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Episode 434: The Hold Steady's 'Thrashing Thru The Passion'

On their seventh album (and first in five years) The Hold Steady isn’t so much “We’re BACK mother****ers!” as they are “Alright. Alright. Alllllright”-ing their way back into our hearts. Thrashing Thru The Passion finds the band sporting a slightly looser and expanded sound (horns!) and songwriter Craig Finn’s druggy, party-filled universe, a little older, a little beat down, but no less full of life. Join us as we dig into all of the good, bad, and magical highs found on the “return” of...


Episode 433: Sleepwalkers' 'Ages'

Sleepwalkers 2014 LP Greenwood Shade was, and remains, one of our favorites of the past few years. Finally five years later their follow up, Ages, is here and it was well worth the wait. While Shade wore its shagginess on its sleeve, Ages sees brothers Michael and Austin York and co-conspirator Alex DeJong polishing up the edges and delivering the power-pop masterpiece we deserve just when we need it the most. Get ready to experience a record that surprises at every turn as Kevin and Eduardo...


Episode 432: Rosenau and Sanborn's 'Bluebird'

Chris Rosenau (Collections of Colonies Of Bees, Volcano Choir) and Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso, Made Of Oak) have traveled in the same creative circles for years now, but it was an off-the-cuff improv set at the inaugural Eaux Claires fest that has led to one of the most powerful releases of 2019, Bluebird. The open window and doors of the small North Carolina studio that Bluebird was recorded in gives the EP a sense of place in the world, but it is the magic weaved between Rosenau’s guitar...


Episode 431: Ryan Porter's 'Force For Good'

On his follow up to 2018’s The Optimist, Ryan Porter and his friends the West Coast Get Down are once again swinging for the fences and bring jazz into the spotlight for a whole new generation. Rehearsed and recorded in five-hour bursts in multiple locations, Force For Good is a fearless step forward into the future of American jazz that celebrates America’s greatest art form even as it challenges what came before it. Join us as we discuss Porter’s seemingly limitless talent, the...


Episode 430: Fruit Bats' 'Gold Past Life'

On his latest album as Fruit Bats, Eric Johnson is looking back at dark times almost fondness, taking joy in the even the smallest of steps towards a brighter future that awaits. Gold Past Life — his first LP on Merge Records — signifies the start of a new era for the lauded singer/songwriter. The end of the road he started out on with 2014’s EDJ, it’s songs are overflowing with harmonies, hooks, and, most importantly, heart. A life-affirming slice of pure pop perfection, it is Johnson’s...


Episode 429: Rose City Band And The Resurgence of Jam

In the modern music era, most new releases come saddled with histories we’re supposed to believe in, recycled narratives, and increasingly thirsty marketing “hooks.” Which is what makes Rose City Band’s self-titled debut such a unicorn of an album. There are only two things that we know for sure about this band: 1) Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) produced it. 2) It jams. Refreshing AF, right? Special guest Jonathan Hart (Brokedown Pod) joins us to discuss why Rose City Band is...


Episode 428: Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars'

On his nineteenth album (and first in five years) rock and roll legend / Broadway star Bruce Springsteen is turning his gaze to the “West,” and the results are a totally unique, if not polarizing, new entry into his lauded body of work. Western Stars utilizes the sounds of late 60’s Capitol Records (Glen Campbell, The Wrecking Crew, Phil Spector) to color the stories of men on the frontier, not just of America, but the edges of their lives. Is Western Stars a fine return to form for the...


Episode 427: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 35

Whether you see Born In The U.S.A. as Springsteen’s most significant achievement as an artist or just a strange, 80’s sounding outlier in an otherwise muscular catalog, it remains to this day one of the most potent statements about the down-and-out in America ever made. Despite its rock ‘n’ roll sheen, misunderstood rallying cries, and anthems to nostalgia, Born In The U.S.A. was a hopelessly bleak look at what it meant to be an American in the wake of the Vietnam War that, thirty-five...


Episode 426: Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Dedicated'

Is Dedication, Carly Rae Jepsen’s follow up to her critically lauded 2015 LP E•MO•TION the realization of the pristine pop future that we were all promised or is it something…else. We’re digging in to one of 2019’s most anticipated releases to find the answers to this question and many more on an all new and {{{extremely}}} danceable episode of Discologist!


Episode 425: The Cure's 'Disintegration' at 30

Thirty years ago Robert Smith and The Cure taught an entire generation how to experience the beauty of misery, and in the process made the best albums of their career. On the latest episode of Discologist, special guests Casey Rae and Wes Covey join us to talk about teenage feelings, commiseration through sound, and growing older with one of the biggest, most beautiful downers in music history.


Episode 424: Black Mountain's 'Destroyer' PLUS New Music From MOTORCADE!

On their new album Destroyer, Stephen McBean tempered their already ferocious sound in the forge of Valhalla and crafted one of the most thrilling releases of the year. Moog synth blasts, lakes of fire, and riffage for days make this rock-n’-roll fantasy essential listening for headbangers everywhere whether you’ve got a sweet 8-Track player in your van or not! PLUS! Motorcade is unleashing ‘Oblivion’ upon the world and we’ve got one of your first listens to this killer new single!


Episode 423: Jamila Woods' 'Legacy! Legacy!'

On her new album Legacy! Legacy! Jamila Woods is channeling the voices of the artists and activists that have shaped her life and in the process claiming her place alongside them. A powerful meditation on the importance of self-love and the power each of us has to change the world, Legacy! Legacy! isn’t just one of the best albums of 2019, it is a cultural milepost that will continue to enrich and inspire for years to come.


Episode 422: In Conversation with Andrew Shepherd (Roadkill Ghost Choir) About the Life and Death of A Band and What Comes After

Roadkill Ghost Choir was a band. Roadkill Ghost Choir are our friends This is the story of how band is born, lived, and died. RIP Roadkill Ghost Choir. LONG LIVE ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR


Episode 421: The Tallest Man On Earth's 'I Love You. It's a Fever Dream.'

On his latest album, I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream., Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man On Earth is, in part, following in the grand tradition of “life on the road” albums. The road is fucking hard. The road is fucking TOUGH man…but does the world in 2019 need any more sad songs? Special guest Wes Covey joins us to discuss sad songs and much more on an all-new Discologist. Show Notes Near Future,


Episode 420: Enforcer's 'Zenith'

Hailing from the savage frozen North – otherwise known as Arvika Sweden – Enforcer are bringing the thundering sounds from the darkness of yore – otherwise known as mid to late 80’s metal – back on their new LP Zenith. Prepare your soul for the end of the universe and join us in these final hours as we journey through this timeless scream from the darkness. Don’t forget to tip your dark overlord before you exit this plane of existence. Hail Satan! Show Notes Heavy Metal Music in...


Episode 419: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's 'Fishing For Fishies'

On an all-new Discologist, two newbs take on the new release from one of the most prolific bands of the past 10 years. After releasing FIVE full-lengths in 2017, Australian psych-kings King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard slowed down the pace and discovered the power of boogie for their first album in a year, Fishing For Fishies. Jam-packed with technicolor freakouts and enough groove to satisfy old and new fans alike, Fishies is the sound of a band ready to take on the mainstream, one...


Episode 418: Lizzo's 'Cuz I Love You'

On her third album and major label debut, Cuz I Love You, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and liver of her best life Melissa Viviane Jefferson aka LIZZO is doubling down on the Prince vibes and in the process may be making the world a better place for us all. On this episode of Discologist special guest Philip Basnight joins us to discuss what makes a perfect pop album, the power of positivity, and why it’s Lizzo’s world now, we’re just lucky to be living in it. Show Notes Near Future,


Episode 417: Bruce Hornsby's 'Absolute Zero'

Over the course of his over 30-plus year career, Bruce Hornsby has been a pop star, avant-garde provocateur and jazz titan, folk hero, member of the Grateful Dead and more. On his new album Absolute Zero, Hornsby is tapping into all of these facets of his talent and more and the result is a complex, dense, and immensely satisfying collection of songs that speak to the state of our world, and where we are going to go from here. Joining us to talk about Absolute Zero is Brokedown Pod host and...


Episode 416: Damien Jurado's 'In The Shape Of A Storm'

On the latest episode of Discologist, we’re talking about Damien Jurado’s latest album “In The Shape Of A Storm,” a simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting collection of songs that get to the very heart of what makes Jurado one of the greatest songwriters of the modern age. Show Notes Check out our 2015 interview with Damien JuradoNear Future,


Episode 415: Avail's 'Over The James' at 21

21 years ago and four albums into their career, Richmond, Virginia Hardcore legends Avail released what many consider to be their masterpiece, Over The James. The album was a love letter to the band’s hometown, and more importantly set the bar for an entire generation of musicians to follow. On this episode of Discologist, we’re discussing Avail’s legacy, their eye for a great cover, and more. So tune in and turn it up as we celebrate 21 years of Avail’s Over The James !