Sodajerker podcast in new Nicholson Baker book

Traveling Sprinkler

One of our Twitter followers, John Dunbar, tweeted us recently to let us know that the Sodajerker podcast is mentioned throughout Traveling Sprinkler, the new book from award-winning author Nicholson Baker. It was a thrill for us to discover that the show has become part of Baker’s work in this way.

In the book, Paul Chowder, the poet protagonist of Nicholson Baker’s widely acclaimed novel The Anthologist, turns away from poetry with one goal in mind: to learn songwriting. Written in Baker’s beautifully unconventional prose, Traveling Sprinkler is an enchanting and hilarious novel by one of the most beloved and influential writers today.

You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon USA or Amazon UK.

Mention for the podcast in Metro

Metro article

Sodajerker On Songwriting made the list of Rahul Verma’s podcast picks in a recent issue of Metro. Thanks for the mention guys! If you haven’t heard the show, you can check out all episodes in full on our podcast page, or subscribe in iTunes.

Episode 45 – Chip Taylor

Chip Taylor

Singer-songwriter Chip Taylor picks up his guitar to talk Simon and Brian through the writing of songs like ‘Wild Thing’ (The Troggs/Jimi Hendrix), ‘Angel of the Morning’ (Merrilee Rush/Dusty Springfield/Chrissie Hynde) and selections from his recent solo albums such as ‘F**k All The Perfect People’, ‘Dance With a Hole in Your Shoe’ and ‘Phoned in Dead’. Chip also talks in detail about the Brill Building days and his alternate career as a professional gambler.

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Episode 44 – Neil Finn

Neil Finn

Neil Finn of Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers and Pajama Club chats with Simon and Brian about his songwriting process and the writing of songs like ‘Fall At Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, ‘Weather With You’, ‘Four Seasons In One Day’, ‘Not The Girl You Think You Are’ and ‘Edible Flowers’. Neil also talks about his work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and details the production of his forthcoming solo record.

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Episode 43 – Rumer

Rumer

Singer-songwriter Rumer talks with Sodajerker about her approach to writing songs like ‘Slow’, ‘Aretha’, ‘Come To Me High’, ‘Blackbird’ and others from her debut album Seasons Of My Soul. Rumer also talks in detail about how events in her life have influenced her creative work, paying respect to great songwriters on her second album, Boys Don’t Cry, and her plans for the future.

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Episode 42 – Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Songwriter and guitarist Johnny Marr, loved by pop fans worldwide for his work with The Smiths, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, joins Simon and Brian for a conversation about the writing processes behind his fantastic new solo album The Messenger. Johnny also talks in detail about his musical influences, growing up in Manchester, his songwriting partnership with Morrissey, and his collaborations with artists like Kirsty MacColl (‘Walking Down Madison’) and Billy Bragg (‘Sexuality’).

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Sodajerker interview in the Anfield Wrap magazine app

Sodajerker in The Anfield Wrap iPad/iPhone app

The Anfield Wrap is a hugely popular award-winning podcast, website and radio show based in Liverpool. They’ve just published the second issue of their lovely free iPad/iPhone magazine containing an interview with Simon and Brian of Sodajerker. In the article, entitled ‘Going for a Song’, the songwriting team and fellow Liverpool-based podcasters talk about the first year of their popular show Sodajerker On Songwriting, how they got started, and some of their prominent guests.

Thanks to John Gibbons for conducting the interview. Download the free app from iTunes and read the interview on your iPad or iPhone.

Episode 41 – Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint

Influential New Orleans songwriter, producer, arranger and pianist Allen Toussaint sits down with Simon and Brian to discuss his long career including the writing of classic songs like ‘Mother in Law’ (Ernie K-Doe), ‘Whipped Cream’ (Herb Alpert), ‘Working in the Coal Mine’ (Lee Dorsey), ‘Here Come the Girls’ (Ernie K-Doe), ‘Southern Nights’ (Glen Campbell), ‘Happiness’ (The Pointer Sisters) and more. Allen talks in depth about his creative process and also gives advice for young songwriters.

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Episode 40 – They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants

John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants take an hour out of their busy tour schedule to talk with Simon and Brian about their new album Nanobots; their approach to songwriting; the Dial-A-Song service; writing music for children; their collaborations with production team Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley on songs like ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’, and more.

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Our Richard M. Sherman interview has been featured in Songwriting Magazine

Richard M. Sherman interview

Our interview with Richard M. Sherman has made the virtual pages of Songwriting Magazine, the brilliant and comprehensive UK based website dedicated to the art and craft. Thanks to the kind people at Songwriting for featuring our podcast and our interviews so prominently. You may remember that our Ben Folds Five interview also made the cut a few months ago.

Episode 40 of Sodajerker On Songwriting is due for release tomorrow and features an hour with the seminal alternative American band They Might Be Giants. So look out for that! In the meantime, head over to Songwriting to read the Richard M. Sherman piece in full.

Sodajerker featured on Audioboo

Featured episode

We recently partnered with Audioboo to create a channel on their platform devoted to the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast. You can now hear all of our interviews in full on this page with their lovely and easy to use audio player.

That’s not all though! Audioboo have featured our channel alongside the BBC and other organisations on their homepages and have plucked our Richard M. Sherman episode for inclusion among featured episodes.

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Episode 39 – P. F. Sloan

P. F. Sloan

Singer-songwriter P. F. Sloan, known the world over as the author of political anthems such as ‘Eve of Destruction’ (Barry McGuire) and popular hits like ‘Secret Agent Man’ (Johnny Rivers), ‘A Must to Avoid’ (Herman’s Hermits) and ‘Summer Means Fun’ (Jan & Dean), joins Sodajerker to talk about starting in music as a teenager, his songwriting partnership with Steve Barri, the heady successes of the 1960s, and the many struggles that pushed him away from music for more than 30 years.

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