Song Exploder

Song Exploder

A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.

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http://www.songexploder.net
Description
A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-11-14 04:46
last episode published
2019-11-13 18:00
publication frequency
11.9 days
Contributors
Hrishikesh Hirway owner  
Song Exploder author  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
181
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Categories
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13.11.2019 Song Exploder

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 Som, and has produced, engineered, and mixed each one. Her third album, Anak Ko, came out in August 2019. And in this ep...
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30.10.2019 Song Exploder

Slipknot - Unsainted

Slipknot is a Grammy-winning metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, who first formed in 1995. They’ve sold over 30 million records. In this episode, guitarist Jim Root breaks down how Slipknot made the song, “Unsainted,” from their 2019 album We Are Not You...
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16.10.2019 Song Exploder

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 ‘90s R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!. As a producer, he’s worked with D’Angelo, TLC, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, S...
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2.10.2019 Song Exploder

Clairo - Alewife

Claire Cotrill is a singer, songwriter, and producer who goes by the name Clairo. She started releasing music in 2014 as a teenager. A few years later, songs she had uploaded to YouTube had racked up over 40 million views. This year, Clairo put out her...
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18.09.2019 Song Exploder

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 first solo album, called Jaime. In this episode, Brittany breaks down the song “Stay High,” which was the album’s firs...
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4.09.2019 Song Exploder

Robyn - Honey

Robyn is a Swedish singer and songwriter. Her first album came out in 1995, when she was 16 years old. It went platinum in the US, double-platinum in Sweden. Since then, she’s been nominated for five Grammys and started her own record label. But there ...
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21.08.2019 Song Exploder

Bon Iver - Holyfields,

Justin Vernon founded the band Bon Iver in 2006. Bon Iver’s released four albums, and won two Grammys, including Best New Artist. The most recent album, i,i, came out in August 2019, and in this episode, Justin breaks down a song from it called “Holyf...
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7.08.2019 Song Exploder

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 from 1997 until 2019. In *Time Magazine *in 2001, author and critic Greil Marcus named Sleater-Kinney “America’s Best Band.” Over the ...
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24.07.2019 Song Exploder

Denzel Curry - RICKY

Denzel Curry is a rapper from Miami. He started his career at age 16 as part of the hip hop collective Raider Klan. He released his first solo album while still in high school. In May 2019 Denzel released his fourth album, ZUU. He made it with the Aus...
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10.07.2019 Song Exploder

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 Chance the Rapper, Noname, and Macklemore. In May 2019, she put out her second album, LEGACY! LEGACY!, to critical acclaim...
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26.06.2019 Song Exploder

Big Thief - Cattails

Big Thief is a four piece folk-rock band from Brooklyn, New York. In February 2019, they released their third album, U.F.O.F., to critical acclaim. Pitchfork named it “Best New Music.” In this episode, singer Adrianne Lenker and drummer James Krivchen...
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12.06.2019 Song Exploder

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 nine Grammys. In April 2019, Sheryl Crow released a new version of her song “Redemption Day,” which was first released on her...
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29.05.2019 Song Exploder

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 character Grey Worm on Game of Thrones. Raleigh Ritchie released his first album in 2016, and he’s put out a handful of EPs. In Sept...
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15.05.2019 Song Exploder

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 also written two books of fiction. In April 2019, the Mountain Goats released the album In League with Dragons, and in this episo...
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1.05.2019 Song Exploder

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 to become one of the defining bands on the ‘90s, eventually selling over 40 million records worldwide. In January 2018, while the ...
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17.04.2019 Song Exploder

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 solo artists, he’s released six albums. In February 2019, Panda Bear released the album Buoys, and in this episode, he and h...
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3.04.2019 Song Exploder

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 and Twin Peaks. Her most recent album, Remind Me Tomorrow, came out in January 2019. In this episode, Sharon breaks down a single from that al...
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20.03.2019 Song Exploder

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 Award for best alternative album in 2014. He starred in the award-winning film “The Wound,” which was shortlisted for the ...
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6.03.2019 Song Exploder

Mumford & Sons - Beloved

Mumford & Sons are a Grammy-winning band that formed in London in 2007. They’ve put out four albums, and sold millions of copies. Their last three albums have all debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The most recent of those albums is Del...
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20.02.2019 Song Exploder

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. One of the breakout songs from that album was “Scott Street,” a song Phoebe cowrote with her drummer, Marshall Vore. In this...
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6.02.2019 Song Exploder

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 people download the show. It launched in February 2017, and in honor of its two-year anniversary, we’re publishing a bonus episode about the ...
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23.01.2019 Song Exploder

Japanese Breakfast - Boyish

Japanese Breakfast is the musical project of Michelle Zauner, who’s been making music under that name since 2013. In July 2017, she released her second album, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, to critical acclaim.   In this episode, Michelle breaks dow...
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9.01.2019 Song Exploder

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, multi-platinum hit. In September 2018, Hozier released the song “Nina Cried Power,” which features the legendary ...
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20.12.2018 Song Exploder

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; his family moved to the U.S. when he was seven. He played for President Kennedy that year. He played at Carnegie Hall for the first time when he was ...
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13.12.2018 Song Exploder

Reissue: 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 episode from 2016 in which she was the guest. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down released the album A Man Alive in March 2016. In this episode, Thao Nguyen bre...
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5.12.2018 Song Exploder

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 Stevie Nicks, his girlfriend at the time. A few year later, in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released the album Rumours, which would go ...
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26.11.2018 Song Exploder

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 about the internet hosted by Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt. And since then, they’ve put out 131 episodes. The show has gotten over 100 million download...
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19.11.2018 Song Exploder

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 she’s sung on tracks with Khalid, Blood Orange, and Dirty Projectors. Her first album, Me, was made on her own. But her second album,...
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5.11.2018 Song Exploder

Big Boi - Order of Operations

Big Boi is a rapper from Atlanta. When he was a teenager, he and Andre 3000 formed OutKast, and went on to sell over 25 million records and win six Grammys. He’s released three solo albums, including Boomiverse, which came out in 2017. In this episode,...
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26.10.2018 Song Exploder

John Carpenter - Halloween (Theme)

In 1978, John Carpenter wrote, directed, and scored the film Halloween. It was made on a $300,000 budget, and ended up grossing over $70 million, making it one of the most successful independent movies ever released. The main theme to the film became o...
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15.10.2018 Song Exploder

Janelle Monáe - So Afraid

Janelle Monáe is an award-winning musician and actress who released her first record in 2007. She’s been nominated for multiple Grammys, and starred in the Oscar films Moonlight and Hidden Figures. In April 2018, she released her third album, Dirty Com...
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4.10.2018 Song Exploder

Cat Power - Woman

Chan Marshall is a singer-songwriter who’s been making records under the name Cat Power since 1995. In 2018, she put out her tenth album, Wanderer. It includes this song "Woman," which has Lana Del Rey on backing vocals. In this episode, Chan breaks do...
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25.09.2018 Song Exploder

Blood Orange - Saint

Blood Orange is the project of songwriter and producer Devonté Hynes. He’s produced and co-written songs for artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Solange, HAIM, and ASAP Rocky, among others. He’s been releasing his own music as Blood Orange since 2011. In Au...
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19.09.2018 Song Exploder

Reissue: 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 Title Theme, which was written by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, and his uncle, Ralph Carney, who passed away unexpectedly in Dec...
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5.09.2018 Song Exploder

The Decemberists - Once In My Life

The Decemberists are a Grammy-nominated five-piece band from Portland, Oregon. They released their first album in 2001, and since then they’ve put out seven more, including the 2018 album I’ll Be Your Girl. In this episode, singer and guitarist Colin M...
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29.08.2018 Song Exploder

Reissue: Mitski - Your Best American Girl

In honor of Mitski’s new album, “Be the Cowboy,” here’s the episode she did in 2016. — Mitski has been making records since 2012. Her third record, Puberty 2, came out in June 2016 and was critically acclaimed Pitchfork gave it Best New Music status. H...
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15.08.2018 Song Exploder

Christine and the Queens - Doesn't Matter

Christine and the Queens is a singer, songwriter, and producer from France. Her debut album was first released in 2014 in French, and in 2015, she released an English version of it. It was critically acclaimed and she won the Victoire de le Musique—Fra...
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1.08.2018 Song Exploder

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, she’s a member of the band The New Pornographers. In June 2018, she put out her 7th album, Hell-On, which she also co-produced. In this e...
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25.07.2018 Song Exploder

Reissue: Courtney Barnett - Depreston

Earlier this year, in May 2018, Courtney Barnett released her second album, Tell Me How You Really Feel. And last fall, she and Kurt Vile made an album together. So I thought this would be a good time to go back and listen to an episode she did in Janu...
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18.07.2018 Song Exploder

Action Bronson - The Chairman's Intent

Action Bronson is a rapper from Queens who’s been making records since 2011. He also stars as the host of two TV shows about food on Vice’s channel, Viceland. His third album, Blue Chips 7000, came out in 2017, and features this song – “The Chairman’s ...
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4.07.2018 Song Exploder

Jhené Aiko - Sativa (feat. Swae Lee)

Jhené Aiko is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. She’s released three albums so far. In addition to her own records, she’s been a featured guest vocalist on songs by Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino, and many, many others. In 2017, she re...
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28.06.2018 Song Exploder

Reissue: CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue

I interviewed the Scottish band CHVRCHES back in March 2016, in Austin, Texas. A few weeks ago, in May 2018, they released a new album called Love is Dead. It features contributions from David Stewart of the Eurythmics, and another past Song Exploder g...
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20.06.2018 Song Exploder

Yo La Tengo - Here You Are

Yo La Tengo formed in 1984. The band is made up Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew. In March 2018, they released There’s a Riot Going On, their 15th album. They made the record themselves—they recorded it entirely in their rehearsal studio wit...
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6.06.2018 Song Exploder

Wolf Alice - Don't Delete the Kisses

Wolf Alice is a band from North London. Their second album, Visions of a Life, was released in September 2017. In this episode, singer Ellie Rowsell and drummer Joel Amey tell the story of how they made the song “Don’t Delete the Kisses.” The album was...
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31.05.2018 Song Exploder

Reissue: Kelela - Rewind

In November 2015, I interviewed Kelela about her song “Rewind,” from her debut EP, Hallucinogen. Since that EP was released, she's gone on to collaborate on songs with Gorillaz and Solange, and released her first full-length, Take Me Apart, which was n...
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23.05.2018 Song Exploder

Jon Hopkins - Luminous Beings

Jon Hopkins is an electronic music producer whose been nominated twice for the UK’s Mercury Prize. Along with his frequent collaborator, Brian Eno, he co-produced Coldplay’s Grammy-award winning album, Viva la Vida. In May 2018, Jon Hopkins released hi...
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9.05.2018 Song Exploder

Liz Phair - Divorce Song

In 1993, Liz Phair released her debut album, Exile in Guyville. It was an instant hit, critically and commercially. It sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Spin and The Village Voice named it album of the year. Soon after, Rolling Stone put her on the...
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25.04.2018 Song Exploder

Arcade Fire - Put Your Money On Me

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 number one on the charts. In this episode, singer Win Butler takes apart "Put Your Money On Me," from their 20...
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11.04.2018 Song Exploder

Kimbra - Top of the World

Kimbra is a singer from New Zealand. Her first album came out in 2011, and in 2013 she won two Grammys for her collaboration with Gotye, the multiplatinum hit song "Somebody That I Used to Know." In this episode, Kimbra breaks down a song from 2018 cal...
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28.03.2018 Song Exploder

Jack Johnson - You Can't Control It

Jack Johnson is a grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from Hawaii. He's had four number one albums on the Billboard charts. In September 2017, he released his seventh album, All the Light Above It Too, and in this episode, Jack Johnson breaks down a son...
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