Bob Boilen Admits He Considers Some Songs More Than Others

11/04/2009 4:05 PM |


I’m surprised this hasn’t gotten more attention today, but Bob Boilen from NPR’s All Songs Considered, has taken to the internet to address recent accusations that his radio show only actually considers songs written by white dudes. In a somewhat surprising and frankly quite refreshing turn of events, dude was basically like, “Suck it, losers, I like what I like.”

I’d never say that we cover all songs on the show any more than All Things Considered covers all news items, or ABC World News covers the world. We do cover a lot of ground, but, of course, it’s impossible to cover everything.

Robin and I receive hundreds of CDs a week. We toss all press releases in the recycle bin and we try to come to what we love honestly. I won’t fake what I do when I host the show. I tend to play music that speaks to me, and so my lack of love for hip-hop, country, classical and metal, stand out as big holes in our coverage. With the exception of classical, those genres tend to sell the best and get covered by traditional media and radio the most, especially hip-hop and country music. And while I can find all of that music on my local radio dial, including jazz, gospel and Latin, nowhere can I hear The Low Anthem, Bill Frisell, Anoushka Shankar, Taken by Trees or even Bon Iver.

I have no real problem with his stance on the situation, really, because of my admittedly strong, possibly irrational resentment of the fact that those who identify as fans of indie rock are more expected to broaden their horizons than fans of any other genre. But yes, technically I suppose you’re asking for it when you host a show called All Songs Considered, then proceed to list all the types of songs you’d actually rather not consider, thank you very much. [via Largehearted Boy]