Late Era

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

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  • Eric Clapton – Pilgrim (w/ Mark Richardson)

    In the gripping Late Era season finale, the core trio is joined by music critic Mark Richardson (@MarkRichardson) to discuss the polarizing, blockbuster work of Eric Clapton in the 1990s. It was a time when his MTV Unplugged set launched him to new commercial heights, and his mysterious electronic project T.D.F. propelled him into strange…

  • Kate Bush – Aerial (w/ Jude Rogers)

    In 2005, the English art-rock legend Kate Bush returned after a hiatus that spanned more than a decade to release Aerial, one of her most ambitious and mystifying albums. Joined by critic and journalist Jude Rogers (@juderogers), the Late Era trio discusses this magnificent double album: a conceptual opus that incorporates birdsong, a recitation of…

  • Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail (w/ Open Mike Eagle)

    Jay-Z in the 2010s and beyond embodies the sort of imperial excess we’ve generally associated with rock and capital-P Pop musicians on this podcast so far. He’d already ascended the highest mountains of success. The budgets were virtually unlimited, and the hits were still coming. But somewhere along the way, he lost touch with the…

  • Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose (w/ Allison Hussey)

    In 2004, Loretta Lynn collaborated with Jack White for Van Lear Rose, a surprise critical and commercial comeback that helped secure the country icon’s legacy in the 21st century. Putting a focus on her gifts as a songwriter and backed by the kind of rootsy, stripped-back blues-rock that the White Stripes made their name on,…

  • Van Morrison – Latest Record Project Volume 1

    The long, strange career of Van Morrison has given the hosts of Late Era plenty to talk about, and on this very special episode, we discuss his uncommonly topical new album. Latest Record Project Volume 1 is a 28-track, two-hour dump of anti-lockdown protest songs, soulless blues vamps, and unfiltered rants that range from alt-right…

  • Paul McCartney – Egypt Station & McCartney III

    Sir Paul McCartney presents a fascinating point-and-counterpoint in the Late Era canon. 2018’s elaborate, pop-leaning Egypt Station and 2020’s looser, homemade follow-up McCartney III pose a series of existential quandaries: Which type of album is preferable from our rock gods? And at a certain point, how much of a difference is there between the two?…

  • Janet Jackson – Damita Jo (w/ Dawn Richard)

    Joined by New Orleans singer and songwriter Dawn Richard (also known as DΔWN – @DawnRichard), the Late Era crew dives into Damita Jo, Janet Jackson’s conceptual, suite-like 2004 album. Released shortly after her scandalous Super Bowl performance and unfairly eclipsed by an intense industry backlash, it is a fascinating document of a fearless artist at…

  • Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch / Lucky Town

    Show a little faith, there’s magic in the ’90s! The core trio makes a thematic detour to discuss a pair of mid-career Bruce Springsteen albums—1992’s Human Touch and Lucky Town—as we investigate the “late-era energy” of these divisive pivot points following his triumphant run in the ’70s and ’80s. Why did he ditch the E…

  • Episode Twelve: Frank Sinatra – Trilogy (w/ Gregg Turkington)

    The Late Era crew is joined by the hilarious and insightful Gregg Turkington (Neil Hamburger, On Cinema) to discuss a late-career landmark by Frank Sinatra. Best known for featuring Ol’ Blue Eyes’ immortal rendition of “Theme From New York, New York,” 1980’s Trilogy: Past, Present, Future is a surreal, self-referential, and strangely moving triple album…

  • Frank Sinatra – Trilogy (w/ Gregg Turkington)

    The Late Era crew is joined by the hilarious and insightful Gregg Turkington (Neil Hamburger, On Cinema) to discuss a late-career landmark by Frank Sinatra. Best known for featuring Ol’ Blue Eyes’ immortal rendition of “Theme From New York, New York,” 1980’s Trilogy: Past, Present, Future is a surreal, self-referential, and strangely moving triple album…

  • Bonus: Interview w/ Matt Sweeney

    When we finished taping our Season Two premiere on Santana’s Supernatural, we realized we had too much good material for one episode. So this week we’re airing a bonus episode featuring our full interview with guitarist Matt Sweeney (Superwolf, Chavez) and many other great projects, which you heard snippets from in the premiere. We talk…

  • Episode Eleven: Santana – Supernatural (w/ Matt Sweeney)

    The bad boys of podcasting are back to discuss the fantasies and delusions of late-career musicians. With insight from guitarist Matt Sweeney (Superwolf, Chavez), the Season Two premiere focuses on Santana’s star-studded comeback smash, 1999’s Supernatural. Which of these unlikely collaborations fares best? Is Carlos Santana’s guitar tone similar to Robert Fripp’s? Has his entire…

  • Santana – Supernatural (w/ Matt Sweeney)

    The bad boys of podcasting are back to discuss the fantasies and delusions of late-career musicians. With insight from guitarist Matt Sweeney (Superwolf, Chavez), the Season Two premiere focuses on Santana’s star-studded comeback smash, 1999’s Supernatural. Which of these unlikely collaborations fares best? Is Carlos Santana’s guitar tone similar to Robert Fripp’s? Has his entire…

  • Late Era Season 2 – Trailer

    The podcast bad boys that you knew are back….Late Era Season 2, coming Thursday, March 11! Late Era is hosted by Andy Cush (Garcia Peoples, Pitchfork), Sam Sodomsky (The Bird Calls, Pitchfork, Various Publications), and Winston Cook-Wilson (Office Culture, Winston C.W., Various Publications). Late Era is Co-produced, mixed, and mastered by Ian Wayne. Please consider reviewing this…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Trailer

    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),…