Tue, 18 December 2012
Well, another year has flown by. And while December usually means scrambling for last minute gifts and wondering where the year went, it also means it's time for one of our favorite episodes, Best Songs of the Year! This year we're curating not only our own picks for 2012, but the top choices from our favorite blogs, as well as the songs you wrote and called in as your favorites. And while the choices varied, one thing is clear - 2012 was full great music. So listen, enjoy, reflect, and get ready for 2013
2. "Thinkin Bout You"-- Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Consequence of Sound)
3. "Half Gate"-- Grizzly Bear, Shields (listener - Joshua Griffith)
4. "Climax"-- Usher, Looking 4 Myself (Gorilla VS Bear)
5. "Jasmine"(demo)-- Jai Paul, single (listener - Jamal)
6. "Five Seconds"-- Twin Shadow, Confess (Olivia)
7. "The House That Heaven Built"-- Japandroids, Celebration Rock (PASTE/listener - Josh Hornick)
8. "Oblivion"-- Grimes, Visions (listeners - Lucy/Ardie)
9. "Every Single Night"-- 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 (Pretty Much Amazing)
10. "Breathing Under Water"-- Metric, Synthetica (listener - Isabelle)
11. "F.T.F"-- Trust, TRST (Jaime)
12. "I Love It"-- Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX, Iconic EP (The Line of Best Fit)
13. "Elephant"-- Tame Empala, single (listener - Thom Stead)
14. "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"-- Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Spinner)
Tue, 4 December 2012
In this latest episode, the Noise Pop team brings you the last playlist of new songs for 2012. From Nicolas Jaar to School of Seven Bells, these are ten tracks sure to carry you through the holidays and into the new year.
Tue, 20 November 2012
The Noise Pop Podcast is grateful to you, our listeners, which is why we're serving ug up a cornucopia of amazing songs that missed their rightful place in the internet spotlight this year. This episodes is dedicated to the unsung songs of 2012, the ones that didn't get the internet hype they deserved. Throughout the year there is so much music that demands our attention that sometimes we collectively miss, what would otherwise be stand out tracks, so this episode is our way to right that wrong and say "Thank you for the music". Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving.
Sat, 3 November 2012
This election season has certainly been a stressful one. We've been inundated with campaign ads, speeches, debates, and enough political memes for a lifetime. Now that the season is over, the Noise Pop Team brings you a playlist intent on distracting you from the last few months of election madness. From Kendrick Lamar to Butter the Children, this episode is full of tunes that are completely irrelevant to this important period of time in America's history. You're welcome.
1. "Get Off" -- METZ, METZ
Tue, 23 October 2012
The Noise Pop Podcast is putting your musical knowledge to the test again! We’re serving up another game of Six Degrees of Kevin Barnes, this time with a Halloween theme. In case you missed the last game it goes like this: there are eight tracks in this mix and each one is connected to the previous one, identify the tracks and the seven connections between each song and you could win. Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, the first person to identify them all, or the person who gets the most correct, will win tickets to see Salem at Elbo Room Saturday October 27th. The winner will be contacted directly, so check your inboxes. After the contest closes, on October 27th, we will post the answers in the comment section of KQED.org/noisepop. Good luck everyone and have fun!
Wed, 10 October 2012
San Francisco doesn't really have much of an autumn. But what our city lacks in foliage its makes up for in festivals. Both Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the upcoming Treasure Island Music Festival are opportunities to see old favorites, and discover some new ones. And in honor of those headliners and soon-to-be headliners, this episode features some great new music from some festival pros, and some we think you'll be donning dayglo for soon enough.
1. “Here I Am” -- Adam Green and Binki Shapiro, Adam Green and Binki Shapiro
Wed, 26 September 2012
Alright fellow music nerds (and expert Googlers), this episode is for you. The Noise Pop Team has decided to test your music knowledge by playing a game based loosely on Six Degrees of Separation, or Kevin Bacon. It goes a little something like this: there are eight tracks in this playlist and each one is connected to the previous one, identify the tracks and the seven connections in between each song and you could win! Put your answers in the comments below this episode on KQED.org/NoisePop, and the first person to identify them all or the person who gets the most correct will win select Noise Pop merchandise. Good luck!
Tue, 11 September 2012
The indie song of the summer may well have passed, but there's still a wealth of new music to feast your ears upon this month. This episode, the Noise Pop Team brings you fresh sounds from some promising new acts like Kisses and Elite Gymnastics, balanced with recent releases from reliable indie greats like David Byrne and AC Newman. This well-rounded list suggests a fall full of potential for indie music.
Tue, 21 August 2012
It’s been building for 3 months and now it’s finally here, the indie song of the summer! There are several ways to define a song as a great summer song: it can be carefree, sweet, propulsive, lazy, emotional, detached, it can be anything really. The one thing it must have is the collective acknowledgment that “this is the soundtrack to my season; this is what I'm going to remember summer 2012 by" . The following list of songs are what defined summer for many of us and based on the quality of the list it's clearly been a good year for music. So enjoy!
Wed, 8 August 2012
In this episode, the Noise Pop Team brings you bits and pieces from all over the web: from punk, to 60s garage rock, to hip hop . With new songs from established acts like Bob Mould to tracks from buzzed about and up-and-coming artists like Riff Raff, there is a little something for everybody in this one. For our next episode, Song of The Summer, we want to hear from you! Go to our KQED page and tell us your favorite song of this season. Just head over to KQED.org/Arts/Programs/Noisepop/ and in the comment section let us know what you want or think it'll be.
1. "Black Mold Grow" -- Levek, Look A Little Closer
6. "Breaker" -- Dalton, Dalton
7. "Today’s Supernatural" -- Animal Collective, Centipede Hz
8. "Lord Knows" -- Dum Dum Girls, End of Daze
9. "Plague" -- Crystal Castles, Single
10. "Terror Wrist" -- The Riff Raff, Mad Decent
11. "Hold Your Tongue and Listen" -- The Wearing, Single
Thu, 26 July 2012
Food and Music - such a simple but powerful combination. From restaurants with music directors, to dishes paired with specific songs, to meals based around entire albums; there's an entire world that sits in the intersection between food and music. On this episode we sit down with musician Meric Long of The Dodos; music director, Katie Mathis, of Flour + Water; and chef Blair Warsham, of graffeats to discuss this rich and unique interaction. We also play music from artists performing at the upcoming food and music festival, Noisette (Aug. 4th at Public Works in San Francisco).
1. "Dreams" -- Taken By Trees, Other Worlds
2. "Party Talk" -- Craft Spells, Idle Labor
3. "Fables" -- The Dodos, Time To Die
4. "In The Afternoon" -- Pillowfight, single
5. "Hustlin'" -- Rick Ross, Port of Miami
6. "Everybody Knows" -- Spency Dude and the Doodles, Night Problems
7. "My Boys" -- Taken By Trees, East of Eden
Mon, 9 July 2012
After a brief foray into pop, the Noise Pop Team is happy to get back to their 'indie' roots. This episode features new music from Divine Fits, the brand new indie rock super group; Cat Power and her highly anticipated new record; Bobby Womack and his fascinating new reinvention; and, as usual, the best that the blogosphere has to offer.
1. "New York" -- Angel Haze, Reservation
Sun, 17 June 2012
We know you're out there. In public, you're proudly listening to the latest in indie obscurity. But every now and then, when no one is looking, you're singing along (and maybe dancing a little) to those ubiquitous earworms known as pop songs. Maybe they're your guilty pleasure, or maybe you admire the production and songwriting, or maybe they're just the tune you have stuck in your head even though you've never listened to the song on purpose. Either way, in this week's episode, we're taking a break from the best in indie and indulging in our latent pop tendencies. But don't worry, we haven't completely jumped the indie ship. We've curated a list of indie-approved pop tunes - songs that, in one way or another, have been created, covered, or just embraced by the indie community. Some of these tracks are discussed and analyzed, but others are just pure indulgence, because let's face it -- sometimes, we all just need to hear some Beyonce.
1. "Dancing On My Own" -- Robyn, Body Talk Pt. 1
Mon, 4 June 2012
Enjoy the latest batch of new music hand-selected by the Noise Pop team. At the beginning of each month they scour the web for the 10 best tracks and serve it up on a podcast platter for you to enjoy. On this episode they offer new music from indie mainstays such as The Walkmen and Dan Deacon as well tracks from exciting new artists like Ms Mr and Icky Blossoms.
1. "Lots" -- Dan Deacon, America
2. "Heartbreaker" -- The Walkmen, Heaven
3. "Hurricane" -- MS MR, Hurricane
4. "Five Seconds" -- Twin Shadow, Confess
5. "Swag" -- Ty Segall Band, In A Cloud II
6. "Transparency Pt. II" -- d’Eon, LP
7. "Ocean Floor for Everything" -- How to Dress Well, Total Loss
8. "Perfect Vision" -- Icky Blossoms, Icky Blossoms
9. "Stuck" -- Birthmark, Antibodies
10. "Nat’s Theme" -- Chautauqua, Suspended Animation
Wed, 23 May 2012
A few weeks ago, NPR asked us to come up with a list of definitive Noise Pop (the genre) songs for their website, NPR.org. It was a tall order and a fascinating challenge for us, and of course, we eagerly accepted. With tunes from the early '70s to modern songs released just a few months ago on our radar, we studiously dove into the decades to find the top 100. We sorted them chronologically in order to to show the evolution of the sound. The full list will post on NPR later this month, but for now we've assembled a teaser podcast episode that chronicles the genre's migration over the past 4 decades. Enjoy this sampler platter and stay tuned for the announcement of the full list coming soon.
1. "Rock & Roll” – The Velvet Underground, Loaded (1970)
Tue, 8 May 2012
It's May, and while spring isn't technically over for another month or so, it's fair to say the search for the elusive song of the summer can officially begin. It might be a little too early to make the call, but Dawson thinks he's found a contender for that coveted title. Later this summer you can expect an episode that exclusively tackles this topic, but for now you can consider this a teaser. And either way, if these ten songs are any indication of the summer to come, you're going to like the sound of it. Enjoy this mix of 10 new songs you need to hear now...
Tue, 24 April 2012
There is an unofficial game music nerds play online; it's silly, it's futile and it is incredibly addictive, it's 'guess the festival lineup'. Music fans spend hours researching what bands are likely to play what festival and they share their predictions online where they argue endlessly about it. The best predictions are usually based on record release dates, tour schedules, the last time a band played a certain festival, what kind of sound they a band is, etc...
All festivals get this treatment, but no festival is obsessed over quite as much as Coachella. It's the white whale of lineup predictions and it seems to start earlier each year. So, with this year's festival coming to a close we decided it would be novel to take the first known stab at next year's festival lineup. We brirefly discuss this year's artists and then dive right into our logical choices for 2013. Of course, nothing is confirmed, these are merely guesses, but as you'll hear it's a hell of a lot of fun to play this guessing game.
Mon, 9 April 2012
Blame it on the season! There's been an abonormal amount of new music released in the last few weeks and man, is wonderful. Clearly spring has sprung for the music industry and we're forunate enough to reap the rewards. We had such a hard time narrowing the song selection down to just ten that we decided to expand the tracklist to fifteen. Turn up your headphones/speakers and dig into this bounty of great new music.
1. "Hornet’s Nest" -- Jonti, Twirligig
2. "All of Me" -- Tanlines, Mixed Emotions
3. “I Am Not A Game” -- Ty Segal and White Fence, Hair
4. "Jasmine" -- Jai Paul, single
5. "Ain’t It So" -- PAPA - A Good Woman Is Hard to Find EP
6. "Sinful Nature" -- Bear in Heaven, I Love You, It’s Cool
7. "Ice Sheets on Feet Prints" -- Dustin Wong, Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
8. "The House That Heaven Built" -- Japandroids, Celebration Rock
9. "Sa Sa Samoa (Elite Gymnastics Remix)" -- Korallreven, single
10. "Fronting" -- Saskatchewan, unnamed debut LP
11. "Get Alive" -- AU, Both Lights
12. "Afria Talks to You" -- Delicate Steve, Positive Force
13. "Friend Crush" -- FRIENDS, single
14. "Turn on the Sunshine" -- Suckers Candy Sald
15. "Headed for the door" -- Moonface, With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
Mon, 5 March 2012
And another one! This week's episode features an ecelctic and powerful mix of popular tracks circulating the web right now. Ranging from the exciting neo-soul duo THEEsatisfaction, to the abbrasive garage rock of FIDLAR, this mix runs the gamet of tone and emotion. Tune in and get up to date on the latest music buzzing around right now.
1. "No Future/No Past" -- Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory
Mon, 20 February 2012
Another episode of the best new music... The Noise Pop Podcast team digs up a batch of the most buzzed about tracks circulating the internet right now. This collection features moving female vocal performances and sublime sample-heavy tracks. Leave a message with your own requests at the Noise Pop Podcast hotline 585-4NOISE5, we just might play your song. You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and the next episode will automatically be delivered to you when it's released.
1. "Weekend" -- Class Actress, Rapproacher
2. "Walk With Me" -- Memoryhouse, The Slideshow Effect,
3. "Mighty Love" -- Roman Ruins, Homebuilding
4. "One Second of Love" --Nite Jewel, One Second of Love
5. "Love Interruption" -- Jack White, Blunderbuss
6. “In the City” -- Chromatics, In The City EP
7. "It’s my part (co la remix)" -- Jonquil
8. "Giants of Canaan" -- Air Drops, EP
9. “Sparkly” -- Young Magic, Melt
Sat, 11 February 2012
Hard to believe it's almost time for Noise Pop 2012! The Noise Pop Team has been busy gearing up for the festival's 20th anniversary, but not to worry, there's always time for trolling the Internet... for the best new tunes, that is. Enjoy this week's mix which includes new music from Chairlift, Cloud Nothings, and a surprisingly talented celebutant.
1. "Met Before" -- Chairlift, Something
2. "Brains" -- Lower Dens, Nootropics
3. "And I Say" feat. Scout La Rue and Will Epstein-- Nicolas Jaar, Single
4. "Lost Weekend" -- Tiny Victories, Those of Us Still Alive
5. "Stay Useless" -- Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory
6. "Lay Your Cards Out" -- Polica, Give You The Ghost
7. "Deep Ocean" -- Some Ember, Dope Mountain Fuck Vol. 2.
8. "Youth" -- Daughter, The Wild Youth
9. "La Grande" -- Laura Gibson, La Grande
10. "Watertight" -- We Have Band, Ternion
Fri, 27 January 2012
in honor of the Bay Area comedy festival, Sketchfest, The Noise Pop Podcast is dedicating this episode to the relationshiop between music and comedy. We've invited guest hosts Shawn Robbins, of Kata Rokkar and Snob Theater, and Ivan Hernandez, of Boars, Gore and Swords, to show Jaime the best musical comedians, the funniest musicians, and everything in between. Because all the songs are clips there is no tracklist for this week's episode.
Thu, 12 January 2012
It's 2012! It's the first episode of the new year, and the Noise Pop Team is starting things off with a bang, some bass and plenty of samples. This week, Dawson, Jaime and Olivia unveil a shiny new segment, discover their Wu names, and play the best new tunes 2012 has to offer so far.
1. “Mass Appeal / Transmission” -- BADBADNOTGOOD, BBNG
2. “Canyon” -- We Are Pirates, single
3. “Solid Gold” -- AU, single
4. “Born to Lose” -- Sleigh Bells, Reign of Terror
5. “Put Me to Sleep” -- Porcelain Raft, Strange Weekend
6. “I'm God" -- Clams Casino, instrumental, Single
7. “My Idle Bed” -- Bronson, Paper Tusk
8. “Day Dreams” -- Midi Matilda, Red Light District single
9. “Glowing Mouth” -- Milagres, Glowing Mouth
10. “Tear” -- Blackbird Blackbird, Boracay Planet EP
11. "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" -- Guided By Voices, Let's Go Eat the Factory