27 episodes

A show in which musicians and other creators talk about the songs that shaped who they are.

Essential Tremors WYPR Baltimore

    • Performing Arts

A show in which musicians and other creators talk about the songs that shaped who they are.

    Andy Shauf

    Andy Shauf

    Andy Shauf's understated, gentle, and expertly composed pop songs are miniature gems that grow in appeal with each listen. In this episode, Shauf talks about how Elliott Smith, Wilco, and The Beatles guided and inspired his understanding of how to write intimate but deeply accessible pop songs.

    • 23 min
    Thalia Zedek

    Thalia Zedek

    Thalia Zedek's distinctive voice and soul-baring songwriting have powered a series of bands, including Live Skull and Come, as well as her own solo career. On this episode, she discusses a seminal moment with Patti Smith, obscure Kentucky band Circle X, and her love of Nick Cave.

    • 40 min
    Bibio

    Bibio

    Since his breakthrough 2009 Warp Records release Ambivalence Avenue, Stephen James Wilkinson, better known as Bibio, has released six albums of delicate, moody folk imbued with deft electronic touches. Fragile, wistful, and often brief, his reverie-inducing songs serve as distillations of pure nostalgia.

    • 30 min
    John Stanier (Battles)

    John Stanier (Battles)

    Drummer John Stanier has turned heads throughout his career, first with '90s alt-metal act Helmet and in recent years as part of omindirectional electronic rock band Battles.In this episode, he talks to us about his prog-rock past, making every note count, and hating goth but loving Siouxsie and the Banshees

    • 45 min
    Ian Williams (Battles)

    Ian Williams (Battles)

    Guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams has blazed a unique path through underground music, with Don Caballero, Storm ---- Stress, and now with Battles.On this episode, the first of two that interview both Battles members, he talks about getting rid of emotion, free jazz, and machine music.

    • 26 min
    JPEGMAFIA

    JPEGMAFIA

    MC and producer JPEGMAFIA came out of Baltimore and exploded on the national rap landscape, not part of any particular music scene but drawing from many. In this episode, he talks about how songs by Janelle Monae, Bjork, and Cam'ron shaped his art.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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Gold mine for music geeks

I've always enjoyed going down that rabbit hole of listening to what those I listen to listened to. And this is essentially that. Matt and Lee are engaging interviewers, get interesting and top-tier musicians, and I regularly discover new music or think of familiar music differently as a result. Bravo!

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