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  • Episode 455: In Conversation with Ryan Walsh (Hallelujah The Hills)

    After garnering national attention and widespread acclaim for Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 – one of the best books ever written about rock music, Van Morrison, Boston, or possibly all of the above – singer/bandleader Ryan Walsh knew that his next project would be a new Hallelujah The Hills album, and now I’m You, the band’s magnum…

  • Episode 354: R.E.M.’s ‘Monster’ at 25

    Twenty-five years ago, R.E.M was practically the biggest band on the planet. “What could they possibly do next?” was the question on everyone’s minds after the Athens, Georgia quartet’s career-defining double-shot of Out Of Time and Automatic For The People, and the answer, for many, was perplexing. Throwing glam-rock, psychedelia, punk, avant-garde, and a dash of pop sensibility…

  • Episode 453: clipping.’s ‘There Existed An Addiction To Blood’

    Getting stalkedGetting eaten alive Getting shot in cold bloodGetting murdered by someone you trustGetting cut to piecesGetting hungGetting murdered while people stand by and do nothingGetting home invadedGetting treated like an animal. Meat. Instead of like a human beingThese are some of our greatest fears on Halloween…or everyday if you’re a person of color in America…

  • Episode 452: Chris Isaak’s ‘Heart Shaped World’ and The High Cost of Hunkdom

    Thirty years after the fact, Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” remains a landmark achievement of both songcraft and video artistry, but what about Heart Shaped World, the album that spawned it. Take a journey with us into the heart of hunkiness as we explore Isaak’s career and legacy, why “looks” are (unfortunately) an integral component of…

  • Episode 451: One Eleven Heavy’s ‘Desire Path’

    If bands like Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, and NRBQ tend to take you into outer space, then transatlantic “supergroup” One Eleven Heavy — featuring James Jackson Toth on guitar/vocals, Nick Mitchell-Maiato on guitar/vocals, Dan Brown on bass, and Hans Chew on keys — has got an album for you. Desire Path takes the band’s shared love…

  • Episode 450: Patrick Watson’s ‘Wave’

    On their eighth LP Wave, Patrick Watson (the man) is figuring out how to stay afloat as personal tragedy and loss threaten to drown him in an ocean of hopelessness and despair. Lush, sophisticated, and at times transcendent, Wave isn’t just Patrick Watson’s (the band) best album, its ability to speak to not just personal…

  • Episode 449: In Conversation with Kim Ware (The Good Graces) about her new LP ‘Prose and Consciousness’

    On The Good Graces new LP Prose and Consciousness, Kim Ware’s trademark wonder and wit are front and center. Tempered by love, loss, and a love of songwriting, this collection of songs is the strongest of Ware’s career and establishes her as an essential voice in the southern songwriting community and beyond. Tune in as we…

  • Episode 448: Lower Dens’ ‘The Competition’

    Part razor-sharp condemnation of our modern world, and part journey through Jana Hunter’s recent re-identification as “they/he,” Lower Dens’ The Competition utilizes the power of the dance floor to make a case for love and acceptance not just in dangerous times, but as the law of the land. It’s a powerful and ultimately uplifting statement from this…

  • Episode 447: Wilco’s ‘Ode To Joy’

    2015’s Star Wars and its 2016 follow up Schmilco delivered a shot in the arm to one of indie-rock’s most lauded and revered acts: Wilco. Both were shaggier affairs then what had come before — 2011’s The Whole Love, while it had its moments, was a more near-miss-than-hit power-pop extravaganza. And both showed that, at least for Wilco, smaller albums necessarily meant better…

  • Episode 446: Jay Blakesberg and the Secret Space of Dreams

    Over 40 years ago, photographer and filmmaker Jay Blakesberg embarked on a long, strange trip that would find his lens in front of some of the most legendary acts in rock ‘n’ roll history. In his new book Jerry Garcia: Secret Space Of Dreams, Jay — a life-long, and self-avowed Deadhead — is taking a…

  • Episode 445: In Conversation with Broke Royals

    Washington D.C.’s Broke Royals have worked HARD for their success and with their new LP Saint Luxury, they’re taking one step closer to being the superstars they were born to be. We’re sitting down with one of America’s best-dressed bands to talk about the importance of searching for answers, the rising pop scene in the…

  • Episode 444: Hiss Golden Messenger’s ‘Terms Of Surrender’

    On his 12th studio album under the moniker Hiss Golden Messenger southern soul-poet MC Taylor is singing as if it’s his last song. Terms Of Surrender is an intimate and vulnerable look inward that finds Taylor grappling with the smaller fears that creep into our relationships, parenthood, and day-to-day life in this 21st century. Special…

  • Episode 443: Tropical Fuck Storm’s ‘Braindrops’

    From the ashes of legendary Australian punk mainstay The Drones has risen the mighty Tropical Fuck Storm! On their follow up to 2018’s A Laughing Death In Meatspace, Gareth Liddiard and crew are tearing at the walls of sonic reality yet again, this time as they stare straight-faced into the coming apocalypse. Special guest PJ…

  • Episode 442: Casey (Rae) & William (Burroughs) and the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Musician. Educator. Podcast Host. Cat dad.Casey Rae is a man of many talents, and with William Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll he adds “author” to that list. Equal parts history of and on-ramp to all things Burroughs, Cult tells the tales of the long strange trips that artists throughout rock ‘n’ roll…

  • Episode 441: Brad Mehldau’s ‘Finding Gabriel

    Brad Mehldau, simply put, is one of the most respected living jazz players on the planet. He’s also one of the most prolific. Think Stephen King levels of prolific, but for music. Many of you may know him from his work covering some Radiohead tunes, but rest assured he is much MUCH more than that.…

  • Episode 440: The Messthetics’ ‘Anthropocosmic Nest’

    Pairing one of today’s most gifted jazz guitarists (Anthony Pirog) with one of rock ‘n’ roll’s fiercest rhythm sections (Brendan Canty and Joe Lally) was always going to be a recipe for success, but on their sophomore LP Anthropocosmic Nest, Washington, D.C.’s The Messthetics are blowing past the old goals and delivering one of the…

  • Episode 439: Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’

    Now that she’s found true love, on her new album Lover pop domineer Taylor Swift is stepping out of the shade and leaving the H8R/revenge life behind. Or is she? Avoid Swifty Eduardo Nunes joins us to talk through the good, the bad, and the awkward of Swift’s latest which ***SPOILERS*** most definitely does not “…hold the key…

  • Episode 438: Purple Mountains

    On August 7, 2019, beloved indie-rock poet laureate David Berman committed suicide, leaving his family, friends, and fans devasted. Purple Mountains, a sophisticated, sad, and often hilarious look at Berman’s interior and the world at large, is the final statement from an artist whose words and songs are stitched into the DNA of an entire…

  • Episode 437: Raphael Saadiq’s ‘Jimmy Lee’

    After several years working behind the scenes, the legendary Raphael Saadiq returns to the spotlight to deliver his most personal, and compelling album to date. Jimmy Lee (named after his brother who was an addict who died of AIDS) takes a profoundly human look at not just the consequences of addiction, but the underlying causes.…

  • Episode 436: Mike and The Moonpies’ ‘Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold’

    Austin, TX’s Mike and The Moonpies have come a long way from playing the dancehalls of their native Texas. On their new LP, Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, the quintet is leaving the honky-tonk behind and exploring the sounds of smoothed out 70’s Country with the help of their friends the London Philharmonic Orchestra.…

  • Episode 435: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s “Infest The Rat’s Nest”

    For their 15th album (and 2nd this year), Australia’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard take yet another musical turn, this time into THRASH METAL. Infest The Rat’s Nest has everything: HUGE CRUSHING RIFFS! THUNDERING DRUMS! SCI-FI ECO-DIMENSIONAL HORROR! It even has SATAN!But it’s that second-to-last point that’s so important. Somehow, impossibly, King Gizzard has…

  • Episode 434: The Hold Steady’s ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’

    On their seventh album (and first in five years) The Hold Steady isn’t so much “We’re BACK mother****ers!” as they are “Alright. Alright. Alllllright”-ing their way back into our hearts.Thrashing Thru The Passion finds the band sporting a slightly looser and expanded sound (horns!) and songwriter Craig Finn’s druggy, party-filled universe, a little older, a…

  • Episode 433: Sleepwalkers’ ‘Ages’

    Sleepwalkers 2014 LP Greenwood Shade was, and remains, one of our favorites of the past few years. Finally five years later their follow up, Ages, is here and it was well worth the wait. While Shade wore its shagginess on its sleeve, Ages sees brothers Michael and Austin York and co-conspirator Alex DeJong polishing up…

  • Episode 432: Rosenau and Sanborn’s ‘Bluebird’

    Chris Rosenau (Collections of Colonies Of Bees, Volcano Choir) and Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso, Made Of Oak) have traveled in the same creative circles for years now, but it was an off-the-cuff improv set at the inaugural Eaux Claires fest that has led to one of the most powerful releases of 2019, Bluebird. The open…

  • Episode 431: Ryan Porter’s ‘Force For Good’

    On his follow up to 2018’s The Optimist, Ryan Porter and his friends the West Coast Get Down are once again swinging for the fences and bring jazz into the spotlight for a whole new generation. Rehearsed and recorded in five-hour bursts in multiple locations, Force For Good is a fearless step forward into the…

  • Episode 430: Fruit Bats’ ‘Gold Past Life’

    On his latest album as Fruit Bats, Eric Johnson is looking back at dark times almost fondness, taking joy in the even the smallest of steps towards a brighter future that awaits. Gold Past Life — his first LP on Merge Records — signifies the start of a new era for the lauded singer/songwriter. The…

  • Episode 429: Rose City Band And The Resurgence of Jam

    In the modern music era, most new releases come saddled with histories we’re supposed to believe in, recycled narratives, and increasingly thirsty marketing “hooks.” Which is what makes Rose City Band’s self-titled debut such a unicorn of an album.There are only two things that we know for sure about this band:1) Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo,…

  • Episode 428: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars’

    On his nineteenth album (and first in five years) rock and roll legend / Broadway star Bruce Springsteen is turning his gaze to the “West,” and the results are a totally unique, if not polarizing, new entry into his lauded body of work. Western Stars utilizes the sounds of late 60’s Capitol Records (Glen Campbell,…

  • Episode 427: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ at 35

    Whether you see Born In The U.S.A. as Springsteen’s most significant achievement as an artist or just a strange, 80’s sounding outlier in an otherwise muscular catalog, it remains to this day one of the most potent statements about the down-and-out in America ever made. Despite its rock ‘n’ roll sheen, misunderstood rallying cries, and…

  • Episode 426: Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Dedicated’

    Is Dedication, Carly Rae Jepsen’s follow up to her critically lauded 2015 LP E•MO•TION the realization of the pristine pop future that we were all promised or is it something…else. We’re digging in to one of 2019’s most anticipated releases to find the answers to this question and many more on an all new and…

  • Episode 425: The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ at 30

    Thirty years ago Robert Smith and The Cure taught an entire generation how to experience the beauty of misery, and in the process made the best albums of their career. On the latest episode of Discologist, special guests Casey Rae and Wes Covey join us to talk about teenage feelings, commiseration through sound, and growing…

  • Episode 424: Black Mountain’s ‘Destroyer’ PLUS New Music From MOTORCADE!

    On their new album Destroyer, Stephen McBean tempered their already ferocious sound in the forge of Valhalla and crafted one of the most thrilling releases of the year. Moog synth blasts, lakes of fire, and riffage for days make this rock-n’-roll fantasy essential listening for headbangers everywhere whether you’ve got a sweet 8-Track player in…

  • Episode 423: Jamila Woods’ ‘Legacy! Legacy!’

    On her new album Legacy! Legacy! Jamila Woods is channeling the voices of the artists and activists that have shaped her life and in the process claiming her place alongside them. A powerful meditation on the importance of self-love and the power each of us has to change the world, Legacy! Legacy! isn’t just one…

  • Episode 422: In Conversation with Andrew Shepherd (Roadkill Ghost Choir) About the Life and Death of A Band and What Comes After

    Roadkill Ghost Choir was a band.Roadkill Ghost Choir are our friendsThis is the story of how band is born, lived, and died.RIP Roadkill Ghost Choir.LONG LIVE ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR

  • Episode 421: The Tallest Man On Earth’s ‘I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream.’

    On his latest album, I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream., Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man On Earth is, in part, following in the grand tradition of “life on the road” albums. The road is fucking hard. The road is fucking TOUGH man…but does the world in 2019 need any more sad songs? Special…

  • Episode 420: Enforcer’s ‘Zenith’

    Hailing from the savage frozen North – otherwise known as Arvika Sweden – Enforcer are bringing the thundering sounds from the darkness of yore – otherwise known as mid to late 80’s metal – back on their new LP Zenith. Prepare your soul for the end of the universe and join us in these final…

  • Episode 419: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s ‘Fishing For Fishies’

    On an all-new Discologist, two newbs take on the new release from one of the most prolific bands of the past 10 years. After releasing FIVE full-lengths in 2017, Australian psych-kings King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard slowed down the pace and discovered the power of boogie for their first album in a year, Fishing…

  • Episode 418: Lizzo’s ‘Cuz I Love You’

    On her third album and major label debut, Cuz I Love You, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and liver of her best life Melissa Viviane Jefferson aka LIZZO is doubling down on the Prince vibes and in the process may be making the world a better place for us all. On this episode of Discologist special guest Philip…

  • Episode 417: Bruce Hornsby’s ‘Absolute Zero’

    Over the course of his over 30-plus year career, Bruce Hornsby has been a pop star, avant-garde provocateur and jazz titan, folk hero, member of the Grateful Dead and more.On his new album Absolute Zero, Hornsby is tapping into all of these facets of his talent and more and the result is a complex, dense, and…

  • Episode 416: Damien Jurado’s ‘In The Shape Of A Storm’

    On the latest episode of Discologist, we’re talking about Damien Jurado’s latest album “In The Shape Of A Storm,” a simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting collection of songs that get to the very heart of what makes Jurado one of the greatest songwriters of the modern age.Show NotesCheck out our 2015 interview with Damien JuradoIntro music from…

  • Episode 415: Avail’s ‘Over The James’ at 21

    21 years ago and four albums into their career, Richmond, Virginia Hardcore legends Avail released what many consider to be their masterpiece, Over The James. The album was a love letter to the band’s hometown, and more importantly set the bar for an entire generation of musicians to follow. On this episode of Discologist, we’re…

  • Episode 414: Pink Floyd’s ‘The DivisionBell’ at 25

    On this episode of Discologist, we’re celebrating 25 years of Pink Floyd’s swan song, The Division Bell. No matter what side of the Gilmour/Waters divide you find yourself on, The Division Bell’s return to form for the band has…ahem…divided fans of the band for decades. So we’re here to set the record straight on why…

  • Episode 413: Garcia Peoples’ “Natural Facts” PLUS New-To-You Music from Phil Cook

    On their second full length, Natural Facts, New Jersey’s Garcia Peoples are doubling down on everything that made 2018’s Cosmic Cash such a blast. Double the fuzz. Double the vibes. And, most importantly, double the fun, Natural Facts is the sound of a band cashing the advance on their future as rock and roll legends.PLUS!…

  • Episode 412: Ex Hex’s “It’s Real” PLUS New Music From Loi Loi!

    Washington, D.C’s Ex Hex are back, and on their sophomore release It’s Real (Merge Records) they’re unapologetically kicking out the mother f$%$ing jams, taking no prisoners, and still leaving room for some serious emotional heft just for good measure.PLUS! Synth-rock band Loi Loi (also from Washington, D.C.) has a new album entitled Me Dystopia (Blight…

  • Episode 411: Mastodon’s ‘Crack The Sky’ at 10 and The Healing Power Of Metal

    2009’s Crack The Skye was a high water mark for Atlanta metal quartet Mastodon. By doubling down on the sci-fi nerdery and adding in an extra dose of tragedy and pathos, the band crafted a masterpiece that secured their place at the top of the American metal scene.Tune in as we’re joined by special guest…

  • Episode 410: Jessica Pratt’s ‘Quiet Signs’

    On her new LP Quiet Signs, Jessica Pratt continues to perfect her chilly yet hopeful update of English folk music, and her efforts – this was Pratt’s first album recorded in a proper studio – more than pay off. Quiet, contemplative, chilly, yet supremely comforting, Quiet Signs is Pratt at her very best.On a new…

  • Episode 409: The Comet Is Coming’s ‘Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery’

    The end is nigh, and The Comet Is Coming’s latest effort, Trust in the Lifeforce of The Deep Mystery, may be the perfect soundtrack for the end of the world. Since 2015 this jazz/dance/sci-fi trio featuring saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (“King Shabaka”) on saxophone, Dan Leavers (“Danalogue”) on keys, and Max Hallett (“Betamax”) on drums has…

  • Episode 408: Wilco’s ‘Summerteeth’ at 20

    Twenty years ago, riding high off of the dual successes of their second album Being There and Billy Bragg collaboration Mermaid Ave, Wilco was still 2 years away from becoming one of the most revered band’s of their generation. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot would propel Jeff Tweedy and crew into the stratosphere, but it was on…

  • Episode 407: Weezer’s ‘Black Album’

    Weezer are the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, and they have returned (Again?) to bestow the [checks notes] gift of a none more Black Album upon an unsuspecting world just when we “needed “ it most.Goddamit…we can’t believe we’re talking about Weezer. Still. Again.

  • Episode 406: Cass McCombs’s ‘Tip Of The Sphere’

    On his latest release Tip Of The Sphere, songwriter/man of mystery Cass McCombs is embracing spontaneity and delivering one of his most vibrant sets of songs to date. Recorded relatively quickly at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, Sphere captures the looseness of his collaboration with The Skiffle Players (and associations with members of the Grateful…

  • Episode 405: Bob Mould’s ‘Sunshine Rock’

    Bob Mould is one of the pioneers of indie rock, and on his latest LP Sunshine Rock, he’s looking back to better times and making one of the best albums of his careers in the process. Guest PJ Sykes joins us to discuss why the album is an essential ray of light in these dark…

  • Episode 404: Julian Lage’s ‘Love Hurts’

    On his latest release Love Hurts, jazz guitar wunderkind Julian Lage is making bold steps towards furthering his reputation of being one of the most visible and respected figures the ongoing jazz renaissance of the past few years. Presenting classics of American jazz, folk, and even some rock and roll through the lens of his…

  • Episode 403: Robert Ellis’s ‘Texas Piano Man’

    If Robert Ellis’s self-titled 2016 album announced him to the world as a songwriting force to be reckoned with, then is new LP Texas Piano Man makes the case that he is the stuff of legend. Swapping his six strings for eighty-eight keys, Ellis’s latest finds him pairing his trademark gut-wrenching honesty and melodic sophistication…

  • Episode 402: Aaron Abernathy’s ‘Epilogue’

    Aaron “Ab” Abernathy is a singer, a music director, an activist, a man of faith, and, most importantly, a man trying to do and BE his best. His journey towards this end chronicled on 2016’s Monologue and 2017’s Dialogue, now comes to its conclusion on his latest album Epilogue. Bursting with soul, raw emotion, and…

  • Episode 401: Aaron Abernathy Returns

    On the inaugural edition of Discologist, we’re hanging out in the basement one last time with our friend Aaron Abernathy to discus his remarkable, trilogy-capping new album Epilogue, love, faith in the modern era and much, much more.Change is good friends.RIP ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast. Long live DISCOLOGIST!

  • Episode 400: The End (For Now)

    We’ve run our mouths from a basement in Washington, D.C. for four hundred episodes now, but sadly it is time to say goodbye. Please join us for a bittersweet final hang in the basement with the people that we hold most dear saying goodbye to this chapter the only way we know how: Talking about…

  • Episode 399: How To Make Friends And Influence People By Becoming A Steely Dan Fan

    For many, the music of Steely Dan is an enigma. For us…it’s our lifeblood. On our penultimate broadcast from a basement in Washington, D.C., Dead To Me’s Casey Rae and Eduardo Nunes are sitting in to fulfill a promise that Kevin made long ago, and turning up the nerd to nigh impossible levels in the…

  • Episode 398: A Look Back At The Music of Washington, D.C. in 2018

    Washington, D.C. has been our home for over a decade now, but our time here is rapidly coming to a close. In one of our final broadcasts from our nation’s capital, Kevin sits down with Lindsay Hogan (Music Journalist/DIY maven) and Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds) to talk about some of the music that moved us…

  • Episode 397: A Look Back at the Music of 2018

    2018 was a wild ride, and on one of our final broadcasts from Washington, D.C. we’re celebrating the music that moved us the most.

  • Episode 396: Van Halen’s ‘5150’ [Discologist]

    Van Halen’s 5150 was a turning point for the legendary party rockers for more than one reason. The replacing of original front man David Lee Roth with rocker Sammy Hagar was what was driving headlines, but the real news was in the music. Revved up, radio-friendly, and raring to go, this “new” Van Halen supplemented…

  • Episode 395: Laura Gibson’s ‘Goners’

    On her latest LP Goners, Laura Gibson is taking on grief and the joy that can be found through grieving, and the result is her strongest record yet. Lush, adventurous, and human AF, Goners drags the listener down to the bottom, where it may be dark, but at least you’ve got good company.PLUS: Maryjo Mattea…

  • Episode 394: The Skiffle Players are back with ‘Skiff’ and thoughts on ‘The Beatles (Super Deluxe)’

    The members of The Skiffle Players — Neal Casal (Circles Around The Sun/Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks), Cass McCombs, Farmer Dave Scher (All Night Radio/Beachwood Sparks), Aaron Sperske (Father John Misty/Beachwood Sparks) — are some of the most respected musicians on the scene today. So when they find the time to get together…

  • Episode 393: In Conversation with Melissa Wright [Mink’s Miracle Medicine]

    On paper, an album about heartache, anxiety, and ancient aliens doesn’t seem like something that would work (or should even exist), but on Pyramid Theories, Mink’s Miracle Medicine are singing about those themes and more resulting in their best release to date.We’re catching up with the Melissa Wright of this Appalachian-based duo to dig into…

  • Episode 392: In Conversation with Marian McLaughlin

    On her new album Lake Accontink, Marian McLaughlin invites the listener along on her quest to try and make sense of the many ways in which we impact and are impacted by the environment, and what it all may mean in the long run. We’re sitting down with the Baltimore-based musician to talk about what…

  • Episode 391: Makaya McCraven’s ‘Universal Beings’ and new music from Braxton Cook

    To call Chicago’s Makaya McCraven, just a drummer would be doing the multi-talented musical truth seeker a grave disservice. Over the past few years, McCraven has been refining a production technique that mixes live jam sessions and impromptu performances with radically creative editing to produce some of the most exciting jazz of the modern day.…

  • Episode 390: Celebrating the Music of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Just in time for Halloween, we’re talking about the music of one of the most revered cult films in history:The Rocky Horror Picture Show!Joining in the fun as we celebrate this culture-shifting masterpiece are our good friends Sean Barna, Philip Basnight, and very special guest, DC drag queen extraordinaire, DONNA SLASH!So come up to the…

  • Episode 389: Noname’s ‘Room 25’

    In 2016 Chicago rapper Noname (Fatimah Warner) stepped out of the shadows of her collaborators to deliver Telefone, one of the best albums of 2016, and easily one of the best hip-hop debuts in recent memory. One move to L.A. and a good bit of growing up later, Noname is BACK with her first “official”…

  • Episode 388: Huey Lewis and the News’ ‘Sports’ at 35

    With over eight million copies sold worldwide, four Top 10 hits, a “unique” reputation in cinematic history, and more, it is no wonder that the “heart of rock and roll” beats strong with Huey Lewis and The News bar room masterpiece thirty-five years after its release. Sports wasn’t just the sound of a band finally…

  • Episode 387: In Conversation with Seán Barna…again

    In 2017, a longtime friend of the podcast Seán Barna was living in New York City and wrestling with some serious life questions. How could he survive as an artist? Did he even WANT to make music anymore? Moreover, did he have anything left to say? In 2018 he found some of those answers through…

  • Episode 386: In Conversation with Israel Nash

    Over the past few years, Israel Nash has been building a solid catalog of cosmic folk and country from his home-base in Dripping Springs, Texas, and now he’s taking the show on the road. We sat down with Nash before his recent stop in Washington DC to talk about his most recent album Lifted, the…

  • Episode 385: Lonnie Holley’s MITH

    Artist/poet/father/musician Lonnie Holley has experienced the best and worst of modern American life in his 68 years on the planet, and on his latest project MITH, he pours all of that and more into a powerful meditation on blackness, our humanity, and how to survive in our darkest of nights. Join us as Kevin and…

  • Episode 384: Morphine’s ‘Cure For Pain’ at 25

    Morphine’s Cure For Pain is an album that revels in finding hope in the darkest nights of our souls. For twenty-five years the weird magic conjured by Mark Sandman (2-string bass/vocals), Dana Colley (sax), and Jerome Deupree (drums) has remained singular in its sound and remains (oddly) peerless to this day.This week we’re celebrating their…

  • Episode 383: The Story of Cherub Records with PJ Sykes

    PJ Sykes is a man of many talents – Photographer, political activist, cat-dad, musician – these are but a few of the many hats he wears. But this week we’re talking with him about a role he’s filled for over seventeen years now – label head. Founded in 2001, Cherub records has been the home…

  • Episode 382: Shooter Jennings’ “Shooter”; In Conversation with Wheeler Walker Jr.

    Shooter Jennings is a man of many moods and talents, but on his new album Shooter, he’s returning to his Country roots. A celebration of the Hank Williams Jr, and all of the troublemakers and rabble-rousers that came before and after, Shooter is bursting with debauchery, heartache, and something sorely missing from today’s Country music: fun.PLUS! We’re sitting…

  • Episode 381: In Conversation with Motorcade

    Hailing from Dallas, Texas, this group of rock and roll veterans (between them they’ve recorded and toured with the likes of St. Vincent, The Apples in Stereo, The War on Drugs, The Deathray Davies, Baboon, Daniel Johnston, and more) got together and decided to form “greatest band in the world. Maybe.” and so it was that…

  • Episode 380: In Conversation with Luna Honey; Blood Orange’s ‘Negro Swan’

    On their debut LP Peace Will Grind You Down, Washington, DC-based quartet Luna Honey – a band formed seemingly on a whim – the doooooom is front and center, but so is an undeniable heart. Join us in a frank and hilarious discussion of, how feeling bad is a part of life, why you, yes…

  • Episode 379: U2’s ‘Zooropa’ at 25

    U2’s finest hour wasn’t lifting us up singing about MLK, a spiritual celebration of the history of American music, or even future pop from the edges of our imagination: It was an insistent, eccentric, and infinitely prescient project that almost wasn’t, named Zooropa.This week, we’re revisiting the “biggest band in the world’s” most powerful statement about…

  • Episode 378: Israel Nash’s “Lifted” PLUS Joachim Cooder

    Over the past few years, Israel Nash has been building a solid catalog of cosmic folk and country from his home-base in Dripping Springs, Texas, and his, ahem, uplifting new LP Lifted is the latest product of his time in the proverbial desert. Built on found sounds, universal vibes, and an unfaltering believe that what will…

  • Episode 377: In Conversation with Erin Rae PLUS Lori McKenna’s “The Tree”

    Recorded in a monastery in Appleton, Wisconsin, Erin Rae’s Putting On Airs, is a delicious slice of folk/country goodness that explores the varied roles that empathy plays in our modern lives. On a recent tour stop in DC, Erin dropped by the basement to talk about her sophomore release, the story behind the single “Bad…

  • Episode 376: Heaven & Earth – Kamasi Washington

    If Kamasi Washington’s work on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly put Kamasi squarely in the public eye, his double LP The Epic that came a mere two months later launched him into the stratosphere. Washington followed up the audacious Brainfeeder debut with a succinct, and decidedly shorter work entitled The Harmony Of…

  • Episode 375: Slaying The Hypebeast

    HYPE has always been a part of the music/entertainment industry, but in 2018, have we gone too far? Increasingly, it’s not enough anymore that an artist delivers a few great hooks. To succeed they have to be the greatest of all time, the savior of the music industry, or, even worse, the voice of a…

  • Episode 374: Constant Image – Flasher

    Washington, DC’s Flasher made minor waves with their self-titled debut in 2016, and now the trio is back with a new label (Domino) and a fun-as-hell new LP, Constant Image. Recalling the late 80’s heyday of gothic synthpop, Constant Image’s outta time, place, and, most importantly, outta sight sound is the new hotness arriving just in time to save…

  • Episode 373: Childqueen – Kadhja Bonet

    On our latest podcast, soul/jazz polymath Kadhja Bonet is back with the follow up to her remarkable 2016 debut, The Visitor, and the more things have changed, the more they have stayed the same. Bursting with the uniquely impossible smoothness and impeccable sophistication that defined The Visitor, Childqueen is a singular that mood feels as fresh as it does timeless.…

  • Episode 372: Hell-On – Neko Case

    Over the course of her almost twenty-five-year career, Neko Case has proven time and time again that she is a fierce force of nature to be reckoned with, which makes it a little weird to say that Hell-On is her most powerful work to date. Built on the literal ashes of a recent personal tragedy (her…

  • Episode 371: God’s Favorite Customer – Father John Misty

    Barely a year after releasing his apocalyptic magnum opus Pure Comedy, Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) is back with another sonic journey into depravity. God’s Favorite Customer finds the embattled monarch of the “poem zone” taking a break from battling the evils of modern times to engaging in bloody combat with his greatest enemy and nemesis: himself.Special…

  • Episode 370: Phil Cook Returns!

    On his 2015 solo debut Southland Mission, Phil Cook dove deep into his unparalleled love of Americana and Gospel and came back with a timeless, illuminating masterclass in countrified-soul that was one of the best albums of that year, or any. Now Phil is BACK with People Are My Drug, his stunner of a follow-up and this time…

  • Episode 269: Sounds Of Washington, D.C., Part 5 – harDCore

    Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling…

  • Episode 368: Murmur – R.E.M. [Discologist]

    Before, “indie-rock,” before “alternative,” there was “college rock” and four arty dudes from Athens, GA were its KINGS. On our latest episode, we’re looking back at R.E.M.’s Murmur, one of the most influential “rock-and-roll” albums of all time, thirty-five years after it changed the music forever. Show NotesIncidental music courtesy of Aquatic Gardener. Hear more/buy it HERE.Support…

  • Episode 367: Angel Dust – Faith No More [Discologist]

    After finally finding their “voice” on The Real Thing, there was nowhere to go but up for Faith No More, which makes it all that more remarkable that an album like Angel Dust exists. Considered by many to be the weirdest album ever released on a major label, Angel Dust fused rap-ish, metal, grindcore, juvenilia, psychedelia, The…

  • Episode 366: Sparkle Hard – Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

    Sparkle Hard, Stephen Malkmus’ seventh album with his band The Jicks, finds the indie-rock icon/god experimenting with a more “mainstream” palate, slinging some prerequisite Pavement vibes, and even recording one of the most political songs of his career. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Drew, and (Malkmus-superfan) Eduardo are dissecting the new LP to find out if…

  • Episode 365: Johnny Fantastic of Stronger Sex

    Synth-rock provocateurs Stronger Sex have gone through several lineup changes over the past few years, but on their debut LP There Is No Stronger Sex the (now) duo of Johnny Fantastic and Leah Gage (both veterans of the DC DIY scene) have found their “final form,” and the result is an electric and aggressively danceable album that…

  • Episode 364: The Prodigal Son – Ry Cooder

    Over the past fifty years and more than thirty-five albums and soundtracks, guitarist Ry Cooder has pushed boundaries, made history, and proved time and time again why many consider him to be one of the greatest musicians of all time.On The Prodigal Son – his first album in five years – Cooder is going back to…

  • Episode 363: The Horizon Just Laughed – Damien Jurado

    On his 15th album, Damien Jurado is coming back down to earth and leaving the cosmic vibes of Maraqopa for more familiar territory. The self-produced The Horizon Just Laughed finds the singer/songwriter coupling the more straightforward folk influences that could be found in his prior work with a 60’s/70’s pop sensibility to produce one of the most engaging…

  • Episode 362: Dirty Computer – Janelle Monáe

    Even in the darkest of timelines, Janelle Monáe has always been the most triumphant of superstars, and five long years, Janelle Monáe is finally returning to music to claim her throne.. Featuring the likes of Grimes, Brian Wilson, and everyone in between, Dirty Computer lets its freak flag fly higher than fuck, and the results represent a…

  • Episode 361: Mr. Jukebox – Joshua Hedley

    Over the past few decades Country has dominated the music industry by embracing pop and hip-hop sensibilities, which makes Joshua Hedley’s debut album Mr. Jukebox all that more refreshing. Forget “saving” country music, Hedley is merely laying down some great storytelling with a little twang, a time-tested recipe for feeling good, even if you’re feeling bad.…

  • Episode 360: Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 4

    Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling…

  • Episode 359: The Sciences – Sleep

    Stoner metal legends Sleep are back with a surprise new album – their first in almost twenty years – that dropped on that highest of holidaze, 4/20. Are the heady trio’s new jams worth the wait, or are they skunked like so many lost bags of dirtweed? Kevin and Paul have got the hookup and…

  • Episode 358: Port Saint Joe – Brothers Osborne

    On their sophomore LP Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne has pulled off the rare feat of being EXACTLY as good as the hype makes them out to be. Good times, sick jams, with copious amounts of whiskey, weed, and Willie all make this “country” album one of the years best releases whether you believe in…

  • Episode 357: Loma – Loma

    The best art happens when like-minded creatives get together with the simple goal of sharing and exploring a moment or feeling. For their debut album, Loma – the band made up of Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and Cross Record’s Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski – headed to the Texas countryside to craft their shared vision and returned…

  • Episode 356: Stain – Living Colour [Discologist]

    Living Colour is one of the most important bands in music history. On their third release Stain, the black rock innovators dug deep into the history of their culture, the dysfunction of America, and the sounds of underground rock and roll and came back with violent, high-volume exploration of love, hate, identity, and deep humanity…

  • Episode 355: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs – Wye Oak

    Over twelve years and six albums, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have proven time and again that their talents know no boundaries. Their new LP The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, finds the experimentation that the duo has been pursuing over the past few years – both within the constraints of Wye Oak…

  • Episode 354: Ryan Walsh, author of ‘Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968″

    Creation doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and in Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, author (and Hallelujah The Hills frontman) Ryan Walsh explores every weird, fantastical nook and cranny of Boston that surrounded and seeped into Van Morrison’s soul-bending masterpiece. We’re sitting down with Walsh to discuss how he brought this story to life, the…

  • Episode 353: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

    On Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves is dialing back the humor and turning up the heart to deliver what many are saying is her best work to date. Is this latest collection of genre-defying, lane-shifting “country” songs the future of Musgraves, or just a stepping stone on the way to something better? We’ve assembled a panel of…

  • Episode 352: Everything’s Fine – Jean Grae & Quelle Chris

    Jean Grae and Qeulle Chris are both musical forces to be reckoned with in their own rights. Put em together, and you get what is sure to be one of the best albums of 2018. A heady shot of high-concept outrage, hip-hop, and heart, Everything’s Fine is an unmitigated masterpiece that will serve as a lightning rod…

  • Episode 351: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 3

    Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling…

  • Episode 350: Neil F@^ing Diamond

    After a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond announced that after Fifty Years of sold-out crowds all over the world he was retiring from the road. But NEVER from creating music.Andrew Wright (Blankus Larry) and Marcus K. Dowling (Iconoclasm) are joining Kevin in the basement to celebrate the career of this living…

  • Episode 349: R-Son and Rench of Gangstagrass

    On our latest podcast, we’re turning over our mics to Marcus K. Dowling as he explores the intersection of hip-hop and country with R-Son and Rench of Gangstagrass. It’s a (mostly) Kevin-free conversation that you’re not gonna want to miss.Show NotesIncidental music courtesy of Aquatic Gardener. Hear more/buy it HERE.Support us on Patreon! [LINK]Support/find out…

  • Episode 348: What A Time To Be Alive – Superchunk

    What happens when one of the most revered indie-rock bands of all time gets fed up with the state of the world around them? On What A Time To Be Alive, Superchunk answers that question the only way they know how: with shrieking guitars, wit, and fury. On our latest episode, musician/photog/cat dad PJ Sykes is joining…

  • Episode 347: By The Way, I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile

    On her latest LP, Brandi Carlile isn’t so much returning to her roots as she is challenging the idea of what folk and Americana can be, and maybe should become. Sonically and stylistically diverse, the Dave Cobb produced By The Way, I Forgive You is a seemingly unconnected collection of songs that, taken together, packs an emotional…

  • Episode 346: Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz [Discologist]

    In 1993 Lenny Kravitz was a star to some, and a point of confusion to many more. But none of that kept him from creating his future-forward masterpiece that plays as hot today as it did twenty-five years ago.Timothy Anne Burnside (NMAAHC) and Marcus K. Dowling (Medium) join Kevin in the basement to dig into this…

  • Episode 345: Historian – Lucy Dacus

    Lucy Dacus’s debut album No Burden announced the Richmond, Virginia native to the world as a musical force to be reckoned with.On her sophomore effort, Historian, Lucy and her band haven’t just lived up to that expectation, they’ve created a modern classic. That’s it. That’s the pitch. Go listen to the album NOW, then come back to hear Kevin…

  • Episode 344: Art vs Artist

    R. Kelly. Michael Jackson. Woody Allen. Kanye West. Roman Polanski. Chris Brown. Harvey Weinstein. These and many more artists and entertainment luminaries have all reached the peak of and continue to enjoy great success despite being, in some cases, general a-holes, and in many, guilty of acting on, the worst impulses humanity has to offer.…

  • Episode 343: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 2 – Chocolate City

    Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling…

  • Episode 342: The Optimist – Ryan Porter

    Eight years ago, before To Pimp A Butterfly, before The Epic, the West Coast Get Down was a rising force in the Los Angelas jazz scene…who recorded their epic work in Kamasi Washington’s garage.On The Optimist, WCGD trombonist Ryan Porter is unleashing some of the group’s early work as scrappy young jazz savants and in…

  • Episode 341: Pablo Honey – Radiohead [Discologist]

    Every great band starts somewhere and for Radiohead, their introduction to the world was the biggest hit of their career wrapped in an album of loud, forward-thinking, guitar rock.And for some reason their fans hate it. We’re holding court to defend this classic album and show why it’s not just so much more than “Creep”, it’s…

  • Episode 340: See You Around – I’m With Her

    All it took was an off-the-cuff show back in 2014, and the trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan knew they had something special. Formalizing this new union under the name I’m With Her, the three powerhouses have spent the past few years sporadically touring the group around, releasing an EP, and now…

  • Episode 339: Love Hz (A Valentine’s Day Special)

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought it was high time to explore the dumber side of love. Throughout history, men have been writing songs about love in a quest to continually pitch their woo, but sometimes – pretty much every time – it just comes out wrong.Join Kevin, Carrie, Marcus, and Ian…

  • Episode 338: Van Halen – Van Halen [Discologist]

    In the late 70’s on the Sunset Strip an, ahem, eruption of pure rock-and-roll was about to occur, and it was to be led by four dudes by the name of Eddie, Alex, David, and Michael. Van Halen didn’t just bring “ass-rock” into the 80’s, the guitar wizardry of Edward Van Halen revolutionized the electric guitar…

  • Episode 337: Andrew Grossman of The North Country

    Washington, DC’s The North Country has changed a lot in its seven years of making music. One thing that has remained consistent is front-man Andrew Grossman’s commitment to creating electric and innovative pop and folk music pushes artistic boundaries as much as it honors them.On our latest episode, we’re sitting down with Grossman to talk about the past and…

  • Episode 336: Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks [Discologist]

    Before they were country music’s most “controversial” superstars, the Dixie Chicks ruled the charts with their savvy mix of bluegrass, country, and pop. On our latest episode, we’re digging into the trios finest hour and the record that jump-started their career, 1998’s iconic Wide Open Spaces. What was the legacy of this monster crossover hit on…

  • Episode 335: The Sounds of Washington, D.C. – Part 1

    Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling…

  • Episode 334: Chris Dave and The Drumhedz – Chris Dave and The Drumhedz

    Legendary drummer and bandleader Chris Dave has made a career out of playing with the best of the best. Featured on tracks by artists as diverse as D’Angelo, Justin Bieber, Adele, and Dolly Parton, Dave is a musical omnivore of the highest order. On his debut album with the Drumhedz, he’s throwing everything into the…

  • Episode 333: i can feel you creep into my private life – tUnE-yArDs

    From the beginning, it was clear that Merril Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) is a force of nature. Over the course of now four albums, she has reshaped the pop landscape into a much more meaningful, and blissfully weirder, place. i can feel you creep into my private life, her most straightforward work to date (and now a duo featuring…

  • Episode 332: Ruins – First Aid Kit

    In 2008, Klara and Johanna Söderberg were just two Swedish kids with powerful voices and an undeniable love for American country and folk music. That same year, a video of them performing the Fleet Foxes track ” Tiger Mountain Peasant” rocketed them into the spotlight, and they’ve never really left. On their fourth album Ruins, the duo…

  • Episode 331: MLK and the Music of Civil Rights

    Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died for holding the simple belief that ALL people were equal, regardless of religion, race or creed, racism still plagues the human condition. On our latest episode we’re taking time to honor his legacy, exploring the music that surrounded, shaped, and carries forward, his mission of equality…

  • Episode 330: Abandoned Luncheonette – Daryl Hall and John Oates [Discologist]

    Before they were the mega-hit makers of the 80’s, Daryl Hall & John Oates were just a couple of doods in love with soul and R&B on a mission to share it with the world. On their 1973 masterpiece Abandoned Luncheonette, their second album for Atlantic records, the duo were coming of off an underperforming…

  • Episode 329: Here Comes 2018

    With 2017 behind us, happy days are here again (?), but that doesn’t mean we all don’t have work to do.Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo blast-off into the new year with a sometimes tough, but always honest, discussion about what we’re looking forward to in 2018, for fans, musicians, scenes, the music industry, and more, naming…

  • Episode 328.2: Best of 2017 – Part Two

    It’s likely that we’ll look back at 2017 as the year almost everything fell apart, downerism ruled the land, and we came very close to being broken as a people. But we didn’t break. We made it. And on this final installment of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast for 2017, we’re discussing the music that lifted us up,…

  • Episode 328.1: Best of 2017 – Part One

    It’s likely that we’ll look back at 2017 as the year almost everything fell apart, downerism ruled the land, and we came very close to being broken as a people. But we didn’t break. We made it. And on this final installment of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast for 2017, we’re discussing the music that lifted us up,…

  • Episode 327: From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton

    In 2017, Country was king, and there was no more significant player than Chris Stapleton. For the follow up to his Grammy-winning 2015 album Traveller, Stapleton teamed up again with producer Dave Cobb – the new proprietor of the historic Studio A in Nashville – to craft a record that was worthy of that room’s history. The…

  • Episode 326: Lost At Last, Vol. 1 – Langhorne Slim

    Over the course of nine LP’s Langhorne Slim (real name Sean Scolnick) has been crafting folk-pop gems that have taken him from small, backroom shows to the stages of the legendary Newport Folk Festival.On his latest effort, Lost At Last, Vol. 1, having grown weary of the usual recording cycle and the daily pressures of always being…

  • Episode 325: If All I Was Was Black – Mavis Staples

    Mavis Staples, one of the greatest voices of this generation, or any, is back with a powerful new LP If All I Was Was Black. Continuing in her collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy in the production chair, the civil-rights icon is going back to her Chicago blues roots and delivering a powerful statement on racism in…

  • Episode 324: Automatic For The People – R.E.M. [Discologist]

    After the surprise success of their thoroughly weird and seismic shift in their sound on their 1992 Grammy-winning LP Out Of Time, Athens, Georgia’s R.E.M., promised a loud, raucous follow up. What they delivered instead was a monument to the joys of melancholy, loss, and the never-ending quest for beauty in the world. 1994’s Automatic…

  • Episode 323: Reputation – Taylor Swift

    With six albums under her belt, Taylor Swift has built a career that has made her one of the biggest pop-stars in the world. So how is it that her latest album, Reputation is such a complete, million unit selling failure?Kevin and Marcus K. Dowling – both avowed Swift fans – are taking one for the…

  • Episode 322: Face Your Fear – Curtis Harding

    Atlanta’s Curtis Harding has been steeped in soul music his entire life. From singing in church with his family in Michigan as a child to being one of Cee Lo Green’s star backup singers, Harding is a true veteran of the scene. On his second full length Face Your Fear, he’s playing with is self-proclaimed “garage soul”…

  • Episode 321: Turn Out The Lights – Julien Baker

    To say Julien Baker wears her heart on her sleeve would be an understatement. On Turn Out The Lights, the Memphis, Tennessee native (now based in Nashville) turns up the feels on an emotional roller coaster of an album that drags the listener down to the bottom and doesn’t offer a clear way back from…

  • Episode 320: Rhythm Nation 1814 – Janet Jackson [Discologist]

    With Control, Janet Jackson became a household name, but it wasn’t until her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814 that she ascended to the status of music legend. Buttressed by pop hits and jam-packed with hooks set loose from some future utopia, Nation was a not-so-subtle exploration of racism, sexism, love, and social responsibility that sought to elevate…

  • Episode 319: Take Me Apart – Kelela

    Washington, DC native, and second-generation Ethiopian American Kelela Mizanekristos spent years honing her musical chops in the underground scene of the nation’s capital before moving to Las Angeles, dropping her last name and beginning her ascension to one of the most essential voices in R&B today.On her acclaimed 2013 mixtape Cut 4 Me and 2015’s…

  • Episode 318: Girls Against: How to combat sexual harassment/assault in the music space and beyond…

    Dudes (and by “dudes” we mean each and every man on the planet)…we need to talk.We know it’s hard (it isn’t) but you ALL have got to stop harassing, assaulting, or otherwise disparaging women. FULL. STOP.This episode is a conversation about that. Joining Kevin, Eduardo, and Marcus are Erin Frisby (Fuzzqueen) and Andrew Koh, the…

  • Episode 317: All American Made – Margo Price

    In 2016 Nashville’s Margo Price garnered nationwide attention with her debut album Midwest Farmers Daughter. Released on Jack White’s Third Man Records, Daughter harkened back to a “purer” form of country music (Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton) that immediately struck a chord with the Saving Country Music crowd and music criterati alike. All American Made, Price’s sophomore release,…

  • Episode 316.2 – Aaron Abernathy – The Interview, Part Two

    Aaron “Ab’ Abernathy is a music man. He ‘s a soul man. He is a man of faith. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement runs through his blood. And he poured all of this and more into the and album that is as much a soundtrack to 2017 as it is a timeless statement…

  • Episode 316.1 – Aaron Abernathy – The Interview, Part One

    Aaron “Ab’ Abernathy is a music man. He ‘s a soul man. He is a man of faith. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement runs through his blood. And he poured all of this and more into the and album that is as much a soundtrack to 2017 as it is a timeless statement…

  • Episode 315: On The Rocks – Midland

    If Country Music is king in 2017, then the gentlemen of Midland have got their eyes on the throne. Kevin and Marcus K. Dowling (Vice, Decades) are diving deep into the debut album from one of Nashville’s latest, and greatest exports. They’ve got the song of the year (“Drinking Problem”) but are Midland one-hit-wonders, or…

  • Episode 314: Dialogue – Aaron Abernathy

    On 2016’s Monologue, soul man Aaron Abernathy explored his journey from a boy to the man he is today. Abernathy had every intention of continuing that story in his next song cycle, but a funny thing happened on the way to that follow up: The world went crazy… and Abernathy began asking questions. LOTS of questions.A spiritual…

  • Episode 313: Harmony Of Difference – Kamasi Washington

    Bolstered by the success of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and his own, uh, epic 2015 release, The Epic, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, along with the rest of The West Coast Get Down have spent the past few years popularizing jazz to a whole new generation of fans. On Harmony Of Difference, Washington is digging deep and exploring smaller themes like the…

  • Episode 312: Go-go As History Vol. 2

    On August 15, 2017, Marcus K. Dowling convened the second in a series of panels entitled “Go-Go as DC History,” a DC Public Library Go-Go Archive series intended to study the history of the Nation’s Capitol through go-go, it’s underground-to-mainstream beloved percussive and soulful sonic export. Dowling is joined on the panel by a mix…

  • Episode 311: Tom Petty’s ‘Wildflowers’

    David Bowie was from Mars. Prince was from another universe. But Tom Petty? Tom Petty was one of us. And now he’s gone.It’s a bittersweet episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast as we eulogize one of the greatest storytellers of the modern era by celebrating Wildflowers, Tom Petty’s career-defining “solo” album that isn’t just one of the best of his…

  • Episode 311: Wildflowers – Tom Petty [Discologist]

    David Bowie was from Mars. Prince was from another universe. But Tom Petty? Tom Petty was one of us. And now he’s gone.Joining us in the basement to celebrate this legend’s passing are our good friends Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling), the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s  Timothy Anne Burnside, and…Timothy’s Mom.It’s a…

  • Episode 310: Wide Open – Michael McDonald

    Between the domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of over fifty people and injured some 500 more and the passing of music legend Tom Petty, it’s been a pretty rough week. Kevin has some thoughts about both. Michael McDonald is a legend and a virtual Zelig of the music industry. He has…

  • Episode 309: Poor David’s Almanack – David Rawlings

    David Rawlings has made a career out of being the literal best. His work with Gillian Welch and under the moniker of The Dave Rawlings Machine isn’t just a shining example of how “pure” music can succeed; it is peerless. With Poor David’s Almanack,  Rawlings and crew are growing up (the Machine is no more) and…

  • Episode 308: Aromanticism – Moses Sumney

    Moses Sumney has a voice from out-of-this world, and soul as deep as an ocean. On his debut LP, Aromanticism, the Los Angeles singer/songwriter swimming in a genre agnostic sea and coming back to land with one of the most unique, and best, albums of 2017. Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) and Marcus K.…

  • Episode 307: Hallelujah Anyhow – Hiss Golden Messenger

    MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger may just be the Southern soul we deserve. On their ninth album proper (and fourth for Merge Records) the modern day skiffle-kings are delivering one of their strongest sets yet, and a salve for the troubles that ails ya in 2017. Kevin, Eduardo, and Andre are digging into this laid back,…

  • Episode 306: Purgatory – Tyler Childers

    Tyler Childers is a new voice in a long line of artists being saddled with the title of “saviour of country music.” Does his latest LP Purgatory have what it takes or is this just another transmission from a tone-deaf industry that doesn’t realize country can never die? Marcus K. Dowling and Eduardo Nunes join…

  • Episode 305: Shade – Living Colour

    Legendary thrash/metal/punk/funk/jazz pioneers Living Colour have been breaking the mold since the late 80’s, and now they’re back with one of their most potent collection of songs to date. Shade taps into the band’s roots in blues and hip-hop and signals an exciting new chapter in Living Colour’s history, just when the world needs them the most.…

  • Episode 304: London Southern – Jim Lauderdale

    Jim Lauderdale may not be a household name, but he should be. With twenty-plus years in the industry behind him and a staggering twenty-seven albums under his belt, Lauderdale isn’t just the real deal; He is legend. London Southern takes the country-music veteran back to the music that first inspired him, inviting the listener along on…

  • Episode 303: American Dream – LCD Soundsystem

    In 2011 James Murphy brought an end to one of the biggest and best indie bands that have ever been. Now it’s 2017 and LCD Soundsystem is back with a new album and bigger than ever. Live from the cat apartment, Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo are taking on this American Dream to find out if…

  • Episode 302: Faunaphor (Louis Weeks and Noah Berman)

    Together or apart, long time musical collaborators Louis Weeks and Noah Berman have been creating some of the most forward thinking pop music of the past few years. When they started working on their latest project, it was familiar, yet different, and called out for something new. Out of this new collaboration, Faunaphor was born…

  • Episode 301: A Deeper Understanding – The War On Drugs

    First Up: Taylor Swift is gamifying the ticket industry? What does this mean for YOU and is this latest “big bad” really worth worrying about or should we be setting our sights higher.Then…when Philadephia’s Adam Granduciel started The War On Drugs with fellow mellow-rocker Kurt Vile back in 2006, the music industry was rapidly approaching…

  • Episode 300: Generation Soundcloud with April + Vista

    Soundcloud is one of the most ubiquitous “tools” used by artists and industry professionals alike since the collapse of the MP3 blog culture. Communities have built up within it, artists have been discovered through it, and Earlier this month, the music service announced that they were laying off 40% of their workforce, closing two offices, and,…

  • Episode 299: In The Dark – Grateful Dead [Discologist]

    By 1987 the Grateful Dead’s long, strange trip was starting to wind itself down, but a surprise hit single (“Touch Of Grey”) would catapult the band back into the spotlight, inspire an entirely new generation of fans whose size would, in the end, play a large part in the band’s untimely demise.To celebrate it’s 30th…

  • Episode 298: Big Fish Theory – Vince Staples

    With a string of mixtapes, EP’s, and one LP behind him, hip-hop’s Vince Staples has been making a mark on the new-rap landscape for years now. On his new album Big Fish Theory, he’s taking the art form into the future and bringing us all along for the ride.Kevin, Marcus Dowling (Decades/Capital Wrestling), and Joe Lapan (Songbyrd…

  • Episode 297: Gaming The Playlist – Spotify and You

    In a recent article on artist advocacy site CASH Music, journalist Liz Pelly investigated “The Secret Lives Of Playlists”, and what she found out has sparked another cycle of controversy for the world’s largest provider of streaming music, Spotify.Is payola running rampant in the world of playlists? Is that really a problem? Do streaming services…

  • Episode 296: OK Computer – Radiohead [Discologist]

    With one of the biggest rock hits of all time (“Creep”) and a genre defining guitar-rock classic (The Bends) under their belts, Radiohead had little left to prove when OK Computer was released in the Summer of 1997. Despite that, what they achieved was an album full of fear, anxiety, and beauty that quite literally changed the…

  • Episode 295: Is This The Life We Really Want? – Roger Waters

    Roger Waters, one of the founders of the legendary Pink Floyd, has always had a keen eye for isolation, oppression, and political justness. On his fifth solo LP, Is The The Life We Really Want?, he’s turning that gaze on the United States and recruited a group of powerful “newcomers” (Johnathan Wilson, Jessica Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius) to…

  • Episode 294: Andrea Avery – Author of ‘Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano’

    At the age of 12, Andrea Avery, a promising young pianist, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. In her debut, Sonata, Andrea tells the story of her struggle to hold on to music in general, and to a piano sonata by Schubert in particular, even as the disease catches up with her. Andrea’s memoir meditates on…

  • Episode 293: Adiós – Glen Campbell

    Besides playing a part in crafting what we know as popular music during his stint with the famed Wrecking Crew, Glen Campbell, with his over 80 singles placed on the charts, is one of the biggest country stars of all time. In 2011, Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and a farewell tour, documented in…

  • Episode 292: Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski [Mink’s Miracle Medicine]

    Together, Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezinski are known as Mink’s Miracle Medicine, and from their trailer in Harpers Ferry, WVA they’re making music that might just heal what ails ya. On their first full-length House of Candles, the duo explores country, folk, and even punk traditions to deliver a stripped down set of poignant (and often hilarious) songs…

  • Episode 291: The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

    From his stint with the legendary Drive-By Truckers, to a run of solo albums with his band the 400 Unit, it’s always been clear that Jason Isbell is a master songwriter. With 2013’s Southeastern, a newly sober Isbell was embraced by the world at large and has been winning awards and selling out shows ever…

  • Episode 290: Reflections Of A Floating World – Elder

    There’s really no other way to say it: Music journalism is kind of in the sh@#@er in 2017. We’re panling up in the basement to consider how things got this bad, could we all have done anything to stop it, and, most importantly, where do we go from here?  Elder is a metal/prog band from Boston.…

  • Episode 289: Seán Barna Returns

    On his first full length Pictures Of An Exhibitionist, singer/songwriter (and, full disclosure, one of our brodawg’s) Seán Barna is getting in touch with his feelings and delivering a savagely raw set of songs that chronicle his adventures in LA and Washington, DC over the past few years. Kevin and Marcus (Dowling) are sitting down with…

  • Episode 288: Miles Mosley

    Besides being one of the founding members of the mighty West Coast Get Down, bassist Miles Mosley’s resume (Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill…) reads like a who’s who of the biggest names in music. Earlier this year we reviewed his stellar debut solo LP, Uprising, and recently we had the chance to sit down with…

  • Episode 287: Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live…and more – Big Star Band

    In 2010 Memphis’s legendary Big Star, one of the most influential bands in rock n roll history, was set to finally get their due, but it was not to be. Just days before a planned showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX, frontman/chief songwriter Alex Chilton passed away, and what was meant to be a celebration…

  • Episode 286: Get Shown The Light – Grateful Dead – Part Two

    On part two of our epic exploration of the Grateful Dead and their latest box-set Get Shown The Light, we’re digging into what many fans consider to be the greatest Dead show of all time: Cornell 5/8/77.Hop on the bus and join Kevin, Andre, and Eduardo as the head to the end of their long strange trip to uncover…

  • Episode 285: Get Shown The Light – Grateful Dead – Part One

    Despite being one of, if not THE, greatest American rock n’ roll bands, the Grateful Dead are just recently getting their proper due. With hundreds of hours of shows recorded by fans and the band available online, connoisseur’s have always looked toward the official releases for the purest shot of cosmic truth that they can…

  • Episode 284: From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

    After years of working in “the biz,” in 2015 songwriter Chris Stapleton finally staked his claim as one of the biggest names in Nashville with his debut LP, Traveller. Now he’s back for round two with super-producer Dave Cobb in tow and one of the most legendary rooms in recording history to help guide the way. Has…

  • Episode 283: Rock N Roll Consciousness – Thurston Moore

    Sexual assault and harassment has plagued the music industry since it’s earliest days. Th e latest band to write a chapter in this sad story are New York pop-punkers PWR BTTM. Over the past few weeks, the world saw the band literally fall apart before its eyes afte singer, Ben Hopkins, found himself the subject of…

  • Episode 282: Sign O’ The Times – Prince [Discologist]

    Thirty years has passed since Prince dropped the strangest, most complex, and possibly best album of his career. A mash-up of Prince’s past, present, and future, Sign O’ The Times wasn’t just Prince’s boldest artistic statement to date, it was a game-changer for the artist AND the multitudes of artists that would (try to) follow in his…

  • Episode 281: Jason A. Mullinax

    Jason A. Mullinax is a father, multi-instrumentalist, music nerd, educator, creative lifer, and, most importantly, the author of his remarkable new album, Time Being. Come hang with us in the basement for a while as we talk to Jason about a lifetime in music, the intersections between outer-space and modern pop, and pretty much everything in-between.…

  • Episode 280: Humanz – Gorillaz

    Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual super-group Gorillaz are back for another round on their latest LP Humanz. Never ones to shy away from collaboration, this time their bringing along the likes of Vince Staples, Popcaan, D.R.A.M., Grace Jones, Anthony Hamilton, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Pusha T, Benjamin Clementine. and more to…

  • Episode 279: Tenderheart – Sam Outlaw

    “The Best of xyz…” lists always kinda suck, but recently the Fader published a list that hit close to home…and was way off base. Marcus (Dowling) and Eduardo join Kevin in the basement to shed some light on the “DC scene” in 2017, and spread some tough love for the city that we love and call…

  • Episode 278: PODJAM with Naseem Khuri (Kingsley Flood) and Sam McCormally (Fellow Creatures)

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A podcast host, production/songwriting wizard, and a socially-conscious Americana singer walk into a basement…For our latest episode Sam McCormally (Fellow Creatures, Ugly Purple Sweater) and Naseem Khuri (Kingsley Flood) are joining Kevin in the basement to talk about the songs that hooked them on music for life…

  • Episode 277: What Now – Sylvan Esso

    We all know about the disaster that was last week’s Fyre Festival, but aside from providing Twitter with hours of good, old-fashioned schadenfreude, it raises a question: In 2017 have we finally reached peak festival? Marcus and Mauricio are joining Kevin in the basement to discuss. On their 2014 self-titled debut, Sylvan Esso went a…

  • Episode 276: Give Me The Night – George Benson [Discologist]

    WIth over forty albums, both live and in the studio, under his belt, jazz guitarist George Benson is one of the most respected and prolific musicians in music history.In 1980 he teamed up with hitmaker Quincy Jones and with A LOT of help from their friends, crafted one of the greatest R&B albums/songs of all time.For…

  • Episode 275: At What Cost – Goldlink

    On his major label debut At What Cost, Washington DC’s Goldlink is shining the light on the city that shaped him, and bringing a long some of the hottest up-and-coming DC stars for the ride. Marcus Dowling (Decades, Bandcamp) and newbie Jake Ramirez join Kevin in the basement to discuss this ambitious ode to the nation’s…

  • Episode 274: DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar may well be the “best rapper alive” but beyond all the hype, he’s an artist who wears his vulnerability on his sleeve. On DAMN., his follow-up-proper to 2015’s landmark LP To Pimp A Butterfly, the Compton native takes listener on a journey through his often tortured psyche, the community he comes from, and what it means to…

  • Episode 273: Memories…Do Not Open – The Chainsmokers

    In their relatively short careers, Producer/DJ’s Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers, have developed a reputation as solid-gold hitmakers sought after by the biggest names in the biz. Well..that’s one of their reputations…In a ChunkyGlasses FIRST, Kevin is taking the night off and Eduardo and Marcus (Dowling) are manning the mics to go IN on…

  • Episode 272: The Joshua Tree – U2 [Discologist]

    Thirty years ago a little “punk” band from Ireland changed pop music forever with the release of their fifth album, The Joshua Tree. Built on American roots music and soundscapes from the future, The Joshua Tree elevated the Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr from scrappy rock star activists to international superstars.Join us as we…

  • Episode 271: Pure Comedy – Father John Misty

    Over the course of three albums now, Josh Tillman has made quite the reputation for himself as provocateur extraordinaire Father John Misty. On Pure Comedy, Tillman/Misty is letting it all hang out in a gaudy, profane, philosophically perverse masterpiece that transcends the swarmy persona that people love to hate by speaking up about nothing less than…

  • Episode 270: Emperor Of Sand – Mastodon

    Atlanta’s Mastodon, arguably the kings of modern metal, are back with a crushing new album that cements their legacy as much as it catapults them into the future. After playing it straight for two albums, Emperor Of Sand is a return to the concept album, this time exploring some very real, and very close to home, battles…

  • Episode 269: Jamal Gray

    Musical shaman Jamal Gray (Nag Champa, CMPVTR CLVB) is a creator, an educator, a motivator, a instigator, a father, a son, a being of the universe, and, most importantly, one of the the most vibrant and important voices in #newDC’s burgeoning creative scene. For the next hour and change he’s here in the basement preaching the new…

  • Episode 268: The Iceberg – Oddisee

    Washington, DC is a town that is in the middle of a massive cultural shift, and I.M.P Productions (the folks behind the 9:30 Club) are at the forefront of this change. Recently the mega-promoter signed a 40 year lease on the historic Merriweather Post Pavilion and has announced plans to open another venue – The…

  • Episode 267: Semper Femina – Laura Marling

    Over the course of 6 albums Laura Marling has proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with. On her latest effort, Semper Femina, set out to explore her relationship to feminism, femininity and relationships in a modern age, and the result is a flat-out masterpiece. Join us as we gush over this unexpected triumph of feelzcore. PLUS! Swedish…

  • Episode 266: Trophy – Sunny Sweeney

    Streaming radio mainstay Pandora has finally revealed their Spotify/Apple Music competitor. Built on the ashes of Rdio, and released well into these streaming wars, will Pandora Unlimited change the game or is it too little, too late? We’ve got some thoughts.Sunny Sweeney has made some damn fine country music in her relatively short career. On…

  • Episode 265: Hot Thoughts – Spoon

    For over twenty years, indie-rock mainstays Spoon have made some of the most consistently satisfying albums in rock and roll history. On their ninth outing, Hot Thoughts, Britt Daniels and crew are looking back to their past as they evolve the sound of the band into a new future. We’ve got some possibly “hot” thoughts to share…

  • Episode 264: Uyai – Ibibio Sound Machine

    London’s Ibibio Sound Machine “…is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro” and on their first release on North Carolina’s vaunted Merge Records, they’ve refined their sound without skimping on any of its power. Full of songs that…

  • Episode 263: Mount Royal – Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

    PledgeMusic is a crowdfuning platform that aims to help artists of every genre and creed achieve their dreams. Every artist except Wheeler Walker, Jr. it would seem. In an unprecedented move, the artist friendly org recently cancelled the country star/comedian’s campaign to raise funds for his upcoming sophomore album, and we’ve got some questions.On their second…

  • Episode 262: FUTURE/HNDRXX – Future

    Atlanta rapper Future just made history by knocking himself out of the top spot on the Billboard charts with his second release in as many weeks, HNDRXX. Join us for a very special episode as Marcus Dowling (Bandcamp, Decades) guides Kevin through the past, present, and…future of this record setting artist. (Spoiler: This is gonna be awkward.)…

  • Episode 261: Go-Go as DC History w/Marcus K. Dowling

    Go-Go as DC History is a discussion of five iconic go-go songs from DC’s legendary “Chocolate City” past as we seek to preserve that era, as well as determine what of those legendary times will be retained in the rapidly changing cultural present and future of the nation’s capital. Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson (Rare Essence), Michelle Blackwell…

  • Episode 260: Uprising – Miles Mosley

    Eric Church is an OUTLAW and he’s proving it by taking the fight to ticket scalpers and reclaiming 25K tickets for his upcoming world tour. OUTLAW. Bassist Miles Mosly has collaborated with some of the biggest and most creative names in music. Miles Mosely is a badass. Now Miles Mosely has made a badass album. We…

  • Episode 259: Bobby Thompson of Revelator Hill

    After years of laying down the blues as a solo act and sideman extraordinaire, Washington, DC based guitarist Bobby Thompson and some of his closest brothers in arms have joined forces in their new band, Revelator Hill.It’s a conversation you don’t want to miss when Bobby drops by the basement to chat about the new album,…

  • Episode 258: Marquee Moon – Television [Discologist]

    In 1977 a fussy proto/post punk band from NYC dropped one of the most influential albums in rock n’ roll history. Forty years later, we’re talking about why this fidgety masterpiece not only influenced and defined a generation of musicians, but why it sounds just as vital and savage as it did way back when.That’s it.…

  • Episode 257: Prisoner – Ryan Adams

    This year, the Grammy’s made it clear that they may have some…issues to work through. Kevin and Marcus Dowling (Bandcamp/Pitchfork) try to clear the air on how the esteemed organization really functions, and what you, YES YOU, might be able to do to change that.Ryan Adams is one of the most prolific, and most successful…

  • Episode 256: The El Mansouris – The El Mansouris

    First there were whispers. Then there was a video. And finally, after years of waiting there was a debut album. And just like that, Washington, DC “supergroup” The El Mansouris were gone. Tune in as we dive deep into a minor masterpiece by a band that barely existed, but left a hell of a mark in the…

  • Episode 255: Faith – George Michael [Discologist]

    By the late 80’s, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known to the majority of the world as George Michael, had already seen the heights of fame with his group Wham. He had experienced the power that artists could achieve by uniting their voices with We Are The World, and played an integral part in the video revolution that…

  • Episode 254: False Youth Etcetera, Vol 1 – Roadkill Ghost Choir

    In 2014 Athens, GA’s Roadkill Ghost Choir released their masterful full-length debut, In Tongues. With miles on the road behind them and a years worth of waiting, their follow up, False Youth Etcetera, Volume 1 is finally here and we’re bringing back a blast-from-the-past to talk through their finest, and poppiest, song-cycle yet.PLUS! Singer/songwriter Lincoln Barr makes some…

  • Episode 253: Process – Sampha

    Sampha Sisay has spent the bulk of his career on the sidelines, singing and producing for the likes of Drake, Kanye West, Solange, and many more. On Process, his first full-length, the multi-talented soul phenom is finally stepping fully into the spotlight, and the results are stunning. Marcus Dowling (Decades, Pitchfork) and Marcus Moore (Bandcamp) join Kevin this week to work through…

  • Episode 252: Life Without Sound – Cloud Nothings

    In 2009, Cloud Nothings leader Dylan Baldi dropped out of college to pursue his rock n’ roll dreams, and he did so with a vengeance. With their fourth album, Life Without Sound, Baldi and crew have polished their sound, without sacrificing any of the angst and ferocity that made the world fall in love with them in…

  • Episode 251: Nothing Feels Natural – Priests

    After a string of EP’s and years of anticipation, Washington DC neü-punk provocateurs, Priests, have finally delivered their debut full length, Nothing Feels Natural. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Paul, Eduardo and Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) are hanging out in the basement, getting to the bottom of this raucous new album. Is it the right protest album at the right…

  • Episode 250: Tourist In This Town – Allison Crutchfield

    Allison Crutchfield (twin sister of Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee) has paid her dues in bands like P.S. Eliot, Bad Bananna, and Swearin’, but on her new LP Tourist In This Town (Merge Records) she’s blasting off into a whole new phase of her career. Lousy with emotionally supercharged synth jams, Tourist reveals Crutchfield as one of the most vibrant voices of…

  • Episode 249: Hang – Foxygen

    The largest peaceful protest in American history took place this weekend, not just here in DC but all over the world. We’re gonna talk about it. Yes…this is what we mean by the “and nothing but” part of our tagline.Foxygen isn’t just a band, it’s a state of mind. On their fifth album Hang, the duo…

  • Episode 248: PODJAM! 2017 Cometh!

    Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) and Casey Rae (Sirius XM) join Kevin in the newly upgraded rock-basement to prognosticate about the year before us. We all know about the seismic shift in American politics that is about to take place, but what will it mean for music in 2017? The arts in general? Florida Georgia Line?Grab…

  • Episode 247: Puxico – Natalie Hemby

    Travis Tritt started a tweet-a-cane with his suggestion that artists should stick to their art and leave the politics to…not artists. We’ve got a few things to say about that.Songwriter Natalie Hemby has been quietly and consistently killing it behind the scenes by delivering hit after hit for some of Nashville’s biggest names. Now she’s…

  • Episode 246: Fugees – The Score [Discologist]

    If you turned on the radio In 1996 your ears were assaulted by the music of artists like Sublime, The Spice Girls, Gin Blossoms, The Prodigy, Alanis Morrisette, and more (the less said about “The Macarena” the better).Then along came Fugees.In our inaugural edition of our new feature Discologist, Kevin is joined in the basement…

  • Episode 245: Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3

    In 2012 rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike met and discovered that not only did they bring out the best in each other’s art, all signs pointed towards them being world’s first motherf@#@ing rap superheroes. With the release of their third collaboration as Run The Jewels, all signs point to the prophecy being true.Join us as…

  • Episode 244: Best of 2016 – Part Two

    Despite, or maybe because of, everything going on in the world, 2016 has been one of the best years for music in recent memory.Join us in the basement one last time this year as we count down our favorites, feel out our disappointments, and more. WE SUPPORT THESEORGANIZATIONS.YOU CAN TOO.DONATE

  • Episode 243: Best of 2016 – Part One

    Despite, or maybe because of, everything going on in the world, 2016 has been one of the best years for music in recent memory.Join us in the basement one  last time this year as we count down our favorites, feel out our disappointments, and more.Show NotesPlease enjoy our 2016 Song Of The Year by Wheeler…

  • Episode 242: PODJAM – State Of The Union 2016

    In our final regular podcast of 2016, we’re enlisting Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds), Joe Lapan (Owner, Songbyrd Music House), and Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) to work through the year that was here in our hometown of Washington, DC, take a look at the “big picture”, and much, Much more. PLUS: Thoughts on the tragedy of the Ghost Ship fire…

  • Episode 241: Hamilton – The Mixtape

    Lin Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed musical Hamilton isn’t just one of the most successful musicals of all time, it’s one of the most important works of art of the 21st Century.Join us as we dive deep into this new take on a modern masterpiece that is as much a celebration of modern hip-hop and pop music…

  • Episode 240: Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor

    What does it take to be a music journalist in 2016? Marcus J. Moore (Bandcamp), Marcus K. Dowling (Pitchfork), and Kevin discuss.On The Visitor, Kadhja Bonet is mining the past and creating a soulful new sound that feels more than necessary in the crazy year that is 2016. Is it one of the years best, or does this hyper-talented artist…

  • Episode 239: The Flat Five – It’s A World Of Love And Hope

    We thought the fighting was done. We thought the battles had been won. Amazon Music had other plans. The streaming wars, continue they must. Hailing from the mighty Midwest, The Flat Five, the grooviest “supergroup” known to mankind, has arrived just in time with their debut LP, It’s A World Of Love And Hope. After years of…

  • Episode 238: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

    It’s been eighteen years since A Tribe Called Quest released an album, but on their latest, and last, LP We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, the hip-hop legend’s have delivered not just one of 2016’s best, but a career defining masterpiece more than worthy of their legacy.Marcus J. Moore (Bandcamp), Chad Clark (Beauty Pill) and…

  • Episode 237: Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

    Hip hop’s Danny Brown has made a career out of exploring the extremes of his personality. On his fourth LP, Atrocity Exhibition he’s brought all of his demons and angels together to create strongest statement yet.  We’ve assembled an all-star panel featuring Sarah Godfrey (Washington Post, City Paper), Briana Younger (Bandcamp, Washington Post), and Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork,…

  • Episode 236: PODJAM – Country Music

    IT’S PODJAM TIME!On our latest abuse of the podcast format, Casey Rae, Marcus Dowling, a bottle of rye, and a whole lot of AMERICA join Kevin in the basement to work through this thing we call COUNTRY MUSIC.*^* Length of podcast may require use of vacation time^ Pick-up truck not required for general enjoymentShow NotesExperience…

  • Episode 235: Naseem Khuri of Kingsley Flood

    Kingsley Flood frontman Naseem Khuri has built his career writing songs about social injustice and the importance of sticking up for the “little guy”On their latest album, Another Other, he’s turning his observational acumen inwards to explore not just how we relate to others, but, more importantly, why.Khuri joined us in the basement a week before America’s…

  • Episode 234: Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

    Bob Dylan has won a Nobel Prize for Literature. This naturally has blown Patrick’s mind.Another legendary poet/songwriter, Leonard Cohen is back with, You Want It Darker, his  self-proclaimed final album. We’re digging into Cohen’s latest tome, exploring the legacy that he’s leaving behind, and more.PLUS! Guitarist Daniel Bachman has a new self-titled album, and we’ve got…

  • Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

    Jenn Wasner has spent the better part of the past decade slaying as one half of indie powerhouse Wye Oak. Earlier this year, she released her long-in-the-works solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, under the name Flock Of Dimes.Predictably, it TOO, slayed.Before a recent tour stop in the nation’s capital, Wasner joined us to…

  • Episode 232: Skylar Gudasz

    Singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz’s debut LP, Oleander, is a sublime exploration of modern romance that wears its influences on its sleeve and is bursting at the seams with humor, heart, and class. It’s also one of the best albums of 2016.When she’s not busy making great albums, Gudasz can be found palling around on stage with members of…

  • Episode 231: Death

    In 1971, history was made when brothers Bobby, Dannis, and David Hackney got together to jam, and inadvertently “created” punk music in the process. That history wouldn’t be discovered until almost 40 years later, and having their story told in the documentary A Band Called Death in 2013, the group is touring again, making new music, and finding…

  • Episode 230: NxWorries – Yes Lawd!

    Put two musical powerhouses together and blend them up, and what comes out is bound to be (mostly) genius.We’ve assembled an all-star panel featuring Marcus J. Moore (Bandcamp,Pitchfork), Briana Younger (Washington Post,Bandcamp), Marcus K. Dowling (Bandcamp,Pitchfork) and Julian Kimble (The Undefeated, Washington Post), to dig deep into NxWorries Yes Lawd!, the new collaboration from Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge!PLUS! John Davis’s Title Tracks…

  • Episode 229: Sara Watkins

    Over the course of her career, Sara Watkins (I’m With Her, Nickel Creek) has stretched the boundaries of bluegrass, toured the world, and collaborated with legends of the music industry, all the while continuing to shape her own formidable legacy.Right now, she’s sitting down to chat with us about her new album Young In All The…

  • Episode 228: Teenage Fanclub – Here

    Like a sexier version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, you can now mix your Tinder with your Spotify. Join us as three middle-aged men discuss the implications, you’ve obviously come to the most qualified source for these sort of things.Scottish indie-rock legends Teenage Fanclub are back with a new label (Merge!) and a new…

  • Episode 227: Norah Jones – Day Breaks

    A free tier is all fun and games, until you start getting served malware in it’s ads. We’re getting to the bottom of this so-obvious-we-can’t-believe-it-hadn’t-happened-yet “crisis” so you don’t have to. On her latest album Day Breaks, nine time Grammy winner Norah Jones is returning to the jazz sound that made her famous. Join us as we…

  • Episode 226: Solange – A Seat At The Table

    With A Seat At The Table, Solange Knowles hasn’t just made the best album of her career, she’s made one of the most compelling, and most important albums of 2016.We’re going deep into this modern masterpiece with the help of music journo heavyweights Marcus K. Dowling and Sarah Godfrey (!!!).PLUS: Daveed Diggs’ band Clipping. latest album Splendor & Misery is out NOW,…

  • Episode 225: Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee

    In the 21st century one of the greatest scourges on the music industry is piracy. Time was though that Seymour Butts could get twelve albums for one shiny penny. M.C. Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger is back with his follow up to 2014’s critically lauded, Lateness Of Dancers. On Heart Like A Levee, the North Carolina singer/songwriters second album…

  • Episode 224: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

    WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is on the chopping block and up for sale. Help save it, and by doing so, save a little bit of us all.Bon Iver returns after a five year hiatus, and the results are polarizing. We’re choosing sides in the war of 22, A Million.Ever wonder how to make great, kinda weird, super-intellectual pop…

  • Episode 223: Aaron “Ab” Abernathy

    Aaron “Ab” Abernathy has built his career on helping artists like Black Milk and Slum Village elevate their art, but now he’s breaking out on his own with his new album, Monologue.A potent combination of autobiography and R&B retrospect, Monologue is a capital “S” SOUL record, that recounts Abernathy’s formative years growing up outside Cleveland, Ohio. We sit…

  • Episode 222: Drive-By Truckers – American Band

    The protest song is nothing new, but now in 2016 it may be the best defense we have against, well, 2016.And speaking of protest songs…Drive-By Truckers have always infused their songs with politics, but the scorching truths of their latest album, American Band, may be their strongest, most important statement yet. We’re going in on the band’s…

  • Episode 221: Flock Of Dimes – If You See Me, Say Yes

    The next great battle in the streaming wars may have just been started by Pandora with the announcement of their “half-price” streaming service. Is $4.99 a month the future of the music industry, or the beginning the end of it as we know it?After a career conquering the indie airwaves as one half of Wye…

  • Episode 220: Florida Georgia Line – Dig Your Roots

    Nelly is in trouble with the tax man, and it’s teh INTERNET to the rescue! Wait…really?We’re reviewing Florida Georgia Line’s latest, guys. This is happening. Strap in for a wild ride with Eduardo and Marcus Dowling as we dig into one of this years biggest releases that everyone loves to hate. Or DO they?LVL UP’s…

  • Episode 219: Robert Glasper Experiment – ArtScience

    What’s in a name? Turns out a whole lot if you’re in a band. Some guy named Eric has offered up a whole mess of suggestions, some good, some…not so much. Since roundabout 2004, jazz pianist Robert Glasper has played on all your favorite records, won all the Grammy’s, and blown all of the minds in…

  • Episode 218: The Avalanches – Wildflower

    As the idiocracy draws ever closer, we take a look a new spin on the reality show where nine strangers are picked to makes some tunes and get judged by…Spotify.After fifteen years, Australian sample kings The Avalanches return with their new album, Wildflower. Carrie’s spawn joins us to discuss this comeback and drop some serious knowledge…

  • Episode 217: Wilco – Schmilco

    It’s official, the headphone jack is no more…at least according to Apple. We’re parsing the pro’s and con’s and abusing the word “dongle” excessively in the process.WILCO’S BACK MOTHER F@#@ERS! But you knew that. 3 lifelong fans of the band weigh in on the alt-country fixture’s latest, Schmilco.The Flat Five (feat. Kelly Hogan) are from Chicago. The…

  • Episode 216: Black Alternative

    As of late, the music industry has seen a rise in talented African-American musicians who paint outside of expected mainstream lines for pop artists. In eschewing easy-to-consume tropes for left-of-center jazz, soul, and techno-influenced sounds, performers like Kendrick Lamar, Robert Glasper, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean and so many more have created a sustainable and…

  • Episode 215: Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

    Spotify may be winning the streaming wars, but with a new round of rights negotiations ahead, will they be stopped in their tracks by the labels.Chicago’s Ryley Walker makes guitar music. Heady guitar music. On his latest album, Golden Sings That Have Been Song, we take yet another trip into the cosmos searching for answers that…

  • Episode 214: Lydia Loveless – Real

    The internet has given us a lot of things, but probably its most valuable contribution to society (besides cat videos) has been access to loads and loads of stats. A recent study by Value Penguin (internet stat provider!) went ahead and ranked the quality of music cities around America. Noble goal. Dubious results. Because internet.On Lydia…

  • Episode 213: Cass McCombs – Mangy Love

    Leaks are de rigueur in this digital age, and recently the band Twenty One Pilots had a new track freed from its capitalist coil and spread forth across the digital oceans for the masses to “enjoy.” This didn’t sit well with the  powers-that-be, and so it was that Reddit deliver unto them the head (name)…

  • Episode 212: Frank Ocean – Blonde

    FOUR long years we waited.FOUR long years we wondered.FOUR long years some of us even tweeted our frustration about it.Now that Frank Ocean’s Blonde is here, what the f%$% are we gonna do with ourselves?Show Notes”Frank Ocean and the virtues of boredom” – [Washington Post]Learn more about Frank Ocean’s latest, Blonde [link]Learn more about NonameOfficial Site | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramListen On: Soundcloud | Apple…

  • Episode 211: Lori McKenna – The Bird & The Rifle

    Sooooooo..Apple Music just bought Cash Money Records, guys. Hashtag “It’s on!”Lori McKenna is one of the most respected songwriters working “in” Nashville today. On her tenth album , The Bird & The Rifle she’s stepping out once again and proving that whether it’s behind the scenes or on the big stage, she’s one of the best…

  • Episode 210: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

    One of the greatest potential casualties of our fundamentally damaged copyright laws may be the erasure of not just black cultural history, but the unwinding of the artistic fabric that makes up America. De La Soul knows this first hand. On his sophomore album, soul/folk powerhouse Michael Kiwanuka aims for the stratosphere…and gets there. #spoilersDance punk isn’t…

  • Episode 209: Avers – Omega/Whatever

    Warner Music exec Mike Jbara is leaving the entertainment monolith to join “HD music” firm MQA. Is there new music format the future of music, or just another Ogg-Vorbis in the also-ran annals of history.Richmond, Virginia’s Avers is back Omega/Whatever, the follow up to 2014’s head trip of a debut, Empty Light. Did they survive the…

  • Episode 208: Noname – Telefone

    Anticipation. Excitement. Elation. Confusion. Disappointment. This week, Frank Ocean is all of these things and more.Supremely talented Chicago MC Noname first announced herself to the world two years ago on Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap. On Telefone, she’s finally stepping out on her own with one of the strongest statements on womanhood, life in the…

  • Episode 207: Nels Cline – Lovers

    Rumor has it that despite the constant cries of “foul”, 98% of all videos (over ONE BILLION) on YouTube are 100% kosher from a licensing perspective. Say what?Twenty-five years in the making, Nels Cline’s Lovers captures the passion and history of an artist who has spent a lifetime pursuing his musical truth. On his Blue…

  • Episode 206: The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset

    Soundcloud may be up for sale, and Deezer, yet another streaming music service launches in the US. Just another day in the #streamingwars.Fronted by punk legend Kathleen Hannah, The Julie Ruin is back with Hit Reset, a savage record that’s all killer and no filler. Like you expected anything less.And speaking of savage…Washington DC jazz-emo-thrash duo…

  • Episode 205: Franz Nicolay and The Humorless Ladies of Border Control

    Franz Nicolay is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, true punk philosopher, and now…an author.The Humorless  Ladies of Border Patrol chronicles Nicolay and his wife Maria’s tour through the underground punk/DIY scene of Russia and the Ukraine and is unlike any travelogue that has come before it. Immersive, poignant, and a treat for the senses ,…

  • Episode 204: Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

    Freetown Sound, the latest LP from Blood Orange (aka singer/songwriter and composer Dev Hynes), was already one of the most anticipated releases of 2016 when it dropped. But nobody could have been prepared for the seemingly infinite amount of sonic truths, social commentary, and emotional revelations set free with each successive listen. Great albums are easy…

  • Episode 203: Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent

    A 2003 case against Ticketmaster has finally reached a settlement, which means that you, and you, and you, and YOU get vouchers to a whole mess of free shows. Orrrrrrrrrrr not.In just a few short years, singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz has manged to become a heavy-hitting mainstay on the folk, bluegrass, and Americana scenes. On her…

  • Episode 202: Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows

    Warner Music has delivered what may be a crippling blow to small record record stores everywhere. But does it matter? Since 2006, Richmond, Virginia’s Inter Arma has been setting the heavens on fire with an unholy mastery of metal that promises as much doom as it does unrepentant beauty. On their latest album they’re upping the…

  • Episode 201: The Mystery Lights

    RadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadIdidn’tknowrocknrollcouldbethiscoolRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRadRadRadHolyShitRad.That’s kinda what it’s like listening to The Mystery Lights.This is what it’s like talking with them.  The Mystery LightsLinksOfficial SiteFacebookTwitterInstagram Upcoming Tour Dates

  • Episode 200: Bob Boilen

    Sixteen years ago, All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen didn’t just change the game with his podcast about the music he loved and nothing but, he pretty much INVENTED the game.Now Bob has set his sights on the literary world with his new book Your Song Changed My Life. A collection of conversations that is “…less like a…

  • Episode 199: Mail The Horse

    Mail The Horse is a BAND. Don’t call em Americana band. Don’t call em a Folk band. Don’t call em a Jam band. They’re just a BAND.And a goddamn good one at that.Here’s the part where we hang out. SHOW NOTESMail The Horse plays here in DC on July 17th at Songbyrd Music House. Get yer tickets now.Check out…

  • Episode 198: Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room

    Word is starting to come out that Apple might be in talks to buy Jay Z’s TIDAL. Is this the beginning of the end of the streaming wars or…nah…that’s totally what it is.Laura Mvula’s second album The Dreaming Room, is a symphony of soul and jazz that’s pushing the boundaries of both genres. Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor at…

  • Episode 197: Diarrhea Planet – Turn To Gold

    Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote some of the mightiest rock and roll songs of all time. Recently another artist made a claim to their throne and rock supremacy. They lost. We still have questions.Nothing says America like some furious, turn-that-shit–to-eleven rock and roll, and nobody makes that music better in 2016 than Nashville’s Diarrhea…

  • Episode 196: Mitski – Puberty 2

    The use of cell phones at concerts continues to be a hot button topic for music fans. A new company Yonder is here to tell you where you can stick it (yer phone).Mitski is back with a new album that blows the doors off of any expectations we might have had for her follow up…

  • Episode 195: Caveman – Otero War

    Kanye West. He can’t, he won’t and he don’t stop…being an a-hole. (We) Discuss.Caveman is a killer f@#@ing band who has made couple of killer f@#@ing albums. Their latest effort Otero War continues this trend with a little bit of sci-fi epic for good measure.Do you love rock and roll? The Mystery Lights looooove rock and…

  • Episode 194: White Lung – Paradise

    Spotify has been in the news A LOT lately guys. Then a couple weeks ago the internet got ahold of their financials and…well…we’re here to talk about what happened next.Toronto indie-punks White Lung are back with a fierce new album that comes straight from the 90’s into Paul’s heart. Is it enough to convince Kevin…

  • Episode 193: Robert Ellis

    With 2011’s Photograph and 2014’s The Lights From The Chemical Plant, Robert Ellis established himself as one best singer-songwriters working today. Robert Ellis, his third major release (and one of the best albums of 2016) builds on that foundation, but refuses to be constrained to any genre, country or otherwise. On a recent visit to Washington, DC, Robert…

  • Episode 192: William Tyler – Modern Country

    Noah Berman (Louis Weeks) and Ian Taronji (The Lucky So & So’s) are both formidable guitarists with connections to the DC scene. Kevin is also a guitarist, minus the formidable. Together the three are going full wonk on the instrument that has, in no small part, shaped their lives.William Tyler is a guitarist. He is…

  • Episode 191: Kenny Pirog of Wanted Man

    Wanted Man is a righteous rock and roll band from Washington, DC.Kenny Pirog is a righteous dude who fronts said righteous rock and roll band from Washington, DC.This is a righteous conversation with a righteous dude who fronts a righteous band.Any questions? Show NotesStill not convinced? Check out Wanted Man’s EP from last year.Wanted Man EP…

  • Episode 190: Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost

    It’s sad and shameful that in 2016 that bands like Screaming Females, Modern Baseball, and Speedy Ortiz have to set up a hotline for fans to call if they’re at a show and find themselves being touched or treated inappropriately, and yet here we are talking about our collective inability to not be f@#-ups… again.…

  • Episode 189: Laura Gibson

    In March of this year, singer/songwriter Laura Gibson released Empire Builder. Not only was it her strongest record to date, but it is undeniably one of 2016’s finest releases.Around that time, we invited Laura (and her band) over the morning after an exhilarating performance at Iota Club and Café to talk about the new album, her…

  • Episode 188: Day Of The Dead

    The Grateful Dead are one of the pillars of the American musical canon.With an influence that spans generations and all walks of life, it’s no surprise that Bryce and Aaron Dessner, both members of indie-rock superstars The National, were huge “Deadheads.”Now, with a little help from their friends, the brothers have put together a sprawling,…

  • Episode 187: RIP Above The Bayou

    A few years ago in the small town of Washington, DC, Maddy Wolpow-Gindi and Quinn Meyers (along with the steady hand of friend Jordan Grobe on sound) set out to host a few rock shows at their shared space above a cajun restaurant known as The Bayou.Over the course of two years that space which…

  • Episode 186: Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

    Chance The Rapper, one of the most exciting hip-hop artists of the 21st century, recently dropped his long awaited third mixtape, Coloring Book.For possibly unrelated reasons, we assembled a KILLER panel that included music journalists extraordinaire Briana Younger and Marcus J. Moore, PLUS DC music powerhouse Jamal Gray (Nag Champa).With that much firepower in the room we…

  • Episode 185: Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial

    Copyright law is a fickle beast. Will Toledo and Matador Records found out just how fickle when they found out despite their good faith efforts, a (killer) track off of Teens Of Denial that quoted a classic The Cars song wouldn’t pass the copyright muster, resulting in the physical release of the album being pushed back…

  • Episode 184: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

    Is Apple aiming to kill music downloads in the near future? Are we ready to go “full digital” or is this just an idea that’s not ready for prime time?You might have heard that Radiohead is back. Their new album is called A Moon Shaped Pool. We’re talking about it. Go-go, the soul of Washington, DC,…

  • Episode 183: Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats

    Since 2001, Fruit Bats’ Eric Johnson has proven time and time again why he has become one of the 21st Century’s most revered songwriters. After a brief “retirement” where he released music under his own name – 2014’s excellent EDJ – Johnson has revived the Fruit Bats name and delivered Absolute Loser, one of the strongest and most…

  • Episode 182: Colin Stetson – Sorrow

    Henryk Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony, often referred to as the Symphony of Sorrow, is one of the most popular pieces of classical music ever composed and with good reason. Sonically dense, and often brutally minimalist in construction. In other words a perfect fit for saxophonist Colin Stetson’s frequently off-kilter sensibilities.WIth little help from friends like Sarah Neufeld (Arcade…

  • Episode 181: Bob Mould – Patch The Sky

    Is the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame an institution that’s past it’s prime. At this year’s ceremony Steve Miller certainly seemed to think so.Legendary rock icon Bob Mould is back with his latest collection of rockers Patch The Sky. Need we say more?Detroit based producer and MC Black Milk (Curtis Cross) and his band…

  • Episode 180: Bleached – Welcome The Worms

    With spaces for the arts becoming scarcer and scarcer in Washington, DC and other cities, should we turn to abandoned office parks in our suburbs for answers? California trio Bleached is back with Welcome The Worms, their strongest release yet. At least according to some of us.Electronic musician Tim Hecker takes a trip into the inner-space…

  • Episode 179: K.A.A.N.

    One day in early Spring budding hip hop superstar and creative powerhouse K.A.A.N. (Brandon Perry) dropped by the basement to hang out with Kevin, Random Nerds’ Bryce T. Rudow, and Marcus Dowling.The following is a true account of what happened next. Show NotesRead K.A.A.N.’s 2015 “interview” with Random Nerds’ Bryce T. Rudow [Random Nerds] Check out the video for K.A.A.N’s “Phoenix”…

  • Episode 178: Beyoncé – LEMONADE

    Saturday night, Beyoncé premiered the short film “Lemonade” on HBO. It was powerful, aggressive, political, and vital. Minds were blown.Then she dropped the album.Now we’re here with special guests Briana Younger and Marcus Dowling to talk about it.Oh yea…we’ve got a new track from J-Zone’s killer new album Fish-n-Grits too.Pretty cool, eh?Show NotesGet to know J-ZoneOfficial Site | Facebook | Twitter |Soundcloud | Bandcamp | Spotify”J-Zone’s…

  • Episode 177: RIP Prince

    So, uh, guys…Prince died.That reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly sucks.Kevin, Marcus Dowling, and Future Of Music Coalition’s Casey Rae needed to talk about it.Here is that conversation.

  • Episode 176: Parquet Courts – Human Performance

    Is the “white male voice” dead in indie rock? David Turner at MTV certainly thinks so. Parquet Courts are back with another durable set of slow-burn rockers. Is Human Performance the sound of a band hitting its stride, or are they just delivering more of the same?DC’s Brushes has emerged from the shadow of proto-rockers Baby Bry…

  • Episode 175: Lucy Dacus

    Way back in February, Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus released her debut album, No Burden.No Burden happens to be one of the best albums of 2016 to date.This is what happened when we talked to Lucy and her band the day after her album came out.**we included a sweet track from one of Lucy’s fellow Richmonders Clair Morgan…

  • Episode 174: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

    The historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC is in trouble. Again. How did we get here and what the hell can anyone do about it?Sturgill Simpson has followed up his breakout album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, with the ambitious, genre hopping, expectation defying love letter to his son, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. Is it…

  • Episode 173: Phil Cook

    Music has always been the lifeblood running through multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook’s veins for as long as he can remember. In 2015 he fully dialed in to that guiding presence for the first time in his life, and the result was the magnificent Southland Mission. Mission mined a deep history of American gospel and blues to deliver songs…

  • Episode 172: Fellow Creatures

    Independently, Sam McCormally and William McKindley-Ward are longtime staples of the DC music scene. Together they are FELLOW CREATURES!Following the demise of their previous band – the beloved Ugly Purple Sweater – both were looking for a different direction for their music. They found it in electronic experimentation coupled with masterful songwriting and the result…

  • Episode 171: Eric Bachmann – Eric Bachmann

    The roller coaster that is TIDAL keeps on keeping on as new reports claim that the troubled, Jay Z owned streaming service is making plans to sue original owners Aspiro for misreporting their subscriber numbers.On his latest, self titled album, indie rock legend Eric Bachmann (Archers Of Loaf, Crooked Fingers) is shedding his past and…

  • Episode 170: Laura Gibson – Empire Builder

    For 30 years now, SXSW has brought the best and the brightest of the music industry to the music capital of the world for for a week of controlled chaos and musical overload. Music journalist Marcus J. Moore attended this summer camp for music nerds for the first time this year, and he’s hanging out…

  • Episode 169: Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

    Vinyl sales are UP over streaming revenue, but does it really matter?Iggy Pop returns with the help of a few friends for one last hurrah. We dig into Post Pop Depression, his legacy and more.You don’t know country. Royal Forest know s country though so it’s cool. they’ve got you covered with their totally free…

  • Episode 168: The Final Solution – Brotherman OST

    The Kesha vs Dr. Luke case takes a couple of strange new twists on its way to (hopefully) resolution. Or does it?If you don’t know Brotherman, than you don’t know much, mannnn. We’re turning our ears towards one of Numero Group’s finest reissues and unearthing a bit of musical history in the process.Speaking of Numero…

  • Episode 167: Anderson .Paak – Malibu

    We’re dipping our toes into a conversation about what it means to be a music journalist in 2016. What do we do? What is our place is in the “music industry”? How can we all, musicians and critics alike, do better. Everything is fair game as Marcus Dowling and Marcus J. Moore return to help…

  • Episode 166: Damien Jurado – Visions of Us on the Land

    Last week it was 311 day. If you don’t know what that is you’re lying. To yourself.*Damien Jurado is back with an expansive, mind-bending, psycho-trip of a  new album, Visions of Us on the Land. We buy the ticket and take the ride.Skylar Gudasz’s exceptional debut album Oleander is out NOW. We’ve got a track to…

  • Episode 165: Field Music – Commontime

    The preservation and fostering of the arts should be a top priority for any civilized society, but New York City may be overcompensating with a relatively recent initiative involving affordable housing.Prog-pop masters Field Music are back with their new album Commontime. It’s as nerdy and as great as you would expect.  Unless you’re Paul.School of…

  • Episode 164: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive

    Bob Dylan hands over his archives  and one of our crew squeeeeeeeeeees with joy.Thao Nguyen, her Get Down Stay Down, and Merrill Garbus have made a career defining, motherf@$%er of a record. That’s pretty much it if you wanna cut to the chase.You crave metal? We’ve GOT metal. From Finland. Put Oranssi Pazuzu in your…

  • Episode 163: Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered.

    Music writer powerhouses Marcus Dowling and Marcus J. Moore are in the basement and offering up some last words on the troubled release of Kanye West’s, The Life Of Pablo.King Kendrick hit us with a surprise “project” on Friday. Is it a worthy follow up to To Pimp A Butterfly, or something…more?Washington, DC’s Stranger In the…

  • Episode 162: M. Ward – More Rain

    Hurricane Kayne continues to batter the coast of our common sense. We set a course toward’s the eye of the storm.M. Ward is back and sounding as groovy as ever on his latest, More Rain.Chicago’s Moodymann has dropped DJ Kicks, and we’ve got a taste.Uh oh…here come the SXSW emails.Show NotesGoogle “Kanye West”Get to know MoodymannOfficial Site | Facebook  …

  • Episode 161: Lucy Dacus – No Burden

    TIDAL, the streaming service that is “for artists, by artists” may be up for sale…to Samsung. Who is not a DJ you haven’t heard of. Lucy Dacus’ subtly powerful debut, No Burden, is being hyped far and wide in the music press. For once the hype is real. Believe it.No BS! Brass Band are a take-no-prisoners party machine…

  • Episode 160: Animal Collective – Painting With

    It’s Kesha vs Dr. Luke in a battle for the very soul of the music industry…maybe.Animal Collective is back with their latest consciousness expanding opus, Painting With. But is it a blissed out journey of enlightenment, or just a bad trip to bummerville.Bill Frisell’s latest, When You Wish Upon A Star, is a sonic ode to television and…

  • Episode 159: Megadeth – Dystopia

    Everyone knows the state of concert ticketing is f#$#ed. Now there’s a new study that kinda proves it. Megadeth is back with their 15th album, Dystopia. MOAR metal is good metal. Maybe. Chicago’s Numero Group continues to solidify their status as the grooviest record label that ever was with their Project 12 series. We’ve got…

  • Episode 158: Two Inch Astronaut – Personal Life

    According to Rolling Stone, CD’s are making a comeback. Really real, or just a really slow news week?Two Inch Astronaut are back with their latest LP Personal Life. Dig yer loud LOUD, and your 90’s inflected Pavement jams HUGE? Tune in and turn it up.Alt-Country newcomer Marlon Williams is making the jump across the pond…

  • Episode 157: The Skiffle Players – Skifflin’

    Kanye West’s new album may be here, but should it be rated “M” for misogyny?The Skiffle Players debut LP Skifflin’  is bringing together titans of “weird” Americana (Cass McCombs, Neal Casal, Dan Horne, Farmer Dave Scher, Aaron Sperske) to celebrate folk music from the past, present and future.Night Beats are bringing some serious groove, straight…

  • Episode 156: The Pines

    Above The Prairie, the latest release from Minneapolis folk auteurs The Pines, is a sonic tapestry rich with atmosphere that transports the listener to a land that is as recognizable as it is just down the road from nowhere. David Huckfelt and brothers Benson and Alex Ramsey just kicked off their tour for Above The…

  • Episode 155: Chester Watson – Past Cloaks

    You should treat antique instruments with respect and care…unless you’re in a Tarantino film.Florida hip hop wizard Chester Watson put all of his “greatest hits” into a blender and  hit “crush.” The result is, Past Cloaks, one of the most exciting records of 2016 to date.Typefigher/Joy Buttons/Polyon guru Ryan McLaughlin (along with DC music vets John…

  • Episode 154: Eleanor Friedberger – New View

    Touring is hard. Crowdfunding startup RoadNation is aiming to help.Eleanor Friedberger is back with her third solo album, a new band, and a whole “New View.”Chairlift’s Moth is strong with the synth-pop and the gang is pleased.Meet ya at the Beauty Pill show this Saturday, yea?Show NotesSupport Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray’s “Ribbon Of Highway”…

  • Episode 153: Rihanna – ANTI

    Rihanna’s latest was an exclusive to TIDAL…until it leaked…everywhere…because the internet.Rihanna is back with her new album,  Anti¸ a new attitude and at least three new fans.The Pines are from Minneapolis and make great music. The track “Aerial Ocean” off of their upcoming LP Above The Prairie is but one example of the aforementioned great musicDid we…

  • Episode 152: Benji Hughes – Songs In The Key Of Animals

    The Eagles (and Glenn Frey) are dead. Long live the Eagles…unless you’re THAT a-hole.Pop weirdo Benji Hughes follows up 2008’s A Love Extreme by packing more fun per square inch than should be legally allowed on his Merge debut, Songs In The Key Of Animals.Hailing from Austin, TX, Casey Chandler aka Galapaghost is keeping it real, and…

  • Episode 151: The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum

    High profile music publicist Heathcliff Berru has serious and multiple allegations of sexual assault leveled against him, and that’s just the tip of one of the darkest corners of the music industry iceberg.The Besnard Lakes return with their fifth album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, and we have an excite.K.A.A.N. drops his latest exhilarating track, “The Eagles”, just…

  • Episode 150: The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming

    Soundcloud strikes a deal with Universal, adding gas to the streaming wars.The spirit of the Louvin/Everly Brothers courses through the veins of The Cactus Blossoms debut album, You’re Dreaming.“Handle With Care” is a righteous song, and a George Fest super-jam proves Wilbury dominance once and for all.And oh yea…we’re FIVE YEARS OLD. Anyone know what that…

  • Episode 149: The Catastrophist – Tortoise

    Revered jazz/prog/post-rock purveyors Tortoise are back with their new album, The Catastrophist.All Songs Considered turns 16 with a jam packed musical blowout at the 9:30 Club right here in Washington, DC.Chicago’s Crown Larks take the legacy of Tortoise straight to the future. Oh…and Glenn Frey of The Eagles is gone.Welcome back to the basement. We missed you. 

  • Episode 148: Blackstar – David Bowie

    David Bowie is dead.LCD Soundsystem is putting the band back together.David Lowery is suing Spotify for $150M. Welcome to 2016

  • Episode 147: Best Of 2015 – Part 2

    2015 was a huge year for music, so obviously we had to make a huge podcast to wrap the whole thing up. In part two of our year-end blowout, Quinn, Paul, and Kevin share the music that gave them the most feels in 2016, then offer up some thoughts on the year to come, pull…

  • Episode 146: Best Of 2016 – Part 1

    This is it! As the year draws to a close, the gang hangs out one last time to talk all of the good, bad, and ugly of 2015.  Does your favorite album make the cut, and does that even matter? Can we all just agree Kendrick cuz dammmmnnn?All of these questions and more will be…

  • Episode 145: Best Of DC 2015

    The end is nigh! The end of the year that is. This week on the podcast we’re kicking off our year-end closeout with a mega-sized wrap up of all that 2015 was here in our hometown of Washington, DC.Joined by Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds), Bryce Taylor Rudow (Random Nerds) and Quinn Meyers (WRGW radio/ATB), Kevin…

  • Episode 144: Grimes – Art Angels / Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe

    This week on the podcast we’re talking new albums from a hot up-and-comer and the return of a pop legend. First up, Grimes’ Art Angels is an unexpected pop explosion that stretches the limits of what we call indie. Is the young producer’s latest effort a missive from the future or one large step towards the mainstream?…

  • Episode 143: Made Of Oak (Nick Sanborn)

    This week on the podcast we’re checking in with multi-instrumentalist / producer Nick Sanborn. Hot on the heels of Sylvan Esso’s massive tour supporting their spectacular self-titled debut, Sanborn  is back with the EP Penumbra, his latest project under the name Made Of Oak. An atmospheric collection of rhythmic adventures that draw as much inspiration from the…

  • Episode 142: Positive No

    This week on the podcast we’re sitting down with Tracy Wilson and Kenneth Close of Richmond, VA’s POSITIVE NO! Each longtime veterans of the indie music scene in their own rights, the couple joined forces in 2011 in the wake of a tragedy – Wilson was hit by a car crossing the street – and…

  • Episode 139: Jonny Grave

    This week on the podcast we’re sitting down with DC’s Jonny Grave in advance of his Third Annual Halloween Circus at taking place at the Black Cat in Washington, DC this weekend. Part bluesman, part historian, and all heart, Jonny shares his love of music, DC, history and much, much more. First though, fresh off two…

  • Episode 138: Futurebirds Actual

    This week on the podcast we’re getting meta as we invite Futurebirds down to the basement to talk about Futurebirds, a little bit about us, and much, much more. Out on tour now in support of their most excellent new album Hotel Parties (you can hear our take on it here), these road warriors have seen it…

  • Episode 137: RIP Pitchfork?

    Earlier this week the monolithic music website Pitchfork announced that they had been acquired by monolithic mega-publisher Condé Nast, throwing teh internets into a frenzy. Is this the end of music journalism? The death knell of the modern “tastemaker?” An opportunity for a new golden age of criticism to begin? We invited Marcus Dowling and…

  • Episode 136: Casey Rae, CEO of Future Of Music Coalition

    This week on the podcast we’re going full wonk as Kevin and Marcus Dowling sit down with Future Of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae to try and save the music industry! With their 15th Annual Policy Summit just around the corner (October 26-27th) it was about time that Casey dropped by the basement to fill…

  • Episode 135: Hotel Parties – Futurebirds / Southland Mission- Phil Cook

    This week on the podcast: How easy is it to trick a music blogger? Apparently hilariously so if you’re using Wayne Coyne as bait! The gang discusses a hilarious prank that was recently pulled on the blogosphere, and its implication for the sad state of modern music journalism as a whole.Then we’re heading over to…

  • Episode 134: BRNDA

    Washington, DC based BRNDA’s infectious “snack-punk” can be hard to classify… and even harder to get out of your head. Hot off the release of their sophomore release, Year Of The Manatee, Dave Lesser (guitar), Leah Gage (drums) and Jhn Whytefoot (bass) pay a visit to the basement to talk about the history of the band,…

  • Episode 133: Nashville Obsolete – Dave Rawlings Machine / 1989 – Ryan Adams

    This week we call an audible and call em like we see em. First up more TIDAL talk as we figure how to save the music industry for the 178th time. Then it’s the triumphant return of the Dave Rawlings Machine and an obvious deep dive into a lake of feels as we take on…

  • Episode 132: The Return of Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray

    This week on the podcast, our friends Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray are back on the best coast which can mean only one thing: PODCAST TIME. After months of hard work, their upcoming follow up to2014’s Lean Into The Wind is almost ready! Erin and Chris sit down with Kevin for a supremely heady chat about their…

  • Episode 131: Another One – Mac DeMarco / Green Lanes – Ultimate Painting

    This week on the podcast we’ve got new faces, man tears, invaders from Canada and two groovy cats from across the pond. First up, it’s already July 71st and we STILL don’t have a new Frank Ocean album. In age of surprise album drops, does the “tease then delay” release strategy really work? More to…

  • Episode 130: Marian McLaughlin and Ethan Foote

    This week on the podcast singer/guitarist/composer Marian McLaughlin returns and is bringing her collaborator Ethan Foote with her to talk about their upcoming album, Spirit House. Equal parts folk, chamber music, and magic, Spirit House is the evolution of the work Marian began on 2014’s Derive taken in directions she only hinted at previously. In this return to the basement,…

  • Episode 129: The Most Lamentable Tradgedy – Titus Andronicus / Weirdo Shrine – La Luz

    This week on the podcast, vacation is OVER and we’re back to review new albums from indie-punks Titus Andronicus, who may be suffering a tragedy most lamentable, and Seattle surf-gaze quartet, La Luz’s latest, Weirdo Shrine. But first: N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is dominating the box office, but seems to have forgot some very important facts…

  • Episode 128: Yesscast

    The week on the podcast we’re headed down the deepest, darkest, music-nerd hole yet. Born in the late 60’s, the band Yes isn’t just one of the greatest prog-rock bands that ever was, they may have been one of the greatest bands period. Joining Kevin on a musical journey through space and time are his…

  • Episode 127: Rainbow Rock

    This week on the podcast Kevin sits down with the Rainbow Lady and Guitarmony Gus (aka Kate Moran and Derek Evry) to talk about the Rainbow Rock Band! Grown up rockers in their own right, Kate, Derek and a whole host of other familiar names in the “IOTA scene” are giving back to the community…

  • Episode 126: Star Wars – Wilco / Currents – Tame Impala

    This week on the podcast, we’re talking BIG releases from two of the biggest indie bands around.First up: Wilco got their start out of the ashes of alt-country legends Uncle Tupelo, and while their sound might not have fallen far from the tree at the beginning, over their twenty-plus year career they’ve consistently reshaped their…

  • Episode 125: Something More Than Free – Jason Isbell / Pagent Material – Kacey Musgraves

    This week on the podcast we’re talking new albums from Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves! Both artists delivered highly acclaimed records in 2013 – Southeastern and Same Trailer Different Parkrespectively – and now are back with their hotly anticipated follow ups. Are Something More Than Free and Pagent Material worth the wait? Can these immensely talented artists charged with, for better or…

  • Episode 124: Sara Curtin

    This week on the podcast we’re talking to Washington, DC’s Sara Curtin! For years she’s been wowing audiences as one half of The Sweater Set, and more recently singing backup DC’s “supergroup” Justin Jones and the B-Sides, but now it’s time for Sara to stun on her own…again. Michigan Lilium, out July 24th, is Sara’s second solo…

  • Episode 123: The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam – Thundercat

    In this week’s episode, we’re talking Apple Music, Prince, Foo Fighters and more! Apple Music launched this week to much fanfare…and then fairly immediate internet derision. Kevin has been testing it out and share’s his thoughts on its current state, and the verdict on if anything can really ever replace Rdio in his life. In…

  • Episode 122: Midyear Madness and Unsung Super Jams

    It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the midway point of 2015, but besides being a flat circle (obvs) time, the great equalizer, ever marches on. This week on the podcast, guests Marcus Dowling and Quinn Myers join Kevin and Paul as they dig deep into some of the year’s best music that slipped through…

  • Episode 121: Aria Of Vernal Tombs – Obsequiae / Lore – Elder

    This week on the podcast, Kevin and Paul are talkin’ METALLLL! Melding medieval instrumentation with the blackest and loudest sounds found in rock, Tanner Anderson’s Obsequiae project leans hard into the dungeons of old to create ear-quaking cacophonies of doom…but does it satisfy his dark lords? Meanwhile, somewhere in outer space, Boston’s ELDER hurls towards…

  • Episode 120: Gold and Stone – Eternal Summers

    On this week’s podcast, Apple music finally jumps into the streaming music pool, but is it too little too late? Does the hardware giant have what it takes to deliver a “revolutionary” product that will save the music industry, or is this just a warmed over Beats destined to go the way of the Ping. PLUS!…

  • Episode 119: Before The World Was Big – Girlpool

    On this week’s podcast, Apple music finally jumps into the streaming music pool, but is it too little too late? Does the hardware giant have what it takes to deliver a “revolutionary” product that will save the music industry, or is this just a warmed over Beats destined to go the way of the Ping.PLUS!…

  • Episode 118: Surf – Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experimant

    This week on the podcast, we’re back from vacation just in time for Kevin and Paul to team up with the unstoppable Marcus Dowling to talk one of 2015’s most anticipated releases, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf. The unofficial follow up to Chance The Rapper’s 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, Surf smashes genres, destroys expectations, and elevates the…

  • Episode 117: Louis Weeks Returns!

    This week on the podcast, Louis Weeks returns to the basement with his friend/collaborator Noah Berman in tow to talk about their upcoming release, haha! Recorded with a live band and greatly expanded instrumentation, haha builds on the the fantastical foundation laid down by 2014’s Shift/Away, and launches Weeks’ musical horizons into the stratosphere. Tune in to hear Louis and Noah…

  • Episode 116: MCIII – Mikal Kronin / Love Songs For Robots – Patrick Watson

    This week on ye olde podcast we’re strong with indignation, curmudgeon, and wonder. First up, Prince’s “surprise” show in Baltimore last Sunday was billed as a “Rally 4 Peace”, but with millions in potential monetary donations to be generated, and only a “portion” of the proceeds going to charity, should “good vibes” really count as currency?…

  • Episode 115: Axis Mundi – Brown Bird / Never Were The Way She Was – Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufled

    This week on the podcast, we’re still talking about TIDAL, questionable streaming service Grooveshark bites the dust, and DC finally has their very big-time music festival. Will Landmark save the mall or unleash hordes of angry custies upon our nation’s capital? PLUS!!! We review the heartbreaking final album from Rhode Island’s Brown Bird, and take…

  • Episode 114: Chad Clark of Beauty Pill

    This week Kevin sits down with Beauty Pill front-man/mastermind Chad Clark to talk about their astounding new record Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are. Initially conceived of in 2006, the project was unexpectedly put on hold when Clark fell ill in 2007. Multiple life-saving surgeries and a new outlook on life later, Clark and his cohorts…

  • Episode 113: Ivy Tripp – Waxahatchee / Escape From Evil – Lower Dens

    In our latest podcast, the TIDAL wave of fail continues for Jay Z’s newborn streaming service. CEO firings and cold calls from Jack White? We dish the latest news on TIDAL, then dive into the messy realities of “poptimism” and what it means for you. PLUS!! The gang takes an Ivy Tripp with singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield aka…

  • Episode 112: The North Country

    On this week’s podcast, Andrew Grossman and Michael Hernandez of DC’s The North Country stop by the basement the morning after a most triumphant show at Babe City to talk about their upcoming album There Is Nothing To Fear. A pastiche of early 2000’s indie rock (think Arcade Fire, Wilco, My Morning Jacket) mashed together with whip-smart…

  • Episode 111: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett

    On this week’s podcast, Kevin, Carrie and Patrick explore the often hilarious, and hilariously verbose world of Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett and her debut LP sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit. But not before dishing all of the dirt on Jay Z’s Tidal, the newest player in the streaming landscape. Artist owned and…

  • Episode 110: To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

    In 2012 Kendrick Lamar stunned with Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, leaving fans and critics alike wondering what he could possibly do to follow up his magnum opus. Two weeks ago, the world got their answer when To Pimp A Butterfly dropped a week early, selling over 300,000 copies in its first week alone, and breaking the first day record…

  • Episode 109: You’re Better Than This – Pile / Primrose Green – Ryley Walker

    On our latest podcast, we check in on Boston noise rockers, Pile, and their new album You’re Better Than This, then take a long, strange trip with Chicago-based songwriter/guitarist Ryley Walker and his latest van-worthy collection of jams, Primrose Green.PLUS! Kanye West may have been pegged to headline this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival, but all may not be…

  • Episode 108: Strangers To Ourselves – Modest Mouse

    On this week’s podcast, we’re talking the return of indie-rockers Modest Mouse. For Strangers To Ourselves, their first album in eight years, Isaac Brock and crew mashed together a little of the old and a whole lot of the new to make an album that’s decidedly Modest Mouse, but is it any good? Kevin and Paul discuss…

  • Episode 107: Unsung Drummers – Part 2/2

    It’s the conclusion of our two part series on Unsung Drummers! Picking up right where we left off earlier this week, Adam Dawson, Ben Tufts and Mike Smirnoff dive even deeper into the drummers that influenced not just them, but a whole generation of musicians. Earl Palmer, Billy Conway, Russ Kunkel and more all get their…

  • Episode 106: Unsung Drummers – Part 1/2

    On our latest podcast we invite some of DC’s hardest working drummers to the basement for a super-sized, multi-part exploration of UNSUNG DRUMMERS. In part one of our two-part extravaganza, Ben Tufts and Mike Smirnoff join Kevin and Adam to shine a light on some drummers that you probably don’t know about, but absolutely should.…

  • Episode 105: Open Mic Nights

    On our latest podcast Kevin and Adam invite Derek Evry (Musician, man about town) and James Main (Assistant Talent Buyer, Gypsy Sally’s) to the basement to talk about the time-honored tradition of OPEN MIC NIGHTS. No strangers to the scene, Derek and James share stories of time spent at IOTA’s legendary stage that has turned…

  • Episode 104: Rose Mountain – Screaming Females / Transfixiation – A Place To Bury Strangers

    On this week’s podcast it might get loud when we review new albums from rock and roll powerhouses Screaming Females and “New York’s loudest band” A Place To Bury Strangers. Plus!! Kevin, Paul and Patrick discuss the pros and cons of the secondary ticket market, reveal why no matter how you slice it stealing gas to…

  • Episode 103: Vulnicura – Björk / On Your Own Love Again – Jessica Pratt

    On this week’s podcast we’re doubling down on the album reviews to make sure no good record gets left behind in 2015. First up, Björk is back with what many are calling her best album in years, Vulnicura. An eccentric, esoteric journey through heartbreak and loss, is it everything a Björk fan could want, or something…else?…

  • Episode 102: Steve Kolowich of Stranger In The Alps

    On the just-released Pattern Matching, the sophomore album from DC-based indie-folk outfit Stranger In The Alps, main man Steve Kolowich and friends have built upon the foundation he laid with 2013’s Honey If You’re Lucky to produce a record that is as willingly playful with its songwriting and use of language as it is with the boundaries of the…