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The Noise Pop Podcast is a monthly series showcasing new music discoveries and a diverse slate of guest artists from the independent music scene and beyond. Produced by Noise Pop, San Francisco’s go-to indie music, arts and film festival for over 25 years and hosted by music journalist Adrian Spinelli (Paste Magazine, SF Chronicle, etc..), we deliver engaging episodes that are always rooted in the music that we love and that we know you will too. Past guests have included: Khruangbin, Thao Nguyen, Quantic, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Speedy Ortiz, Rexx Life Raj, Shigeto, Låpsley, Thievery Corporation and more.


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The Noise Pop Podcast is a monthly series showcasing new music discoveries and a diverse slate of guest artists from the independent music scene and beyond. Produced by Noise Pop, San Francisco’s go-to indie music, arts and film festival for over 25 years and hosted by music journalist Adrian Spinelli (Paste Magazine, SF Chronicle, etc..), we deliver engaging episodes that are always rooted in the music that we love and that we know you will too. Past guests have included: Khruangbin, Thao Nguyen, Quantic, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Speedy Ortiz, Rexx Life Raj, Shigeto, Låpsley, Thievery Corporation and more.






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Reflections with Wye Oak

On the first edition of Reflections, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack join the Noise Pop Podcast to take us through some of the songs and stories that have marked their six albums and nearly 15 year career as a band. Reflections Playlist: 1. "For Prayer" (From The Knot, 2009) 2. "Civilian" (From Civilian, 2011) 3. "Logic of Color" (From Shriek, 2014) 4. "It Was Not Natural" (From The Louder I Call The Faster It Runs, 2018) 5. "Walk Soft" (2020) 6. "AEIOU" feat. Brooklyn Youth Chorus - (From No Horizon, 2020) Full playlist and more at


Songs For Freedom

On Songs For Freedom, we highlight some of the powerful music that has been released or revived as a direct response to ongoing systemic racism against Black people and the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others at the hands of police. Diversity is at the core of the music that we share and cover on the Noise Pop Podcast and on this episode, we’re using this platform to focus on and continue to amplify black voices and art during this crucial time. No justice, no peace. BLACK LIVES MATTER. Visit for a full track list from this episode and more. Episode playlist: 1 - Anderson .Paak - “Lockdown” feat Jay Rock 2 - SAULT - “Monsters" 3- Terrace Martin & Denzel Curry - “Pig Feet” feat Kamasi Washington, Daylyt and G Perico 4- Jamila Woods - BASQUIAT feat. Saba 5- Jorge Ben Jor - “Cassius Marcelo Clay” 6 - Rexx Life Raj - “War” 7 - Noname - “Song 33” 8 - Jyoti - “Cowrie Waltz”


Quarantine Mix #2 feat. Sango

Episode Description We’re chugging along while sheltered in place as best as we can and our Quarantine Mix #2 features the music that's been getting us through the days. Seattle producer Sango joins us to talk about the roots of Brazilian baile funk music and his new collaborative EP with Juls, 'Fufu & Grits' on Soulection Records. We'll hear tracks from British singers Cleo Sol and Arlo Parks, the latest from psych folk rockers Woods, take a trip around the world with Monster Rally, soak into summer vibes by Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes w/ Freddie Gibbs, plus Spooky Mansion joined by Blushh and a new jam off the new from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys album, featuring Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus. Visit for a full track list from this episode and more. Songs Featured In Episode Monster Rally - “Escape to the Cloud Forest (Along The River) Woods - “Where Do You Go When You Dream” Cleo Sol - “Why Don’t You” Sango & Juls - "Angele Ni Fie" Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes, “Nightrider” feat Freddie Gibbs Quelle Chris and Chris Keys feat Merrill Garbus, “Sacred Safe” Arlo Parks - “Black Dog” Spooky Mansion feat. Blushh “Eyes” Monster Rally - “Escape to the Cloud Forest" (Mountain Village) Other Songs Heard in Episode: Woods - "Strange To Explain" Cleo Sol - "When I'm In Your Arms" Sango - "Me De Amor" Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes - "The Real" Quelle Chris and Jean Grae - "Peacock" Arlo Parks - "Sophie" Spooky Mansion - "Real Jerk" Links Mentioned In Episode: New York Times piece on Woods Noise Pop's No Place Like Home Streaming Series


Shelter In Place Mix #1

These are strange days we’re living right now... The world around us is at a standstill, and understandably, festivals and concert tours are on pause everywhere. But if there’s one thing we’ve always prided ourselves on here at Noise Pop, it’s bringing you the best new music, and we very much still have the ability to project the sounds that we love loud and far. With that, we’ve got a dozen new tracks for you on this episode, which is actually a rebroadcast of Adrian's Everything Ecstatic Radio DJ set on SF-based community radio station, For a full track list, visit this episode's page on Episode Track List Steve Blum - “Geography A2” (Intro) Masego - “King’s Rant” Little Dragon - “Are You Feeling Sad?” feat Kali Uchis Hamilton Leithauser - “Here They Come” Zelma Stone - “Fly” Yves Tumor - “Strawberry Privilege” Khruangbin and Leon Bridges - “Midnight” Jamie Wyatt - “Neon Cross” Buscabulla - “Vámono” Boy Scouts - “Wish” Thundercat - “Interstellar Love” Sessa - “Tanto” Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song) Links Mentioned in Episode Noise Pop Culture Club Donate to Support Rickshaw Stop Noise Pop Industries Employees Relief Fund Donate to - Adrian's site Hamilton Leithauser's YouTube channel


My Mix: Helado Negro

Helado Negro's Roberto Carlos Lange joins the Noise Pop Podcast to share some of the music that has inspired him along the creative process of our favorite album of 2019, 'This Is How You Smile.' His 6th full-length LP is a bilingual journey into Lange's ever-evolving thoughts on the Latinx experience in America. His most approachable work to date, 'This Is How You Smile' is a tropicalia-tinged experimental pop album that shows that no matter the shade of our skin, we all ride the same emotional waves through this world. Helado Negro My Mix Track List Luiza Brina e o Liquidificador - "Costi" Luiz Bonfá - "Enchanted Mirror" Beverly Glenn-Copeland - "Sunset Village" Frank Harris & Maria Marquez - "Loveroom" Helado Negro - "Sabana de Luz" (Live at KCRW) Other Songs Heard In Episode Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song) Helado Negro - "November 7" Helado Negro - "Running" Helado Negro - "Come Be Me" Helado Negro - "Las Preguntas" Links Mentioned In Episode ALBUM: Music From Memory - Outro Tempo II: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1984-1996 DOCUMENTARY: Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (Trailer) PODCAST: The S-Town Podcast (featuring score by Helado Negro)


Big Announcement and NP Fest 2020 Preview

It's been a minute since we put out an episode, but there’s a reason behind it all: We’ve been doing some contemplation, meditation, rumination and we have a BIG announcement! Listen in to find out what's next for the show, plus a mini-preview of the upcoming Noise Pop Fest 2020 highlights. The 28th annual NP Festival goes down February 24th - March 1st at venues throughout the Bay Area. Hit up for full details and tickets! Tracks Heard In Episode: Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast theme song) Gabriel Garzón Montano - "Fruitflies (instrumental)" Frances Quinlan - "Your Reply" Shigeto - "Detroit, Pt. II" The Seshen - "Right Here" Mahawam - "Michelle Pfeiffer" Meernaa - "Good Luck" Sour Widows - "Pilot Light" Salami Rose Joe Louis - "To Be Continued..." Boy Scouts - "In Ya Too" Zola - "Crystal Floors" Jamila Woods - "ZORA"


My Mix w/ Monster Rally

Monster Rally’s music is an escapist trip through exotica, hip-hop and dollar bin record samples, that feels like taking a trip to paradise without leaving your chair. And for the first My Mix episode in two years (!!!) Monster Rally's Ted Feighan comes on the Noise Pop Podcast to share a mix of songs that have inspired his music. Monster Rally Listen in as Feighan and host Adrian Spinelli listen to and discuss the finer points of Martin Denny, Madvillain, George Harrison and more. Monster Rally's My Mix Track List: 1. Martin Denny - "Sake Rock" 2. Madvillain - "Meatgrinder" 3. Fela Kuti - "Expensive Shit" 4. George Harrison - "All Things Must Pass" 5. Steely Dan - "Black Cow" 6. Monster Rally - "Sister Owls" Monster Rally's My Mix Tracks Martin Denny - "Sake Rock" Madvillain - "Meatgrinder" Fela Kuti - "Expensive Shit" George Harrison - "All Things Must Pass" Steely Dan - "Black Cow" Monster Rally - "Sister Owls" Other Tracks Heard In Episode Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song) Monster Rally - "Shell Snake"


Back From Vacation Noisemakers Mix

We took a short vacation, but are back with so much killer new music that's been dropping while we were gone. This is an eclectic mix, as always, featuring new indie rock releases, a stunning collaboration, one of the best rappers alive, a fresh face on the Bay Area scene, two important anniversaries and more. Track List: 1. Big Thief - “Not”, 2. Teebs feat. Panda Bear - “Studie", 3. Rapsody - “Cleo”, 4. Madison McFerrin - “Try” , 5. Black Marble - “Feels”, 6. Sour Widows - “Pilot Light”, 7. The Roots feat. Common - “Act Won (The Love Of My Life)”, 8. Shigeto - “River Bank Drive” Other Tracks Heard In Episode Baio - "Endless Rhtyhm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song) Salami Rose Joe Louis - "Cumulus Potion (For the Clouds to Sing)" Big Thief - “Cattails” Teebs - "Verbena Tea" Rapsody - "Laila's Wisdom" Madison McFerrin - "Shine" Black Marble - "It's Immaterial" Sour Widows - "Tommy" The Roots - "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New" Shigeto - "The Line Up" Salami Rose Joe Louis - “To Be Continued…”


Noisemakers Summer Round-Up feat. Angie McMahon

Our Summer Round-Up episode takes you through the songs from all over the world that’ve been ringing through the speakers this summer. Lots of new albums on deck, some that just dropped, a conversation and LIVE performance from Aussie singer-songwriter Angie McMahon and A LOT of discoveries here. Track list: 1. Jay Som - “Tenderness” 2. Pivot Gang - “Hero” 3. Sui Zhen - “Perfect Place” 4. Thom Yorke - “Impossible Knots” 5. Angie McMahon - “Keeping Time” (LIVE) 6. Cosmo Sheldrake - “Wriggle” 7. Nate Mercereau - “Righteous Energy” Other Tracks Heard in Episode: Baio - "Endless Rhythm" (Noise Pop Podcast Theme Song) Monster Rally - "Menagerie" Jay Som - "Superbike" Pivot Gang - "Colbert" Sui Zhen - "Tuesday Sometimes" Thom Yorke - "The Mother Lode" Angie McMahon - "Missing Me" Cosmo Sheldrake - "Come Along" Nate Mercereau - "The Trees Are Starting to Have Personality"


Sound of The Bay LIVE

On June 27th, the Noise Pop Podcast came to life at Betabrand's SF Podcast Theater on Valencia St, for a show featuring some of the best emerging artists coming out of the Bay Area. Tune in for conversations from that evening with host Adrian Spinelli and guests Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts, Mahawam's Malik Mays, Drew Banga and ZOLA, along with an intimate performance from each artist. Track list: 1. Boy Scouts - "Get Well Soon" 2. Mahawam - "Autobahn" 3. Boss Life Spence - "10K" (prod. by Drew Banga) 4. ZOLA - "Too Fast Too Soon"


Noisemakers May

At it's core, the Noise Pop Podcast is about discovery. And May's Noisemakers mix is a direct reflection of our passion for discovering and sharing the best music we come across every month. Hard-hitting rock and roll, mellow indie vibes, R&B, hip-hop, music from the Bay Area... it's all here. Enjoy! Episode Playlist: 1. Brijean - “Show And Tell” 2. Ramonda Hammer - “Better View” 3. Tank and The Bangas - “Hot Air Balloons” 4. Flying Lotus with Denzel Curry - “Black Balloons Reprise” 5. Fontaines D.C. - “The Lotts” 6. Crumb - “Ghostride” 7. Anna Wise & Xavier Omär - “Easy”


Noisemakers April with Stella Donnelly

We're back in April with a mix of new music and an interview with Aussie singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly. Stella sits down with Adrian ahead of her sold out show in San Francisco to talk about her recently-released debut LP, Beware of The Dogs, and to answer an age-old question: Why do Australians love the Simpsons so much? The April Noisemakers playlist features music from Stella, Oakland's Bells Atlas and a very international combination of acts from London to New Zealand. Tune In! Playlist: 1. Nilufer Yanya - “Paralysed” 2. Bells Atlas - “The Khamsa” 3. Stella Donnelly - “Tricks” 4. Alaskalaska - “Moon” 5. Aldous Harding -“The Barrel” 6. Hot Chip - “Hungry Child”


SXSW 2019 Dispatch

Our 4th annual SXSW episode is here and we're bringing you music and conversations with some of our standout artists from the festival. Guests include Katie Alice Greer of DC rock band Priests, drummer and electronic fusionist Zach Saginaw of Shigeto and Carly Bond of Oakland's dreamy indie project, Meernaa. Tune in for interviews and music from each, as well as songs from our two favorite discoveries of the festival. Track List: 1. Priests - "Good Time Charlie", 2. Durand Jones & The Indications - "Long Way Home", 3. Shigeto - "The Line Up" (feat. Ian Fink), 4. Angie McMahon - "Keeping Time", 5. Meernaa - "Strange Life."


Noise Pop Festival 2019 Highlights

Back in 1993, Noise Pop Festival got started with the promise of "Five Bands For Five Bucks!" at The Kennel Club on Divisadero St. Now, 26 years later, over 150 artists grace the finest venues in San Francisco, Oakland and more, for the week-long affair. We crossed the city a couple of times to catch up with Anemone and Baths ahead of their NP Festival shows and then re-grouped with Noise Pop talent buyers James Lopez and Niki Bodemann, to talk about our favorite moments of the festival. Press play and follow along to a musical journey through 2019's Noise Pop Festival! Episode playlist: 1. Anemone - “Memory Lane” 2. Baths - “Clarence Difference” 3. Caroline Rose - “Soul No. 5” 4. Princess Nokia - “Tomboy” 5. Tourist - "Hearts”


Noisemakers February 2019

It’s February and with Noise Pop Festival and SXSW on the horizon, we have a sneaking suspicion you’re pining for the best new releases that’ll feed your senses well into the year. This is why we’re here and the Noise Pop Podcast team raises you a world premiere from SF’s own Mikos Da Gawd from his debut album, ‘Hell Yeah Brother,’out March 4 on Text Me Records. You’ll hear Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s resurgent jazz sound; tribal-drum laden with warbles of brass and deliberate vocals from Saul Williams as well as the choice coupling of trenchantly lovelorn singer-songwriters Julia Jacklin and Faye Webster. We won’t steal production trio Planet Giza’s shine—but their latest track glows. Plus Helado Negro’s quietly ambrosial grooves and Mahawam’s mercurial electro hip-hop round out an exciting February slate. Press play.


New Albums for 2019

Ahhh.. 2019 is here, which means it’s time for a fresh start, new experiences, and of course, looking ahead to a busy year of much-anticipated music. To kick things off, Berkeley-based Toro y Moi turn over a new leaf, breaking away from their pioneering hazy chillwave sound to lift our spirits with Outer Peace’s revitalized dance-driven jams. Sir Babygirl’s debut, Crush on Me, drowns us in a chaotic, cotton-candy infused Nickelodeon pop dream as she wails about euphoric infatuation and aching heartbreak (fittingly, it’ll be released the day after Valentine’s Day.) And DC’s Priests are back with the sinister, alluring prowl of The Seduction of Kansas that will surely leave you craving for more. Let’s dig in.


Best Albums of 2018

The end of the year is no doubt a time for rumination on the songs that spoke to us and speculating on which artists will continue to make an impact. In this episode, we bring closure by highlighting the best albums and songs of 2018; the soundtracks that manifested our own experiences. The year taught us to look inwardly, as in Charlotte Day Wilson’s “Doubt,” in which she contemplates leaving behind her vices. Love, she comes to realize, is one of them. Empathetically, Amen Dunes considers mythical heroism and the contradictions of the people we admire in “Miki Dora.” And the dashingly brazen “ Pearly Gates” by U.S. Girls evokes the macro message that the ostensibly pleasurable is the political. We won’t spoil the rest—2018: let’s wrap it up. Episode playlist: 1. Charlotte Day Wilson - “Doubt” from Stone Woman 2. Kaia Kater - “Grenades” from Grenades 3. Amen Dunes - “Miki Dora” from Freedom 4. U.S. Girls - “Pearly Gates” from In A Poem Unlimited 5. Lucy Dacus - “Yours & Mine” from Historian 6. DJ Koze - “Illumination” (feat. Róisín Murphy) from knock knock 7. Janelle Monáe - “Crazy, Classic, Life” from Dirty Computer


Best of the Bay 2018

Before we recap our top albums of the year from all over the map, it’s time to stay true to our roots and spread the wealth of the Bay-Area artists that made 2018 memorable. We’re hooked on Tune-Yards’ eclectic patchwork of vocal loops with a piercing message. The easygoing, hypnotic croons and jangly guitars of Spooky Mansion have us feeling nostalgic for that Indian Summer unique to SF. Then there’s the late-blooming self-discovery mixed with jazzy, ethereal rhythm in the latest from astronauts, etc. We’ve also sprinkled in some of that new-new Rexx Life Raj featuring E40. Plus more we know you’ll really dig, no matter where you are. Episode playlist: 1. ODIE - “Noise” 2. Zola - “Blood/Sugar” 3. Same Girls - “Inner Space” 4. Tune-Yards- “Colonizer” 5. astronauts, etc. - “Visitor” 6. Meernaa - “Good Luck” 7. Rexx Life Raj feat. E40 - “Sprinkle Me” 8. Spooky Mansion - “Alright”


Noisemakers October

Getting a late year Noisemakers Mix out there before our year end episode in December! October's picks jump from LA-based IAN SWEET's indie rock to French hip-hop from MHD, the sounds of Bay Area troubadour Andrew St. James, electronic vibes from Yaeji and Beacon, our late year discovery of Caroline Rose and the dreamy sounds of The Marías. Track List: IAN SWEET - “Hiding” Beacon - “On Ice” Caroline Rose - “Jeannie Becomes A Mom” MHD - “Rouler” The Marías - “ABQ” Andrew St. James - “Life Inside The Mess You Made” Yaeji - “One More” For a list of all music and links referenced in this episode, visit us at !


Noisemakers September with Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis joins this edition of Noisemakers to talk about her cover of Liz Phair's "Blood Keeper," her upcoming book of poetry and more. Five other tracks are also featured in the mix for a September six pack of tracks. Tune in and find more info and links at Episode Track List: 1. Matthew Dear - "Horses" (feat. Tegan & Sara) 2. Mitski - "Nobody" 3. Colter Wall - "Thinkin' On A Woman" 4. DJDS - "New Grave" (feat. Kevin Drew & Kelly Zutrau) 5. Speedy Ortiz - "Blood Keeper" (Liz Phair cover) 6. R+R=NOW - "Awake To You"