Episode 115: Maggie Rogers

“Alaska”

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Maggie Rogers had a breakthrough moment when she was a student at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute. Pharrell Williams visited to her class, and when he heard her song “Alaska,” his reaction was dramatic, and caught on video. The video of Pharrell listening to Maggie’s song went viral, and “Alaska” became a hit, with over 40 million streams on Spotify alone. Maggie Rogers is now playing sold out shows across the country, just a year after graduating. In this episode, Maggie tells the story of what came before that day in class—all the steps and missteps that eventually led to her writing the song “Alaska.”

You can get “Alaska” on iTunes.

Maggie’s Masterclass with Pharrell

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Maggie Rogers – “James”
NOLS Alaska Backpacking Program
Ableton House Racks – Undrgrnd Sounds
Carly Rae Jepsen
Doug Schadt – Producer

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Episode 114: St. Vincent

“New York”

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Annie Clark moved to New York in the mid-2000s. She started recording and performing under the name St Vincent in 2006. She’s released five albums, and won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2014. Earlier this year, in 2017, St Vincent released this song, called “New York,” partly inspired by the city and neighborhood she calls home, although nowadays, Annie splits her time between coasts, with a studio in Los Angeles. She collaborated on this song with Grammy-winning producer Jack Antonoff.

You can get “New York” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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Episode 111: Slowdive

“Sugar for the Pill”

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Slowdive formed in 1989 in Reading, England. They put out 3 albums between 1991 and 1995, and their sound helped define the shoegaze genre. In 2017, the band released a critically-acclaimed self-titled album, their first in over twenty years. In this episode, singer and guitarist Neil Halstead takes apart the song “Sugar for the Pill.”

You can get “Sugar for the Pill” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
“Slowdive” by Slowdive
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Epiphone Casino

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