“I felt like the room was on fire with this electrifying love.” These are the words Natalie Bergman, half of the group Wild Belle used to describe the Radiohead show she witnessed in Mexico City mere days before her This Song interview. Together with her brother Elliot, the siblings explain to Elizabeth how crucial the audience is to their music and how both witnessing and playing shows in Mexico heightened their awareness of this important notion.
Sundara Karma released their debut record “Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect” in January of this year. Listen as lead singer and songwriter Oscar Pollock describes how his new found love of Nick Drake’s second record Bryter Later has been pushing his writing into more vulnerable and authentic territory. Then bliss out as drummer Haydn Evans delves into his enduring love for the Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds.”
Listen to Songs from Episode 79 of This Song
Alex Bleeker and Martin Courtney of Real Estate have picked the same song by the same artist. What are the odds? Their talk with Elizabeth is an in depth look the quiet beauty of “Look At What The Light Did Now” by Little Wings (aka Kyle Field) and how their love and respect for the song and the artist who wrote it have inspired them both. These two guys should definitely be in a band together.
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Vickie Howell has been bringing knitting to the people since the early days of the internet. Hear how her roots in the DIY SoCal punk scene watching bands like Pennywise, Social Distortion and Bad Religion influenced her work with Austin Craft Mafia and continues to inspire her as she embarks on her new project — “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.”
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This week we talk to two very different groups about partnerships and the inspirations that guide their voices. First we hear from El-P and Killer Mike from the hip hop collaboration known as Run the Jewels. The two rappers start out talking about early influences (Prince’s “Beautiful Ones” and Ice-T’s “6 In The Morning”) and end up expressing their love and respect for Southern Rock, The Clash, Outlaw Country and early hip hop and rap. Next, Sarah Castro and Matt Parmenter of the Austin-based Belcurve explain how their collaborations steer clear of the ordinary and how Kathleen Edwards, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits helped them create their shared musical vocabulary.
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