Episode 109: Fleet Foxes

“Mearcstapa”

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Fleet Foxes formed in Seattle, Washington in 2006. In 2011, they put out their second record, which was nominated for a Grammy; and then, the band went on hiatus. The lead singer and songwriter, Robin Pecknold, moved to New York to go to Columbia University. In 2017, the band returned with their third album, Crack-Up. And in this episode, Robin breaks down a song from that record called “Mearcstapa.”

You can get “Mearcstapa” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Ali Farka Touré – “Petenere”
Bernard Moitessier
The Beach Boys – “Feel Flows”
Can – “Vitamin C”
Mahmoud Guinia – “Makawyahy” (using the krakeb)

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Episode 108: Michelle Branch

“Best You Ever”

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Michelle Branch is a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. She put two platinum albums when she was still a teenager. Those records were huge hits, and so her sound on those records defined her as an artist—for better or worse. Over a decade later, and after a long stretch, in 2017, Michelle put out her third album, Hopeless Romantic. In this episode, Michelle talks about why she was in musical limbo for so long, as she takes apart her song “Best You Ever.”

You can get “Best You Ever” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Michelle Branch – Everywhere
Amy Kuney
Harlan Silverman
The Black Keys
Patrick Carney
Gus Seyffert

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Episode 107: alt-J

“In Cold Blood”

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Alt-J formed in Leeds, England in 2007. Their debut album won a Mercury Prize, and their second was nominated for a Grammy. They released their third album, Relaxer in June 2017. In this episode, singer Joe Newman and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton break down their song “In Cold Blood.”

You can get “In Cold Blood” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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This episode is sponsored by Five Four Club, Splice, and Blue Microphones.

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