No Magic

About No Magic

An evening session with Ben Ward playing eclectic blends of pop, rock, electronic, dance and whatever else seems tangentially appropriate. A featured guest brings along their musical inspirations and stories, and we'll pour over the record of the week. “This isn't about looking good. This isn't about making people like you. No magic, just music.”

  • Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm


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    • James Goode

    This week's show is a really good one. We highlight the great genre-spanning arc of Metronomy's Metronomy Forever. Guest James Goode brings an inspiring set of great…

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    • Gem Spear

    This week we welcome back Gem Spear to, as she shares a playlist of tracks from 1999, inspired by a conversation with a Lyft driver in…

    № 34

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  • w/ Guest
    • Ariel Waldman

    This week's guest Ariel Waldman brings a selection of music that's all about firsts. The soundtrack to big milestones in life, the introduction to genres, formative experiences…

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    • Natalie Galatzer

    This week, guest Natalie Galatzer shares some of the music that accompanied her moving to San Francisco back in 2006. Likewise, Ben reminisces about his own migration…

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  • You know how sometimes you have a really busy day? You know how sometimes that bleeds into you not entirely getting your radio show fully planned out?

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  • Three weeks off feels like an age in radio, I have to say. Hello. Returning from vacation, this week's No Magic picks up where we ostensibly left…

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    • Starunner

    This week we're joined in the studio by Emmett Dzieza, aka Starunner. He's playing a set of tracks to feature his new alb um Be Kind Rewind,  and talking…

    № 29

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    • Rusty Sunsets

    This week features a live, in-studio performance from Rusty Sunsets, whose EP Disambiguation Station is available on Bandcamp now. Cara also shares some of the music that inspired the record,…

    № 28

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    • Jon Sung

    Jon Sung is a live-wire creative eclectic, a white hole emitting ideas into our universe at a rate only modelled theoretically in quantum mechanics. His podcast Idea Factory…

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    • Tom Coates

    Some years ago, Tom Coates started a Twitter account called “Magical iPod” as an experiment in sharing musical recommendations and insights, found in the constraint of his pocketed playlists.

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