Listening

Listening

The small act of listening can lead to big ideas. In this podcast, 10 highly-acclaimed musicians make sense of the world by transforming their surroundings into original songs.

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August 8, 2022 2 min

Our newest podcast, Listening, invites 10 of music’s most acclaimed artists to transform the sounds around them into original songs that reflect how it feels to be alive in today’s world.

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Jeff Tweedy and his sons’ jam sessions, dubbed “The Tweedy Show,” were a beacon of light for music fans during the pandemic. In this episode, the Tweedy family discusses its experience of listening, creating, and playing together.

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August 10, 2022 26 min

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee largely wrote her latest, highly-adored album Saint Cloud about her desire to get sober. She explains her journey, as well as how she was able to center herself during a time of uncertainty.

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August 10, 2022 36 min

Known as the “cool kid” of Tuareg blues––a desert rock sound from the Sahara region of Africa––Mdou Moctar takes us on a journey to his town of Agadez. He shares how the impact of colonialism on Niger has inspired his songs.

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August 10, 2022 10 min

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August 10, 2022 32 min

Widely regarded as a consummate career artist, Neko Case is a force to be reckoned with. She discusses how the sounds of her rural farm in Vermont have influenced her songwriting.

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August 10, 2022 10 min

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August 17, 2022 30 min

Multi-instrumentalist Laraaji is a new-age icon. He shares his thoughts on listening––ranging from cosmic to a sound bath in words and beyond––and why laughter is the key to creating a transcendent state.

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August 17, 2022 10 min

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August 17, 2022 25 min

Avant-garde electronic music producer JLIN blends polyrhythm with musical styles from all over the world to create her own unique sound. In this episode, she shares how intuition and patience were key to unlocking her creativity.

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August 17, 2022 10 min

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August 24, 2022 34 min

Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields’ aesthetic is best described as show tune catchiness meets unexpected instrumentation. In this episode, he shares how the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic impacted his songwriting.

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August 24, 2022 33 min

Laetitia Tamko, best known as Vagabon, cherishes the sounds she grew up with in Cameroon. Listen to her story as she describes how weaving motion and our stream of consciousness together can open us up to big ideas.

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August 24, 2022 11 min

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August 31, 2022 30 min

Singer-songwriter MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger may be more dialed into American folklore than anyone else. In this episode, learn how he shares his music obsession with his family.

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August 31, 2022 27 min

Known for making some of the most fascinating and adventurous music, Björk reflects on how she came into her sensibilities as an artist, the influence of her home country Iceland, and how she finds the “spark” of a recording.

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