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Shortwave with Grant-Lee Phillips
46 minutes | Dec 30, 2012
Best of Shortwave 2012
As we ring in the new year we want to say thank you to all the listeners. Today we dig into the Shortwave archives to enjoy some live performances from guests such as Aimee Mann, Glen Phillips, Susanna Hoffs, Rhett Miller, YACHT, and much more.
50 minutes | Dec 23, 2012
Alex Wong - A City On A Lake
Brooklyn based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter Alex Wong AKA A City On A Lake sits down to chat on todays episode of Shortwave. Alex talks about his progression from producer to singer, his first bands, and how the legend of Mexico City inspired his debut album. He also tells us about working in the woods with the band Delta Rae, his thoughts on todays musical landscape, and how he started working with Ximena Sariana. Plus, Ximena Sariana joins Alex to play some live songs from his debut album, A City On A Lake.
41 minutes | Dec 16, 2012
The prolific, poetic, and profoundly original Gayle Skidmore stops by to chat on this weeks Shortwave. Gayle talks about driving to Brooklyn from San Diego for her fans, catching up to releasing the almost 1700 songs she has written, and her dulcimer accident. Gayle also shares how a label stole her piano, what inspired her to create her very own coloring book, and whats on the horizon for her in the upcoming year. Plus, we are treated to a couple of live songs including Zombie Heart from her Zombie Heart E.P.
40 minutes | Dec 9, 2012
The swinging and swaggering five-piece ensemble Magnolia Memoir sits down to chat with Grant-Lee Phillips on todays episode of Shortwave. Mela Lee, Alexander Burke, and Aron Forbes talk about their first concert, approaching songs from any given character, and how the members of the band found each other. They also talk about Melas past day job working at a bank, being able to be a badass voice actress, and the inspiration behind the song Broken Cup. Plus, were treated to some live songs from their latest album The Perfect Crime.
48 minutes | Dec 2, 2012
The Section Quartet
The jubilant and charming Section Quartet sit down with Grant-Lee Phillips and talk about how they transitioned from classic orchestra to alternative rock on this weeks Shortwave. They discuss challenging the musical establishment, who gets the title of first violin, and what its like to work with everyone from Ray Charles to Dr. Dre. Richard on the cello talks about buying plane tickets for his cello and what he names it and the band talks about what it was like to score Drew Barrymores first film. We also get treated to some live songs performed in studio including covers of Radiohead and The Postal Service. Their sound is incredible. Dont miss it!
49 minutes | Nov 25, 2012
Northamptons Winterpills sit down to catch up with Grant-Lee Phillips on todays episode of Shortwave. Winterpills Philip Price & Flora Reed talk about turning Grant-Lee onto Kombucha, how Philip & Flora met, and the process of self-producing their own record. They also discuss Philips art background, how placeholder lyrics can be an amazing thing, and whats on the horizon for them. Plus, were treated to some live songs from their latest album All My Lovely Goners.
49 minutes | Nov 18, 2012
Nashville based artist and producer Charlie Peacock sits down to chat about his musical influences on this weeks Shortwave. Charlie talks about living in a former church, how he started working with The Civil Wars, and drops some knowledge about peaches. Also, Charlie tells us about working with Marc Ribot & Ravi Coltrane, describes the pain that comes with producing a record for himself, and explains how technology has drastically changed the process of recording music. Plus, Sam Ashworth and Ruby Amanfu join Charlie to play some live songs from his latest album, No Mans Land.
60 minutes | Nov 11, 2012
Tucson Troubadour Howe Gelb & Giant Giant Sand set their sights on the Shortwave studios. Howe describes how the band formed by the wrath of coincidence, performing 3 hour long improvisational sets, and the story behind Erosion Rock. Howe also talks about the inspiration behind Tucson: A Country Rock Opera, thinking about winding down on recording, and how the recent events in Arizona have affected him as a local. Plus, were treated to some live songs from their latest album Tucson: A Country Rock Opera.
61 minutes | Oct 28, 2012
Guest Host: Paul F. Tompkins
Comedian/actor/writer Paul F. Tompkins takes on hosting duties to interview the host of Shortwave, the voice of Grant Lee Buffalo, and the Gilmore Girls beloved town troubadour Grant-Lee Phillips. Grant-Lee talks about his writing process, the fear of possibly recording the final album, and transitioning from performing with a band to performing solo. Grant-Lee and Paul recall the Ice Storm performance at the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go New Years Eve show, discuss the similarities of performing comedy & music, and play a clip of them both performing The Doors classic People Are Strange. Plus, we are treated from some live songs from Grant-Lees new album Walking In The Green Corn."
46 minutes | Oct 21, 2012
Founder of the alt/punk group Throwing Muses, frontrunner of the alt band 50 Foot Wave, and old friend Kristin Hersh catches up with Grant-Lee on this weeks Shortwave. Kristin talks about how she decided to write her own memoir after a journalist insisted on moving in with her, describes her relationship with Betty Hutton, shares a story about being in an airport with Vic Chesnutt, and tells us how James Hillman knew she was going to be a musician at the age of 9. She also reads an excerpt from her daring memoir Rat Girl. Plus, were treated to a couple of live songs from her extensive catalogue including her latest solo record Crooked.
41 minutes | Oct 14, 2012
The Old 97s frontman, critically acclaimed author, and old friend Rhett Miller drops by to reveal the secret to the Old 97s longevity on todays episode of Shortwave. Rhett describes the interesting experience of working with mad genius Jon Brion, recalls singing backup with Robyn Hitchcock the first time he met Grant-Lee, and explains why bailing Sarah Lawrence College after one semester helped his musical career. Plus, were treated to some live songs from Rhetts extended catalogue including his latest album The Dreamer.
45 minutes | Oct 7, 2012
Delve into the hermetic world of YACHT on this weeks episode of Shortwave. Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans sit down with Grant-Lee Phillips to talk about how utopias inspired their current album Shangri-La, having to explain how they have nothing to do with boats, and take some calls. Also, we discuss the paranormal phenomenon that is the Marfa Mystery Lights, the tacos in Marfa, and Claires co-authored book NA/SA: New Art/Science Affinities. Plus, were treated to some live songs from Bobby Birdman, Jeffrey Jerusalem and a brand new song by YACHT.
40 minutes | Sep 30, 2012
The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs
It's been 16 years since she's released a solo album, Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles sits down to chat on this week's Shortwave. Susanna shares her writing process, explains how Keith Richard's audiobook inspired her throughout the making of the record, and tells us how Prince helped The Bangles break out onto the charts. Susanna also talks about writing with Mark Linkous in an old abandoned schoolyard, how The Bangles became an alumni of Gilmore Girls, and singing backup on the Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life." Plus, we're treated to some live songs from Susanna's latest album "Someday."
64 minutes | Sep 23, 2012
Toad the Wet Sprocket's Glen Phillips
A soft spoken Glen Phillips sits down with Grant-Lee Phillips on this weeks Shortwave. Glen & Grant-Lee chat about their collaborating history and going out on tour together. Glen also shares stories about his early beginnings as a theatre geek with Toad the Wet Sprocket, how the ukelele saved his life, the glass coffee table incident, and why hes known as the shoeless one. We are also treated to a couple of live songs from Glens latest album The Coyote Sessions, and Grant-Lees Walking In The Green Corn.
29 minutes | Sep 16, 2012
Jukebox the Ghost
Jukebox the Ghost has traveled all the way from New York to join us in studio this week on Shortwave. Grant-Lee Phillips sits down with Ben, Tommy, and Jesse to chat about the dizzying and melodically haunting world that is Jukebox the Ghost. They discuss the arduous track selection process, how the writing process is divided, being apprehensive when bringing a personal song to the group, writing strange parts to compensate for a bass player, and play tracks off their latest album, Safe Travels.
35 minutes | Sep 9, 2012
Welcome to the very first episode of Shortwave with Grant-Lee Phillips! Gather round as Grant-Lee Phillips welcomes old and new friends each week to share their music. Aimee Mann joins us on our very first episode to discuss her experience contributing her music to the film Magnolia, her thoughts on music piracy, the inspiration behind her new album Charmer, and to perform some of her songs live.
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