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63 - Tegan and Sara
@TeganandSara Quin are identical twin sisters from Canada who have been playing music as Tegan and Sara since the late 90's. They are gay women in their mid-30's who are now huge pop stars and there's no one quite like them in music. Our conversation spans their entire career, but a lot of it is about their early years, their ups and downs, their times apart from each other, and how they eventually built a huge community around themselves and their music.
69 - Local Natives
I dropped in on Taylor and Ryan of the LA band @Local-Natives backstage before a show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Taylor and Ryan tell me about growing up together, playing music, changing their band name, and how their relationship and band have evolved over the years. Local Natives' most recent album, "Sunlit Youth" is out now on @lomovistarecordings.
54 - YACHT
Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt join me for one of my favorite conversations of 2015. We go over the many incarnations and affiliates of the band known as @YACHT, what it's like to do music and so many other things, Jona's idea for a site that reviews YACHT reviews, their TV pilot, their lapsed URLS, and finally, their amazing personal journeys.
74 - Sylvan Esso
This conversation with @sylvanesso was going great until Amelia mentioned that her father is a professional Santa Claus. Then we just spent the rest of our time talking about that. Sylvan Esso's new album "What Now" is out... now. Thanks to Thomas for the production help on this one. Thanks to Teddy Blanks for the artwork.
16 - Jim-E Stack
On this episode of No Effects, I spoke to 22-year-old producer / musician / DJ @JimEStack about his new album "Tell Me I Belong", growing up in San Francisco, discovering Jazz and House music, and much more. I also tell the story of how we met at a very ill-fated Mad Decent block party in Chicago and did I mention much much more? Enjoy!
12 - Dave Harrington (Darkside)
Another multi-instrumentalist! Also much much more than that, Dave Harrington is one half of the electronic / dance / jam band Darkside (@daftside-2). He was also once a little kid carrying an upright bass onto the subway to go to his lessons, which is a very very cute image. He tells me (and you) all about that, playing in party bands, meeting and teaming up with Nicolas Jaar, and much much more, on this week's episode of No Effects.
91 - Curtis Harding
Atlanta's Curtis Harding shares his journey from playing drums in church to touring with Cee-Lo to touring the DIY circuit to where he has landed on his new album Face Your Fear. He's on tour RIGHT NOW.   email: web: twitter: @noeffectsshow
85 - Rostam
A new season of No Effects begins! Look for a new episode every Tuesday through December. On this episode, Rostam Batmanglij joins me for a conversation about Dr. Dre, why he left Vampire Weekend and made Half Light, his feelings about music streaming services, and much much more.   This completes the entire Vampire Weekend / No Effects set!
84 - Waxahatchee
Katie Crutchfield joins me on the season finale of this season of No Effects for a great conversation about growing up in Birmingham, DIY touring, working with her identical twin sister, and her new album Out in the Storm. And much more! No Effects will be back this fall. Don't go anywhere! email me: web me:
75 - Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend, Dams of the West)
I joined Chris in his home in Brooklyn to talk about his life playing drums for Vampire Weekend and playing everything for his new project Dams of the West. We talk trombone, mostly. We also talk about being a waterpark lifeguard in New Jersey, the original email that started Vampire Weekend, how the band's success led to his "extended adolescence", and go over a few great drummer solo projects. Over La Croix, of course ;(
105 - Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus)
Patrick Stickles shares his journey from New Jersey punk to Brooklyn-based cat owner, and everything in between. We also talk about the band Everclear, which was unexpected. Titus Andronicus will be on tour in the UK in the fall of 2018. web: email:
103 - Rhye
Mike Milosh of Rhye spills all of his business on the pod this week. There is a lot of inside baseball here about signing record deals, promoting records, touring, and everything in between.  Take a peek (or listen) behind the curtain... web: email:      
No Effects 2017 TEASER
No Effects is back next week! A new season will be out next week, with future guests: Laura Marling Sylvan Esso Chris Tomson from Vampire Weekend / Dams of the West Jacques Greene Weyes Blood Oddisee and many many more! Music, as always, by Tanlines
50 - BORNS
I try not to dwell too much on the young age of my guest this week, Garrett Borns. He records as BØRNS (@bornsmusic) and his new album "Dopamine" is out right now on Interscope. He tells me about how he went from a kid in Michigan doing online jingle contests to an international recording artist in record time.
49 - MNDR
Amanda Warner is @MNDR and on this episode she shares her story: from growing up on a farm in North Dakota to auditioning to play bass for Hole (!) to the warehouse world of Oakland, to having a number one song in Europe, to writing a thousand songs for other artists, and, if you can believe it, much much more. She is amazing, an A+ guest, I loved talking to her, and you will love listening to her, so please do that!
52 - Neon Indian
Alan Palomo and I sit and talk for almost an hour about the Tomb Raider Soundtrack. There are also side conversations about sensory deprivation tanks on tour, growing up in Monterrey, Mexico and San Antonio, and the new @NeonIndian album "Vega Intl. Night School" (out now on @momandpopmusic).
34 - Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest)
Couldn't be happier to share this episode with you guys--- my guest this week is @AliShaheed Muhammad, DJ, producer, and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest !!! We talked about Brooklyn in 2015, Los Angeles in 1989, his own podcast "Microphone Check" (@frannieandali), touring, making music, and much much more.
27 - Mike Pace
It's a trip down memory lane... as well as present boulevard AND future street with this week's great guest Mike Pace. Mike recounts his early days of being in a band on Long Island, finding success with the Oxford Collapse, doing standup, hosting the great (and defunct) Worst Gig Ever Podcast, and finally, writing and producing his new solo album. Mike Pace and the Child Actors' "Best Boy" is out NOW... go check it out. Enjoy!
25 - Jody Rosen
A double XL episode of No Effects this week as I'm joined by T Magazine Critic-at-Large Jody Rosen. Jody and I cover a lot on this one, including his long career as a music critic, hanging out with Graduation-era Kanye, the 2006 Mets, and how happy Jody is not to have to weigh in on the new Kendrick Lamar song. Also, for the kids, a helpful step-by-step guide to how you can become a successful music critic some day ;(
28 - High Maintenance (Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair)
Live from Vimeo Headquarters in Manhattan, this week I am joined by the wonderful and remarkable Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. K + B are the creators of the great TV show / web series High Maintenance. I am a huge fan and was really excited to talk to them about creating the show, creating things in general, working together, working in general, and much much more. High Maintenance can be found on Vimeo, with brand new episodes going up February 5th 2015. Enjoy them all! UPDATE: High Maintenance is now on HBO. Watch it!
5 - Ian Williams (Battles)
On this episode, I'm joined by Ian Williams, who formed the widely acclaimed, widely beloved band @Battles in 2002. Before that, he played in the acclaimed and beloved bands Don Caballero and Storm & Stress (with Eric from Tanlines). He shares his experiences and attitudes about music, New York, and much much more, on this episode of No Effects.
13 - Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen)
I'm back with another great episode of No Effects. I was barely gone, actually, but I'm happy to be back. On this episode, I spoke to Hamilton Leithauser about his new album "Black Hours", working as a solo artist, fatherhood, fantasy basketball, the Walkmen, and much much more, in no particular order, as always. Also... check out @hamiltonrostam !
4 - Hisham Bharoocha
A google image search with Hisham's name is one of the coolest there is. He's an artist slash musician whose career has spanned continents slash forms. We talk about all of it, from playing in Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, and @Softcircle, to his popular instagram feed...on this episode of No Effects.
2 - Anand Wilder (Yeasayer)
On this No Effects, I talk to Anand Wilder, the guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist in the band @Yeasayer. The word "multi-instrumentalist" does NOT appear in this podcast, FYI, but many other words do!
32 - Jon Spencer (The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
Jon Spencer was kind enough to sit with me in the basement where his band practices and walk me through his 20+ years of being a professional musician. It's a great conversation, he's got a great perspective, and I am happy to remind him over and over again that it's okay to swear on a podcast. Enjoy!
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Feb 1st, 2014
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Jun 5th, 2018
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