2017 marks the 40th anniversary of iconic band The B-52s. It’s also the year founding member Cindy Wilson embarked on her solo career, releasing her debut, ‘Change,’ on December 1st through Kill Rock Stars. On this episode, Portia talks with Cindy about her new album, adapting to today’s music industry, and her advice for new musicians.
Portland, OR has been home to a unique hip hop and rap community for decades, with veteran artists like Vursatyl, Cool Nutz, and Libretto paving the way. Now, up and comers like Amine, Myke Bogan, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Mic Capes, Vinnie DeWayne, Wynne, and more are creating a new era. So what does it take to foster a healthy music scene no matter the genre or locale? We discuss with Portland’s DJ Klyph and Cool Nutz on this episode.
On October 25th, we celebrated our 100th episode with a live taping in Portland, OR. On this episode, you’ll hear from the amazing staff at Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Kristi Balzer and Caley Murray, as well as former camper Katherine Paul (Black Belt Eagle Scout). Then, get insight from legendary musicians Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Laura Veirs, and Cool Nutz. Special thanks to XRAY FM and Holocene.
When people talk about “making it” in the music industry, it’s usually in reference to making a living writing or playing original songs in a popular band or as a solo artist. Today we explore alternative career paths playing music. We’re joined by Phil Hernandez and Chris Maxwell, who make up production duo The Elegant Too. They’re also the composers of some of your favorite musical moments on Bob’s Burgers. We also talk with successful children’s (or “kiddie” rock) band, The Not-Its. Finally, we hear about an underrated route to success from cover artist Chris Huff.
You probably remember the best concert you’ve ever been to — and the worst. Live shows have always been a core component of a musician’s job, and as the music industry’s economy has changed over the last decade, touring has become essential. Performing live isn’t for everyone though, so we’re joined by an experienced group who walk us through turning a concert into an engaging experience.
When you think of video game music, you might hear Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. original score, or maybe FlyLo FM from Grand Theft Auto’s licensed soundtrack. Either way, video games have long held promise for composers and musicians. Like movies, video games are naturally a broad medium with room for different musical experiences. Games also provide a lucrative revenue stream for some artists. One composer, Chris Remo, who has worked on recent hits like Gone Home and Firewatch, joins us to talk about how he got into the video game industry. We also hear from Steve Gaynor, co-founder of indie game studio, The Fullbright Company. Kotaku editor-at-large Kirk Hamilton gives us a rundown of current and past trends in game music. To end the show, we get an idea of how video game music has influenced an entire music genre, and hear from Spencer Seim of Nintendocore band The Advantage.