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.
Billie Joe Armstrong’s recent hospitalization, we review Hoobastank’s latest album, Fight or Flight, and talk with our guest Tyler Parker about his Shadow Play Project and his singing talent.
This week we talk about Pussy Riot and Putin’s politics, we review Kids in the Streets (the latest by The All American Rejects), we get into a discussion about listening to music critically, and much more.
This week we talk about the science of Pop music, the latest album from Interpol, and the cohesiveness of album composition.
This week we talk about new music videos, new music from Green Day, how some musicians are pompous, an album review of You Can’t Take It with You by As Tall As Lions, and then we discuss music in marketing campaigns. Also I want to thank the Wall Street Playaz for letting us use “Livin’ The Life” as our theme music.