Today, Matt welcomes Kara Eliza, a singer/songwriter hailing from New York, NY. Known for making a splash on YouTube with her cover videos of “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, Kara chats with Matt about her upcoming 2018 release and the process of writing for it. She talks about her early days singing and playing instruments, which artists have had the biggest effect on her style and songwriting, and why she chose to do covers for YouTube. And so, from the process of shooting her cover videos to some details on her live album at The Bitter End in NYC, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Kara Eliza.
This week we check out one of the many side-projects of world-renowned bassist and Primus frontman, Les Claypool. This particular side-project is known as Duo de Twang, a union of Claypool and M.I.R.V. guitarist Bryan Kehoe. Their debut album (and our review): Four Foot Shack. Then join us in a discussion of a band’s “namesake” — that is, the thing we search for in our libraries. From a marketing and artistic standpoint, what does the name mean for a band’s collective members? And what does it mean when it changes?
This week’s review features an eclectic album of covers whose native genres have been turned on their heads to suit the creative muse of former Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon frontman, Mark Kozelek. Join us as we hash out this unique acoustic cover-album, Like Rats. Afterwards, we talk more broadly about what it means to “cover” existing music. Whether true to the note or fundamentally overhauled, why do some covers inspire us anew, while others fall flat on their face?
This week’s review is powered by… nobody. We’re unplugging our hearts and minds to dissect the electric-gone-acoustic album, The Life Acoustic by Everlast. Then, be sure to stick around for the big joke: So… three hosts, 62 albums, and a hell of a lot of genres walk into a podcast… and, well, you’ll have to listen in to hear how they fare. That’s right, it’s a blind genre-guessing test! Just a little experiment on interpretation and categorization. Try it yourself for fun and post your claim in the comments! (No Wiki-ing though.)