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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

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

Episode #187 - Live Performances during Covid-19, and After

7/8/2020
John Wyver's company Illuminations produces films of live performances: theater, dance, opera, and music. He joins us to discuss the future of live performances in what he calls The After, that period when Covid-19 is just a memory. Will live performances be able to start again even if there isn't a vaccine? How can social distancing allow live performances to return? Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is...

Duration:00:41:35

Episode #186 - Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

6/24/2020
We meet harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who is showing how the harpsichord is no longer an instrument just for "old" music. His latest recording features contemporary music for harpsichord and electronics. 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: Mahan Esfahani (https://www.mahanesfahani.com) Musique? Modern and...

Duration:00:51:52

Episode #185 - Use Plex to Manage Your Media Library

6/10/2020
Plex is a great way to manage your media library. Doug and Kirk discuss how they use it. Note: we recorded this episode before the lockdown began, but held off publishing it because we had a number of interviews with musicians in lockdown. 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: Plex (https://www.plex.tv/) A...

Duration:00:20:06

Episode #184 - TJ Connelly, Boston Sports DJ

5/29/2020
TJ Connelly is a sports DJ: he provides "scores" for live sporting events, such as baseball, football, and hockey games. Since the lockdown, he's been out of work, and he has been focusing his attention on Uncertain Times, a daily streaming radio show. We talk with him about what it means to score live sports, and how his streaming show is reconnecting him with real radio. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support...

Duration:00:49:22

Episode #183 - Composer and Pianist Timo Andres on Concertizing at Home

5/22/2020
Timo Andres is a young composer and pianist, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. We discuss his music, and how he missed his first solo recital at Carnegie Hall du to the coronavirus lockdown, and decided to make home videos of all the works to present his program to the public. (Apologies for the audio; we made some mistakes when 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....

Duration:01:02:28

Episode #182 - Oliver Craske on His Biography of Ravi Shankar, Indian Sun

5/15/2020
Oliver Craske has just published the first biography of the legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar. Craske knew and worked with Shankar near the end of his life, and carried out extensive research to tell the tale of the man who brought Indian music to the west. (Apologies for the poor Skype audio quality.) 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:00:35:36