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Episode #131 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks

Musician and journalist Jeff Slate wrote the liner notes for the latest Bob Dylan Bootleg Series release, More Blood, More Tracks, covering the Blood on the Tracks sessions. Guest: - Jeff Slate ( - Jeff Slate's articles about music ( Show notes: More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Deluxe Edition ( When Bob Dylan Saw God (Esquire)...


Episode #130 - Desert Island Discs, Part 1

Doug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Kirk's picks. Show notes: Kirk's ten desert island discs: Hume: Musicall Humours, Jordi Savall ( Bach: Goldberg Variations, Andras Schiff ( Schubert: Piano Sonata no. 21, D960, Maria Joao Pires...


Episode #129 - Discovering Classical Music with Timothy Judd

Classical music is vast. How can listeners new to the genre find what they want to listen to, and learn to appreciate the many styles of music it contains. We talk with Timothy Judd who helps listeners do this through his blog. Guest: Timothy Judd ( Show notes: The Listeners' Club ( Episode #18 – New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross Discusses Listening to Classical Music ( Episode #126 -...


Episode #128 - How Streaming Changes Music

Streaming music has changed the economics of the music industry, but it has also affected the way songs are made. We discuss some of these changes and how music is adapting to the new ecosystem. Show notes: 7 Songs That Prove Streaming Has Changed Song Structures ( Martin Connor ( The dying art of the great song intro...


Episode #127 - The Changing Economics of the Music Recording Industry

We all know that the recorded music industry has gone through many changes in recent decades, but it can be interesting to take a long view of the various ways that music has been sold. Show notes: Frank Denyer: Music for Shakuhachi ( Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales (Visual Capitalist) ( Ringtones Composed by Brian Eno for the Nokia 8800 Scirocco Phone...


Episode #126 - Background Music and Muzak

Sometimes, you hear music where you least expect it, and where you don't choose to hear it. Show notes: Episode #123 - John Cage's Silent Piece 4'33", with Kyle Gann ( Waitrose ( (My partner tells me that none of the grocery stores in the UK play background music any more; they used to, but stopped.) Muzak (Wikipedia) ( Stah Mahket ( Stawp and Shawp...


Episode #125 - How We Do It

How is the sausage made? In this episode we present a making of episode; how we make our podcast. Show notes: Episode #124 - Deluxe Editions ( Blue Yeti microphone ( Rode NT1 microphone ( Audio Hijack ( Take Control of Audio Hijack ( Episode #123 - John...


Episode #124 - Deluxe Editions

Deluxe editions, super deluxe editions, and more. The record industry is trying hard to get us to buy our favorite music again. Show notes: Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (Deluxe Edition) ( Durutti Column: Without Mercy (Deluxe Edition) ( Grateful Dead: Europe '72 ( Rhino Records ( Bob Dylan: 1965-1966, The Cutting Edge, Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (6 disc...


Episode #123 - John Cage's Silent Piece 4'33", with Kyle Gann

Kyle Gann, author of No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33", discusses this seminal work. This week's guest: Kyle Gann ( No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" ( Show notes: Episode #80, John Cage (with Laura Kuhn, executive director of the John Cage Trust) ( Episode #69 – Brian Brandt of Mode Records on John Cage, Morton Feldman, and the Music Business ( Episode #102 -...


Episode #122 - What if Apple Does Stop Selling Downloads?

The rumor that keeps coming back: the one that says that Apple is going to stop selling downloads. Andy Doe joins us to discuss this, and give us an overview of how streaming music is affecting the music business. This week's guest: Andy Doe ( Proper Discord ( Show notes: We got much of our data from Nielsen's U.S. Mid-Year Report 2018 ( Episode #119 -...


Episode #121 - Roie Avin on Modern Prog Rock Masterpieces

Roie Avin, founder and editor of The Prog Report, joins us to talk about modern prog rock masterpieces. Guest: - The Prog Report ( - Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums: Images and Words Behind Prog’s Most Celebrated Albums 1990-2016 ( Show notes: Episode #97 - Jerry Ewing on Progressive Rock ( Episode #58 – David Weigel on the History of Progressive Rock ( Modern prog rock...


Episode #120 - Best Sellers

There's a new best-selling album of all time, according to the RIAA. We look at the top records, and some of them are a bit surprising. Show notes: The best-selling albums according to the RIAA. ( The Story of Fleetwood Mac (YouTube). ( Rock Family Trees: Fleetwood Mac (Part 1 of 5) ( Episode #76 – Mirror Balls and Polyester: Looking Back...


Episode #119 - Caoilfhionn Rose on Gigging, Busking, Recording, and Releasing Her First Album

Caoilfhionn Rose, a young musician from Manchester, has recorded her first album, due to be released in October. She has previously recorded with The Durutti Column, and Vini Reilly has mentored her. She talks about the challenges of releasing an album, touring, busking, and more. Guest: Caoilfhionn Rose ( Show notes: Caoilfhionn Rose: Awaken ( The Passions: Thirty Thousand Feet over China (Apple Music)...


Episode #118 - No Snobs Allowed - Anne Midgette on Classical Music for Beginners

Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic for the Washington Post, discusses her article about classical music for beginners. Guest: Anne Midgette ( Show notes: A beginner’s guide to enjoying classical music. No snobs allowed ( El Sistema...


Episode #117 - Back from Vacation

Doug and Kirk took a week off. They are back to discuss their music listening during that week, and more. Show notes: PhotoActive: a podcast about photography and the Apple ecosystem ( Richard Russo: Nobody's Fool (, Everybody's Fool ( Nobody's Fool (movie) ( Anthony Powell: A Dance to the Music of Time (book; part one of four) (; A Dance to the Music of Time: First...


Episode #116 - Wearing Your Favorite Band

We talk about artist t-shirts, and how they represent a search for identity and a desire to belong to a certain group. And they look cool. Show notes: Grateful Dead t-shirts ( Grateful Dead store "Art & Home" section ( Joe Jackson Look Sharp! button ( Our next tracks: Schubert: Piano Sonatas, Alfred Brendel Artist's Choice ( Nicky Hopkins, et al:...


Episode #115 - App Developer Peter Chilvers on the New Travis & Fripp Apps

Peter Chilvers joins us to follow up on last week's episode, where Theo Travis discussed his new apps built around Travis & Fripp performances, that Peter developed. Guest: Peter Chilvers ( Travis & Fripp apps ( Show notes: Episode #35 – Musician and Developer Peter Chilvers on Brian Eno’s Album and App Reflection ( Chapman Stick...


Episode #114 - Theo Travis on His New Travis & Fripp Apps

Flautist and saxophonist Theo Travis joins us to discuss the three new Travis & Fripp apps he has recently released, and his various music projects. Guest: Theo Travis ( Travis & Fripp apps (">iTunes) Travis & Fripp on the DGM label ( Show notes: Episode #35 – Musician and Developer Peter Chilvers on Brian Eno’s Album and App Reflection...


Episode #113 - Liner Notes, Lyrics, & Ephemera

Remember how, back in the day, you used to get cool stuff with your records? Lyric sheets, liner notes, stickers, and other things? Show notes: Graham Johnson: Franz Schubert, The Complete Songs ( It's actually three volumes and 3,000 pages long. Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs (Hyperion Records) ( The Big Book of Blues ( Dover music scores ( The Sandpaper Cover...


Episode #112 - The End of B-Sides

We talk about the lowly b-side, the flip side of a single, which is fading away into obscurity. Show notes: LP record (Wikipedia) ( Vitaphone (Wikipedia) ( A-side and B-side (Wikipedia) ( Flexi disc (Wikipedia) ( Our next tracks: The Normal: Warm Leatherette ( The Sex Pistols: Did You No Wrong...