13 episodes

A podcast by Angelo Robledo that digs through sample and production history to piece together the stories behind the world's biggest records. Each episode I explore a prominent sample or sound and track its most notable uses throughout history, discovering surprising connections between songs, artists, and genres along the way. Sample Excavator is a proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Sample Excavator Angelo Robledo

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    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

A podcast by Angelo Robledo that digs through sample and production history to piece together the stories behind the world's biggest records. Each episode I explore a prominent sample or sound and track its most notable uses throughout history, discovering surprising connections between songs, artists, and genres along the way. Sample Excavator is a proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

    American Prankster: The Trailer

    American Prankster: The Trailer

    American Prankster is a deep dive with the iconic Wavy Gravy, unfolding his fascinating,historic and hilarious lifestory as an original Beatnik, comedy pioneer, hippie icon and pioneering activist who uses humor as a weapon.  
    Sharing stories that even he’d forgotten with producer/host, Rainbow Valentine, of Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter, Wavy gets down to the very nit of the grit and reminds us what it means to be human.
    From Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to Woodstock to the Acid Tests and running a pig for president, Wavy Gravy is an essential part of American counter culture history and more. 
    You will hear stories of his childhood, teen, army, college and beatnik years with Bob Dylan, Tiny Tim, Martha Graham plus tales of his comedy life with Lenny Bruce, Del Close, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and his friendships with music icons like Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Mama Cass, Joan C. Baez and more! 
    Wavy shares absurdist yarns from his lifelong activism using humor as a weapon, along with pals, Abbie Hoffman, Jackson Browne, the Yippies and traveling roadshows of hippies. Plus how psychedelic globetrotting led to the SEVA Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow.  Wavy’s 8+ decades of embodying American Pranksterism, inspiring millions down the tie-dye colored path of life and spreading his ethos of Basic Human Needs, is a fundamental part of American, comedy, activist, music, food and global history. Plus he’s hilarious and a born storyteller.
    "When you get to the very bottom of the human soul, when the nit is slamming into the grit and you are sinking but you reach down to help someone else, that is when everyone gets high and you don't even need LSD to do that...and that's when I passed the acid test." – Wavy Gravy, American Prankster
    "He's like our Rabbi..." - Trixie Garcia
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    • 4 min
    Episode 0.1 (BONUS): INTERVIEW WITH PÄR ALMQVIST

    Episode 0.1 (BONUS): INTERVIEW WITH PÄR ALMQVIST

    I know its been a long wait, but I have a few bonus episodes up my sleeves that I want to release before season two of Sample Excavator officially drops in a few weeks. In this episode I interview Pär Almqvist, CEO of Tracklib, the world's largest digital music sampling database. Tracklib is changing the way producers sample and democratizing the sample-clearing process so that original rights holders, small producers, and large producers alike can benefit. Don't just take my word for it though, as you'll hear in the episode, Tracklib has been used by J. Cole, BROCKHAMPTON, and DJ Khaled to produce some of the biggest songs of 2019 and lists hip-hop giants Erick Sermon and Questlove as members of its Creative Advisory Board.Don't forget to check out the playlists containing the songs from today's episode on Apple Music and Spotify under the title 'Sample Excavator Episode 0.1'.You can follow Tracklib on Instagram and Twitter @TracklibFollow me on Twitter and Instagram @idigit1st Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @SampleExcavator Email the show TheSampleExcavator@gmail.com Produced by Guy Tannenbaum Theme song by David Ramos 
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    • 32 min
    Episode 1.10: NILE RODGERS PT. 2

    Episode 1.10: NILE RODGERS PT. 2

    WE MADE IT.
    This is the final episode of season 1, the second part to the two part finale that we started last week with the story of Nile Rodgers. If you haven't listened to last week's part one yet, stop now, go listen, then come back. In this episode we continue with the story of Nile Rodgers picking up exactly where we left off last week, on the day of the release of Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang.
    At the end of the episode I give my thesis for the season as a whole, tying together, and wrapping up, the entire season. Don't worry, we'll be back in a few months for what's sure to be an exciting season 2. 
    Huge credit to the book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton which provided a huge portion of the background research for these last two episodes.
    Anyone who wants to know more about these topics has to read their amazing work. 
    Don't forget to check out the playlists containing the songs from today's episode on Apple Music and Spotify under the title 'Sample Excavator Episode 1.10'.
    Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @idigit1st 
    Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @SampleExcavator 
    Email the show TheSampleExcavator@gmail.com 
    Produced by Guy Tannenbaum Theme song by David Ramos  
    That's that for this season. We'll have some special content in between seasons but besides that, I'll catch you in a few months for Season 2. 
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    • 27 min
    Episode 1.9: NILE RODGERS PT. 1

    Episode 1.9: NILE RODGERS PT. 1

    The finish line is in sight. We are finally at the first part of the two part finale to season one of Sample Excavator.
    We are exploring the immense influence of Nile Rodgers in music for the finale. To do this, however, we first need to understand the entire history of 20th century music to understand the context of his sound. This episode will do just that, focusing on the history of music and specifically disco from 1968 to 1980. Next week will go from 1980 until today understanding how his sound shaped rock, hip-hop, pop, and EDM from 1980 until today. I'll release two playlists for this episode, one demonstrating the wide variety of Protodisco songs used by early club DJ's, and the second containing mainstream Disco songs spanning 1976-1979.
    These playlists can be found on Apple Music and Spotify under 'Sample Excavator Episode 1.9 (Protodisco)' and 'Sample Excavator Episode 1.9 (Disco)'
    Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @idigit1st 
    Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @SampleExcavator 
    Email the show TheSampleExcavator@gmail.com 
    Produced by Guy Tannenbaum 
    Theme song by David Ramos  
    Next week is the final episode of this season, finishing out the story of Nile Rodgers by exploring his continued influence in rock, pop, and EDM, with some classic Angelo ranting thrown in for good measure.
    While season two won't be out for a few months, there is some special content coming your way in the off season, so stay tuned for that. 
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    • 32 min
    Episode 1.8: RICK RUBIN

    Episode 1.8: RICK RUBIN

    These last three episodes of Season 1 will really chronicle the rise of hip hop. This week we are looking at the producer Rick Rubin, possibly the most prolific producer of all time.
    He founded Def Jam Records and Def American Records, signing or producing for LL Cool J, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer, AC/DC, Joan Jett, Tom Petty, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Lady Gaga and literally hundreds more. He was instrumental in developing the sound of rap as distinct from hip-hop, starting the new school movement and the 'Golden Age of Hip-Hop'.
    Playlists with all the songs from this week's episode can be found on Apple Music and Spotify under 'Sample Excavator Episode 1.8'
    Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @idigit1st 
    Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @SampleExcavator 
    Email the show TheSampleExcavator@gmail.com 
    Produced by Guy Tannenbaum 
    Theme song by David Ramos  
    We're nearing the end of season 1! Next week starts the two part season finale which will explore Nile Rogers' influence in the last four decades of music, from disco to hip-hop to EDM and pop. 
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    • 19 min
    Episode 1.7: TOM'S DINER

    Episode 1.7: TOM'S DINER

    Last weeks episode was our longest yet so I limited myself this week to even it out. In this brief episode I break down the song Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega, telling the story of how it blew up due to an EDM remix and developed into a mainstay sample in almost every genre. 
    Playlists with all the songs from this week's episode can be found on Apple Music and Spotify under 'Sample Excavator Episode 1.7'
    Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @idigit1st 
    Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @SampleExcavator 
    Email the show TheSampleExcavator@gmail.com 
    Produced by Guy Tannenbaum 
    Theme song by David Ramos  
    We're nearing the end of season 1! Next week we'll look at one of the greatest producers to ever utilize samples. 
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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

ulzzzie ,

Superb! Make more! Make more!

Excellent podcast that bridges the gap with music and sampling and artists. It’s a pleasure to listen to and discover. The only concern I have is that the episodes aren’t long enough and there isn’t enough of them!! I binge listened to all already! Great job Angelo, keep it going please.

Annainwonderland ,

Absolutely exquisite!

I am a huge music lover and hearing the history of how so many different artists used the same samples from classics is truly incredible. To understand the history of music makes me appreciate the art even more and the very foundations that started it all. Angelo is extremely articulate and concise about the information presented. On top of all that, he has an incredibly soothing voice. Huge fan, keep up the great work Angelo. I’m looking forward to see/hear what else you create!

Louis Shulman ,

Fantastic Show

I’d hardly describe myself as a musical person, and I absolutely love this show. Angelo is a fantastic narrator and shares completely unique stories I’ve never encountered anywhere else. The integration of the music being discussed throughout the show makes this a really high quality form of educational entertainment. Can’t wait for season 2 to drop!