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Essential Tremors

A show in which musicians and other creators talk about the songs that shaped who they are. Distributed by WYPR, Baltimore's NPR affiliate, and hosted by Matthew Byars and Lee Gardner.

Essential Tremors is produced by Matt Byars and Lee Gardner and distributed by Your Public Studios.

Latest Episodes
  • English songwriter Billy Bragg discusses how songs by Smokey Robinson, Little Feat, and The Who have played significant roles in his life.
  • Composer Kali Malone discusses how My Bloody Valentine, Hindustani classical music, and Josquin des Prez shaped her art.
  • Composer/performer Carl Stone discusses how music by Thomas Tallis, Captain Beefheart, and Sheik Chinna Moulana influenced his work.
  • Ashley Capps, founder of the Big Ears Festival, discusses how encounters with the music of Steve Reich, Julius Hemphill, and the Ramones shaped his course.
  • Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler explains how songs by Fugazi, Tappa Zukie, and Aphex Twin helped put him on his creative path.
  • In this episode, drummer Brendan Canty discusses how songs by Parliament, Scritti Politti, and King Crimson shaped his music.
  • Claire Rousay discusses how tracks by Ryu Hankil, Elliott Smith, and K. Mulhern shaped her work.
  • On this episode, the RZA discusses how Isaac Hayes, the theme from Love Story, and a famous hip-hop break shaped his work.
  • In this episode, singer/songwriter Will Oldham discusses how songs by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Al Jarreau, and the Mekons influenced his music.
  • Black Midi vocalist Geordie Greep discusses how songs by Warren Zevon, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and Frank Zappa influenced his music.