Bonus Episode: The Daily from New York Times

Wonderly – “The Daily” theme song

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The Daily is the New York Times’ daily news podcast, hosted by Michael Barbaro. In this special edition of Song Exploder, composers Jim Brunberg & Ben Landsverk (aka Wonderly) break down how they composed the show’s theme song. You can listen on the New York Times website at nytimes.com/dailysong, or below:

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Theme to HBO’s Westworld, by composer Ramin Djawadi (hear his Song Exploder episode on Game of Thrones’ theme song here)

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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 129: Moses Sumney

“Quarrel”

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Moses Sumney is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. His first album, Aromanticism, came out in September 2017, but before that, he’d already worked with an impressive and diverse list of collaborators, from Sufjan Stevens, to Solange, to Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to Skrillex.

That spirit continues with the song Moses takes apart in this episode, which has contributions from producer Cam O’bi, Paris Strother, and legendary bassist Thundercat.

You can get “Quarrel” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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Brandee Younger (harpist) – NPR Video
Stereolab
Radiohead
Joanna Newsom

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