Best Music Industry Podcasts (2021)
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Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
 
Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
 
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Wind of Change

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Wind of Change

Pineapple Street Studios / Crooked Media / Spotify

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It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.
 
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Dissect

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Cole Cuchna | Spotify

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Learn more about the albums you love with Dissect. Analyzing one album per season, one song per episode, Dissect dives deep into albums like Childish Gambino's Because the Internet, Beyonce's Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly & DAMN., Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Frank Ocean's Blonde, and more. Let's Dissect.
 
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
 
Calm Pills are ad-free soothing atmospheric ambient albums, seamlessly mixed to help with relaxation, meditation, reading or deep sleep. Mostly consisting of instrumental ambient sounds and soft piano music, these mixes will help you completely relax your mind and body.
 
Tony Thaxton explores the weirder side of music, celebrating and telling the story behind those strange albums that make you wonder how and why they exist. Doing deep dives on albums released by pro athletes, actors, fictional characters, and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bizarrealbums/support
 
Questlove Supreme is a fun, irreverent and educational weekly podcast that digs deep into the stories of musical legends and cultural icons in a way that only Questlove and Team Supreme can deliver. Led by Each episode is driven by conversation ranging from the guest’s origins (along with a few never-before-revealed secrets to their success) to their life passions and current projects. This is not your typical interview show. This is about legends and legends in the making bringing their leg ...
 
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Music Student 101

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Music Student 101

Jeremy Burns, Matthew Scott Phillips

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We are musicians, composers, engineers, teachers and students alike. The path of a musician can be challenging and uncertain but it can also be enriching and great fun! This is the path we chose and we are here as your resource. Explore theory, history, ear training, technique, special topics and overall musicianship.
 
Hi, my name is Cory Wong. This is my podcast. I'm going to talk to your favorite artists as they discuss their personal tricks of the trade, never-before-heard stories, and the proper response when Sinatra wants to peep your master tapes.
 
Composers Datebook™ is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present, with appropriate and accessible music related to each.
 
A weekly show that brings you ten new tracks from artists from across the world. We cover every genre conceivable, from abstract techno, mutated dancehall, dark metal to Chinese bin lid music or something else - if it's recorded outside of the major label system, we're up for playing it. You'll find music you love, music you don't understand, and music that'll change your life.
 
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Synopsis On today’s date in 1993, the American composer Daniel Asia conducted the Phoenix Symphony in the premiere performance of his Symphony No. 4. The work included a slow movement, written as an orchestral elegy for Asia’s friend and composer colleague, Stephen Albert, who had died in a car crash the previous year. But Asia cast his symphony in…
 
Kristopher Ragnstam is the creative force behind The Owe Us, a rock/alternative/electronic band from Sweden. Kris recently released the band's new album, Kram, to much critical acclaim. Kris and I sat down for our second talk on the podcast. We discussed how he manages to balance the raw energy of musical performance while maintaining a certain lev…
 
Podcast from Defected Records Alysha Warren – I Pray (Roger’s Gospel Revival Mix) [Polydor] Dan Shake – Daisy’s Dance [Sultra Selects Silver Service] Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Groovejet (If This Aint Love)(Purple Disco Machine & Lorenz Rhode Mix) [Defected] Dames Brown feat. Andres & Amp Fidller – What Would You Do [Defected] Yesking – Ha…
 
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a new one from Tiny Desk contest winner Quinn Christopherson, the English punk group IDLES and more. Featured Tracks: 1. IDLES: "The Beachland Ballroom," from Crawler 2. Quinn Christopherson: "Bubblegum," from I Am Bubblegum (EP) 3. Anjimile: "Stranger" (Sing…
 
If you’ve sung along to a power ballad in the last 30 years, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with Diane Warren’s songs. Some of her biggest hits include Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Over the span of her 35 year-career, Diane Warren has penned…
 
Since the mid 1970’s, Andrew Gold had been a successful musician, songwriter and producer. After releasing his third solo album in 1980 (and being the man responsible for writing the theme song for The Golden Girls), he didn’t make another solo album for 16 years. When he finally made another album, it was a children’s Halloween album. This is the …
 
It's the scariest time of the year so Zach and Jess travel to the scariest setting: Scotland! Katy Berry joins for "The Other Scottish Play," a theatrical episode that asks the question: Are all the audience members actually ghosts? Avant garde artist Shirley McClain may be here to entertain or to take your soul! Muahahah! Songs like, "This Show is…
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1930, “The Age of Gold,” a new ballet by the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich opened in Leningrad. At that time, it was trendy for Soviet Art to extol sporting events, and contrast the wholesome values of the new Soviet society with those of the decadent, bourgeois West. And so, the plot of this new Soviet ballet ran …
 
As our trip through The Velvet Underground's history continues, we come to the creation of their iconic debut album, as the group officially takes shape with the addition of a new female singer named Christa Päffgen aka Nico, along with a new stylistic counterpart in the form of their new manager Andy Warhol. Taking us out is JOEFUR - HIROSHIGE As …
 
Nate and Yuri look back at Nate's discussion with Ted Gioia and what we learned about the uncontrollable, dangerous power of music, music as magic and how authorities always try to tame musical revolutions and never quite succeed. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to…
 
The brutality and invasiveness of the capitalist imperialism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was readily evident. With utter ruthlessness the imperial powers of the era smashed opened markets with gunboats and plundered the wealth of Asia and Africa through conquest and occupation. The process of decolonialization in the 1960s and 1970s r…
 
Two sublime reissues bookend this week’s Independent Music Podcast. We open with the gospel soul from Pastor T.L. Barrett and close with the gorgeous avant-folk from Japan courtesy of Reiko and Tori Kudo. Between those, we go on a wild journey, including the mutant techno of Jlin, detective jazz of Aging alongside Land Trance, South American psyche…
 
Synopsis The REAL story behind Richard Strauss’ decision to use a chamber orchestra for his opera “Ariadne on Naxos” – which premiered in Stuttgart on today’s date in 1912 – is complicated and a little mundane. We prefer a more “colorful” version that some in Stuttgart have proffered. When a new opera house was being planned for that city, Strauss …
 
An hour of top tunes from Still Corners, The Little Unsaid, Ruinz Ason, Jaayns, Weird Milk, Phoenix Rise, Broken Bear, Kiffie, The Rabbitts, Shlug, Gabriela Eva, Tsinder Ash, Jim Pearson, Wednesday's Child, Tom Leader, Annie Gardiner, I Am The Unicorn Head, The Vic C Project, The B Roads And The Jojo Man Band, handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BB…
 
This month on Gaming Materialists we are joined by Discourse from Discourse Miniatures to discuss the world’s biggest TableTop Miniature Company, Games Workshop. In recent years, TableTop miniature wargames have exploded in popularity, a tendency that was only accelerated by the COVID crisis. However, Games Workshop has also come under heavy critic…
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1930, Howard Hanson led the premiere performance of the full orchestral version of William Grant Still’s symphonic poem, “Africa” at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Still had originally conceived “Africa” as a chamber work, dedicated to and premiered by the great French flutist Georges Barrère earlier…
 
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