Song Exploder

Song Exploder

Song Exploder

CATEGORY: Music
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.
  1. June 29, 2022
    25 min
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    Monica Martin - Go Easy, Kid
    Monica Martin is a singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. Before that, she was based in Madison, Wisconsin, where she was part of the indie rock band Phox. She’s been a featured guest vocalist on songs by…
  2. June 15, 2022
    17 min
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    Maren Morris - Humble Quest
    Maren Morris is a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist. She’s also won multiple country music awards, including CMAs for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Single of the Year in 2020, but her feelings about the…
  3. June 01, 2022
    24 min
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    Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
    Rick Astley is a singer and songwriter from England, whose debut single, "Never Gonna Give You Up," became an international smash hit. The song came out in July 1987 and won the BRIT Award for “British Single o…
  4. May 18, 2022
    20 min
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    Kevin Morby - This Is a Photograph
    Kevin Morby is a singer and songwriter based in Kansas City. He’s put out seven albums since 2013, including his most recent one, This is a Photograph, which just came out last week. For this episode, I talked…
  5. May 04, 2022
    23 min
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    Arooj Aftab - Mohabbat
    Arooj Aftab is a singer and composer based in Brooklyn. She grew up in Saudi Arabia, but her family is from Pakistan. And earlier this year, she made history by becoming the first Pakistani artist to win a Gram…
  6. April 20, 2022
    17 min
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    Partners: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    This week, I want to introduce you to another podcast that I make, called Partners. It’s a show about partnerships that was born out of Song Exploder. I’ve made a bunch of episodes with bandmates, or co-writers…
  7. March 23, 2022
    30 min
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    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 incr…
  8. March 09, 2022
    22 min
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    Reissue: Perfume Genius - Slip Away
    This week, I want to revisit one of my favorite episodes of Song Exploder, with Perfume Genius telling the story of making Slip Away. This episode originally came out in May 2017. The album the song’s from, No…
  9. February 23, 2022
    18 min
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    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 th…
  10. February 09, 2022
    20 min
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    Brandi Carlile - You and Me On the Rock (feat. Lucius)
    Brandi Carlile is a singer and songwriter from Washington State. She's  released seven albums and won six Grammys. Her most recent album is In These Silent Days, which debuted at number one on Billboard’s folk…
  11. January 26, 2022
    22 min
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    Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
    The band Franz Ferdinand formed in 2002, in Glasgow, Scotland. They’ve won the Mercury Prize and two BRIT Awards, they have five Grammy nominations, and they’ve sold millions of albums. One of their first singl…
  12. January 12, 2022
    20 min
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    Joy Oladokun - Look Up
    Joy Oladokun is a singer and songwriter from Arizona, now based in Nashville, who’s been releasing music since 2015. Last year, she was named an Artist to Watch by NPR, Spotify, and Amazon, and she was #1 on Vo…
  13. December 15, 2021
    19 min
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    Danny Elfman - What’s This? (from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”)
    Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas came out in 1993. It’s a stop-motion animated musical, with music by legendary composer Danny Elfman. He’s won Emmys, a Grammy, and been nominated for four Oscars. Hi…
  14. December 01, 2021
    17 min
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    Halsey - You Asked for This
    Halsey is an award-winning singer and songwriter from New Jersey. She's been nominated for two Grammys, and sold over a million records. In August, she released her fourth album, If I Can't Have Love, I Want Po…
  15. November 17, 2021
    29 min
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    Hans Zimmer - Dune
    The movie Dune was released on October 21. It's the most recent adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic science fiction novel from 1965. The film was directed by Denis Villeneuve, and the score was written by Oscar-…
  16. November 03, 2021
    24 min
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    The War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius)
    The War on Drugs is a band from Philadelphia who formed in 2005. They won the Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2018. This year, they put out their fifth album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore. Adam Granduciel is the sin…
  17. October 20, 2021
    16 min
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    Willow - Transparent Soul feat. Travis Barker
    Willow Smith is a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. She’s also a member of one of the most famous families in the world. From a very young age, she followed in the musical footsteps of her parents, Will S…
  18. October 13, 2021
    16 min
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    Hrishikesh Hirway TED Talk - What You Learn When You Listen Closely
    This summer, I gave a TED Talk at the TED Conference. My talk was about what you discover when you really listen. It was based on how making Song Exploder has changed the way I think about conversations and con…
  19. October 06, 2021
    26 min
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    John Lennon - God
    Earlier this year, I got an amazing email—the estate of John Lennon said that they have a treasure trove of audio material from his life, and they were wondering if I would be interested in making an episode ar…

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