Episode 91: DJ Shadow

“Mutual Slump”

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In 1996, Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow, released his first album, Endtroducing…. It’s been hailed pretty much universally as one of the best albums of the ’90s, and Time Magazine included it in its top 100 albums of all time. It changed hip-hop and electronic music, and helped define the trip-hop genre. Now, for the 20th anniversary of the release, DJ Shadow breaks down the song Mutual Slump.

To mark the anniversary, DJ Shadow has released a deluxe box set version of Endtroducing…, which features album outtakes and remixes by artists like Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus, and others. You can order the deluxe version here.

footnotes
Björk – “Possibly Maybe”
Pugh Rogefeldt – “Love, Love, Love”

sponsors
This is episode is sponsored by Treefort Music Festival, DTS, and Slack.

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Episode 90: Angel Olsen

“Shut Up Kiss Me”

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Angel Olsen released her third album, My Woman, in September 2016. It’s been critically acclaimed, including getting named Best New Music on Pitchfork and Best Albums of the Year on NME. In this episode, Angel Olsen takes apart the song “Shut Up Kiss Me.” She breaks down how she recorded it live in the studio with her band, and how she tried things with her voice that she’d never done before.

You can buy “Shut Up Kiss Me” on iTunes or on Bandcamp.

sponsors
This is episode is sponsored by Soundtrap, Lyft, and DTS.

Special thanks to Sonos, who let me conduct my side of the interview from their store in New York while I was on the road.

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Episode 89: Jóhann Jóhannsson

“Heptapod B” from the ‘Arrival’ score

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This episode is part of a series I’m doing over the next few months, highlighting film music that I think could and should be considered for an Oscar. These awards episodes are presented in partnership with New York Magazine’s site Vulture. For more, go to vulture.com/awards.

In the film Arrival, Amy Adams plays a linguist trying to decode an alien language. The score was composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, his third film collaborating with director Denis Villeneuve. In this episode, Johann breaks down a piece from the score called “Heptapod B,” and how, like the film, it revolves around the concept of language.

You can buy “Heptabod B”, or the entire official soundtrack on iTunes.

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footnotes
Joan La Barbara – “Erin”
György Ligeti – “Requiem” (as used in 2001: A Space Odyssey)

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This is episode is sponsored by Skullcandy, DTS, and Lagunitas.

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