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