Season 1 - 2015
The Replacements - Let It Be - January 5, 2015
Polaris - Music From the Adventures of Pete and Pete - January 12, 2015
Weezer - The Blue Album - January 19, 2015
REM - Murmur - January 26, 2015 - with Jeff Fiedler
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - February 2, 2015 - with Andrew Kolbenschlag
Green Day - Dookie - February 9, 2015 - with Drew Novelli
Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen - February 12, 2015
The Replacements - Tim - February 16, 2015 - with Jeff Fiedler
Our Lady Peace - Spiritual Machines - February 19, 2015 - with Erin Lamy
The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America - February 23, 2015
The Wrens - The Meadowlands - March 2, 2015
Oasis - (What’s the Story) Morning Glory - March 5, 2015 - with Beanie Zee
Arcade Fire - Funeral - March 9, 2015 - with Jaime Parker
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run - March 12, 2015 - with Christian Madera
Weezer - Pinkerton - March 16, 2015 - with Jesse Elliot
U2 - War - March 19, 2015 - with Nando
The National - Boxer - March 23, 2015 - with Lisa Grosso
Neil Young - On the Beach - March 26, 2015 - with Jim McGee
Guster - Lost and Gone Forever - April 6, 2015
Pearl Jam - Vs. - April 13, 2015 - with Jason Wallace
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - April 20, 2015 - with Andrew Kolbenschlag
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitcsh - April 27, 2015 - with Sarah Donner
Steely Dan - Aja - May 4, 2015 - with Ed Pratico
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema - May 11, 2015
Guns’n’Roses - Appetite for Destruction - May 18, 2015 - with Ralph Sutton
Pearl Jam - Ten - May 25, 2015 - with Frank Lettieri
Green Day - American Idiot - June 1, 2015 - with Ryan Hanratty
Q-Tip - The Renaissance - June 8, 2015 - with Jim McGee and “Iron” Mike Bacon
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds - June 22, 2015
Iggy Pop - The Idiot - July 6, 2015 - with Renee Maskin and Jim McGee
Otis Redding - The Immortal Otis Redding - July 13, 2015 - with Colin McDonough
Van Morrison - Moondance - July 20, 2015 - with Amanda Guthrie
Beck - Odelay - July 27, 2015
U2 - The Joshua Tree - August 3, 2015
Ryan Adams - Rock n Roll - August 10, 2015
Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn - August 17, 2015 - with Andrew Kolbenschlag and Eric Nelson
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site - August 17, 2015 - with Brian Rothenbeck
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs - August 31, 2015 - with Moksha Gren
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story - September 7, 2015
The Cure - Disintegration - September 14, 2015 - with Jack Sullivan
Al Green - I’m Still in Love with You - September 21, 2015 - with Conor Meara
Grandpaboy (aka Paul Westerberg) - Mono - October 5, 2015
Talking Heads - Remain in Light - October 12, 2015 - with Alex Gomory
Willie Nelson - Stardust - October 19, 2015 - with Joe Galuppo
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy - November 2, 2015 - with Eric Nelson
Michael Jackson - Thriller - November 9, 2015
Nirvana - Nevermind - November 16, 2015
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - November 23, 2015
Carole King - Tapestry - November 30, 2015
The Gaslight Anthem - The ’59 Sound - December 7, 2015 - with Andrew Kolbenschlag
Bonus Song Thursday10 Great Songs - February 26, 2015
Bill and Brian take a break from going deep on a single album and instead bring you 10 great songs from some not-so-great albums.
6 Woman 6 Pack - March 30, 2015
Featuring Metric, Laurie Anderson, Chvrches, Liz Phair, Nina Simone, and Of Monsters and Men, Brian and Bill bust open a metaphorical 6 pack as we guide you through what makes these tunes great!
Pearl Jam - “The Fixer” - April 16, 2015
Bill and Brian talk even more about Pearl Jam, focusing on the song "The Fixer" from 2009's Backspacer.
Neutral Milk Hotel - “Engine” - April 23, 2015
It's another bonus song Thursday! It gets late into the evening as Brian and Bill talk about Neutral Milk Hotel's "Engine."
Ben Folds - “You Don’t Know Me” - April 30, 2015
We talk about recording in bathrooms, the secret to successful marriages, and traveling to the Waffle House that's over an hour from your home on a beautiful Sunday morning.
Steely Dan - “My Old School” - May 7, 2015
Bill and Brian follow up the deep dive on Steely Dan's Aja with their track "My Old School.
The New Pornographers - “War on the East Coast” - May 14, 2015
Bill and Brian discuss the band's new direction and production acumen, Dan Bejar's fantastic songwriting, and how indie bands have started making an impact on the charts.
Guns’n’Roses - “Street of Dreams” - May 21, 2015
In this episode, Bill and Brian tackle "Street of Dreams" from Chinese Democray.
Pearl Jam - “Crown of Thorns” - May 28, 2015
This week, Bill and Brian discuss Pearl Jam's cover of Mother Love Bone's "Crown of Thorns.”
Green Day - “21 Guns” - June 4, 2015
Brian, Bill, and special guest Ryan Hanratty forget about the podcast's "fans-not-critics" criteria of content for a little bit as they talk about Green Day's "21 Guns" from the album 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise).
Q-Tip - “Let’s Ride” / Billy Joel vs Phil Collins - June 11, 2015
Bill and Brian disucss “Let’s Ride,” play some outtakes, and attempt to answer the age-old question: Would you rather go out with Billy Joel or Phil Collins?
The Beach Boys - “Til I Die” - June 18, 2015
Brian discusses “Til I Die,” from The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.
The Beach Boys - “Forever” - June 25, 2015
In our follow up from the Pet Sounds episode, we examine The Beach Boys’ (or is it Jesse and the Rippers’?) “Forever,” off of their 1970 album Sunflower.
11 Great Songs - June 25, 2015 - with Mike Virok
Musician and luthier Mike Virok joins Bill and Brian to discuss some great songs off of some not-so-great albums.
The Hooters - “And We Danced” - July 2, 2015
Guest Jeff Fiedler joins Bill to discuss The Hooters and their work—including their origins writing for Cyndi Lauper.
Iggy Pop - “The Passenger” - July 9, 2015
In this episode we discuss how we all first experienced Iggy Pop, his existence as a pop icon, and Problem Child (the movie)!
Otis Redding - “I’m a Changed Man” - July 16, 2015
Bill, Brian, and special guest Colin McDonough continue take a listen to Otis Redding’s posthumous song, "I'm a Changed Man."
Them - “Gloria” - July 23, 2015
Bill and Brian take a deeper dive into Van Morrison's early career and listen to Them's garage rock classic "Gloria."
Beck - “Cold Brains” - July 30, 2015
We listen to Beck's "Cold Brains" and discuss Beck's transformation as an artist.
U2 - “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” - August 6, 2015
Bill and Brian talk about U2's "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" from their 1991 album Achtung Baby.
Ryan Adams - “Wonderwall” - August 13, 2015
Bill and Brian discuss a Ryan Adams' cover of "Wonderwall" from his 2004 album Love is Hell.
Bright Eyes - “Poison Oak” - August 20, 2015
Bill, along with guests Andrew Kolbenschlag and Eric Nelson, focus on Bright Eyes’ "Poison Oak" from the 2005 album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.
The Weakerthans - “Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure” - August 27, 2015
Brian and Bill welcome back Brian Rothenbeck to talk about the Weakerthans' "Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure" from their 2007 album Reunion Tour.
The Eagles - “Ol’ 55” - September 3, 2015
Bill and Brian take a closer look at the Eagles’ cover of "Ol' 55," originally released on Tom Waits' debut album, Closing Time.
Rod Stewart - “Corrina Corrina” - September 3, 2015
Bill and Brian take a look at Rod Stewart’s version of “Corrina Corrina,” a bonus track off his 2013 album, Time
Ben Folds - “In Between Days” - September 17, 2015
Bill and Brian discucss Ben Folds’ career, chart success, and heat stroke. They also announce the winner of the “Petunia” contest.
12 Guilty Pleasures - September 28, 2015
You know you have a few of these, too. Songs that you don't want to admit to friends, especially the cool record collecting types, that you know you'll crank up every time you're in a car by yourself.
Ryan Adams/Taylor Swift - “Blank Space” - October 1, 2015
We listen to a little bit of Adams' version of "Blank Space" and discuss surprise releases, the value of music, how pop songs translate into alt country, and respect for T-Swizzle.
Paul Westerberg - Stereo - October 8, 2015
Bill flies solo and shares some of his favorite tunes off of Paul Westerberg’s 2002 album, Stereo.
Tom Tom Club - “Genius of Love” - October 15, 2015
Bill and Brian talk about Tom Tom Club--a Talking Heads side project.
Willie Nelson - “Blue Hotel” - October 22, 2015
We jump 30 years into the future after discussing Willie Nelson's Stardust on the previous episode to talk about his 2006 collaboration with Ryan Adams.
Say Anything - “Judas Decapitation” - October 29, 2015
Bill and Brian discuss how Say Anything continued to mature and challenge themselves 10 years after their breakthrough record with an album featuring zero guitars.
Led Zeppelin - “Stairway to Heaven” - November 5, 2015
Bill and Brian tackle the behemoth “Stairway to Heaven,” and stumble across an epic Zeppelin vs The Who debate.
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - “Say Say Say” - November 12, 2015
Bill and Brian discuss Michael Jackson and his collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney.
Nirvana - “The Man Who Sold the World” - November 19, 2015
Bill and Brian delve deeper into Nirvana's catalog by discussing the band's cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" from their MTV Unplugged performance.
Fleetwood Mac - “Hypnotize” - November 25, 2015
Bill and Brian visit the pre-Buckingham/Nicks era of Fleetwood Mac in a little more detail by discussing the Bob Welch penned "Hypnotize.”
The Monkees - “Porpoise Song” - December 3, 2015
Bill and Brian take a listen to the Monkees' "Porpoise Song,” written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin for a 1968 film starring the band.
The Horrible Crowes - “Behold the Hurricane” - December 10, 2015
Bill and Brian welcome Andrew Kolbenschlag to talk about Brian Fallon’s side project, the Horrible Crowes.
The 12 Songs of Christmas - December 14, 2015
Bill and Brian celebrate the season by having their significant others join them to count down their favorite Christmas songs.
Terrible Christmas Songs - December 17, 2015
Bill and Brian turn to the dark side of holiday music and delve into some absolutely terrible songs.
Top Albums of 2015 - December 21, 2015
Bill and Brian (really just Brian) count down their favorite albums from the 2015 calendar year.
The Vaughns - “Mr. Skully” + Listeners’ Lists! - December 24, 2015
Brian and Bill cap off the year by reading and discussing the lists sent to us by the listeners of the podcast. Before we get to that, we take a listen to local favorites the Vaughns.
Bonus Song Christmas - December 25, 2015
Bill took a little bit of time out of his Christmas Eve celebrations to read some emails and play a couple new tunes. Featured on this episode are songs by Ron Sexsmith, Over the Rhine, Marah, and Squeeze.