Author and professor Jonathyne Briggs joins Bill and Brian to discuss Blondie's breakthrough third album Parallel Lines (1978, Chrysalis). Jonathyne talks about underestimating the band as a singles band in his youth before really digging...
Musician Nick Palmer joins Bill to talk about iconic, landmark "punk" album London Calling (CBS/Epic, 1979) by the Clash. Nick describes working his way back from Green Day to eventually picking up...
Podcaster Matt Kelly (hmnpodcast.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Norah Jones' massive breakout debut Come Away with Me (2002, Blue Note). Matt shares how Jones' blend of melancholy jazz and country helped him process the death of an important family member who passed shortly before this album was released. Then Bill, Brian, and Matt discuss the possible influence of...
Bill takes the weekend off, leaving the program in Brian's questionable hands. But he recruits solo artist, bandleader, and Yarnspinners Podcast maestro Brian Rothenbeck (http://rothenbeck.com) to be the guest co-host. Together, the two Brians and special guest Jay Gogel (of The Adventuring Party) dig deep into Ben Folds Five's final album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (1999, 550 Music). Brian recalls...
Multi-instrumentalist Mike Noordzy of psychedelic afro-cuban surf jazz band El Noordzo (nachtrecords.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss the eponymous album The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967, Verve). Mike talks about falling in love with...
Welcome to the first ever Liner Notes edition of the Great Albums podcast, a semi-monthly version of the show where Bill and Brian get to relax a little, read some listener emails, make corrections, and possibly chat about some new topics. In this episode we...
The first thing that leaps out is just how clean the recording sounds. You can practically hear every string. The band is incredibly tight, and the songs—a collection of Ventures originals, surf favorites, and covers of then-current pop tunes—charge ahead with punk rock hyperactivity.
We close our disc-by-disc look at the David Bowie catalog by rating and reviewing all his studio albums from Earthling through Blackstar and presenting our picks for his best hits packages and live albums!
Join us as we resume rating and reviewing every studio album from David Bowie (including both studio outings from Tin Machine) from Let's Dance through Outside!
Hendrix himself was never a huge fan of Gypsys. The record is an imperfect grab bag of improbable guitar pyrotechnics and off-the-cuff creative experimentation capturing one of the signature rockers of the 1960s making a productive—if ultimately doomed—pivot toward the 1970s.
Join us as we assess every one of David Bowie's studio albums from Diamond Dogs through Scary Monsters!
That Staley mustered enough courage to put himself on display like this—and kill it, frankly—is bonkers. When a clearly buoyant Staley says, “I have to say: this is probably the best show we’ve done in three years,” the words glow like rays of sunshine. Kinney then points out, “Layne, it’s the only one.”
By popular demand, we finally tackle the fun but challenging task of assessing the complete David Bowie catalog, beginning with this first installment that covers everything from his little-known, pre-fame self-titled 1967 debut for Deram Records through the 1973 covers album Pin Ups!
The Great Albums blogger Jeff Fiedler concludes his overview of 2017 and inaugural column of the new year by sharing this bonus feature to his countdown of his twenty favorite albums of last year and revealing his forty favorite singles of 2017! Can you guess which rap song surprisingly topped his list or which country song landed in the #2 spot on his countdown?
The Great Albums blogger and frequent podcast guest Jeff Fiedler picks up where he left off last week in his latest feature for our website and counts down his ten favorite albums of 2017!
The difference between good artists and great artists is this: good artists make what they do look hard; great artists make what they do look easy. Ant The Ramones all but singlehandedly invented one of pop’s most enduring subgenres with little more than the E5 power chord and a quick “1-2-3-4!”
Join us as our good friend and primary blogger Jeff Fiedler begins the new year on the Great Albums blog by counting down his twenty favorite albums and forty favorite singles of 2017, beginning with his album picks from #20 to #11!
Rating and reviewing all the Van Halen studio albums from their first disc with Sammy Hagar as lead singer, 1986's 5150, through the unexpected 2012 reunion disc with David Lee Roth, A Different Kind of Truth, and helping you select the best hits package and live album from the band!
Rating and reviewing all of the Van Halen studio albums from David Lee Roth's first tenure with the band, from their self-titled debut through 1984!
Rating and reviewing every Santana studio album from the 1999 comeback disc Supernatural through their latest, 2017's Power of Peace, and helping you determine the band's best hits package and live disc!
Rating and reviewing every Santana studio album from 1977's Moonflower through 1992's Milagro!
Rating and reviewing every Santana studio album from their self-titled debut through 1977's Festival!
As a discursive statement full of moments both epic and intimate, Newport ’63 is a wonderful document of a singular musical talent. And pretentions aside, this is music worth listening to for its own sake. No highballs, turtlenecks, or chin-only goatees required.
Rating and reviewing every studio album by the Doors from their 1967 self-titled debut through the posthumous Jim Morrison poetry disc An American Prayer!