Sound Opinions at Sea & Phoebe Bridgers


This week, Jim and Greg take the show to the water with the episode Sound Opinions at Sea! They'll share some of their favorite songs about oceans, seas and more! Plus, a conversation and live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago with singer-songwriter  Phoebe Bridgers.

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Songs About The Sea

Seventy-one percent of the earth is covered with water, so it's no surprise many musicians have looked to the sea for inspiration. From adventure to tragedy, Jim and Greg have gathered songs about the ocean that run the gamut.


  • "The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin
  • "Admiral of the Sea" by Grant Hart (Nova Mob)
  • "Ocean" by The Velvet Underground
  • "(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding


  • "Moon River" by Frank Ocean
  • "Sail On Sailor" by Beach Boys
  • "A Salty Dog" by Procol Harum
  • "Down By The Water" by PJ Harvey

Listen to these songs and more about the sea on our Spotify playlist.

Phoebe Bridgers

Singer-songwriter  Phoebe Bridgers has been performing at open mics since she was 11 years old and grew up busking at farmers' markets in her native Los Angeles. Now 23, Bridgers has been lauded for her captivating musicianship, dusky vocals, and lyrical eloquence. (Channeling his other life as an English professor, Jim compares her to Joan Didion.) Bridgers's songs pull no punches, covering topics like heartbreak and loss, living with depression, and the shadowy underside of her sunny home state. She stopped by the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago to perform "Smoke Signals" and a few other tracks off her 2017 album Stranger in the Alps. She talks to Greg and Jim about the meaning behind the album's title, how to silence a restless crowd, and the pervasive sexism of the music industry.

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