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Bandsplain

Bandsplain is a show where host Yasi Salek invites experts to explain cult bands and iconic artists - and why people love them - using a curated playlist to help you understand the hype. 

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Recent Episodes of Bandsplain


The Breeders with Caryn Ganz

The Breeders with Caryn Ganz

Kim Deal initially formed The Breeders with her sister Kelley as a side project while she was in the Pixies so that she could record her own songs, but it definitely turned into something way bigger, more iconic, and more influential than that. Through shifting line ups and several starts and stops, the band managed to make some of the best rock albums of the 90’s and beyond, setting the bar for coolness and influencing artists from Nirvana to Olivia Rodrigo along the way. Author and New York Times pop music editor Caryn Ganz joins us to talk about th...

Episode 112 23 May 2024 3h, 23m and 22s


24 Question Party People: Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams

24 Question Party People: Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams

Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams comes by the pod to talk about their beautiful new album, 'The Moon Is in the Wrong Place'; bad smoothies; dealing with grief through making art; Primus fandom; FMK the Beatles; being saved by Drew Carey; her future career as a product jingle writer; and more.

Host: Yasi Salek

Guest: Shannon Shaw

Producer: Chris Sutton

Additional Production Supervision: Justin Sayles

Theme Song: Hether Fortune

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Episode 21 May 2024 1h, 45m and 25s


Alice in Chains with Rob Harvilla

Alice in Chains with Rob Harvilla

Alice in Chains emerged from the Seattle scene an entity unto themselves. Formed from remnants of local hair metal bands, they naturally evolved into the groove heavy band with a distinct vocal style we know today. Rob Harvilla joins us to parse the legacy of perhaps the most populist band of the Grunge era.


Follow Rob Harvilla on Twitter @harvilla


Listen to songs we detail in the episode HERE


Host: Yasi Salek

Guest: Rob Harvilla 

Producer: Jesse Miller-Gordon

A...

Episode 111 16 May 2024 4h, 59m and 8s


Remembering Steve Albini, Plus Our Favorite Albini Albums With Rob Harvilla

Remembering Steve Albini, Plus Our Favorite Albini Albums With Rob Harvilla

Rob Harvilla joins Yasi to talk about Steve Albini's legacy, in music and also outside of it.

Host: Yasi Salek

Guest: Rob Harvilla

Producer: Chris Sutton

Additional Production Supervision: Justin Sayles

Theme Song: Bethany Cosentino

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Episode 14 May 2024 1h, 10m and 12s


The Pearl Jam Draft with Jill Hopkins, Brian Fallon, and Steven Hyden

The Pearl Jam Draft with Jill Hopkins, Brian Fallon, and Steven Hyden

Jill Hopkins, Brian Fallon, and Steven Hyden step into the arena with Yasi to draft their favorite Pearl Jam songs and moments. The gang cover their favorite live song, favorite radio hit, and more. Will anyone try to win the draft? Or will everyone choose their picks from the heart? Tune in to find out, and decide who won for yourself. 


You can follow Jill on Twitter @jillhopkins

You can follow Brian on Twitter @thebrianfallon

You can follow Steven on Twitter @steven_hyden


Listen to s...

Episode 110 9 May 2024 1h, 36m and 3s


24 Question Party People: Kacy Hill

24 Question Party People: Kacy Hill

Kacy Hill comes on the pod to talk about her fantastic new album, 'Bug'; Taurus shit; why being annoying is a woman’s right and duty; going down a nostalgia hole with the Shins; her TikTok algo; why we love Poquito Más; shaking Jay-Z’s hand for way too long; and more.

Host: Yasi Salek

Guest: Kacy Hill

Producer: Chris Sutton

Additional Production Supervision: Justin Sayles

Theme Song: Hether Fortune

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Episode 7 May 2024 1h, 30m and 44s


Pearl Jam: Part 2 with Kevin Clark

Pearl Jam: Part 2 with Kevin Clark

Yasi and Kevin return this week to find Pearl Jam on the verge of falling apart (spoiler alert: they didn't). We pick back up as the band enters the studio to record the excellent “Vitalogy.” Ticketmaster emerges as the band’s foil, and Neil Young continues to be one of the band’s greatest allies. Taking cues from his career to help them navigate their own uncharted waters, this episode takes us from 1994 to present day. 


Follow Kevin Clark on twitter at @bykevinclark


Listen to songs we detail in the episo...

Episode 109 2 May 2024 3h, 34m and 31s


24 Question Party People: Madi Diaz

24 Question Party People: Madi Diaz

Singer-songwriter Madi Diaz comes by the pod to talk about her beautiful album 'Weird Faith,' the importance of Bikini Kill on her artistic journey, daddy’s girls, saying yes to life, revenge fantasies, and more!

Host: Yasi Salek

Guest: Madi Diaz

Producer: Chris Sutton

Additional Production Supervision: Justin Sayles

Theme Song: Hether Fortune

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Episode 30 April 2024 1h, 37m and 44s


Pearl Jam: Part 1 with Kevin Clark

Pearl Jam: Part 1 with Kevin Clark

This week on Bandsplain, we dive into the music of Pearl Jam. In the wake of the dissolution of Green River and then Mother Love Bone, a new band coalesces, and explodes after adding an enigmatic frontman in the form of a San Diego surfer named Eddie. From their first shows as Mookie Blaylock to confronting a level of fame they never imagined, the story of Pearl Jam is a whirlwind that has now spanned three decades. On our first installment we take you from the origins of the band through their epic classic “Vs.” Joining us to start this...

Episode 108 25 April 2024 5h, 2m and 56s


24 Question Party People: Grace Cummings

24 Question Party People: Grace Cummings

Singer-songwriter Grace Cummings comes on the pod to talk about her gorgeous new album, 'Ramona', being a theater kid, loving Alice In Chains, her favorite member of Wu-Tang Clan, and more.

Host: Yasi Salek

Guest: Grace Cummings

Producer: Chris Sutton

Additional Production Supervision: Justin Sayles

Theme Song: Hether Fortune

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Episode 23 April 2024 1h, 9m and 13s

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