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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
  • Kurt Vile talks about how tunes by Lou Reed, the Pixies and Thelonious Monk shaped his work.
  • John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats discusses how songs by Stockholm Monsters, Digital Underground and Ava Gabriel shaped his creative process.
  • French musician Cécile Schott, who records as Colleen, talks about how music by Lee "Scratch" Perry, the Beatles and This Heat changed her life.
  • Kim Deal talks about how songs by Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd shaped her course.
  • Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood discusses how pieces by Abdel Halim Hafez, Kraftwerk and Mohamed Abdel Wahab influenced his recent album with Kuwaiti-Israeli musician Dudu Tassa.
  • Reeds player Henry Threadgill discusses how music by Howlin' Wolf, Thelonious Monk and James Brown shaped his course.
  • Kuwaiti-Israeli musician Dudu Tassa's latest record, a collaboration with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, is a love letter of sorts to a variety of favorite, but potentially lost-to-the-ages songs of the Middle East.
  • Alasdair MacLean, frontman of the Clientele, discusses how music by Boards of Canada, Love and Michael Jon Fink influenced him.
  • Australian experimentalist Oren Ambarchi talks about how music by Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis and Alvin Lucier shaped his work.
  • Nate Amos of Water From Your Eyes discusses how music by Scott Walker, Jute Gyte and Ben Johnston shaped the group's sound.