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

Essential Tremors WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore

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    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

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

    Brendan Canty

    Brendan Canty

    Drummer Brendan Canty powered the seminal D.C. post-punk band Fugazi and continues to blaze a trail in the instrumental trio The Messthetics.

    In this episode, he discusses how songs by Parliament, Scritti Politti, and King Crimson shaped his music.

    Essential Tremors is produced by Matt Byars and Lee Gardner and distributed by Your Public Studios.
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    • 43 min
    Claire Rousay

    Claire Rousay

    Claire Rousay's music combines field recordings, Auto-Tuned vocals, conventional instruments, spoken word, and other elements with a subtlety that both attracts and subverts terms like "ambient" and "sound art." In this episode, she discusses how tracks by Ryu Hankil, Elliott Smith, and K. Mulhern shaped her work.
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    • 29 min
    the RZA

    the RZA

    Producer, MC, actor, director—the RZA has expanded his leadership of hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan into a decade-spanning, multi-hyphenate creative career. On this episode, the RZA discusses how Isaac Hayes, the theme from Love Story, and a famous hip-hop break shaped his work.

    Essential Tremors is produced by Matt Byars and Lee Gardner and distributed by Your Public Studios.
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    • 29 min
    Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy)

    Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy)

    Singer/songwriter Will Oldham has created a vast and beguiling body of work under his own name, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and Palace and its variations, as well as through numerous collaborations. In this episode, he discusses how songs by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Al Jarreau, and the Mekons influenced his music.

     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Geordie Greep

    Geordie Greep

    Geordie Greep's guitar and idiosyncratic vocals have helped make uncategorizable London band Black Midi into an international sensation. In this episode, he discusses how songs by Warren Zevon, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and Frank Zappa influenced his music.
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    • 20 min
    Jon Hopkins

    Jon Hopkins

    Electronic musician Jon Hopkins is well-known in certain circles as the creator of numerous thoughtful, yet in many cases danceable, records. He's also had his hand in some enormously commercially successful records, however, as a producer and guest musician, such as Coldplay's "Viva la Vida," as well as in several co-productions with Brian Eno. In this episode, he discusses the effect songs by Eno and Harold Budd, Ozric Tentacles, and Orbital had on him.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

JRCinMD ,

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!

Gharp53 ,

Stephen Morris Joy Division

Always love this show, but Hachette is pronounced haSHETT not Hatchet.
(bookseller peeve ;-) )

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