Episode 95: Moonlight

Nicholas Britell – Little’s Theme, Chiron’s Theme, Black’s Theme


The film Moonlight tells the story of its main character, Chiron, in three chapters: when Chiron is a young boy, nicknamed Little, when he’s a teenager, and when he’s an adult, nicknamed Black. For each chapter of the film, composer Nicholas Britell created a theme, and in this episode, Nicholas takes those themes apart. The score for Moonlight was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and the film itself won the Golden Globe for Best Drama.

This episode is part of a series I’m doing in conjunction with New York Magazine’s site Vulture, looking at awards-worthy film music from this season. For more, visit vulture.com/awards.

You can buy the soundtrack to Moonlight on iTunes, or on vinyl.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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Episode 93: Metallica

“Moth Into Flame”


Metallica formed in 1981. They were teenagers. Since then, they’ve gone on to become one of the most successful bands of all time, selling over 110 million records worldwide. In November 2016, they released their tenth album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. In this episode, the song “Moth into Flame” gets taken apart by singer and guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.

Buy “Moth Into Flame” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

Metallica – Disposable Heroes (1986)
Mastodon – The Motherload

In studio with Hrishikesh for a future episode of @songexploder down here in LA!

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Episode 90: Angel Olsen

“Shut Up Kiss Me”


Angel Olsen released her third album, My Woman, in September 2016. It’s been critically acclaimed, including getting named Best New Music on Pitchfork and Best Albums of the Year on NME. In this episode, Angel Olsen takes apart the song “Shut Up Kiss Me.” She breaks down how she recorded it live in the studio with her band, and how she tried things with her voice that she’d never done before.

You can buy “Shut Up Kiss Me” on iTunes or on Bandcamp.

Special thanks to Sonos, who let me conduct my side of the interview from their store in New York while I was on the road.

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