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Why We Listen Podcast – Why We Listen

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Every day, we discover more music in more places. It’s everywhere. But we are sacrificing quality for quantity. The consequence is that we spend more time hearing music and less time listening to music. I’ve become increasingly interested in other people’s listening habits. How they listen, when they listen, why they listen. Quietly lying on the floor in the middle of the night, in headphones at the airport, in the car on a long road trip. Meaningful moments with the music we love is subjective. I think about that relationship a lot and want to know how it works for other people. In each podcast, I sit with my guests and listen to the music that moves them, and evoke personal histories, production techniques, idiosyncratic preferences, emotional resonance. At worst, these podcasts can sound like two curmudgeons ranting arrogantly about so-called “important” music. At best, I hope that our passion for music is contagious, and that we get to hear a unique side of my guests that we wouldn’t access in a regular Q&A interview. My preference is to record in people’s homes and studios – their preferred listening environments. Consequently, we’re often interrupted by roommates, family background activity, traffic, neighborhood gardening … capturing a bit of how people live with their music. If you enjoy the music you hear on these podcasts, please buy them in the highest quality available as directly from the artists as possible. No excuses. Thanks for listening. Marc Kate.

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The latest Bob Ostertag interview was incredibly enjoyable!

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Sometimes I can have some pretty bullheaded opinions about music, but this show has made me re-evaluate how I critically listen to both what I love and dislike. I've learned about a lot of great new music, while also coming away with a more balanced perspective on things I don't *necessarily* love. *cough* John Frusciante. Ahem.


Insightful and intimate, it's lovely to nerd out with Mr Kate and his guests over their particular connections to music and life. Subscribe!

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  • Language: English

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