Episode 19: RAC

“Let Go (feat. Kele & MNDR)”


André 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.

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.

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Episode 18: The Thermals

“No Culture Icons”


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.

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

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