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John Mellencamp performs during the Farm Aid 2021 music festival at the Xfinity Theatre on Sept. 25, 2021 in Hartford, Conn. Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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John Mellencamp reflects on a world estranged on new album 'Strictly a One-Eyed Jack'

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Singer Meat Loaf performs in support of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the football stadium at Defiance High School in Defiance, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Charles Dharapak/AP File Photo hide caption

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Elvis Costello on World Cafe

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'Barn' is Neil Young's best album in quite a while

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Aimee Mann on World Cafe

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Tré Burt on World Cafe

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Duran Duran on World Cafe

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Snail Mail on World Cafe

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Cassettes released by Znous, Bacon Grease, Wendy Eisenberg, Morbo, Maraudeur, Myriam Gendron, Cara Neir, Felinto, Neo Geodesia and Lucy Liyou appear on this Viking's Choice episode. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr, Lars Gotrich/NPR hide caption

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Viking's Choice 2021: Cassettes rule everything around me

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The Beatles on Mount Doom (or a still from Peter Jackson's Get Back, a documentary constructed from footage shot during the making of the band's last studio albums and final performance). Linda McCartney/Apple Corps Ltd. hide caption

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