Episode 118: Little Dragon and Big Small Talk

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This week: As we ready for next week’s hour-long show premiere, we serve up two more courses from the DPD test kitchen. You’ll hear suggestions for your dinner party soundtrack from Swedish band Little Dragon, and a meatier edition of Small Talk. Plus, author Alexander Maksik flies into a moth-joke trap.

Icebreaker: Alexander Maksik
Alexander Maksik, author of the much-lauded debut novel You Deserve Nothing, psyches us out (along with our joke selection).

Small Talk (Roundtable Remix): Madeleine Brand and Paddy Hirsch
Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch and Madeleine Brand of KPCC’s eponymous show join us to talk about some of the lesser-known headlines this week. It’s still small talk, but the table is a little bit bigger… let us know what you think about the four-person format.

We give you free stuff – won’t you return the favor?
We’re always looking for new etiquette questions, and for your picks for your dream dinner party companion (we’re calling these “Plus Ones.”) Email us your suggestions at dinnerparty@americanpublicmedia.org. And, if you happen to be at a real life dinner party, give us a call on our RSVP hotline (a.k.a. Brendan’s office voicemail): 213-621-3554. Leave a message making us wish we were there with you. Thanks!

Dinner Party Soundtrack: Little Dragon
Swedish band Little Dragon is known for swirling electronic grooves and the soulful, otherworldly vocals of frontwoman Yukimi Nagano. Last year they made a splash with an appearance on two tracks from electro-titans Gorillaz. This year their headlining tour — in support of their new album Ritual Union — is selling out venues around the world. Including L.A… where Yukimi graciously agreed to provide us with a list of her favorite party songs.

Music from this week’s show

The Sea & Cake – “The Argument”

The Carpenters – “Superstar”

Neil Young – “Old Man”

Prince – “Crazy You”

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Fright Night (Nevermore)”