The Contenders, Vol. 11: Jason Mantzoukas : All Songs Considered Actor, comedian and music superfan Jason Mantzoukas joins us to update our running list of the year's best songs, with lots of crate-digging curiosities. With host Robin Hilton and NPR Music's Lars Gotrich.

Featured artists and songs:
1. Dancer: "Bluetooth Hell," from '10 Songs I Hate About You'
2. The Superwomen: "Lowlands," from 'Someone Like Me'
3. Oluko Imo: "Glory of Om," from 'Glory of Om'
4. Mekit Dolan Muqam Group: "Jula Muqam" from 'Bayawan'
5. The Short Dark Strangers & The Shady M************: "We're Not Animals," from The Short Dark Strangers & The Shady M************
6. Morgul Blade: "Heavy Metal Wraiths," from 'Heavy Metal Wraiths'

Also Noted:
- Mary Lattimore * Walt McClements: "Nest of Earrings," from 'Rain on the Road'
- Somesurprises: "Be Reasonable," from 'Perseids'
- Mohammad Syfkhan: "Do You Have a Lover or Not?" from 'I Am Kurdish'

The Contenders, Vol. 11: Jason Mantzoukas

The Contenders, Vol. 11: Jason Mantzoukas

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Actor, comedian and music superfan Jason Mantzoukas joins us this week to update our running list of the year's best songs, with lots of crate-digging curiosities, from the post-punk rock of Glasgow's Dancer to ancient Chinese folk, the Trinidadian singer Oluko Imo, and more.

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We also talk about the joy of discovering rare sounds, the lost art of deep listening and the magical ways the right music can lead to enlightenment, with Viking's Choice curator Lars Gotrich and host Robin Hilton.

Featured artists and songs:

1. Dancer: "Bluetooth Hell," from 10 Songs I Hate About You
2. The Superwomen: "Lowlands," from Someone Like Me
3. Oluko Imo: "Glory of Om," from Glory of Om
4. Mekit Dolan Muqam Group: "Jula Muqam," from Bayawan
5. The Short Dark Strangers & The Shady M************: "We're Not Animals," from The Short Dark Strangers & The Shady M************
6. Morgul Blade: "Heavy Metal Wraiths," from Heavy Metal Wraiths

Also Noted

- Mary Lattimore * Walt McClements: "Nest of Earrings," from Rain on the Road
- Somesurprises: "Be Reasonable," from Perseids
- Mohammad Syfkhan: "Do You Have a Lover or Not?" from I Am Kurdish

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