Episode 106: Michael Kiwanuka

“Black Man in a White World”

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Michael Kiwanuka is a singer/songwriter from London. His second album, Love and Hate, came out in 2016, and was named one of the Best Albums of the Year from the BBC, NME, The Guardian, GQ, and more. One of the songs on the album was used as the theme for the hit HBO series Big Little Lies. In this episode, Michael breaks down the song “Black Man in a White World.”

You can get “Black Man in a White World” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Son House – Grinnin’ in Your Face
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

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This episode is sponsored by Splice, Lyft, and Blue Microphones.

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Episode 105: Perfume Genius

“Slip Away”

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Mike Hadreas has been making music under the name Perfume Genius in 2008. In May 2017, he put out his fourth album, No Shape, to widespread critical acclaim. In this episode, Mike breaks down the song “Slip Away.” I also spoke with producer Blake Mills, who also plays on the track, and recording engineer Shawn Everett about the unusual way the song was recorded.

You can buy “Slip Away” and No Shape on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
The guitar-shaped mbira (photo courtesy Blake Mills):
GuitarMbira

Neumann Dummy Head

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This episode is sponsored by Splice, MailChimp, and Sonos.

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Episode 104: Little Dragon

“Sweet”

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Little Dragon is a Grammy-nominated band from Gothenburg, Sweden. They formed in 1996, and they released their fifth album Season High in April 2017. In this episode, Yukimi and Erik from the band break down the song “Sweet.”

You can buy “Sweet” and Season High on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
DJ CNDO – “Terminator”
Gregory Isaacs – “Night Nurse”
Super Mario Bros. – “Star Theme”
Patrik Berger (producer)

sponsors
This episode is sponsored by Sonos.

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