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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    • 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…

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    • 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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  • w/ Guest

    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…

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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…

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    This week's guest is Suldrew , perennial guest on a great many shows over the years — Burrito Justice, Long Lunchbreak, and more. Tonight he…

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