The Noise Pop Podcast
The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series showcasing noteworthy and soon to be buzzing new music. The first episode of each month offers a mixtape of the best music swirling around the internet that you should be aware of. For the second episode, the podcast takes on a flexible format that can include interviews with musicians and tastemakers, discussions about the state of independent music and guest DJs. The podcast is hosted by Dawson Ludwig, Jaime Nabrynski and Olivia LaRoche. About Noise Pop: Noise Pop ( sprang to life in 1993 as a single night in a small club, showcasing the best of the burgeoning underground San Francisco music scene. It has since developed into one of the country's leading independent music festivals. The annual event has achieved grassroots and critical success, as well as international recognition. Many of the most important artists of our time -- including The White Stripes, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Bright Eyes, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco have played on Noise Pop stages. Over the course of five days, Noise Pop presents dozens of unique and important music shows in the city's best-loved venues. In addition, the festival boasts a film series, an interactive workshop titled Culture Club, and art openings. It is a music-lover's paradise and a celebration of San Francisco -- the shows sell out, people have fun, and every year the event grows in size and scope. Noise Pop also co-produces the Treasure Island Music Festival in October. The two-day festival has featured some of the most exciting and established indie artists of our time. Much like the Noise Pop Music Festival, Treasure Island is a love letter to San Francisco and its one-of-a-kind independent culture. CREDITS Hosts: Dawson Ludwig, Jaime Nabrynski, Olivia Laroche Production: Jaime Nabrynski, Dawson Ludwig Graphics: Allison Gore The Noise Pop Podcast is produced by Noise Pop and presented by KQED Independents, a program that brings the unique vision and voice of the Bay Area's talented independent podcasters to an international audience through partnerships with local organizations and community media producers. Featuring and cultivating the best in new online programming, KQED Independents distributes programs produced by emerging new media makers.
Ah tax season. It's dramatic for most Americans - the dread, the procrastination, the thrill of a refund, the defeat of an audit. We've rounded up some of our favorite tax and money themed songs to get you through April 15 and to let you know you aren't alone. In fact, we've even thrown in some tales of a few artists who may hate tax time even more than you do. 

Track list: 

1. "Taxman" -- The Beatles, Revolver

2. "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes" -- Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Impeach the Precedent

3. "Gonna Make My Own Money" -- Deap Vally, Get Deap!

4. "1040 Blues" -- Robert Cray, Shame + A Sin

5. "Consumerism" -- Lauryn Hill, Single

6. "Who'll Buy My Memories" -- Willie Nelson, The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories

7. "Free Money" -- Patti Smith, Horses

8. "Blame It on Cain " -- Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True

9. "Money Trees" -- Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city

10. "Sunny Afternoon" -- The Kinks, Face to Face

11. "9 to 5" -- Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

Direct download: Taxes_2014.mp3
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It's no surprise that musicians find inspiration in other musicians from time to time. Sometimes that inspiration even earns a shoutout - whether it be in the form of a copied lyric or lick, an homage or a diss. This episode we're playing some of our favorite songs that feature all of the above, from Drake to Okkervil River. 

Track list:

1. "Gimme Sympathy" -- Metric, Fantasies

2. "Plus Ones" -- Okkervil River, The Stage Names

3. "Blonde on Blonde" -- Nada Surf, Let Go

4. "Ben Lee" -- Ataris, Single

5. "Let It Rain" -- Tilly and the Wall, Wild Like Children

6. "Worst Behavior" -- Drake, Nothing Was the Same

7. "Jump" -- Rihanna, Unapologetic

8. "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above" -- CSS, Cansei de Ser Sexy

9. "Feel Good Inc." -- Gorillaz, Demon Days

10. "All I Want" -- LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening

Direct download: Meta_Songs_March_2014.mp3
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We had a really hard time narrowing down our choices for new music this week, so we packed this playlist a little more full than usual. This episode features tracks from emerging favorites Cathedrals, Kill J and Franke Cosmos, as well as some new music from some of our favorite indie veterans, Woods, How to Dress Well and Avey Tare.

Track list:

1. "Bullet" -- Kill J, Single

2. "Birthday Song" -- Franke Cosmos, Zentropy

3. "Words I Don't Remember" -- How to Dress Well, Single

4. "Baby" -- Saint Pepsi, Gin City

5. "Next Level" -- Pool Cosby, Can't Wait

6. "Moving to the Left" -- Woods, With Light and With Love

7. "Interference Fits" -- Perfect Pussy, Say Yes to Love

8. "White Wash " -- Halcyon Drive, Single

9. "Cavity" -- Hundred Waters, N/A

10. "Busy Earning" -- JUNGLE., Single

11. "Little Fang" -- Slasher Flicks., Enter the Slasher House
12. "Harlem" -- Cathedrals, Single

Direct download: March_2014.mp3
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Well, after last week's trip down Heartbreaking Memories Lane, we thought we'd pick things up a bit with a selection of new tracks making noise in the last couple weeks. This week's episode features single release from Emily King and YACHT, cuts off promising new records from Future Islands and Angel Olsen, and lots of other indie goodness.

Track list:

1. "Slow Down" -- EMBRZ, EMBRZ

2. "Passing Out Pieces" -- Mac Demarco, Salad Days

3. "Plastic Soul" -- YACHT, Single

4. "Distance" -- Emily King, Single

5. "Good Sex" -- Kevin Drew, Darlings

6. "Seasons (Waiting On You) " -- Future Islands, Singles

7. "Chinese New Year " -- SALES, Renee/Tonka Time 7”

8. "Hot Tonight " -- Tokyo Police Club, Forcefield

9. "I’m Not Part of Me" -- Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else

10. "Forgiven/Forgotten" -- Angel Olsen, Unfuck the Word

Direct download: Feb_14_Podcast.mp3
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Valentine's day is a special time. It's an opportunity to spoil your sweetheart, buy them roses and chocolate, take them out to dinner and celebrate how much you love them. That is, of course, unless the dinner turn into a public fight over how disappointed you are in each other. Love is complicated, and it can bring out the ugly in us. Lucky for us that ugliness can translate into some truly great music. This episode, we won't be playing a soundtrack for your romantic evening; instead, we're paying homage to the darker and more depressing side of love. You may still want to purchase chocolates for this one, just plan to eat them all yourself.

Track list:


1. "No Children" -- The Mountain Goats, Tallahassee

2. "Valentine" -- Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

3. "Wildest Moments" -- Jessie Ware, Devotion

4. "What Sarah Said" -- Death Cab for Cutie, Plans

5. "Confessions, Pt. II" -- Usher, Confessions

6. "Absolutely Cuckoo" -- Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs

7. "Girlfriend In a Coma" -- The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come

8. "Carry Me Ohio" -- Sun Kil Moon, Ghosts of the Great Highway

9. "Ex-Factor" -- Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

10. "You’re the Good Things" -- Modest Mouse, Night on the Sun

Direct download: complicated_podcast.mp3
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In just a few weeks, San Francisco will be inundated with great shows, night after night, in almost every venue around the city for six days straight. That's right, the Noise Pop Festival is back, and to get you excited (or help you narrow down with shows to see), we're playing tracks from some of the artists we're most excited for. The festival takes place all over the city, Feb 25-March 2. Tickets are still available (but going fast) at
Track list:

1. "Avant Gardener" -- Courtney Barnett, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
2. "Time to Run" -- Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams
3. "Swerve...The Reaping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)" -- Shabazz Palazes, Black Up
4. "Where's the Indifference Now" -- Mark Mulcahy, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You
5. "Feelin" -- DJ Rashad, Double Cup
6. "Green Aisles" -- Real Estate, Atlas
7. "Black Boots" -- Cold Cave, Sunflower
8. "Searching Through the Past" -- Bleached, Single
9. "Childhood's End" -- Majical Clouds, Impersonator
10. "Do What You Will" -- Papercuts, Fading Parade

Direct download: NP2014_Lineup_Podcsat.mp3
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We're a couple weeks into the new year, which usually means two things: 1. we've broken our resolutions already and 2. we're getting excited for the year's new records. This episode, we've rounded up tracks from some of 2014's most anticipated new releases (okay, Dirty Gold came out a few weeks ago, but Angel Haze still deserves a spot on this list.)

Track list:

1. "Here It Comes" -- Painted Palms, Forever

2. "Lost Boys and Girls Club" -- Dum Dum Girls, Too True

3. "Scum, Rise" -- Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right

4. "Haunt" -- Clams Casino, Instrumentals, Vol. 3

5. "Pauline Hawkins" -- Drive By Truckers, English Oceans

6. "Black Dahlia" -- Angel Haze, Dirty Gold

7. "Love Is To Die" -- Warpaint, Warpaint

8. "Mr. Wonderful" -- Saint Pepsi, Gin City 

9. "Pearly Gates" -- The Men, Tomorrow's Hits

10. "Remurdered" -- Mogwai, Rave Tapes

Direct download: Jan_2014_New_Music.mp3
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Good tidings! The Noise Pop Podcast got you a gift - a reprieve from the same old holiday music you hear every season. We've assembled our favorite alternative Christmas songs and put them together in a mix that covers the full range of emotions the holidays can bring on. Put this mix on while you're bundled up next to a fire or unwrapping presents. Happy holidays and we'll see you in 2014 


1. "Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past" -- Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold
2. "Christmas in Prison" -- John Prine, A John Prine Christmas
3. "A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)" -- The Flaming Lips, Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell EP
4. "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" -- Julian Casablancas, Single
5. "Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree" -- The Magnetic Fields, Realism
6. "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis" -- Tom Waits, Used Songs
7. "It's Christmas Now" -- The Wearing, Single
8. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" -- The Ramones, Brain Drain
9. "Green Grows The Holly" -- Calexico, Holidays Rule
10. "Just Like Christmas" -- Low, Christmas
11. "King Knight" -- Salem, King Night

Direct download: Alternative_Xmas_Mix.mp3
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2013 was an exceptional year in music, arguably one of the best in years. As sad as we are to see it go, we are so delighted to round up our yearly favorites for this episode. We packed this playlist full of the top songs swarming around the internet and our own weekly playlists, we also asked a few friends to chime in with their own selections. 

Track list:

1. "Counting" -- Autre Ne Veut, Anxiety
2. "New Slaves" -- Kanye West, Yeezus
3. "Byegone" -- Volcano Choir, Repave
4. "The Hunter" -- On and On, Give In 
5. "Royals" -- Lorde, The Love Club EP 
6. "Collard Greens" -- Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. "Dream House " -- Deafheaven, Sunbather
8. "Good Ass Intro" -- Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap  
9. "Mother We Share" -- Chvrches, The Bones of What You Believe
10. "She Will" -- Savages, Silence Yourself
11. "Save" -- Glenn Jackson, Morning Swim
12. "When a Fire Starts to Burn" -- Disclosure, Settle 
13. "Retrograde" -- James Blake, Overgrown
14. "Three Days" -- Rhye, Woman
15. "Now I’m All Messed Up" -- Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob
Direct download: Best_Track_of_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29 AM

The episode where we give thanks to the songs that got away. This is a mix dedicated to the best tracks of the year that flew under the radar. Sometimes they were quietly old acts in new clothes, other times they were brand new artists, regardless of the reason these songs are stellar and were sorely underrepresented in the blogosphere and hype machine. This mix also acts as a sort of best track of the year (b-side) mix. So get ready for the season of ‘best of…”


1. “That Awful Sound” -- Jackson Scott, Melbourne

2. “Get It” -- Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels

3. “Mean Streets” -- Tennis, Small Sound EP

4. “Bathroom Laughter” -- Pissed Jeans, Honeys

5. “Living Lens” -- Mountains, Centralia

6. “On Fraternity” -- Dead Girlfriends, Stop Pretending EP

7. “Ego” -- Mr. Carmack, single

8. “Kerou’s Lament” -- Ellery James Roberts, single

9. “Sin Guia No” -- Juana Molina, Wed 21

10. “Dreamy Summer” - Moonface, Julia With Blue Jeans On

Direct download: Unsung_Songs_of_2013_-_Thanksgiving_.mp3
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