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Song Exploder
Song Exploder
Hrishikesh Hirway

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were... more

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Episodes

Fenne Lily - Lights Light Up

Fenne Lily is a singer and songwriter from Dorset, England. She released her first album in 2018, but I didn’t... more

10 Jul 2024 · 21 minutes
Re-issue: Vagabon - Water Me Down

Last year, Vagabon released her third album, Sorry I Haven’t Called, which I’ve been listening to a lot. So I... more

26 Jun 2024 · 19 minutes
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

Crowded House formed in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. They’ve released eight albums, including their most recent one, Gravity Stairs, which... more

12 Jun 2024 · 22 minutes
Lizzy McAlpine - Staying

Lizzy McAlpine released her first album in 2020, and her second album in 2022. And between the two, she’s had... more

29 May 2024 · 18 minutes
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??

The Flaming Lips formed in Oklahoma City in 1983. Over the last four decades, they’ve put out 16 albums. In... more

15 May 2024 · 20 minutes
Re-issue: Arooj Aftab - Mohabbat

One of the songs I keep coming back to is “Mohabbat” by Arooj Aftab. It’s really special to me. I... more

01 May 2024 · 24 minutes
War - Low Rider

The band War formed in 1969, in Long Beach, California. “Low Rider” is from their 1975 album Why Can’t We... more

17 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
Shania Twain - You're Still The One

Shania Twain is a singer and songwriter from Ontario, Canada. She’s the only female artist to have had three consecutive... more

03 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
Danny Brown - Y.B.P. (feat. Bruiser Wolf)

Danny Brown started his career in 2007 by handing out mixtapes in Detroit, where he’s from. In 2011, he put... more

20 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
Rhiannon Giddens - You Louisiana Man

Rhiannon Giddens has released five solo albums since 2015. Before that, she was a member of the Grammy-winning band, the... more

06 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
Re-issue: Arlo Parks - Black Dog

I wanted to revisit an episode about one of my favorite songs from 2021, “Black Dog” by Arlo Parks. A... more

21 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Green Day - Basket Case

Green Day is a punk band from the East Bay in California. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool... more

07 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (Deluxe Anniversary Edition)

The first episode of Song Exploder, about The Postal Service song "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," came out 10 years... more

24 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Foo Fighters - The Teacher

For the last episode of the year, I got the chance to drive up to Northridge, California, and have a... more

20 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Raye - Escapism (feat. 070 Shake)

Raye is a singer, songwriter and producer from London. Besides being an artist in her own right, she’s also been... more

06 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Sampha - Spirit 2.0

Sampha is a singer, songwriter and producer from London. His first album, Process, won the Mercury Prize in 2017. He’s... more

15 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Paramore - Liar

I think one of the hardest things there is to do in music is to write a love song that... more

01 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
Kesha - Eat The Acid

Kesha is a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. She put out her first song in 2009, and it was... more

18 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me

Alvvays is from Toronto. Their first album came out in 2014, and they’ve put out two other albums since then.... more

04 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Laufey - From The Start

Laufey is a singer and songwriter originally from Iceland. She studied piano and cello as a kid. When she was... more

20 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Re-issue: Janelle Monáe - So Afraid

This summer, in June 2023, Janelle Monáe put out her fourth album, The Age of Pleasure. Listening to it made... more

30 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Siddhartha Khosla - Only Murders in the Building (Main Title Theme)

The "Skip Intro" button first got introduced to us through Netflix in 2017, and, I know, a lot of people... more

16 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Local Natives - Dark Days

It can be hard to be in a band, or really, in any kind of group where there’s creative collaboration,... more

02 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Bakar - Hell N Back

Bakar is a singer and songwriter from London. In 2018 he put out his first release, Badkid. A year later,... more

19 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Natalie Merchant - Sister Tilly

Natalie Merchant is an award-winning singer and songwriter from upstate New York. She was the lead singer of the band... more

28 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Re-issue: Julien Baker - Appointments

This week, I wanted to go back and revisit an older episode. I recorded an interview with singer and songwriter... more

14 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Feist - In Lightning

Feist is a singer/songwriter from Canada. She put out her first solo album in 1999. She’s won 11 Juno awards,... more

31 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Madison McFerrin - Run (feat. Bobby McFerrin)

Madison McFerrin is a singer, songwriter, and producer from New York. She’s sung with legends like Aretha Franklin, George Clinton,... more

17 May 2023 · 19 minutes
New Order - Blue Monday

In May 1980, the band Joy Division was devastated by the death of lead singer Ian Curtis. The three remaining... more

03 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Re-issue: Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Pt. II

It’s usually hard to pin down when a genre of music starts. But people point to this one party in... more

19 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Yaeji - Passed Me By

Yaeji is a singer, songwriter, and producer from New York. During her childhood she moved between Queens, Atlanta, and Seoul.... more

05 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Seal - Kiss from a Rose

Seal is a multi-Grammy-winning singer and songwriter from England. His song “Kiss from a Rose” was first released in 1994,... more

22 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Kenny Beats - Still

Kenny Beats is a hip-hop producer who’s been making beats and producing songs for other artists since 2010. He’s got... more

08 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Re-issue: Kimbra - Top of the World

Last month, in January 2023, Kimbra put out her fourth album. I was listening to it, and it made me... more

22 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
MUNA - What I Want

MUNA is a trio from Los Angeles, made up of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson. They’ve been making... more

08 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Noah Kahan - Stick Season

Noah Kahan is a singer and songwriter from Strafford, Vermont. Last year, in 2022, he released Stick Season, his third... more

25 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Sampa the Great - Let Me Be Great (feat. Angélique Kidjo)

Sampa The Great is a songwriter, rapper, and singer from Zambia. She was based in Australia for years, but came... more

21 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
Son Lux - This is a Life (from 'Everything Everywhere All at Once')

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a sci-fi comedy independent film that came out in the spring of 2022. It’s... more

07 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
Omah Lay - Never Forget

Omah Lay is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer. He’s one of the young stars of Afrobeats, the West African... more

16 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Book Exploder: James McBride - Deacon King Kong

The final episode of Book Exploder is with author James McBride. He was born in New York City and raised... more

09 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth

In 2002, Sam Beam’s first album as Iron & Wine was released on Sub Pop Records. He’d given them a... more

02 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Book Exploder: George Saunders - Victory Lap

George Saunders has won the Booker Prize, and he’s the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. He won the Folio... more

26 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Santigold - Ushers of the New World

Santigold is a singer, songwriter, and producer. She’s put out 4 albums since 2008, and she’s been featured as a... more

19 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Book Exploder: Celeste Ng - Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng is an American writer and author of three novels. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was published in... more

12 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
King Princess - Let Us Die

King Princess is the project of Mikaela Straus, a singer, songwriter, and producer from Brooklyn. She’s a platinum-selling artist, and... more

05 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Book Exploder: Tayari Jones - An American Marriage

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels. She won the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction, and received a Lifetime... more

28 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Panic! At the Disco - Viva Las Vengeance

Panic! At the Disco is the Grammy-nominated project of Brendon Urie, who originally started it as a band with his... more

21 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Book Exploder: Carmen Maria Machado - In the Dream House

Carmen Maria Machado is the award-winning author of In the Dream House, a memoir where each chapter has its own... more

14 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Re-issue: Björk - Stonemilker

(This is a re-issue of Björk’s episode from December 2015.) In January 2015, Björk released Vulnicura. She described it as "a... more

07 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
Book Exploder: Michael Cunningham - The Hours

Michael Cunningham is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. He’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts... more

31 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Madonna - Hung Up

Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She has twelve albums that have gone multi-platinum. She’s won... more

24 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
Book Exploder: Min Jin Lee - Pachinko

Min Jin Lee is the author of the best-selling novel Pachinko. She’s a Guggenheim Fellow, and the recipient of South... more

17 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Kae Tempest - Move

Kae Tempest is a songwriter, rapper, an award-winning poet, and best-selling novelist. They’ve been nominated for the UK’s Mercury Prize... more

10 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Book Exploder: Susan Orlean - The Library Book

Introducing a new miniseries: Book Exploder, where authors break down a passage from one of their books, and discuss the... more

03 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Sudan Archives - Selfish Soul

Sudan Archives is a singer, songwriter, producer, and violinist. She grew up in Cincinnati before moving to LA. Her music... more

27 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
mxmtoon - Mona Lisa

Maia from mxmtoon released her first EP in 2018. She was 18 years old, recorded it in her bedroom, and... more

13 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Monica Martin - Go Easy, Kid

Monica Martin is a singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. Before that, she was based in Madison, Wisconsin, where... more

29 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
Maren Morris - Humble Quest

Maren Morris is a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist. She’s also won multiple country music awards, including CMAs for Female Vocalist of... more

15 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Rick Astley is a singer and songwriter from England, whose debut single, "Never Gonna Give You Up," became an international... more

01 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
Kevin Morby - This Is a Photograph

Kevin Morby is a singer and songwriter based in Kansas City. He’s put out seven albums since 2013, including his... more

18 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Arooj Aftab - Mohabbat

Arooj Aftab is a singer and composer based in Brooklyn. She grew up in Saudi Arabia, but her family is... more

04 May 2022 · 23 minutes
Partners: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

This week, I want to introduce you to another podcast that I make, called Partners. It’s a show about partnerships... more

20 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
Peaches - Boys Wanna Be Her

Peaches is a musician, producer, and performance artist. She’s released six albums and in 2015, she won the Polaris Heritage Music... more

06 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Steve Reich - Different Trains: America, Before the War

Steve Reich is a legendary composer who was one of the pioneers of minimalism. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize... more

23 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Re-issue: Perfume Genius - Slip Away

This week, I want to revisit one of my favorite episodes of Song Exploder, with Perfume Genius telling the story... more

09 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
Sarah Kinsley - The King

Sarah Kinsley is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her most recent release is an EP called The King, which came... more

23 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
Brandi Carlile - You and Me On the Rock (feat. Lucius)

Brandi Carlile is a singer and songwriter from Washington State. She's  released seven albums and won six Grammys. Her most... more

09 Feb 2022 · 20 minutes
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

The band Franz Ferdinand formed in 2002, in Glasgow, Scotland. They’ve won the Mercury Prize and two BRIT Awards, they... more

26 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
Joy Oladokun - Look Up

Joy Oladokun is a singer and songwriter from Arizona, now based in Nashville, who’s been releasing music since 2015. Last... more

12 Jan 2022 · 20 minutes
Danny Elfman - What’s This? (from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”)

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas came out in 1993. It’s a stop-motion animated musical, with music by legendary composer... more

15 Dec 2021 · 19 minutes
Halsey - You Asked for This

Halsey is an award-winning singer and songwriter from New Jersey. She's been nominated for two Grammys, and sold over a... more

01 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
Hans Zimmer - Dune

The movie Dune was released on October 21. It's the most recent adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic science fiction novel... more

17 Nov 2021 · 29 minutes
The War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius)

The War on Drugs is a band from Philadelphia who formed in 2005. They won the Grammy for Best Rock... more

03 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
Willow - Transparent Soul feat. Travis Barker

Willow Smith is a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. She’s also a member of one of the most famous... more

20 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
Hrishikesh Hirway TED Talk - What You Learn When You Listen Closely

This summer, I gave a TED Talk at the TED Conference. My talk was about what you discover when you... more

13 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
John Lennon - God

Earlier this year, I got an amazing email—the estate of John Lennon said that they have a treasure trove of... more

06 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
Lucy Dacus - Thumbs

Lucy Dacus is a singer and songwriter from Richmond, Virginia. She put out her first album in 2016, and in... more

22 Sep 2021 · 23 minutes
Mustafa - Air Forces

Mustafa is a singer, songwriter, and poet from Toronto. He gained national recognition in Canada for his poetry. in 2016,... more

08 Sep 2021 · 20 minutes
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers

Lykke Li is a singer and songwriter from Sweden. She started releasing music in 2007, and for much of her... more

25 Aug 2021 · 17 minutes
The Shins - New Slang

Singer, songwriter, and producer James Mercer of The Shins wrote “New Slang” when he was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It... more

11 Aug 2021 · 20 minutes
Cheap Trick - Surrender

The song "Surrender" by Cheap Trick was released in 1978. Rolling Stone called it the ultimate 70s teen anthem, and... more

28 Jul 2021 · 16 minutes
Fousheé - Deep End

The story of how the song "Deep End" came into existence and became a hit is kind of wild. One... more

14 Jul 2021 · 14 minutes
AURORA - Runaway

AURORA is a singer and songwriter from Norway, who released her first EP in 2015, when she was 19 years... more

30 Jun 2021 · 22 minutes
Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us

Sparks are the brothers Ron and Russell Mael, a legendary duo from Los Angeles. Over the last 50 years, they’ve... more

16 Jun 2021 · 16 minutes
Arlo Parks - Black Dog

Arlo Parks is a singer and songwriter from London. In January 2021, she released her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams.... more

02 Jun 2021 · 18 minutes
Imagine Dragons - Follow You

Imagine Dragons are a Grammy-winning band from Las Vegas. They’ve sold over 20 millions albums so far, and they were... more

19 May 2021 · 18 minutes
girl in red - Serotonin

Marie Ulven is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Norway, who makes music under the name girl in red. She... more

05 May 2021 · 19 minutes
Porter Robinson - Get Your Wish

Porter Robinson is a Grammy-nominated electronic artist and DJ from North Carolina. In 2014, his first album hit #1 on... more

21 Apr 2021 · 17 minutes
Lianne La Havas - Can't Fight

Lianne La Havas is a singer and songwriter from London. She’s been nominated for a Grammy and a Brit award,... more

07 Apr 2021 · 21 minutes
Jon Batiste - We Are

Jon Batiste is a pianist, songwriter, and composer from New Orleans. He’s been nominated for multiple Grammys, and just won... more

24 Mar 2021 · 23 minutes
Glass Animals - Heat Waves

Glass Animals is a band from Oxford, England. They’ve released three albums since forming back in 2010. One of their... more

10 Mar 2021 · 19 minutes
Sasha Sloan - Until It Happens To You

Sasha Sloan is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville. She put out her debut album, Only Child, last year.... more

24 Feb 2021 · 19 minutes
PJ Morton - Say So (feat. JoJo)

PJ Morton is a singer, songwriter, and producer. He’s the first artist ever to be nominated for a Grammy for... more

10 Feb 2021 · 19 minutes
HAIM - Summer Girl

HAIM is a band from Los Angeles, made up of the sisters Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim. They’ve released three... more

27 Jan 2021 · 24 minutes
Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Father and Son

The legendary singer/songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens released his first album in 1967. He’s a member of the Rock &... more

13 Jan 2021 · 18 minutes
Common - A Riot In My Mind

Common is a Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper, actor, and activist from Chicago. He’s been making records since 1992, and in... more

16 Dec 2020 · 23 minutes
Jewel - You Were Meant For Me

Jewel is a singer-songwriter from Homer, Alaska, who’s received four Grammy nominations and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Her debut... more

02 Dec 2020 · 17 minutes
Billie Eilish - Everything I Wanted

Billie Eilish started releasing music when she was 14 years old. Her debut album came out last year, when she... more

18 Nov 2020 · 27 minutes
Re-issue: Phoebe Bridgers - Scott Street

This episode is a little different. It’s a re-issue of Phoebe Bridgers’ Song Exploder episode from January 2019, along with... more

11 Nov 2020 · 31 minutes
Deftones - Ohms

Deftones are a Grammy-winning band from Sacramento who’ve sold over ten million albums. Their ninth album, Ohms, came out this... more

04 Nov 2020 · 20 minutes
Run the Jewels - JU$T

Rapper Killer Mike and rapper/producer El-P first met in 2011. They both had established rap careers, but they entered a... more

21 Oct 2020 · 20 minutes
Dua Lipa - Levitating

Dua Lipa is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter from London. Her second album, Future Nostalgia, came out in March 2020.... more

07 Oct 2020 · 17 minutes
Selena Gomez - Lose You to Love Me

Selena Gomez is a singer, songwriter, and actress, who’s spent most of her life in the public eye. She started... more

23 Sep 2020 · 19 minutes
Re-issue: Ludwig Göransson - Black Panther

On August 28, 2020, actor Chadwick Boseman died. He was only 43 years old. Unbeknownst to many, even some of... more

16 Sep 2020 · 21 minutes
Kelly Lee Owens - On

Kelly Lee Owens is an electronic music producer and songwriter originally from Wales. She’s released two critically acclaimed albums and... more

09 Sep 2020 · 20 minutes
Black Pumas - Colors

Black Pumas formed in Austin, Texas in 2017, when singer Eric Burton met producer Adrian Quesada. Their self-titled debut was... more

26 Aug 2020 · 17 minutes
The 1975 - The Birthday Party

The 1975 are a band from Manchester, England, made up of Matty Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald, and George Daniel.... more

12 Aug 2020 · 18 minutes
Waxahatchee - Fire

Katie Crutchfield is a singer and songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. She’s been making music under the name Waxahatchee since 2010.... more

29 Jul 2020 · 17 minutes
Khruangbin - So We Won't Forget

Khruangbin is a band from Houston, Texas, who first formed in 2010. NME called them the "low key superstars" of... more

15 Jul 2020 · 25 minutes
Apparat - Goodbye (Theme from "Dark")

The Netflix original series Dark debuted in December 2017. It’s a really mysterious, mind-bending German science fiction show with a... more

01 Jul 2020 · 26 minutes
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Pt. II

The rappers Prodigy and Havoc met when they were still in high school in New York. Havoc grew up in... more

17 Jun 2020 · 20 minutes
Re-issue: Michael Kiwanuka - Black Man in a White World

Instead of a new episode this week, revisiting this episode originally published in May 2017. Please consider donating to local... more

04 Jun 2020 · 20 minutes
100 gecs - Money Machine

100 gecs is a duo, made up of Laura Les and Dylan Brady. In 2016, they put out an EP... more

20 May 2020 · 16 minutes
Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter

Laura Marling is a singer and songwriter from London. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist—she’s... more

06 May 2020 · 23 minutes
Tame Impala - It Might Be Time

Tame Impala is the project of Kevin Parker, a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Perth, Australia. Since putting his first... more

22 Apr 2020 · 16 minutes
FKA twigs - Mirrored Heart

FKA twigs is a singer, songwriter, and producer from London. She’s released three EPs and two albums. Her most album,... more

08 Apr 2020 · 20 minutes
Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright

Nathaniel Rateliff is a singer and songwriter from Colorado. He’s released four solo albums, and two with his band, the... more

25 Mar 2020 · 23 minutes
Eric Nam - Love Die Young

Eric Nam is a Korean-American pop singer from Atlanta. He’s currently lives in Seoul, South Korea, where he found fame... more

11 Mar 2020 · 20 minutes
Soccer Mommy - Circle the Drain

Sophie Allison makes music under the name Soccer Mommy. Her debut album came out in 2018, when she was 20... more

26 Feb 2020 · 20 minutes
Caribou - Home

Dan Snaith has been making Caribou records since 2001. He won Canada’s Polaris music prize in 2007, and this month,... more

12 Feb 2020 · 18 minutes
Vagabon - Water Me Down

When Laetitia Tamko started making the second Vagabon album, she really wanted to produce the entire thing on her own.... more

29 Jan 2020 · 18 minutes
Semisonic - Closing Time

The song “Closing Time” by the American rock band Semisonic came out in March 1998. It hit #1 on the... more

15 Jan 2020 · 25 minutes
Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall

The band Vampire Weekend started in 2006, in New York. Their third album came out in 2013, and was named... more

25 Dec 2019 · 26 minutes
Intro Theme and Thao's Farewell

Thao Nguyen has been guest hosting Song Exploder this year, with Christian Koons producing, to give Hrishikesh a little room... more

17 Dec 2019 · 10 minutes
Meek Mill - Trauma

Meek Mill is a rapper from Philadelphia. He’s put out five albums. His most recent, Championships, debuted at #1 on... more

11 Dec 2019 · 18 minutes
Bat for Lashes - Kids in the Dark

Natasha Khan makes music under the name Bat for Lashes. She’s released five albums, including Lost Girls, which came out... more

27 Nov 2019 · 20 minutes
Jay Som - Tenderness

Melina Duterte goes by the name Jay Som. She’s a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She’s released three albums as Jay... more

13 Nov 2019 · 17 minutes
Slipknot - Unsainted

Slipknot is a Grammy-winning metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, who first formed in 1995. They’ve sold over 30 million... more

30 Oct 2019 · 16 minutes
Raphael Saadiq - Kings Fall

Raphael Saadiq is a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and artist from Oakland, California. He was the lead singer of the legendary... more

16 Oct 2019 · 13 minutes
Clairo - Alewife

Claire Cotrill is a singer, songwriter, and producer who goes by the name Clairo. She started releasing music in 2014... more

02 Oct 2019 · 23 minutes
Brittany Howard - Stay High

Brittany Howard is the guitarist and lead singer of the four-time Grammy-winning band Alabama Shakes. This month, she’s releasing her... more

18 Sep 2019 · 18 minutes
Robyn - Honey

Robyn is a Swedish singer and songwriter. Her first album came out in 1995, when she was 16 years old.... more

04 Sep 2019 · 23 minutes
Bon Iver - Holyfields,

Justin Vernon founded the band Bon Iver in 2006. Bon Iver’s released four albums, and won two Grammys, including Best... more

21 Aug 2019 · 16 minutes
Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here

Sleater-Kinney was formed in 1994 by Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein. Drummer Janet Weiss was a member of the band... more

07 Aug 2019 · 18 minutes
Denzel Curry - RICKY

Denzel Curry is a rapper from Miami. He started his career at age 16 as part of the hip hop... more

24 Jul 2019 · 14 minutes
Jamila Woods - BALDWIN

Jamila Woods is a singer, songwriter, and poet from Chicago. She’s released two albums, and she’s collaborated with artists like... more

10 Jul 2019 · 20 minutes
Big Thief - Cattails

Big Thief is a four piece folk-rock band from Brooklyn, New York. In May 2019, they released their third album,... more

26 Jun 2019 · 16 minutes
Sheryl Crow - Redemption Day (feat. Johnny Cash)

Sheryl Crow is a singer-songwriter from Missouri. She’s released ten studio albums, sold over 50 million records, and has won... more

12 Jun 2019 · 22 minutes
Raleigh Ritchie - Time in a Tree

Raleigh Ritchie is the musical alias of Jacob Anderson, a musician and actor who’s probably best known for playing the... more

29 May 2019 · 17 minutes
The Mountain Goats - Cadaver Sniffing Dog

John Darnielle has been writing and recording songs as the Mountain Goats since 1991. He’s released 17 studio albums, and... more

15 May 2019 · 25 minutes
The Cranberries - All Over Now

The Cranberries formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989. Singer Dolores O’Riordan joined a year later, and the group went on... more

01 May 2019 · 23 minutes
Panda Bear - Dolphin

Panda Bear is musician Noah Lennox. He’s a founding member of the experimental, genre-defying band Animal Collective, and as a... more

17 Apr 2019 · 13 minutes
Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen

Sharon Van Etten is a singer and songwriter who’s put out five albums. She's also an actress—she’s in The OA... more

03 Apr 2019 · 26 minutes
Nakhane - New Brighton (feat. Anohni)

Nakhane is a singer and songwriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. His first album, Brave Confusion, won the South African Music... more

20 Mar 2019 · 22 minutes
Mumford & Sons - Beloved

Mumford & Sons are a Grammy-winning band that formed in London in 2007. They’ve put out four albums, and sold... more

06 Mar 2019 · 20 minutes
Phoebe Bridgers - Scott Street

Phoebe Bridgers is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. In September 2017, she released her debut album, Stranger in the Alps.... more

20 Feb 2019 · 22 minutes
Wonderly - The Daily (Theme)

The Daily is a hit podcast from The New York Times, hosted by Michael Barbaro. Every weekday, over 1.7 million... more

06 Feb 2019 · 11 minutes
Japanese Breakfast - Boyish

Japanese Breakfast is the musical project of Michelle Zauner, who’s been making music under that name since 2013. In July... more

23 Jan 2019 · 18 minutes
Hozier - Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples)

Andrew Hozier-Byrne is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from Ireland. His debut single from 2013, “Take Me to Church,” was a massive,... more

09 Jan 2019 · 19 minutes
Yo-Yo Ma - Prelude, Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

Yo-Yo Ma is perhaps the most famous and well-loved cellist in the world. He was born in Paris in 1955;... more

20 Dec 2018 · 15 minutes
Re-issue: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Astonished Man

Thao Nguyen is taking over as the new host of Song Exploder in 2019. This is a reissue of an... more

13 Dec 2018 · 14 minutes
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

Lindsey Buckingham is a singer-songwriter, a guitarist, and a producer. In 1974, he joined the band Fleetwood Mac, along with... more

05 Dec 2018 · 21 minutes
Breakmaster Cylinder - Reply All

Four years ago, on November 24, 2014, the first episode of the podcast Reply All came out. It’s a podcast... more

26 Nov 2018 · 12 minutes
Empress Of - When I'm With Him

Lorely Rodriguez is a singer, songwriter, and producer who goes by the name Empress Of. She’s released two albums, and... more

19 Nov 2018 · 14 minutes
Big Boi - Order of Operations

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05 Nov 2018 · 15 minutes
John Carpenter - Halloween (Theme)

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26 Oct 2018 · 12 minutes
Janelle Monáe - So Afraid

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15 Oct 2018 · 19 minutes
Cat Power - Woman

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04 Oct 2018 · 18 minutes
Blood Orange - Saint

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25 Sep 2018 · 18 minutes
Re-issue: Patrick Carney feat. Ralph Carney - BoJack Horseman (Main Title Theme)

Last week, Netflix released the fifth season of BoJack Horseman. I wanted to revisit this episode about the show’s Main... more

19 Sep 2018 · 15 minutes
The Decemberists - Once In My Life

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05 Sep 2018 · 21 minutes
Re-issue: Mitski - Your Best American Girl

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29 Aug 2018 · 13 minutes
Christine and the Queens - Doesn't Matter

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15 Aug 2018 · 19 minutes
Neko Case - Last Lion of Albion

Neko Case is a singer and songwriter. She’s been nominated for multiple Grammys, and in addition to her own music,... more

01 Aug 2018 · 16 minutes
Re-issue: Courtney Barnett - Depreston

Earlier this year, in May 2018, Courtney Barnett released her second album, Tell Me How You Really Feel. And last... more

25 Jul 2018 · 16 minutes
Action Bronson - The Chairman's Intent

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18 Jul 2018 · 11 minutes
Jhené Aiko - Sativa (feat. Swae Lee)

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04 Jul 2018 · 17 minutes
Re-issue: CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue

I interviewed the Scottish band CHVRCHES back in March 2016, in Austin, Texas. A few weeks ago, in May 2018,... more

28 Jun 2018 · 13 minutes
Yo La Tengo - Here You Are

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20 Jun 2018 · 17 minutes
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete the Kisses

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06 Jun 2018 · 22 minutes
Re-issue: Kelela - Rewind

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31 May 2018 · 15 minutes
Jon Hopkins - Luminous Beings

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23 May 2018 · 32 minutes
Liz Phair - Divorce Song

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09 May 2018 · 24 minutes
Arcade Fire - Put Your Money On Me

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25 Apr 2018 · 21 minutes
Kimbra - Top of the World

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11 Apr 2018 · 19 minutes
Jack Johnson - You Can't Control It

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28 Mar 2018 · 14 minutes
Ludwig Göransson - Black Panther

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14 Mar 2018 · 20 minutes
Natalie Prass - Short Court Style

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28 Feb 2018 · 20 minutes
Moses Sumney - Quarrel

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14 Feb 2018 · 25 minutes
Bleachers - I Miss Those Days

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31 Jan 2018 · 16 minutes
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Arcade Fire is a Grammy-winning six-piece band originally from Montreal. They’ve released five albums, and the last three have all debuted at... more