Bill and Brian give thanks, list our top 10 episodes, and read a bunch of emails in the midst of our indefinite hiatus.
In our final episode that'll be part of a regular release schedule, we take a look back at the first album we ever discussed, the Replacements' Let It Be (1984, Twin/Tone).
It's finally happening! As we reach the penultimate episode to be part of our weekly releases, Bill and Brian take the time to talk about what's great about Radiohead's OK Computer (1997, Parlophone/Capitol).
Author and educator Doug Robertson, AKA the Weird Teacher, joins Bill and Brian to discuss Nick Cave and the Bad Seed's Let Love In (1994, Mute Records).
Musician Sean Barna drops by to discuss the Hold Steady's sophomore effort Separation Sunday (2005, Frenchkiss).
Musician Scott Sylvester (Meeko Brando) hangs out with Bill and Brian while we discuss Sonic Youth's Murray St. (2002, DGC Records).
Deadheads and Discog Fever fans alike, rejoice! Our Discog Fever column returns with this ambitious attempt to cover all of the Grateful Dead studio albums, as well as all of the iconic jam band’s live albums released between 1967 and 1990!
It might be his most revered solo album of all, but strangely enough, you rarely ever actually hear anything from it on classic-rock radio; in fact, if not for his 1977 single “We Just Disagree,” you’d likely never hear Dave Mason on American FM radio today at all! But this 1970 solo debut from the former co-founder of the legendary Traffic is arguably his greatest moment - not to mention one of the most impressively-packaged LPs of the entire decade!
As a performer, the late, great Laura Nyro sadly never amounted to much more than a cult act beloved by critics and a small but devoted following of fans. (It didn’t help that she was publicity-shy, reportedly even turning down an offer to appear as musical guest on the season premiere of SNL’s ‘93-’94 season.) But as a songwriter? Her material couldn’t have been in hotter demand between 1968 and 1972, and here’s half a dozen discs that prove it!
We pay tribute to the memory of former Cars ringleader Ric Ocasek by devoting our latest installment of our Lost and Found column to his second solo album, 1986’s delightful This Side of Paradise, which also includes his only major hit single as a solo artist, the infectious ballad “Emotion in Motion.”
The Great Albums blog returns to regular action today, beginning with this tribute to the great Eddie Money, who sadly passed away over the weekend. Our own Jeff Fiedler pays tribute to the classic-rock vocalist by picking out his five most essential studio platters and briefly delving into each.
Our blogger Jeff Fiedler returns from a brief hiatus with this new Lost and Found feature on the 1974 self-titled solo debut from the sadly-little-known Tim Moore, formerly the frontman for Elektra Records act Gulliver. While Moore never had a Top 40 hit to call his own as a performer, his admirers within the industry were plentiful and nearly every last song on this record would be covered by a major artist.
if you’re the kind of person who only likes “some” country music, this is probably the country music you’re talking about: sparse, electric instrumentation with lots and lots of bright, twang-y telecasters and woozy pedal steel practically dripping off of the record like mercury out of a broken thermometer.
It’s a weird thing to say about a band that was inarguably one of the most ginormous stadium acts of its era, but Guns ‘N Roses really should have had a better career. But here was an epically dysfunctional band; I imagine trying to keep GNR moving forward, at any point, was probably like trying to herd Adderall-addicted pythons.
While you may not have heard of the name Louise Goffin and her commercial success pales to that of even her former babysitter (Little Eva, who’d score three additional Top 40 hits following the chart-topping success of “The Loco-Motion” before fading from prominence), the daughter of songwriting legends …
At this time, the form had evolved well beyond its primordial party-centric focus to explore weightier ideas. As KRS-One says, “Some people Say I am a rap missionary/some people say that I am a walking dictionary/some people say that I am truly legendary/But what I am is simply a black revolutionary.”
Our Lost and Found column returns with this look at this 1985 self-titled affair by the Minneapolis funk outfit The Family, a band assembled by Prince from the remnants of The Time. The record would bomb and the band would never release another record (until reuniting decades later under a new name), but it remains an artistic triumph and is historically significant for containing the original version of a song that would become one of the biggest hits of the early ‘90s.
“Odds are that we … will probably be” looking at the band’s late-career indie output from Barenaked Ladies Are Me through Fake Nudes in this second half of our feature on the full Barenaked Ladies studio catalog and selecting their most satisfying best-of and live releases!
It’s been one week since our last Discog Fever feature, and this time we’re taking a look at the lovable and wickedly funny Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies, beginning with this venture into each of their major-label discs from their full-length debut Gordon through Everything to Everyone!
We conclude our look at the full secular discography of Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam by examining each of his studio albums from 1974’s Buddha and the Chocolate Box through 2017’s The Laughing Apple!
We delve into the “wild world” of studio albums from Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) beginning with this trek from each of his full-lengths from his debut disc Matthew and Son through the experimental Foreigner!
We finish up our look at the Foo Fighters catalog by assessing each of their studio albums from In Your Honor through their most recent outing, Concrete and Gold!
We go through each Foo Fighters studio album one by one in this week’s installation of Discog Fever, beginning with this look at the band’s first four full-lengths from their self-titled debut through … well, One by One!
We finish up our trek through the Monkees’ catalog by delving into each of their studio albums from their first post-Peter Tork album Instant Replay through the 2016 reunion album Good Times! and selecting the most satisfying of their many best-of compilations and live albums.