Episode 105: Perfume Genius

“Slip Away”

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Mike Hadreas has been making music under the name Perfume Genius in 2008. In May 2017, he put out his fourth album, No Shape, to widespread critical acclaim. In this episode, Mike breaks down the song “Slip Away.” I also spoke with producer Blake Mills, who also plays on the track, and recording engineer Shawn Everett about the unusual way the song was recorded.

You can buy “Slip Away” and No Shape on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
The guitar-shaped mbira (photo courtesy Blake Mills):
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Neumann Dummy Head

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This episode is sponsored by Splice, MailChimp, and Sonos.

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Episode 104: Little Dragon

“Sweet”

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Little Dragon is a Grammy-nominated band from Gothenburg, Sweden. They formed in 1996, and they released their fifth album Season High in April 2017. In this episode, Yukimi and Erik from the band break down the song “Sweet.”

You can buy “Sweet” and Season High on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
DJ CNDO – “Terminator”
Gregory Isaacs – “Night Nurse”
Super Mario Bros. – “Star Theme”
Patrik Berger (producer)

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This episode is sponsored by Sonos.

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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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