Episode 127: Julien Baker

“Appointments”

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Julien Baker is from Memphis, Tennessee. She released her second album, Turn Out The Lights, in October 2017, on Matador Records. The New York Times called her music “devastating”, Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music, and Stereogum included her album at #13 in their Top 50 albums of the year. In this episode, Julien tells the story of her song “Appointments,” and how writing it helped her work through her thoughts around addiction, depression, and relationships. Julien also takes apart the track “Over,” which was written as part of Appointments, but then split off as a separate track.

You can get “Appointments” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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Episode 125: R.E.M.

“Try Not to Breathe”

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R.E.M. was formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, bassist Mike Mills, guitarist Peter Buck, and drummer Bill Berry. They’ve won three Grammys, and have sold over 85 million records. In 1992, the band released their eighth album, Automatic for the People. In honor of the 25th anniversary of its release, in this episode, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills take apart the song, “Try Not to Breathe.”

You can get “Try Not to Breathe” on iTunes and the 25th Anniversary Edition of Automatic for the People here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
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Producer Scott Litt
“Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles
“Tears in Rain” monologue from Blade Runner

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Episode 124: Nine Inch Nails

“The Lovers”

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Trent Reznor started Nine Inch Nails in 1988. He released eight albums, sold over 20 million records, won two Grammys and was nominated for 11 more. Then, in 2010, Trent Reznor and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross scored the film The Social Network, and they won an Oscar for it. A few years later, in 2016, Atticus Ross joined Nine Inch Nails as an official member. The duo’s most recent release is Add Violence, an EP, and in this episode, Trent and Atticus break down a song from it called “The Lovers.”

You can get “The Lovers” on iTunes and the Add Violence EP on vinyl here.

Here’s a picture of the Luminist Garden, the sound manipulator made by Folktek that’s used on “The Lovers.”

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Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
“Branches / Bones” – by Nine Inch Nails, from Not the Actual Events EP.
Nine Inch Nails discography

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