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Rounds of Sound

Rounds of Sound

By Shishkin Productions
Artists share what inspired them, while we dig into their catalogue. It's like Broken Record meets 5-10-15-20.

A rotating cast of hosts chats with artists about their inspirations. The host picks 3 songs from the artist to delve into and learn about, and in return, the artist picks 3 songs that have inspired their work.


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S04E04: Spilly Cave
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What an episode we have for you today! The beauty of this show (other than the phenomenal listening experience we provide) is that we get to discover new music we love and meet amazing people along the way -- this episode was chock full of that. Host Alexei Shishkin sat down with Billy from Spilly Cave, and the two delved into everything from Guitar Hero to their mutual beginnings chopping samples and making beats. Alexei discovered Billy's music via TikTok, bringing the total guests we've gotten from TikTok up to two, both absolute legends. You're not gonna want to miss this one! From Spilly Cave's bio: patron saint of the good times. Today's Guests: Billy Cave Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:11:10
June 23, 2022
S04E03: Dead Wicks
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In this fever dream of an episode, we're joined by a couple Dead Wicks -- Ian & Derek sit down with Bill Waters to delve deep into the creation, foundation, and what in tarnation of their catalogue. This episode's got it all: townie trash personas, Rocco III pizza, Derek learning the Fuck Marry Kill game, and plenty of cheersing. There's even a Goldfish jingle (they're baked and not fried). This one is trip, so crack one open, and tell 'em the Wicks sent ya! From Dead Wicks's Spotify bio: Dead Wicks are a garage rock band from Brooklyn, NY. This mischievous group is certainly not known to make club owners angry by sneaking people into their shows with tambourines & kazoos. The four members work together to make their recordings, artwork, videos & guitar pedals. Despite their indie approach, they trace influences of punk, funk, citypop, MPB, EDM, & HBO. It’s a chopped-up mess! If you like their songs, you seem to be part of a special few. This paragraph might have been about you instead -- you never know. Things are crazy these days. Today's Guests: Derek Daunicht & Ian Dwy Today's Host: Bill Waters Produced and Engineered: Alexei Shishkin Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:16:10
June 16, 2022
S04E02: Dida Pelled
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As season four continues, we're joined by Dida Pelled. We discovered Dida through the serendipity of this very podcast, after friend of the show Liam Kazar featured her on guitar during a live show at TV Eye. In this episode we talk about liberation from a creatively constricting jazz bubble, learning English through music, being confident and comfortable in your own style, and so much more. Please enjoy this chat, and make sure to smash the living daylights out of that subscribe button. From Dida's Spotify bio: Brooklyn-based, Native Tel-Avivian, Dida Pelled, is widely regarded as the greatest jazz guitarist this side of the Mississippi. Pelled’s ambitions took shape as a child, when, entranced by bebop, she sequestered herself from the world and resolved to master guitar, later earning a spot in the Israeli Army band before training at the New School on a scholarship to study jazz. She quickly made a name for herself in the New York jazz scene, recording with Jazz masters like Roy Hargrove and Gregory Hutchinson and touring the world. As her jazz star rose, Pelled felt a pull toward classic American songwriting, shifting her direction and redefining her voice. Love of the Tiger, Pelled’s upcoming album, is the product of a jazz prodigy gone rogue, it's a love letter to the obscure, weaving across genres, twisting and turning with Pelled’s ever-expanding range of musical abilities and interests. Today's Guest: Dida Pelled Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:17:21
June 09, 2022
S04E01: John Roseboro (part II)
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For the season four premiere, we dive into part two of our interview with John Roseboro. In this episode we get into John's recent beef with Topo Chico (they owe him money), the process of recording his album, what he's been listening to, and most importantly, we premiere an unreleased song of his. Smash the play button to hear an exclusive stream of "Freak" by John Roseboro.  Today's Guest: John Roseboro Today's Host: Bill Waters Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters  Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:04:44
June 02, 2022
S03E12: !!!
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For the season 3 finale, Nic of !!! joins us in the studio to chat about their extensive and prolific discography. Nic dives into how the sound of the band has evolved through the years, the difference between and "album band" and a live band", and why kids love Neil Diamond. If you've wondering what the "alphabet trick" is for writing lyrics, this episode is for you.  From !!!'s bio: "The band’s ninth record, Let it Be Blue, takes that feeling of constant, radical transformation to new, untapped zones. It’s a record of sparse dance music. The kind of stuff you want to put on loud, let loose, go to the bar to get a drink only to abandon your plans because the song that just came on was too good not to dance to." Today's Guest: !!! Today's Host: Bill Waters Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:28:06
April 21, 2022
S03E11: Oceanator
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Amy Gasaway hangs out with Elise Okusami of Oceanator and the two chat about Oceanator’s newest release: Nothing’s Ever Fine, missing your guitars when you’re away, creative freedom in collaboration, music as a feeling and much more. Hit that play button and enjoy this insightful conversation. From Oceanator’s bio: After a handful of cassette releases, including the Lows EP in 2018, Brooklyn’s Oceanator released their proper debut album, Things I Never Said, in 2020. The album was a clear portrayal of the immense and growing talents of songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Elise Okusami and was immediately praised in the likes of Noisey, Under The Radar, Stereogum, and SPIN, who featured the band on their “20 Most Interesting New Artists of 2020” list. Today's Guest: Oceanator Today's Host: Amy Gasaway Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:20:30
April 14, 2022
S03E10: J.Scott
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Bill Waters sits down with J.Scott! They dig into the genius of J's EP titles, the connections between fashion and music, recording with people that you get along with, and most importantly, the cast of Euphoria. If you're wondering if having a good aesthetic as a musician is crucial or not, tune in and pay attention. Enjoy! From J.Scott's bio: "Genre-defying J.Scott is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter derived from the slums of Jacksonville, FL. Born Javon Scott, the classically trained vocalist found his love for music at a young age through singing in church and classical choirs. In 2018 he released his debut EP "Call Me When You Get This" - a collection of Pop/R&B moods. As his voice pierces through a variety of textures, the singer meshes the influences of Kelis, Brandy, and Stevie Wonder to formulate old-school melodies over new school sounds." Today's Guest: J. Scott Today's Host: Bill Waters Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:20:01
April 07, 2022
S03E09: Proper.
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Amy Gasaway chats with Erik Garlington & Natasha Johnson of Proper. This episode they talk about the convenience of a bodega chopped cheese, the time Natasha met Erik and Eli and offered to play harp in the band, seeing Coheed and Cambria live for the first time 20 years after discovering them, faking it 'til you make it, and trying to find a children’s choir to sing the refrain on a song about not wanting to have kids. We had fun on this one and we’re excited for you to listen! From Proper.'s bio: “N.W.A.” Today's Guest: Proper. Today's Host: Amy Gasaway Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
58:50
March 31, 2022
S03E08: Bedbug
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Bill Waters sits down with Dylan Citron of Bedbug. The two chat about analog recording, the importance of modest mouse, playing shows on Twitch during the age of covid, and plenty more. Dylan is a prolific songwriter and offers some great insight into the world of home recording. Smash the play button and dig into this great episode!  From Bedbug's bio: "Bedbug is the last great bedroom musician. Bedbug put out their first cassette via ZTapes in 2016, where they met roster mates, friends, and collaborators like Pickle Darling, skirts, Fox Academy, and Laptop Funeral. Their next release was out on Joy Void alongside longtime influence Julia Brown." Today's Guest: Dylan Citron Today's Host: Bill Waters Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:00:28
March 24, 2022
S03E07: Widowspeak
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Alexei Shishkin sits down with Molly Hamilton of Widowspeak! This episode is a grade-A example of what happens when two chatterboxes sit down together, resulting in a nearly 2 hour long episode. From artist longevity to bootlegging shows, from inspirational ephemera to the digital dark ages, from "The Lexicon of Grunge" to writing music as if it's a movie, we get into all that and more in this behemoth of an episode. Hope you dig it! From Widowspeak's bio: Widowspeak is singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas, a project perennially anchored by warm, expansive arrangements, references to 90’s dream pop, 60’s psychedelia, and a certain unshakeable Pacific-Northwestness. Follow for a good time :) Today's Guest: Molly Hamilton Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:48:43
March 17, 2022
S03E06: Oceanic
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Amy Gasaway sits down with Oceanic! The group gets into why you should be in love with The Killers, fantasizing about punching a wall street bro in the face, and everything in between. This one's a banger so buckle up, tune in, and tell your friends!  From Oceanic's bio:  Oceanic is a versatile indie pop band based in Charlotte, NC. Heavily influenced by a number of genres, they aim to create original music with diversity that enables the listener to see the world in a new way. The band is comprised of four members: Nathan, Jacob, Sam, and Joseph. Nathan is the lyricist and lead singer, Jacob styles the song with electric guitar, Sam plays bass, and Joseph is the drummer; all members contribute ideas and personality to the arrangement. Even before Oceanic was formed, each member of the band was well-versed in performing arts. The band works together during shows to create a high-enthusiasm experience focused on personality, musical interest, and artistic visual effects. Today's Guest: Oceanic Today's Host: Amy Gasaway Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:25:33
March 10, 2022
S03E05: High Tropics
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Alexei Shishkin chats with Josh Stewart of High Tropics! Josh comes to us (via Zoom) all the way from Australia, so as you may imagine, the scheduling was a little bonkers with the 12+ hour time difference. Nonetheless, we made it happen, and this one was a doozie. They covered a lot of ground including how formative music videos were for Josh's music, the future of music ownership/distribution, and favorite Australian acts, so stick around and enjoy this episode of Rounds of Sound (down under)! From High Tropics' bio: Birthed by the fuzz-filled glory years that were the 2000's, High Tropics is the moniker of QLD based producer/songwriter Josh Stewart and his live band. Formed as an outlet to house songs outside of the now defunct garage rock group The Ninjas, the project has already racked up over 4 million streams online and garnered praise from both international and local taste-makers alike, including Rolling Stone Australia, Red Bull Music, Cool Accidents, and Triple J to name a few. Today's Guest: High Tropics Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:23:08
March 03, 2022
S03E04: Frankie Cosmos
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Bill Waters chats with Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline)! Greta has been mentioned by many of our guests as an influential songwriter and we're super excited to have her as a guest! The two talk about the importance of good chemistry between your bandmates, sending rough mixes to your parents, the ongoing legacy of The Strokes, and everything in between. The cure for demo-itis is revealed in this week's episode, making this a "must listen" for any musicians. Make some tea, pop on the headphones, and dive in! From Frankie Cosmos' bio: Guided by the succinct, sweet, and self-conscious tendencies of singer/songwriter Greta Kline, indie pop group Frankie Cosmos started as a prolific home-based solo project in the early 2010s. As young teen in the late 2000s, she tapped into the quirky vibes of New York's SideWalk Cafe anti-folk scene, which had given birth to the Moldy Peaches early in the decade, as well as the D.I.Y. ethos of K Records. Her songs appeared mostly online in various albums, sometimes on a monthly basis. Growing in popularity and influence, Frankie Cosmos made her studio and label debut with Zentropy in 2014. Two years later, Next Thing was her first Top 40 independent album. Though Kline had been recording with a backing band since Zentropy, the project's first official outing as a group was 2018's Vessel, Frankie Cosmos' Sub Pop debut. Featuring Kline with Lauren Martin on keys, David Maine (aka Main) on bass, and Luke Pyenson on drums, they made their Sub Pop debut with Vessel in 2018. It was a Top Ten Heatseekers album and reached number 21 on Billboard's independent albums chart. Alex Bailey, who contributed guitar to the album, replaced Maine as the group's bassist in time for subsequent touring. A digital-only collection consisting of piano songs recorded by a solo Kline and first issued as weekly singles, Frankie Cosmos' Haunted Items followed in April 2019. Back with bandmates Martin, Pyenson, and Bailey, that September's Close It Quietly was tracked with engineer/co-producer Gabe Wax.  Today's Guest: Frankie Cosmos Today's Host: Bill Waters Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:02:53
February 24, 2022
S03E03: CS Hickey
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Alexei Shishkin sits down with CS Hickey, coming to us all the way from Jacksonville, FL! This conversation feels like less of an interview and two longtime friends having a chat... because it's literally that. The two have known each other since 2004, and in that time, CS Hickey has been through a lot of heavy stuff, which comes out in the music he writes. He has, however, made it through all the trials and tribulations that life has thrown his way so far, which leads one to believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This is a great one, and we hope you enjoy it! From CS Hickey's bio: There was no bio to be found, but be sure: this episode will sum it up nicely! Today's Guest: CS Hickey Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:12:56
February 17, 2022
S03E02: Pictoria Vark
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Amy Gasaway chats with Pictoria Vark (aka Victoria Park)! We all know it's the Year Of The Vark, and this episode of the show really proves it. Amy and Victoria go in-depth on how it felt to move from metropolitan-adjacent New Jersey to slower-paced Iowa City, how beautiful Wyoming is, how her parents helped her with a music video, going to Treefort, getting tattoos, and so much more! We're so excited that we got to have Victoria on the show, and we hope you dig this episode! From Pictoria Vark's bio: Pictoria Vark is the project of Iowa City-based songwriter and bassist Victoria Park. Growing up in northern New Jersey and cutting her teeth on the NYC music scene, Park’s first solo extended play surveyed the innumerable niceties of interpersonal relationships through ruminative, personal songwriting and bass-forward indie rock performance, a practice she continues on “I Can’t Bike”. Beyond her outputs as an individual artist, she also serves as a touring bassist for Squirrel Flower, opening for the likes of Julien Baker and Big Thief. "astronomically hilarious on Twitter" - Spinning Thoughts Today's Guest: Pictoria Vark Today's Host: Amy Gasaway Produced and Engineered: Alexei Shishkin Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:01:25
February 10, 2022
S03E01: Highnoon
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On the season 3 premiere of Rounds of Sound, host Alexei Shishkin sits down with Kennedy Freeman, the mind behind Philadelphia's own Highnoon! In this meandering conversation, Kennedy and Alexei discuss touring in the Covid age, their mutual love of Foster The People's Torches, and how Kennedy discovered secular music after being raised on Christian tunes. They also try to figure out what level of cheesiness is the right level of cheesiness, and they delve into the Philly music scene. Plus, you'll find out what Highnoon song Alexei wants to put in a movie! It's truly an action-packed episode filled to the brim with fun and good vibes -- enjoy! From Highnoon's bio: “When people ask me what kind of music I make, I always reply with ‘dream pop’ but my sound is more markedly influenced by what dreaming sounded like to me as a kid.” Kennedy Freeman began their musical education through classical and jazz piano lessons. Raised in a religious Black home, they were brought up on Christian music, save for the car rides that exposed them to funk, love ballads, and RnB classics. Staring out the window while enveloped in this sentimental warmth always felt like dreaming to them, a bridge between their past and their future. At nineteen, Kennedy had just begun to write music of their own, sending song sketches to their friend Justin Roth. Together, they pieced together what would become the Philadelphia project’s 2019 debut, Semi Sweet, a process that Freeman remembers as loose and unrestrained. “I didn’t make it with the intent of anyone hearing it.” After its eventual upload, the release garnered warm reception, listeners drawn to the songs’ immediacy and homegrown production values. Highnoon would take shape with Justin on drums, later joined by lead guitarist Brendan Simpson.
 “Back to You” was the first time the band had deliberated on a song together, a process overseen by Kennedy’s careful assembly of each members’ stems to create a solid pre-studio demo. “Being a fairly new band, it was hard for us to adapt to the changes of lockdown, but I’m really proud of how much we’ve learned in making this single.” Today's Guest: Kennedy Freeman Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:11:28
February 03, 2022
S02E12: Alexei Shishkin
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It's the season finale of Rounds of Sound! To celebrate, the tables turn as Bill Waters plays host to the music of Alexei Shishkin. Think of it as last week's episode but inverted. And before you come for us for booking ourselves, remember that we had to do it sometime, so why not put us in the mostly non-existent crevice between Christmas and New Year's? In this episode we talk a lot about jazz, Treefort, how Alexei got the omicron variant, and so much more! We're taking January off, but we'll see you in February for Season 3 -- enjoy! From Alexei Shishkin's bio: Alexei Shishkin is nothing if not prolific. He started writing and recording music in his Los Angeles bedroom in 2013, and since then, not a year has passed where we haven't seen some sort of release from Shishkin. He has traveled frequently (for work and leisure) and now finds himself living in New York City, after a brief stint in Portland, Oregon. Shishkin began releasing demos on Bandcamp before he was discovered by Ryan Pollie who introduced him to Matt Linden, founder of Forged Artifacts. Linden would go on to release all of Shishkin's full-length albums to date, starting with 2015's The Dog Tape. This kicked off a run of Forged Artifacts releases, including 2016's Yucca Street, 2017's 3, 2018's Happy Bday, and 2019's S/T Alexei Shishkin. Outside of that, Shishkin partnered with tomemitsu for the Had a Dream split-EP in 2017, which features the original 6 songs he showed to Pollie. He has also put out numerous EPs of cover songs, most recently 2020's Bleecker and Broadway, a collection of The New Pornographers songs via Rue Defense. 2021 brings his most-recent work Credits, its name a testament to all the help Shishkin enlisted in its creation. A couple key figures for Credits include Bill Waters, and Disposable America producer/musician Bradford Krieger. 2022 and 2023 will bring an EP of original material, an EP of covers, another full-length effort dabbling with trumpets, auto-tune, and a more traditional full-length album. As we said, nothing if not prolific. Today's Host: Bill Waters Today's Guest: Alexei Shishkin Produced and Engineered: Alexei Shishkin Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:10:17
December 30, 2021
S02E11: Bill Waters
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, we're keeping it in-house! Host Alexei Shishkin sits down with guest Bill Waters -- that's right, folks; he's on the other side of the table! We got into the problems with Spotify's algorithm (from an artist's perspective), doing karaoke for Venmo bux, and recording an album in the basement of a bar. Plus: are music NFTs the new blogosphere? Prodigal son of the Hudson River Valley, Bill Waters, gives us a peek into his process and his influences, only on Rounds of Sound. Enjoy! From Bill Waters's bio: “Send me some cash, okay?!?” - Bill Waters billwatersmusic@gmail.com Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Today's Guest: Bill Waters Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:04:23
December 23, 2021
S02E10: Aan
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, host Bill Waters chats with Bud Wilson, the mastermind behind Portland, OR's very own Aan. In this touching conversation, Bud & Bill get into the creative shifts since the birth of Bud's daughter (congrats!), the last song that made him cry (and how, sometimes, art can elicit more response than real life), and being "wholly spooked" by Bradford Cox's presence at a Deerhunter show in 2008. We don't normally do remote episodes, but sometimes we make an exception, and in this case, we're glad we did. Ladies and gentlemen, Bud Wilson -- enjoy! From Aan's bio: Aan (short for "Amor ad nauseam") is a psychedelic-pop group from Portland, Oregon. On record, the heart of the group is songwriter/frontman Bud Wilson, and live they come together as an explosive five-piece ensemble. Wilson lives on a small farm several miles outside of town in a small house, surrounded by ducks, chickens, coyotes and trees, where he writes most of his songs. Although the end result is a long aural drive from anything resembling the countryside, the music retains the sincerity of that familial place – a feeling of home – a home that Wilson invites the world into through his new album, Losing My Shadow, out June 13 on Fresh Selects. Aan’s music puts forth a gritty, progressive, searing sonic boom of sound that might just be the exact wake-up call the current indie climate needs. The album finds the singer/multi-instrumentalist parsing through his inner-most thoughts, feelings, and vices after the sudden passing of his father two years ago. At perhaps its most wrenching moments, the album deals with Wilson attempting to understand his mother’s perspective in this new world, without her partner for the first time. A therapeutic exercise as much as it is an exorcism, his all-too-personal storytelling reckons with the demons that often find their way in when one is living with grief, and how important it can be to cast them out before they consume the soul. Today's Host: Bill Waters Today's Guest: Bud Wilson Produced and Engineered: Alexei Shishkin Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:03:42
December 16, 2021
S02E09: Mirror Gazer
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, we've got Dorian Duvall, who is the man behind the curtain that is Mirror Gazer. Dorian's first album as Mirror Gazer (Onuinu) came out in 2012, and after a lengthy stint, the follow-up (Ordeal Erasure) dropped in 2020. The time between those two albums involved tumult galore -- a cross-country move, a plethora of shows, and multiple flooded basement apartments. Ultimately, Ordeal Erasure has been the gift that keeps on giving, birthing a healthy batch of remixes, live versions, and outtakes that can all be found on Mirror Gazer's Spotify page. Stick around for Amy Gasaway's conversation with Dorian and you'll find out about all of that, plus you'll learn the question on everyone's mind: where is Fred Simon really from? Enjoy! From Mirror Gazer's bio: Each song from Mirror Gazer is teeming with raw wood grains over which to run your fingers and exposed rafters through which to follow countless reverberations. Mirror Gazer is the project of Dorian Duvall, currently living in New York City, formerly of Portland, OR. It is a sprawling, mixed-use space where ambient electronica, hip-hop and house music convene to talk in circles about the universe. Today's Host: Amy Gasaway Today's Guest: Mirror Gazer Produced and Engineered: Alexei Shishkin Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
45:07
December 09, 2021
S02E08: Peaer
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, we've got the brains behind Peaer -- Peter Katz. Our conversation meandered all over the place, ranging from playing a Casio SK-1 in the car to writing compositions about decomposition. We even got into TV soundtracks (spoiler alert: Scrubs is the GOAT), and we delved into the differences between piano brains and guitar brains. As a matter of fact, if you stick around, you might even get a little bit of a free music theory lesson -- Peter is a guitar teacher after all! All that being said, Peaer's tunes are complex yet approachable, and there's even a bass clarinet at some point, which we all love, right? A nice soothing bass clarinet that even Squidward would be proud of. Ahhh :) Anyways, we had a blast chatting, and we hope you enjoy listening! From Peaer's bio: Started as a solo project in 2014 with the home-recorded and self-released The Eyes Sink Into the Skull, Peaer has grown into a sturdy power trio consisting of Peter Katz (guitar, vocals), Thom Lombardi (bass, vocals), and Jeremy Kinney (drums) since releasing Peaer in 2016. After three years of touring and writing, the Brooklyn, NY based band released A Healthy Earth in the late summer of 2019. Over 11 tracks, the band explores concepts of love, dynamics of relationships, climate change, and anxieties both grand and intimate, all the while maintaining excruciating attention to detail coupled with a fluid and dynamic live show. Peaer has been featured in publications such as Pitchfork, The Fader, Stereogum, Post-Trash, among others. Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Today's Guest: Peaer Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:02:39
December 02, 2021
S02E07: Liam Kazar
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, we've got the man of the midwest, the Chicago-bred, KC-based songwriter extraordinaire, Liam Kazar. Our conversation truly ran the gamut -- we talked about everything from Stevie Wonder and Mario Kart to Chicago tacos and boosting Dua Lipa's Ray Charles cover to the top of the Hungry Brain TouchTunes (which does not, and will never exist). Wow. That may sound like some malarkey, but honestly it's a solid episode. Hope you dig! From Liam's bio: Throughout the last decade, Kazar has been recognized for his adaptability and deftness in the studio and on stage, leading to tours and collaborations with Jeff Tweedy, Chance the Rapper, Steve Gunn, Daniel Johnston, amongst others. While Kazar has consistently been a dream bandmate over the past several years, making his own songs presented a chance to finally find his own voice. Due North is a personal revelation, where the more Kazar wrote, the more his songs showed what kind of artist he’s always wanted to be – one whose own joyous rock songs are so irresistible, full of charm, wit and heart, they feel timeless. Aside from Kazar’s incredible musicianship, he’s also a fantastic chef. He runs a restaurant, Isfahan, in which he makes gorgeous dishes that honor his Armenian heritage and his family’s journey to the United States from Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Today's Guest: Liam Kazar Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:19:23
November 25, 2021
S02E06: Hannah Jadagu
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, we're pleased to welcome the talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping Hannah Jadagu! In this conversation we get into Hannah's transition to NYC, the influence of her sister, and her tour with Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils. Plus: stick around until the end, where we discover if Host Bill can ever learn how to pronounce Samia's name correctly! Enjoy! From Hannah's Spotify bio: Sub Pop has signed Hannah Jadagu, an 18 year-old singer, songwriter, and producer from Mesquite, Texas, to release her music throughout the known universe. Her first release is the sprightly indie pop single “Think Too Much,” with an accompanying official video directed by Cameron Livesey, which stars Jadagu and a group of close friends enjoying a fall day in New York City. As for how the song was produced, the incredibly resourceful Jadagu recorded “Think Too Much” using her iPhone 7, an iRig, a microphone, guitar, and Garageband iOS, a process that has served her well throughout her young recording career. “‘Think Too Much’ is the only song that I’d written with the intent of putting it on an EP,” Jadagu says. “Sonically, I was challenging myself to make a song that was high energy, fun, and a ‘bop,’ as I like to call it. At the time, I remember listening to a lot of Dayglow, Jean Dawson, and Winnetka Bowling League, and thinking to myself, ‘These people are making such catchy and fun songs without even trying.’ Then I thought to myself, ‘You’re really thinking too much.’ I asked all my friends what they thought about ‘too much,’ compiled their responses, chose some fun chords and rhythms inspired by Snail Mail and Phoenix, and went to work.” The multitalented Jadagu currently resides in New York City, and is in her first year attending NYU. She will release her debut EP later this spring. Hannah is definitely just getting started, and we could not be more excited. Today's Host: Bill Waters Today's Guest: Hannah Jadagu Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
59:58
November 18, 2021
S02E05: Sam Kogon
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, we're joined by the pride of the Hudson Valley, the one, the only, the talented Sam Kogon. In this conversation we dig into the first tunes that really got Sam thinking about self-expression, we learn what song was almost used at the end of The Sopranos instead of "Don't Stop Believin'", and we talk about the wild web of names, everyone who's anyone in the glamorous world of recording music like Tony Visconti, John Agniello, and even The Hurdy Gurdy Man himself -- Donovan! Wow, what a show :) From Sam's Spotify bio: Sam Kogon cites the late-’60s baroque/psych era as his main inspiration, and he’s actually gone on to play with some of his heroes. He sang lead vocals in the 2015 lineup of The Left Banke ("Walk Away Renee"), and has backed original Beach Boy Al Jardine in his band Al Jardine & Friends. His latest solo album, Psychic Tears, was produced by Sam Evian and features the song “I Was Always Talking,” a collaboration with Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline). 
 “I’m sure you’ll notice Sam‘s affinity for power pop and new wave rock along lines of Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, maybe even T. Rex” – Alice Cooper
 "A sublime patchwork of influence and endeavour, “Psychic Tears” is a dynamic and exquisitely-produced trip through Kogon’s soulful, endlessly inventive mind – and it might well provide one of 2016’s most bold and valiant excursions." - Goldflake Paint Today's Host: Bill Waters Today's Guest: Sam Kogon Produced and Engineered: Alexei Shishkin Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
57:42
November 11, 2021
S02E04: Ryan Pollie
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On this episode of Rounds of Sound, we're joined from across the country by lo-fi, bedroom pop mainstay Ryan Pollie. In our conversation we delve into recording music in a field, the comfort of being at home, and the debate that's older than time itself -- NYC or LA? We even recount the death of the blogosphere and the good old days of getting music premieres. This episode is just chock full of enthralling content, so make sure to stick around, and if you're in LA, go grab a vodka soda with Ryan at his #1 stomping grounds -- the Viper Room! From Ryan's Spotify bio: Ryan Pollie never set out to make a cancer record. The Los Angeles songwriter penned most of his self-titled, self-produced album, his first under his own name, before he got sick. Inspired by the warm, inviting sounds of '70s singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne, Carole King, and Graham Nash, Pollie already knew he wanted to make the most personal music of his career. He had released two albums as Los Angeles Police Department, and now he was ready to shed the protective barrier of his old band name — to make music, simply, as himself. And then he got cancer. It happened the year of his Saturn return, an astrological phenomenon where Saturn comes back to the same place in the sky as it was when you were born, one that's supposed to bring both hardship and transformation. Nearing the end of his twenties, Pollie had already been mulling over the big questions: spirituality, purpose, the fleeting nature of existence. "I just wrote a record about mortality and whether or not I believe in anything, and then I'm faced with the biggest challenge of my life," he says. Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin + Bill Waters Today's Guest: Ryan Pollie Produced and Engineered: William Smith  Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
01:03:05
November 04, 2021
S02E03: Shamir
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As Season 2 continues, we're joined by the incredibly prolific Shamir. In this episode we discuss writing credits, Silent Barn (RIP), and how sometimes songs may not mean what you think they mean. Keep up with Shamir here: https://shamir.bandcamp.com/ From Shamir's Spotify bio: Defined by his confessional songwriting and affecting countertenor voice, Shamir is an eclectic artist who spans lo-fi indie rock, country, and witty electro-pop. When he emerged with 2014's Northtown EP and the following year's full-length Ratchet, the blend of '90s house, pop, and R&B on those releases won him critical acclaim. However, he had to make music that felt truer to himself, and on 2017's self-released Hope, he returned to the rawer sound and soul-baring songwriting of his early music-making days. From there, he followed his muse wherever it took him on 2019's twangy Be the Yee, Here Comes the Haw and 2020's Shamir, which found him embracing pop on his own terms. Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Today's Guest: Shamir Produced and Engineered: Amy Gasaway Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
55:10
October 28, 2021
S02E02: Blood Lemon
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As Season 2 continues, we're joined by Boise, ID-based trio Blood Lemon. In this episode we discuss their journeys in music, what brought them together, and how they created their politically-charged, self-titled debut album. Keep up with them here: https://www.bloodlemonmusic.com/ From Blood Lemon's Spotify bio: When Boise three-piece Blood Lemon — singer/bassist Melanie Radford (Built To Spill, Marshall Poole), singer/guitarist Lisa Simpson (Finn Riggins, Treefort Music Fest) and percussionist Lindsey Lloyd (Tambalka) — formed, in 2018, out of a medley of mutual admiration, a cover band called Mostly Muff and a unanimous love of heavy riffs and 90s riot grrrl music, they had no idea they’d be writing a perfect soundtrack to kick off 2021. What they did know was that they were eager to play music with their fellow women; they wanted a sound informed by 90s stalwarts like Pixies, Hole and The Breeders; and they were eager to get heavier and more political with their music. "If you have Sleater-Kinney filed next to Sleep in your record collection, Blood Lemon is a rock ’n’ roll hybrid you may not have considered, but will more than likely enjoy.” - The AV Club “Tackling the modern state of discontent through topics like climate change, American politics, social justice, and navigating adulthood as women, Blood Lemon have deftly created their own gripping alternative sound and vision.” - The Big Takeover "Find shelter and turn the volume up." - KEXP "Once you hear their music, which is unapologetic hard rock ‘n roll, you’ll immediately assess that these three women have the ability to adapt, kick-ass, and endure under pretty much any given circumstance." - SPIN Magazine Today's Host: Amy Gasaway Today's Guests: Lisa Simpson, Melanie Radford, Lindsey Lloyd Produced and Engineered: Alexei Shishkin Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
50:16
October 21, 2021
S02E01: John Roseboro
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For our first episode of Season 2, we're joined by the one and only John Roseboro. Pioneering the "post-bossa" sound, Roseboro quietly explores big topics -- life, death, and everything in between. Keep up with (and pre-order) his latest releases here: https://tell.ie/johnroseboro From John's Spotify bio: Known for his buttery voice and distinct strumming, singer-songwriter and visual artist John Roseboro has been making a name for himself in the indie scene, redefining and innovating the genre up and down the California coast. 
 Building off of the likes of Bonfá and Jobim, Roseboro’s post-bossa style carries other similarities to the greats in that his music focuses on personal and social justice, undertaking major concepts such as human rights, love, and religion. It’s no surprise that his gentle singing and pious references earned the artist the nickname "Angel of LA." Quickly earning a feature on TIDAL as the face of Rising: Folk, being described as "probably the music that will heal the world... impossible to be indifferent, in voice and soul.” Today's Host: Alexei Shishkin Today's Guest: John Roseboro Produced and Engineered: Bill Waters Recorded at Shishkin Productions in Brooklyn, NY Do you want to come on the Rounds of Sound podcast? Send us your music @roundsofsound on Twitter or roundsofsound@gmail.com
39:45
October 14, 2021
Rounds of Sound: What Is This And How Do I Listen?
ROUNDS OF SOUND is a music podcast where artists share what inspired them, while we dig into their catalogue. It's like Broken Record meets 5-10-15-20. Twitter: @roundsofsound Instagram: @roundsofsound Email: roundsofsound at gmail *EXCLUSIVELY ON SPOTIFY*  TRANSCRIPT: Hey everyone, welcome to Rounds of Sound, hope you’re doing well If you’re listening to this right now, you’re probably wondering what the hell Rounds of Sound is, and lucky for you, that’s exactly what this “episode” is about. I say “episode” in quotes because this isn’t actually a full episode, but rather an explainer, trailer, teaser, what have you, for the show. On each episode of Rounds of Sound we bring on a musical artist and talk about not only THEIR music, but the music that INSPIRED them. We have a rotating cast of hosts, so you’ll hear from different voices and different perspectives. Here’s how it goes: The host picks 3 songs from the artist. In turn, the artists picks 3 songs from all of history that have inspired them. We then go song-for-song through three “rounds” with brief chats in between. Sometimes those chats are straight ahead and sometimes they go totally off the rails, but either way, you’ll probably learn some new stuff about your favorite artists. Now, the thing is, Rounds of Sound is only available on Spotify. I know, I know, setting up barriers between the listener and the show is a pretty terrible strategy, BUT that’s the only way we can play songs in full without getting sued, so hopefully you understand where we’re coming from. So yeah, that’s the show. If you’re interested, go on Spotify, search for Rounds of Sound, and give us a sub. And if you’re an artist who wants to come on the show, you can email us at roundsofsound at gmail dot com, and next time you come to New York, maybe you can swing by the studio! Thanks for listening, and hopefully we’ll catch you out there on the main feed. See ya!
01:49
February 25, 2021