Bill hangs out at Brian's pad for a change as we talk about Martin Shkreli's conviction and what it means for that one of a kind Wu-Tang Album, read some listener emails about definitive live versions of songs, and visit Facebook to debate the best guitar solos of the 90s!
Musician Dave Mooney (davemooneymusic.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Joni Mitchell's influential relationship album Blue (1971, Reprise). Dave talks about Spotify algorithms doing him a solid and making sure Joni's music crossed his plate. Then Bill, Brian, and Dave talk about the album's...
Podcaster BJ Kahuna (Rock and/or Roll, Cheap Talk with Trick Chat) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Cheap Trick's In Color (1977, Epic).
Bill and Brian are joined by musician Jaime Parker (alpharabbit.bandcamp.com and meekobrando.bandcamp.com) to talk about indie artist Kevin Devine's sophomore effort Make the Clocks Move (2003, Triple Crown Records).
Bill and Brian pick up the digital phone to have a relaxed conversation about Brian preparing for a show at the Stone Pony, Quincey Jones epic rants, and some listener emails that touch on Boston, Elliott Smith, Ben Folds Five, and the Eagles!
Sporting one of the most notorious album covers of the early '70s (the uncensored version of which you can view inside this article), this Three Dog Night record (actually their second album to get pulled from the market due to objectionable artwork!) is also one of their most underrated.
In the studio, Cooke was a skillful pop crooner, voice pouring out onto the mic like melted caramel. But onstage in Miami, Cooke’s instrument is exquisitely ragged, like a guitar with just enough distortion piled on to make its amplification palatably masculine. The Cooke on Harlem Square is recognizable, but also simultaneously degraded and improved.
We conclude our look at the full Joni Mitchell catalog by rating and reviewing all her studio albums from Night Ride Home through Shine and selecting her best compilation and live disc as well!
The album technically contains just 12 songs, the shortest of which clocks in at five minutes and longest of which stretches out over half an hour. But there are way more than just 12 different musical ideas at work here. Every song is divisible into multiple subsections, sub-subsections, and wild tangents—including a few dead ends.
We continue our exploration through Joni's full studio catalog by assessing each of her albums from The Hissing of Summer Lawns through Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm!
Rating and reviewing every one of Joni Mitchell's studio albums from Song to a Seagull through Court and Spark!
Our "Lost and Found" column returns after a near-three-month-long break with our first-ever feature on a predominantly instrumental outing - in this case, a funk-tinged 1987 affair from legendary trumpeter (and A&M Records co-founder) Herb Alpert (co-produced here by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time, surprisingly enough!) that would give him his final two Top 40 hits to date.
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!