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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

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
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Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
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Description

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