Episode 103: Aimee Mann

“Patient Zero”

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Aimee Mann is a Grammy- and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter. In the 80s, she fronted the band ‘Til Tuesday, and in 1993, she released her first solo album. In 2017, Aimee released her 9th album, Mental Illness, and in this episode, she tells the story of how the song “Patient Zero” was made. I talked to Aimee along with the song’s co-writer, Jonathan Coulton. The interview was recorded in front of a live audience, on board the JoCo Cruise, a music and comedy themed cruise organized by Jonathan Coulton.

You can buy “Patient Zero” and Mental Illness on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Andrew Garfield
Paul Bryan (producer and bassist)
The Blue Nile – “Tinseltown in the Rain”
‘Til Tuesday – “Voices Carry”

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This episode is sponsored by Sonos.

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Episode 101: Norah Jones

“Day Breaks”

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Since her debut in 2002, Norah Jones has sold over 50 million albums and won 8 Grammys. In 2016, she released Day Breaks, her sixth album. In this episode, she takes apart the title track and details how the pieces unexpectedly came together. you’ll hear her original demo for the song, and how it was transformed in the studio, including a session with jazz saxophone legend Wayne Shorter. Plus, a few thoughts from Norah’s co-producer and longtime collaborator Sarah Oda.

Listen to “Day Breaks” on Apple Music or Spotify.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.

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Episode 100: Dirty Projectors

“Up In Hudson”

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David Longstreth started making music under the name Dirty Projectors in 2002. Since then, he’s released seven albums and collaborated with Björk, Solange, and Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Rihanna. Dirty Projectors went from a solo project to a full-band, performing on TV, and at Carnegie Hall. Dave and one of his bandmates were in a relationship for years, but then that relationship—and the band—broke up. In February 2017, with Dirty Projectors as solo project once again, Dave released a self-titled album, a breakup album by all accounts. In this episode, Dave breaks down the song “Up in Hudson” and the winding road he went down to create it.

Listen to “Up In Hudson” on Apple Music or Spotify.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Tyondai Braxton – Scout1
Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is the Move
Kanye West – Blood On the Leaves
Miles Davis & Gil Evans – Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?

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This episode is sponsored by Cymbal.fm, Blue Apron, and Hover.

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