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The Great Albums

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Two indie rock musicians, Bill Lambusta and Brian Erickson, dive into the fandom of great rock and pop music and how it connects to their lives through the lens of the medium they care for most, the album. Episodes frequently include guest contributi...Show More
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The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday (w/ guest Sean Barna)

2:09:37 | Jun 9th

Musician Sean Barna drops by to discuss the Hold Steady's sophomore effort Separation Sunday (2005, Frenchkiss).
Sonic Youth - Murray St. (w/ guest Scott Sylvester)

1:50:27 | May 27th

Musician Scott Sylvester (Meeko Brando) hangs out with Bill and Brian while we discuss Sonic Youth's Murray St. (2002, DGC Records).
The Police - Synchronicity (w/ guest Maureen Zahn)

2:08:29 | May 20th

Writer, blogger, and vlogger Maureen Zahn joins Bill and Brian to discuss the Police's Synchronicity (1983, A&M). *There's a part in the show where we reference Synchronicity and Thriller being out in the same year. Thriller was actually released in ...Show More
Garbage - Self Titled (w/ guest Rachel from We Are Weezer)

2:12:46 | May 13th

Podcaster Rachel from We Are Weezer joins us from across the country to talk about one of her top 3 bands of all time, Garbage, and their debut self titled album (1995, Almo).
Liner Notes - Special Announcement

49:52 | May 6th

We're back from a month long break from the podcast with a Liner Notes episode. Bill and Brian discuss what they've been up to in their time off - check out Brian's new band the Extensions, and check out Bill's band Fake Pockets' entry into the Tiny ...Show More
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (w/ guest Matt Warren)

2:02:56 | Apr 1st

On another exciting episode of the Great Albums...Bill and Brian are joined by Matt Warren, Digital Content Manager for filmindependent.org, to discuss the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002, Warner Bros.).
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (w/ guest Savannah Pope)

1:49:47 | Mar 18th

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Savannah Pope (savannahpopemusic.com) to discuss Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967, Atlantic).
Superchunk - Here's Where the Strings Come In (w/ guest Nikki Karwacki)

2:06:55 | Mar 11th

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Nikki Karwacki (Finding Feebas, Triage, Batting a Thousand) to discuss Superchunk's unique brand of punk/power pop/alternative music on the album Here's Where the Strings Come In (1995, Merge).
Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left to Lose

1:54:26 | Mar 4th

Bill and Brian go sans guest this episode in order to dive into one of Bill's favorites from his formative years, Foo Fighters' There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999, Roswell, RCA).
Tenacious D - Self Titled (w/ guest David Rosen)

2:09:59 | Feb 25th

Podcaster and musician David Rosen (piecingpod.com and bydavidrosen.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Tenacious D's self titled debut (2001, Epic).
Barenaked Ladies - Maroon (w/ guest James Anderson)

2:18:07 | Feb 18th

Podcaster James Anderson (Unabashedly Obsessed, Kids on Bikes) steps into Brian's large shoes to cohost and help Bill discuss the Barenaked Ladies' Maroon (2000, Reprise).
Depeche Mode - Violator (w/ guest Vincent Onorati)

1:54:01 | Feb 11th

Bill and Brian are joined by radio-film-book-trivia guy (really unsure how else to define him!) Vincent Onorati to discuss Depeche Mode's Violator (1990, Mute). Vinny discusses finding his people when he discovered new wave radio and Depeche Mode's o...Show More
High Fives - Top 5 TV Theme Songs

1:22:46 | Feb 4th

Bill and Brian don't spend much time discussing albums on this week's episode. Instead, we talk about our top favorite theme songs from TV shows!
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary (w/ guest Cassidy Robinson)

1:59:52 | Jan 21st

Podcaster and journalist Cassidy Robinson (Jabber and the Drone) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Sunny Day Real Estate's debut album Diary (1994, Sub Pop). Cassidy talks about his journey of first discovering the mainstream emo of the early 2000s, no...Show More
Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt (w/ guest KL Martin)

2:16:57 | Jan 14th

Bill and Brian are joined by writer-director-producer-manager KL Martin (kaleidosightfilms.com and 3143mgmt.com) to discuss Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt (1996, Roc-A-Fella). KL talks about "stealing" this album from his cousin and being fasci...Show More
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (w/ guest Justin Pope)

2:00:48 | Jan 7th

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Justin Pope to discuss Belle and Sebastian's sophomore album If You're Feeling Sinister (1996, Jeepster). Justin tells an appropriately "twee" story about hearing Belle and Sebastian on late night radio, being un...Show More
Top 10 Albums of 2018 (Jeff)

1:28:15 | Dec 17th, 2018

Bill and Brian are joined by thegreatalbums.com blogger Jeff Fiedler to discuss his favorite albums of 2018! It's all new, all different this week, so check out where Jeff ranked albums by: Leon Bridges, Gorillaz, Albert Hammond Jr., Lake Street Dive...Show More
Top 10 Albums of 2018 (Brian)

1:29:55 | Dec 10th, 2018

Brian tells Bill about his favorite albums of 2018! Learn a little about Brian's process and  the trends he saw happening in music this year before we dive into a discussion on 10 albums from artists like:  Caroline Rose, The Carters, Father John Mis...Show More
Liner Notes - Bill's Health Update & Mail Bag

55:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Bill and Brian open up the email inbox, check the tweets, and have some discussions about Rolling Stone, Weezer, Batman, Spiderman, and Stan Lee. Also, Bill takes a little time to update everyone on his recent health issues (it's looking pretty okay,...Show More
The Beatles - The White Album (w/ guest Mick Chorba)

2:10:25 | Nov 26th, 2018

Musician Mick Chorba (thesuccessfulfailures.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss the iconic White Album (Apple, 1968) by the Beatles. It's our first episode dedicated to a single Beatles album! Yeah, it's taken us awhile to get there, but we did.
Supertramp - Breakfast in America (w/ guest Jeff Fiedler)

1:55:52 | Nov 19th, 2018

Massive Album November week 3 has arrived! Bill and Brian sit down with thegreatalbums.com blogger and Aqualung Records head, Jeff Fiedler, to discuss Supertramp's Breakfast in America (1979, A&M). Check out this week's sponsor: Robinhood!
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom (w/ guest Kristen Costa)

2:09:16 | Nov 12th, 2018

Massive Album November reaches week 2, and Bill and Brian welcome Telegraph Hill Records' Kristen Costa (telegraphhillreccords.com) to discuss No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom (1995, Trauma/Interscope).
Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club (w/ guest James Kittle)

1:58:39 | Nov 5th, 2018

Massive Album November week 1 is here! And Bill and Brian dive into Sheryl Crow's huge debut Tuesday Night Music Club (1993, A&M) with podcaster James Kittle. *At one point in the podcast, we debate the sales for this album because we came across a f...Show More
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (w/ guest Renee Maskin)

2:01:05 | Oct 29th, 2018

Bill and Brian hang out with singer/songwriter Renee Maskin (lowlightnj.com) and discuss Father John Misty's I Love You, Honeybear (2015, Sub Pop).   Check out this week's sponsor: ZipRecruiter!
a-ha - Hunting High and Low (w/ guest Brian Wagner)

1:52:07 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Bill and Brian are joined by podcaster and author Brian Wagner (businesslifelessons.com and storybookempire.com)to discuss a-ha's debut album Hunting High and Low (1985, Warner Bros.). Brian helps us explain how a-ha is so much more than just an 80s ...Show More
Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell

1:40:40 | Oct 15th, 2018

Bill and Brian discuss the almost lost masterpiece from Ryan Adams, Love Is Hell (2004, Lost Highway). Without a guest, we explore our own origin stories of listening to Ryan Adams before getting into the allure of a tortured artist, Ryan Adams' sign...Show More
Fugazi - Repeater (w/ guest Nick Palmer)

1:53:43 | Oct 8th, 2018

Bill and Brian hang out with musician Nick Palmer (normally, we'd link to the band's website here, but Brian and I were discussing how awesome "Generation Gap" by WAX WAV is, so click this link and go watch the kickass video for it: https://youtu.be/...Show More
Harvey Danger - 6 Song 6 Pack

1:07:42 | Oct 1st, 2018

Bill and Brian couldn't pick just a single album from Harvey Danger. With 3 excellently crafted LPs, we had no idea where to start, so we decided to discuss all 3 at the same time! Bill and Brian each pick a favorite song from Where Have All the Merr...Show More
High Fives - Top 5 Good Albums with Awful Art

1:16:01 | Aug 27th, 2018

Bill and Brian list their top 5 albums they enjoy listening to while avoiding looking at the cover. This week's sponsor: ZipRecruiter!
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz (w/ guest Matt Cook)

2:04:33 | Aug 20th, 2018

Singer-songwriter and piano rocker Matt Cook (mattcookmusic.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz (2010, Asthmatic Kitty). Matt shares his story about discovering this album as he recovered from a coma (yes, seriously, i...Show More
Nada Surf - The Weight Is a Gift

1:51:53 | Aug 13th, 2018

Bill and Brian get into the indie-pop bliss that is Nada Surf's The Weight Is a Gift (2005, Barsuk)! Bill talks about this album accompanying him on long drives home in NJ, and Brian breaks down his new knowledge about guitar effect pedals. And of co...Show More
Blink-182 - Enema of the State (w/ guest Tyler Plazio)

2:08:10 | Aug 6th, 2018

Musician Tyler Plazio (tylerplazio.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Blink-182's seminal pop-punk album Enema of the State (1999, MCA). Check out this week's sponsor, forhims.com!
XTC - Skylarking (w/ guest Chris Tull)

2:18:03 | Jul 31st, 2018

Musician and podcaster Chris Tull (Weekend Quality) joins Bill and Brian for one final episode in the old studio to discuss XTC's landmark album, Skylarking. We talk about the contentious relationship between main songwriter Andy Partridge and produc...Show More
Summer Special - Love & Mercy

59:48 | Jul 16th, 2018

In a special summer episode, Bill and Brian call each other up to discuss the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy.
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (w/ guests Dan Drago and Alex Santilli)

2:06:53 | Jul 9th, 2018

While Bill is vacationing with his wife and celebrating their wedding anniversary, Brian has decided to gaze shoe-ward with longtime friend Dan Drago of the 25 O'Clock Podcast, and producer, engineer, studio owner Alex Santilli of Spice House Sound. ...Show More
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come (w/ guest Jesse Cannon)

2:03:27 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Musician, producer, author, podcaster (what doesn't this guy excel at?) Jesse Cannon lends his experience and knowledge to Bill and Brian to help us discuss Refused's (apparent at the time) swan song The Shape of Punk to Come (1998, Burning Heart/Epi...Show More
Neko Case - Blacklisted (w/ guest Jim Laczkowski)

1:58:51 | Jun 25th, 2018

Bill is joined by musician and podcaster Jim Laczkowski (nowplayingjim.com) to discuss Neko Case's Blacklisted (2002, Bloodshot/ANTI-). This week's sponsors: For Hims and ZipRecruiter!
Robert Palmer - Clues (w/ guest Jeff Fiedler)

1:43:35 | Jun 4th, 2018

Musician, blogger, and label head Jeff Fiedler joins Bill and Brian to discuss Robert Palmer's Clues (1980, Island).
The Walkmen - Heaven (w/ guest Chris Fox)

1:57:29 | May 28th, 2018

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Chris Fox (rubybonesband.com) to talk about the Walkmen's Heaven (2012, Fat Possum Records)!
Paul McCartney & Wings - Band on the Run

1:47:03 | May 21st, 2018

Bill and Brian discuss Paul McCartney & Wing's Band on the Run (1973, Apple). Brian talks about listening to this album while driving around the American Southwest. Then we get into the criticisms of this album (that we disagree with), the band recor...Show More
Liner Notes - Mail Bag

41:18 | May 18th, 2018

Bill and Brian open their hearts and open the mail bag and read some emails from our fine listeners.
High Fives - Top 5 Songs Sung by the Other Person

1:12:45 | May 14th, 2018

Bill and Brian have a little fun by resurrecting the format of Bill's old podcast, High Fives, and count down their top 5 songs sung by the other person in the band. We make sure to not repeat any past songs already covered on the show (no "39" by Qu...Show More
Aerosmith (w/ guest Jim McGee)

2:02:07 | May 7th, 2018

One of Bill and Brian's favorite musicians and storytellers Jim McGee returns to the podcast to take us on a journey through 10(-ish) great songs from one of his favorite bands, Aerosmith. We start at the beginning with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry wri...Show More
The Posies - Frosting on the Beater (w/ guest Tom Losito)

1:54:44 | Apr 30th, 2018

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Tom Losito (www.thevaughns.info) to discuss the Posies' Frosting on the Beater (1993, DGC). Tom tells the gents about discovering the band via a LastFM deep dive. Then Bill, Brian, and Tom discuss what "power pop...Show More
Big Star - Radio City (w/ guest Jack Linden)

1:57:38 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Musician Jack Linden (Rose Boulevard, Karma Gambit) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Big Star's second album Radio City (1974, Ardent). Jack talks about his "power pop" phase and how influential this sound has been on him as he starts his new project,...Show More
Paul Simon - Graceland (w/ guest Jesse Jackson)

1:55:05 | Apr 16th, 2018

Podcaster Jesse Jackson (Set Lusting Bruce, Next Stop Everywhere) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Paul Simon's Graceland (1986, Warner Bros.). Bill, Brian, and Jesse talk about the world-spanning influences on the music like zydeco, isicathamiya, and...Show More
Phish - Billy Breathes (w/ guest Dan Drago)

2:01:27 | Apr 9th, 2018

Podcaster and musician Dan Drago (www.25oclockpod.com and themunrowesrock.bandcamp.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Phish's Billy Breathes (1996, Elektra). Dan talks about a buddy introducing him to Phish amidst all the grunge and punk he was lis...Show More
The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman... (w/ guest Chris Dubrow)

1:58:08 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Musician and internet personality Chris Dubrow joins Bill and Brian to discuss the Kinks' Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (1970, Pye/Reprise).
Spring Break - Once (film)

59:36 | Mar 26th, 2018

Bill and Brian watched Once (2007), the magical indie musical directed  by John Carney and starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, and talk about our favorite scenes, favorite tunes, and breakdown some romantic entanglements presented in the film.
Fugees - The Score (w/ guest Bobby Olivier)

1:46:26 | Mar 19th, 2018

Music/entertainment reporter for nj.com and The Star Ledger joins Bill and Brian to discuss Fugees' second and final album the Score (1996, Ruffhouse/Columbia). Bobby talks about how a deep dive into this album while preparing a retrospective celebra...Show More
Liner Notes - Martin Shkreli, Wu-Tang Clan, Live Songs, Best 90s Guitar Solos

34:47 | Mar 15th, 2018

Bill hangs out at Brian's pad for a change as we talk about Martin Shkreli's conviction and what it means for that one of a kind Wu-Tang Album, read some listener emails about definitive live versions of songs, and visit Facebook to debate the best g...Show More
Joni Mitchell - Blue (w/ guest Dave Mooney)

1:45:16 | Mar 12th, 2018

Musician Dave Mooney (davemooneymusic.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Joni Mitchell's influential relationship album Blue (1971, Reprise). Dave talks about Spotify algorithms doing him a solid and making sure Joni's music crossed his plate. Then...Show More
Cheap Trick - In Color (w/ guest BJ Kahuna)

1:43:25 | Mar 5th, 2018

Podcaster BJ Kahuna (Rock and/or Roll, Cheap Talk with Trick Chat) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Cheap Trick's In Color (1977, Epic). And for all your hiring needs, check out this week's sponsor ZipRecruiter. Our listeners can try ZipRecruiter for ...Show More
Kevin Devine - Make the Clocks Move (w/ guest Jaime Parker)

1:55:26 | Feb 26th, 2018

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Jaime Parker (alpharabbit.bandcamp.com and meekobrando.bandcamp.com) to talk about indie artist Kevin Devine's sophomore effort Make the Clocks Move (2003, Triple Crown Records). And make sure to check out this w...Show More
Liner Notes - The Stone Pony, Quincy Jones, and Mail Bag

59:17 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Bill and Brian pick up the digital phone to have a relaxed conversation about Brian preparing for a show at the Stone Pony, Quincy Jones' epic rants, and some listener emails that touch on Boston, Elliott Smith, Ben Folds Five, and the Eagles!
Hole - Live Through This (w/ guest Adam Bird)

1:57:11 | Feb 19th, 2018

Musician Adam Bird (aBirdmusic.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Hole's breakthrough sophomore effort Live Through This (1994, DGC).
Blondie - Parallel Lines (w/ guest Jonathyne Briggs)

1:56:36 | Feb 12th, 2018

Author and professor Jonathyne Briggs joins Bill and Brian to discuss Blondie's breakthrough third album Parallel Lines (1978, Chrysalis). Jonathyne talks about underestimating the band as a singles band in his youth before really digging into their ...Show More
The Clash - London Calling (w/ guest Nick Palmer)

2:03:47 | Feb 5th, 2018

Musician Nick Palmer joins Bill to talk about iconic, landmark "punk" album London Calling (CBS/Epic, 1979) by the Clash. Nick describes working his way back from Green Day to picking up Combat Rock and not understanding how anyone could call it punk...Show More
Norah Jones - Come Away with Me (w/ guest Matt Kelly)

2:06:15 | Jan 29th, 2018

Podcaster Matt Kelly (hmnpodcast.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Norah Jones' massive breakout debut Come Away with Me (2002, Blue Note). Matt shares how Jones' blend of melancholy jazz and country helped him process the death of an important fa...Show More
Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (w/ guests Brian Rothenbeck and Jay Gogel)

1:48:53 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Bill takes the weekend off, leaving the program in Brian's questionable hands. But he recruits solo artist, bandleader, and Yarnspinners Podcast maestro Brian Rothenbeck (http://rothenbeck.com) to be the guest co-host. Together, the two Brians and sp...Show More
The Velvet Underground & Nico (w/ guest Mike Noordzy)

2:03:17 | Jan 15th, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Noordzy of psychedelic afro-cuban surf jazz band El Noordzo (nachtrecords.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss the eponymous album The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967, Verve). Mike talks about falling in love with a Velve...Show More
Liner Notes - Mail Bag

41:24 | Jan 11th, 2018

Welcome to the first ever Liner Notes edition of the Great Albums podcast, a semi-monthly version of the show where Bill and Brian get to relax a little, read some listener emails, make corrections, and possibly chat about some new topics. In this ep...Show More
Heatmiser - Mic City Sons

1:55:32 | Jan 8th, 2018

Bill and Brian dive into Heatmiser, a band that might be familiar to some as "Elliott Smith's band," and their final album Mic City Sons (1996, Caroline). Bill and Brian discuss picking this album up from the Princeton Record Exchange used section, E...Show More
Boston - Self Titled (w/ guest Mike Virok)

1:53:18 | Jan 1st, 2018

Bill and Brian are joined by guitarist and certified luthier Mike Virok (bordentownguitarrescue.com) to discuss Boston's self titled debut album (1976, Epic). Mike talks about discovering this music while his dad played side one on the tape deck whil...Show More
One Great Song - The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations"

1:03:07 | Dec 18th, 2017

Bill and Brian close out the year by discussing an all time classic song, "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys (1966, Capitol). We get into Brian Wilson's arrangements and composition style, Mike Love's lyrical contributions, Dennis Wilson's musicians...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Christmas Spectacular

25:51 | Dec 14th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian are again joined by .com blogger Jeff Fiedler to discuss some musical Christmas memories. We chat about some odd albums we've received as gifts, some of our favorite gifts, and a little about Jeff's favorite C...Show More
Top 10 Albums of 2017 (Part II - Jeff)

1:21:32 | Dec 11th, 2017

Bill and Brian are joined by thegreatalbums.com blogger and resident bin-diver Jeff Fiedler to count down his top 10 albums of 2017. Listeners are in for a treat as we get into an all new, all different list of great albums that were released in the ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Ruby Bones "Heart of Darkness"

22:57 | Dec 7th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian continue talking about our favorite albums of 2017 by highlighting a release from a local NJ band, Ruby Bones! We talk about what a great guy band leader Chris Nova is and his dedication to the scene and how B...Show More
Top 10 Albums of 2017 (Part I - Brian)

1:20:02 | Dec 4th, 2017

Bill and Brian count down their top 10 albums of 2017. As has become our custom, Bill defers to Brian to give us a list of 10 hip, cool albums that came out in the past calendar year. Stay tuned for next week's episode in which we'll have another all...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Phil Collins "True Colors"

23:49 | Nov 30th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian get a little tangential, finally bringing one of the all time greats to the podcast, as we discuss Phil Collins' very 90s-tastic cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." We talk a little about Phil, Genesis in t...Show More
Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual

1:42:58 | Nov 27th, 2017

Massive Albums November comes to a close as Bill and Brian chat about Cyndi Lauper's smash debut She's So Unusual (1983, Portrait). Bill and Brian talk about learning to appreciate pop albums, the contributions of the Hooters' Rob Hyman and Eric Bazi...Show More
Bonus Song Thanksgiving - Billy Joel "The River of Dreams"

24:32 | Nov 23rd, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thanksgiving! Bill and Brian break out the their Ocean Pacific gear as they remember the 90s and their early experiences hearing Billy Joel's "The River of Dreams." Brian tells a heartbreaking tale of a young man who didn't get to sin...Show More
Billy Joel - The Stranger (w/ guest Matt Fernicola)

1:51:01 | Nov 20th, 2017

Massive Albums November rolls (and rocks) on into week 3 as Bill and Brian welcome multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Matt Fernicola (Foes of Fern, Avery Mandeville and the Man Devils, the Burns, and many more) to talk about Billy Joel's the Strang...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Michael Jackson "Butterflies"

31:22 | Nov 16th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian are joined by special guest cohost - our resident bin diver and .com blogger Jeff Fiedler - to discuss one of his favorite late period Michael Jackson tunes "Butterflies." Jeff talks about how the warmer s...Show More
Michael Jackson - Bad (w/ guest Andrew Kolbenschlag)

1:58:36 | Nov 13th, 2017

Thegreatalbums.com blogger Jeff Fiedler joins Bill and Brian as special guest cohost along with this week's guest Andrew Kolbenschlag (of indie rockers Small Planet Radio) as get into week 2 of Massive Albums November with Michael Jackson's "other" m...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Led Zeppelin "Immigrant Song"

25:19 | Nov 9th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian talk about one of the rock songs of all time. Bill shares how this was his first Zeppelin album gifted to him on an Easter in the late 90s. We talk about how III had hipster appeal and has started to take ...Show More
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV (w/ guest Danny Coleman)

2:03:32 | Nov 6th, 2017

In our first installment of Massive Albums November 2017, Rock on Radio's Danny Coleman (coaradio.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Led Zeppelin IV (1971, Atlantic). Danny talks about his cool older cousin gifting him this album on his 12th birthd...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Jellyfish "Think About Your Troubles"

27:05 | Nov 2nd, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian are feeling the sting of Jellyfish (it's a good thing) as we chat about their cover of Harry Nilsson's "Think About Your Troubles." Brian tells the tale of Nilsson's The Point! Then we get into which pop artis...Show More
Jellyfish - Spilt Milk

1:48:33 | Oct 30th, 2017

Bill and Brian go sans guest (not by choice) to talk about Jellyfish's unique blend of Baroque arrangements and power pop hooks on the band's sophomore and final album Spilt Milk (1993, Charisma). Bill and Brian discuss the band's place amongst other...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"

25:10 | Oct 26th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian keep the Ted Leo train rolling by talking about the time that he and the Pharmacists stopped by the AV Club to cover Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." We chat about when 80s pop went from be...Show More
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets (w/ guest Mike Vasilikos)

1:58:14 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Bill and Brian are joined by WXPN's Mike Vasilikos to talk about Ted Leo & the Pharmacists' Shake the Sheets (2004, Lookout!). Mike explains how working in Baltimore radio lead to his discovery of the band and scoring tickets to a great live show. Th...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Meat Loaf "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)"

35:21 | Oct 19th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian would do anything to make sure you're enjoying the listening experience as dive into Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman's epic tune that cemented their legacy through the 90s and into today. We chat about how to m...Show More
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (w/ guest Steve Fiorillo)

1:55:12 | Oct 16th, 2017

Bill and Brian are joined by podcaster Steve Fiorillo (inthemixpod.libsyn.com) to talk about Meat Loaf's legendary album Bat Out of Hell - Songs by Jim Steinman (1977, Cleveland International/Epic). Steve talks about inheriting his love of Mr. Loaf f...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - David Bowie and Billy Corgan "All the Young Dudes"

54:08 | Oct 12th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill is joined by special guest, musician and songwriter Tyler Plazio (soldiersofsuburbiaband.com), as we get really tangential to discuss that time that Billy Corgan teamed up with David Bowie to perform "All the Young ...Show More
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (w/ guest James Anderson)

2:14:14 | Oct 9th, 2017

Bill and Brian are joined by podcaster James Anderson of Unabashedly Obsessed (unabashedlyobsessed.com) to talk about the Smashing Pumpkins breakthrough album Siamese Dream (1993, Virgin). James tells the story of playing N64 in a friend's basement, ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Saves the Day "Anywhere with You"

20:59 | Oct 5th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian quickly derail their own conversation about Saves the Day and their growth on their Stay What You Are follow up In Reverie by espousing the coolness of Nada Surf and their own transformation into indie power p...Show More
Saves the Day - Stay What You Are (w/ guest Matt Koerner)

1:50:08 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Musician and songwriter Matt Koerner (feenynj.com) joins Bill and Brian to talk about early aughts pop punk innovators Saves the Day and their breakthrough album Stay What You Are (2001, Vagrant). Matt shares his experience discovering the band as a ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"

21:19 | Sep 28th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian take a listen to and chat about some Four Seasons, songs that belong to the dance floor, and we read some listener emails about songs that make commercials.
Frankie Vallie & the Four Seasons - The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette (w/ guest Mike Derrico)

2:05:01 | Sep 25th, 2017

Bill and Brian are joined by podcaster Mike Derrico (rockunderfire.com) to chat about Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' often overlooked, pop psychedelic masterpiece the Genuine Imitation Life Gazette (1969, Philips).
Bonus Song Thursday - Robyn Hitchcock "Parasite"

27:51 | Sep 21st, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! It's slim pickings for some interesting options of Nick Drake covers, but we hit the jackpot with Robyn Hitchcock's version of "Parasite." Bill and Brian discuss Sebadoh's cover of "Pink Moon" and Joe Boyd's arrangement, bef...Show More
Nick Drake - Pink Moon (w/ guest Kevin Newcomb)

2:01:19 | Sep 18th, 2017

Musician Kevin Newcomb (funwhileyouwait.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Nick Drake's Pink Moon (1972, Island).
Bonus Song Thursday - Perfect "Miss Self-Esteem"

26:01 | Sep 14th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up our Replacements' conversation with Tommy Stinson's follow up band, Perfect, and their tune "Miss Self-Esteem." We talk about how this band remained under the radar, especially in comparison to Tommy...Show More
The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me (w/ guests Randy W. Hall and Dan Minard)

2:02:32 | Sep 11th, 2017

In a special crossover episode, Bill and Brian welcome Randy and Dan from That Dandy Classic Music Hour (thatdandyclassicmusichour.com) to finally return to covering a Replacements album with their 1987 classic Pleased to Meet Me (Sire). Bill and Bri...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Pearl Jam "Last Kiss"

31:04 | Sep 7th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian discuss Pearl Jam's surprise hit "Last Kiss," the band's staying power, a listener email about second chances, and an indie rock version of the Traveling Wilburys.
Pearl Jam - Backspacer (Live @ the Rock n Pod Music Expo)

1:09:42 | Sep 4th, 2017

Bill and Brian take the stage at the Nashville Rock n Pod Music Expo to chat about what makes Pearl Jam's Backspacer (2009, Monkeywrench) a great album. Featuring some special guests culled from the convention floor!
Bonus Song Thursday - Modest Mouse "Dashboard"

27:17 | Aug 31st, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian dive into the deep waters with Modest Mouse (get it?) to discuss a favorite of theirs "Dashboard." We get into the contribution of Johnny Marr and the influence of disco. Then we read some listener emails lett...Show More
Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West (w/ guest Derrill Sellers)

2:05:29 | Aug 28th, 2017

Indie August draws to a close as Bill and Brian welcome musician and producer Derrill Sellers (lowlightnj.com) to the podcast as they make their way through Modest Mouse's the Lonesome Crowded West (1997, Up) track by track!
Bonus Song Thursday - Frightened Rabbit "The Woodpile"

27:54 | Aug 24th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian keep spreading the gospel of Frightened Rabbit (pun intended if you take a look at the theme of this parent album) and chat about "The Woodpile." We talk about the evolution of the band's sound as we compare a...Show More
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight

2:01:09 | Aug 21st, 2017

Bill and Brian continue Indie August, spending a couple hours delving into one of their new favorites and what they consider a modern classic, Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight (2008, Fat Cat).
Bonus Song Thursday - Jenny Lewis "She's Not Me"

23:55 | Aug 17th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian get only semi-tangential from our Rilo Kiley episode and chat about Jenny Lewis' "She's Not Me." We talk about Ryan Adams' smooth production, the excellent guitar solo, and whether or not the the 70s gloss is ...Show More
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous (w/ guest Lance Scott Greene)

2:03:08 | Aug 14th, 2017

Singer songwriter Lance Scott Greene (not-poprecords.bandcamp.com) joins Bill and Brian as we make our way through Indie August to discuss Rilo Kiley's More Adventurous (2004, Brute/Beaute). Lance talks about discovering the band via a discman into t...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Sebadoh "The Freed Pig"

35:54 | Aug 10th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian take a deeper dive into Lou Barlow's non-Dinosaur Jr project Sebadoh and their song "The Freed Pig." We talk a little about what Brian loves about this lo-fi gem and the band's place maybe outside the shad...Show More
Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me (w/ guest Josh Flanagan)

1:59:28 | Aug 7th, 2017

Bill and Brian kick off Indie August with podcaster Josh Flanagan (ifanboy.com) joining them to discuss Dinosaur Jr's You're Living All Over Me (1987, SST). Josh explains how his 'mid-life crisis' helped him dive into a band that has been circling hi...Show More
The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen (Live from Philly Podfest w/ Dan Reed)

1:04:11 | Jul 31st, 2017

Podcaster and WXPN music director Dan Reed (soundcloud.com/ddmusicpodcast) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Afghan Whig's Gentlemen (1993, Elektra) in front of a live audience at the 2017 Philadelphia Podcast Festival.
Summer Special - The Wrecking Crew

51:46 | Jul 24th, 2017

Bill and Brian continue having fun on their summer vacation, but in the meantime, we won't leave you without an episode. So we hung out and spent some time chatting about the legendary musicians that ruled the rock and roll studios in the 60s, the Wr...Show More
Summer Special - A Mighty Wind

48:24 | Jul 17th, 2017

On a very special episode of the podcast, Brian and Bill take a break from the weekly grind, spreading the love of our favorite albums to spread the love of one of our favorite films instead. We dive into Christopher Guest's 2003 mockumentary A Might...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Method Man feat. Mary J. Blige "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"

29:29 | Jul 6th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill follow up our Wu-Tang talk by discussing one of their most successful members Method Man and his hit featuring Mary J. Blige "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By." Our chat about the time period ...Show More
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) [w/ guest Kyle Gordon]

2:09:34 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Improvisor and vocalist Kyle Gordon (mydarklittlecorner.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Wu-Tang Clan's seminal rap debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) [1993, Loud/RCA). After Brian goes off book to name all 9 members of the group (RZA, GZA, Ol...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Jimmy Eat World "A Sunday"

29:25 | Jun 29th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian jump into a Way Back Machine to continue the conversation about Jimmy Eat World by delving into a tune from their 1999 album Clarity. We discuss what exactly "emo" is and why Brian was wrong not to listen to W...Show More
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American (w/ guest Jesse Cannon)

2:14:42 | Jun 26th, 2017

Renaissance man and author of Processing Creativity: the Tools, Practices and Habits Used to Make Music You're Happy With, Jesse Cannon, joins Bill and Brian to discuss Jimmy Eat World's breakthrough album Bleed American (2001, Dreamworks). Jesse des...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting "All for Love"

23:04 | Jun 22nd, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Today, Bill and Brian chat about this gem of a 90s tune! While the song doesn't lend itself to too much specific discussion, the boys take a stroll down memory lane as they attempt to decipher the difference between which bu...Show More
The Police - Outlandos d'Amour

1:51:55 | Jun 19th, 2017

Brian and Bill are joined by musician Kimi Howe (casino sundae.bandcamp.com) to discuss the Police's debut album Outlandos d'Amour (1978, A&M). Kim talks about listening to this album as a part of her uncle's 8 track collection (he made sure to skip ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Love "Always See Your Face"

09:12 | Jun 15th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill stops in for a short episode to explain that we had some technical difficulties and lost the episode we actually recorded for this. :( But Bill makes sure to fill you in on the tragic love story that made this Brian...Show More
Love - Forever Changes (w/ guest Neil Sabatino)

2:07:10 | Jun 12th, 2017

Musician, producer, and label guru Neil Sabatino (mint400.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Love's third album Forever Changes (1967, Elektra). Neil talks about how the band's early garage sound drew him in after a friend got him listening to Love...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Wilco "Wilco (the Song)"

24:23 | Jun 8th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday and this week the B-Squad talks about Wilco's title track off their self-titled album! Along the way they talk about how comfortable (in a good way) the band has become in its own skin as well as what the Dad Rock of the 21st...Show More
Wilco - Summerteeth (w/ guest Jim Laczkowski)

2:17:22 | Jun 5th, 2017

Bill and Brian welcome back podcaster and musician Jim Laczkowski (nowplayingnetwork.net and gardenonatrampoline.com) to discuss Wilco's foray into lush indie pop, Summerteeth (1999, Reprise). Jim talks about checking out the band after reading a fav...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll"

20:10 | Jun 1st, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week, the B-squad revisits Yeah Yeah Yeahs a few years down the road as they continue to evolve their sound and - like Weezer before them - pick up a new generation of fans along the way. We discuss Karen O's pop cultur...Show More
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell (w/ guest Amy Dickman)

1:50:30 | May 29th, 2017

Little Dickman Records' Amy Dickman (littledickman.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Yeah Yeah Yeah's debut Fever to Tell (2003, Interscope).
Bonus Song Thursday - Counting Crows "The Ballad of El Goodo"

29:08 | May 25th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week the B's tackle Counting Crows' cover of Big Star's immortal "The Ballad of El Goodo." They talk about how they actually prefer to hear Big Star's music covered fairly straight (as opposed to, say, via an electronic...Show More
Counting Crows - August and Everything After (w/ guest Frank Lettieri)

2:01:33 | May 22nd, 2017

Musician Frank Lettieri (dustofdays.bandcamp.com) joins Bill and Brian as we finally set to tackling Counting Crows' August and Everything After (1993, Geffen). Frank talks about having this album gifted to him as a part of a long tradition of uncles...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Nancy Sinatra "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"

24:12 | May 18th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week, the B's talk about Nancy Sinatra's most enduring hit single and how her father Frank signed her to his (at the time) vanity imprint, Reprise. We get into the left-of-center tendencies of under-appreciated songwrit...Show More
Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (w/ guests Right Said Fred)

1:43:46 | May 15th, 2017

Musicians Fred and Richard Fairbrass (aka Right Said Fred) join Bill and Brian to discuss Frank Sinatra's 10th studio album Songs for Swingin' Lovers (1956, Capitol). After getting the requisite conversation about their tour prepping and some of the ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Pras (feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and introducing Mya) "Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are)"

23:21 | May 11th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week, Bill and Brian recount a track that, according to Bill, "was in the air" throughout 1998/1999. Pras, formerly of the Fugees, made his solo debut in grand fashion and had a hand from Mya and Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirt...Show More
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: the Dirty Version (w/ guest Patrick from Make Dad Read Comics and Almost Educational)

1:55:26 | May 8th, 2017

Podcaster Patrick from Make Dad Read Comics and Almost Education returns to join Bill and Brian in a discussion about Ol' Dirty Bastard's Return to the 36 Chambers: the Dirty Version (1995, Elektra). Patrick talks about being heshera and a secret Wu ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Johnny Cash and Fiona Apple "Father and Son"

26:04 | May 4th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week the boys in broadcast are tackling yet another duet: Johnny Cash and Fiona Apple! Bill and Brian discuss how it reminds them of a different Johnny Cash partnership from the early 70s, how singular artists like Fion...Show More
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine

1:57:44 | May 1st, 2017

Bill and Brian get to spend a nice lazy Sunday afternoon enjoying each other's company without a guest, chatting about Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine (2005, Epic). Brian talks about discovering Fiona's moody, electric pop sound as a disparate so...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"

23:19 | Apr 27th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And the boys only get mildly tangential this week as they talk about the hit single off Bella Donna, Stevie Nicks' hit debut solo LP. They talk about how Stevie was introduced to Tom Petty via her then-boyfriend, mega-produc...Show More
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes (w/ guest Chad Stocker)

1:50:49 | Apr 24th, 2017

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Chad Stocker (the High Strung, the Mythics) to discuss Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn the Torpedoes (1979, Backstreet/MCA). Chad talks about how his love of documentaries turns him into a fan of whatever t...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Ike & Tina Turner "Proud Mary"

29:57 | Apr 20th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday as Bill and Brian return from Spring Break! On this week's edition, they talk Tina and debate whether or not her version eclipses the Creedence Clearwater Revival original. Along the way, they answer the age-old question: "By...Show More
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and the Poor Boys (w/ guest Adam Weiner)

1:48:06 | Apr 17th, 2017

Musician Adam Weiner (lowcutconnie.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Creedence Clearwater Revival's Willy and the Poor Boys. Adam talks about the ubiquity of CCR and how it led him to discover some other great music. Then Bill, Brian, and Adam dis...Show More
Spring Break - 6 Video 6 Pack

58:20 | Apr 10th, 2017

Bill and Brian continue their Spring Break, doing something a little different and fun, by taking a look at 6 music videos where the visual is just as important as the music. We talk about not being allowed to watch MTV, some gender politics in regar...Show More
Spring Break - Empire Records

58:02 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Bill and Brian take a short Springtime respite from our usual release schedule and talk instead about something a little different and kind of fun - a film with a soundtrack as important as its script, Empire Records (1995). Bill talks about how he l...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Will Sheff "Ex-Girl Collection"

24:09 | Mar 30th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian talk about that time Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff and the Wrens' Charles Bissell swapped covers and released a single. They get into how well Sheff did with the indie classic "Ex-Girl Collection" and get...Show More
Okkervil River - The Stand Ins (w/ guest Kate Dressed Up)

1:49:49 | Mar 27th, 2017

Musician Katie Miller (katedressedup.bandcamp.com) joins Bill and Brian to dive into Okkervil River's the Stand Ins (2008, Jajaguwar). Katie talks about discovering the band via Bon Iver's cover of "Blue Tulip" and how frontman Will Sheff's lyrical a...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Tori Amos "Raining Blood"

20:04 | Mar 23rd, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week, Bill and Brian break down Tori Amos' cover of Slayer's "Raining Blood," and wonder whether or not it started the trend of rock songs getting turned into haunting ballads to accompany certain films. Along the way, ...Show More
Slayer - Reign in Blood (w/ guest DX Ferris)

1:57:26 | Mar 20th, 2017

Publisher and author DX Ferris (6623press.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Slayer's entry into the metal class of '86 Reign in Blood (1986, Def Jam). Ferris talks about taking his fandom to the extreme, from discovering the band as a teenager in ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Lady GaGa "Perfect Illusion"

19:45 | Mar 16th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week, the boys tackle Lady GaGa's recent single, "Perfect Illusion" which features Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme on guitar. In this episode, we mention how GaGa - taking a page from Beyonce's book - enlisted a nu...Show More
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf (w/ guest Adam Bird)

2:00:28 | Mar 13th, 2017

Musician Adam Bird (facebook.com/adambirdmusic) joins Bill and Brian to discuss hard rockers Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf (2002, Interscope). Adam talks about discovering the band via their connection with Nirvana drummer and Foo Figh...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Sinead O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U"

27:51 | Mar 9th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! This week Bill and Brian discuss how this Prince-penned song struck that sweet spot of early 90s production and - yes - also about the other thing O'Connor became known for once it became a hit. They also make a few correcti...Show More
Prince - Purple Rain (w/ guest Bill Ackerman)

2:02:10 | Mar 6th, 2017

Podcaster Bill Ackerman (nowplayingnetwork.net/supportingcharacters) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Prince's multimedia spectacular, Purple Rain (1984, Warner Bros.). Bill talks about falling in love with this music as it saturated the airwaves in h...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Replacements "20th Century Boy"

18:15 | Mar 2nd, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! The boys discover a mid 80s Replacements version of this T. Rex classic and Bill loses his chill (in all the right ways) at just how hot they sound! Also on the show, a listener figures out how much he loves Taylor Swift, Bi...Show More
T. Rex - Electric Warrior (w/ guest Nikolina the Terrible)

1:42:26 | Feb 27th, 2017

Singer Nikolina the Terrible of the Production (theproductionband.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss T. Rex's Electric Warrior (1971, Reprise). Nicole talks about how this album is one of her earliest memories and how she grew up listening to T. Re...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Beastie Boys "Sabotage"

26:04 | Feb 23rd, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian talk some more about the Beastie Boys and how their song, "Sabotage," soundtracked their youth and reminded them of Rage Against the Machine. This leads us into analyzing the late 90s rap/rock boom before we g...Show More
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (w/ guest Dan LeRoy)

2:10:07 | Feb 20th, 2017

Dan LeRoy, the man who literally wrote the book on Paul's Boutique (both the 33 1/3 entry and a follow up For Whom the Cowbell Tolls), joins Bill and Brian to talk about the Beastie Boys and their 1989 sophomore album. Dan talks about discovering the...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Sleater-Kinney "A New Wave" (plus more Kanye West)

28:44 | Feb 16th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up Sleater-Kinney with some more Sleater-Kinney, by talking about "A New Wave" off 2015's No Cities to Love. We talk about how the band didn't miss a beat in its 10 year hiatus and a bunch about how coo...Show More
Sleater-Kinney - the Woods (w/ guest Nick Palmer)

1:54:16 | Feb 13th, 2017

Musician Nick Palmer (thedangeros.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Sleater-Kinney's 'breakout' 7th album, the Woods (2005, Sub Pop). Nick describes discovering the band while working at Journeys in the mall, and then thinking the distortion on hi...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Kanye West "Drunk and Hot Girls"

31:40 | Feb 9th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian start off this episode with a rousing debate about the merit's of Kanye West in which Bill allows himself to disregard the spirit of the podcast for a few moments and come across as a little critical. Luckily,...Show More
CAN - Future Days (w/ guest Colin Ryan)

1:39:42 | Feb 6th, 2017

Drummer Colin Ryan (Lowlight, Roadside Graves) joins Brian and Bill to discuss avant-garde German rockers CAN and their landmark album Future Days (1973, United Artists). Colin talks about how his former bandmates convinced him that listening to CAN ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Spoon "Utilitarian"

29:44 | Feb 2nd, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill chat about Brian's favorite Spoon song "Utilitarian" off 1998's A Series of Sneaks. We stumble into a conversation about what the 90s sounded like before reading some listener emails about some 2000s albums, D...Show More
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (w/ guest Chris Nova)

1:52:50 | Jan 30th, 2017

Musician Chris Nova (rubybonesband.com) joins Brian and Bill to discuss Spoon's tongue twister of an album title Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007, Merge). Chris talks about discovering the band through hit teen drama the OC. Then we discuss how consistent the ba...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Band "Atlantic City"

17:03 | Jan 26th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill chat a bit about the Band's version of "Atlantic City" from their 1993 album Jericho. We fill in some of the group's history up through the 90s and marvel at Levon Helm's musicianship. We then read a listener ...Show More
The Band - Music from Big Pink (w/ guest Chris Villalta)

1:55:00 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Bill and Brian welcome thegreatalbums.com blogger Chris Villalta to the the podcast to talk about the Band's Music from Big Pink (1968, Capitol). Chris talks about discovering the Band at the LA Grammy museum and thinking they looked like a bunch of ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - the Shins "New Slang"

31:08 | Jan 19th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill talk about the Shins' "New Slang," which is really a way to spend time talking about the 2004 Zach Braff film Garden State. We talk about whether the film holds up, how it's important to people from different ...Show More
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

1:40:16 | Jan 16th, 2017

Bill and Brian go sans guest for the first time in months to discuss an album that came to us around the same time back in our college days, The Shins' Chutes Too Narrow (2003, Sub Pop). The band formed as primary songwriter James Mercer's new projec...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Nirvana "Marigold"

18:19 | Jan 12th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian talk about Dave Grohl's introduction to the world as a lead singer with the Nirvana b-side "Marigold." We talk a little bit about the "what ifs" that surround the career of Nirvana had Kurt Cobain lived and ho...Show More
Nirvana - In Utero (w/ guest Tyler Plazio)

1:55:13 | Jan 9th, 2017

Bill and Brian are joined by musician/singer-songwriter Tyler Plazio from Soldiers of Suburbia (soldiersofsuburbiaband.com) to talk about Nirvana's In Utero (1993, DGC). A couple years after the enormous success of their major label debut, Nevermind,...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - REM "Hope"

25:22 | Jan 5th, 2017

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up our conversation about Leonard Cohen with an REM song that curiously has Cohen listed as a writer although there was no collaboration between the artists. This leads us down memory lane as we discuss...Show More
Leonard Cohen - A Career Restrospective (w/ guest Justin Pope)

1:57:23 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Bill and Brian kick off 2017 with an appreciation for the late songwriting titan Leonard Cohen. They are joined in studio singer/songwriter/voiceover artist Justin Pope (justinpopemusic.com), a lifelong Cohen fan. Along the way, the trio discusses wh...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Year End Wrap Up

33:10 | Dec 29th, 2016

Bill takes some time to send out one last podcast in 2016 before we launch into 2017! He talks about "Auld Lang Syne" and makes a few corrections about Wilco and the Beatles before launching into a bunch of emails ranking and discussing the Beatles a...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Lowlight "Where Do We Go from Here?"

19:54 | Dec 22nd, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian close out the year by discussing one of our favorite local (to New Jersey) releases, "Where Do We Go from Here?" from the album of the same name by Lowlight. We discuss what the band's unique sound is and ...Show More
Top 10 Albums of 2016

1:30:31 | Dec 19th, 2016

Bill and Brian (really just Brian) count down their top picks of the albums released in 2016. We chat about the albums on last year's list, specifically what stood out and stayed with us. Bill challenges Brian with what a "best of" list really means ...Show More
The Beatles - Part IV

1:16:50 | Dec 15th, 2016

Part 4 of 4 is finally here! Bill and Brian welcome a new set of guests to close out our discussion of our favorite songs from every Beatles album. Joining us are musician Jim McGee (thearrivist.bandcamp.com), blogger/freelance journalist Ryan Carey ...Show More
The Beatles - Part III

1:15:15 | Dec 12th, 2016

In part 3 of 4, Brian and Bill continue the album by album review of the entire Beatles catalog. In this episode we cover Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour with musicians Chris Nova and Ben Resnick and bloggers...Show More
The Beatles - Part II

1:10:48 | Dec 8th, 2016

Bill and Brian continue the epic conversation (part 2 of 4) as we take on the task of having the conversation about being a fan of each and every Beatles album by discussing Beatles For Sale, Help!, and Rubber Soul. Joining us in this round of conver...Show More
The Beatles - Part I

1:11:01 | Dec 5th, 2016

Bill and Brian have finally decided to do it! Here it is, us talking about the Beatles. But how could we do just a single album? Where would we start? Every album they put out could be featured on the podcast, so now they will be. This is part 1 of 4...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Bruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia"

34:44 | Dec 1st, 2016

Bill and Brian close out Massive Album November with Bruce Springsteen's Oscar winning ballad "Streets of Philadelphia" from the Tom and Hanks/Denzel Washington film Philadelphia soundtrack. We talk about how this helped close the second chapter of B...Show More
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA (w/ guest Jack Linden)

1:59:37 | Nov 28th, 2016

Bill and Brian close out Massive Album November with singer songwriter Jack Linden of Rose Boulevard (roseboulevard.bandcamp.com) talking about Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (1984, Columbia). Springsteen was a good ways into his career, but wit...Show More
Bonus Song Thanksgiving - Pink Floyd "See Emily Play"

33:51 | Nov 24th, 2016

Happy Bonus Song Thanksgiving! Bill and Brian celebrate by talking about Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play." Brian breaks down a bit of the story of Syd Barrett and his time in the Floyd. Then we jump into a whole bunch of listener emails, spurred by our ...Show More
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (w/ guest Andrew James)

1:56:44 | Nov 21st, 2016

Massive Album November continues as Brian and Bill welcome podcaster Andrew James (rowthree.com) to talk about Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (1974, Harvest). Although their 8th studio album, the band finally 'broke through' in a big, bad way wit...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Who "Tea & Theatre"

17:03 | Nov 17th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian fast forward in the Who's career to discuss the last song off their last album (so far), "Tea & Theatre" from 2006's Endless Wire. Brian fills in the events on the band's timeline, including the deaths of Keit...Show More
The Who - Who's Next (w/ guest Mike Mehalick)

1:52:51 | Nov 14th, 2016

Editor in Chief for Speak Into My Good Eye (speakimge.com) Mike Mehalick joins Bill and Brian for another installment of Massive Album November as we discuss the Who's Who's Next (1971, Decca). Emerging from the 60s mod scene into their own sound wit...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Madonna "Into the Groove"

16:23 | Nov 10th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill speak to you from the optimism of the past as we break down what make's Madonna's "Into the Groove," released as part of the Like a Virgin single cycle, pretty cool. We talk about the song's inclusion on the i...Show More
Madonna - Like a Virgin (w/ guest Jeff Fiedler)

1:36:50 | Nov 7th, 2016

Massive Album November is here! Each episode this month will be a different artist and record that has attained huge sales numbers that we've somehow missed so far. To get us started, thegreatalbums.com blogger Jeff Fiedler joins Bill and Brian to di...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Neil Young "Transformer Man"

24:29 | Nov 3rd, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian take some time out to cover a little bit of Neil Young's weaker output by discussing "Transformer Man" off 1982's Trans. We discuss Young's rationale for incorporating electronic instruments into his music, th...Show More
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night (w/ guest Dan Reed)

1:51:16 | Oct 31st, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome WXPN music director and podcaster (soundcloud.com/ddmusicpodcast) to discuss the final chapter of Neil Young's so-called "ditch trilogy," Tonight's the Night (1975, Reprise). Still reeling from the drug related deaths of Crazy ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Stone Gossard "Pigeon"

23:58 | Oct 27th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian decide to continue the conversation about Pearl Jam by focusing on a song from guitarist Stone Gossard's 2001 solo album Bayleaf called "Pigeon." We talk about how Stone's songwriting fits in with Pearl Ja...Show More
Pearl Jam - Yield (w/ guest Jim Hanke)

1:59:41 | Oct 24th, 2016

Podcaster Jim Hanke (vinylemergency.com) makes his second appearance on the podcast to help Brian and Bill talk about Pearl Jam's Yield (1998, Epic). Coming off a bit of a downturn in their career, some would say creatively as well as commercially (b...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse "Body and Soul"

21:54 | Oct 20th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! With Brian jet setting about the globe (aka taking a long weekend trip to Chicago), Bill tackles some more Amy Winehouse by taking a listener suggestion and talking about her  duet with Tony Bennett, "Body and Soul" from his...Show More
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (w/ guests David Hillier and Chris Barrett)

1:43:10 | Oct 17th, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome future podcasters (Indie Heroes, available soon) David Hillier (also a journalist) and Chris Barrett (who works in the West End) to the podcast to talk about Amy Winehouse's Back to Black (2006, Island). British singer songwrit...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Norah Jones "The Long Way Home"

25:30 | Oct 13th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Brian and Bill continue discussing Tom Waits by...talking about Norah Jones? That's right, Norah Jones covered an obscure Waits song on 2004's Feels Like Home. We talk about how Jones tried to pull away from the glut of ...Show More
Tom Waits - Bone Machine (w/ guest Joe Galuppo)

1:55:42 | Oct 10th, 2016

Bill and Brian are joined by podcaster and musician Joe Galuppo (diningroomradio.net and joegaluppo.bandcamp.com) to talk about Tom Waits' Bone Machine (1992, Atlantic). Waits, with his idiosyncratic musicianship and distinctive voice, emerged from a...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Stone Temple Pilots "Plush (acoustic)"

18:19 | Oct 6th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill talk about Scott Weiland and Dean DeLeo's acoustic performance of "Plush" off their 1992 debut Core. We talk about the song's structure, Dean's chord style, Scott's excellent vocal skills, and whether or not L...Show More
Stone Temple Pilots - Purple (w/ guest Zach Calhoun)

1:55:23 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Musician Zach Calhoun (from Cadet, cadetcadets.bandcamp.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Stone Temple Pilots transformative sophomore effort Purple (1994, Atlantic). After debuting with the 8 million-selling Core (home to mega-hits "Plush," "Cree...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Jimmy Eat World "Half Right"

15:50 | Sep 29th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian take a very circuitous route to keep talking about Elliott Smith by discussing Jimmy Eat World's cover of the Heatmiser tune "Half Right." The song was written by Smith and added as a hidden track to the b...Show More
Elliott Smith - XO (w/ guest Pete Stern)

2:09:34 | Sep 26th, 2016

Centennials and Rose Boulevard drummer Pete Stern joins Bill and Brian to discuss singer songwriter Elliott Smith's major label debut XO (1998, Dreamworks). Coming up in the Portland indie scene of the 90s, Smith eschewed the alt stylings of his band...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The War on Drugs "Touch of Grey"

18:11 | Sep 22nd, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill continue talking about the Grateful Dead via the War on Drugs recent cover of "Touch of Grey" from the Day of the Dead tribute compilation. Brian talks about why he loves this song, the whole collection, and h...Show More
Grateful Dead - American Beauty (w/ guest Tom O'Leary)

2:03:55 | Sep 19th, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome guitarist Tom O'Leary (whose band, Small Planet Radio, just put out an excellent album* that can be heard at smallplanetradio.com) to talk about the Grateful Dead's American Beauty (1970, Warner Bros.). Known for their live jam...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Laura Jane Grace, Miley Cyrus, and Joan Jett "Androgynous"

35:39 | Sep 15th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill welcomes Brian back to talk about Laura Jane Grace, Miley Cyrus, and Joan Jett's cover of the Replacements "Androgynous." Brian, having missed out conversation about Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues earlier in ...Show More
Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (w/ guest Justin Tyler)

2:07:25 | Sep 12th, 2016

With Brian out on tour, Bill welcomes podcaster Justin Tyler (SongSpotters.com) to talk about the seminal (already) trans punk rock anthem Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014, Total Treble) by Against Me! Formed by then-name Tom Gable as a teenager in ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Third Eye Blind "Cop vs. Phone Girl"

27:17 | Sep 8th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian get political as we take a listen to and discuss Third Eye Blind's latest release "Cop vs. Phone Girl" off their upcoming EP We Are Drugs. We talk about the contemporary production style and how we're glad...Show More
Third Eye Blind - Self Titled (w/ guest Mike Prince)

2:19:02 | Sep 5th, 2016

Brian and Bill welcome music biz insider Mike Prince (he works in licensing music for Disney) to discuss Third Eye Blind's self titled debut (1997, Elektra). Masterminded by singer/lyricist Stephan Jenkins, 3EB took off with massive success filed by ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - AC/DC "Thunderstruck"

33:55 | Sep 1st, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill continue talking about the wonders from down under (didn't want to use "Thunder" twice in the same sentence) AC/DC and their tune "Thunderstruck." We discuss how this song and its parent album, the Razor's Edg...Show More
AC/DC - Back in Black

1:59:49 | Aug 29th, 2016

Bill and Brian make the best of an odd situation in which a guest was supposed to come on to be our gritty Australian rock and roll connoisseur but ended up not joining us. So we tackle AC/DC's legendary Back in Black (1980, Atlantic). After years of...Show More
Summer Special - Bonus Song Bonus Ep

2:02:23 | Aug 22nd, 2016

On another very special episode, Bill and Brian take some time to fill in the big gap from back before we started the Bonus Song Thursday tradition. We play our way through songs from the Replacements, Miracle Legion, the Rentals, Billy Bragg and Wil...Show More
Summer Special - That Thing You Do!

1:03:59 | Aug 15th, 2016

On a very special episode of the Great Albums, Bill and Brian take a break from our usual geeking out over the minutia of an album to geek out over the minutia of a film. We talk about the best fictional biopic of a 60s pop band That Thing You Do! Wr...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Metallica "Hero of the Day"

38:17 | Aug 11th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill continue talk about Metallica, jumping 10 years ahead from 1986's Master of Puppets to "Hero of the Day" from 1996's Load. We discuss the evolution in the band's sound and image, how their alternative leaning ...Show More
Metallica - Master of Puppets (w/ guest Doug Robertson)

2:14:31 | Aug 8th, 2016

Bill and Brian are joined by educator and author Doug Robertson (aka the Weird Teacher, @theweirdteacher) to talk about what makes Metallica's Master of Puppets (1986, Elektra) great. Metallica, forebears of thrash metal and icons within the metal ge...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Liz Phair "Why Can't I?"

28:56 | Aug 4th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill tackle Liz Phair's 2003 attempt at a mainstream breakthrough "Why Can't I." We discuss the sound curated by production team the Matrix, the early aughts sing-songwriter sound, and how this song alienated as ma...Show More
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville (w/ guest Jim Laczkowski)

2:08:04 | Aug 1st, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome the host of the podcasts Director's Club and Pop Culture Club (both part of the Now Playing Network, nowplayingnetwork.net) Jim Laczkowski to discuss Liz Phair's debut exile in Guyville (1993, Matador). Through talent and a lit...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Television "1880 or So"

19:29 | Jul 28th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian continue discussing Television (you know, the band, not the thing you stare at in the living room) by listening to and chatting about "1880 of So" from their 1992 "comeback" self titled album. We speculate on ...Show More
Television - Marquee Moon (w/ guest Jim Testa)

1:39:24 | Jul 25th, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome journalist/Jersey music expert Jim Testa (www.jerseybeat.com) to talk about Television's Marquee Moon (1977, Elektra). Emerging out of the CBGB "punk" scene, Television struggled to find mainstream success with their quirky roc...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Aimee Mann "One"

15:56 | Jul 21st, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Because Brian was a little busy, Bill brings some well researched facts about Aimee Mann's cover of the Harry Nilsson song "One!" He talks about the history of the song as it made it's way from Nilsson to Three Dog Night to ...Show More
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson (w/ guest Dan Drago)

1:57:36 | Jul 18th, 2016

Brian and Bill are joined by podcaster Dan Drago (25oclockpod.com) to talk about Harry Nilsson's triumphant hit album, Nilsson Schmilsson (1971, RCA Victor). Nilsson started his career as both a recording artist and songwriter who finally broke when ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Fear of Pop "In Love"

18:14 | Jul 14th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian take a closer look at the song stylings of the iconic actor William Shatner by listening to and discussing his collaboration with Ben Folds on the latter's experimental pop record Fear of Pop Vol. 1. We talk a...Show More
William Shatner - Has Been

1:59:44 | Jul 11th, 2016

Bill and Brian take a deep dive into the unique and unexpectedly great work of William Shatner and his collaboration with Ben Folds, Has Been (2004, Shout! Factory). The iconic Star Trek actor was often maligned for his previous foray into pop music,...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Breeders "Cannonball"

17:39 | Jul 7th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill ask (and answer) the question: What is Kim's Deal? This is, of course, a reference to Pixies member and Breeders front woman Kim Deal, as we continue our conversation from our Doolittle episode by following he...Show More
Pixies - Doolittle (w/ guest John Petrick)

1:55:42 | Jul 4th, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome drummer John Petrick of the Stewart Dolly (thestewartdolly.bandcamp.com) to the podcast to discuss the Pixies sophomore full length release Doolittle (1989, 4AD). The band formed around the core of primary songwriter Black Fran...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Sam Cooke "A Change Is Gonna Come"

29:47 | Jun 30th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up their conversation on Sam Cooke's Night Beat by discussing one of his last releases ever, "A Change Is Gonna Come." Written after a particularly tense interaction at a motel, Cooke released this song...Show More
Sam Cooke - Night Beat (w/ guest Randy W. Hall)

1:56:00 | Jun 27th, 2016

Joining Brian and Bill to discuss Sam Cooke's landmark and influential Night Beat (1963, RCA) is Randy W. Hall, cohost of our podcast kin That Dandy Classic Music Hour (thatdandyclassicmusichour.com). Night Beat found Sam Cooke enjoying the benefits ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated"

20:33 | Jun 23rd, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill discuss one of the Ramones most recognizable songs "I Wanna Be Sedated," how the Ramones have become a ubiquitous legacy act without huge hits, and all the bands that have covered the song. Also, we read a lis...Show More
The Ramones - Self Titled (w/ guest Jack Fitzsimmons)

2:05:39 | Jun 20th, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome musician (hellstroms.bandcamp.com), podcaster, and our new resident punk avatar Jack Fitzsimmons onto the podcast to talk about the Ramones' self titled debut (1976, Sire). The four kids who went on to change their names and th...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Waylon Jennings "Luckenbach, Texas"

28:31 | Jun 16th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian continue talking about Waylon Jennings and his unique brand of "outlaw country" by discussing his duet with Willie Nelson "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)." A listener wrote in, giving us a lot ...Show More
Waylon Jennings - Dreaming My Dreams (w/ guest David Gorman)

2:05:38 | Jun 13th, 2016

Joining Brian and Bill on the podcast this week is trunkworthy.com writer and co-founder  David Gorman to talk about Waylon Jennings' Dreaming my Dream (1975, RCA Victor), a key album at the start of his "outlaw country" years. Tired of the Nashville...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The La's "I Am the Key"

36:07 | Jun 9th, 2016

Brian and Bill take a little time to discuss one of the tracks from the deluxe edition of the La's set titled album, "I Am the Key." After Bill tells a wedding story that he forgot to tell on the main episode and Brian fawns over the songs harmonies,...Show More
The La's - Self Titled

1:40:25 | Jun 6th, 2016

Bill and Brian dive into a wonderful, under-appreciated and under-discovered set of songs by Brit-pop forebears the La's with their self titled album (1990, Polydor/Go!). Best known for their single "There She Goes," which is perhaps better known Sta...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Daft Punk "Get Lucky"

19:08 | Jun 2nd, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian keeping diving into the vast catalog of great French artists by discussing Daft Punk and their super massive 2013 hit "Get Lucky." With a little help from Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, the electronic duo...Show More
History of French Pop (w/ guest Jonathyne Briggs)

2:03:33 | May 30th, 2016

Brian and Bill sit down in the virtual lecture hall with Professor Jonathyne Briggs of Indiana University Northwest who literally wrote the book on French music with Sounds French: Globalization, Cultural Communities and Pop Music, 1958-1980 (2015, O...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Pearl Jam "Betterman"

25:55 | May 26th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Brian and Bill decide to mix things up a bit by doing an even deeper dive into a song from this week's album by spending way too much time discussing Pearl Jam's "Betterman" off the 1994 album Vitalogy. Bill tells the st...Show More
Pearl Jam - Vitalogy (w/ guest Steven Hyden)

2:01:45 | May 23rd, 2016

Bill and Brian are joined by rock journalist and music critic Steven Hyden (Pitchfork, Uproxx, Grantland, A.V Club) to talk about Pearl Jam's divisive third album Vitalogy (1994, Epic). Written on tour and recorded piecemeal and haphazardly, the band...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Foo Fighters "Aurora"

30:00 | May 19th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill is once again joined by Jim Hanke of the Vinyl Emergency podcast (soundcloud.com/vinylemergency) to talk about Foo Fighters! We fast forward a little bit in the band's career to discuss a song from their 1999 album Ther...Show More
Foo Fighters - Self Titled (w/ guest Jim Hanke)

2:12:03 | May 16th, 2016

Bill welcomes podcaster/music guru Jim Hanke from the Vinyl Emergency podcast (soundcloud.com/vinylemergency) to talk about Foo Fighters' self titled debut album (1995, Capitol/Roswell). Following the tragic suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, t...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Those Pretty Wrongs "Fool of Myself"

18:01 | May 12th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up their interview with Those Pretty Wrongs, Luther Russell and Jody Stephens, about their debut album by discussing the b-side, ""Fool of Myself," to their 2015 single "Lucky Guy." The gentlemen talk a...Show More
Those Pretty Wrongs (interview w/ Jody Stephens [of Big Star] and Luther Russell)

1:45:44 | May 9th, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome legendary Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and acclaimed LA musician Luther Russell for a slightly different than usual episode. We had the pleasure to have the artists themselves provide a track by track commentary! Bill and Bri...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Prince et al. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

31:01 | May 5th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill has returned from his world travels to join Brian in a follow up to our remembrance of Prince to discuss his performance as part of the George Harrison tribute from the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony...Show More
Prince - An Appreciation (w/ guest Jeff Fiedler)

56:15 | May 2nd, 2016

Brian is joined by thegreatalbums.com's blog author (and previous on-air guest) Jeff Fiedler to discuss the recent passing of Prince Rodgers Nelson who died suddenly and unexpectedly on April 21, 2016. They queue up six of their favorites, talking ab...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Mick Jagger "Too Many Cooks"

12:33 | Apr 28th, 2016

We find John Lennon in the throes of wicked productivity during his "Lost Weekend." This time, instead of producing an album for himself or for Harry Nilsson, or writing with David Bowie, he's helming the boards for Mick Jagger on a funky version of ...Show More
John Lennon - Walls & Bridges

53:49 | Apr 25th, 2016

Brian flies solo this week for a full episode, deciding to tackle one of John Lennon's less-regarded, but no less amazing albums; 1974's Walls & Bridges. Recorded during Lennon's legendary "Lost Weekend," W&B finds its creator at a personal and profe...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Gin Blossoms "Til I Hear It from You"

27:23 | Apr 21st, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian discuss Gin Blossoms' "Til I Hear It from You" from the Empire Record soundtrack. Bill explains the legendary cult 90s film to Brian as they break down what makes the song great!
Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience

1:57:11 | Apr 18th, 2016

Bill and Brian delight in sharing their admiration for what may be a sometimes overlooked gem from the early 90s, the Gin Blossoms' New Miserable Experience (1992. A&M). Known as a hardworking band that loves the rigors of touring, the Tempe, AZ nati...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Can "Moonshake"

14:02 | Apr 14th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian waxes rhapsodic about one of his favorite songs and how it manages to blend free jazz, rock and roll, classical, and the avant garde to create a profound new sound. He takes a few emails from listeners, as well, sheddi...Show More
Another 10 Great Songs

1:25:59 | Apr 11th, 2016

Bill and Brian had a lot to do as Easter came early and Bill was prepping for his extensive trip to India, so they made it easy on themselves by sitting down to talk about another 10 great songs! We discuss songs from the Dollys, Frank Sinatra, Emitt...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - David Bowie "Let's Dance"

31:24 | Apr 7th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And that means Brian and Bill once again join forces to discuss a single song. This week, we follow up our conversation with Savannah Pope of SpaceCream (spacecreamband.com) about David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Sta...Show More
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (w/ guest Savannah Pope)

1:47:48 | Apr 4th, 2016

Savannah Pope, singer for LA based glam rock outfit SpaceCream (spacecreamband.com), joins Bill and Brian via the magic of Skype to discuss David Bowie's seminal glam album the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972, RCA). Wh...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Pavement "Spit on a Stranger"

19:29 | Mar 31st, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill regales everyone with a story of listening to Pavement via YouTube and first connecting with this song from their album Terror Twilight (1999, Matador). Additionally, we pulled an unaired excerpt from the episode on...Show More
Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (w/ guest Jim Appio)

2:00:35 | Mar 28th, 2016

The cool dad himself, blogger Jim Appio (cooldadmusic.com), joins Brian and Bill to talk about Pavement's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994, Matador). The brainchild of singer songwriter Stephen Malkmus, the band grew it's reputation as indie alternat...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Beastie Boys "Intergalactic"

24:06 | Mar 24th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up their conversation with Ed and Alice Magdziak from youdontknowjersey.com about the Beastie Boys debut album by cherry picking a huge hit from the middle of the band's career, "Intergalactic" from 199...Show More
Beastie Boys - License to Ill (w/ guests Ed and Alice Magdziak)

2:03:29 | Mar 21st, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome bloggers Ed and Alice Magdziak from youdontknowjersey.com to help us talk about what makes Beastie Boys' License to Ill great. Formed by 3 teenage New Yorkers who held the burgeoning rap scene of the early 80s in the same regar...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Notorious BIG "Mo Money Mo Problems"

15:00 | Mar 17th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill goes solo to share a little more about his experience with Biggie Smalls' music by covering his nerdy middle school years and (poorly) dancing to this track at his school's monthly dances. Additionally, Bill reads a...Show More
The Notorious BIG - Ready to Die (w/ guest Adam from Driving in the Dark)

2:28:34 | Mar 14th, 2016

A few weeks ago, Adam from the Driving in the Dark podcast kindly sent us an intriguing and convincing email on the virtues of rap music, pointing to The Notorious BIG's Ready to Die (1994, Bad Boy) as a great example of a singular vision executed wi...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Dave Matthews Band "The Space Between"

20:34 | Mar 10th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill welcome back musician Matt Pischl to discuss more Dave Matthews Band, focusing on the group's 2001 release Everyday and the song "The Space Between." We talk about the change in DMB's sound, Glenn Ballard, usi...Show More
Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets (w/ guest Matt Pischl)

1:58:32 | Mar 7th, 2016

Musician Matt Pischl stops by to help Bill and Brian talk about what makes Dave Matthews Band's Before These Crowded Streets (1998, RCA) great. Formed when a shy songwriter approached the local musicians he admired to collaborate, the band has gone o...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Violent Femmes "Memory"

20:59 | Mar 3rd, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian continue talking about the Violent Femmes and analyze their newest release, "Memory" from the forthcoming album We Can Do Anything. The gentlemen discuss how the music is a continuation of their early sound an...Show More
Violent Femmes - Self Titled (w/ guests Wendy Rollins and Paul Nance)

2:08:39 | Feb 29th, 2016

Brian and Bill welcome DJ Wendy Rollins (radio1045.com) and musician Paul Nance (theloudcompany1.bandcamp.com) from the Alter Natives podcast to help us discuss the Violent Femmes' self titled debut album (1983, Slash). Working as an acoustic trio, t...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Gary Lucas "Dream of the Wild Horse"

21:57 | Feb 25th, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome substitute guest (Ryan Carey unfortunately had to go have Valentine's dinner) Matt Pischl (who you'll be hearing talk about a group with the initials DMB in a couple weeks) to talk about "Dream of the Wild Horses" by Gary Lucas...Show More
Jeff Buckley - Grace (w/ guest Ryan Carey)

2:04:18 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Bill and Brian welcome journalist and blogger (The Inappropriate Thesaurus) Ryan Carey to talk about Jeff Buckley's landmark but only album Grace (1994, Columbia). Although critically revered, the album never became a commercial success within his li...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Alanis Morissette "Thank U"

23:39 | Feb 18th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill discuss Alanis Morissette's as a continuation of the conversations from our episode on Jagged Little Pill by listening to and reviewing "Thank You" from Alanis' 1998 follow up Supposed Former Infatuation Junki...Show More
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (w/ guest Devon Moore)

2:03:53 | Feb 15th, 2016

Singer, songwriter, ukulele player Devon Moore from folk/pop/reggae band Fun While You Wait (fwywmusic.com) joins Bill And Brian to discuss Alanis Morissette's landmark international debut Jagged Little Pill (1995, Maverick). Alanis started her caree...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Bob Dylan "Pay in Blood"

22:08 | Feb 11th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian welcome back singer, songwriter, and musician Renee Maskin (lowlightnj.bandcamp.com) to continue talking about that guy/historical figure/musical genius Bob Dylan. Because it's Bonus Song Thursday, we focus on...Show More
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline (w/ guest Renee Maskin)

1:53:04 | Feb 8th, 2016

Singer, songwriter, and musician Renee Maskin (lowlightnj.bandcamp.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Bob Dylan's country-tinged Nashville Skyline (1969, Columbia). After becoming a historical icon in the progressive folk movement of the 60s, Dylan...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Queen and David Bowie "Under Pressure"

21:45 | Feb 4th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill welcome back singer songwriter and musician Jeff Linden (jefflinden.bandcamp.com) to talk a little more about Queen and their collaboration with David Bowie, "Under Pressure." We talk about which Queen song we...Show More
Queen - A Night at the Opera (w/ guest Jeff Linden)

2:12:46 | Feb 1st, 2016

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Linden (jefflinden.bandcamp.com) of Rose Boulevard and his own solo work (backed by the Black Spot Society) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Queen's A Night at the Opera (1975, EMI/Parlophone/Elektra)...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Strokes "Juicebox"

21:14 | Jan 28th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up our episode on the Strokes' Is This It by talking about "Juicebox," off the band's third album First Impressions of Earth (2006, RCA). Representative of the turning point in the band's sound, the son...Show More
The Strokes - Is This It (w/ guest Cassidy Robinson)

1:49:07 | Jan 25th, 2016

From the Jabber and the Drone podcast (jabberandthedrone.podbean.com), Cassidy Robinson joins Bill and Brian to discuss the final installment of Debut Album January, the Strokes' Is This It (2001, RCA). Coming together in New York City and first gain...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Warren Zevon "Werewolves of London"

33:34 | Jan 21st, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill welcome Patrick from the Almost Education and Make Dad Read Comics podcasts to continue talking about Warren Zevon. This time we eschew the long conversation about a whole album to talk a Zevon's biggest and m...Show More
Warren Zevon - Self Titled (w/ guest Patrick from Almost Educational and Make Dad Read Comics)

1:49:22 | Jan 18th, 2016

Patrick from the Almost Educational and Make Dad Read Comics podcasts joins Bill and Brian as we continue Debut Albums January to discuss Warren Zevon's self titled album (1976, Asylum). Often a misunderstood artist, the eclectic singer songwriter fo...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Elvis Costello "Oliver's Army"

18:57 | Jan 14th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Singer, songwriter, musician Jesse Elliot (jesseelliot.com) joins Brian and Bill once again to discuss Elvis Costello. We jump a couple albums into the artist's discography to discuss his single "Oliver's Army" from Armed Fo...Show More
David Bowie: An Appreciation

12:00 | Jan 12th, 2016

Brian has recorded a special episode to honor the passing of David Bowie. In it, he explains how a simple soda ad brought the man into his life. It was during this time that Bowie's career was on the wane, coloring Brian's earliest memories toward th...Show More
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True (w/ guest Jesse Elliot)

1:42:17 | Jan 11th, 2016

Singer, songwriter, and musician Jesse Elliot (jesseelliot.com) joins Brian and Bill to discuss Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True (1977, Stiff/Columbia) as we continue to highlight debut albums in January's First Month of First Albums! Incorporating an...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Those Pretty Wrongs "Lucky Guy"

32:37 | Jan 7th, 2016

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian follow up their episode on Big Star's seminal #1 Record by taking a listen to Those Pretty Wrongs' "Lucky Guy." A teaming of Big Star's Jody Stephens and LA-based singer songwriter Luther Russell, the song was...Show More
Big Star - #1 Record

1:49:53 | Jan 4th, 2016

Brian and Bill ring in the new year and kick off the First Month of First Albums with one that has the number "one" in the title: Big Star's #1 Record (1972, Ardent/Stax). Having grown tired of "the biz" after he helped bring his teen rock group, the...Show More
Bonus Song Christmas

19:32 | Dec 25th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Christmas! Wait, what? Didn't we say that the last Bonus Song Thursday was the last episode of the year? Well, it turns out Bill and Brian don't understand how calendars work and we didn't get our releases and recording days lined up ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Vaughns "Mr. Skully" + Listeners' Lists!

25:36 | Dec 24th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Brian and Bill cap off the year by reading and discussing the lists sent to us by the listeners of the podcast. Before we get to that, we take a listen to local favorites the Vaughns (thevaughns.bandcamp.com). Then we make o...Show More
Top 10 Albums of 2015

1:42:32 | Dec 21st, 2015

Bill and Brian (really just Brian) count down their favorite albums from the 2015 calendar year! First we talk about why Adele didn't make the year end list and which pop artist could release the next great album. Then we discuss Brian's criteria for...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Terrible Christmas Songs

25:00 | Dec 17th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! On our previous episode, Brian and Bill were joined by their awesome photo taking significant others, Amanda Guthrie (amandaguthriephtography.com) and Beanie Zee (beaniezee.com), to share some holiday cheer and talk about so...Show More
The 12 Songs of Christmas

1:31:38 | Dec 14th, 2015

Bill and Brian celebrate the season by having their significant others Beanie Zee (beaniezee.com) and Amanda Guthrie (amandaguthriephotography.com), both very talented photographers, join them to count down their favorite Christmas songs. We discuss ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Horrible Crowes "Behold the Hurricane"

18:22 | Dec 10th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian welcome indie rocker Andrew Kolbenschlag of Small Planet Radio (smallplanetradio.com) to continue talking about some Gaslight Anthem-adjacent music--namely, primary singer-songwriter Brian Fallon's side pr...Show More
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (w/ guest Andrew Kolbenschlag)

2:04:22 | Dec 7th, 2015

Small Planet Radio's Andrew Kolbenschlag (vocals, guitar, and keys) joins Brian and Bill as our first guest in a month (!) to talk about New Jersey natives The Gaslight Anthem and their album The '59 Sound (2008, Side One Dummy). On their sophomore e...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Monkees "Porpoise Song"

23:49 | Dec 3rd, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Brian and Bill are here to continue talking about Carole King's long and immensely successful career as a songwriter for other artists throughout the '60s. We take a listen to the Monkees' "Porpoise Song" written by King...Show More
Carole King - Tapestry

1:50:49 | Nov 30th, 2015

Bill and Brian have finally reached the end of Massive November, and we close it out with the classic Tapestry (1971, Ode) by legendary songwriter Carol King. Having written many hits for artists like the Shirelles, the Monkees, and Aretha Franklin t...Show More
Bonus Song Thanksgiving - Fleetwood Mac "Hypnotize"

23:14 | Nov 25th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thanksgiving! Bill and Brian revisit the pre-Buckingham/Nicks era of Fleetwood Mac in a little more detail by discussing the Bob Welch penned "Hypnotize" off the band's 1973 album Mystery to Me. We discuss Welch's jazz influenced styl...Show More
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

1:47:08 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Bill and Brian continue the Massive Month of Massive Albums That We Also Call Massivember by talking about Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (1977, Warner Bros.) The band's second album with its most well known lineup (and 11th overall!), found them flourishin...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Nirvana "The Man Who Sold the World"

20:46 | Nov 19th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian delve a little deeper into Nirvana's catalog by discussing the band's cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" from their MTV Unplugged performance. The guys talk about the elegiac nature of the...Show More
Nirvana - Nevermind

2:05:45 | Nov 16th, 2015

Bill and Brian continue "Massivember" (?) this week by delving into the watershed alternative album Nevermind (1991, DGC) by Nirvana. With their second album and major label debut, the band was launched into superstardom by the iconic hit single "Sme...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson "Say Say Say"

23:03 | Nov 12th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill and Brian return to discuss some more about Michael Jackson and his collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney. Released on McCartney's album, the poorly received Pipes of Peace (1983, Parlophone/Columbia). The guys tal...Show More
Michael Jackson - Thriller

1:46:23 | Nov 9th, 2015

Bill and Brian start off the month of massive albums with the biggest and bestselling album of all time, Michael Jackson's Thriller (1982. Epic). Following up on the success of his collaboration with Quincy Jones on 1979's Off the Wall, Jackson re-te...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"

24:46 | Nov 5th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian are once again joined by musician and songwriter Eric Nelson (thelightsbeneath.com) to discuss some music by the legendary blues rockers Led Zeppelin. We tackle the behemoth tune "Stairway to Heaven" off the b...Show More
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy (w/ guest Eric Nelson)

2:00:56 | Nov 2nd, 2015

Brian and Bill are joined by musician and music aficionado Eric Nelson, guitarist of the Lights Beneath (thelightsbeneath.com), to discuss Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy (1973, Atlantic). Hot on the heals of their massive arena rock success with t...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Say Anything "Judas Decapitation"

37:31 | Oct 29th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! We didn't want to burden you with twice over 2 hour long podcasts in the same week, so we take a slice out of an album and discuss a single song on this episode. Following up on our episode on Say Anything's ...Is a Real Boy...Show More
Say Anything - ...Is a Real Boy (w/ guest Rhonette Smith)

2:04:08 | Oct 26th, 2015

Singer, songwriter, and musician from the band Centennials (centennials.bandcamp.com), Rhonette Smith, joins Bill and Brian to discuss one of her favorite albums, Say Anything's ...Is a Real Boy (2006, J Records). Written and recorded during a period...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Willie Nelson "Blue Hotel"

16:48 | Oct 22nd, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! We jump 30 years into the future after discussing Willie Nelson's Stardust on the previous episode to talk about his 2006 collaboration with Ryan Adams, "Blue Hotel" from the album Songbird. We discuss who Ryan Adams is, if ...Show More
Willie Nelson - Stardust (w/ guest Joe Galuppo)

1:46:51 | Oct 19th, 2015

Musician and podcaster Joe Galuppo (check out his NJ indie rock radio podcast at diningroomradio.net) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Willie Nelson's Stardust (1978, Columbia). Having abandoned Nashville in favor of the so-called "outlaw country" sce...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Tom Tom Club "Genius of Love"

25:39 | Oct 15th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian talk about the Talking Heads side project of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, Tom Tom Club, and their song "Genius of Love" off their self titled debut album (1981, Sire). Brian and Bill discuss the band's form...Show More
Talking Heads - Remain in Light (w/ guest Alex Gomory)

1:37:45 | Oct 12th, 2015

Podcaster Alex Gomory, of the Riff n Ralk Music Tock podcast (riffnralk.com), joins Bill and Brian to discuss Talking Heads' Remain in Light (1980, Sire). The band's fourth release in as many years found them trying to work as a cohesive band and exp...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Paul Westerberg - Stereo

21:30 | Oct 8th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday, and Brian is still missing! Bill takes this opportunity to fill in some blanks left from when he talked about Mono (the album, not the disease) by talking about Paul Westerberg's Stereo (2002, Vagrant). Bill shares some of h...Show More
Grandpaboy (aka Paul Westerberg) - Mono

1:04:45 | Oct 5th, 2015

With no guest and Brian taking the week off, Bill decided to talk to himself for an hour about one of his favorite artists and one of his favorite albums. Credited to Paul Westerberg's alias Grandpaboy, Mono (2002, Vagrant) was paired with the releas...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Ryan Adams/Taylor Swift "Blank Space"

21:53 | Oct 1st, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Drew Novelli (actor, writer, videographer, musician) joins Bill and Brian to talk about a single song in conjunction with our previous episode. Earlier this week, we discussed our 12 favorite guilty pleasure songs, so natura...Show More
12 Guilty Pleasures (w/ guest Drew Novelli)

1:36:57 | Sep 28th, 2015

You know you have a few of these, too. Songs that you don't want to admit to friends, especially the cool record collecting types, that you know you'll crank up every time you're in a car by yourself. Even here at the Great Albums podcast, we have a ...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Al Green "You've Got the Love I Need"

24:50 | Sep 24th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday on the Great Albums podcast and our friend from Roy Orbitron, Conor Meara, is back to talk about Al Green's "You've Got the Love I Need." Released in 2008 on the album Lay It Down, produced by ?uestlove, the music showcases t...Show More
Al Green - I'm Still in Love with You (w/ guest Conor Meara)

1:33:43 | Sep 21st, 2015

Singer/songwriter and musician from Roy Orbitron (royorbitron.org) joins Bill and Brian to talk about Al Green's I'm Still in Love with You (1972, Hi). Recorded at the hieght of his fame and creative output with producer Willie Mitchell, with this al...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Ben Folds "In Between Days"

24:07 | Sep 17th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday! But wait, what's this? It's a cover of the Cure's "In Between Days" from their 1985 album The Head on the Door. Brian and Bill discuss Fold's career, chart success, striking while the iron is hot, and heat stroke. They also ...Show More
The Cure - Disintegration (w/ guest Jack Sullivan)

2:03:08 | Sep 14th, 2015

Bill and Brian welcome Jack Sullivan as a guest to talk about the Cure's Disintegration (1989, Elektra/Asylum). Released after a series of songs that helped the band break into the mainstream, principal songwriter and poorly-applied-makeup enthusiast...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - Rod Stewart "Corrina Corrina"

17:07 | Sep 10th, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday, which means Brian and Bill tackle a single song from the artist featured on the previous episode! This week, we take a look at Rod Stewart's version of "Corrina Corrina," a bonus track from his 2013 album Time. A traditional...Show More
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story

1:29:43 | Sep 7th, 2015

Bill and Brian get together to discuss Rod Stewart's third in a series of five wonderful solo albums for Mercury records that he released early in his career, Every Picture Tells a Story (1971, Mercury). After working with the Jeff Beck Group and run...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Eagles "Ol' 55"

24:08 | Sep 3rd, 2015

It's Bonus Song Thursday on the Great Albums Podcast! In our previous episode we talked about Tom Waits and the impact he's had on others' careers thanks to their covers of his songs. So Bill and Brian take a closer look at the Eagles version on "Ol'...Show More
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (w/ guest Moksha Gren)

2:01:42 | Aug 31st, 2015

Bill and Brian welcome cohost of the Pruning Session podcast (from audiobonsai.com) Moksha Gren to help us talk about Tom Waits' Rain Dogs (1985, Island). The successor to the album where Waits left his balladier days behind him, the experimental Swo...Show More
Bonus Song Thursday - The Weakerthans "Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure"

18:13 | Aug 27th, 2015

Get ready to be sad on this week's Bonus Song Thursday as Brian and Bill welcome back singer-songwriter, musician, and podcaster Brian Rothenbeck (