Two indie rock musicians, Bill Lambusta and Brian Erickson, dive into the fandom of great rock and pop music and how it connects to their lives through the lens of the medium they care for most, the album. Episodes frequently include guest contributions from musicians, podcasters, and journalists and always culminate in a track by track review.
The Great Albums was launched in January 2015 when Bill and Brian decided to stop letting conversations about their favorite albums dissipate into the ether. They started getting together in the spare bedroom of Bill's New Jersey home every week, recording their thoughts, and sharing their love of music with a devoted fan base (much to their own surprise and delight). After focusing exclusively on their own favorites for a bit, Bill and Brian started inviting friends from the indie rock and podcasting communities to the show, having them share their own stories and insights about their favorite albums. A weekly bonus episode was also added to help expand each album's story and facilitate interaction with listeners. After a few years and over 200 episodes, there's a new album to discuss every week.
Bill Lambusta is the co-host of the Great Albums podcast and the person assigned the unenviable task of recording, mixing, and editing all the audio on a weekly basis. He grew into his love of rock and pop music during his formative years as a chubby teen at the Jersey Shore. Eventually, he became a musician himself, playing guitar and bass on releases for local bands Small Planet Radio, Bootstrap Bandits, and the Paper Jets. Currently, Bill lives with his wife Maureen, the lovable basset hound (and podcast mascot) Murray, and a demon of purr evil, Bam, in historic Bordentown, NJ.
Brian is the co-host of the Great Albums podcast and our resident human encyclopedia for rock and pop music. As the proud owner of over 1000 compact discs, he is able to connect nearly any session musician, producer, or engineer with another artist in six degrees or less. Additionally, Brian fronts indie power pop outfit the Paper Jets. Active since 2008, the band has released 2 albums and an EP and embarked upon several tours that have covered the Great Lakes, the South, and the Northeast! When not podcasting or rocking the greater continental United States, Brian resides in a quiet suburban New Jersey hamlet with his two cats and a rabbit.
Jeff is a contributing writer for theGreatAlbums.com blog and owner/founder of Aqualung Records. Born in upstate New York, he spent many years moving with his family to Texas, New Jersey, and finally settling in Pennsylvania, collecting a massive amount of vinyl that helped him start a thriving DJ business. Additionally, for many years, Jeff, with his brother, owned and operated one of the earliest Simpsons fan sites on the Internet. Jeff's weekly article, "Albums from the Lost & Found," is posted every Tuesday.
Chris Villalta is a contributing writer for theGreatAlbums.com blog, offering up his weekly column, 'Through a Note Darkly,' where he reflects upon connecting thematic elements of albums he's heard of, but never heard in-full before.