The Noise Pop Podcast
The Noise Pop Podcast is a monthly series showcasing new music discoveries and a diverse slate of guest artists from the independent music scene and beyond. Produced by Noise Pop, San Francisco’s go-to indie music, arts and film festival for over 25 years and hosted by music journalist Adrian Spinelli (Paste Magazine, SF Chronicle, etc..), we deliver engaging episodes that are always rooted in the music that we love and that we know you will too. Past guests have included: Khruangbin, Thao Nguyen, Quantic, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Speedy Ortiz, Rexx Life Raj, Shigeto, Låpsley, Thievery Corporation and more.

This week’s entry was inspired by a covers infused dinner Noise Pop is putting on with local SF supper club graffEats. The chef is going to prepare dishes that are covers of famous chef's dishes, with which Noise Pop will pair cover songs. So every song in this episode is a cover. Taking it a step further Dawson and the team explore the different ways a cover can be done. To gain some insight Jesse and Dawson speak with Josh Modell, A.V. Club’s Editor-in-Chief, about his fantastic Undercover series. With some help from Josh, the gang focuses on the recent past and finds covers of artists all over the spectrum from Joanna Newsom to Kermit the Frog. There is no Ear About Town this episode however it will return next time.


Track list:



“Such Great Heights” (The Postal Service) – Iron & Wine, Garden State Soundtrack


“Bridges and Balloons” (Joanna Newsom) – The Decemberists, Live


“He Hit Me” (The Crystals) - Grizzly Bear, Friend




“We Built This City” (Starship) – Cursive, A.V. Undercover


“It’s not Easy Bein' Green” (Kermit the Frog) - Andrew Bird, Live


“Relief” (R. Kelly), - Sam Amidon, I See the Sign




“One More Try” (George Michael) - Iron & Wine, A.V. Undercover


“Since U Been Gone/Maps” (Kelly Clarkson, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) – Ted Leo, Live


“Take On Me” (A-ha) - AC Newman, Starbuck’s Sweetheart Compilation


“Jolene” (Dolly Parton) – The White Stripes, single


Songs That Sound Nothing Like the Original


“Love is a Battlefield” (Pat Benatar) -  Thao and Mirah, New, Improved, Live session


“I Found a Reason” (Velvet Underground) – Cat Power, The Covers Record


Songs Better Than the Original


“Limit to your Love” (Feist) James Blake, self-titled


Songs Not as Good as the Original


“I Wish I Was in New Orleans” (Tom Waits) - Scarlett Johansson, Anywhere I Lay My Head


“All My Friends” (LCD Soundsystem) - Franz Ferdinand, All My Friends single

Direct download: Cover_Podcast.mp3
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May 2011, The Antlers Interview

This week’s episode is as varied as it gets - running the gamut from the propulsive Superhumanoid to the understated, solemn David Bazan to the boozy rollick of Man Man and ending with the glitchy freak-out that is Nasty Nasty. As well, Jesse, in conjunction with, has a conversation with The Antlers’ Peter Silberman about his band’s new album, Burst Apart. The interview begins at 24:18 and you can read the interview here.

Lastly, the team picks their Ear About Town recommendations, and we debut our fan chosen recommendation. If you'd like to call in and leave your Ear About Town recommendation, please call 585-4NOISE5.


1. “Palm Springs” – Superhumanoids, Parasite Paradise

2. “Life Fantastic” Man Man, Life Fantastic

3. “Dinner” - Blood Orange, Number Six     

4. “Wake and be Fine” - Okkervil River, I Am Very Far

5. “Ever Falling in Love” - Times New Viking, Dancer Equired

6. “Babies” - Radiation City, The Hands That Take You

 Antlers Interview

"Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" (clip) - The Antlers, Burst Apart

"Two" (clip) - The Antlers, Hospice

"Putting The Dog to Sleep" (clip) - The Antlers, Burst Apart

"Parenthesis" (clip) - The Antlers, Burst Apart

 7. "Wolves at The Door" - David Bazan, Strange Negotiations

 Ear About Town

Dawson: “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (clip) - Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Jesse: “November 30th, 2006” (clip) – Paleo, Daytrotter Session 2/12/2007

Jaime: “Oh Industry” (clip) – Bette Midler, Beach Original Soundtrack

Guest caller, Damian Lopez: "Bejan" (clip) - Tanlines, Volume On

 8. "No Names" - Nasty Nasty, Single

Direct download: May_2011_Antlers_Interview.mp3
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