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Unknown songs by great artists and great songs by unknown artists directly from our vinyl collections




The Disagreeable Turtle-Loving John Fahey & His Ilk (Episode 36)

This week's episode is about the legacy of John Fahey and how he spawned a new style of music, American Primitive Guitar, by culling from the old, weird American sounds that came before him. Fahey lives on in many young and vital guitarists working today. Unfortunately, he also lives on in other ways too. You know that guy who goes to record stores only on Record Store Day so he can buy as many of everything as is possible so he can flip them on eBay? John Fahey lives inside of them...


The Library Music Film Interview with director Paul Elliott (Episode 35)

This episode is a bit of a continuation of our Library Music episode but we're joined by someone who has legitimate knowledge of the genre. Paul Elliott, one of the directors of the new documentary, "The Library Music Film", was gracious enough to spend some time with us discussing the film and Library Music. Paul is a wonderful person and incredibly articulate, knowledgeable, and entertaining. We hope you enjoy listening to him as much as we did speaking with him. The Library Music Film...


The Song Poem Industry (Episode 34)

Are your poems worthy of becoming a hit song? The George Liberace Songsmiths certainly think they are. And for a nominal fee, they'll record them for you with a real band. For this episode, the following resources were invaluable: The American Song-Poem Music Website The PBS Documentary from Independent Lens: Off the Charts Subscribe to Highway Hi-Fi: iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | PocketCasts | Overcast | Google Play Twitter | Facebook | Spotify


Where are They Now? Hell if We Know (Episode 33)

Today, we try to discover what was truly and utterly lost. Looking for more than just a lost gem of an LP or a record label that never met the masses. Today, we attempt to locate greatness lost. They are out there...maybe. The woman who created the singer-songwriter genre playing bingo with your grandma at the nursing home. The barfly muttering at his whiskey who masterminded a mysterious psychedelic folk-rock album. The smiling stranger on the bus who penned the song that soundtracked the...


Check Out Our Library Music Episode! (funny, right?) - Episode 32

If you haven’t yet been initiated into the fun that is Library Music, we’re hoping this episode will change that. This isn’t muzak. Well, the part of the industry we go over isn’t, at least. Library Music, also called Production Music and Incidental Music, is heard in most of the movies and TV shows you’ve ever seen. All those snippets of songs that are playing in the background that is designed to tell you how to feel when you’re watching a show or a movie. Sort of an invisible jumbotron...


Waffle House Records - Not the Competitive Eating Kind of Records (Episode 31)

This episode is about the story of the tunes made exclusively of the Waffle House, by the Waffle House, for the Waffle House. Songs about truckers, toast, and testimonials. Songs with grit about grits. Songs that you can listen to smothered, covered, chunked, diced, peppered, capped, topped, country, or all the way. The story of Waffle Records. Also, songs, trivia, and another heaping cup of love! Further reading: Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music by Clinton...


Paramount Records: Where Charlie Patton met the Shmenge Brothers (Episode 30)

From 1917 to 1932 a record label in Grafton, Wisconsin may have captured more important American recordings than any other label or person before or since. Not a single one of those recordings feature the accordion or performers wearing lederhosen. Episode 30 of Highway Hi-Fi focuses on Paramount Records, a chair manufacturing company, and blues recording giant. Further reading: THE BALLAD OF GEESHIE AND ELVIE from New York Times...


Peter Pan Records & Playing with Matches (Episode 29)

In this episode, we talk about growing up with the king of the Children’s Music Industry, Peter Pan Records. The weird childhood records that still haunt our memories. We continue with weird by having a quiz about how Prince spells song titles. Also, what's a Peanut Duck and how is it sweeping the nation?


The Mal Evans Conspiracy (Episode 28)

What if we were to tell you that there was a single man, who you may have never heard of, who co-wrote Sgt. Pepper with the Beatles? Was responsible for Dylan going electric? Pushed Brian Wilson over the edge? Borrowed Frank Sinatra’s Lear Jet? Let down his childhood idol Elvis Presley? Had Thanksgiving with The Band at Big Pink? Conjured a curse that leads several of the world’s brightest musicians to early deaths? And was assassinated just as he was about to reveal the truth about the most...


Finding Nimoy - The Explorations of a Vulcan Troubadour (Episode 27)

In this, the most special of episodes, Ryan & Joe tackle a subject that is near and dear to their hearts: the music of Leonard Nimoy. Leonard Nimoy produced 5 albums over 3 years and these have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside. They're actually pretty good. Ryan & Joe go through how they happened and what could have been. Also, songs & trivia!


Eno's Spine-Twistingly Oblique Strategies (Episode 26)

A perfect episode for those of you feeling stuck inside of a creative rut. Today, Ryan & Joe learn to "be less critical more often" as they cover the nebulous advice practice that is Eno's Oblique Strategies Cards. Hear stories of artists who "discard an axiom" and either loved or lamented these innovative and ambiguous creativity aphorisms. Most notably, Phil Collins petulantly throwing beer cans. So remember: Do we need holes? Trust in the you of now. Slow preparation, fast...


Contractual Obligation Albums - Sticking it to the Man (Episode 25)

What happens when recording artists are legally required to make albums? Well, how about: a horrible dance craze called The Screw, an hour of feedback loops (more if you count locked grooves), the meanest divorce settlement album of all time, robot Neil Young, Major Tom's triumphant return, songs about Danishes, and names that can't be pronounced. This week Ryan & Joe explore the wacky, bitter world of contractual obligation albums. Also, four super songs for super people. And trivia...


The Swashbuckling History of Record Bootlegging (Episode 24)

Ryan and Joe get all unauthorized and talk about the wild, seedy 'other' music industry: Bootleg Records. From Bob Dylan's alleged motorcycle accident through home taping's destruction of the music industry - and beyond. Hear about the rise and fall and rise again of illegal records and the mysterious people who risked getting brained by mafia goons to make a lousy $35 so some hippie could have a recording of a show he got high at. And, for even more of your listening pleasure, 4 songs you...


RSD Bonus Episode: An Interview with Chris Brown (Episode 23)

Record Store Day Bonus Episode! In this episode, Ryan and Joe ramble on (and on) with Chris Brown of Bull Moose, the inventor of Record Store Day. Chris recounts the rise of RSD, where it's headed, and gives an insider perspective on record store coalitions. The three talk about some of their favorite releases past and present. Questions answered in this episode: Who is the Caretaker? Which Harry Nillson reissue is arguably the greatest release ever for Record Store Day? Who is...


Record Store Day - We Can Be Topical! (Episode 22)

In preparation for Record Store Day on April 21st, Ryan and Joe walk through the history of RSD. How did one email become the genesis of the biggest record buying day in the world? As always, Trivia and songs you need to hear. Stay tuned for a bonus episode featuring an interview with Record Store Birther: Chris Brown!


Record Store Day - We Can Be Topical! (Episode 22)

In preparation for Record Store Day on April 21st, Ryan and Joe walk through the history of RSD. How did one email become the genesis of the biggest record buying day in the world? As always, Trivia and songs you need to hear. Stay tuned for a bonus episode featuring an interview with Record Store Day Birther: Chris Brown!


Finding the House of the Rising Sun (Episode 21)

Ryan & Joe break down the history of the song "The House of the Rising Sun": how old is the song? Where did it come from? Is there a real House and, if so, where the heck is it? Has Eric Burdon ever not been a jerk? As always: Trivia and songs we want to stick in your craw.


Trucker Songs - The Music Behind the Hats (Episode 20)

Ryan and Joe haul on down the Highway Hi-Fi with the history of music made for big rig jockeys and their groupies. Hear how the music went from celebrating truckers, turning them into folk heroes of the road to unfairly relegating them to novelty song jokes. As always, Trivia and a chat about songs everyone should know better.


Broadside Magazine! (Episode 19)

This episode focuses on Broadside, the topical song magazine that influenced some of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 1960's, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Nina Simone. We go on an imaginary road trip with John Darnielle, contemplate Hobbit Metal, and square dance with soul.


Recalling Scott Walker (Episode 18)

Ryan and Joe spend time discussing the evolution of the sounds inside Scott Walker's head - as far as the ones he's released to the public. Expect pleasant nightmares. Also, a very special Valentine's trivia round from Ryan. And it wouldn't be a complete episode without four super-duper songs you may not already know.