Bill and Brian open their hearts and open the mail bag and read some emails from our fine listeners.
Bill and Brian have a little fun by resurrecting the format of Bill's old podcast, High Fives, and count down their top 5 songs sung by the other person in the band. We make sure to not repeat any past songs already covered on…
One of Bill and Brian's favorite musicians and storytellers Jim McGee returns to the podcast to take us on a journey through 10(-ish) great songs from one of his favorite bands, Aerosmith. We start at the beginning with…
Bill and Brian are joined by musician Tom Losito (www.thevaughns.info) to discuss the Posies' Frosting on the Beater (1993, DGC). Tom tells the gents about discovering the band via a LastFM deep dive. Then Bill, Brian, and Tom discuss what "power pop" means…
Musician Jack Linden (Rose Boulevard, Karma Gambit) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Big Star's second album Radio City (1974, Ardent). Jack talks about his "power pop" phase and how influential this sound has been…
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...
One of the hardest things to perfectly nail as a music fan is to catch a band live at their apex. Seeing bands before they break or as legacy acts can be fun. But the best is seeing an artist at the absolute height of their relevance. I never got it together to see Wilco in the mid-aughts, but there’s at least Kicking Television.
We continue our visit through the full Chicago studio catalog by delving through each of their albums from 1976’s Chicago X through 1984’s Chicago 17 and also take a listen to Peter Cetera’s very obscure first solo album in the process!
Join us as our own Jeff Fiedler takes on one of his biggest challenges yet and bravely makes his way through the vast, Roman-numeral-laden, and double-album-heavy body of work that is the full Chicago studio catalog! Sure, they’re a fabulous singles act, but how do their albums stack up? Find out here!
Reggae was a truly modern form of music—minimalist even, with enough empty space left hanging in the air inside each song that the music felt almost elemental. There’s room for nature in reggae, but also for community and assembly. Which is what makes it good party music, but extremely good protest music.
We conclude our look at the Carly Simon discography by delving into each of her studio albums from 1992’s This Is My Life soundtrack through her latest, 2009’s Never Been Gone, and selecting her most satisfying best-of package!
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!