Late Era

Late Era examines overlooked records from some of the most notable artists of the last sixty years.

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  • Episode Ten: Billy Joel – Fantasies & Delusions (w/ Kelly Moran)

    On Late Era’s Season One Finale, we’re joined by brilliant pianist, composer, and Long Islander Kelly Moran for a discussion of Fantasies & Delusions, Billy Joel’s final album to date, a collection of faux-classical instrumentals for solo piano. We attempt to engage earnestly with his uncanny compositions—which include blatant attempts to mimic heavy-hitters like Beethoven…

  • Episode Nine: Jimmy Buffett – Banana Wind (w/ Ryley Walker)

    Joined by special guest Ryley Walker, the hosts discuss the long, strange career of beach bum icon Jimmy Buffett. Exploring the longevity of his brand and the cult-like devotion of the Parrothead community, we dive into his 1996 album Banana Wind, a collection featuring a legendary steel drum player, a rap verse, and a song…

  • Episode Eight: Aerosmith – Honkin’ On Bobo

    This week, we’re taking on a record that has perversely fascinated us for years: Honkin’ on Bobo, Aerosmith’s misguided attempt to capture the bluesy essence of rock’n’roll. If the blues is raw, this was microwaved twice. If the blues is about pain, this is about getting paid and getting back to your yacht. Through Bobo,…

  • Episode Seven: Cher – Believe (w/ Brittany Spanos)

    Do you belieeeve in life after Late Era? This week, we’re joined by Rolling Stone staff writer Brittany Spanos for an episode that’s all about Cher. The pop icon’s entire discography could be seen as a series of late era comebacks, culminating with 1998’s ‘Believe,’ her biggest album ever, released over three decades into her…

  • Episode Six: Jethro Tull – J-Tull Dot Com

    We’ve spent a lot of time this season with artists and albums we genuinely love. This episode is something different. We’re digging into Jethro Tull’s final album of original material to date, 1999’s J-Tull Dot Com, whose title also served as an advertisement for the band’s then-new official website. A perversely wonderful artifact of its…

  • Episode Five: Paul Simon – Surprise (w/ Tim Heidecker)

    In Episode Five, the gang is joined by special guest Tim Heidecker, and the hosts go deep on Paul Simon’s ‘Surprise,’ a 2006 collaboration with Brian Eno that dressed up his classic folk-pop songwriting as slick electronica, adding breakbeats and synthesizers to musings about spirituality, aging, and the afterlife. We also discuss Tim’s new album…

  • Episode Four: Joni Mitchell – Taming The Tiger

    In Episode Four the gang digs into Joni Mitchell’s 16th studio album, 1998’s ‘Taming the Tiger,’ a beautiful record that’s not quite like any other in her catalog. Around this time, Mitchell was experimenting with a new guitar that allowed her to control synthesizers with the instrument, complimenting her idiosyncratic playing with washes of electronic…

  • Episode Three: Bob Dylan – Under The Red Sky

    Late Era will closely examine the underappreciated and overlooked records from some of the most notable artists of the last sixty years. Through empathetic and critical analysis, the show will explore the earnest missteps, misunderstood gems, and artistic left turns created years after widespread acclaim, which confound and further deepen our appreciation for the artists…

  • Episode Two: Miles Davis – Doo-Bop

    Late Era will closely examine the underappreciated and overlooked records from some of the most notable artists of the last sixty years. Through empathetic and critical analysis, the show will explore the earnest missteps, misunderstood gems, and artistic left turns created years after widespread acclaim, which confound and further deepen our appreciation for the artists…

  • Episode One: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Greendale

    Late Era closely examines the under-appreciated and overlooked records from some of the most notable artists of the last sixty years. Through empathetic and critical analysis, the show will explore the earnest missteps, misunderstood gems, and artistic left turns created years after widespread acclaim, which confound and further deepen our appreciation for the artists that…

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    What are some of the biggest left turns from prominent artists over the past sixty years? Why did they make these records? Are there some misunderstood gems to appreciate? The vault is stocked—from Billy Joel going classical to Joni Mitchell experimenting with synth to Miles Davis doing hip hop.Hosted by Andy Cush (Garcia Peoples, Pitchfork),…