Episode 112: Phoenix

“Ti Amo”

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Phoenix is a Grammy-winning band from Versailles, France. They started putting out music in 1999, and in June 2017, they released their sixth album, Ti Amo. In this episode, singer Thomas Mars and guitarist Laurent Brancowitz break down the song “Ti Amo,” the title track from that album.

You can get “Ti Amo” on iTunes.

“Ti Amo” on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Ableton Live
Dur Dur Band – “Dooyo”
Lucio Battisti – “Il Tempo Di Morire”
Roman Coppola (Thomas’s brother-in-law)

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This episode is sponsored by Sonos (use promo code Song10) and MeUndies.

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Episode 111: Slowdive

“Sugar for the Pill”

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Slowdive formed in 1989 in Reading, England. They put out 3 albums between 1991 and 1995, and their sound helped define the shoegaze genre. In 2017, the band released a critically-acclaimed self-titled album, their first in over twenty years. In this episode, singer and guitarist Neil Halstead takes apart the song “Sugar for the Pill.”

You can get “Sugar for the Pill” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
“Slowdive” by Slowdive
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Epiphone Casino

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This episode is sponsored by Five Four Club, Mailchimp, and ZipRecruiter.

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Episode 110: Goapele

“Stand”

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Goapele is a singer/songwriter from the Bay Area. She released her first album in 2001. Since then, she’s released five more albums and collaborated with Snoop Dogg. In 2017, on her album Dreamseeker, she put out the song “Stand.” It was written in the wake of the shooting death of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed while unarmed and handcuffed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officer. The shooting took place in 2009. In this episode, Goapele tells the story of why it took 8 years for her to finish the song.

You can get “Stand” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
The Shooting of Oscar Grant
Fruitvale Station, a film by Ryan Coogler about Oscar Grant’s murder.

sponsors
This episode is sponsored by Lyft. Check out the new podcastMogul from Gimlet and the Loud Speakers Network.

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