Multi-instrumentalist Mike Noordzy of psychedelic afro-cuban surf jazz band El Noordzo (nachtrecords.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss the eponymous album The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967, Verve). Mike talks about falling in love with...
Welcome to the first ever Liner Notes edition of the Great Albums podcast, a semi-monthly version of the show where Bill and Brian get to relax a little, read some listener emails, make corrections, and possibly chat about some new topics. In this episode we...
Bill and Brian dive into Heatmiser, a band that might be familiar to some as "Elliott Smith's band," and their final album Mic City Sons (1996, Caroline). Bill and Brian discuss picking this album up from the Princeton Record Exchange used section, Elliott Smith's value as...
Bill and Brian are joined by guitarist and certified luthier Mike Virok (bordentownguitarrescue.com) to discuss Boston's self titled debut album (1976, Epic). Mike talks about discovering this music while his dad played side one on the tape deck while...
Bill and Brian close out the year by discussing an all time classic song, "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys (1966, Capitol). We get into Brian Wilson's arrangements and composition style, Mike Love's lyrical contributions, Dennis Wilson's musicianship, whether it's Carol Kaye or...
It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian are again joined by .com blogger Jeff Fiedler to discuss some musical Christmas memories. We chat about some odd albums we've received as gifts, some of our favorite gifts, and a little about our Jeff's favorite Christmas tune!
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!
Rating and reviewing all the Van Halen studio albums from their first disc with Sammy Hagar as lead singer, 1986's 5150, through the unexpected 2012 reunion disc with David Lee Roth, A Different Kind of Truth, and helping you select the best hits package and live album from the band!
Rating and reviewing all of the Van Halen studio albums from David Lee Roth's first tenure with the band, from their self-titled debut through 1984!
Rating and reviewing every Santana studio album from the 1999 comeback disc Supernatural through their latest, 2017's Power of Peace, and helping you determine the band's best hits package and live disc!
Rating and reviewing every Santana studio album from 1977's Moonflower through 1992's Milagro!
Rating and reviewing every Santana studio album from their self-titled debut through 1977's Festival!
As a discursive statement full of moments both epic and intimate, Newport ’63 is a wonderful document of a singular musical talent. And pretentions aside, this is music worth listening to for its own sake. No highballs, turtlenecks, or chin-only goatees required.
Rating and reviewing every studio album by the Doors from their 1967 self-titled debut through the posthumous Jim Morrison poetry disc An American Prayer!
Rating and reviewing every one of Bill Wither's studio albums from his 1971 debut Just As I Am through 1985's Watching You Watching Me, and helping you select his best hits package and live disc!
In the second half of this week's Lost and Found column on late-'70s comeback albums from female pop stars of the '60s, we take a look at Love Me by Name by Lesley Gore, which reunited the "It's My Party" singer with her first producer Quincy Jones and features unlikely collaborations with the likes of Herbie Hancock and the funk duo The Brothers Johnson!
Our Lost and Found column returns from a brief break with this two-part feature on late-'70s comeback albums from female pop stars of the '60s, beginning with this look at Victim of Romance from former Mamas and the Papas member Michelle Phillips!
In the conclusion to our four-part look at one-hit wonders of the late '70s, we showcase discs from Ian Gomm, Lauren Wood, McFadden & Whitehead, New England, The Rockets, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, and Suzi Quatro!
In this Part 3 of 4, we showcase discs from Ian Matthews, Bell & James, Rubicon, Walter Egan, Celebration, Bobby Caldwell, and Nick Gilder!
In this Part 2 of 4, we showcase discs from Smokie, Starz, Alan O'Day, Peter McCann, Starland Vocal Band, Silver, and Ram Jam!
We turn our attention to one-hit-wonders of the late '70s with this four-part series, beginning with discs from Dwight Twilley Band, Dean Friedman, John Miles, Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Lady Flash, Larry Santos, and Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band!