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Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
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Jamila Woods - BALDWIN

Jamila Woods - BALDWIN

2019-07-1000:22:456

Jamila Woods is a singer, songwriter, and poet from Chicago. She’s released two albums, and she’s collaborated with artists like Chance the Rapper, Noname, and Macklemore.In May 2019, she put out her second album, LEGACY! LEGACY!, to critical acclaim. NME called it one of the albums of the year, Rolling Stone called it a “revelation,” and Pitchfork named it “Best New Music.”In this episode, Jamila and her producer Slot-A break down a song from that album, called “BALDWIN,” named after the late author and civil rights activist James Baldwin.songexploder.net/jamila-woods
Big Thief - Cattails

Big Thief - Cattails

2019-06-2600:18:189

Big Thief is a four piece folk-rock band from Brooklyn, New York. In May 2019, they released their third album, U.F.O.F., to critical acclaim. Pitchfork named it “Best New Music.”In this episode, singer Adrianne Lenker and drummer James Krivchenia break down a song from that album called “Cattails.”songexploder.net/big-thief
Sheryl Crow is a singer-songwriter from Missouri. She’s released ten studio albums, sold over 50 million records, and has won nine Grammys.In April 2019, Sheryl Crow released a new version of her song “Redemption Day,” which was first released on her self-titled album in 1996. This new version features vocals from Johnny Cash, who recorded a cover of the song that was released posthumously in 2010. And in this episode, Sheryl Crow breaks down how it all came together.songexploder.net/sheryl-crow
Raleigh Ritchie is the musical alias of Jacob Anderson, a musician and actor who’s probably best known for playing the character Grey Worm on Game of Thrones.Raleigh Ritchie released his first album in 2016, and he’s put out a handful of EPs. In September 2018, he put out the single, “Time in a Tree.” He made the song with Grammy-nominated producer Daniel Traynor, aka Grades. In this episode, the two of them take apart “Time in a Tree” to explain how it came together, and how it was influenced by classic Hollywood movies, Billy Joel, and overwhelming anxiety.songexploder.net/raleigh-ritchie
John Darnielle has been writing and recording songs as the Mountain Goats since 1991. He’s released 17 studio albums, and also written two books of fiction.In April 2019, the Mountain Goats released the album In League with Dragons, and in this episode, John Darnielle breaks down a song from it, called Cadaver-Sniffing Dog. We’ll hear his original demo, and then, hear how the song evolved at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, with the help of John’s band, some incredible session musicians, and producer Owen Pallett.songexploder.net/the-mountain-goats
The Cranberries formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989. Singer Dolores O’Riordan joined a year later, and the group went on to become one of the defining bands on the ‘90s, eventually selling over 40 million records worldwide.In January 2018, while the band was working on their eighth album, Dolores O’Riordan passed away unexpectedly. Later that year, remaining members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler announced that they would end the band, and that this would be their final album. It's called In The End.It was released in April 2019, and in this episode, guitarist and songwriter Noel Hogan breaks down a song from it called “All Over Now.” You’ll hear how Hogan and O’Riordan first started the song, and how the remaining members worked to finish it without her.songexploder.net/the-cranberries
Panda Bear - Dolphin

Panda Bear - Dolphin

2019-04-1700:14:231

Panda Bear is musician Noah Lennox. He’s a founding member of the experimental, genre-defying band Animal Collective, and as a solo artists, he’s released six albums.In February 2019, Panda Bear released the album Buoys, and in this episode, he and his co-producer Rusty Santos break down the opening song, “Dolphin.” You’ll hear the original demo, and how they drew inspiration from music from all over the world.songexploder.net/panda-bear
Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen

Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen

2019-04-0300:27:398

Sharon Van Etten is a singer and songwriter who’s put out five albums. She's also an actress—she’s in The OA and Twin Peaks. Her most recent album, Remind Me Tomorrow, came out in January 2019.In this episode, Sharon breaks down a single from that album called “Seventeen.” She shares the original demo she made with the song’s co-writer Kate Davis, and we’ll hear from producer John Congleton, who helped craft Sharon’s new, more electronic sound.songexploder.net/sharon-van-etten
Nakhane is a singer and songwriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. His first album, Brave Confusion, won the South African Music Award for best alternative album in 2014. He starred in the award-winning film “The Wound,” which was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.Nakhane’s second album, You Will Not Die, was originally released in 2018, and then released in the US in 2019, as a deluxe version. The deluxe version includes this song,“New Brighton,” featuring guest vocals from Anohni. In this episode, as Nakhane breaks the song down, he talks about his complicated relationship with Christianity, why the song wasn’t on the original version of the album, and what it was like to work with one of his musical heroes.songexploder.net/nakhane
Mumford & Sons - Beloved

Mumford & Sons - Beloved

2019-03-0600:21:2618

Mumford & Sons are a Grammy-winning band that formed in London in 2007. They’ve put out four albums, and sold millions of copies. Their last three albums have all debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The most recent of those albums is Delta, which came out in November 2018. The band is made up of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane, and in this episode, Marcus and Ben break down a song from Delta called “Beloved.” You’ll how the song went from Marcus’s original raw voice memo to the intricate finished track.songexploder.net/mumford-and-sons
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John Hollowell

this song itself is beautiful, and then you add the try story of the song and it adds a depth that you can get only from the lyrics themselves.

Jun 15th
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Byron Drake

I love the song and the musicality of it, it's just so good.

Jun 4th
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Andrew Mark

Byron Drake We'll said brother!

Jun 12th
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Byron Drake

Amazing, I didn't realize what this song had to tell as a story.

Jun 4th
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Isabelle Tailhades

Ta chanson est super

May 11th
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Shashank Bhargava

I love this episode!

Apr 23rd
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Oleg Petrunchak-Fesenko

💎

Apr 23rd
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Vicente Jofre

loved the song!

Apr 4th
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Baber Ali Zeb

this song is just beautiful.

Mar 21st
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William Rachal-Curtis

This podcast is awesome!! Please add more hip hop and R&B songs.

Mar 18th
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benjamin schleiken

Great one

Mar 18th
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Luke Morrill

My favorite quote from this episode is when Jack says: "It's really about anybody who wants to build any kind of walls that divide us... Whenever I feel anti-something I try to quickly catch myself and say 'if I'm against these ideas, then what ideas am I for?' I try to at least come from this place of 'if you're going to try to tear something down, what are you trying to build?'"

Mar 12th
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Comrade Quashie

Surreal

Mar 10th
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Ofc. Webber

Such a great song.

Feb 21st
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Steve Yencho

Really nice - what a brilliant musician and treasure of our generation. Incredible also to think about musicians back from the classical era and the dedication to the longevity of their art.

Feb 9th
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timma h

OMG this song's my favourite

Jan 9th
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REVERSE

timma h Weird flex but ok

Jan 13th
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Justin Brown

one of my faves

Jan 6th
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Karissa Carnival

EW

Dec 28th
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Ray Blizzard

Really ejoyed this i play too!!

Dec 17th
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Rayanne Liu

omg yes 💗 i love this song!

Dec 11th
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holyfoolproductions

Is this an extended version of the song? I don’t remember any of these guitar solos.

Dec 7th
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Andres Arosemena

holyfoolproductions I think there is a version where that solo at the end starts fading out very soon. But this one on this episode is the better version!

May 6th
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