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Episode 378: Israel Nash's "Lifted" PLUS Joachim Cooder

Over the past few years, Israel Nash has been building a solid catalog of cosmic folk and country from his home-base in Dripping Springs, Texas, and his, ahem, uplifting new LP Lifted is the latest product of his time in the proverbial desert. Built on found sounds, universal vibes, and an unfaltering believe that what will save us is our connection to each other, Nash is a new "hippie" gospel for our times, and the result is one of the very best albums of 2018. PLUS! We're sitting down...


Episode 377: In Conversation with Erin Rae PLUS Lori McKenna's "The Tree"

Recorded in a monastery in Appleton, Wisconsin, Erin Rae's Putting On Airs, is a delicious slice of folk/country goodness that explores the varied roles that empathy plays in our modern lives. On a recent tour stop in DC, Erin dropped by the basement to talk about her sophomore release, the story behind the single "Bad Mind" and much more. PLUS! Kevin is chatting with The Good Grace's Kim Ware about Lori McKenna's stellar new album The Tree. Show Notes HERELINKLINK


Episode 376: Heaven & Earth - Kamasi Washington

If Kamasi Washington’s work on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly put Kamasi squarely in the public eye, his double LP The Epic that came a mere two months later launched him into the stratosphere. Washington followed up the audacious Brainfeeder debut with a succinct, and decidedly shorter work entitled The Harmony Of Difference (one of 2017’s very best albums), and now the master of Street Fighter cool is back with his first full length in three years, Heaven &...


Episode 375: Slaying The Hypebeast

HYPE has always been a part of the music/entertainment industry, but in 2018, have we gone too far? Increasingly, it's not enough anymore that an artist delivers a few great hooks. To succeed they have to be the greatest of all time, the savior of the music industry, or, even worse, the voice of a generation, all often without even having a single album under their belts. On our latest episode, our friends Philip Basnight (Broke Royals) and Rafa (Rafa's One Man Band, Saduardo's actual...


Episode 374: Constant Image - Flasher

Washington, DC's Flasher made minor waves with their self-titled debut in 2016, and now the trio is back with a new label (Domino) and a fun-as-hell new LP, Constant Image. Recalling the late 80's heyday of gothic synthpop, Constant Image's outta time, place, and, most importantly, outta sight sound is the new hotness arriving just in time to save us all from another dreary Summer in the swamp. PLUS! Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge's long-gestating project The Midnight Hour is...


Episode 373: Childqueen - Kadhja Bonet

On our latest podcast, soul/jazz polymath Kadhja Bonet is back with the follow up to her remarkable 2016 debut, The Visitor, and the more things have changed, the more they have stayed the same. Bursting with the uniquely impossible smoothness and impeccable sophistication that defined The Visitor, Childqueen is a singular that mood feels as fresh as it does timeless. Special guest Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) joins us to journey through this latest weird and wonderful that...


Episode 372: Hell-On - Neko Case

Over the course of her almost twenty-five-year career, Neko Case has proven time and time again that she is a fierce force of nature to be reckoned with, which makes it a little weird to say that Hell-On is her most powerful work to date. Built on the literal ashes of a recent personal tragedy (her Vermont home/studio burned to the ground) and bursting with love over the joy found in even the darkest parts of our lives, Case's latest is a potent reminder of how deeply honest art can change...


Episode 371: God's Favorite Customer - Father John Misty

Barely a year after releasing his apocalyptic magnum opus Pure Comedy, Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) is back with another sonic journey into depravity. God's Favorite Customer finds the embattled monarch of the "poem zone" taking a break from battling the evils of modern times to engaging in bloody combat with his greatest enemy and nemesis: himself. Special guests Lindsay Hogan (Talking LIke A Jerk) and Seán Barna join Kevin and Drew as we follow this modern day lizard king down...


Episode 370: Phil Cook Returns!

On his 2015 solo debut Southland Mission, Phil Cook dove deep into his unparalleled love of Americana and Gospel and came back with a timeless, illuminating masterclass in countrified-soul that was one of the best albums of that year, or any. Now Phil is BACK with People Are My Drug, his stunner of a follow-up and this time he’s aiming to save the universe…with love. On our latest, Phil is hanging with Kevin and Eduardo to talk about how People Are My Drug came to be, the everlasting...


Episode 269: Sounds Of Washington, D.C., Part 5 - harDCore

Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the...


Episode 368: R.E.M. - Murmur [Discologist]

Before, "indie-rock," before "alternative," there was "college rock" and four arty dudes from Athens, GA were its KINGS. On our latest episode, we're looking back at R.E.M.'s Murmur, one of the most influential "rock-and-roll" albums of all time, thirty-five years after it changed the music forever. Show Notes HERELINKLINK


Episode 367: Angel Dust - Faith No More [Discologist]

After finally finding their "voice" on The Real Thing, there was nowhere to go but up for Faith No More, which makes it all that more remarkable that an album like Angel Dust exists. Considered by many to be the weirdest album ever released on a major label, Angel Dust fused rap-ish, metal, grindcore, juvenilia, psychedelia, The Commodores - basically everything but the kitchen sink - into what many consider to be one of the defining masterworks of the 1990's. We're putting that praise to...


Episode 366: Sparkle Hard - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Sparkle Hard, Stephen Malkmus' seventh album with his band The Jicks, finds the indie-rock icon/god experimenting with a more "mainstream" palate, slinging some prerequisite Pavement vibes, and even recording one of the most political songs of his career. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Drew, and (Malkmus-superfan) Eduardo are dissecting the new LP to find out if Malkmus has still got "magic," or if his particular brand of indie-rock has seen it's better days. PLUS! Whether they're from a...


Episode 365: Johnny Fantastic of Stronger Sex

Synth-rock provocateurs Stronger Sex have gone through several lineup changes over the past few years, but on their debut LP There Is No Stronger Sex the (now) duo of Johnny Fantastic and Leah Gage (both veterans of the DC DIY scene) have found their "final form," and the result is an electric and aggressively danceable album that is one of the most exciting releases of 2018. On our latest episode, Johnny Fantastic is joining Kevin in the basement for a frank discussion about the band's...


Episode 364: Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son

Over the past fifty years and more than thirty-five albums and soundtracks, guitarist Ry Cooder has pushed boundaries, made history, and proved time and time again why many consider him to be one of the greatest musicians of all time. On The Prodigal Son - his first album in five years - Cooder is going back to the crossroads to deliver a scathing (and often hilarious) indictment the times we're in through gospel and blues songs that have spoken to our condition for generations. Join...


Episode 363: The Horizon Just Laughed - Damien Jurado

On his 15th album, Damien Jurado is coming back down to earth and leaving the cosmic vibes of Maraqopa for more familiar territory. The self-produced The Horizon Just Laughed finds the singer/songwriter coupling the more straightforward folk influences that could be found in his prior work with a 60's/70's pop sensibility to produce one of the most engaging and heartfelt albums of his career. PLUS! Nashville's Erin Rae has a killer new album (Putting On Airs) coming in June, and we're...


Episode 362: Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe

Even in the darkest of timelines, Janelle Monáe has always been the most triumphant of superstars, and five long years, Janelle Monáe is finally returning to music to claim her throne.. Featuring the likes of Grimes, Brian Wilson, and everyone in between, Dirty Computer lets its freak flag fly higher than fuck, and the results represent a landmark achievement in pop, hip-hop, funk, and whatever the hell else Monáe feels like proving she's better than the rest of us at. PLUS! The...


Episode 361: Mr. Jukebox - Joshua Hedley

Over the past few decades Country has dominated the music industry by embracing pop and hip-hop sensibilities, which makes Joshua Hedley's debut album Mr. Jukebox all that more refreshing. Forget "saving" country music, Hedley is merely laying down some great storytelling with a little twang, a time-tested recipe for feeling good, even if you're feeling bad. Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo are taking a spin with this surprise hit of 2018, so come along for the ride and feel the love! PLUS!...


Episode 360: Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 4

Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the...


Episode 359: The Sciences - Sleep

Stoner metal legends Sleep are back with a surprise new album - their first in almost twenty years - that dropped on that highest of holidaze, 4/20. Are the heady trio's new jams worth the wait, or are they skunked like so many lost bags of dirtweed? Kevin and Paul have got the hookup and aim to find out. PLUS! Joachim Cooder's new album Fuchsia Machu Picchu confirms that genius runs in the family and we're spinning it's tasty new single for you to get lost in! Show Notes Official...