81 - Phoenix

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Robin Pecknold tells me about his open mic days, early Fleet Foxes stories, his decision to go to college two albums into his career, and his family's unlikely Shaggy connection.

Fleet Foxes' new album Crack-Up is out June 16, 2017 on Nonesuch Records.

Big thanks to the Ace Hotel in New York for hosting us!

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75 - Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend, Dams of the West)

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Travis W Keyes

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I joined Chris in his home in Brooklyn to talk about his life playing drums for Vampire Weekend and playing everything for his new project Dams of the West.

We talk trombone, mostly. We also talk about being a waterpark lifeguard in New Jersey, the original email that started Vampire Weekend, how the band's success led to his "extended adolescence", and go over a few great drummer solo projects. Over La Croix, of course ;(

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Episode 73 - Laura Marling

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Hollie Fernando

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"I don't like to be rude to people who are interviewing me, like Bob Dylan was, but I wish I could be"

My guest this week is English musician and podcaster Laura Marling.  Laura shares with me what she has learned from doing her own show Reversal of the Muse, and then regales me with stories from her early days: dropping out of high school, sleeping in a double bass case, playing the Sidewalk Cafe in the mid 2000's, and much more. Plus we talk about psychoanalysis, the challenges of doing music today, and how people misperceive her.

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Episode 72 - Animal Collective

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Recorded backstage at Terminal 5 back in the "good old days" of October 2016, Animal Collective are my guests this week.
Specifically, Panda Bear and Geologist, so, half of Animal Collective.
We talk about their enduring friendship, which began high school and has extended all the way through parenthood, touring, and making 10 albums together.

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Episode 68 - Cass McCombs

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Photo by Rachel Pony Cassells

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Mangy Love, out now, is Cass McComb's "somethingth" album. He doesn't know exactly. In our wide-ranging conversation, he tells me about growing up and living in the Bay Area, living out of his car in New York City, anti-folk music, anti-anti-folk music, rap music, choir music, how his band is like a halfway house, and much much more. Cass McCombs is a one-of-a-kind musician who is incredibly talented, prolific, and I am a huge fan of him. Please listen and then go listen to his music.

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Episode 67 - Fitz and the Tantrums

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My guests this week are Michael 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums. Fitz and Noelle share with me stories from their many years they individually spent struggling to find a career in music before breaking out with Fitz and the Tantrums.

This episode is brought to you by Away. Head to awaytravel.com and use promo code "noeffects" to save $20 on one of their fantastic pieces of luggage.

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Episode 66 - Empress Of

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My guest this week is Lorely Rodriguez, the artist known as Empress Of. Lorely shares with me about growing up in Los Angeles with a musical/not-musical family, going to Berklee School of Music, how getting a laptop changed her life, and much much more. Plus another great Canadian border crossing story!

This is part 2 of my live show recorded at Moogfest, in Durham in May 2016. Part 1, with Julia Holter, is also available right now.

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Episode 65 - Julia Holter

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Recorded LIVE at Moogfest 2016 in May 2016 in Durham, North Carolina! This is part one of two.

Julia Holter joins me to talk about growing up in Los Angeles, having two planners, studying composition at the University of Michigan, performing at bookstores, at much more.

Plus, the crowd is mic'd so you can hear when they laugh and compare it to your own reactions!

Thanks to the great organizers of Moogfest for setting this up and recording it.

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