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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

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United States

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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

Language:

English


Episodes

Yes. I mean, no, really, but Yes.

4/14/2021
Setting out to discuss the 1971 album by Yes, The Yes Album, Doug and Kirk end up discussing all of Yes's core output, released over a period of a couple of years, that the band - or what's left of it - still plays 50 years later. Sort of. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). ‌Show notes: Fragile...

Duration:00:38:49

Episode #206 - Two Guys in a Pub Rambling about Audio Gear

3/31/2021
We offer a free-form episode, where we ramble about audio equipment, music, and more. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). ‌Show notes: Apple Matters (https://www.applematters.com) Douk Audio U3 Mini Class A Headphone Amplifier (https://amzn.to/39xbWEa) Behringer Microamp HA400 (https://amzn.to/3fGBpPt) Sonos Amp...

Duration:00:31:45

Episode #205 - Iconic Album Covers

3/17/2021
In our first multimedia podcast episode, we look at iconic album covers. Depending on your podcast player, you may be able to see the albums we discuss as the podcast progresses. If not, there's a link in the show notes to a page on Kirk's website with all the album covers. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). ‌Show...

Duration:00:14:28

Episode #204 - Oh, by the way, which one's pink?

3/3/2021
In another album deep dive, we discuss Wish You Were Here, Kirk's favorite Pink Floyd album. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). ‌Show notes: Wish You Were Here (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wish_You_Were_Here_(Pink_Floyd_album)) Wish You Were Here review (Rolling Stone)...

Duration:00:31:32

Episode #203 - Keith Miles on Bob Dylan in London

2/17/2021
Dylanologists Jackie Lees and Keith Miles have written a book about Bob Dylan in London, highlighting the importance of the city to Dylan's career and growth as an artist. Keith Miles joins us to discuss this book, and tell some tales of the troubadour in the city. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Guest: Keith...

Duration:00:39:50

Episode #202 - Guitarist Gerard Cousins on His New Album of Music by Phillip Glass

2/3/2021
There haven't been many transcriptions of Philip Glass's music for guitar, and Gerard Cousin's new album, Escape, shows just how ideal Glass's music is for this instrument. We talk with Gerard Cousins about the classical guitar, its repertoire, and the long process of transcription necessary to create this recording. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track...

Duration:00:43:57

Episode #201 - Kurt Andersen on Why Music Hasn't Changed in Decades

1/20/2021
In his recent book Evil Geniuses, Kurt Andersen noted that people have dressed the same for decades, and that music has barely changed since the 1980s. We discuss this decades long stasis, and why it may have happened. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Guest: Kurt Andersen (https://www.kurtandersen.com) Studio 360...

Duration:00:37:34

Episode #200 - This Was the Year that Wasn't

1/6/2021
Another year is gone, and what a year. Four the 200th episode of The Next Track, we take stock of what 2020 meant for us musically, talk about some of the wonderful musicians we were able to interview in lockdown, and mention a couple of musical discoveries we have made. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). ‌Show...

Duration:00:30:59

Episode #199 - Do You Know It's Christmas?

12/23/2020
We again re-run our annual Christmas show, because it was so good that we couldn't imagine doing a better Christmas show. And because we really don't want to do a new Christmas show. And because we're really proud of the extensive show notes that took so long to collate. If you've already heard it and don't want to listen again, we'll understand. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going....

Duration:00:29:15

Episode #198 - Casey Rae on William S. Burroughs and Rock and Roll

12/9/2020
William S. Burroughs was an author who had a huge influence on rock musicians. Casey Rae's new book charts this influence through the years, as Burroughs met with many of the great musicians of his time. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Guest: Casey Rae (https://www.rocknrollburroughs.com/about-the-author) William...

Duration:00:37:29

Episode #197 - I'm Not an Audiophile, But...

11/25/2020
A comment by a tech reviewer incited us to discuss who is qualified to pass judgment on the audio quality of devices. We discuss this with our favorite audiophile, Chris Connaker. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Guest: Chris Connaker (https://audiophilestyle.com) Chris Connaker on The Next Track...

Duration:00:30:48

Episode #196 - Really Don't Mind if You Sit This One Out

11/11/2020
Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick is arguably the best progressive rock concept album of all time. Doug and Kirk have long been fans of this record, and discuss the genesis of the recording and the music, which still stands, nearly 50 years after its release, as one of the great albums of all time. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track...

Duration:00:32:17

Episode #195 - Timo Andres: Making Home Videos and the Creative Process

10/28/2020
We last spoke with composer and pianist Timo Andres early in the lockdown, after he made a series of videos for a recital program that had been cancelled at Carnegie Hall. Over the past few months, Andres has refined the art of filming himself at the piano, and uses both audio and video recording as part of his creative process. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The...

Duration:01:09:16

Episode #194 - Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

10/14/2020
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein used the lockdown to record an album of music by Philip Glass and Franz Schubert. We discuss how she built her career, how she recorded this album, and talk about Schubert's wonderful last piano sonata. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Guest: Simone Dinnerstein...

Duration:00:41:51

Episode #193 - Is Stereo Wrong?

9/30/2020
Is stereo the right way to listen to music? After all, it is an artificial attempt to reproduce the sound of live music. Perhaps we should revolt against the tyranny of the sweet spot. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Show notes: Grateful Dead June 1976 box set...

Duration:00:30:56

Episode #192 - The Same as It Ever Was

9/16/2020
Following our discussion of CDs in episode #190, we continue our discussion about these plastic discs, mainly because Doug bought some new audio gear and is now CD-obsessed. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Show notes: Episode #190 - Nostalgic about CDs (https://www.thenexttrack.com/193) Elizabethtown...

Duration:00:31:18

Episode #191 - Exile on Monday

9/2/2020
We begin an irregular series of key albums that stand out in the history of music. For our first foray into this type of discussion, we talk about The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Show notes: The Renaissance Men of Music (https://www.thenexttrack.com/192) Exile on Main...

Duration:00:33:56

Episode #190 - Nostalgic about CDs

8/19/2020
We wax nostalgic about CDs, those plastic (and partly metal) discs that changed the music industry starting in the mid-1980s, and whose popularity has waned since the rise of streaming. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Show notes: CD Text to CD Info AppleScript...

Duration:00:26:13

Episode #189 - Renaissance Men of Music

8/5/2020
A reviewer suggested that we mentioned John Cage in this podcast as a "cheap marketing ploy." That made use think about taste: highbrow, lowbrow, and unibrow. We reflect on whether we are really the "Renaissance men of music." Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). Show notes: John Cage Trust (https://johncage.org)...

Duration:00:27:50

Episode #188 - Kathryn Williams on the Breath in Music

7/22/2020
Kathryn Williams plays the flute, and, because of some health issues, has a unique approach to the breath. In addition to being a free diver, she has been commissioning pieces of music for one single breath. And she's going to try to break the Guinness world record for the longest sustained note on a wind instrument. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track...

Duration:00:37:52