Episode 8: Loren Bouchard

“Bob’s Burgers” (Theme Song)

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Loren Bouchard is the creator of the animated television comedy Bob’s Burgers, a series about a family and the restaurant they own and live above, currently in its fourth season on Fox. In addition to being the co-executive producer and showrunner, Loren also composed the show’s opening theme. I interviewed Loren in his office, where his desk is surrounded by musical instruments. In this episode, he talks about which ones went into the theme, and the emotions he wanted to evoke with each of them. Plus a few thoughts from cast members Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman.

Here’s the original Bob’s Burgers Pilot, with Loren’s first version of the theme song.

footnotes and links:
Bob’s Burgers website and Facebook page.
Seasons 1–3 on Netflix.
A picture of a Hohner Guitaret.

Episode 7: Jeff Beal

House of Cards (Main Title Theme)

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In this episode, composer Jeff Beal deconstructs the main title theme music to the Netflix original series House of Cards, which has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Original Main Title Theme and Outstanding Music Composition. The show was adapted from a British series of the same name by writer Beau Willimon, and director and executive producer David Fincher. Jeff talks about his collaborative process with Fincher, and how they found the mood and musical palette for the show and its theme, and how it changed from season one to season two. A brief word of warning, if you haven’t watched the first season, there are spoilers about how that season ends.

You can buy the House of Cards score by Jeff Beal on iTunes here.

footnotes:
Supertramp – Crime of the Century
Jeff Beal on IMDB

Episode 6: Daedelus

“Experience”

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In this episode, Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, takes apart his song Experience. This early track of his is made with only acoustic sounds, but Alfred still considers it a piece of electronic music, and explains why. He also talks about the unexpected life the song has had since he recorded it, after being sampled by Madlib for his collaboration with MF Doom, Madvillain. Experience became the beat for Madvillain’s Accordion, the first song on their highly acclaimed album, and later referenced and resampled by artists like Drake and Kitty (aka Kitty Pryde). Daedelus deconstructs the song and discusses what its legacy means to him.

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Buy Daedelus’s song Experience on iTunes here.

footnotes and links:
Madvillain – Accordion


Drake – The Grind


Kitty – Accordion


Tory Lanez – Accordion

Episode 5: Sea Wolf

“Kasper”

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In this episode, Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf breaks down “Kasper,” a song from the album Old World Romance. He talks about his songwriting process, collaborating with his bandmates, and the evolution that comes with learning the difference between making something that’s good, and making something that’s perfect.

Buy the song on iTunes here.

Sea Wolf’s website, with links to tour dates and more music, is seawolfmusic.com.

Episode 4: Baths

“Miasma Sky”

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Will Wiesenfeld of Baths breaks down his song “Miasma Sky,” which came out last year on his highly-praised sophomore album Obsidian. Will talks about using the computer to intentionally destroy sounds, trying to find a balance in his music between simplicity and complexity, and what went into making his drum tracks.

Buy the song on iTunes here.

Baths will be on tour in April and May throughout North America. Concert dates and tickets can be found on the anticon website.

Episode 3: YACHT

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Claire and Jona of the band YACHT deconstruct their brand new single “Plastic Soul,” a fun pop song about human suffering. They explain how technology inspired them musically as well as lyrically, and how they recycle bits of their old recordings to create new songs.

Download the episode here.

You can watch the music video and buy the song at plasticsoul.tv, or visit the YACHT website at teamyacht.com.

footnotes, references, links:
Amanda Lear – Never Trust a Pretty Face

Episode 2: The Album Leaf

“The Outer Banks”


Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf takes apart “The Outer Banks,” a song he recorded in Iceland with members of Sigur Ros accompanying him. He reveals how the melody of the song was made from a glockenspiel, violin, and Moog synthesizer, and he talks about the importance of letting go of control during the recording process.

Download the episode here.
Buy the song “The Outer Banks” on iTunes here.

footnotes, references, links:
Aphex Twin – Wikipedia | iTunes
Squarepusher – Wikipedia | iTunes
The Notwist – Wikipedia | iTunes

Episode 1: The Postal Service

“The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”

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Our first guest on Song Exploder is Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel, aka one half of The Postal Service (the other half being Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie). Jimmy breaks down “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” and talks about his instruments, his influences, and how he accidentally made a loop out of Jenny Lewis’s backing vocals.

Download the episode here.

Buy the song on iTunes here.

footnotes, references, links:
BjörkHomogenic
Morr Music (German electronic record label)
Lali Puna – website | on iTunes