Episode 230: Peaches

“Boys Wanna Be Her”

Peaches is a musician, producer, and performance artist. She’s released six albums and in 2015, she won the Polaris Heritage Music Prize. Her fourth album, Impeach My Bush, came out in 2006, and features the song “Boys Wanna Be Her.” She produced the song with Mickey Petralia, whose other production credits include Beck, Ladytron, and Flight of the Conchords. “Boys Wanna Be Her” has become kind of an anthem since it came out. It’s been used in a lot of film and tv. To name just a couple examples, it was in the season 2 finale of ‘The Boys,’ and it’s the theme song for ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.’ In this episode, Peaches tells the story of what inspired the song originally, and how she made it, with a few thoughts from Mickey Petralia.

Peaces will be on tour throughout 2022. Visit teachesofpeaches.com for tickets.

You can buy or stream “Boys Wanna Be Her” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
AC/DC
“TNT” by AC/DC
Def Leppard
Roland Groove Box MC505
Greg Kurstin
Fleabag – trailer

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Episode 229: Steve Reich

“Different Trains: America, Before the War”

Steve Reich is a legendary composer who was one of the pioneers of minimalism. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and the New York Times called him “America’s greatest living composer.” I had the incredible honor of getting to speak to Steve Reich about his piece Different Trains, written for string quartet and pre-recorded performance tape. It was first performed in 1988 by the Kronos Quartet, and they released a recording of it in 1989, which won the Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Different Trains is a piece about World War II and the Holocaust. It’s made up of three movements: America – Before the War, Europe – During the War, and After the War. For this episode, Steve Reich breaks down the first movement, which was inspired by his own childhood experiences.

You can buy or stream Different Trains: America, Before the War here.

And you can buy Steve Reich’s new book, Conversations here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
It’s Going to Rain – Steve Reich
Come Out – Steve Reich
Beryl Korot

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Episode 228: Sarah Kinsley

“The King”

Sarah Kinsley is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her most recent release is an EP called The King, which came out in 2021. When she made it, she was in college in New York—and actually, at the moment, she still is. But the title track on The King was written at a time when the pandemic had shut things down, and she was back in Connecticut, living with her parents. In this episode, Sarah tells the story of demo’ing the song in her childhood bedroom, then recording it in the studio with producer Jake Aron, before it went on to become a hit with over twenty millions streams online. Sarah’s performing at the Song Exploder show at SXSW on March 16, along with Perfume Genius, Kimbra, and more. Hope to see you there.

You can buy or stream “The King” here.

For a transcript of this episode, click here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Big Thief, band

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