Episode 17: Anamanaguchi

“Prom Night”


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 one 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.

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

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Episode 16: Spoon

“Inside Out”


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, or get the album on vinyl.

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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