Nakedly Examined Music Podcast

Why do musicians create what they do? Why do they create in that particular way? Mark Linsenmayer (aka songwriter Mark Lint, and host of The Partially Examined Life) talks to songwriters and composers about specific recordings, which are played in full. We cover lyric meanings, writing and recording techniques, arrangements, band dynamics, the stories behind the songs, and even music theory.


NEM#101: Helen Money (Alison Chesley): Rock Cellist

Alison was studying classical music when she joined Jason Narducy in 1993 in a duet that grew into two Verbow albums. She's since recorded four solo cello albums and been a guest musician on over 100 albums, playing with Bob Mould, Superchunk, Anthrax, Broken Social Scene, etc.
We discuss "Become Zero" and "Vanished Star" from Become Zero (2016), then "Beautiful Friends" from Arriving Angels (2013) and listen to "For My Father" by Jarboe/Helen Money (2015). Intro: "New History" by Verbow from White Out (2000); closing music from "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" from In Tune (2009). For more, see
Here's a whole recent live solo show, and here's a "Chirp Factory Session" with drummer Will Thomas. Here she is live with Jason Narducy as Verbow. Here she is live with Jarboe. Here she is backing Bob Mould. Here she is performing a Zeppelin tune with Krista Franklin. Here she is talking about rock vs. classical, her effects pedals, and playing with an amp. To give you a taste of her heavy metal session work, here's a song she plays on by The Skull and


 2019-07-27  57m