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A mixtape or playlist has to sound great, but the best ones have meaning behind the songs. So 8Track lets you hear you both. Hosted by Russ Borris from WFUV in New York, 8Track is more than a mixtape, it’s a playlist conversation shaped around the music. Each episode features a different Guest DJ (or 2) and 8 songs they’ve picked to share. Season 1 brings you 12 weekly episodes of music nerdom, stories and insights — sometimes with a theme, sometimes with performance, but always with the songs leading the way. New episodes Thursdays at 12 a.m. ET, starting September 23, 2021.

Episode Date
Jon Batiste: 8Track, Ep. 1-4
Jon Batiste is our Guest DJ this week. Among many other things, he is a composer and musician who you can see as the Music Director and bandleader on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Earlier this year, he released the incredible album, "We Are," since we spoke in March, he's become an Oscar-winner for his work on the film, "Soul," and for 8Track, he joined me from a familiar seat at his piano. [Recorded 3/24/21; More at 8trackpod.com]
Oct 14, 2021
St. Vincent: 8Track, Ep. 1-3
Annie Clark is an artist in every sense of the word. She’s an ever-evolving musician, songwriter and producer who’s released six albums as St. Vincent, including her latest, "Daddy's Home." The new album draws from vintage sounds of the '70s, but the songs Annie chose for 8Track stick more to the present and run in a range of directions. They also stirred up some fun stories and memories — from her roaming CD World as a kid in Dallas, to a dream for a future St. Vincent album. [Recorded 5/4/21; More at 8Trackpod.com]
Oct 07, 2021
Caroline Rose: 8Track, Ep. 1-2
Caroline Rose is a songwriter, producer and wildly entertaining live performer who is responsible for the incredible albums "Loner" and "Superstar" — and — the 8Track theme music. She's a hometown favorite at WFUV who is now based in Austin, but the recent discoveries and rediscoveries in her 8 song choices take us in a lot of different directions. [Recorded 3/15/21; More at 8Trackpod.com]
Sep 30, 2021
Brian Koppelman: 8Track, Ep. 1-1
Welcome to Season 1 of 8Track, where you'll hear host Russ Borris, a bunch of great guests, and of course — music — as 8 songs lead the way in each conversation. Our first guest is writer, producer and showrunner Brian Koppelman. He's built an impressive resume over the last 20+ years — best known for his work on the Showtime series "Billions," and films like "Rounders" and "Oceans Thirteen." Brian also began his career in the music industry, working in A&R, and currently hosts the podcast "The Moment." So 8Track brought all of those worlds together as Brian chose a theme for his picks: “Songs that could be movies but weren’t written by Bruce, Lou, Joni or Bob.” [Recorded 2/4/21; More at 8Trackpod.com]
Sep 23, 2021
8Track: Season 1 Trailer
Of all the songs in the world, pick 8. That request is a little unfair to a Guest DJ, but for music nerds — like WFUV's Russ Borris — it's also a fun challenge. And it's made even better by getting to talk music with someone. So 8Track is more than a mixtape. It's a playlist conversation where the songs and segues lead the way. In our 12 episode first season, you'll hear Russ joined by St. Vincent, Jon Batiste and writer Brian Koppelman, plus Weezer, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sleater-Kinney and more. Look for new episodes weekly, starting Thursday, September 23.
Sep 03, 2021