Lucy Dacus is a singer and songwriter from Richmond, Virginia. She put out her first album in 2016, and in 2018 she formed the band boygenius with Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers. In June 2021, she released her third album, Home Video, which includes the song "Thumbs." The first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to ask Lucy about how and why she made it. After some COVID testing, we spoke in person here in Los Angeles. And she told me the story of how "Thumbs" took months and months to get right. For more, visit songexploder.net/lucy-dacus.
Welcome back to Call & Response. To open season two of our show, Adia is joined by fellow Southerner and singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus, whose latest album, “Home Video” is drawn largely from her childhood journals. In their conversation, Adia and Lucy talk about growing up in the church, learning to trust your own voice, and questioning what it means to be a reliable narrator for your own life. We’re so excited to have you here with us for another season of leaning into the blues to make sense of this world. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/cr-lucy. / Music In This Week's Episode /Lucy Dacus, “VBS”The Roots feat. Monsters of Folk, “Dear God 2.0”Curtis Mayfield, “(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go”The Louvin Brothers, “Sinner, You’d Better Get Ready”Kings of Leon, “The Runner”serpentwithfeet, “Fellowship” / Show Notes /Lucy Dacus’ new album “Home Video” is out now on Matador Records.Lucy says “I Follow” by Molly Drake is the song giving her life right now. / Credits /Call & Response is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Adia Victoria, Ann Marie Awad and Daniel Rayzel. Our engineer is Sam Bair of The Relic Room.
On the heels of her fantastic new album, Home Video, singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus describes the path that led to it -- growing up in Richmond, Virginia, finding a passion for creative writing early on, discovering musical favorites like Yo La Tengo and Broken Social Scene, playing her first gigs at house shows, developing her songwriting practice, and beyond. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jennylsq/support
“I care about words more than music,” says musician Lucy Dacus. Lucy recently released her third album, Home Video is a compilation of stories and vignettes pulled directly from her journals, dating back to her childhood. For Lucy, deep honesty in the form of song lyrics is almost compulsive. On this week’s show, Lucy and Hanif each unpack what it means to be a confessional writer, and together explore what honesty can offer an artist, or how it can hurt them. Plus, a reading list from Lucy on the books that offer her inspiration. /Music In This Week's Episode/Thumbs, Lucy DacusI Love You, Mary J. BligeAll That You Have Is Your Soul, Tracy ChapmanBad Religion, Frank OceanYou Must Love Me, JAY-ZIt Hurts Me Too, Karen DaltonGive My Love To Rose, Johnny CashIt Hurts Me So Much, Etta James/Show Notes/Lucy Dacus’ newest album is Home Video.Lucy’s song Please Stay is inspired by Hanif’s essay “Brief Notes on Staying.” Lucy’s often pulls inspiration for literature. The books she’s been reading are: The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyPlay It As It Lays by Joan DidionGathering Moss by Robin Wall KimmererA Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib Girlhood by Melissa Febos/Credits/ This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair.
The singer-songwriter on the making of her new album 'Home Video,' the art of songwriting, the future of Boygenius, her love for Bruce Springsteen and much more in an interview with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Growing up is never easy. But pop songs about adolescence too often gloss over the complicated moments. The “teenage dream” archetype is just a pop culture fantasy. And no one really wants to be 17 forever. On her new album “Home Video,” Lucy Dacus talks about youthful growing pains. She remembers the uncomfortable moments. Dacus says that “a lot of childhood is crisis mode… you get pushed around by the world and the rules that are set for you.” Her songs examine unequal power relationships between parents and friends and lovers. On the lighter side, the album opens up with “Hot And Heavy,” which takes us back to the scene of an early romantic encounter on a basement sofa, red faced and awkward. But by the next song, “Christine,” the amorous feelings fade: “He can be nice, sometimes / Other nights, you admit he's not what you had in mind.” Bad dads, bible camp indoctrination, and perpetual peer pressure all take the stage in Dacus’ coming of age album. Dacus says that writing about those years is “a process of extorting control over things that I didn’t have control over at the time.” With untethered teenage dreams safely behind her, Dacus now gets to reclaim the meaning of youth: “I am the narrator of my own life so I get to say what this meant.”Songs DiscussedLucy Dacus - Night ShiftFrank Zappa - Sharleenaboygenius - SouvenirLukas Graham - 7 YearsKendrick Lamar - BeyonceJustin Bieber - BabyMandy Moore - FifteenHilary Duff - Sweet SixteenThe Beatles - When I'm Sixty FourABBA - Dancing QueenSound of Music - Sixteen Going On SeventeenAvril Lavigne - 17Kings Of Leon - 17Lake Street Dive - SeventeenSharon Van Etten - SeventeenAlessia Cara - SeventeenStevie Nicks - Edge of SeventeenJanis Ian - At SeventeenMorePlaylist of coming of age songs Study on songs that references age Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
PRIDE LIVE PART TWO! Coming Out Advice with Lucy Dacus and Internalized Homophobia/Transphobia with Alexis Sanchez
Just Between Us
On the eve of releasing her third album Home Video, Richmond, Virginia songwriter Lucy Dacus speaks to Greg Cochrane about her pandemic lockdown living in a house-share with seven new people, rewatching old TV shows like Desperate Housewives (good) and One Tree Hill (bad), plus whether they’ll be future new music from Boy Genius, the trio she’s part of with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.Search your podcast player for past Midnight Chats episode with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/midnightchats. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
New Mix: Lucy Dacus, Producer George Martin's Secret 'Ray Cathode' Project, More
All Songs Considered
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week including a "Hot and Heavy" track from Lucy Dacus, and Beatles producer George Martin's little-known side project, Ray Cathode. 1. Lucy Dacus: "Hot & Heavy," from Home Video2. Uwade: "The Man Who Sees Tomorrow" (Single)3. Field Music: "When You Last Heard From Linda," from Flat White Moon4. Ray Cathode (George Martin and Maddalena Fagandini): "Time Beat" (Single)5. Ray Cathode (George Martin and Maddalena Fagandini): "Waltz In Orbit" (Single)6. Rosie Tucker: "Barbara Ann," from Sucker Supreme7. Smoothboi Ezra: "Stuck" from Stuck EP
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