6 episodes

Primer is a music podcast about translation and illumination. Host Christian Dueñas is joined by a different co-host each season to explore a genre of music from outside the English-speaking world. In its debut season, music writer Yosuke Kitazawa (PBS SoCal, Light in the Attic) joins Christian and special guests to explore Japanese City Pop. They celebrate the lives of its artists, explore the cultural and historical context of the songs, and reflect on the impact that music had on listeners everywhere - including personally, as fans. Primer invites both newcomers and crate diggers alike to find their next favorite album and learn more about the music they already love.

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Primer is a music podcast about translation and illumination. Host Christian Dueñas is joined by a different co-host each season to explore a genre of music from outside the English-speaking world. In its debut season, music writer Yosuke Kitazawa (PBS SoCal, Light in the Attic) joins Christian and special guests to explore Japanese City Pop. They celebrate the lives of its artists, explore the cultural and historical context of the songs, and reflect on the impact that music had on listeners everywhere - including personally, as fans. Primer invites both newcomers and crate diggers alike to find their next favorite album and learn more about the music they already love.

    05. Nature Speaks Simply (UMI // Seiko Matsuda)

    05. Nature Speaks Simply (UMI // Seiko Matsuda)

    Singer-songwriter UMI joins us to talk about Matsuda's prolific career, how city pop influences UMI's work, and the joys of karaoke.

    • 37 min
    04. Very 94.7 The Wave (Dam-Funk // Hiroshi Sato)

    04. Very 94.7 The Wave (Dam-Funk // Hiroshi Sato)

    In 1982, Hiroshi Sato released the album Awakening; a synth-heavy, mostly solo record featuring Canadian-born singer Wendy Matthews. He had a few solo records out by then, but they didn't really pay the bills. He was a working studio musician, laying down piano/keyboard tracks for other artists. He got by, but there was something missing. Thanks partly to the introduction of the LinnDrum, the first commercially available drum machine, he found inspiration to cut another record. And what a legendary record it is.

    • 45 min
    03. I Hate the City (Patrick St. Michel // Taeko Onuki)

    03. I Hate the City (Patrick St. Michel // Taeko Onuki)

    Music writer Patrick St. Michel joins us to talk about his experience interviewing Taeko Onuki, the incredible personnel on this incredible album, and how ahead of the game SUNSHOWER really was.

    • 45 min
    02. Gravy Is Shaped Like a Heart (Devendra Banhart // Yasuko Agawa)

    02. Gravy Is Shaped Like a Heart (Devendra Banhart // Yasuko Agawa)

    Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart joins us this week to talk about how Gravy sells a beautiful fantasy of Los Angeles, Augie Johnson's work with Yasuko Agawa, and how City Pop affects his own work. Plus, we get on the phone to talk with singer Miki Howard about her work on Gravy and it's recent resurgence in popularity.

    • 43 min
    01. Crying in the Club (Linda Marigliano // Miki Matsubara)

    01. Crying in the Club (Linda Marigliano // Miki Matsubara)

    On our inaugural episode of Primer, radio/tv presenter Linda Marigliano joins us to discuss City Pop icon, Miki Matsubara and her debut record, Pocket Park. We get into the unexpected renewed interest in Mayonaka no Door, the story behind Miki's sudden departure from the music scene, and Linda's personal connection and discovery of City Pop.

    • 47 min
    Coming soon from Maximum Fun: Primer

    Coming soon from Maximum Fun: Primer

    Primer is a music podcast about translation and illumination. Host Christian Dueñas is joined by a different co-host each season to explore a genre of music from outside the English-speaking world. In its debut season, music writer Yosuke Kitazawa (PBS SoCal, Light in the Attic) joins Christian and special guests to explore Japanese City Pop. They celebrate the lives of its artists, explore the cultural and historical context of the songs, and reflect on the impact that music had on listeners everywhere - including personally, as fans. Primer invites both newcomers and crate diggers alike to find their next favorite album and learn more about the music they already love.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

agerickson ,

Oddly soothing

You can really feel the joy going into this project! It’s very educational and really well produced and edited. I’m not a music nerd, but this show is in my weekly podcast lineup now for sure.

@}------- ,

A welcoming deep dive by enthusiasts for everyone

This show is if KCRW had more context and less colonialism, while still exploring the world of music so it’s pretty much perfection. It warms my heart to hear longtime Max Fun staff Christian Dueñas getting to host a show on something he’s so passionate about, is both niche and universal, and is super fun. Really speaks to how Max Fun becoming a worker-owned co-op on top of the culture and community they’ve been cultivating for years just creates the space for people to make magic. Also the guests are super legit. I just want to listen to Davendra Banhardt talk about gravy and Gravy for hours. Please please make season 2, I would LOVE to get the Ethiopian jazz season.

SMartillo34 ,

Old school cool

This show came at a perfect time where I’m in a musical rut! This show is opening my horizons and introducing me to a whole new genre of music I’ve never heard of before. The hosts, guests and information is always on point.

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