Song Exploder

Song Exploder

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Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing an...Show More
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23:42 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Drummer Ahmir Thompson, also known as Questlove, and rapper Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, started The Roots when they were in high school in Philadelphia in 1987. Over the last thirty years, the b...Show More

thefilmmusicguy recommended:

Highly recommend this episode! This is episode shows why Song Exploder is so unique a program. It gets musicians to open in ways they might ...Show More

15:29 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 pla...Show More

adam_p recommended:

I haven't listened to the On Being episode (yet) but this is a fave I was reminded of when I saw that echoed. I have a young, beginning cel...Show More

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20:00 | Aug 24th, 2017

Maggie Rogers had a breakthrough moment when she was a student at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute. Pharrell Williams visited to her class, and when he heard her song "Alaska," his reaction was dramatic, a...Show More

aliceko recommended:

Thanks @mm for reco. I LOVED this song and story. Can’t stop listening now.

16:40 | Jan 7th, 2016

Courtney Barnett released her debut album in March 2015. By the end of the year, she had been nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist, Spin named her the Songwriter of the Year, and she won four AR...Show More

25:05 | Jan 15th

The song “Closing Time” by the American rock band Semisonic came out in March 1998. It hit #1 on the Alternative charts, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song. It gets played in stadiums, ...Show More

mm recommended:

Chills will go down your spine when you hear the part about the day when Closing Time drops as a single. Heartwarming story about the interm...Show More

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