Musician, blogger, and label head Jeff Fiedler joins Bill and Brian to discuss Robert Palmer's Clues (1980, Island).
Bill and Brian are joined by musician Chris Fox (rubybonesband.com) to talk about the Walkmen's Heaven (2012, Fat Possum Records)!
Bill and Brian discuss Paul McCartney & Wing's Band on the Run (1973, Apple). Brian talks about listening to this album while driving around the American Southwest. Then we get into…
Bill and Brian open their hearts and open the mail bag and read some emails from our fine listeners.
Bill and Brian have a little fun by resurrecting the format of Bill's old podcast, High Fives, and count down their top 5 songs sung by the other person in the band. We make sure to not repeat any past songs already covered on…
One of Bill and Brian's favorite musicians and storytellers Jim McGee returns to the podcast to take us on a journey through 10(-ish) great songs from one of his favorite bands, Aerosmith. We start at the beginning with…
We wrap up our look at all the ELO studio albums by examining all their discs (their soundtrack to Xanadu included) from 1979’s Discovery through 2015’s Alone in the Universe and selecting their best hits compilations!
Apollo, of course, is widely considered one of the best—if not the best—live album ever made, one whose content has been covered extensively in other venues. Specifically: how this is seductive, gutbucket soul music delivered by an impressively ragged-voiced pop auteur who at times seems almost lost in a gospel reverie.
Join us as we make our way, album by album, through the full catalog of this Jeff Lynne-led classic-rock band, beginning with this look at their first seven albums from their 1972 debut disc No Answer through 1978’s Out of the Blue!
We conclude our four-part look at the full Chicago/Peter Cetera studio catalog with this look at all their albums from 1995 to date, including 2008’s cult classic Stone of Sisyphus, originally recorded back in ‘93 and famously rejected and shelved by Warner Brothers. We also pick the band’s best hits packages and live albums!
Our Albums from the Lost and Found column returns with a look at this Asylum Records release from 1980, one of only two solo albums ever released by legendary session guitarist Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, best known for his work as a regular sideman to James Taylor and Carole King in the ‘70s and as Don Henley’s indispensable co-writer/co-producer during the ‘80s. So what does Kortchmar sound like on his own? Read within to find out!
We resume our look at the full Chicago studio catalog by delving into their discs from Chicago 18 through Night and Day: Big Band and tackling Peter Cetera’s solo discs from Solitude/Solitaire through World Falling Down while we’re at it!
Live at Leeds is the fucking Platonic ideal of rock ‘n roll, preserving in amber a show that simultaneously highlights the group’s exacting pop acumen even as its individual players all seem like they could fly off the rails at any moment.
One of the hardest things to perfectly nail as a music fan is to catch a band live at their apex. Seeing bands before they break or as legacy acts can be fun. But the best is seeing an artist at the absolute height of their relevance. I never got it together to see Wilco in the mid-aughts, but there’s at least Kicking Television.
We continue our visit through the full Chicago studio catalog by delving through each of their albums from 1976’s Chicago X through 1984’s Chicago 17 and also take a listen to Peter Cetera’s very obscure first solo album in the process!
Join us as our own Jeff Fiedler takes on one of his biggest challenges yet and bravely makes his way through the vast, Roman-numeral-laden, and double-album-heavy body of work that is the full Chicago studio catalog! Sure, they’re a fabulous singles act, but how do their albums stack up? Find out here!
Reggae was a truly modern form of music—minimalist even, with enough empty space left hanging in the air inside each song that the music felt almost elemental. There’s room for nature in reggae, but also for community and assembly. Which is what makes it good party music, but extremely good protest music.
We conclude our look at the Carly Simon discography by delving into each of her studio albums from 1992’s This Is My Life soundtrack through her latest, 2009’s Never Been Gone, and selecting her most satisfying best-of package!
During this latest listen of Sings Live! I responded most intensely to the album’s more pensive, transcendental material: “Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect,” “The Gymnast, High Above the Ground,” “On the Bus Mall”—anything, basically, that called to mind the image of the outline of a human head, framed by a canopy of twinkling stars.
We continue our look at the Carly Simon catalog by delving into each of her studio albums from 1980's underrated Come Upstairs through 1990's Have You Seen Me Lately?
Haven't got time for the pain? Neither do we - we've been too busy making our way through the Carly Simon catalog one studio album at a time, starting with this look at everything from her self-titled debut through 1979's Spy!
MTV Unplugged in New York is as seminal a work as any of Nirvana’s three studio albums. It’s at once an end and a beginning. In a more generous alternate timeline, a sobered-up 50-year-old Kurt Cobain is getting ready to embark on yet another solo acoustic theater tour.
We conclude our Lost and Found feature on the criminally underrated R&B/funk diva Teena Marie by delving into her final two albums for the Gordy label, 1980's Irons in the Fire and 1981's It Must Be Magic!
We conclude our look at the late, great funk-rocker by rating and reviewing all his studio albums from Cold Blooded through the posthumous Deeper Still and selecting the most satisfying of the many Rick James best-of packages that have been issued over the years!