Song Exploder’s New Wired Affiliation, A New(ish) Episode of PostBourgie & NPR’s Microphone Check in Atlanta

Song Exploder becomes a feature in Wired Magazine.

Song Exploder becomes a feature in Wired Magazine.

 Song Exploder just made a big announcement via Twitter:

The podcast has been one of my favorites since it debuted just over a year ago, a darling of the press since its start at Jesse Thorn’s Maximum Fun.  With the use of song elements and the voice of the recording artist themselves, Song Exploder walks the listener through the creation story of one song.

Host Hrishi Hirway does a beautiful job in capturing narratives from the creative process. Each episode’s soundtrack is a canopy of bare bones stems and naked elements of the musical piece discussed as it comes together, expertly mixed in a way that feel as if they’re informing the genesis itself. We’ve contacted Song Exploder to get some more detailed information about the Wired gig but until we hear back check out one of my favorite episodes with RJD2.  The episode details how he and Kenna put together “Games You can Win.” Listen to it here via SoundCloud.

PostBourgie has a new episode out. If you subscribe via Stitcher you may not be aware of this. It doesn’t look like their feed there has updated for the past two episodes. PostBourgie is helmed by freelance journalist Terryn Hall and NPR Code Switch reporter Gene Demby. The podcast is born out of the blog of the same name that wrestles with issues of race, identity and more.

From PostBourgie’s about page. The emphasis provided is theirs:

PostBourgie is a running, semi-orderly conversation about race and gender and class and politics and media and whatever else we can think of. It represents the views of its authors and not those of their respective employers or organizations with which they are affiliated.

That sounds heavy. But between the laugher and sober conversation it takes ebbs and flows between barber or beauty shop dozens and informed discussion. The subjects can be serious but Demby is the quintessential  host of the campus party, the brunch with handsomely degreed professionals or a family and friends cookout at the neighborhood park.

Each episode is a roundtable, usually populated by fellow black journalists, competently examining stories they’ve covered for their day job publications. It’s comfortable. The code switching from academic to reportage lingo to street vernacular and back is lucid, fluid. It’s the intelligent and nuanced conversation about these issues many pine for and never find.

Again, from the blog’s about page:

The word ‘postbourgie’ was coined during a semi-serious conversation with my friend, Ro. I’m not sure what prompted it, really. It was likely in the aftermath of Bill Cosby’s infamous pound cake speech. Or maybe some overheated panel discussion in which proper Negroes concern-trolled about ‘coonery’ in the media. Or maybe it was some dude lamenting how black folks have fared since The Great Fall from the Unparalleled Golden Age of Upstanding Negritude.

It’s relevant and compelling conversation. But don’t take my word for it (somewhere LeVar Burton just rolled his eyes).

Find out for yourself:

orgnoise Right now NPR’s Microphone Check is recording a new

episode before a live audience here in Atlanta. They’re recording about two miles from my house.  It’s frustrating that I couldn’t make the recording for a few reasons:

1. I consider myself an Atlanta Rap music nerd, I did an audio doc series on the subject a few years ago.

2. Forever, I love Atlanta. And Atlanta will be the theme of this event.

3. I’ve never seen all three members of Organized Noize interviewed at once. I’ve never seen Father live–even for just an interview.

Organized Noize is the trio that helped birth the Dungeon Family. They produced early work for Outkast, GooDie Mob, Parental Advisory and more. Father is an up and coming rapper from Atlanta.

Learn more about all of them here at NPR’s website.

I can breathe easy in knowing that the Microphone Check folks will post an episode very soon. Hosts Frannie Kelly and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest fame) do a fantastic job of talking shop, extracting narrative and bringing a warm feel to a sound, artists and a genre that are often depicted as anything but warm.  Give a listen to this discussion they had with Outkast’s Andre 3000 about Atlanta in late 2014:

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