Episode 97: Sara Watkins

“Without a Word”

SongExploder97-SaraWatkins

Sara Watkins began her music career when she was only 8 years old, as one of the founding members of the Grammy-award winning band Nickel Creek. In 2016, she released her third solo album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. In this episode, Sara breaks down her song “Without a Word.”

This interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Chicago Podcast Festival.

Buy “Without a Word” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

sponsors
This is episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Squarespace.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookEmail this to someone
· · ·

Episode 96: Dropkick Murphys

“Blood”

SongExploder96-DropkickMurphys

Dropkick Murphys formed in Massachusetts in 1996. For over twenty years, they’ve made music that’s reflected the culture and community they’ve come from, including their platinum single “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” In January 2017, they released their ninth album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, which includes the song “Blood.” In this episode, guitarist Tim Brennan breaks down how the music for “Blood” was made, and the band founder Ken Casey explains the inspiration behind the lyrics.

Buy “Blood” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Dropkick Murphys – Time to Go
AC/DC – Back in Black
The Pogues – Dirty Old Town

sponsors
This is episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookEmail this to someone
· · ·

Episode 95: Moonlight

Nicholas Britell – Little’s Theme, Chiron’s Theme, Black’s Theme

SongExploder95-Moonlight-Portrait

The film Moonlight tells the story of its main character, Chiron, in three chapters: when Chiron is a young boy, nicknamed Little, when he’s a teenager, and when he’s an adult, nicknamed Black. For each chapter of the film, composer Nicholas Britell created a theme, and in this episode, Nicholas takes those themes apart. The score for Moonlight was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and the film itself won the Golden Globe for Best Drama.

This episode is part of a series I’m doing in conjunction with New York Magazine’s site Vulture, looking at awards-worthy film music from this season. For more, visit vulture.com/awards.

You can buy the soundtrack to Moonlight on iTunes, or on vinyl.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

sponsors
Larsen & Lund for the Pablove Foundation.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookEmail this to someone
· · ·