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#107: The Scariest Navy SEAL I've Ever Met...And What He Taught Me. Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. He is a lean 230 pounds. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert who used to tap out 20 Navy SEALs per workout. He is a legend in the Special Operations world. His eyes look through you more than at you. He rarely does interviews, if ever. But a few weeks ago, Jocko ended up staying at my house and we had a caffeinated mind meld. Here's some background... Jocko enlisted in the Navy after high school and spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, first as an enlisted SEAL operator and then as a SEAL officer. During his second tour in Iraq, he led SEAL Task Unit Bruiser in the Battle of Ramadi--some of the toughest and sustained combat in the SEAL Teams since Vietnam. Under his leadership, Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the entire war in Iraq and helped bring stability to Ramadi. Jocko was awarded the Bronze Star and a Silver Star. Upon returning to the United States, Jocko served as the Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams, designing and implementing some of the most challenging and realistic combat training in the world. So why is Jocko opening up? Well, in part, we have mutual friends. Second, he is the co-author of an incredible new book — Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win -- which I've been loving. Trust me. Buy it. This is his first mainstream interview and one you won't want to miss. Show notes and links for this episode can be found at www.fourhourworkweek.com/podcast. This podcast is brought to you by Wealthfront. Wealthfront is a massively disruptive (in a good way) set-it-and-forget-it investing service, led by technologists from places like Apple and world-famous investors. It has exploded in popularity in the last 2 years, and now has more than $2.5B under management. In fact, some of my good investor friends in Silicon Valley have millions of their own money in Wealthfront. Why? Because you can get services previously limited to the ultra-wealthy and only pay pennies on the dollar for them, and it’s all through smarter software instead of retail locations and bloated sales teams Check out wealthfront.com/tim, take their risk assessment quiz, which only takes 2-5 minutes, and they’ll show you—for free–exactly the portfolio they’d put you in. If you want to just take their advice and do it yourself, you can. Or, as I would, you can set it and forget it. Well worth a few minutes: wealthfront.com/tim. Mandatory disclaimer: Wealthfront Inc. is an SEC registered Investment Advisor. Investing in securities involves risks, and there is the possibility of losing money. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please visit Wealthfront dot com to read their full disclosure. This podcast is also brought to you by 99Designs, the world’s largest marketplace of graphic designers. Did you know I used 99Designs to rapid prototype the cover for The 4-Hour Body? Here are some of the impressive results. Click this link and get a free $99 upgrade. Give it a test run...
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The Global Philosopher: Should Borders Matter?. Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders. Using a pioneering state-of-the-art studio at the Harvard Business School, Professor Sandel is joined by 60 participants from over 30 countries in a truly global digital space. Is there any moral distinction between a political refugee and an economic migrant? If people have the right to exit a country, why not a right to enter? Do nations have the right to protect the affluence of their citizens? And is there such a thing as a 'national identity'? These are just some of the questions addressed by Professor Sandel in this first edition of The Global Philosopher.Audience producer: Louise ColettaProducer: David EdmondsEditor: Richard Knight(Image taken by Rose Lincoln)
#138 — The Edge of Humanity. In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
Rank #1: Villagers: “Summer’s Song”. As the season winds down, Conor O'Brien aka Villagers says: "Summer's Song is the closest I'll ever get to writing a pure pop song. I just had to roll with it and I'm glad I did; it was really just an excuse to make the horns sound like sunbeams. Boy it's fun to play live. I can't quite believe we managed to get the magical touch of Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips) in on the mix."
Rank #2: Nick Cave: Jesus Alone. Nick Cave is a master at creating menacing yet seductive songs. Author, musician, songwriter, actor and screenwriter, this Renaissance man lures us into his 16th album with "Jesus Alone." Photo: Kerry Brown
Rank #1: Lust For Youth - Great Concerns. Lust For Youth - Great Concerns - from the 2019 album Lust for Youth on Sacred Bones Records.Support the show.
Rank #2: Black Ferns - This Illusion. Black Ferns - This Illusion - from the 2019 album Devices on Northern Light Records.Support the show.
Rank #1: Black Mountain: “Pretty Little Lazies”. Though he was just a newborn during Woodstock and only got his driver’s license two years ago, the spirit of psychedelia, independence, and youthful rebellion has always been front and center for Stephen McBean and his rock outfit Black Mountain. The Vancouver quintet has been going hard since 2004 but in light of his newfound horsepower (in the form of a 1985 Dodge Destroyer fixer-upper), singer and guitarist McBean needed to push the group’s musical tachometer to its redline. This fifty-going-on-sixteen scenario paved the way for Black Mountain’s fifth full-length, Destroyer, an album that puts you in McBean’s shotgun seat while he pops the clutch with heavy riffs and scratches paint off the labels “stoner rock” or “space rock” like the bumper stickers they are. Destroyer is out now and Black Mountain joins us at the Mohawk this Fall, so let’s ascend the peak with “Pretty Little Lazies”! –Jack Anderson Photo: Olivia Jaffe
Rank #2: Nick Waterhouse: “Songs for Winners”. L.A. guitarist-vocalist-producer and overall analog recording geek Nick Waterhouse is back with another entry into his already impressive catalogue. In the past decade Waterhouse has taken his band around the world and produced everyone from Ty Segall to Leon Bridges, with a sound that recalls stylistic elements of the 1960s but aren’t without their own character. In that vein, Waterhouse has decided to self-title his fourth full-length, out March 8th. With ten new originals and a cover, Waterhouse will be hitting the road after his namesake LP comes out, eventually joining us at the Parish on Friday, May 24th. Today you can turn the heat up with a new single from Waterhouse, one that embodies the essence of ’60s psychedelia and a touch of surf, soul, and blues: “Song For Winners”! – Jack Anderson
Rank #1: Slowdive – Sugar For The Pill. https://kpsusongoftheday.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/04-sugar-for-the-pill.mp3
Rank #2: Boreen – Garden. https://kpsusongoftheday.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/06-garden.mp3
Rank #1: half cocked - There's A Heartache Following Me. The Free Music Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free and legal MP3 downloads. It's directed by WFMU,the most renowned freeform radio station in America.
Rank #2: Rolemusic - Neogauge. The Free Music Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free and legal MP3 downloads. It's directed by WFMU,the most renowned freeform radio station in America.
Rank #1: Music That Matters, Vol. 673 - Runcast, Vol. 16. John Richards and special guest, KEXP volunteer and marathon expert Ken Tarleton, take you through the DOs of being a runner. 1. Liela Moss - “Wild as Fire” 2. Mitski - “Geyser” 3. Blushing - “The Truth” 4. Calexico and Iron and Wine - “Father Mountain” 5. Black Pumas - “Colors” 6. Shovels and Rope - “The Wire” 7. The Cinematic Orchestra - “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” 8. Maps - “Surveil” 9. Strand of Oaks -“Weird Ways” 10. Swervedriver - “Mary Winter” 11.Greys - “These Things Happen” 12. Lust For Youth “Great Concerns” 13. Generationals - “Beggars in the House of Plenty” 14. La Neve - “Maximum Wage”
Rank #2: Music That Matters, Vol. 627 - Runcast, Vol. 12. Search for that runner's high with another soundtrack to your run curated by John Richards featuring music from Amen Dunes, Dessa, Loma, and Beach Slang.1. Amen Dunes - Miki Dora2. On Dead Waves - Blue Inside3. Sulk - Black Infinity4. Porcelain Raft - Big Sur5. Wooden Shjips - Staring At the Sun6. Loma - Joy7. Local Natives - Past Lives8. Beach Slang - Spin the Dial9. Beach Slang - Punks in a Disco Bar10. Born Ruffians - Miss You11. Shakey Grave - Kids These Days12. Dessa - 5 out of 613. Childish Gambino - Have Some Love14. Lady Wray - Do It Again15. The True Loves - The Dapper Derp16. Louise Burns - Storms17. Crocodiles - Telepathic Lover18. Beach Fossils - This Year19. STRFKR - Open Your Eyes20. Jacuzzi Boys - Lucky Blade21. Crater - Ladder Song
Rank #1: Hey Ocean! - A Song About California (vault). Rebroadcast of Hey Ocean! on IndieFeed Indie Pop
Rank #2: Toro Y Moi - Still Sound. "Delicate melody ground into funky echoing blur" Chris MacDonald, IndieFeed Indie Pop
Rank #1: IDLES. It's difficult to think of a band that's had a bigger breakthrough in 2018 than IDLES, but then again, it's different to think about anything else when their furious and vulnerable songs pulverize speakers, venues, and ears in the way that they have all year. Performing four songs from their sophomore album Joy As An Act of Resistance, the Bristol quintet walk into the KEXP Live Room with John Richards and exit 30 minutes later with an instant classic KEXP session under their belts. Recorded 10/04/2018. 4 songs - Colossus, Never Fight A Man With A Perm, Television, Danny NedelkoSupport the show.
Rank #2: Better Oblivion Community Center. Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, also known as Better Oblivion Community Center stopped by KEXP's studio shortly after the release of their debut, self-titled album. Recorded 3/17/2019 on the Midday show with Cheryl Waters. 4 songs - Didn't Know What I Was In For, Dylan Thomas, Little Trouble, Easy/Lucky/FreeSupport the show.
Rank #1: Camp Cope Sings It Like They See It. The three members of Australian band Camp Cope have fearlessly called out sexism in the music industry and they've led campaigns to make music festivals and shows safer, more inclusive spaces. The band's song "The Face of God" deals with sexual assault in a direct way and addresses a central question: 'Why do we let good musicians get away with bad behavior?' Camp Cope performs that song and lead singer Georgia "Maq" McDonald explains why she's sick of talking about it. Drummer Sarah Thompson, a.k.a. "Thomo," shares the unique predicaments she's found herself in as both a band member and the band's manager. And bassist Kelly-Dawn "Kelso" Hellmrich describes her unusual and very cool approach to following vocals rather than drums for her basslines.
Rank #2: Firefly Folk By Caamp. We're in a hammock state of mind with CAAMP! The band was formed in Athens, Ohio by old friends Taylor Meier, who sings and plays guitar, and banjo player Evan Westfall. They later added bass player Matt Vinson. Since the band's humble beginnings playing for "free beer and a couple folks who would enjoy a guitar-banjo tune," as Meier says, CAAMP has managed to charm festival-goers and captivate late night crowds across the country. It has also racked up tens of millions of spins on Spotify, while managing to maintain the humble spirit that united the members in the first place. Hear CAAMP perform songs from their latest album, 'By And By'.
Rank #1: 847 - Chris Stapleton, Joan Osborne, Joe Ely, Rock My Soul. Chris Stapleton, Joan Osborne, Rock My Soul featuring the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters, and Joe Ely
Rank #2: 943- David Bromberg, The Devil Makes Three, The Suitcase Junket, Eliza Gilkyson, Jarlath Henderson. Kathy Mattea guest-hosts as we welcome the David Bromberg Quintet, The Devil Makes Three, Eliza Gilkyson, Jarlath Henderson and The Suitcase Junket. Support is provided by Adventures on the Gorge. https://adventuresonthegorge.com/
Rank #1: Dulce Pájara De Juventud - Gigalove. "New music from Barcelona" Chris MacDonald IndieFeed Alternative and Modern Rock
Rank #2: Heligoats - Are You Saying Yes?. "Pocketed project turns into touring performers" Chris MacDonald IndieFeed
Rank #1: Bon Iver Live From the 9:30 Club. The love for Justin Vernon and Bon Iver at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club was so overwhelming for this performance, it seemed fans might storm the stage and eat the humble frontman alive. The stage was set with just the essentials, bathed in thin columns of warmly colored lights. It was just enough to reveal the faces of a thousand or so glassy-eyed fans who mouthed the words to every song and swayed in a state of pure bliss. 8/4/11 Perth Minnesota, WI Towers Holocene Creature Fear Flume Hinnom, TX Wash. Brackett, WI Blood Bank Re: Stacks Calgary Wolves (Act I and II) ENCORE: Skinny Love Beth/Rest For Emma
Rank #2: Alabama Shakes Live From The Newport Folk Festival. In concert, the soulful blues-rock band's music reached ecstatic, rafter-shaking heights. Singer Brittany Howard has the bearing, power and charisma of a star twice her age, but on stage, she's positively dominant. Here, the band performs at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Saturday, July 28 in Newport, R.I. Find NPR's complete Newport Folk Festival coverage at www.npr.org/newportfolk.
Rank #1: #715 The Legend of Robert Johnson. For decades, the myths surrounding Robert Johnson overshadowed his contributions as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. From the legend that he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads to mystery surrounding his untimely death at age 27, the truths of Johnson’s life have remained untold. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with music historian Bruce Conforth about Johnson’s career, death and working to give the guitarist his identity back. They also share some of their favorite covers of Johnson's songs.
Rank #2: #714 Why the Ramones Matter, Tommy Ramone & Opinions on Chance the Rapper. Back in the 1970s, punk was shorthand for a subculture that took pride in breaking the mainstream’s mold. And at the vanguard of punk rock was The Ramones. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the cultural contributions of the band, beyond the myth, with the author of Why The Ramones Matter, Donna Gaines. Plus, they revisit their 2007 conversation with the late Tommy Ramone. They also review the latest from Chicago's Chance the Rapper.
Rank #1: EP21 - Rat Fancy. Diana and Greg from Rat Fancy play guest DJ and talk with us about their new "Suck a Lemon" EP. We hear a two new Rat Fancy songs as well as a couple of their fave indie pop songs from the 90s. Then we all do shots, suck lemons, and play a drinking game watching The Adventures of Pete and Pete.Fancy that!
Rank #2: Ep1 - Twee as F#ck. In the first episode of our podcast, Ryan plays his favorite indie-pop / twee tracks while Jenna mixes herself an apple-a-rita with rum. This episode features old songs by Tokidoki, Tullycraft, and Bunnygrunt; and new songs by Frankie Cosmos, The Washboard Abs, and Girlpool.Cookie Cutter, yeah!
Rank #1: Noise-Fuzz-Pop from Upper Wilds . With screaming and blistering guitars, power-chord-like vocal harmonies (both clean and processed through an array of guitar pedals), and a rock-solid pummeling of drums, Brooklyn trio Upper Wilds, [Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), Zach Lehroff (Ex Models) and Jeff Ottenbacher], exploits all kinds of sonic textures for a cathartic, electric explosion of melodic and riff-driven noise-fuzz-pop. Expect distortion-filled, high-intensity songs with the “raw hopeful energy of DIY spaces” (Thrill Jockey) about being the first earthlings in deep space, getting struck by lightning, and colonizing Mars when Upper Wilds plays in-studio. - Caryn Havlik Watch the session here: Mars by Upper Wilds
Rank #2: Matisyahu and Band Spiritually Summit the Jams . The once-bearded Jewish-American roots-reggae vocalist and beatboxer Matisyahu found success in both the Hasidic spiritual community and beyond, back in the mid-2000’s. He has continued to reflect on seeking the divine, despite the surprise of shaving off his trademark beard, and started bringing a little more stretch and even more groove into his newer music. Matisyahu and his top-notch band - original Stubbs guitarist and longtime staple of the downtown New York improv scene Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist and long-time Matisyahu collaborator Stu Brooks, percussionist and Cyro Baptista go-to-drummer Tim Keiper, and Addison Groove Project founder Rob Marscher. – take mystical, improvisational journeys both on record and in live performance. Together, they’ll collaboratively summit the jam and play tunes from their latest record, Undercurrent, in-studio. -Caryn Havlik