Bonus Episode: The Daily from The New York Times

Wonderly – The Daily (Theme)

 

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The Daily is the New York Times’ daily news podcast, hosted by Michael Barbaro. Every day, over 1.7 million people download the show. It launched in February 2017, and in honor of its two-year anniversary, we’re publishing a bonus episode about the show’s theme song, which was composed by Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk of Wonderly. This episode was originally published on the New York Times website, in 2018.

footnotes
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 152: Japanese Breakfast

“Boyish”

 

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Japanese Breakfast is the musical project of Michelle Zauner, who’s been making music under that name since 2013. In July 2017, she released her second album, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, to critical acclaim.

In this episode, Michelle breaks down a song from that album called “Boyish,” along with her co-producer and bandmate Craig Hendrix. We’ll hear the original demo, plus a version Michelle recorded with her old band. And she’ll talk about how her perspective on the song has changed over the years.

Buy or stream “Boyish” here, and stream the music video below.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
“Boyish” – Little Big League
“Be My Baby” – The Ronettes
Harpsichord
The Beach Boys

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Episode 151: Hozier

“Nina Cried Power” (feat. Mavis Staples)

 

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Andrew Hozier-Byrne is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from Ireland. His debut single from 2013, “Take Me to Church,” was a massive, multi-platinum hit.

In September 2018, Hozier released the song “Nina Cried Power,” which features the legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples. In this episode, Hozier breaks down how he made the song, and Mavis Staples tells the story of how she got involved.

Buy or stream “Nina Cried Power” here, and stream the music video below.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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“Sinnerman” – Nina Simone
Booker T. Jones
“Green Onions” – Booker T. & The M.G’s

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