Musician Kevin Newcomb (funwhileyouwait.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Nick Drake's Pink Moon (1972, Island).
It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up our Replacements' conversation with Tommy Stinson's follow up band, Perfect, and their tune "Miss Self-Esteem." We talk about how this band remained under the radar, especially in comparison...
In a special crossover episode, Bill and Brian welcome Randy and Dan from That Dandy Classic Music Hour (thatdandyclassicmusichour.com) as we finally return to covering another Replacements album with their 1987 classic Pleased to Meet Me (Sire). Bill and Brian discuss the band's...
It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian discuss Pearl Jam's surprise hit "Last Kiss," the band's staying power, a listener email about second chances, and an indie rock version of the Traveling Wilburys.
Bill and Brian take the stage at the Nashville Rock n Pod Music Expo to chat about what makes Pearl Jam's Backspacer (2009, Monkeywrench) a great album. Featuring some special guests culled from the convention floor!
It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian dive into the deep waters with Modest Mouse (get it?) to discuss a favorite of theirs "Dashboard." We get into the contribution of...
In this second half of our Lost and Found feature on The Tubes, we look at the David Foster-produced Outside Inside, which gave the band a surprise Top Ten hit in "She's a Beauty" and also contains the most hilariously double-entendre-laden song Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White has ever had a hand in writing!
The Tubes didn't exactly have a reputation for being the most commercial of bands (or a particularly family-friendly one, either!) when it first signed with Capitol Records after being dumped by A&M in 1980. They're also not the most likely of bands to hire David Foster as a producer, but it happened, and the pairing works so, so much better than it has any right to on these two deliciously satirical discs!
Rating and reviewing every Journey studio album from Frontiers through Eclipse (as well as both of Steve Perry's solo albums) and helping you determine the best Journey hits compilation and live disc!
He never had a Hot 100 hit as a performer, but the hard-to-categorize singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin - equal parts pop, jazz, folk, and R&B - had some very famous fans (including two Beatles!) and is a clear influence on the much more commercially successful Jason Mraz, who's covered this all-killer-no-filler disc's "In the Name of Love."
Rating and reviewing all of Journey's studio albums from their heavily prog-rock-flavored, Steve-Perry-less self-titled debut through their 1981 hit-packed classic Escape!
What do the NES game Super Mario 2, the song "You Light Up My Life," Sting, the movie The Boy Who Could Fly, and Phil Collins' "A Groovy Kind of Love" all have in common? They've all got some connection to this fun 1989 album from Stephen Bishop!
This charming guy has made cameos in multiple cult-classic big-screen comedies, sung two of the most beloved soft-rock 45s of all-time, penned a Number One hit for Phil Collins, and can count Eric Clapton among his biggest fans. Yet he remains one of the most criminally underrated singer-songwriters of his generation. Join us as we delve into a pair of Stephen Bishop's best albums, beginning with this 1976 debut!
You likely know their names, but did you realize the artists in this back half of this week's Common Thread column are former soap opera stars? Join us as we take a look at discs from Lauryn Hill, Ricky Martin, Natalie Imbruglia, Jesse McCartney, and Kylie Minogue to wrap up our month-long salute to screen actors who either began or have moonlighted as musicians!
Like sands through the hourglass, so goes our month-long tribute to lesser-known twin-threat actor/musicians, but not before we take this last week to sift through albums from ten soap opera alumni, starting with this batch of discs from Rick Springfield, Ronn Moss, Gloria Loring, Jack Wagner, and Michael Damian!
Join us as we take a look at six more better-than-average musical excursions from famous actors, including discs from Peter Gallagher, Minnie Driver, Hugh Laurie, and "Tony Stark" himself, Robert Downey, Jr.!
We continue our month-long look at lesser-known double-threat actor-musicians by returning to the Albums from the Lost and Found files for a look at the self-titled debut from former Kids Incorporated star Marta Marrero, better known simply as Martika! Not familiar with the show? You might be quite surprised to find out while reading this feature just how many other stars got their start on the '80s kids show!
We continue our journey through the musical dabblings of Hollywood's TV and movie stars by looking at another half-dozen surprising albums from the likes of, believe it or not, Katey Sagal, Jasmine Guy, Don Johnson, and Crystal Bernard!
We continue our look at surprising - and surprisingly enjoyable - albums from famous actors who you may not have realized ever moonlighted as recording artists, including Tim Curry, Cheryl Ladd, and Eddie Murphy!
Our Common Thread column returns as we take a look - six at a time - through two dozen better-than-average musical excursions from moonlighting notable actors, beginning with discs from the likes of Alan Arkin, Peggy Lipton, and - believe it or not - Anthony Perkins!
Join us as we pay tribute to the late, great legendary country-pop vocalist (and session guitarist extraordinaire) by selecting and examining his fifteen most seminal long-players!
Our Albums from the Lost and Found column returns with a look at this delightful 1983 pop album - jam-packed with Top 40 hits yet strangely never released on CD in the U.S.! - from actress-turned-singer Irene Cara (best known for her starring role in the movie musical Fame and her award-winning theme song from the movie Flashdance).
Rating and reviewing every Jackson 5 and Jacksons studio album from the 1976 archival package Joyful Jukebox Music through 1989's oft-derided 2300 Jackson Street, and helping you select the best live album and hits compilations from the brothers!
We finish our two-part look in Albums from the Lost and Found at the vastly-underrated Jermaine Jackson's body of work by looking at his final solo album for Motown and his first two outings for Arista Records!