Episode 98: Bonobo

“Break Apart” (feat. Rhye)

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Simon Green is a producer and DJ who’s been making music under the name Bonobo since 2000. In January 2017 he released his sixth studio album, Migration. For the song “Break Apart,” he enlisted Rhye to add vocals, and in this episode, the two of them tell the story of how the track came together.

Buy “Break Apart” (feat. Rhye) on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Bonobo – Heaven for the Sinner (feat. Erykah Badu)
Rhye – Open

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Episode 97: Sara Watkins

“Without a Word”

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Sara Watkins began her music career when she was only 8 years old, as one of the founding members of the Grammy-award winning band Nickel Creek. In 2016, she released her third solo album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. In this episode, Sara breaks down her song “Without a Word.”

This interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Chicago Podcast Festival.

Buy “Without a Word” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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Episode 96: Dropkick Murphys

“Blood”

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Dropkick Murphys formed in Massachusetts in 1996. For over twenty years, they’ve made music that’s reflected the culture and community they’ve come from, including their platinum single “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” In January 2017, they released their ninth album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, which includes the song “Blood.” In this episode, guitarist Tim Brennan breaks down how the music for “Blood” was made, and the band founder Ken Casey explains the inspiration behind the lyrics.

Buy “Blood” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Dropkick Murphys – Time to Go
AC/DC – Back in Black
The Pogues – Dirty Old Town

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