Singer-songwriter and piano rocker Matt Cook (mattcookmusic.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz (2010, Asthmatic Kitty).
Bill and Brian get into the indie-pop bliss that is Nada Surf's The Weight Is a Gift (2005, Barsuk)!
Musician Tyler Plazio (tylerplazio.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Blink-182's seminal pop-punk album Enema of the State (1999, MCA).
In a special summer episode, Bill and Brian call each other up to discuss the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy.
While Bill is vacationing with his wife and celebrating their wedding anniversary, Brian has decided to gaze shoe-ward with longtime friend Dan Drago of the 25 O'Clock Podcast, and producer, engineer, studio owner Alex Santilli of Spice House Sound.
Join our own Jeff Fiedler as he pays tribute to the undisputed Queen of Soul, the late, great Aretha Franklin, by selecting and delving into each of her fourteen most essential studio discs!
We conclude our look at ‘80s one-hit-wonders with music-biz legacies beyond their brief time in the spotlight with this look at discs from The Jeff Healey Band, Godley & Creme, The Style Council, Climie Fisher, Ivan Neville, Boys Club, and Jennifer Rush!
Our look at ‘80s one-hit-wonders with legacies beyond their respective lone Top 40 hits continues with this second installation, featuring discs from Marshall Crenshaw, Tom Tom Club, Scandal, Sheriff, Rainbow, Van Stephenson, and Robert Ellis Orrall!
Our Lost and Found column returns with this look at this self-titled affair and the first and only album ever released by the early ‘80s duo Airplay. You may not recognize the men on the front cover at first glance (two-time Grammy winners for Best R&B Song, believe it or not!), but you’ve certainly heard several of the many pop and R&B hits these two have written and produced for other artists.
In the mid-‘80s, just as Ginn’s iconic Hermosa Beach hardcore combo Black Flag started to peter out, the punk auteur was in the process of carving out a fourth option: that of garage-stoner-metal’s answer to Frank Zappa—a move that was punk, but not always “Punk.”
Join our regular columnist Jeff Fiedler as he begins delving through one of his favorite musical topics of all, ‘80s one-hit-wonders, with this look at albums from Amy Holland, Robbie Patton, Balance, Spider, Device, Delbert McClinton, Ray, Goodman & Brown, and Tierra!
We wrap up our feature on producers who’ve also dabbled as performers by looking at discs from Allen Toussaint, Matthew Wilder, The System, Garbage, Jellybean, Giant, and the Breakfast Club!
Part 3 of our salute to famous producers continues with this look at albums from Mountain, Johnny Bristol, Van McCoy, Dan Penn, Michael Omartian, Dennis Lambert, and Hurricane Smith!
In our second installation of our look at performers-turned-producers, we look at discs by Peter & Gordon, Harpers Bizarre, the Grass Roots, the Archies, the Turtles, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and Bob Crewe!
Certainly one of the last artists you’d ever describe as punk is Aretha Franklin, the Memphis-born powerhouse whose pyrotechnic voice is the instrument against which all capital-V “Vocalists” are judged. But to call something “punk” is to identify it as raw, shaggy, and fast.
Our Common Thread column returns with this look at rare performance outings from famous producers, including discs from Phil Spector, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Jimmy Bowen, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, Richie Allen (aka Richard Podolor), and a famous group you probably didn’t realize were even more successful behind the scenes than they were as singers!
We conclude our look at the full Van Morrison catalog with this installation reviewing all his discs from 2003’s What’s Wrong with This Picture through his latest, 2018’s You’re Driving Me Crazy and also select his best live albums and hits packages!
Maybe Folsom’s administrators were understandably in thrall to Cash’s celebrity. Or that they felt an obligation extend an invitation, after he had raised the penitentiary’s profile via the 1955 Sun Records smash “Folsom Prison Blues.” But do prisons even need to be marketed?
Our examination of the full Van Morrison catalog continues with this look at all his studio albums from 1990’s Enlightenment through 2002’s Down the Road!
We continue our exploration through the full and vast Van Morrison catalog (an arduous task, to be sure!) by examining each of his studio albums from 1978’s Wavelength through 1989’s Avalon Sunset!
When the Dead emerged, there had never been anything remotely like them before. They invented an entirely new paradigm and in doing so, created the closes thing pop music has to a real religion. And the benefit of the Grateful Dead’s religion is that there’s no shortage of primary text documents to refer back to.
Join us as our own Jeff Fiedler takes on the challenge of tackling the full catalog of one of rock-and-roll’s most prolific legends of all, Van Morrison, beginning with this first installation covering all of the soulful Irish singer-songwriter’s albums from 1967’s Blowin’ Your Mind through 1977’s A Period of Transition!
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!