Podcaster Jesse Jackson (Set Lusting Bruce, Next Stop Everywhere) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Paul Simon's Graceland (1986, Warner Bros.). Bill, Brian, and Jesse talk about the world-spanning influences on the music...
Podcaster and musician Dan Drago (www.25oclockpod.com and themunrowesrock.bandcamp.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Phish's Billy Breathes (1996, Elektra). Dan talks about a buddy introducing him to...
Musician and internet personality Chris Dubrow joins Bill and Brian to discuss the Kinks' Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (1970, Pye/Reprise).
Bill and Brian watched Once (2007), the magical indie musical directed by John Carney and starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, and talk about our favorite scenes, favorite tunes, and breakdown some romantic entanglements presented in the film.
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!
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!
To tie in with our Discog Fever feature this week on Rick James, we fittingly devote this week's Lost and Found feature to the first four albums from Teena Marie (all released on Gordy, years before she moved to Epic and finally had her first Top Ten pop hit with "Lovergirl")!
By special request! In our most funk-oriented installation of Discog Fever to date, we rate and review the full studio catalog of the late, great Rick James, beginning with this look at his albums from Come Get It! through Throwin' Down!
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!