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Aug 5, 2020

Mailbag! Episode!

We've got questions about Tuvan throat singing (how does it work??), the Unsolved Mysteries theme (why is it so creepy??), the intro to Don McLean's "American "Pie" (how do they count it??), Steely Dan (why do some people hate them??), Andrew Bird's whistling solo from 2011's The Muppets (how did he do that??), Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" (what key is it in??), and more.

DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE:

  • “Unsolved Mysteries Theme” composed by Gary Malkin and Michael Boyd
  • “Halloween Theme” by John Carpenter
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd from Second Helping, 1973
  • “Yuve Yuve Yu” by The Hu, 2018
  • “Chylandyk” by Huun-Huur-Tu, 1997
  • “The One I’m Waiting For” by Relient K from MMHMM, 2004
  • “The Breton Kingdom / Rouantelezh Vreizh” by Alan Stivell from Before Landing, 1977
  • “American Pie” by Don Mclean from American Pie, 1971
  • “The Squeaky Wheel” by The Dear Hunter from Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise, 2015
  • “Be My Baby” as recorded by The Ronettes, 1963
  • “Janie Runaway” by Steely Dan from Two Against Nature, 2000
  • “Lingala” by the SF Jazz Collective from their self-titled 2005 album
  • “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk” by The New Pornographers from Together, 2010
  • “The Whistling Caruso” by Andrew Bird from The Muppets, 2011

OUTRO SOLOIST: Luke Price

This episode's outro soloist is the wonderful Portland fiddle player Luke Price. When he's not working as a side man in a variety of killer bands, Luke joins his wife Rachael to form the excellent songwriting duo DEAN!. They've got a new album coming soon and it's gonna be pretty great; in the meantime you can follow them on Instagram and listen to some of their stuff on their website, wearedean.com.

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AUGUST 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS

Laurie Acreman
Ken Hirsh
Jez
Jenness Gardner
Simon Cammell
Guinevere Boostrom
Jill Smith-Moore
Rachel Rakov
Kyle Starr
Narelle Horn
Mickey Clark
Nathaniel Bauernfeind
Simon Cramp
Bill Rosinger
Anne Britt
David Zahm
Erin
Aidan Coughlan
Jeanneret Manning Family Four
Matt Butler
Doug Paton
Robert Paul
R Watson
Viki Dun
Christer Lindqvist
Sami Samhuri
Craig J Covell
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Ryan Torvik
Merlin Mann
Glenn
CALEB ROTACH
Andre Bremer
Chad Barnard
Mark Schechter
Dave Florey
Dan Apczynski

AUGUST 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS

Michael Casner
Michael York
Derek Bender
Melanie Andrich
Franco Famularo
Don Hutchison
Lowell Meyer
Etele Illes
Jeff Almond
Stephen Tsoneff
Lorenz Schwarz
Becca Sample
Wen
Jack Sjogren
Aparajit Raghavan
Benedict Pennington
Geoff Golden
Adam Conway
Robyn Fraser
Alexander Geddes
Pascal Rueger
Randy Souza
Joe C
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Clare HOLBERTON
Jake Tinsley
Georgia Livesay
David Zucker
Diane Turner
Tom Coleman
SUELLEN MOORE
Brendon Oliver-Ewen
Judy Chapple
Stuart Terry
Mark Perry
Malory
Dhu Wik
Eric Helm
Briony Leo
Bill Fuller
Jonathan Daniels
Sheilah
Steven Maron
MH
Michael Flaherty
Jarrod Schindler
Zoe Little
Gerry Nelson
Dave King
Albukitty
Caro Field
Wayne Marsh
Judith Stansfield
Jenifer Carr
michael bochner
Duncan
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Leigh Sales
Markus Koester
Toni Isaacson
Jeremy Dawson
Robbie Ferrero
Gavin Doig
Sam Fenn
Tanner Morton
AJ Schuster
Jennifer Bush
David Stroud
Amanda Furlotti
Andrew Baker
SP
Brooke Wilford
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Chris Brown
Mark Haberlen
Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
Kate Albury
Matt Gaskell
Elliot Jay O'Neill
Jules Bailey
Eero Wahlstedt
Darryl Stewart
Bill Thornton
Brian Amoebas
Brett Douville
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Matt Betzel
Mueller
Nate from Kalamazoo
Melanie Stivers
Richard Toller
Alexander Polson
John and Sharon Stenglein
Tom Lauer
Forrest Chang
Earl Lozada
Jon O’Keefe
Justin McElroy
Arjun Sharma
Shane DeLeon
James Johnson
Andrew Lee
Kevin Morrell
Tom Clewer
Kevin Pennyfeather
Chas Lednicky
Nicholas Schechter
Justin Liew
Emily Williams