Song Exploder

Song Exploder No. 20: Valley Lodge

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Dave Hill

Dave Hill is a comedian and host of his own podcast that, like Song Exploder, is on the Maximum Fun network. He's also the frontman of the band Valley Lodge. In this episode, Dave will deconstruct the Valley Lodge song Go, which you might recognize as the opening credits of the HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. This is a special episode produced for MaxFunWeek, seven days of celebrating the community of listeners and shows that make up the Maximum Fun podcast network.

Buy "Go" on iTunes.

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Song Exploder t-shirts are now available here.

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Song Exploder Live

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Date: 
11/15/2014 - 21:00 - 22:00
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Seattle, WA
Venue Name: 
The Rendezvous

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http://therendezvous.strangertickets.com/events/18365890/song-exploder-live

Song Exploder No. 19: RAC

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Song Exploder
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Andre Allen Anjos
Guests: 
Amanda Warner

Andre Allen Anjos is better known as RAC, a musician who first found success by remixing other people’s songs. His remixes for artists like Lana Del Rey have gotten millions of plays online. In 2013, RAC released Strangers, his first album of original material, and in this episode, he breaks down the song Let Go from that record. It features guest vocals from Kele, best known as the frontman of the band Bloc Party, and singer MNDR, who also talks about her experience working on the track.

Buy "Let Go" on iTunes.

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The Bloc Party song at the beginning is "Helicopter." You can hear André's full remix of the song here. The voice from Portal is the character GLaDOS from the games Portal and Portal 2. Listen to Michael Giacchino's opening theme to Lost.

Tickets for Song Exploder live in Seattle on November 15, 2014, can be purchased here. Sign up for Five Song Fridays at tinyletter.com/songexploder.

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Song Exploder No. 18: The Thermals

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Hutch Harris
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Chris Walla

The Thermals originally began as Hutch Harris’s solo recording project. He sang and played all the instruments on the 2003 Thermals record More Parts Per Million. In this episode, Hutch breaks down his lo-fi recording of the song No Culture Icons. The track was later mixed by Chris Walla, who is known best for his work with Death Cab for Cutie, and we’ll hear some thoughts from him as well. I spoke with Hutch in front of a live audience at the XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Buy "No Culture Icons" on iTunes.

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The song by Elevator to Hell is "Roger and the Hair," and the song by The Misfits is "Astro Zombies."

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Song Exploder No. 17: Anamanaguchi

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In addition to guitars, drums, and bass, the band Anamanaguchi makes their music with the 8-bit sounds that were built into Nintendo video game consoles made in the 1980s. They use software called a tracker to meticulously sequence and produce those sounds. Most of their music is instrumental, but in this episode, they break down of the first times they’ve incorporated vocals, for the song Prom Night, which features singer Bianca Raquel. Prom Night is from their most recent album, Endless Fantasy, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart when it came out in 2013.

Buy "Prom Night" on iTunes, or get the album on vinyl.

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The song by Capsule is "I Wish You," from the album Player.

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Song Exploder Live, with The Thermals

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Date: 
09/12/2014 - 20:00 - 21:00
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Portland, OR
Venue Name: 
XOXO Fest at The Redd

http://2014.xoxofest.com/

Song Exploder № 16: Spoon

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Song Exploder
Guests: 
Jim Eno
Guests: 
Dave Fridmann

Spoon was formed in 1993 by singer Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno. They've released eight albums, including their most recent record, They Want My Soul, which came out in August 2014. In this episode, Jim Eno breaks down the song "Inside Out," explaining how it went from the original demo to the finished album version, including what other music influenced the recording. Plus, we'll hear from their co-producer, Dave Fridmann, whose other credits include The Flaming Lips album The Soft Bulletin, and Oracular Spectacular by MGMT.

Buy "Inside Out" on iTunes here.

Footnotes:
The Dr Dre song is "Still D.R.E." The Marvin Gaye song is the Rhythm 'N' Strings mix of "What's Going On."

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Song Exploder № 15: Brian Reitzell

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Brian Reitzell

In May 2014, the video game company Ubisoft released Watch Dogs, about a vigilante hacker in Chicago in the near future. Here's how the game is described on their website: "You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you." It sold over 4 million copies in its first week of release.

The music for the game was made by Brian Reitzell, who played drums in the bands Air and Red Kross before becoming a composer and music supervisor for films like Lost In Translation and Beginners. He also creates the music for the NBC television show Hannibal.

In this episode, Brian talks about the unique challenges posed by scoring video games, where players control what happens on screen and as a result, what happens in the music. He'll break down a piece called Donovan, which he wrote for a chase sequence within the game. He also describes the instrument he created from a hundred-year-old piano.

This episode is presented in conjunction with Polygon.

Buy "Donovan" on iTunes here, or on vinyl here.

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The Tangerine Dream song that plays is "Mysterious Semblance At the Strand of Nightmares."

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Song Exploder № 14: Open Mike Eagle

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Open Mike Eagle
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Walker Ashby

In this episode, rapper Open Mike Eagle talks about making the song Dark Comedy Morning Show, along with the track's producer, Walker Ashby, aka Toy Light. Mike breaks down how Toy Light's original instrumental version of this song inspired him, and how his view of his own vocals on the track has changed since recording them.

Buy the song "Dark Comedy Morning Show (feat. Toy Light)" on bandcamp.

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A Tribe Called Quest - Steve Biko (Stir It Up)

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Song Exploder № 13: The Microphones

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Phil Elverum

In the fall of 2001, Phil Elverum released the album The Glow, Pt 2 on K Records. Pitchfork named it the best album of the year. In this episode, Phil recounts how he created the first song on the record at Dub Narcotic Studio. He spoke with me from his home in Anacortes, Washington, about his love of being alone in the studio, evoking nature through music, and where the name The Microphones comes from. Plus a few words from Calvin Johnson, the founder of K Records. This episode is presented in conjunction with The Creators Project.

Buy "I Want Wind to Blow" on Amazon here. Phil Elverum's website is pwelverumandsun.com.

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