Episode 130: Natalie Prass

“Short Court Style”

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Natalie Prass released her debut album in 2015. That year, Time Magazine called her an Artist to Watch, Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music, and Stereogum named it one of the Top Albums of the Year. In this episode, Natalie Prass takes apart a new song form 2018, called “Short Court Style,” her first track to come out since that debut album.

Buy or stream “Short Court Style” here.

Here’s the short film “Oh Jerome, No,” directed by Teddy Blanks and Alex Karpovsky (aka Spielbergs), featuring the original version of “Short Court Style.”

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Bee Gees – “Children of the World”
Chic – “Le Freak”
Producer – Matt White
Cuíca – Brazilian percussion instrument
Yamaha CP70

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Episode 126: The Roots

“It Ain’t Fair (feat. Bilal)”

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Drummer Ahmir Thompson, also known as Questlove, and rapper Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, started The Roots when they were in high school in Philadelphia in 1987. Over the last thirty years, the band has released 17 albums. They’ve received a bunch Grammy nominations including three wins. They’re also the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In this episode, Questlove tells the story of how they made the song “It Ain’t Fair.” It was created for the film Detroit, directed by oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, who also made the films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Detroit is about the 1967 Detroit riots, centered around the events at the Algiers Motel, where police killed three young black men and beat and tortured nine others. The Roots recruited the singer Bilal to contribute vocals to the song, and they worked with The Dap-Kings, the backing band for the late soul singer Sharon Jones, to create a sound that evoked the music of 1967.

You can get “It Ain’t Fair” on iTunes. Watch the trailer for Detroit below.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Curtis Mayfield – The Other Side of Town
John Williams – Raiders March (Indiana Jones Theme)

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Episode 113: Grizzly Bear

“Four Cypresses”

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Between 2004 and 2012, Grizzly Bear put out four critically-acclaimed albums. Their newest album is called Painted Ruins, and it features this song, “Four Cypresses.” In this episode, two members of the band, Chris Taylor and Daniel Rossen, tell the story of how the song came together.

You can get “Four Cypresses” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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