The Noise Pop Podcast
Looking for new music to add to your library, or maybe a playlist to get you through the work day? The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series showcasing noteworthy new releases from the independent and underground music scene. Hosts Dawson Ludwig and Olivia LaRoche hand pick the best new tracks in circulation each month and play them for you. No wordy reviews, just good, new music worth sharing. And for those of you looking for a little more nerd with your playlists, every other episode Dawson and Olivia pick a theme - like songs in odd time signatures or meta songs - around which to play music and have a discussion. The podcast also regularly features interviews with musicians and tastemakers, quizzes and giveaways, and lot of opportunities for listeners to share their favorite new tunes with each other. *produced by Casey Newlin Noise Pop (www.noisepop.com) sprang to life in 1993. It was originally 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 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 the 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. It has grown to include a film festival, an educational series, and art openings. It is a music-lover's celebration 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 burgeoning 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.

Who needs lyrics? There are so many great songs that kill the vocals and let the rest of the band do the talking. This episode celebrates some of the best instrumental songs in rock, pop, and electronic. The one rule we applied to this is that the artist has to historically be a vocal-fronted band (i.e. no Dick Dale, Explosions in The Sky, Budos Band, etc…). So, enjoy! We’ll leave you with the immortal lyrics of a saccharine late 80’s country hit “...you say it best, when you say nothing at all”

Track Listing:

  1. Yoga Means Union - Ambulance LTD, Ambulance LTD
  2. I Am Citizen Insane - Radiohead, COM LAG (2plus2isfive
  3. The Commercial, - Wire, Pink Flag
  4. “Det Du Tänker Idag Är Du Imorn” - Dungen, Ta Det Lungt
  5. “Theme For A Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists” - Eels, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
  6. “Swarfiga” - Kasabian, Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  7. “45:33” - LCD Soundsystem, 45:33
  8. “Everyone’s A VIP To Someone” - The Go! Team, Thunder, Lightning, Strike
  9. “Bron Yr Aur” - Led Zepplin, Physical Graffiti
  10. “Year of the Dragon” - Sufjan Stevens (Arranged by Nico Muhly), Run Rabbit Run
  11. “Cecilia Ann” - PIxies, Bossanova
Direct download: Instrumental_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42 PM

Last month was a busy one for music blogs, there was just so much great new music released - this playlist features selections of the best of those songs, from Jessie Ware, Death from Above 1979, Tennis, and great new singles from Bon Iver, Saint Pepsi and more...

Enjoy the mix!

Track Listing:

  1. “Edo Method” -- The Bilinda Butchers,Heaven
  2. “Can't Do Without You” -- Caribou, Our Love
  3. “Trainwreck” -- Death From Above 1979, The Physical World
  4. “Fiona Coyne” -- Saint Pepsi, Fiona Coyne / Fall Harder
  5. “Metric” -- Phosphene, Phosphene
  6. “Heavenly Father” -- Bon Iver, Wish I Was Here (Soundtrack)
  7. “Girls” -- Slow Magic, Single
  8. “Tough Love” -- Jessie Ware, Tough Love
  9. “Dangerous Days” -- Zola Jesus, Taiga
  10. “TRUE” -- Operators, Single
  11. “East of Eden” -- Zella Day, Single
  12. “Bluets” -- Suno Deko, Single
  13. “King of the Fall” --The Weeknd, Single
  14. “Preacher” -- Dana Buoy, Preacher
  15. “Never Work for Free” -- Tennis, Ritual in Repeat
Direct download: New_Music_July.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43 AM

We're well into summer now, which means it's time for one of our favorite episodes - song of the summer. We're playing our picks for the best indie summer anthems. We've also highlighted one song to reign supreme as the actual song of the summer, it's still a little early to tell, but these picks are definitely your best bets for summer songs you won't mind hearing over and over.

Track Listing:

  1. “Chandelier” -- Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear
  2. “Seasons (Waiting On You)” -- Future Islands, Singles
  3. “To the Top” -- Twin Shadow, Single
  4. “Go” -- Grimes, Single
  5. “Do You” -- Spoon, They Want My Soul
  6. “Call” -- Francesco Yates, Single
  7. “OctaHate” -- Ryn Weaver, Single
  8. “Talking Backwards” -- Real Estate, Atlas
  9. “Sadie Hawkins” -- Katie Kate, Nation
  10. “I'm Not Part of Me” -- Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else
Direct download: Song_of_Summer_Final_Bounce.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52 PM

The perfect summer BBQ is a sum of all its parts: sunshine, grill, good company, and the perfect playlist. Lucky for you, we’ve taken care of one of those elements for you. The Noise Pop Podcast has put in the work and assembled the ultimate Fourth of July BBQ playlist for you. This hour long playlist follows the ebb and flow of a summer gathering, from the initial excitement, to the gradual climax and then chilled out afterglow. Enjoy!

Track Listing:

  1. "Losing You” — Solange, True
  2. “San Francisco” - Foxygen, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  3. “Jump In The Line (Shake Senora)” — Harry Belafonte, Jump Up Calypso
  4. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” — Tame Impala, Lonerism
  5. “CIA” — Christian Bland and The Revelators, Pig Boat Blues
  6. “New Theory” — Washed Out, Life of Leisure
  7. “In The Summertime” — Mungo Jerry, In The Summertime
  8. “Let’s Go Surfing” — The Drums, The Drums
  9. “Me Gustas Tu” — Manu Chao, Próxima Estación: Esperanza
  10. “Next Time Around” — Little Joy, Little Joy
  11. “Seed 2.0” — The Roots, Phrenology
  12. “Cheap Beer” — FIDLAR. FIDLAR
  13. “Higher Ground” — TNGHT, EP
  14. “Vivrant Thing” — Q-Tip, Amplified
  15. “P*ssy” — Brazilian Girls, Brazilian Girls
  16. “QueenS” — THEESatisfaction, awE naturalE
  17. "Every Day Should Be A Holiday” — Dandy Warhols, The Dandy Warhols Come Down
  18. “Something About You” — Terry Malts, Killing Time
  19. “Weight” — Mikal Cronin, MCII
  20. “If She Wants Me” — Belle and Sebastian, Dear Catastrophe Waitress
  21. “Orange Blossoms” — Gardens & Villa, Gardens & Villa
  22. “Blue Hawaii” — ASTR, Varsity EP
Direct download: Summer_BBQ_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48 PM

The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to the Bay, October 18 and 19. The lineup has just been announced and to celebrate, the Noise Pop Podcast is picking their 10 favorite songs from this year's lineup and setting the scene for you. For tickets and more information head to the Treasure Island website. See you on the island!

Full lineup:
Outkast
Massive Attack
Zedd
Alt-J
TV On The Radio
Janelle Monáe
The New Pornographers
Washed Out
Jungle
Banks
St. Lucia
White Denim

Polica
The Growlers
Classixx
Chet Faker
Ryan Hemsworth
Ana Tijoux
Asgeir
xxyyxx
Ratking
Tobacco
Bleached
Painted Palms
WATERS

Track Listing:

  1. "B.o.B." -- Outkast, Stankonia
  2. "Brill Bruisers" -- New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers
  3. "Busy Earnin'" -- Jungle, Single
  4. "MS" -- Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
  5. "Waiting Game" -- BANKS, London
  6. "It All Feels Right" -- Washed Out, Paracosm
  7. "DLZ" -- TV on the Radio, Dear Science
  8. "Fields" --XXYYXX, XXYYXX
  9. "All You're Waiting For" -- Classixx, Hanging Gardens
  10. "Teardrop" -- Massive Attack, Mezzanine
Direct download: TIMF_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:23 AM

Keeping up with all the new music that gets released can be overwhelming, there are simply too many options. It’s a full time job to stay on top of it all... fortunately we’ve got the Cliff Notes version for you. The Noise Pop Podcast offers a monthly mix of the absolute best songs that have been released online over the past month. This mix features new music from NP Podcast favorites, Parquet Courts and the hauntingly beautiful JJ, with her most accessible single to date. Follow along with the track list and enjoy the best new music swirling around the internet right now.

 

Track list:

1. “Goddess (Jerome LOL Edit)” - Banks, Single

2. “Down On My Luck” - Vic Mensa, Single

3. “Komorebi” - Craft Spells, Nauseau

4. “I Don’t Know You Anymore” - Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin

5. "Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)", A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Sea When Absent

6. “Alkaline” - Papertwin, Vox Humana EP

7. “Suffering You, Suffering Me” - SlowClub, Complete Surrender

8. “Instant Disassembly” - Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal

9. “They Come In Gold” - Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty

10. “Hotel” - The Antlers, Familiars

11. “All White Everything” - JJ, V

12. “Down From the Rafters” - Hundred Waters, The Moon Rang Like A Bell

13. “All The Time” - Bahamas, Bahamas Is Afie




Direct download: Best_of_The_Blogs_June_2015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:14 AM

We know major chords make us feel happy, and minor chords make us feel sad. But beyond that, there is so much more to the composition of a song; it's a careful construction that can conjure up a variety of emotions, from anxiety to exuberance. So this episode, we're diving into the theory behind the songs we love and finding out what makes them so good from a technical perspective. 
We decided to do this topic after reading the following articles about music criticism and composition. Check them out:
Track list:
1. “Don't Play With Guns” --  Black Angels, Indigo Meadow
2. “Blue Moon” -- Beck, Morning Phase
3.  “About to Die” -- Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan 
4. “Birthday Song” -- Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy
5. “Water Me” -- FKA twigs, EP2
6. “Broken Heart” -- Dr. Dog, B-Room
7. “Girlfriend” -- Ty Segall, Melted
Direct download: Musical_Theory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26 PM

With so many new tracks in circulation recently, we've had a hard time narrowing down our choices for each episode. So we did things a little differently this episode and created a playlist for you, played all the way through with no interruptions. As much as we love to talk, we'll let the music speak for itself this time. New tracks from Wye Oak, Twin Shadow, Thee Oh Sees (surprisingly!) and a nod to the late DJ Rashad.

Tracklist:

1. “Coffee” - Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso
2. “Eurydice” - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Days of Abandon
3.  “Drop” - Thee Oh Sees Drop
4. “Fade White” - Baths Ocean Death EP
5. “Water Fountain” - Tune-Yards, Nikki Nack
6. “Running Wild” - La Sera, Hour of the Dawn
7. “The Tower” - Wye Oak, Shriek
8. “Like You Used To” - Kidnap Kid, Stronger EP
9. “To The Top” - Twin Shadow, single
10.”Attachment” - Hannah Diamond, single
11. “Waterfall” - Fear of Men, Loom EP
12. “Black Diamond” - Ayer, single
13. “Ascii Bott” - Percussions, text
14. “I’m Gone” - DJ Rashad, Just A Taste

Direct download: May_New_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01 PM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13 AM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM