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Musician, composer and radio host Elizabeth McQueen wants to hear about transformational songs. In conversations and interviews with fellow musicians and artists, McQueen talks with them about life-changing songs, inspiration, creativity and so much more.

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    • 4.8 • 108 Ratings

Musician, composer and radio host Elizabeth McQueen wants to hear about transformational songs. In conversations and interviews with fellow musicians and artists, McQueen talks with them about life-changing songs, inspiration, creativity and so much more.

    This Song: Beth Ditto (Rerun)

    This Song: Beth Ditto (Rerun)

    In this rerun from 2018, Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, talks about how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” helped her grapple with complex feelings about her home state, Arkansas. She also talks about returning home after heartbreak and explores making her first record “Fake Sugar.”

    Every  Thursday at 7pm CT, KUTX hosts a weekly  Netflix Party featuring a different music documentary. Check it out here. Last week’s movie was What Happened, Miss Simone? and inspired the re-run of this episode discussing Simone’s music and its lasting resonance. Starting this week they’ll be watching the  documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution.

    This is the last episode of This Song  for a while. In the meantime, check out our hip-hop podcast The Breaks and the Song Confessional podcast.























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    • 21 min
    This Song: Liz Phair (Rerun)

    This Song: Liz Phair (Rerun)

    In this rerun from 2018, Liz Phair describes how the 1980s rock song “I Wanna Destroy You” by The Soft Boys put her in touch with her youthful desire to destroy something. We also hear Phair share what it was like to revisit her early 90’s songs on the recent Girly-Sound to Guyville tour. Plus, she shares a bit of parenting wisdom with host Elizabeth McQueen.

    Phair has a new record, Soberish, coming out this summer.

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    • 26 min
    This Song: John Prine (Rerun)

    This Song: John Prine (Rerun)

    Beloved American singer-songwriter John Prine is on many people’s minds right now. He is currently in stable condition on a ventilator due to symptoms from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to him and his family.  This episode, recorded live in 2018 at Waterloo records, is a testament to Prine’s creativity,  kindness and generosity of spirit. In it, he explains how Bob Dylan’s “The Lonsesome Death of Hattie Carroll” changed his life and goes in-depth on his own songwriting process for his album “The Tree of Forgiveness.

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    • 28 min
    This Song: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

    This Song: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

    On March 10th, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down released a new single called, “Temple” along with an accompanying video. 6 days later residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, where lead singer, songwriter and guitar player Thao Nguyen lives, were ordered to shelter in place. In this episode, Thao talks to host Elizabeth McQueen about the inspiration behind the new song and what it was like to release music during a pandemic. She also shares how making her upcoming record, also called Temple, helped prepare her to address her sexuality publicly and to create a safe space in her life where she could exist as her full self.

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    • 37 min
    This Song: Kathy Valentine

    This Song: Kathy Valentine

    Kathy Valentine, bass player in the seminal 80s all-girl rock group the Go-Go’s, recently wrote a memoir titled All I Ever Wanted. In the book, Valentine explores her unconventional childhood, her time with the Go-Go’s, and her journey to sobriety. In this episode of, Kathy explains what “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream taught her about herself when she was 9 years old,  describes how she found her creative process as an author and details how music and storytelling intersected in her new book.

    Kathy Valentine’s April Book Tour dates are currently being rescheduled, but you can buy a signed copy from one of the bookstores where she was scheduled to appear. Find out where to buy your copy of All I Ever Wanted

    Kathy also wrote a soundtrack to accompany her book. Check out the soundtrack to All I Ever Wanted on Bandcamp.

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    • 28 min
    This Song: St. Vincent (Rerun)

    This Song: St. Vincent (Rerun)

    In this episode, St. Vincent explores how music from early Disney films helped her lay the foundation for beauty and wonder in her own life and work.

    “All that stuff, it’s your first introduction to magic…You know I think like, every kid wishes they could be in a cartoon. Like you wish so deeply that your reality could transmutate into that world, and music is the closest you get to come to it.”

    She also explains why she approached the songs on Masseduction with a Disney-esque lack of irony.

    “That was just sort of a tenet from the beginning…I just felt like OK, what’s the thing that I haven’t done, and I was like I don’t feel like I’ve gone straight for the heart and the jugular.”

    St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein have a new film coming out called The Nowhere Inn, which will be showing at the SXSW 2020 Film Festival























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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Adrienne512 ,

One of my favs

This is one of my favorite podcasts and I find myself enjoying it regardless of the guest and whether I’ve heard of them before. The editing is superb and Elizabeth McQueen is a fantastic host!

OtterSilver ,

Really loving it

It is a great way to find out more about how music inlluences shape music ongoing. How artists grow into their music by way of others is really interesting.

Matt9k ,

Host is spacey and too focused on self

This is more like a chat musicians would have with one another over a cigarette in the back of a theater than an interview. Here's what I would like: a list of interesting questions intended to reveal something about the interview subject's character. Here's what you get: a list of questions the host is personally interested in. They're different. You also hear a lot of the host's own personal thoughts and feelings, which are misplaced in a podcast that ostensibly is not about her. Finally - and here's probably what drove me here - this podcast has become an advertising cancer that has infiltrated KUTX. It's garlic. Go back in your bag garlic. If I want you, I know where to find you.

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