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Nick Sanborn

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Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso) with Blake Mills

Talkhouse Podcast

Blake Mills has the kind of resume that might make the average person feel really lazy. Not only is he an active musician, but also a Grammy-winning producer (for Alabama Shakes’ 2015 album Sound and Color), a collaborator to the stars—including the likes of Fiona Apple and Bob Dylan—and most recently, one of the guys in charge of the legendary Sound City studio in L.A. Mills’ newest musical project is a collaboration with legendary bassist Pino Palladino called Notes With Attachments. Just prior to that, it was the Pitchfork Best New Music designee Mutable Set, from 2020.Nick Sanborn is half of Sylvan Esso, along with Amelia Meath. The duo recorded their third and latest album, the excellent Free Love, while they were constructing a brand new studio, called Betty’s, on their farm in North Carolina. The album came out in September of last year, which obviously meant touring was off the table, but Sanborn got plenty busy with production work, including helping to create the most recent Flock of Dimes record with recent Talkhouse guest Jenn Wasner. Since the album’s release, Nick and Amelia have kept busy, releasing videos, a killer remix of their song “Numb,” and a live album called WITH. And now they’ve rescheduled a big tour for this fall, kicking off at Bonaroo, where they’ll host the Super Jam. Check out sylvanesso.com for tour dates.Sanborn and Blake get right into it in this conversation, covering the intimate relationships that make for good records, the joy and trepidation about returning to public stages, and even how weird it is to do the Talkhouse Podcast. Enjoy.This episode was produced by Melissa Kaplan. The Talkhouse Podcast theme is composed and performed by the Range.


20 May 2021

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254: Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso)

The Trap Set with Joe Wong

Joe is joined by Sylvan Esso to discuss: Elmer's Glue mohawks, Corona anxiety, songwriting, existential dread, and slap bass! During the age of social distancing, we're recording remotely and releasing new episodes of The Trap Set every day.

1hr 16mins

1 Apr 2020

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Episode 117: Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso

Vinyl Emergency

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2014, Grammy-nominated electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso has hopscotched around the world, gracing countless festivals as well as late-night TV, fueled by vocalist Amelia Meath's enigmatic energy and Nick Sanborn's deliriously inventive production. Previous to his partnership with Meath, Sanborn was a mainstay of the Wisconsin music scene as a member of Decibully, Megafaun and Headlights. Over the last few years, he's also engineered or produced projects for Daughter of Swords, Why? and Meath's trio Mountain Man. Recorded backstage at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium, Nick discusses his anticipation as a then-record store employee for the original release of Radiohead's Kid A, how the lyrics of Gillian Welch's "Everything Is Free" stay consistently relevant with every new update to how we get music, and the new LP Bluebird, his latest instrumental collaboration with Chris Rosenau of Volcano Choir, Pele and Collections of Colonies of Bees. Follow Nick on Twitter and Instagram @madeofoak, and for Sylvan Esso tour dates, music and more visit sylvanesso.com. You can purchase Bluebird on vinyl from www.rosenausanborn.com.


3 Dec 2019

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Episode 161: Nick Sanborn

Helping Friendly Podcast

This week, we talk with musician Nick Sanborn. You may know Nick from his band Sylvan Esso, or as the bassist for Megafaun, Nick has been a Phish fan since 1998 and tells us all about his current musical projects as well as his experience in the Phish world. Matt & Jonathan also recap the Vida Blue show that they saw last week at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. You can find the terrific Rosenau & Sanborn album, "Bluebird" at http://www.rosenausanborn.com/.Thanks for listening, and please give us a review on Apple Podcasts if you haven't yet! See you next time.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 5mins

25 Sep 2019

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23 – Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso, Decibully, Made of Oak)

My First Band Podcast

You might know Nick Sanborn as one half of Sylvan Esso, from his time in Milwaukee's own Decibully or from his work in side projects like Made of Oak and Rosenau & Sanborn. Long before any of that, however, Sanborn was a kid in Madison, Wisconsin, who was involved in his school's orchestra before picking up a bass guitar and deciding to start a band of his own. Since that start in a high school group called Point B, he made his way to Milwaukee and quickly became a fixture in the city's music scene before branching out to be part of touring acts and developing his solo efforts. While he was in Milwaukee to rehearse for the Rosenau & Sanborn show at The Back Room @ Colectivo, Sanborn met My First Band host Tyler Maas at Milwaukee Record headquarters to talk about his musical outset, early tours with Decibully, landing in Headlights and Megafaun, the random set of circumstances that allowed him to meet (and subsequently collaborate with) Amelia Meath, and what it's like to have his band's music play notable parts in films and television shows. My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing and Rushmor Records. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth ("The Junction Street Eight Tigers"), Decibully ("My Lighter And Strings"), and Sylvan Esso ("Die Young").

1hr 37mins

9 Aug 2019

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Nick Sanborn (Made of Oak // Sylvan Esso): SOUND + PROCESS #3


This episode features the inimitable and joyful Nick Sanborn. Nick produces solo electroacoustic works under Made of Oak and is one half of Sylvan Esso. He also has spent extensive time touring with Chris Roseneau and is a member of the trio Cedar AV.The works featured are from many of Nick's projects, including a remix for Cedar AV member Erik (He Can Jog).Explore and support Nick's music:http://www.madeofoak.com http://www.sylvanesso.com https://collectionsbees.bandcamp.com/releases https://fullspectrumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nin-o-van llllllll.co


2 Jul 2016

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Episode 143: Made Of Oak (Nick Sanborn)


This week on the podcast we’re checking in with multi-instrumentalist / producer Nick Sanborn. Hot on the heels of Sylvan Esso’s massive tour supporting their spectacular self-titled debut, Sanborn  is back with the EP Penumbra, his latest project under the name Made Of Oak. An atmospheric collection of rhythmic adventures that draw as much inspiration from the natural world as they do from the machines with which they were made, Penumbra soundtracks the smaller, quieter moments in life, then sends them crashing into the club. We talk to the Nick about the genesis of Penumbra, the magic of mystery in music, Kendrick Lamar and more in an inspiring and enlightening hour with one of music’s brightest and most forward thinking artists.  PLUS! Phil Moore of Bowerbirds is back with his new project TUSHKA. A deft mix of electronic music, and R&B that straight up jams, “The Program”, is the first single off of his upcoming album is here, and ready to move you.Your holiday week begins NOW on Episode 143 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/discologist. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

24 Nov 2015