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.

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! 


1. “Five Seconds” -- Twin Shadows, Confess

2. “All of Me” -- Tanlines, Mixed Emotions

3. “Fineshrine” -- Purity Ring, Shrines

4. “Express Yourself”  --  Diplo featuring Nicky Da B, Mixtape

5. “Super Rich Kids” -- Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

6. “Constant Conversations” -- Passion Pit, Gossamer   

7. “I Love It” -- Icona Pop, Single

8. “Ho Hey” -- The Lumineers, The Lumineers

9. “Let's Go” -- Matt & Kim, Lightning   

10. “Wildest Moments” -- Jessie Ware, Devotion

11. “The House That Heaven Built” - Japandroids, Celebration Rock

Direct download: Song_of_The_Summer_Full.mp3
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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 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

2. "Elephant"  --  Tame Impala,  Lonerism

3. "Sunshine"  --  Little Dragon, Single

4. "The Descent" --  Bob Mould, Silver Age

5. "Sweet and Sour"  --  Mvscles,  Single

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
Direct download: August_2012.mp3
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