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.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is once again coming to Golden Gate Park, October 3rd-5th, and to commemorate HSB 2014 we’ve put together a podcast stuff with a selection of our favorites. It isn’t strictly all bluegrass, but that’s to be expected. We’ve got new tracks from New Orleans outfit Jon Batiste and Stay Human, an incredibly catchy The Apache Relay tune, an old Noise Pop favorite from Hurray For Riff Raff, and more...
Enjoy the mix!
"Express Yourself (Say Yes)" - Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Social Music
"Invisible" - Steve Earle and The Dukes, The Low Highway
"The Car" - Built to Spill, Single
"Young Blood Blues" - Hurray For The Riff Raff, Young Blood Blues
The Long Way" - Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Fight EP
"Katie Queen of Tennessee" - The Apache Relay, Apache Relay
"Flowering" - Jeff Tweedy, Sukierae
"Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes" - Sun Kil Moon, Benji
"Taking Chances" - Sharon Van Etten, Are We There
"Zigzagging Toward the Light" - Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain
"You Go Down Smooth" - Lake Street Dive, Live at the Lizard Lounge
Every month we scour the deepest corners of the internet to find the best and most influential new music that's circulating between blogs and social media. This month we have new songs from a glammed out Ty Segal, a monster track from TNGHT producer Hudson Mowhake and a beautiful ballad from songstress Jessie Ware.
Enjoy the mix!
"Lines" - Whirr, Sway
"Dream On" - Rustie, Green Language
"Hey QT" - QT, Single
"The Clock" - Ty Segall, Manipulator
"Another" - Bewilderbeast, Still/Alive
"Chimes" - Hudson Mohwake, Chimes EP
"Hold Still" - Slow Magic, How To Run Away
"How We Be" - Sinkane, Mean Love
Progress" - Francisco The Man, Loose Ends
"1000 Seasons" - The Rentals, Lost In Alphaville
"Share It Al" - Jessie Ware, Tough Love
"Color Decay" - Júníus Meyvant, This Is Icelandic Indie Music, Vol. 2
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”
Yoga Means Union - Ambulance LTD, Ambulance LTD
I Am Citizen Insane - Radiohead, COM LAG (2plus2isfive
The Commercial, - Wire, Pink Flag
“Det Du Tänker Idag Är Du Imorn” - Dungen, Ta Det Lungt
“Theme For A Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists” - Eels, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
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!
“Edo Method” -- The Bilinda Butchers,Heaven
“Can't Do Without You” -- Caribou, Our Love
“Trainwreck” -- Death From Above 1979, The Physical World
“Fiona Coyne” -- Saint Pepsi, Fiona Coyne / Fall Harder
“Metric” -- Phosphene, Phosphene
“Heavenly Father” -- Bon Iver, Wish I Was Here (Soundtrack)
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.
“Chandelier” -- Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear
“Seasons (Waiting On You)” -- Future Islands, Singles
“To the Top” -- Twin Shadow, Single
“Go” -- Grimes, Single
“Do You” -- Spoon, They Want My Soul
“Call” -- Francesco Yates, Single
“OctaHate” -- Ryn Weaver, Single
“Talking Backwards” -- Real Estate, Atlas
“Sadie Hawkins” -- Katie Kate, Nation
“I'm Not Part of Me” -- Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else
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!
"Losing You” — Solange, True
“San Francisco” - Foxygen, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
“Jump In The Line (Shake Senora)” — Harry Belafonte, Jump Up Calypso
“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” — Tame Impala, Lonerism
“CIA” — Christian Bland and The Revelators, Pig Boat Blues
“New Theory” — Washed Out, Life of Leisure
“In The Summertime” — Mungo Jerry, In The Summertime
“Let’s Go Surfing” — The Drums, The Drums
“Me Gustas Tu” — Manu Chao, Próxima Estación: Esperanza
“Next Time Around” — Little Joy, Little Joy
“Seed 2.0” — The Roots, Phrenology
“Cheap Beer” — FIDLAR. FIDLAR
“Higher Ground” — TNGHT, EP
“Vivrant Thing” — Q-Tip, Amplified
“P*ssy” — Brazilian Girls, Brazilian Girls
“QueenS” — THEESatisfaction, awE naturalE
"Every Day Should Be A Holiday” — Dandy Warhols, The Dandy Warhols Come Down
“Something About You” — Terry Malts, Killing Time
“Weight” — Mikal Cronin, MCII
“If She Wants Me” — Belle and Sebastian, Dear Catastrophe Waitress
“Orange Blossoms” — Gardens & Villa, Gardens & Villa
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 MØ Polica The Growlers Classixx Chet Faker Ryan Hemsworth Ana Tijoux Asgeir xxyyxx Ratking Tobacco Bleached Painted Palms WATERS
"B.o.B." -- Outkast, Stankonia
"Brill Bruisers" -- New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers
"Busy Earnin'" -- Jungle, Single
"MS" -- Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
"Waiting Game" -- BANKS, London
"It All Feels Right" -- Washed Out, Paracosm
"DLZ" -- TV on the Radio, Dear Science
"Fields" --XXYYXX, XXYYXX
"All You're Waiting For" -- Classixx, Hanging Gardens
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.
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
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: