On another exciting episode of the Great Albums...Bill and Brian are joined by Matt Warren, Digital Content Manager for filmindependent.org, to discuss the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002, Warner Bros.).
Bill and Brian are joined by musician Savannah Pope (savannahpopemusic.com) to discuss Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967, Atlantic).
Bill and Brian are joined by musician Nikki Karwacki (Finding Feebas, Triage, Batting a Thousand) to discuss Superchunk's unique brand of punk/power pop/alternative music on the album Here's Where the Strings Come In (1995, Merge).
Bill and Brian go sans guest this episode in order to dive into one of Bill's favorites from his formative years, Foo Fighters' There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999, Roswell, RCA).
Podcaster James Anderson (Unabashedly Obsessed, Kids on Bikes) steps into Brian's large shoes to cohost and help Bill discuss the Barenaked Ladies' Maroon (2000, Reprise).
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.
In honor of the late Peter Tork’s passing last week, we take a look in this week’s installation of Discog Fever at the full Monkees catalog, beginning with this look at each of their studio albums from their self-titled debut to the band’s soundtrack to their 1968 cult-classic film Head!
We wrap up our look at the full Pink Floyd catalog by examining each of their seven studio albums for Columbia from Wish You Were Here to The Endless River and picking their best greatest-hits compilations and live albums!
By request, we take on the Pink Floyd catalog in this two-parter, beginning with this look at each of their studio albums from 1967’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn to the now-iconic 1973 platterThe Dark Side of the Moon!
Our small-screen-salute this week at The Great Albums continues with this Common Thread column from our own Jeff Fiedler, highlighting a dozen non-soundtrack studio albums (many of them fairly obscure) spanning the ‘70s through the ‘90s, each containing a hit television theme!
Not only one of the finest R&B singers of his generation but arguably the seminal duets singer of the ‘80s (you’ll be surprised to learn how long he had to wait for his first non-duet hit!), Ingram’s long string of hits (and an equal number of hidden gems) are spread across a vast array of full-lengths, only a few of them billed to himself. So where can you find them all? Our own Jeff Fiedler has compiled this handy guide to commemorate Ingram’s remarkable career as a vocalist and songwriter both.
We wrap up our look at the full Ronstadt catalog by looking at all her ‘90s and ‘00s albums from Mas Canciones to Adieu False Heart and selecting her most satisfying best-of discs!
We continue our specially-requested trek through the full Ronstadt studio catalog, this week delving into her very eclectic batch of discs (including three standards discs, a foreign-language foray, and a disc of country duets) from 1978’s Living in the U.S.A. through 1989’s Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl like the Wind!