Those episode numbers just keep on climbin’, don’t they? Well, for our 60th, we thought we’d vacation to a quiet corner of the world, rife with geologic wonder, cool air, and the soothing textures of ambient Post-rock. The place is Iceland, and the band: Sigur Rós. How did our trip go? Find out in this week’s review of Kveikur, the band’s latest album. Then be sure to join us in an intense discussion on the public education system, the fostering of creativity, and where music stands in the midst of it all.
For this week’s review, we take on Blue October and their latest LP, Sway. Then, we try to leave all connotations at the doorstep for a serious discussion on sympathy vs. empathy, or how we relate to the artist.
This week we peek in on Jimmy Eat World to review their latest LP, Damage. Then we follow through with Episode #54‘s “Intro to Live Music” segment by immersing ourselves into the subject. We discuss the logistics of playing live, the perks, the pitfalls, types of venues, and our singular kinship with experiencing real-time music.
In this week’s episode, we tackle the latest Barenaked Ladies album, Grinning Streak, followed by a glance into society’s double standards when reacting to Pop music themes.
This week we explore the evolving sound of Queens of the Stone Age with their recent album, …Like Clockwork. Then we flip the coin to discuss the fine line of safety in music. Whether true to one’s own sound or to the sound of their peers, artists may encounter a capricious fanbase in the wake of their more comfortable releases. In this episode we address the implications of such choices on an artist’s popular reputation and critical standing.
As the year presses on, we finally get around to reviewing our first 2013 release, the—wait for it—SIXTEENTH studio album by They Might Be Giants, called Nanobots. Join us for a peek at what they’ve been up to. From there, we begin to speculate on the next big “paradigm shift” for music (if indeed it’s coming or if it’s right around the bend).
This week, we review Sublime Currency by Abandoned Pools, and then we press on with last week’s discussion of intelligence vs. creativity.
Tonight we’re joined by returning guests, the Wall Street Playaz, who come to us with a special choice album suggestion for this week’s review: Hide the Kitchen Knives by The Paper Chase. Then we get some insight into WSP’s latest work, as well as a sneak preview track from their upcoming LP, so stick around!
This week we review the latest from Garbage, Not Your Kind of People, and we chat about active vs. passive listening.
This week we review the latest album from Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Then we discuss public personas and the positives and negatives celebrity status can bring to one’s career.