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Our Summer Round-Up episode takes you through the songs from all over the world that’ve been ringing through the speakers this summer. Lots of new albums on deck, some that just dropped, a conversation and LIVE performance from Aussie singer-songwriter Angie McMahon and A LOT of discoveries here.

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On June 27th, the Noise Pop Podcast came to life at Betabrand's SF Podcast Theater on Valencia St, for a show featuring some of the best emerging artists coming out of the Bay Area. Tune in for conversations from that evening with host Adrian Spinelli and guests Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts, Mahawam's Malik Mays, Drew Banga and ZOLA, along with an intimate performance from each artist.

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At it's core, the Noise Pop Podcast is about discovery. And May's Noisemakers mix is a direct reflection of our passion for discovering and sharing the best music we come across every month. Hard-hitting rock and roll, mellow indie vibes, R&B, hip-hop, music from the Bay Area... it's all here. Enjoy!

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We're back in April with a mix of new music and an interview with Aussie singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly. Stella sits down with Adrian ahead of her sold out show in San Francisco to talk about her recently-released debut LP, Beware of The Dogs, and to answer an age-old question: Why do Australians love the Simpsons so much? The April Noisemakers playlist features music from Stella, Oakland's Bells Atlas and a very international combination of acts from London to New Zealand. Tune In!

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Our 4th annual SXSW episode is here and we're bringing you music and conversations with some of our standout artists from the festival. Guests include Katie Alice Greer of DC rock band Priests, drummer and electronic fusionist Zach Saginaw of Shigeto and Carly Bond of Oakland's dreamy indie project, Meernaa. Tune in for interviews and music from each, as well as songs from our two favorite discoveries of the festival.

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Back in 1993, Noise Pop Festival got started with the promise of "Five Bands For Five Bucks!" at The Kennel Club on Divisadero St. Now, 26 years later, over 150 artists grace the finest venues in San Francisco, Oakland and more, for the week-long affair. We crossed the city a couple of times to catch up with Anemone and Baths ahead of their NP Festival shows and then re-grouped with Noise Pop talent buyers James Lopez and Niki Bodemann, to talk about our favorite moments of the festival. Press play and follow along to a musical journey through 2019's Noise Pop Festival!

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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.

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Ahhh.. 2019 is here, which means it’s time for a fresh start, new experiences, and of course, looking ahead to a busy year of much-anticipated music. To kick things off, Berkeley-based Toro y Moi turn over a new leaf, breaking away from their pioneering hazy chillwave sound to lift our spirits with Outer Peace’s revitalized dance-driven jams. Sir Babygirl’s debut, Crush on Me, drowns us in a chaotic, cotton-candy infused Nickelodeon pop dream as she wails about euphoric infatuation and aching heartbreak (fittingly, it’ll be released the day after Valentine’s Day.) And DC’s Priests are back with the sinister, alluring prowl of The Seduction of Kansas that will surely leave you craving for more. Let’s dig in.

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The end of the year is no doubt a time for rumination on the songs that spoke to us and speculating on which artists will continue to make an impact. In this episode, we bring closure by highlighting the best albums and songs of 2018; the soundtracks that manifested our own experiences. The year taught us to look inwardly, as in Charlotte Day Wilson’s “Doubt,” in which she contemplates leaving behind her vices. Love, she comes to realize, is one of them. Empathetically, Amen Dunes considers mythical heroism and the contradictions of the people we admire in “Miki Dora.” And the dashingly brazen “ Pearly Gates” by U.S. Girls evokes the macro message that the ostensibly pleasurable is the political. We won’t spoil the rest—2018: let’s wrap it up.

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Before we recap our top albums of the year from all over the map, it’s time to stay true to our roots and spread the wealth of the Bay-Area artists that made 2018 memorable. We’re hooked on Tune-Yards’ eclectic patchwork of vocal loops with a piercing message. The easygoing, hypnotic croons and jangly guitars of Spooky Mansion have us feeling nostalgic for that Indian Summer unique to SF. Then there’s the late-blooming self-discovery mixed with jazzy, ethereal rhythm in the latest from astronauts, etc. We’ve also sprinkled in some of that new-new Rexx Life Raj featuring E40. Plus more we know you’ll really dig, no matter where you are.

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Getting a late year Noisemakers Mix out there before our year end episode in December! October's picks jump from LA-based IAN SWEET's indie rock to French hip-hop from MHD, the sounds of Bay Area troubadour Andrew St. James, electronic vibes from Yaeji and Beacon, our late year discovery of Caroline Rose and the dreamy sounds of The Marías.

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Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis joins this edition of Noisemakers to talk about her cover of Liz Phair's "Blood Keeper," her upcoming book of poetry and more. Five other cuts are featured to round out the six pack of tracks

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A new monthly mix with seven tracks from some of our summer festival faves, Nashville psych folk, Compton electro, SF classics, an intriguing supergroup and more...

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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.

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We're back with an extra large Noisemakers episode for June! Since it's been a few months since our last mix, we've got eight new tracks to share + some extras. Dig in for new indie discoveries, Chicago hip-hop, an exciting multi-instrumentalist, vibey electronica and some Bay Area love!

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Two years ago, we released an episode entitled "Where Are All The Female Festival Headliners?" which looked at the utter lack of big name female acts atop music festival bills, despite no shortage of qualified female-fronted acts to fit those slots. Journalist Alyssa Pereira (SFGate/SF Chronicle) joins host Adrian Spinelli once again, to look at how the festival industry has progressed...or hasn't, in the two years since. Also joining the show, is University of Chicago Data Scientist Rob Mitchum, whose festival gender balance-tracking data visualizations have appeared in Pitchfork for the past two years.

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Our annual SXSW episode is back with interviews with four of the festival's best artists: Sophie Allison of Brooklyn bedroom pop project Soccer Mommy, Frances Quinlan of Philadelphia-based Hop Along, Bay Area rapper Caleborate and Tim Darcy of Montreal band Ought. Listen in for a conversation and song selection from each of these SXSW standouts!

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February’s mix features an interview with hip-hop producer Cam O’Bi (Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, SZA), as he gets ready to drop his debut solo album, Grown Ass Kid. Music featured in this episode includes Cam O’Bi’s debut single, “Tenderheaded” (feat. Smino), the much-anticipated return of Philadelphia’s Hop Along, Solange collaborator Starchild & The New Romantic, the return of Stephen Malkmus, sultry vibes from Dutch/Iranian singer Sevdaliza, Chicago R&B from the stellar Ravyn Lenae and our spirit animal, DJ Koze.

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The first Noisemakers mix of the year features seven tracks to kickstart your music listening in 2018. We’ll share music from Richmond, VA singer Lucy Dacus, Nashville’s Liza Anne, Montreal post-punk band Ought, Miami electro-soul starlet Sabrina Claudio, indie-rock demigods Wolf Parade, a nod to the classics by the Black Eyed Peas and new music from Canadian synth pop group Young Galaxy.

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On the final episode of the year, we’re joined by Kevin Morby, whose album City Music is the Noise Pop Podcast’s Album of the Year. Also on this episode, Jessi Frick of Father/Daughter Records and Nastia Voynovskaya of KQEDArts share their song of the year picks, along with picks from Adrian (Host), Colin (producer) and Kevin Morby.

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One constant in the Bay Area music scene for the past few years has been flux. Artists coming and going and prevalent styles always evolving. But if 2017 showed us anything, it’s that the Bay is a fruitful haven for independent music and artists. Listen in as the Noise Pop Podcast counts down the Top 6 Local Albums of the year plus one EP. Check out noisepop.com/podcast for a full track list and additional info.

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The final Noisemakers mix of the year features new cuts, local shouts and a saucy remix by one of our favorites, from one of our favorites. Dig into to our last fresh batch of tracks before our back-to-back Best Music of The Year episodes!

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Grammy Award Winner Fantastic Negrito joins the podcast for the next installation in the My Mix series. The Oakland native sits down with Host Adrian Spinelli to talk about and listen to the music that has inspired his career from Delta Blues great Robert Johnson to rapper Kendrick Lamar. The NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner also discusses music from his Grammy-winning album, The Last Days of Oakland, and more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 break 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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Credits

  • Host: Adrian Spinelli
  • Production: Colin Peden/Molly Bolten
  • Admin Support: Adrienne Lee