The Noise Pop Podcast (general)
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 February and with Noise Pop Festival and SXSW on the horizon, we have a sneaking suspicion you’re pining for the best new releases that’ll feed your senses well into the year. This is why we’re here and the Noise Pop Podcast team raises you a world premiere from SF’s own Mikos Da Gawd from his debut album, ‘Hell Yeah Brother,’out March 4 on Text Me Records. You’ll hear Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s resurgent jazz sound; tribal-drum laden with warbles of brass and deliberate vocals from Saul Williams as well as the choice coupling of trenchantly lovelorn singer-songwriters Julia Jacklin and Faye Webster. We won’t steal production trio Planet Giza’s shine—but their latest track glows. Plus Helado Negro’s quietly ambrosial grooves and Mahawam’s mercurial electro hip-hop round out an exciting February slate. Press play.

Direct download: feb_noisemakers_mix_5.mp3
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While we firmly believe that the song of the summer is independent to you, we've picked six tracks to help influence your decision. Songs For Summer 2018 Playlist:

1) U.S. Girls - Pearly Gates

2) Sun June - Young

3) Jay Worthy - Westside Party

4) Jain - Star

5) Pllush - Stuck To You
6) Snail Mail - Pristine.
Visit for more info and links mentioned in episode. 
Direct download: noise_pop_july_2018_mix_3.mp3
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The second to last Noisemakers Mix of 2017 is here with eight new tracks for your listening pleasure. Playlist: 1. Rapsody - "Laila's Wisdom" 2. Weaves - "Gasoline" 3. Open Mike Eagle - "(How Could Anybody) Feel At Home 4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "In The World But Not Of The World" 5. P-Lo - "Much More" 6. Kelela - "Frontline" 7. Hamilton Leithauser ft. Angel Olsen - "Heartstruck (Wildhunger)" 8. Shigeto - "There's A Vibe Tonight"
Direct download: NPP20171026.mp3
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Throw everything you think you know about the Song of The Summer out the door and instead, listen in to our picks for the INDIE Song of the Summer! You'll hear cuts from Alvvays, Ariel Pink, House of Feelings feat. Shamir, Rexx Life Raj, Kevin Morby, Ratboys and Tom Misch. Listen in and tweet our host Adrian (@AGSpinelli) with your picks for the Indie Song of the Summer too! 

Direct download: NPP20170831.mp3
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This month's mix is a wave of peaking emotions, that travels across just about every ocean on the globe. 1. Big Thief - “Mythological Beauty,” 2.Twin Peaks - “Tossing Tears,” 3.Gold Class - “Get Yours,” 4. Yaeji - “Noonside,” 5.Yellow Days - “Hurt In Love,” 6. Jordan Rakei - “Sorceress,” 7. Yussef Kamaal - “Yo Chavez.”

Direct download: NPP20170810.mp3
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Sometimes the best new music was right under our noses and we never noticed. Lost Treasures are classic cuts that slipped through the cracks over the years. LSometimes the best new music was right under our noses and we never noticed. Lost Treasures are classic cuts that slipped through the cracks over the years. Listen in as we re-discover tracks from All Natural, Department of Eagles, White Denim, Damon Albarn, Hard Mix, Diplo feat Martina Topley-Bird and Aloe Blacc.isten in as we re-discover tracks from All Natural, Department of Eagles, White Denim, Damon Albarn, Hard Mix, Diplo feat Martina Topley-Bird and Aloe Blacc.

Direct download: NPP20170627.mp3
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June's Noisemakers Mix takes us into summer with rising singer-songwriter Kacey Johansing, Everything Is Recorded's first single featuring Sampha, LA via Houston rapper De'Wayne Jackson, Atlanta folk singer Faye Webster, Montreal's Doldrums, soulful wunderkind Steve Lacy and most excellent NOLA jazz trumpeter Christian Scott. 

Direct download: NPP20170613.mp3
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May's Noisemakers Mix opens up with a single from Chastity Belt's excellent upcoming album. We play a cut from Baths side project, Geotic, and introduce Bay Area industrial rock band Houses of Heaven. The latest release from Montreal's TOPS flows into the most accessible cut we've heard from Shabazz palaces yet and the mix rounds out with a track from Brooklyn's Nick Hakim, whose debut album is our most anticipated of the month. 

Direct download: NPP20170509.mp3
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The April Noisemakers mix is a most eclectic one, with tracks from Australia's Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, LA's psychedelic singer Steady Holiday. San Francisco's Spooky Mansion, outlaw country singer Jamie Wyatt and more. 

Direct download: Noise_Pop_Podcast_2017_04_25.mp3
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We've filled this month's Noisemakers to the brim with tracks from some of our favorite up-and-comers like Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Priests, new songs from Future Islands and Grammy winner Terrace Martin, plus our must-play picks from this year's Noise Pop Festival line-up.
Track List:
MJ Lallo - "Before Brazil" (under Live 105 ad)
Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast theme song)
Gabriel Garzón-Montano - "Sour Mango"
Gabriel Garzón-Montano - "6, 8" (sample)
Drake - "Jungle" (sample)
Priests - "Nothing Feels Natural"
Ty Segall - "Orange Color Queen"
Japanese Breakfast- "Rugged Country"
Vince Staples - "Bag Bak"
Kendrick Lamar - "Complexion" (sample)
Terrace Martin - "Curly Martin" (feat. Robert GlasperThundercat & Ronald Bruner Jr.)


Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_2017_02_21.mp3
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We're kicking 2017 off with a new batch of Noisemakers. Track selections include new music from The XX and Bonobo, gems from Kadhja Bonet and Sampha, and a tribute to the late great William Onyeabor.


Baio - “Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast theme song)
The XX - "Dangerous"
Kadhja Bonet - "Honeycomb"
Bonobo - "Grains"
Sampha - "Blood On Me"
William Onyeabor - "Atomic Bomb"

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20170124.mp3
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The entire episode is dedicated to our favorite songs released in 2016, featuring picks from our production team (Adrian, Ashleyanne, and Dawson), and guest picks by Jay Som's Melina Duterte, Day Wave's Jackson Phillips, Bells Atlas' Sandra Lawson-Ndu, and journalist Alyssa Pereira.

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20161220.mp3
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No Bay Area rapper is buzzing harder than Berkeley's Caleborate right now. On this session of our My Mix series, Caleborate breaks down the artists and songs that have influenced his latest LP, 1993, and deconstructs one of his own tracks with host Adrian Spinelli.  

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20161019.mp3
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This month's Noisemakers features English trip-pop band Babeheaven, Jenny Lewis' new supergroup Nice As Fuck, NY via Philly indie rock outfit Field Mouse, Psych-dance Aussies Jagwar Ma, the South American tribal electronica of Nicole Cruz and Chicago rapper Noname. 

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160929.mp3
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Power outages. Bridge closures. Ferris Wheels. They’re all a part of the founding story of the Treasure Island Music Festival. In honor of the fest’s 10th anniversary, we bring you a behind-the-scenes look into how the festival came to be, featuring stories from the people who made that first year happen: Kevin Arnold, Mary Conde, Stacy Horne, and Jordan Kurland.


Baio “Endless Rhythm”
Thievery Corporation “2001 Spliff Odyssey"
Four Tet “She Just Likes to Fight”
DJ Shadow “Changeling”
Tycho “Send and Receive”
Thievery Corporation “The Cosmic Game”
Gotan Project “Notas”
Four Tet “Sing”
Tycho “Past is Prologue”

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160919.mp3
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This month's Noisemakers features Hip-hop-meets-Brazilian-music supergroup Brookzill, Richmond's singer Lucy Dacus, Bay Area rapper Caleborate, Chicago soul singer Jamila Woods, Olga Bell of The Dirty Projectors and Brooklyn indie band Slothrust.



Baio - “Endless Rhythm” (Noise Pop Podcast theme song)
Brookzill - “Saudade Songbook”
Lucy Dacus - “Map On A Wall”
Caleborate - “Kaytra”
Caleborate, Pell, & Sylvan Lecue - “Options”
Jamila Woods - “Blk Girl Soldier”
Olga Bell - “Incitation”
Olga Bell - “Randomness”
Slothrust - “Horseshoe Crab”
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160823.mp3
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We bring you the best new tracks that have been blowing up our speakers this past month, including the latest from The Avalanches, Blood Orange, Bells Atlas, Car Seat Headrest, Kemba and Flock of Dimes. 
Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast theme song)
The Avalanches - "Because I'm Me (feat. Camp Lo)"
Blood Orange - "Best To You (feat. Empress Of)
Bells Atlas - "All Is Well"
Car Seat Headrest - "Destroyed By Hippie Powers"
Kemba - "The New Black Theory"
Flock Of Dimes - "Semaphore"
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160726.mp3
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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down frontwoman, Thao Nguyen, joins us in the studio for another installment of My Mix. Thao takes us through songs that inspired her while creating her most recent album, A Man Alive, including cuts from Digable Planets, The Pixies, Run The Jewels, and Missy Elliott. She also leads us through the songwriting and composition process behind one of her own tracks.

Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song)=
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - "Guts"
Digable Planets - "Swoon Units"
Pixies - "Hey"
Run The Jewels - "Crown"
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - "Hand to God"
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - "Nobody Dies"
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160713.mp3
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What does it sound like to hit the open road with one of America's biggest music festivals as the destination? Find out on this month’s Noisemakers. For this episode, we’ve reviewed 5,000 miles-worth of the best road trip tracks, bringing you our top favorites as well as some highlights from this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Plus, we’ll speak with Con Brio's Ziek McCarter to get a touring band’s perspective on what makes up their perfect road trip playlist. Here's to the road ahead!


"Endless Rhythm" - Baio (NP Podcast theme song)
“Polar Opposites” - Modest Mouse
“Connie” - El Ten Eleven
“Kiss the Sun” - Con Brio
“Never Run Away” - Kurt Vile
“I’m an Outlaw” - Kurt Vile
“The Knock” - Hop Along
“Tibetan Pop Stars” - Hop Along
“The World (is Going Up in Flames)” - Charles Bradley
“Changes” - Charles Bradley
“Truckin’” - The Grateful Dead
“Touch of Grey” - Dead & Co.

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160628.mp3
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Sampling is a way to revive classic recordings to ensure that they remain timeless. The Noise Pop Sample Kitchen looks at how masters of the craft, like J-Dilla, DJ Shadow, and Meat Beat Manifesto, cleverly wove in samples to construct rich and layered compositions and established conversations within the music that spanned decades. Author and journalist Tamara Palmer joins in on the conversation. 


Track list: 

Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast theme song) 

Cut Chemist - "The Garden"

DJ Shadow - "Mutual Slump"

J Dilla - "Light My Fire"

A Tribe Called Quest - "Find a Way"

TOWA TEI - "Technova ft. Bebel Gilberto"

Janet Jackson - "Got ’Til It’s Gone ft. Q-Tip & Joni Mitchell"

Meat Beat Manifesto - "Radio Babylon"

Bobby Byrd - "Hot Pants"

Boney M. - "Rivers of Babylon"

Prodigy - "Charity"

The Future Sound of London - "Papua New Guinea"

Sahara - "Stay Here"

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160615.mp3
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What's a good Summer BBQ without an essential playlist to set the vibe? In this Noisemakers, we share tracks from Big Thief, Twin Peaks, Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada and A Giant Dog, that all belong on the soundtrack to your grilled meats & veggies and cold beer in the sunshine. Plus a visit from ex-host Dawson Ludwig.


Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song)

Big Thief - "Humans"

Big Thief - "Masterpiece"

Twin Peaks - "Heavenly Showers"

Twin Peaks - "My Boys"

Chance the Rapper - "All We Got" (ft. Kanye West & Chicago Children's Choir)

Chance the Rapper - "Blessings"

KAYTRANADA - "Leave Me Alone" (ft. Shay Lia)

KAYTRANADA - "BULLETS" (ft. Little Dragon)

A Giant Dog - "Sex & Drugs"

The Polyphonic Spree - "It’s the Sun"

Architecture in Helsinki - "Heart it Races"

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160531.mp3
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This summer, millions of people will party at music festivals around the world and yet again, there's a glaring absence of women at the top of these festival lineups. What's going on here? Guest Alyssa Pereira (@alyspereira) of SFGate joins host Adrian Spinelli (@AGSpinelli) to discuss what mechanisms are in play that continue to prevent female-fronted acts from owning the tops of festival bills, and possible ways to disrupt the trend.


Baio - "Endless Rhythm
Tokimonsta - "Darkest (Dim)"
Rihanna - "Needed Me"
Adele - "Send My Love (to Your New Lover)"
Aretha Franklin - "Rock Steady"
Taylor Swift - "Shake it Off"
Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams"
Bjork - "Virus (Hudson Mohawke Peaches and Guacamol Remix)"
Sia - "Elastic Heart"
The Fugees - "Ready or Not"
Aretha Franklin - "Respect"
Links mentioned in episode
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160519_1.mp3
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Jessy Lanza's new album, Oh No, is out May 13th on Hyperdub Records. Jessy joins us as our guest in this Noisemakers series episode to breaks down her track "VV Violence." We also highlight tracks from releases due out in May from ANOHNI, White Lung, Mutual Benefit and a little something extra. 

Noisemakers Tracklist:
1. ANOHNI - "Drone Bomb Me"
2. White Lung - "Kiss Me When I Bleed"
3. Mutual Benefit - "Lost Dreamers"
4. Jessy Lanza - "VV Violence"
5. Hiatus Kayiote - "Laputa" (taylor McFerrin remix feat. Anderson .Paak)
Additional Tracks Featured:
Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast theme song)
ANOHNI - "4 Degrees"
Hudson Mohawke - "Chimes"
White Lung - "Hungry"
Jessy Lanza - "Strange Emotion"
Notes and references
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160425_1.mp3
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In the 2nd installment of our My Mix series, we sat down with Quantic's Will Holland. A true eclectic musician, Holland has been at the forefront of the electronic fusion movement, straddling genres from hip-hop and latin funk & soul to cumbia, trip-hop and more across 18 releases. The Quantic bandleader played a globally-minded Mix for us that ranged from James Brown to Ecuadorian-based producer Nicola Cruz. There's much to discover in this journey through the music that has inspired Quantic's sound. Dig into My Mix, with Quantic. 

Featured Tracks
Quantic's Mix
Goldie - "Inner City Life" (7:00)
Gildardo Montoya - "Bahia Solano"  (12:20
Nicola Cruz - "La Cosecha" (16:11
James Brown - "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" (24:00
King Tubby - "A Living Dub" (30:57) 
Quantic - "A Life Worth Living" ft. U-Roy & Alice Russell (33:48)
Other Featured Songs
Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song) (0:41)
Quantic - "Absence Heard/Presence Felt" (1:05)
Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - "So Long" ft. Alice Russell (1:20)
Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - "Mas Pán" - (2:09)
Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - Regi Bugalu - (6:00)
The Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Pushin’ On" ft. Alice Russell (27:54)
Quantic - "Creation (East L.A.)" (29:02))
Quantic - "Absence Heard/Presence Felt"
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160413.mp3
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In this edition of the Noisemakers series, host Adrian Spinelli ventured to Austin's SXSW Festival to connect with four standout artists. A song from each artist is featured, along with interviews discussing the nuances of each cut. The episode features New York psych rock band Sunflower Bean, Bay Area rapper Nef The Pharaoh, English singer/producer Låpsley and New York ruckus rock duo Diet Cig. All made a strong impression at the festival and together make up Noisemakers, SXSW edition. 

Track list:

Sunflower Bean - "Easier Said"
Nef The Pharaoh - "Come Pick Me Up"
Låpsley - "Falling Short"
Diet Cig - "Harvard"
Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Opening Theme)
Broken Social Scene - "Mossbreaker" (background audio in intro) 
* Sunflower Bean's "Easier Said" video
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160322.mp3
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Noise Pop Festival took over San Francisco's best clubs and concert halls for a week and a half this past February. While we navigated from The Independent to The Warfield, from the Rickshaw to Swedish American Hall and then some, we made some stops along the way to bring you interviews with some promising up and comers at the fest in Day Wave, HEARTWATCH and Hazel and English and a Noise Pop festival veteran in former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser. Listen in as we explore how Noise Pop Fest continues to play a role for in the careers of artists, before, during and after their rise up the ranks. 
Songs featured:
- HEARTWATCH - "Bored At Best"
- HEARTWATCH - "Faultlines"
- Day Wave - "Drag"
- Hazel English - "Never Going Home"
- Day Wave - "Stuck"
- Hazel English - "Fix"
- Hazel English" - "It's Not Real"
- The Walkmen - "The Rat"
- Hamilton Leithauser - "11 O'Clock Friday Night"
- Hamilton Leithauser - "Alexandra"
- Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (NP Podcast theme song)
Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160308.mp3
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We bring you back to the nuts and bolts of the Noise Pop Podcast with five song selections that we've been burning on. From indie rock and hip-hop to IDM and dancehall, this episode is an eclectic journey from our speakers to your ears. This is Noise Makers for February, 2016.

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160222.mp3
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In the first edition of our "My Mix" series, the Noise Pop Podcast ventures into the Oakland home of Astronauts, etc. frontman Anthony Ferraro. Ferraro — who is also the touring keyboard player for Toro y Moi — breaks into his record collection and takes us on a musical journey through some of his influences. Like our own private DJ Set, My Mix gives us a window into the building blocks of the astronauts, etc. sound and uncovers clues into what the future holds for the rising band.

Track list

Baio - "Endless Rhythm"

Graham Nash - "Better Days"

Arthur Verocai - "Na Boca Do Sol"

Minnie Riperton - "Les Fleurs"

Lô Borges - "Não Se Apague Esta Noite"

Astronauts, etc - "Upward Swing"

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160210.mp3
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It's hard to deny the influence that Brazilian music and culture have had on contemporary artists, across all genres. But what is it specifically about Brazil that makes its sounds pop up regularly in the music that we love? Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Trails and Ways' Keith Brower-Brown guest on this episode, and weigh-in on how the sound and culture of Brazil has affected them and their music, as we take you through a deep dive into "The Sounds of Brazil."

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160126.mp3
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In this episode, four imminent 2016 releases are highlighted: Albums from LA rapper/singer Anderson .Paak, Canadian minimal electro-pop duo Junior Boys, Brooklyn electro-pop outfit School of Seven Bells and San Francisco indie folk band Thao And The Get Down Stay Down are teased and extolled.  

Direct download: NOISE_POP_PODCAST_20160113.mp3
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The end of the year; the end of an era. The Best Songs of 2015 E acts as a year in review as well as an ushering in of the new host and a farewell to the old hosts: Dawson, Jesse, Jaime and Olivia. Listen as old and new voices say goodbye to 2015 with their single favorite track of the year.

Enjoy the episode!

Track Listing:

  1. ”Depreston" - Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Dawson’s pick)
  2. ”Venus Fly" - Grimes feat. Janelle Monáe, Art Angels (Jaime's pick)
  3. ”Paris" - Fickle Friends, Velvet EP (Olivia's pick)
  4. ”TIWYG" - Savages, Adore Life (Casey's pick)
  5. ”Someday" - Julien Baker Sprained Ankle (Jesse's pick)
  6. ”Borders" - Knife Pleats Hat Bark Beach (Ashleyanne's pick)
  7. ”Blacker The Berry" - Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (Adrian's pick)
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Music nerds, lend me your ears! We know we've been quiet lately so we wanted to give you a quick update on the podcast. A hint... good, ambitious things. 

Direct download: Noise_Pop_Update.mp3
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We’ve reached the halfway point of summer and there are already some solid contenders for Song of the Summer, there might even be a few in this batch. This month we continue to track the best new music released online, cherry picking the very best for you. There’s new music from Beach House, Alice Glass of Crystal Castles and Chvchres

Enjoy the mix!

Track Listing:

  1. ”Chili Town" - Hinds, single
  2. ”Oh Baby" - Micachu and the Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad
  3. ”Sparks" - Beach House, Depression Cherry
  4. ”Norf Norf" - Vince Staples, Summertime ‘06
  5. ”Everyday" - Diane Coffee, Everybody’s a Good Dog
  6. ”Stillbirth" - Alice Glass, single
  7. ”Leave a Trace" - Chrvches, Every Open Eye
  8. ”Gunga Din" - The Libertines, Anthem for Doomed Youth
  9. ”That Kind of Girl" - All Dogs, Kicking Every Day
  10. ”Book of Love" - Fraser A. Gorman, single
Direct download: July_Blogs_Pod.mp3
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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 Boss’ed out Destroyer… and Titus Andronicus, a driving synth anthem from HEALTH, and a meditation on jealousy by Widowspeak.

Enjoy the mix!

Track Listing:

  1. ”Creature" - It Looks Sad., Kaiju
  2. ”Dream Lover" - Destroyer, Poison Season
  3. ”Apple Cherry" - Nao, February 15 EP
  4. ”Before the World Was Big" - Girlpool, Before the World Was Big
  5. ”Fatal Flaw" - Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  6. ”High on Love" - Class Actress, Movies
  7. ”Girls" - Widowspeak, All Yours
  8. ”Windows" - Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Surf
  9. ”Stonefist" - HEALTH, Death Magic
  10. ”No No No" - Beirut, No No No
Direct download: June_Best_of_Blogs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am PDT

The deluge of new music released each month can be overwhelming, even for the most obsessive music consumer. Fortunately, you have us to help you separate the wheat from the chaff. Enjoy this mix of the best new music released online over the past 4 weeks. This episode features new music from Leon Bridges, No Joy, Run The Jewels and more.

Enjoy the mix!

Track Listing:

  1. ”Seeds” — Moses Sumney, “Seeds" 7”
  2. ”Waitress” — Hop Along, “Painted Shut”
  3. ”Bust No Moves” — Run The Jewels ft. Cuz, “Single”
  4. ”Moon In My Mouth” — No Joy, “More Faithful”
  5. ”River” — Leon Bridges, “Coming Home”
  6. ”Got Your Money” — Twin Peaks, “Record Store Day B Side”
  7. ”I Admit I’m Scared” — Eskimeaux, “O.K.”
  8. ”Surrender” — Briana Marela, “All Around Us”
  9. ”Cowboy Guilt” — Torres, “Sprinter”
  10. ”Garden of Lavender” — Sun Kil Moon, “Universal Themes”
Direct download: May_Best_of_Blogs_Bounce.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am PDT

Spring has sprung and we are well into a year of some really impressive music. This podcast episode catches up on the best tracks released over the past month. There’s new music from Hudson Mohawke, The Mountain Goats, The Sandwitches and more. Dig in and enjoy

Track Listing:

  1. ”’Cause I’m A Man” -- Tame Impala, ,Currents
  2. ”’Ryderz” -- Hudson Mohawke, ,Lantern
  3. ”’My Terracotta Heart” -- Blur, The Magic Whip
  4. ”’PRPLMTV” -- Jackson Scott, ,Sunshine Redux
  5. ”’Step Brother City” -- Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, ,The High Country
  6. “Heel Turn 2” -- The Mountain Goats, Beat The Champ
  7. “1999” -- Active Child, Mercy
  8. “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” -- Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love
  9. “Play It Again Dick” -- The Sandwitches, Our Toast
  10. “IN FILMS” -- Chromatics, Single
Direct download: April_blog_best.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm PDT

So far 2015 is on pace to be one of the better pop music years in recent memory (2009 is still reigning champ). This past month we’ve seen new singles Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett and Lord Huron. This episode gives a taste of all the great music released over the past 4 weeks. Dig into the monthly best of the blogs episode.


Track Listing:

  1. "Web” — Thee Oh Sees, Mutilator Defeated At Last
  2. "Ratchet Commandments” — Tink, Single
  3. "Under A Rock” — Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp
  4. "Behind The Couch” — n e s s Single
  5. "Fool For Love” — Lord Huron, Strange Trails
  6. ”Depreston” — Courtney Barnett, Single
  7. ”Dissolve” — Absofacto, Single
  8. ”First Light” — Django Django, Born Under Saturn
  9. "Sagres” — Tallest Man on Earth, Dark Bird Is Home
Direct download: March_2015_Best_of_Blogs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm PDT

Lies, love triangles, deceit, indie rock! Just in time for Valentine's Day, this podcast episode explores the dark corners of infidelity in indie rock. We've got song writers who do the cheating (Fiona Apple), we've got poor sad saps being cheated on, howling at the moon in despair (Pedro The Lion). It's going to be a dark, albeit juicy, hour of music. Enjoy!


Track Listing:

  1. "Bad Diary Days" - Pedro The Lion, It's Hard To Find A Friend
  2. "Yeah! Oh Yeah!" - The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs
  3. "Sacrilege" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito
  4. "House of Cards" - Radiohead, In Rainbows
  5. "Criminal" - Fiona Apple, Tidal
  6. "Don't Explain" - Cat Power, Jukeobx
  7. "Gravity" - Whitest Boy Alive, Rules
  8. "Does He Love You" - Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous
  9. "Another Man's Vine" - Tom Waits, Blood Money
Direct download: Indiefidelity_final_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02am PDT

The Noise Pop Festival is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this February. The festival takes place in music venues and theaters all over the Bay Area with the best independent music, art and films. On this episode the Noise Pop Podcast team, sheds their objectivity and shares their favorite songs from their favorite artists on the lineup. Enjoy a taste of this massive lineup and get started on planning your week.

For more information check out:

Track Listing:

  1. ”Under The Milky Way” - The Church, Starfish
  2. ”Chinese New Year” - SALES, SALES EP
  3. ”Verona” - Geographer, Animal Shapes
  4. ”How Good Does It Feel“ - Empires, Orphan
  5. ”Moves” - The New Pornographers, Together
  6. ”Repeat Pleasure” - How To Dress Well, What Is This Heart?”
  7. ”Back Baby” - Jessica Pratt, On Your Own Again
  8. ”Nowhere To Go” - Tony Molina, Dissed and Dismissed
  9. ”Waswasa” - Six Organs of Admittance, Ascent
  10. ”Girls” - Slow Magic, Single
  11. ”Nausea” - Craft Spells, Nausea
Direct download: Noise_Pop_2015_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am PDT

2014 has been one hell of a year for music. On this episode we take a look back at the trends that emerged, the artists who stood out, and the songs we loved. We also chat with some of our favorite artists and guests, including Washed Out, Lindsay Zoladz of New York Magazine, St. Lucia, and BANKS, to share their picks for favorite track of 2014. Enjoy the episode, and have a happy new year!

Track Listing:

  1. "Lemonade" - Sophie, Single (Painted Palm’s Pick)
  2. "Scum, Rise" - ProtoMartyr, Under Color of Official Right (Dawson Ludwig’s Pick)
  3. "A Place Like This" - Majid Jordan, A Place Like This (EP) (BANKS’ Pick)
  4. "Silver Line" - Lykke Li, I Never Learn (St. Lucia’s Pick)
  5. "Birthday Song" - Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy (Rose Ludwig’s Pick)
  6. "Heavenly Father" - Bon Iver, Wish I Was Here Soundtrack (Asgeir’s Pick)
  7. "Passing Out Pieces" - Mac DeMarco, Salad Days (The Growler’s Pick)
  8. "Say Your Love Me" - Jessie Ware, Tough Love (Jesse David Fox's Pick)
  9. "Flawless (Remix)" - Beyoncé featuring Nicki Minaj, Single (Lindsay Zoladz’ s Pick)
  10. "Trainwreck 1979" - Death From Above 1979, The Physical World (Casey Newlin’s Pick)
  11. "Queen" - Perfume Genius, Too Bright (David Steele’s Pick)
  12. "Seasons (Waiting On You)" - Future Islands, Singles (Washed Out’s Pick)
  13. "Two Weeks" - FKA Twigs, LP1 (Noise Pop’s Pick)
Direct download: Best_Songs_of_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm PDT

Too busy to keep up with the best new music? Let us (the Noise Pop Podcast) do all the work for you. Each month we hand select the best new music buzzing around the Internet. This episode includes new music from Jamie xx, Sun Kil Moon, Interpol and more.


Track Listing:

  1. "Every Night" - Hannah Diamond, Single
  2. "What is What" - Interpol, Everything Is Wrong Single
  3. "Tell Me" - Giraffage, No Reason EP
  4. "Continental Shelf" - Viet CongSingle
  5. "Name That Thing" - Chumped, Teenage Retirement
  6. "Take My Side" - WIll Butler, Policy
  7. "Heavy" - William Ryan Fritch, Revisionist
  8. "Hollywood" - Tobias Jesso Jr. Hollywood
  9. "Sunrise" - Jamie xx, Continuoum
  10. "The Possum" - Sun Kil Moon, Single
Direct download: December_2014_Best_of_Blogs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10am PDT

Many of us will be traveling home for the Thanksgiving this week, which can be either bitter or sweet (or both). We decided to provide a soundtrack to the experinece while you wait in security lines or drive down interstates - from Yo La Tengo to Bright Eyes to Ageir, this mix will be your guide through all the emotions you’ll be experience as you head home for the holidays

Enjoy the episode!

Track Listing:

  1. "While We Walk Home Tonight" - Thanksgiving, The Ghost and the Eyes with Trees in The Ground Outside the Window
  2. “Coming Home” - Leon Bridges, single
  3. “Hometown Waltz” - Rufus Wainwright, Want Two
  4. “Devil Town” - Bright Eyes, The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered
  5. “Goin’Home” - Dan Auerbach, Keep it Hid
  6. “Going Home” - Asgeir, In The Silence
  7. “I Feel Like Going Home” - Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
  8. “Indian Summer” - Beat Happening, Jamboree
  9. “Via Chicago” - Wilco, Summerteeth
  10. “Head Home” - Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther
Direct download: Going_Home_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm PDT

Dig into the best that the internet has to offer. This month’s mix provides new music from Parquet Courts, Panda Bear, Run The Jewels and some admittedly challenging material toward the end of the episode from Arca and Pharmakon.

Enjoy the mix!

Track Listing:

  1. “Better Man” – Leon Bridges, Single
  2. “Radio On” – Ex Hex, Rips
  3. “There’s No Love” – Moon Boots, Single
  4. “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth” - Parquet Courts, Content Nausea
  5. “Holding” – Grouper, Ruins
  6. “Call” - Les Sins, Michael
  7. “Mr Noah” - Panda Bear, Mr Noah
  8. “Picture Me Gone” - Ariel Pink, Pom Pom
  9. "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" [ft. Zack De La Rocha] - Run the Jewels, Run The Jewels 2
  10. “Thievery” – Arca, Xen
  11. “Intent or Instinct” – Pharmakon, Bestial Burden
  12. “So Fine” - Kill Frenzy, Taylr Swft
Direct download: Nov_Best_of_Blogs_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:54am PDT

Musicians are a passionate bunch, they love hard and can, arguably, hate even harder. Sometimes that hatred is directed at fellow musicians with the end result being uncomfortable tabloid fuel. This episode of the Noise Pop Podcast covers those musical beefs and the culture that surrounds them. From the recent Mark Kozelek and War On Drugs scuffle, to the well-documented rivalry between the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, this podcast covers the gamut of feuding musicians. Enjoy

Direct download: Beefs_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm PDT

Enjoy the mix!

Track Listing:

  1. “Getting It On” - SALES, SALES EP
  2. “Magic Mountain” - The Drums, Encyclopedia
  3. “Coronus, The Terminator”- Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!
  4. “No One is Lost” - Stars, No One is Lost
  5. “syro u473t8+e [141.98][piezoluminescense mix]” - Aphex Twin, Syro
  6. “Lovely Day” - Alt-j, This Is All Yours
  7. “Manhattan (Real Slow Remix)” - Gallant, Single
  8. “Can’t Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)” - Caribou, Single
  9. “Buffalo Nickel” - Allah-Las, Worship The Sun
  10. “Guess Again!” - Thom Yorke, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  11. “Snow In Newark” - Ryan Hemsworth, Last Gang / Secret Songs
  12. “This Isn’t Real” - CHAMP, This Isn’t Real EP
  13. “Fool” - Perfume Genius, Too Bright
  14. “Everyone And Us” - Peaking Lights, Cosmic Logic
  15. “Back to the Shack” - Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Direct download: October_Podast_New_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm PDT

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!

Track Listing:

  1. "Express Yourself (Say Yes)" - Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Social Music
  2. "Invisible" - Steve Earle and The Dukes, The Low Highway
  3. "The Car" - Built to Spill, Single
  4. "Young Blood Blues" - Hurray For The Riff Raff, Young Blood Blues
  5. The Long Way" - Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Fight EP
  6. "Katie Queen of Tennessee" - The Apache Relay, Apache Relay
  7. "Flowering" - Jeff Tweedy, Sukierae
  8. "Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes" - Sun Kil Moon, Benji
  9. "Taking Chances" - Sharon Van Etten, Are We There
  10. "Zigzagging Toward the Light" - Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain
  11. "You Go Down Smooth" - Lake Street Dive, Live at the Lizard Lounge
Direct download: Hardly_Strictly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am PDT

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!

Track Listing:

  1. "Lines" - Whirr, Sway
  2. "Dream On" - Rustie, Green Language
  3. "Hey QT" - QT, Single
  4. "The Clock" - Ty Segall, Manipulator
  5. "Another" - Bewilderbeast, Still/Alive
  6. "Chimes" - Hudson Mohwake, Chimes EP
  7. "Hold Still" - Slow Magic, How To Run Away
  8. "How We Be" - Sinkane, Mean Love
  9. Progress" - Francisco The Man, Loose Ends
  10. "1000 Seasons" - The Rentals, Lost In Alphaville
  11. "Share It Al" - Jessie Ware, Tough Love
  12. "Color Decay" - Júníus Meyvant, This Is Icelandic Indie Music, Vol. 2
  13. "The Chase" - SOHN, Single
  14. "Across The Water" - Vashti Bunyan, Heartleap
  15. "Gem Landing" - Ellie Herring, Single
Direct download: September_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm PDT

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 “ 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: 8:42am PDT

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: 8:43pm PDT

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: 7:52am PDT

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: 10:48am PDT

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: 10:26am PDT

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.


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: 8:01am PDT

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: 10:13pm PDT

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: 12:00am PDT

We had a really hard time narrowing down our choices for new music this week, so we packed this playlist a little more full than usual. This episode features tracks from emerging favorites Cathedrals, Kill J and Franke Cosmos, as well as some new music from some of our favorite indie veterans, Woods, How to Dress Well and Avey Tare.

Track list:

1. "Bullet" -- Kill J, Single

2. "Birthday Song" -- Franke Cosmos, Zentropy

3. "Words I Don't Remember" -- How to Dress Well, Single

4. "Baby" -- Saint Pepsi, Gin City

5. "Next Level" -- Pool Cosby, Can't Wait

6. "Moving to the Left" -- Woods, With Light and With Love

7. "Interference Fits" -- Perfect Pussy, Say Yes to Love

8. "White Wash " -- Halcyon Drive, Single

9. "Cavity" -- Hundred Waters, N/A

10. "Busy Earning" -- JUNGLE., Single

11. "Little Fang" -- Slasher Flicks., Enter the Slasher House
12. "Harlem" -- Cathedrals, Single

Direct download: March_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm PDT

Well, after last week's trip down Heartbreaking Memories Lane, we thought we'd pick things up a bit with a selection of new tracks making noise in the last couple weeks. This week's episode features single release from Emily King and YACHT, cuts off promising new records from Future Islands and Angel Olsen, and lots of other indie goodness.

Track list:

1. "Slow Down" -- EMBRZ, EMBRZ

2. "Passing Out Pieces" -- Mac Demarco, Salad Days

3. "Plastic Soul" -- YACHT, Single

4. "Distance" -- Emily King, Single

5. "Good Sex" -- Kevin Drew, Darlings

6. "Seasons (Waiting On You) " -- Future Islands, Singles

7. "Chinese New Year " -- SALES, Renee/Tonka Time 7”

8. "Hot Tonight " -- Tokyo Police Club, Forcefield

9. "I’m Not Part of Me" -- Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else

10. "Forgiven/Forgotten" -- Angel Olsen, Unfuck the Word

Direct download: Feb_14_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am PDT

In just a few weeks, San Francisco will be inundated with great shows, night after night, in almost every venue around the city for six days straight. That's right, the Noise Pop Festival is back, and to get you excited (or help you narrow down with shows to see), we're playing tracks from some of the artists we're most excited for. The festival takes place all over the city, Feb 25-March 2. Tickets are still available (but going fast) at
Track list:

1. "Avant Gardener" -- Courtney Barnett, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
2. "Time to Run" -- Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams
3. "Swerve...The Reaping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)" -- Shabazz Palazes, Black Up
4. "Where's the Indifference Now" -- Mark Mulcahy, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You
5. "Feelin" -- DJ Rashad, Double Cup
6. "Green Aisles" -- Real Estate, Atlas
7. "Black Boots" -- Cold Cave, Sunflower
8. "Searching Through the Past" -- Bleached, Single
9. "Childhood's End" -- Majical Clouds, Impersonator
10. "Do What You Will" -- Papercuts, Fading Parade

Direct download: NP2014_Lineup_Podcsat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am PDT

We're a couple weeks into the new year, which usually means two things: 1. we've broken our resolutions already and 2. we're getting excited for the year's new records. This episode, we've rounded up tracks from some of 2014's most anticipated new releases (okay, Dirty Gold came out a few weeks ago, but Angel Haze still deserves a spot on this list.)

Track list:

1. "Here It Comes" -- Painted Palms, Forever

2. "Lost Boys and Girls Club" -- Dum Dum Girls, Too True

3. "Scum, Rise" -- Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right

4. "Haunt" -- Clams Casino, Instrumentals, Vol. 3

5. "Pauline Hawkins" -- Drive By Truckers, English Oceans

6. "Black Dahlia" -- Angel Haze, Dirty Gold

7. "Love Is To Die" -- Warpaint, Warpaint

8. "Mr. Wonderful" -- Saint Pepsi, Gin City 

9. "Pearly Gates" -- The Men, Tomorrow's Hits

10. "Remurdered" -- Mogwai, Rave Tapes

Direct download: Jan_2014_New_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:41am PDT

Good tidings! The Noise Pop Podcast got you a gift - a reprieve from the same old holiday music you hear every season. We've assembled our favorite alternative Christmas songs and put them together in a mix that covers the full range of emotions the holidays can bring on. Put this mix on while you're bundled up next to a fire or unwrapping presents. Happy holidays and we'll see you in 2014 


1. "Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past" -- Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold
2. "Christmas in Prison" -- John Prine, A John Prine Christmas
3. "A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)" -- The Flaming Lips, Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell EP
4. "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" -- Julian Casablancas, Single
5. "Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree" -- The Magnetic Fields, Realism
6. "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis" -- Tom Waits, Used Songs
7. "It's Christmas Now" -- The Wearing, Single
8. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" -- The Ramones, Brain Drain
9. "Green Grows The Holly" -- Calexico, Holidays Rule
10. "Just Like Christmas" -- Low, Christmas
11. "King Knight" -- Salem, King Night

Direct download: Alternative_Xmas_Mix.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm PDT

2013 was an exceptional year in music, arguably one of the best in years. As sad as we are to see it go, we are so delighted to round up our yearly favorites for this episode. We packed this playlist full of the top songs swarming around the internet and our own weekly playlists, we also asked a few friends to chime in with their own selections. 

Track list:

1. "Counting" -- Autre Ne Veut, Anxiety
2. "New Slaves" -- Kanye West, Yeezus
3. "Byegone" -- Volcano Choir, Repave
4. "The Hunter" -- On and On, Give In 
5. "Royals" -- Lorde, The Love Club EP 
6. "Collard Greens" -- Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. "Dream House " -- Deafheaven, Sunbather
8. "Good Ass Intro" -- Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap  
9. "Mother We Share" -- Chvrches, The Bones of What You Believe
10. "She Will" -- Savages, Silence Yourself
11. "Save" -- Glenn Jackson, Morning Swim
12. "When a Fire Starts to Burn" -- Disclosure, Settle 
13. "Retrograde" -- James Blake, Overgrown
14. "Three Days" -- Rhye, Woman
15. "Now I’m All Messed Up" -- Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob
Direct download: Best_Track_of_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm PDT

The episode where we give thanks to the songs that got away. This is a mix dedicated to the best tracks of the year that flew under the radar. Sometimes they were quietly old acts in new clothes, other times they were brand new artists, regardless of the reason these songs are stellar and were sorely underrepresented in the blogosphere and hype machine. This mix also acts as a sort of best track of the year (b-side) mix. So get ready for the season of ‘best of…”


1. “That Awful Sound” -- Jackson Scott, Melbourne

2. “Get It” -- Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels

3. “Mean Streets” -- Tennis, Small Sound EP

4. “Bathroom Laughter” -- Pissed Jeans, Honeys

5. “Living Lens” -- Mountains, Centralia

6. “On Fraternity” -- Dead Girlfriends, Stop Pretending EP

7. “Ego” -- Mr. Carmack, single

8. “Kerou’s Lament” -- Ellery James Roberts, single

9. “Sin Guia No” -- Juana Molina, Wed 21

10. “Dreamy Summer” - Moonface, Julia With Blue Jeans On

Direct download: Unsung_Songs_of_2013_-_Thanksgiving_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am PDT

Maybe it's the fact that the holidays are approaching and people start to think about love, but this episode is full of buzzy new songs that seem to be about the varying stages of love or heartbreak. From Sky Ferreira's You're Not the One to an emotional cut from Mutual Benefit's Love's Crushing Diamond, this playlist ushers what can be the most lovely/cruel season of the year.

Track list:

1. "Tropical Oceans" -- DD Dumbo, DD Dumbo 
2. "Feel My Pain" -- Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze) 
3. "Here Comes the Night Time" -- Arcade Fire, Reflektor 
4. "Goodbye Sasha" -- Misun, Single 
5. "Pursuit" -- Gesaffelstein, Single
6. "Realize You " -- Empress Of, Single
7. "Okay" -- Bad Bandit, Conifer  
8. "Don't Tell Me" -- Dale Earndhart Jr. Jr., The Speed of Things 
9. "You're Not the One" -- Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time
10. "Golden Wake" -- Mutual Benefit, Love's Crushing Diamond 

Direct download: Nov_New_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02am PDT

The Best Songs in Odd Time II

This week we are revisiting that juicy, albeit nerdy, topic of odd time signatures in popular music. Our first podcast on this topic, back in April, demonstrated that we were only scratching the surface - so we're back now to show off 10 more songs that effectively utilize odd time signatures in rock. Enjoy!

1. "5-4=Unity" - Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (5/4)
2. "15 Step" - Radiohead, In Rainbows (5/4)
3. "Moon" - Bjork, Biophilia (17/8)
4. "Wuthering Heights" - Kate Bush, The Kick Inside (Chorus is 4/4, 2/4,3/4)
5. "Blockhead" - Devo, Duty Now For The Future (11/8)
6. "I Say A Little Prayer" - Aretha Franklin, Aretha Now (10/4 verse, 11/ 4 chorus)
7. "Demons" - The National, Trouble Will Find Me (7/4)
8. "Cygnus, Vismund Cygnus" - The Mars Volta, Frances The Mute (3/4, 4/4, 23/8, 16/8... )
9. "Modern Man" - Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (9/8)
10. "Strange Reuninons" - Yeasayer, Odd Blood (5/4, 6/4, 5/4, 4/4)

Direct download: odd_time_2_file.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm PDT

After three years, one third of the Noise Pop Team, Jaime Nabrynski, is leaving San Francisco and heading to New York to make all her big city dreams come true. She will join us from time to time from the east coast, but for now we're sending her off the best way we know how... with a mix of the best songs buzzing around Internet.There are some amazing new tracks from Blood Orange, Bill Calahan, Parquet Courts, Clams Casino and many more


1. “Best Friends” -- Holychild, single

2. “Chamaky” -- Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe

3. “Tourniquet” -- Jeremy Messersmith, Heart Murmurs

4. “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now” -- Parquet Courts, Tally Up All The Things That You Broke

5. “Edge” -- Haim, Days are Gone (UK Deluxe version)

6. “Small Plane” -- Bill Callahan, Dream River

7. “Still Not Falling” -- Shy Girls, Timeshare

8. “Truly Freaking Out” -- Tim Kasher, Adult Film

9.  “Super Kiwi” -- Yo La Tengo, Fade

10. “Crystals” -- Clams Casino, Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack

Direct download: October_13_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

This episode, we are celebrating one of San Francisco's biggest events - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. We're playing the festival's legendary acts as well as some artists you may not know so well, but definitely should not miss.

Track list:

1. "Nick of Time" -- Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time
2. "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" -- Richard Thompson, Rumor and Sigh
3. "The Plank" -- Devil Makes Three, Devil Makes Three
4. "Victory" -- Trampled By Turtles, Palomino
5. "Into the Wild" -- LP, Into the Wild
6. "Wolf " -- First Aid Kit, The Lion's Roar
7. "Let it go" -- Tumbleweed Wanderers, Worn Down Welcome
8. "Beach House" -- Cave Singers, Welcome Joy
9. "Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)" -- Allah-Las, Allah-Las
10. "Cold Beverages" -- G. Love & Special Sauce, G. Love & Special Sauce

Direct download: HSB_Podcast_2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am PDT

Last episode, we played songs catchy and infectious enough to earn a spot on our Indie Song of Summer playlist. This week though, we're playing songs with structures and sounds a little too unique for summer pop, but just challenging enough to enjoy, from the appealing dissonance of Suuns to the curious and intense noises of Oneohtrix Point Never. 

Track list: 

1. "Byegone" -- Volcano Choir, Repave
2. "Birds" -- Death Grips, single
3. "Empty City" -- Dan Casey, Empty City  
4. "A Lizard State" -- King Krule, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
5.  "Golden Arrow" -- Darkside, Psychic
6.  "2020" -- Suuns, Images Du Futur 
7. "Wayward Son" -- Zachary Cale, Blue Rider 
8. "Problem Areas" -- Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven
9. "What Death Leaves Behind" -- Los Campesinos, No Blues
10."Anytime Soon" -- Andy Stott, Adult Swim Singles Program 

Direct download: September_2013_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm PDT

Song of the summer starts like summer itself, hopeful, exciting, and you can't wait for it to begin. Once it's here you dive in, listening to it obsessively and it gradually becomes your temporary anthem. Undoubtedly Blurred Lines was the pop song of the summer, but we're going to explore the songs that kept the indie blogosphere buzzing from June-August instead. This episode documents what the indie songs of the summer were for 2013. Each of these tracks have been blasting from parks and backyard barbecues all summer long, soundtracking the season. Enjoy!


1. "Doin' It Right" -- Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
2. "Royals" -- Lorde, The Love Club
3."Shout It Out" -- MIkal Cronin, MCII
4. "Step" -- Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of The City
5. "Collard Greens" -- ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron
6. "The Mother We Share" -- Chvrches, Single
7 "When a Fire Starts to Burn" -- Disclosure, Settle
8 "She Will" -- Savages, Silence Yourself
9. "High School Lover" -- Cayucas, Bigfoot
10. "Bad For My Body" -- Deap Vally, Sitrionix

Direct download: song_of_summer_2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am PDT

Outside Lands is over, marking the beginning of the end for summer festival season, and the end of the summer. But don't despair, there is plenty of new music to keep your spirits high. New tracks from Teen Daze, London Grammar, Fuzz and others. Plus, there's always Treasure Island to look forward to. 


1. "Thunder Clatter" -- Wild Cub , Youth
2. "Loose Sutures" -- Fuzz, Fuzz
3. "Feeling" -- London Grammar, If You Wait
4. "Ice on the Windowsil" -- Teen Daze, Glacier
5. "Pendulum (Women's Hour Edit) -- Pure Bathing Culture, Moon Tides
6. "Waiting in the Night" -- Forest Fire, Screens
7. "Waiting Game" -- Banks, TBA EP
8. "In The Green Wild" -- Julia Holter, 
Loud City Song
9. "The Big She" -- Dustin Wong, 
Mediation Of Estactic Energy
10. "#88" -- Lo-Fang, #88

Direct download: August_New_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16am PDT

Before the Internet changed everything there were two distinct and opposing types of popular music, Indie and mainstream. It was the head versus the heart,  the cool kids versus the pop kids and you had to come down on one side or the other. But the lines have been blurring over the past decade and those sides don't mean much any more. We now live in a world where pop music is so strange and creative that it's found acceptance with rock critics and indie snobs. Listen as we explore the genre-transcending melodies of Justin Timberlake, the indie-friendly quirkiness of Solange, (sister of mega pop star Beyonce) and the possibly ironic but ultimate acceptance of Hall and Oates.

Track List:

1. "#Beautiful" - Miguel and Mariah Carey, The Art of Letting Go
2. "Take Back The Night" -- Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
3. "Hey Love" --  Quadron, Avalanche
4. "Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
5. "The Motion" --  Drake & Sampha, Nothing Was The Same
6. "Dance Apocalyptic" -- Janelle Monae, The Electric Lady
7. "Don’t Let Me Down" -- Solange, True
8. "I Love It" -- Icona Pop, Iconic
9. "Adorn" -- Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
10. "I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)" -- Hall & Oates

Direct download: Indie_Approved_Pop_II_mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT

Maybe it's the record high temperatures or the long weekend, but we're feeling a little distracted. Thoughts of being poolside or at the beach are taking up too much space in our heads for us to get any work done. So we've decided to feed these wandering thoughts with some great additions to your summer playlists. From Washed Out to jj, we're playing some new tracks that are sure to convince you that, "it's really hot out" is a totally legitimate excuse for skipping work.
Track list:
1. "It All Feels Right" -- Washed Out, Paracosm
2. "Collard Greens" -- Schoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar, Oxymoron
3. "Can’t Understand" -- Metz, single
4. "Come Save Me" -- Jagwar Ma, Howlin
5. "Royals" -- Lorde, The Love Club  
6. "Unsatisfied" (The Replacement cover) -- Calexico, Maybe on Monday EP
7. "fågelsången" -- jj, V
8. "Bring the Noize" -- MIA, Bring the Noize  
9. "No Below" -- Speedy Ortiz, Major Arcana
10. "Beyond" -- Daftside, Random Access Memories Memories

Direct download: July_2013_New_Music_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43am PDT

We know it's a little early to be talking about the fall, but the Treasure Island Music Festival lineup is out, and we couldn't be any more excited for October. The Festival in the Bay is unlike any other, and we're previewing the amazing weekend by playing some of our favorite acts on this year's bill. This year's festival takes place October 19-20, and two-day tickets are on sale now!
1. "What Would I Want Sky" -- Animal Collective, Fall Be Kind
2. "Help Me Lose My Mind" -- Disclosure, Settle
3. "Best of Friends" -- Palma Violets, 180
4. "Retrograde" -- James Blake, Overgrown
5. "Atoms for Peace" -- Atoms for Peace, The Eraser
6. "Don't Move" -- Phantogram, Nightlife
7. "Rill Rill" -- Sleigh Bells, Treats
8. "Crysalfilm" -- Little Dragon, Ritual Union
9. "Someone to Call My Lover (Giraffage Remix)" -- Giraffage, Single
10. "Green Aisle" -- Real Estate, Days

Direct download: TIMF_2013_Lineup_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29am PDT

This spring and summer has been teeming with much anticipated new releases, from Disclosure and Boards of Canada, to The National, just to name a few. We're playing tracks from these new releases, along with some music from up-and-coming artists making some noise of their own around the Internet.


1. "I Saw You from the Lifeboat" -- Liars, single
2. "Is This How You Feel" -- The Preatures, Shaking Hands
3. "Doin' It Right" -- Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
4. "Don’t Lie" -- Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
5. "Hell of A Night" -- ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron 
6. "Reach For The Dead" -- Boards of Canada, Tomorrow's Harvest
7. "When a Fire Starts to Burn" -- Disclosure, Settle
8. "U Da Best" -- WET, U Da Best/Bad Idea single
9. "I Need My Girl" -- National, Trouble Will Find Me
10. "JSMN" -- Bad Boxes, JSMN

Direct download: June_2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm PDT

We've all thought about this - what to play during that certain time with your loved one (or the one you just met) to set the mood? The right music can really make a good intimate moment better; and a bad music can end that moment altogether. So from the soft and sweet to hardcore, we've put together a list of some indie tracks to start your evening, or afternoon, or first thing in the morning off right; no matter what kind of music you're into.


Jaime's picks:
1. "Headache" -- METZ, METZ
2. "Plaster Casts of Everything" -- Liars, Liars
3. "Come With Me" -- CEO, White Magic
4. "Innh Dahh" -- Matthew Dear, Black City
Olivia's picks:
5. "Tin Man" -- Future Islands, In Evening Air
6. "15 Step" -- Radiohead, In Rainbows
7. "Zebra" -- Beach House, Teen Dream
8. "BTSTU" -- Jai Paul, single
Dawson's picks:
9. "Sweet Talk" -- Jessie Ware, Devotion
10. "The Morning" -- The Weeknd, Trilogy
11. "Gaudy Side of Town" -- Gayngs, Relayted
12. "Heartbeats" -- The Knife, Deep Cuts

Direct download: Indie_Songs_To_Set_The_Mood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm PDT

Maybe it was the week of freakishly hot (for San Francisco) weather and the start of summer, but this playlist is chock ful of songs intended to help you loosen up or lose your cool. Also our most explitive-laden playlist in a while, this playlist features bangers from Savages and Deafheaven and intense R&B jams from Twigs and Until the Ribbon Breaks


1. “You and Me” -- Disclosure, Featuring Eliza Doolittle, Settle
2. “Shut Up” -- Savages, Silence Yourself
3. “How’s That” -- Twigs, Twigs EP
4. “Will “The Thrill”” -- Cayucas, Bigfoot
5. “Dream House” -- Deafheaven, Sunbather
6. “Head In The Cloud” -- Cobalt Cranes, Head in the Clouds  
7. “Chain Smoker” -- Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap mixtape
8. “Get Free” -- Major Lazer featuring Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors, Free The Universe
9. “She's on Fire” -- King Tuff, Garage Swim
10. “Pressure” -- Until The Ribbon Breaks ft. Mr. MFV eXquire, single

Direct download: May_2013_File.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56pm PDT

They say music is math, and we couldn't agree more. This episode explores the numbers behind some of the most unique rhythms in pop music. Sometimes we get bored with a typical four-to-the-floor beat, so we discuss and play some of our favorite pop songs of all time that utilize odd time signatures. And, for those of you who have no idea what a time signature is, we do a very quick explanation toward the beginning. Enjoy!

1. "7/4 (Shoreline)" -- Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene (7/4)
2. "Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk, Random Access Memory (4/4)
3."Waltz #2" -- Elliott Smith, XO (3/4)
4. "Come On Feel The Illinoise" -- Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (5/4 then 4/4/)
5. "Money" -- Pink Floyd, Dark Side of The Moon (7/4)
6. "Solsbury Hill" -- Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel (7/4)
7. "Walk on Air" -- Minus The Bear, Injustice (5/4)
8. "Ddiamondd" -- Battles, Mirrored (?)
9. "Pyramid Song" -- Radiohead, Amnesiac (?!?!?)
10. "Everything In It's Right Place" -- Radiohead, Kid A (10/4)

Direct download: Odd_Time_mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm PDT

We've dug up another batch of the 10 best songs swirling around the Internet this month. This episode is particularly eclectic, ranging from the pristine pop gems of Chvrches to the hypnotic beats of Bonobo, and then paying homage to the lyrical genius (and crudeness) of Danny Brown. Pop in your earbuds and enjoy this month's mix of new music.


1.  "Best of Friends" -- Palma Violets, 180

2. "Now Is Not The Time" -- Chvrches, Recover

3. "Someone Else" -- Pure X, Crawling Up The Stairs

4. "Lady You Shot Me" -- Har Mar Superstar, Bye Bye 17

5. "Cirrus" --  Bonobo, the North Borders

6. "Mirror" -- Weekend, Jinx

7. "God Made The World" -- Cold Cave, God Made The World

8. "Express Yourself" -- Danny Brown, single 

9. "With Her Shadow" -- Born Ruffians, TBD

10. "Childhood’s End" -- Majical Cloudz, Impersonator

Direct download: April_2013_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm PDT

It's almost the time of year when what seems like every band in the world descends into one spot in California. And no, we're not talking about that festival in the desert, we're talking about Fauxchella. Fauxchella (a Spinning Platters term) is the name given to almost three weeks in April when all of the bands set to play Coachella make their way up to San Francisco. Almost every venue in the city is full of great bands night after night, and it can be pretty overwhelming deciding which bands to see. So, we at the Noise Pop Team have made a list of must-sees to help you make the most of your Fauxchella.


1. "Step" -- Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
2. "Red Right Hand" -- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Let Love In
3. "Ms" -- Alt J, An Awesome Wave
4. "Dramamine" -- Modest Mouse, This Is a Long Drive For Someone With Nothing to Think About
5. "My Number" -- Foals, Holy Fire
6. "Herietta" -- Yeasayer, Fragrant World
7.  "Daniel" -- Bat For Lashes, Daniel
8. "Grammy" (Soulja Boy cover) -- Purity Ring, single
9. "House That Heaven Built" -- Japandroids,  Celebration Rock

10. "Digital Lion" -- James Blake, Overgrown

Direct download: Fauxchella_Podcast_file.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm PDT

Spring is around the corner, so we've decided to play music to get you excited for the warmer weather, budding trees and longer days. From the warmth of Rhye to the summer festival staple of Thom Yorke with Atoms for Peace, we're playing tracks to welcome in the long-awaited end to winter. Hope to see you at SXSW


1. “Open” -- Rhye, Open 
2. “The Possessed” -- Glass Candy, Italians Do It Better second After Dark compilation
3. “Hood Party” -- Fat Tony (feat. Kool A.D.), Smart Ass Black Boy
4. “In a Dream” -- High Highs, Open Season 
5. “Stickin’ to the Sheets” -- Hello Ocho, Hello Ocho
6. “It’s Been So Long” -- Cleaners of Venus, Cleaners from Venus box set
7. “Slyd” -- !!!, THR!!!ER
8. “Shout It Out” -- Milkal Cronin, MCII
9. “Demon Dance” -- Surfer Blood, Pythons 
10. “Ingenue” -- Atoms for Peace, Amok

Direct download: March_13_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm PDT

The end of February is a very exciting time for us at the Noise Pop Podcast. For one, it means the Noise Pop Festival and the beginning of the festival season are here. It also means that by now we have a pretty good idea of what new records will be making their way to our playlists throughout the year. This episode we'll be discussing our most anticipated releases of 2013, from Phoenix to Missy Elliot. What are the records your most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below or call us at (585) 4NOISE5/(585) 466-4735 and leave a message.

1. "Bones" -- MS MR, Second Hand Rapture
2. "All The Time" -- The Strokes, Comedown Machine
3. "In The City" -- Caveman, Caveman
4. "9th Inning" -- Missy Elliot, Block Party
5. "Started From The Bottom" (D33J Remix) -- Drake, Nothing Was The Same
6. "Where Are We Now" -- David Bowie, The Next Day
7. "Your Drums, Your Love" -- AlunaGeorge, Body Music
8. "Mute" -- Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse
9. "Entertainment" -- Phoenix, Bankrupt
10. "Full of Fire" -- The Knife, Shaking The Habitual

Direct download: Anticipated_albums_2013_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59am PDT

 One of our favorite things about the Noise Pop Podcast is being able to introduce listeners to great, but lesser-known artists. However, we also love episodes like this one - a round up of some of our well-known, favorite artists all releasing new music at the same time. From James Blake to My Bloody Valentine, this episode kicks off a year of highly anticipated comebacks and follow-ups. Which reminds us, make sure to comment or call in with your most anticipated album of 2013 for our next episode! 


1. "I'm a Machine" -- Glass Lux, single

2. "Dropla" -- Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse

3. "Weird Shapes" -- Surfer Blood, Pythons

4. "I"m All Messed Up" -- Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob

5. "Minotaur" -- Thee Oh Sees, Floating Coffins

6. "Illusions" -- Shout Out Louds, Optica

7. "In The City" -- Caveman, Caveman 

8. "The Hearse" -- Wampire, Curiosity

9. "Retrograde" -- James Blake, Overgrown

10. "Only Tomorrow" -- My Bloody Valentine, mbv

Direct download: February_2013_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09am PDT

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Noise Pop's 20th birthday, but somehow another year has flown by and it's time for Noise Pop 2013! To get you excited as we are for this year's incredible line up (Toro Y Moi, YACHT, Amon Tobin to name a few), we're playing tracks from the artists we're most excited to see. This year's festival takes play from February 26-March 3 all around San Francisco. For more info visit


"While I'm Alive" -- Starfucker, Miracle Mile
"Never Listen to Me" -- The Thermals, Personal Life
"Shout it In" -- Dirty Ghosts, Metal Moon.
"Party Kids" -- Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside , Untamed Beast
"Say That" -- Toro y Moi, Anything in Return
"Psychic City" -- Yacht, See Mystery Lights
"Doused" -- DIIV, Oshin
"Lake Michigan" -- Rogue Wave, Asleep at Heaven's Gate
"Museum of Flight" -- Damian Jurado, Maraqopa
"Electric Fever" -- Free Energy, Love Sign
"Hysteria" -- Ceremony, Zoo

Direct download: Noise_Pop_21_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am PDT

Well, we're two weeks into the new year, which is pretty much enough time to predict a few things: which resolutions will stick (none), and which ones won't (all), and what the new year may bring for new music. So while we may be slipping into old habits, at least we have some great music to look forward to. Also speaking of looking forward to things, stay tuned for our next episode, where we'll be playing tracks from this year's Noise Pop Festival artists.


1. “200 Words” – Fol Chen, The False Alarms

2. “Coalition” – IceAge, You’re Nothing

3. “Everything is Embarrassing” – Sky Ferreira, Ghost EP

4. “Anxiety’s Door” – Merchandise, Totale Nite EP

5. “Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out” – Camper Van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida

6. “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” – Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II

7. “Honey” – Torres, Torres

8. “Kids Get Away” – Jamaican Queens, Wormfood

9. “2099” – Dent May, single

10. “Pink Matter” feat. Andre 300 & Big Boi – Frank Ocean, single


Direct download: January_2013_New_Music_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm PDT

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

1. "Wildest Moments" -- Jessie Ware, Devotion (Dawson)

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)

Direct download: Song_of_the_Year_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am PDT

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.

And on the next episode, the Noise Pop team will be playing the best listener-sourced tracks of 2012! Send us an email with your favorite song of 2012 at or call in and leave a message on our hotline 585-4NOISE5.


1. "The Ego" -- Nicolas Jaar and Theatre Roosevelt - single
2. "L.U.V." -- Brainstems, Stryofoam
3. “Light Up Gold” -- Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold   
4. "Snudge (Spaceship Aloha Remix)" -- Night Panther, single 
5. "Cherry" -- Chromatics, After Dark II
6. "Trust" -- Gambles, single
7. "Argonauts" -- The Little Ones, The Dawn Sang Along
8. "Bathroom Laughter" -- Pissed Jeans, Honeys
9. "Secret Days" -- School of Seven Bells, Put Your Sad Down
10. "Night Faces" -- Jessica Pratt, Jessica Pratt

Direct download: December_2012_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am PDT

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.


1. “Andrew in Drag” -- Magnetic Fields, Love at the Bottom of the Sea
2. “Top Floor” -- TNGHT, TNGHT EP
3.  “Radio Song" -- Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society
4. “In the Middle (I Met You There)” -- Matthew Dear, Headcage EP
5. “Scarlet Town” -- Bob Dylan, Tempest
6. “White Chalk” -- Halls, Ark
7. “Big Love” -- Matthew E White, Big Inner
8. “Breakup Songs” -- Deerhoof, Breakup Song
9. "INJR" -- Yalls, Yalls II
10. “Kindred” -- Burial, Kindred EP

Direct download: Thanksgiving_Unsung_Songs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12am PDT

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
2. "Hold Off the Dawn" -- El Perro Del Mar, Pale Fire
3. "Backseat Freestyle" -- Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
4. "Breakers" -- Local Natives, Hummingbird
5. "Don't Wanna Go the Other Way" -- Cody Chestnutt, Landing on a Hundred
6. "What the Eyeballs Did" -- Atoms for Peace, single
7. "Here We Go" -- Christopher Owens, Lysandre
8. "Lupus" -- Butter the Children, Butter the Children
9. "Chum" -- Earl Sweatshirt, EarlWolf
10. "Luxury Problems" -- Andy Stott, Luxury Problems

Direct download: November_2012_Podcast.mp3
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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, 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 Good luck everyone and have fun!

Direct download: 6_Degrees_Halloween_Edition.mp3
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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
2. "Losing You" -- Solange, single
3. “Time” -- Merchandise, Children of Desire
4. “The Hill” -- Snowmine, Laminate Pet Animal
5. “Nature Boy” -- Young Buffalo, Young Buffalo
6. “Latch” -- Disclosure, single
7. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” -- Tame Impala, Lonerism
8. “Teardrop Windows” -- Benjamin Gibbard, Former Lives
9. “Fuck You All the Time” -- Jeremih, Late Nights With Jeremih mixtape
10. “Cry For Judas” -- Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth
11. “Belispeak II” -- Purity Ring + Danny Brown, single    

Direct download: October_Podcast_Episode.mp3
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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, and the first person to identify them all or the person who gets the most correct will win select Noise Pop merchandise. Good luck!

Direct download: Six_Degrees_of_Kevin_Barnes.mp3
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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.


1. "I'm Not Talking" -- AC Newman, Shut Down the Streets

2. "Rest Your Mind" -- K Flay (feat. Felix Cartal), single

3. "Andreja 4 Ever" -- Elite Gymnastics, Adult Swim Singles Program

4. "Who" -- David Byrne and St Vincent, Love This Giant

5. "Jonathan's Hope" -- WHY?, Mumps, etc.

6. "Only In My Dreams" -- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes

7. "Cheap Beer" -- Fidlar, untitled LP

8. "French Lessons" -- Levek, Look a Little Closer

9. "False Astronomy" -- Mister Lies, Hidden Neighbors EP

10. "Funny Heartbeat" -- Kisses, single

11 Johnny Greenwood - Application 45 Version 1, The Master Original Soundtrack

Direct download: September_Podcast.mp3
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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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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

Direct download: Food_and_Music.mp3
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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
2. "Drift Drive" -- Antlers, Undersea
3. "My Love is Real" -- Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits
4. "Sleep Paralysis" -- Gabriel Bruce, single
5. "Best Friend" -- Dent May, Do Things
6. "Deer and I" -- Skruncha-roo, C'est la vie
7. "Please Forgive My Heart." -- Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man in the Universe
8. "Ruin" -- Cat Power, Sun
9. "Boyfriend" -- Slowdance, Boyfriend/Airports
10. "Sweet Life" -- Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Direct download: July_2012_New_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm PDT

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
2. "Lovestoned" -- Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds
3. "Climax" -- Usher, Looking For Myself
4. "Boyfriend" -- Justin Bieber, Believe
5. "2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)" -- The Flaming Lips feat. Ke$ha & Biz Markie, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
6. "Toxic" -- Britney Spears, In the Zone
7. "Since U Been Gone" -- Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway
8. "Trapped in the Closet Ch.1" -- R. Kelly, TP.3 Reloaded
9. "Call Me Maybe" -- Carly Rae Jepsen, Curiosity
10. "Countdown" -- Beyoncé, 4

Direct download: Indie_Approved_Pop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am PDT

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
Direct download: July_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03am PDT

A few weeks ago, NPR asked us to come up with a list of definitive Noise Pop (the genre) songs for their website, 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)
2. "Radio Free Europe" – R.E.M, Murmur (1981)
3. "Makes No Sense At All" – Husker Du, Flip Your Wig (1985)
4. "Bastards of Young" – The Replacements, Tim (1985)
5. "Freak Scene" – Dinosaur Jr., Bug (1988)
6. "Gigantic" – Pixies, Surfer Rosa (1988)
7. "Barnaby Hardly Working" – Yo La Tengo, Fakebook (1989)
8. "Shine On Sweet Jesus" – The Flaming Lips, In A Priest Driven Ambulance (1990)
9. "Only Shallow" – My Bloody Valentine, Loveless (1991)
10. "Three Years Ago Today" – Built To Spill, Ultimate Alternative Wavers (1992)
11. "Summer Babe (Winter Version)" – Pavement, Slanted & Enchanted (1992)
12. "Web In Front" – Archers of Loaf, Icky Mettle (1993)
13. "Natural One" – Folk Implosion, Kids OST (1994)
14. "Seven" – Sunny Day Real Estate, Diary (1994)
15 "Rebound" – Sebadoh, Bakesale (1995)
16. "Heart Cooks Brain" – Modest Mouse, The Lonesome Crowded West (1997)
17. "Holland, 1945" – Neutral Milk Hotel, Aeroplane Over The Sea (1998)
18. "You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)" – The White Stripes, De Stijl (2000)
19. "Fever Dreaming" – No Age, Everything In Between (2004)
20. "The Rat" – The Walkmen, Bows + Arrows (2004)
21. "Queen of Hearts" – Fucked Up, David Comes To Life (2011)
22. "Open Your Heart" – The Men, Open Your Heart (2012)

Direct download: Tracing_Noise_Pops_Hisotry.mp3
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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...


1. “Get Got” -- Death Grips, The Money Store
2. “How Do I Know“ -- Here We Go Magic, A Different Ship
3. “Down the Lane” -- Royal Headache, Down the Lane
4.  “Obedear” -- Purity Ring, Shrines
5. “Hook You Up”  -- Sylver Tongue, Creatures 
6. “Pretend You Love” -- Sonny and the Sunsets, Longtime Companion
7. “(Into the) Atmosphere” -- Dusted, Total Dust  
8. “Reverse Inverted” -- Torche, Harmonicraft
9. “Doused” -- DIIV, Oshin
10. “F.T.F.” -- Trust, TRST

Direct download: May_2012.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Coachella_2013_Prediction.mp3
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