Batten down the hatches… Tidal Wave, the seventh studio album by 17-year rock veterans Taking Back Sunday, is our task for the week. Despite some occasional changes in the band lineup, the group has retained enough stability to turn out albums with consistency and class. We hope you’ll honor that consistency and join us for an analysis of the group’s latest creation, Tidal Wave. Afterwards, stick around to [2:02:20] for a preview on a little experiment of ours: Does music stack up to the 7 Basic Plots of plot-writing (as are often found in literature)? Are the journeys equatable, or does music simply go rogue?
This week we’re tumbling down the rocky trail of punk music to check out an Exeter, UK trio called Muncie Girls and their album From Caplan to Belsize. The album, which advertises itself as tackling everything from politics to interpersonal relationships, is the debut LP for the trio, and is sure to fire up some debates. The last debate of the night results in our topic [1:25:51]: What have the effects of “counter-culture” movements been on art and music in recent decades? We look at the pros, the cons, and finally pose the ultimate question: is counter-counter even, like, a real thing still? Let’s hear your thoughts!
Today, Matt welcomes the lead singer and bassist for The Dollyrots, Kelly Ogden. The Dollyrots’ newest album is a live album called Family Vacation: Live From Los Angeles, released alongside a DVD of the same name! The album is essentially a live greatest hits of the band’s 16-year long career. Hear Kelly and Matt chat about how the band has evolved over the years and where it’s headed in the future. She chats about her life as a rock n’ roll mom, and how that’s affected her writing, touring, and especially scheduling. She also chats about why the band decided to release a live album instead of a new LP, why they included the cover of “Brand New Key”, and what that song meant to Kelly specifically.
This week we take on the latest release by pop rock mainstays Panic! at the Disco: their 2016 album Death of a Bachelor. We dissect the album top to bottom and, as always, invite some active contributions in the comment board. After that, you’ll DEFINITELY want to tune in for our topic at 1:36:03 to hear us discuss the concept of “newness”. That’s right… new, novel, fresh, creative… whatever you call it, “newness” seems to be at the heart of what we’re after when our “comfort art” is all but spent. But is this always the case? After all, what makes something NEW anyway? Can anything be truly new? Or, are all things new, and we’re just scraping to recognize patterns? Come and join us in this timeless critics’ crisis! We’d love to hear from you.
Remember Afterbirth Monkey’s visit back in Episode #95? No? Well, luckily your memory only has to be half that good to welcome back our guest, Rachel Schenk: a.k.a. actress extraordinaire, burlesque artist, & 1/2 of Afterbirth Monkey. So, with all of THAT to deal with, we immediately launch into all the inns, the outs, and the split-ends of her exciting career(s), including her current role in The Restaurant, directed by Eric T. Ford. Finally, for the featured discussion, tune in at 21:10 as we dive straight into Rachel’s album pick of the week: California Nights by Best Coast. Join us for the long haul! We won’t bite.
Welcome to the one-year anniversary of CC: Autographs! For the occasion, Matt is joined by the first FULL band to appear on the series: the pop/punk/rock ensemble known as Sexy Heroes, hailing from Upper Saddle River, NJ. In anticipation of their newest album Yellow Fever (and its September release date), you’ll hear bandmembers Mike Watts, Nick Everett, Nick Magliano, and a belated Chris Watts discuss everything from their songwriting process, to the evolution of the bandname, to their downtime shenanigans, and finally, the band’s future. For touring info, single releases, and a discussion on crowd funding, tune in to this exclusive interview!
Keeping with the theme of nerdcore, Matt sits down—yes, sits down—with one of its legends, MC Lars, in this rare face-to-face interview held in the confines of his very own tour van. Following a concert with MC Chris and Spose, this jam-packed interview covers Lars’s origins in the nerdcore community and his approach to songwriting and sampling. Featuring additional commentary on up-start musicians, many hailing from the unheralded YouTube generation, Lars’s advice is sure to inform and inspire over the course of this lively chat.
Weeezerrrrr! A staple band from the 90s that has continued to be a bridge between genres, Weezer’s appeal is widespread, their albums anticipated, and their artistic choices hotly debated. Try to set all this aside (but keep it on the table) for our analysis of Weezer’s brand new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. As an album that could be said to explain and reassure its listeners, it certainly proves that Rivers Cuomo’s songwriting has firm footing for the next twenty years. Enjoy this hefty discussion, then stick around as we talk about fanship’s impact on an artist’s work.
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.
This week we’re excited to be reviewing Paramore’s latest self-titled LP, their fourth studio album and first full-length since 2009, Paramore. We also send out a head-nod to Adam Schartoff with Filmwax Radio and then take some time out to speculate on Paramore’s discographical future.