Tomar and the FCs

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Tomar and the FCs

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017

Singer Tomar Williams  from the Austin soul band Tomar and the FC’s talk about how singing Michael Jackson’s “Ben”as a kid started him on a lifelong musical path. The the FC’s drummer Paul Kresowik explains how Al Jackson Jr’s drumming on Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man,” helped him understand what soul drumming was all about.

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Jim James

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Jim James

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

Jim James’ second solo record is his most lyrically direct and overtly political work to date. Listen as he describes how an art and activism conference made him realize that he wanted to use his music as a way to inspire his fans to be politically active and how the work of artists like Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder showed him how to speak his mind in a poetic, musical and powerful way.

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The Shelters

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The Shelters

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017

David Sanger:

The Shelters love to rock and their self titled record is a testament to that. But why do they rock?  Would you believe Link Wray’s “Rumble”, the music of the Yardbirds and a Tom Petty concert sing-along all played a part in their sound? Well, believe it. Chase Simpson and Josh Jove from the LA-based band walk us through how playing worse is better and what the goal of a songwriter should be.

Watch the Shelters’ video for “Rebel Heart.”

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Thundercat

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Thundercat

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016

Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat  describes how Stanley Clarke’s “School Days” and  Jaco Pastorius‘ self titled album expanded his view of what it means to play bass.

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Flock of Dimes // Lucy Dacus

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Flock of Dimes // Lucy Dacus

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Jenn Wasner of Flock of Dimes and Wye Oak takes you through why Joni Mitchell’s “Amelia” both comforts and terrifies her. And Lucy Dacus explains how The Cure’s Just Like Heaven” is a friendly ghost in her life, and how Prince’s I Would Die 4 You,” helped expand her idea of how cool a  song about God could be.

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Listen to Wye Oak’s Studio 1A performance 

Check out Lucy Dacus’ performance on Blogoteque

Check out Lucy Dacus on the cover of Magnet

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Listen to Songs from Episode 62 of This Song

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