This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...
Each episode of Song Exploder features a musician discussing the different sonic elements of each track layered in one of their songs. The podcast then isolates those tracks while the musician tells the stories of inspiration or sheer dumb luck on how those compositions came to be. In April 2016, Song Exploder host and producer Hrishikesh Hirway spoke with San Francisco-based musician, songwriter, and bad ass Thao Nguyen, who deconstructed a track from her album “A Man Alive.”
In addition to podcasts featuring musicians talking about their own songs, there are also quite a few out there which feature notable folks who aren’t musicians, sharing some of their favorite songs. KCRW’s Guest DJ Project is by far one of the most popular in the genre. Every two weeks they invite famous folks from the realms of TV, film, design, art, and beyond to share a personally selected playlist of songs, and the reasons why they chose that particular mix. The late Huell Howser, former host of the PBS television show California’s Gold stopped into KCRW back in 2011, and brings us this superb mix.
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