Brian tells Bill about his favorite albums of 2018!
Bill and Brian open up the email inbox, check the tweets, and have some discussions about Rolling Stone, Weezer, Batman, Spiderman, and Stan Lee. Also, Bill takes a little time to update everyone on his recent health issues.
Musician Mick Chorba (thesuccessfulfailures.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss the iconic White Album (Apple, 1968) by the Beatles. It's our first episode dedicated to a single Beatles album! Yeah, it's taken us awhile to get there, but we did.
Massive Album November week 3 has arrived! Bill and Brian sit down with thegreatalbums.comblogger and Aqualung Records head, Jeff Fiedler, to discuss Supertramp's Breakfast in America (1979, A&M).
Massive Album November reaches week 2, and Bill and Brian welcome Telegraph Hill Records' Kristen Costa (telegraphhillreccords.com) to discuss No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom (1995, Trauma/Interscope).
Massive Album November week 1 is here! And Bill and Brian dive into Sheryl Crow's huge debut Tuesday Night Music Club (1993, A&M) with podcaster James Kittle.
Rhoads was an auteur guitar player—one who forced songs to bend to his will rather than subsuming himself into the entrenched paradigm. And when we’re talking about riffs as iconic as those in “Iron Man” and “Paranoid,” that’s really saying something.
The the film’s striking monochrome visuals, art deco set design, formal attire, and omnipresent cloud of low-rolling cigarette-smoke really helps sell the dramaturgy of the music, like a wine pairing that brings out the full flavor of a gratuitously overpriced steak.
We conclude our look at the full Queen catalog by delving into each of their studio albums from 1980’s The Game all the way through the post-Mercury Paul Rodgers collaboration The Cosmos Rocks and also pick their best hits packages and live albums!
Don’t stop me now, ‘cause I’m having a good time delving through the full Queen catalog to rate and review all their studio albums for you, beginning with this first of two installations, in which I cover all their discs from their self-titled debut through 1978’s Jazz!
We conclude our look at the Isleys’ catalog by delving into each of their studio discs from 1983’s Between the Sheets through 2017’s full-length Santana collaboration Power of Peace and choosing their best live album and greatest hits package!
In Part 2 of our Discog Fever on the Isleys, we cover all the band’s albums from 1973’s 3 + 3 through 1983’s Between the Sheets, a period during which the band moved distribution of their own T-Neck label to Columbia and younger brothers Ernie and Marvin and brother-in-law Chris Jasper officially joined, making the group a sextet!
By special request, we take on the challenge of making our way through the full catalog of R&B/funk legends The Isley Brothers, from their seminal early-rock-era sides like “Shout!” and “Twist and Shout” through their pure funk platters of the late ‘60s and mid-’70s and their sultry-slow-jam-laden discs of the ‘80s and ‘90s! This first of three installations covers everything from 1959’s Shout! through 1972’s Brother, Brother, Brother.
Our much-loved Discog Fever column is back after a brief break! We had so much fun on the blog last month with our series of musical-family-themed columns, we thought we’d keep it going with a string of Discog Fever features on artists we didn’t get around to covering, beginning with brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher! Join us as we make our way through the entire Oasis catalog of studio albums from Definitely Maybe through Dig Out Your Soul.
Eagle-Eye Cherry, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Wreckx-N-Effect, .38 Special, Crystal Gayle, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds are just a few of the many diverse artists covered in this second half of our feature on the musical siblings of other famous musicians!
We certainly couldn’t do a theme month on musical families without featuring a disc from the most famous family in country music - in this case, the third full-length outing from Carlene Carter (daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and stepsister of Rosanne Cash), equal parts new wave, country, rockabilly, and pure pop and produced by then-husband Nick Lowe!
We continue our look at musical families by delving through an array of albums by musicians you may not realize are the siblings of other famous musicians! This first of two parts includes discs by such notables as The Crests, Freda Payne, We Five, Latin-rock band Malo, the Easybeats, Fanny, and the Honey Cone!
Our theme month on musical families continues with this Lost and Found feature on this sadly oft-overlooked debut album from John Lennon’s son Julian, which spawned two Top Ten smashes in “Too Late for Goodbyes” and the title track and another near-Top-Twenty hit in “Say You’re Wrong”!
We sure couldn’t do a theme month on musical families without doing something on perhaps the most talented musical offspring of all in rock music, Bob Dylan’s son Jakob, so join us as we make our way through the full Wallflowers catalog and assess each of their studio albums!
Our Discog Fever column returns in time for our month-long celebration to musical families - in this case, brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson, the original guitarist and bassist, respectively, for ‘80s alt-rock legends The Replacements. Join us as we review all of their studio full-lengths from Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash to All Shook Down!
We continue our month-long look at musical families with a new Lost and Found column on this 1974 disc from R&B/funk cult hero Shuggie Otis - the son of the late renowned bandleader and legendary A&R rep Johnny Otis (“Willie and the Hand Jive”). His third solo disc, this would also be his last album for forty-four years before finally returning in 2018 with Inter-Fusion.
Ziggy Marley, Nelson, Norah Jones, Metro Station, Will to Power, Tal Bachman, and Kristinia DeBarge are just a few of the many artists featured in this second installation of our Common Thread feature on albums from the hit-making children of other hit-makers!
We continue our look at musical families with this Lost and Found column on the 1980 album Wasp, the last of five studio albums ever released by Shaun Cassidy, the half-brother of David Cassidy and son of David’s The Partridge Family co-star Shirley Jones. This is no ordinary teen-idol record: it’s a radical musical makeover produced - and featuring several new originals penned - by the great Todd Rundgren!
It’s theme-month time again here on the blog, and this time, the theme is “All in the Family,” so throughout September, our regularly-featured columns will be dedicated to musical families! We begin our theme month with this Common Thread feature on albums by the hit-making offspring of other famous musicians. This first installment features such artists as Rocky Burnette, Gary Lewis, Brenda K. Starr, and more!