died in 2001, but his music is remembered on this new retrospective.

Di Great Insoreckshan / Mekkin Histri

Reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson wrote and recorded in Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is credited with inventing Dub poetry, a kind of early rap. He's only released one album since 1985 but remains an important figure in reggae.

No Surprises

This is the second collection of Radiohead songs recorded on solo piano by Christopher O'Riley. The first was featured on All Songs Considered episode 38.

A Walk in the Park with Nancy

Harold Budd is best known for his ambient collaborations with producer Brian Eno. Budd's own music is lulling, sparse and tonal. After 30 years of making music professionally, Budd says he's retiring from the business. This two-CD set will be his last.