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Episode 70 - Best of 2014 (so far)

After a lifetime of conversations just like Song Yarn, Kevin joins Xavier Mendes for the first one that is recorded; The best albums of the year (so far). Damien Jurado, Johnny Cash, Elbow, The War On Drugs and many more are discussed!

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Episode 69 - A Ghost Is Born 10th Anniversary

If you walk near Division and Damen you will pass a building that used to house Soma Studios, one of the locations used for recording Wilco’s 2004 masterpiece A Ghost Is Born.

According to their webpage, the studio is relocating. A lot can change in 10 years, but Xavier Mendes says that this record still holds up and has the emotional impact it did when it was released in June of 2004.

This is the first album dissection in our anniversary series. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 68 - Almost Famous

Frank Romano and Xavier Mendes sit down to talk about their favorite musical moments from Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film Almost Famous. Classic Rock and emotional music moments are discussed. 

NOTE* this episode was recorded two years before Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death. We miss him dearly.

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Episode 67 - Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers are two filmmakers with a great appreciation for music and their newest film Inside Llewyn Davis is no exception. T-Bone Burnett, Marcus Mumford and cast of the film provide live vocals for many traditional folk songs. Xavier and Fredo sit down to discuss the film, the music and whether actors singing in movies makes or breaks the mood of a film. We bookend this discussion with two of our favorites from the soundtrack “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” and “Green, Green Rocky Road” ENJOY!

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Episode 66 - Listener’s Picks of 2013

Xaver and Asia Pacific correspondent Alex Lyons cover the listener picks of 2013.

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065 - Best Music of 2013

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The best motherflippin’ music podcast in the biz is back. Xavier Mendes schools you on what your earholes must listen to as we eulogize 2013. 

Listen in and share your opinions at songyarn.com! ENJOY!

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Episode 64 - The Current State of Jay Z

Fredo and Jimmy G sit down to discuss the new work of art from the “master” JAY Z….or is it? They discuss the new album, the corporate telephone company sponsorship and the art piece/music video directed by Mark Romanek.

Is JAY Z still a relevant figure in hip hop and pop culture? Is he a relevant figure in the art world? Listen in and share your opinions at songyarn.com! ENJOY!>

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Jay Z - Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film

Next on Song Yarn: The State of Jay Z.

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Episode 63 - The Last Waltz

Friend of the show Logan Futej sits down for the first time with Xavier Mendes as they discuss The Last Waltz, a documentary of the final concert by The Band.

They discuss Levon Helm’s vocals, Mavis Staples, intergenerational music appreciation and of course, Martin Scorsese. Unlike the film, no illegal substances were consumed during the recording of this podcast.

Enjoy!

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Episode 62 - The Best of 2013 (So Far)

Fredo and Xavier Mendes sit down to discuss their favorite albums of the year (so far). If we missed something, let us know what your favorite albums of 2013 are