Episode 76: CHVRCHES

“Clearest Blue”

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CHVRCHES is a trio from Glasgow, Scotland. In this episode, they break down the song “Clearest Blue,” from their sophomore album Every Open Eye. You’ll hear the band’s original demo as well as why they start songs with a set of rules, but then quickly abandon those rules.

You can buy “Clearest Blue” on iTunes.

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Episode 75: ODESZA

“Kusanagi”

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In September 2014, ODESZA put out their album In Return. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic charts, and spent 13 weeks in the top 10. But the song “Kusanagi” isn’t a dance track. It slows down the pace of the album, and in this episode, Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills of ODESZA explain why. They tell the story of how they made the track, along with their friend and collaborator who they named the song after, Sean Kusanagi. This episode was recorded live at Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina.

Buy “Kusanagi” on iTunes.

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Episode 74: Old Crow Medicine Show

“Dearly Departed Friend”

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Old Crow Medicine Show is a six-piece band from Tennessee, who’ve been around since 1998. They were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013, and they won the Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2015, for their record Remedy. In this episode, bandleader Ketch Secor tells the story of how they made “Dearly Departed Friend,” one of the songs from Remedy.

Buy “Dearly Departed Friend” on iTunes.

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Dropkick Murphys – The Hardest Mile (produced by Ted Hutt)
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