The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current.

TV Priest: Virtual Session

Maddie connects with Charlie Drinkwater and Ed Kelland of London's TV Priest to hear about their debut record, 'Uppers,' out now on Sub Pop Records. The three discuss the wedding gigs that preceded the band's inception, their first and only official show to be played before the pandemic, and how the decades deep friendships within the band fosters honesty in their writing.

Arlo Parks: Virtual Session

West London's Arlo Parks joins Jill Riley for a virtual session--she'll be playing songs from her debut record Collapsed In Sunbeams, and talking about taking refuge in writing, and using art to lift others up.

Julien Baker: Virtual Session

Julien Baker connects with The Current's Jill Riley to play a few tracks from her upcoming third studio record, Little Oblivions. In addition to the new record, Julien talks about the sense of communal creation that was instilled in her while growing up in Memphis, the tediousness of waiting to release a record, and the challenges of articulating highly personal work.

The Hold Steady: Virtual Session

Jill Riley connects with Craig Finn and Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady to hear a few live performances of tracks from their eighth studio album, Open Door Policy--recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl. The three talk about how the sound of Lifter Puller came through on this record, and Franz's return to the band.

Altin Gun: Virtual Session

Altin Gun's Jasper Verhulst talks to Maddie of The Current about crate digging for traditional Turkish folk songs, exploring a poppier sound on their new record, and what the band looks forward to when live shows return.

Mike Doughty: Virtual Session

Mike Doughty joins Morning Show host Jill Riley from his home in Memphis to talk about his new project Ghost Of Vroom, his latest book I Die Each Time I Hear The Sound. Plus, hear performances of a few recent tracks and a familiar favorite.

Bartees Strange: Virtual Session

Bartees Strange joins Jade for a virtual session to play songs from his latest record, Live Forever, out now on Memory Music. They'll also be talking about leaving places that prevent you from feeling free, covering The National and SAMIA, and what he's working on in his studio for his family this Christmas.

Nilufer Yanya: Virtual Session

Nilufer Yanya joins Sean McPherson to play songs from her new EP, Feeling Lucky? which was released earlier this month. They'll be discussing the freedoms of releasing EPs over albums, why she loves writing angry songs, and recalibrating to a year without live shows.

Jade Bird: Virtual Session

Jade Bird joins Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show to talk about moving to Austin, working with legendary Nashville producer Dave Cobb on her upcoming release, and what she's been up to this year.

Interview: Matt Berninger of The National talks about 'Serpentine Prison'

Last month Matt Berninger of The National released his debut solo record, 'Serpentine Prison' on Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Booker T. Jones with Concord Records. Jade caught up with Matt about working with Booker as a producer, and how he's been spending his free time lately.