Song Exploder

151 EpisodesProduced by Song Exploder

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 and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hir… read more

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Janelle Monáe - So Afraid

October 15th, 2018

19:07

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 …

Cat Power - Woman

October 4th, 2018

18:34

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 …

Blood Orange - Saint

September 25th, 2018

18:07

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, …

Reissue: Patrick Carney feat. Ralph Carney - BoJack Horseman (Main Title Theme)

September 19th, 2018

15:53

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, …

The Decemberists - Once In My Life

September 5th, 2018

21:43

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 …

Reissue: Mitski - Your Best American Girl

August 29th, 2018

13:35

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 …

Christine and the Queens - Doesn't Matter

August 15th, 2018

19:37

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 …

Neko Case - Last Lion of Albion

August 1st, 2018

16:48

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 …

Reissue: Courtney Barnett - Depreston

July 25th, 2018

16:52

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 …

Action Bronson - The Chairman's Intent

July 18th, 2018

11:43

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 …

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