When a young Michael Winningham (of Palo Duro) got into the back of a Land Rover going to the Gourds show he had no idea the song he was about to hear would change his life. The song, “A Mihna Menina” by Os Mutantes, blew his mind open to a whole world of new influences and showed him that when you’re making music, you can do whatever you want.
Listen to Songs from Episode 85 of This Song
The Strumbellas aren’t afraid to make music that pulls from folk, rock, pop and country. Hear singer Simon Ward, guitar player Jon Hembrey and drummer Jeremy Drury explain how a Ryan Adams’ song, an Offspring record and a sped up version of Twisted Sisters’ “Burn in Hell” led to the band’s creation and sound.
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Listen to Songs from Episode 84 of This Song
Conor Oberst is having a hard time reconciling his conflicting emotions about America. Luckily his friends and frequent collaborators the Felice Brothers make music that helps him cope. Listen as he tells you why he thinks the Felices are “the best American sounding band” out there and explains how their song “Jack at the Asylum” soothes him during these troubled times.
Listen to Songs from Episode 83 of This Song
Could it be that listening to Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” at age 9 headed Temples’ James Bagshaw down a path that lead to recovering a lost PDA, school yard black market exchanges, revelations about the low fi aesthetic of the Strokes, a love of Frank Sinatra and a life of music? We’ll let you decide.
📷 : Ed Miles
Listen to Songs from Episode 82 of This Song
Everybody’s a critic! Well, actually, according to Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, the two critics who host the talk radio show “Sound Opinions, everybody is and should be and that is a good thing. On their show they spend a lot of time talking about music they love — and don’t love. Hear them talk about how “Walking on the Moon” by the Police and Patti Smith’s version of “Gloria” changed their lives and got them listening (and critiquing) music in a completely new ways.
Listen to Songs from Episode 81 of This Song