Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, released her first record “Fake Sugar” in 2017. The record is an exploration of commitment and heartbreak written in the midst of the breakup of her marriage and her band. Listen as Ditto explains how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn” helped her grapple with her complex feelings about her home state of Arkansas after she had left for Olympia Washington. Then hear how returning to the place she grew up helped her heal during the time when her most important relationships were dissolving.
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Norwegian singer and songwriter Sondre Lerche explores why listening to Fiona Apple’s “I Know” as a teenager brought him to tears and explains how the that song has influenced his work throughout his career.
Lerche is releasing his latest record, Solo Pleasure, on Valentines Day! The record is an acoustic reworking of his 2017 synth pop gym Pleasure. Listen to the new record here!
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Jamaica’s Raging Fyah plays reggae music that is as rooted in tradition as it is in positivity. Listen as keyboardist Demar Gayle describes how Bob Marley’s “One Love” changed his life, and explains why it took traveling to a different continent and experiencing race based hate for the first time to actually understand the lyrics of the song.
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Austin’s A Giant Dog just released their third record Toy on Merge records. Listen as Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen, the songwriting duo behind the band, talk about the power of Iggy Pop’s “Search and Destroy,” Regina Spektor’s songwriting and the origins of their partnership.
Vickie Howell just released her new web series “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.” The project, which Howell conceived and developed, was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign. Hear how the So-Cal punk scene inspired her life as a DIY entrepreneur, and how she’s working to inspire us all to “DIY your dreams.”