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Life of the Record

25 EpisodesProduced by Life of the RecordWebsite

Classic albums, told by the people who made them.

25 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

The Making of SONG CYCLE - featuring Van Dyke Parks and Richard Henderson

December 13th, 2022

1:21:02

For the 55th anniversary of Van Dyke Parks’ debut solo album, SONG CYCLE, we take a detailed look at how it was made. After being born in the South, …

The Making of VS. by Mission of Burma - featuring Roger Miller, Clint Conley and Peter Prescott

October 25th, 2022

1:47:03

For the 40th anniversary of Mission of Burma’s first full-length album, VS., we take a detailed look at how it was made. After Mission of Burma …

The Making of NEU! (Self-Titled) - featuring Michael Rother

September 23rd, 2022

1:03:57

For the 50th anniversary of the first NEU! album, we spoke to Michael Rother about the extraordinary circumstances of how it was made. After Rother …

The Making of BRICKS ARE HEAVY by L7 - featuring Donita Sparks

August 30th, 2022

1:04:30

For the 30th anniversary of L7’s breakthrough third album, BRICKS ARE HEAVY, we take a detailed look at how it was made. After L7 had released albums on venerable west coast indie labels, Epitaph and Sub Pop, they …

The Making of #1 RECORD by Big Star - featuring Jody Stephens, Terry Manning, Holly George-Warren and Rich Tupica

July 29th, 2022

1:59:05

For the 50th anniversary of Big Star’s iconic debut, #1 RECORD, we take a detailed look at how it was made. After Chris Bell, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens had taken recording classes from Ardent Studios owner, John …

The Making of CELEBRATION ROCK by Japandroids - featuring David Prowse, Jesse Gander and Steven Hyden

June 5th, 2022

1:17:26

For the 10th anniversary of Japandroids’ second album, CELEBRATION ROCK, we take a detailed look at how the record was made. After the unlikely success of their debut album, POST-NOTHING, Japandroids found themselves …

The Making of 3 YEARS, 5 MONTHS AND 2 DAYS IN THE LIFE OF… by Arrested Development - featuring Speech

March 24th, 2022

1:20:42

For the 30th anniversary of the 2x Grammy Award winning group, Arrested Development’s, pioneering debut album, 3 YEARS, 5 MONTHS AND 2 DAYS IN THE LIFE OF…

The Making of HISSING FAUNA, ARE YOU THE DESTROYER? by of Montreal - featuring Kevin Barnes

March 7th, 2022

1:21:39

For the 15th anniversary of the landmark of Montreal album, HISSING FAUNA, ARE YOU THE DESTROYER?, Kevin Barnes joins us for a detailed look at how …

The Making of PERFECT FROM NOW ON by Built to Spill - featuring Doug Martsch

January 28th, 2022

1:08:12

For the 25th anniversary of Built to Spill’s astonishing third album, PERFECT FROM NOW ON, Doug Martsch joins us for a detailed look at how the record was made. After Built to Spill released their first two records on …

The Making of ONE YEAR - featuring Colin Blunstone

January 11th, 2022

52:32

For the 50th anniversary of the baroque pop classic, ONE YEAR, Colin Blunstone looks back on the unique circumstances around how his first solo album …

The Making of MIC CITY SONS by Heatmiser - featuring Neil Gust, Tony Lash and Sam Coomes

October 29th, 2021

1:51:53

For the 25th anniversary of Heatmiser’s third and final album, MIC CITY SONS, Neil Gust, Tony Lash and Sam Coomes talk openly and in detail about the unique circumstances around how this record was made. When Heatmiser …

The Making of JOHN PRINE (Self-Titled) - featuring Margo Price, Amanda Shires, Erin Osmon, Dave Prine, Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman

September 23rd, 2021

2:09:11

For the 50th anniversary of John Prine’s debut album, we take a detailed look at the extraordinary circumstances of how this record came to be. In …

The Making of CIVILIAN by Wye Oak - featuring Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack

August 31st, 2021

1:12:54

In celebration of the 10th anniversary, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack reflect on the writing and recording of the third Wye Oak album, CIVILIAN. In this episode, they describe this intense period as a young band when they …

The Making of THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP by Grandaddy - featuring Jason Lytle

July 27th, 2021

1:11:00

In this episode, Jason Lytle reflects on the process of making Grandaddy's second album, THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP. Jason talks about being "a man with a …

The Making of MOUNT EERIE by the Microphones - featuring Phil Elverum

June 8th, 2021

1:02:36

In this episode, Phil Elverum reflects on the experience of making MOUNT EERIE, the last album made under the Microphones name before adopting Mount Eerie as his project name. Phil gets into the process of taking a …

The Making of THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE by Low - featuring Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk

April 20th, 2021

1:04:09

For the 20th anniversary, Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk reflect on the making of the classic Low album, THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE.
After Low had made several records in their signature slow and minimal style, they were …

The Making of LIGHT GREEN LEAVES by Little Wings - featuring Kyle Field

March 2nd, 2021

1:05:41

In this episode, Kyle Field reflects on the experience of making LIGHT GREEN LEAVES, Little Wings’ second album for K Records. Kyle gets into the process of conceiving of a record about the fall and ambitiously deciding …

The Making of ONE MISSISSIPPI - featuring Brendan Benson

January 12th, 2021

55:22

For the 25th Anniversary, Brendan Benson looks back on the process of making his debut album, ONE MISSISSIPPI

In this episode, Brendan Benson reflects on the experience of unexpectedly being signed to a major label at …

The Making of PLEASED TO MEET ME by the Replacements - featuring Bob Mehr and Luther Dickinson

November 18th, 2020

1:37:02

In celebration of the PLEASED TO MEET ME Deluxe Edition, we look back at the unique circumstances around how the record was created. 

Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, offers a …

The Making of ELLIOTT SMITH (Self-Titled) - featuring Larry Crane, JJ Gonson, Tony Lash, Slim Moon and Leslie Uppinghouse

August 28th, 2020

1:30:17

For the 25th Anniversary, Elliott Smith’s friends and collaborators, including Larry Crane, JJ Gonson, Tony Lash, Slim Moon and Leslie Uppinghouse, …

The Making of PENTHOUSE by Luna - featuring Dean Wareham

April 21st, 2020

46:57

For the 25th Anniversary, Dean Wareham looks back on the process of making Luna’s third record, PENTHOUSE. 

In this episode, Dean Wareham reflects on recording at Sorcerer Studios in New York City with engineer Mario …

The Making of ESCONDIDA - featuring Jolie Holland

November 19th, 2019

39:25

For the 15th Anniversary, Jolie Holland looks back on her first studio album, ESCONDIDA.

In this episode, Jolie Holland reflects on recording in the …

The Making of BOWS & ARROWS by The Walkmen - featuring Paul Maroon, Walter Martin and Peter Bauer

November 19th, 2019

40:12

For the 15th Anniversary, Paul Maroon, Walter Martin and Peter Bauer look back on writing, recording and touring the classic Walkmen record, BOWS …

The Making of ÁGAETIS BYRJUN by Sigur Rós - featuring Kjartan Sveinsson

November 19th, 2019

33:38

For the 20th Anniversary, Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Rós looks back on the writing and recording of their breakthrough album, ÁGÆTIS BYRJUN.

In this episode, Kjartan Sveinsson reflects on being an undiscovered, …

Trailer

November 10th, 2019

1:38

Life of the Record - A podcast where artists look back on the making of a classic album. Featuring Sigur Rós, The Walkmen, Jolie Holland and more. 

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