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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 #234 - Musical Nostalgia

5/4/2022
Doug bought a turntable, and we discuss musical nostalgia. 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: Pioneer DJ PLX-500 turntable (https://amzn.to/39FzLg1) Primaphone Cabinet Grand gramophone (https://sounds.bl.uk/Sound-recording-history/Equipment/029M-2XFROWX1988X-0001V0) Episode #54 – Guitarist Woody Mann...

Duration:00:28:37

Episode #233 - The End of the Sixties

4/20/2022
No album better marks the transition from the sixties from the seventies than the Rolling Stones' Let it Bleed. 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: Let it Bleed (https://amzn.to/3JZqpIr) Rolling Store review by Greil Marcus (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/let-it-bleed-182846/)...

Duration:00:28:40

Episode #232 - How People Listen to Music Today

4/6/2022
Doug and Kirk take a look at how people listen to music today, with lots of statistics. 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 Infinite Dial 2021 (http://www.edisonresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Infinite-Dial-2021.pdf) The Dial (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dial) Eve Weather...

Duration:00:36:46

Episode #231 - 60 Years

3/23/2022
A rock band is embarking an a tour to celebrate 60 years of music making. That's a long 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). ‌Show notes: Fan buys Tom Brady's "last" touchdown football for $518,628 — then Brady unretires (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tom-brady-leland-auction-500000-nfl/) Fillmore West 1969: The...

Duration:00:23:16

Episode #230 - I was born a ramblin' man...

3/9/2022
Doug and Kirk don't know what to talk about for this episode, so they ramble about the smart home, audio gear, TVs, 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: How to Use Thread HomeKit Devices with Apple TV and HomePod mini...

Duration:00:31:36

Episode #229 - London Calling

2/23/2022
Some say the Clash's London Calling is the best rock album 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 (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). ‌Show notes: London Calling (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Calling) Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (https://amzn.to/3HcNOoe) Robert Christgau: The Year of the Lollapalooza...

Duration:00:25:52

Episode 228: [bleep] Spotify

2/9/2022
Spotify is getting some flack for hosting an exclusive audio program with someone who spreads covid misinformation, and a number of musicians, including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, have pulled their music from the service. And streaming still doesn't pay well; music streaming services should raise their prices to be able to pay 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...

Duration:00:32:57

Episode #227 - The Crutch Interregnum

1/19/2022
One of Doug's favorite words is "interregnum," and he uses it here to describe the transitional period when record companies lost control of their product. 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 Weeknd: Dawn FM (https://music.apple.com/us/album/dawn-fm/1603171516) (Since we recorded this episode, the...

Duration:00:36:25

Episode #226 - Annik Lafarge on Chasing Chopin

1/5/2022
Annik Lafarge has written a fascinating book about Chopin's well-known 2nd piano sonata (the one with the funeral march), discussing not just the music, but also the social and cultural context of the 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: Annik Lafarge (https://anniklafarge.com) Chasing Chopin...

Duration:00:38:36

Episode #225 - ABBA's Failure

12/22/2021
Neither Doug nor Kirk cares about ABBA very much, but we were interested by a letter from music industry insider Bob Lefsetz about "ABBA's Failure in the Marketplace." Did ABBA really fail? Has Bob Lefsetz missed a few elements in the ABBA story? 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: ABBA’s Failure In The...

Duration:00:30:02

Episode #224 - Our Christmas Gift Guide

12/8/2021
We don't do a Christmas gift guide every year, but we decided we'd select some trinkets and tchotchkes that we'd recommend as gifts this year. Our only constraint was that we don't choose 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: Sonos Roam (https://amzn.to/3y5MH6S) IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors...

Duration:00:47:48

Episode 227: Episode # 223 - Culling Cruft

11/24/2021
Doug and Kirk both have large music libraries. They discuss some of the problems of having too much music, and how to wrangle a large library of music files. 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: Cull (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cull) Take Control of macOS Media Apps...

Duration:00:33:41

Episode #222 - TJ Connelly's Streaming Radio Station, UncertainFM

11/10/2021
We first spoke with TJ Connelly, who scores live sports events for the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, last year, early in lockdown. He started a project called UncertainFM, which has now expanded to become a full-fledged streaming radio station. 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: TJ Connelly...

Duration:00:44:40

Episode #221 - Chris Connaker's Outdoor Audio Project

10/27/2021
Chris Connaker, our resident audiophile, likes complicated projects. Whether he's putting together a purpose-built audio streaming computer, or building and tuning a listening room, he always wants to go as far as he can. This summer he built an audio system in his backyard and documented it in detail. We discuss the why and how of this project, and ask if his chickens really like Bill Evans. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and...

Duration:00:31:14

Episode #220 - Headphones, Take 3

10/13/2021
This is the third time we discuss headphones on The Next Track. Both Doug and Kirk have found that they use fewer headphones, and use headphones differently than in the past. 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 #5 – Headphones or Speakers? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/6) Episode #106 - Music in...

Duration:00:24:21

Episode #219 - Reissues, Remixes, and Remasters

9/29/2021
The recording industry doesn't just make money from new releases, but regularly reissues older releases to exploit their back catalog. Some of these are just repackaged, and others are remixed or remastered. We discuss the issues around these releases, and what all these re- terms mean. 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:00:26:29

Episode #218 - Sholto Kynoch, Pianist and Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival

9/15/2021
Pianist Sholto Kynoch founded the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2002, and it has become the most important festival for lieder and song in the UK. We discuss the festival, and how listeners around the world can watch nearly 100 concerts via streaming in October. 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: Sholto Kynoch...

Duration:00:38:57

Episode #217 - To Stream or to Own Music Redux

9/1/2021
In episode #2 of The Next Track, we discussed streaming versus owning music. That was five years ago. We decided to revisit the topic, to see if we've changed our minds. 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 #2 – To Stream or to Own Music? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/3) Digital music streaming...

Duration:00:32:32

Episode #216 - Blonde on Blonde

8/18/2021
In a delayed episode celebrating Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, we take a close look at his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. 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: Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (https://amzn.to/3lTk1ty) Blonde on Blonde (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blonde_on_Blonde) Double Album...

Duration:00:31:33

Episode #215 - People Aren't Listening to Much New Music

8/4/2021
More than two-thirds of music listened to in the US is old music. Music less than 18 months old accounts for only a third of listening, and this share is dropping. We discuss what this means for the future of the music industry. 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: Over 66% of All Music Listening in the...

Duration:00:29:54