Song Exploder

Big Thief Discuss the Making of “Cattails” on Song Exploder Podcast

Big Thief were the latest guests on the Song Exploder podcast, currently hosted by Thao Nguyen, and outlined the genesis of their U.F.O.F. single "Cattails." Lead singer…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 26, 2019

Listen to Neko Case Break Down “Last Lion of Albion” on Song Exploder

Neko Case recently released her "modern folk classic" Hell-On, and she stopped by the podcast Song Exploder to discuss standout song "Last Lion of Albion," in an episode…
Joshua Copperman / August 1, 2018

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Breaks Down “Put Your Money on Me” for Song Exploder Podcast

"Kanye West shilling for Donald Trump is enough to make me wish the Arcade Fire album rollout would come back," I said to myself not two…
Anna Gaca / April 23, 2018

Angel Olsen Explains How David Bowie Helped Inspire “Shut Up Kiss Me” on Song Exploder

Angel Olsen's "Shut Up Kiss Me," a 2016 highlight, is the latest song to get the Song Exploder treatment. The singer spent a few minutes breaking…
Brian Josephs / November 30, 2016

Grimes Says Harley Quinn Inspired Vocals on ‘Kill v. Maim’

Grimes is the latest guest on Hrishikesh Hirway's Song Exploder podcast, discussing the fierce, noisy "Kill v. Maim" from last year's Art Angels. "I wanted to prove I…
Anna Gaca / July 14, 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen Dissects ‘When I Needed You’ on ‘Song Exploder’

This week's episode of Song Exploder features E•MO•TION singer Carly Rae Jepsen discussing her most recent album's closing track, "When I Needed You." It features a discussion…
Brennan Carley / May 9, 2016

Rivers Cuomo Explains His ‘Crazy Way to Write’ Tracks on ‘Song Exploder’

Rivers Cuomo was the guest on the latest episode of the behind-the-scenes music podcast Song Exploder, and the Weezer frontman walked host Hrishikesh Hirway through the writing and…
James Grebey / April 18, 2016

Iggy Pop Breaks Down ‘Post Pop Depression’ Cut ‘American Valhalla’ on ‘Song Exploder’

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme were guests on the most recent episode of the music discussion podcast Song Exploder to talk about the inspiration and creation…
James Grebey / March 22, 2016

MGMT Unpack ‘Time to Pretend’ on Latest ‘Song Exploder’

MGMT are the latest group to appear on the insightful music podcast Song Exploder, and the indietronica duo pulled apart their beloved breakthrough single "Time to…
James Grebey / January 19, 2016

Courtney Barnett Gives the Backstory to ‘Depreston’ on New ‘Song Exploder’

SPIN's Songwriter of the Year, Courtney Barnett, was the latest guest on the acclaimed music podcast Song Exploder to discuss one of the standout tracks…
James Grebey / January 7, 2016

Björk Explains How She Wrote ‘Stonemilker’ on ‘Song Exploder’ Podcast

The season finale of Radiotopia's Song Exploder podcast went live today, and as SPIN announced earlier this month, the big guest was the legendary avant-garde artist Björk.
James Grebey / December 17, 2015

Björk Will Discuss the Making of ‘Stonemilker’ on the Season Finale of ‘Song Exploder’

When SPIN spoke to Hrishikesh Hirway, the creator and host of the music podcast Song Exploder, he said that Björk was at the top of his "wishlist" of…
James Grebey / December 7, 2015

Q&A: Hrishikesh Hirway, the Musical Surgeon Behind the ‘Song Exploder’ Podcast

It's subtle, but towards the end of the Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," there's a faint, ghostly hum blended almost seamlessly amidst melancholy…
James Grebey / October 6, 2015