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Ep. 35: Visually Speaking - Iconic Album Art

In this episode: we talk about the album artwork that tells you a story, before you even hear the first song on the record!


Ep. 34: Music Festivals - The Good, The Bad & The Costly

With this weekend being the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, in this episode: we discuss the recently failed Woodstock 50, the Fyre Festival debacle, and what our (and your) thoughts are on music festivals in general!


Ep. 33: G. Love Pours On "The Juice," His Upcoming, Keb Mo Produced Album

In this Episode: G. Love of G. Love & Special Sauce joins us to talk about The Juice, his upcoming solo album that was produced by Keb Mo, spending the summer out on the All Roads Runaround tour with Blues Traveler & moe., and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band’s eponymous debut.


Ep. 32: Musing On Music Videos

In this episode: we break down all of the music videos that were the eye-candy accompaniment to our favorite songs. From the early days of MTV (remember when they played videos?) to more current viral video superstars (OK Go comes to mind many times over) we cover all of the bases. We also celebrate Tunestiles’ one year anniversary & discuss John & Kevin’s Big Stupid Podcast’s music video episode in our own “big stupid” way!


Ep. 31: From Good Homes’ Patrick Fitzsimmons Discusses “Time & The River,” The Band’s First Studio Album In Over 20 Years!

In this episode: Patrick Fitzsimmons, drummer of From Good Homes’ joins us to talk about “Time & The River,” the band’s first studio album since their 1998 self titled release for RCA records, the band's beginnings in the New Jersey music scene up through their original split in 1999, and how a weekend of reunion shows in 2009 helped set the stage for this new music!


Ep. 30: Green Jello’s Bill Manspeaker Dishes On Guinness World Records, The Tool Connection & “Three Little Pigs”

In a VERY NSFW episode: Bill Manspeaker, the head puppet master for Green Jellö (or Green Jellÿ, as most see it) joins us to unravel the "world's worst band," bite by bite. Among the many topics we discuss: the band celebrating its (wait for it) 39th anniversary; the “Three Little Pigs” video sensation; holding the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest band (currently over 900+ members!); securing a record contract without the label hearing a single note of the band’s music; being...


Ep. 29: The (Spin) Doctor Is In...Eric Schenkman Opens The Vault On The Band's 30-Year History

In this episode: Eric Schenkman, lead guitarist for the Spin Doctors joins us to talk about the bands 30-year history and what the future holds in store! We dive into everything from: the story behind how the core lineup came up to light; their history with legendary NYC night club The Wetlands; the "Spinning Traveler" shows the played with Blues Traveler; the origins of the H.O.R.D.E. festival; the massive success of Pocket Full Of Kryptonite & the pressures to follow up an album of that...


Ep. 28: Bands Who've Had Success After Changing Lead Singers

In this episode: we outline the bands who've had successful runs after replacing their lead vocalist, be it over creative differences or when the band has no other choice (in the the case of the original singer's passing). And don't worry, we didn't forget to Van Halen in this debate!


Ep. 27: Hinder Outlines Their Approach To Longevity Within The Current "(D)evoloving" Hard Rock Scene

In this episode: Cody Hanson, Marshall Dutton & Joe "Blower" Garvey from the hard rock band Hinder, discuss how the genre has (d)evolved since they came on to the scene with 2005’s “Extreme Behavior;” the pressures of following up their # 1 single “Lips Of An Angel;” the transition of Marshall’s role as co-writer/producer to the band’s lead vocalist; going independent from the major labels, and how all of this has influenced their songwriting process moving forward.


Ep. 26: Record Store Day Co-Founder Carrie Colliton On Marketing This Indie Record Store “Holiday”

In this episode: Carrie Colliton, Co-founder of Record Store Day joins us to talk about how this yearly "holiday" for independent music stores has evolved since its inception, the marketing challenges involved in organizing a simultaneous worldwide event, the challenges of dealing with RSD Exclusive title flippers, and how some of the most famous RSD Ambassadors came to fruition.


Ep. 25: Indigenous’ Mato Nanji Paints His Shade Of The Blues

In this episode: we're backstage at the Stanhope House (in Stanhope, NJ) with blues rock extraordinaire Mato Nanji of Indigenous to talk about the band's evolution over their 20+ year history, his (ahem) "experience" being a regular on the annual Experience Hendrix tour & the state of the blues music scene today!


Ep. 24: The "Dynamic Duos" Of Music w/ John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast

In this episode: the namesakes of John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast join us for a hilarious round-table discussion on the "dynamic duos" of music (including artists such as: Simon & Garfunkel, Hall & Oates, Ike & Tina Turner, Sonny & Cher, White Stripes, Black Keys, Milli Vanilli, Insane Clown Posse and Kermit The Frog & Rowlf The Dog). We also come to learn that Kevin has never heard a Tenacious D song and how Kiss has found a way to market their b(r)and in every way, shape and form!


Ep. 23: Tell Me More...The Songs Of Summer (Both Days & Nights)

When you think of a bright sunny Summer day, what kind of music comes to mind? The Beach Boys? Tom Petty? Don Henley? Billy Idol (wait...what?!) In this episode: we reveal the top song choices for a day at the beach, a drive with the top down, BBQs & late night bonfires. These are the songs of summer!


Ep. 22: Children's Music Icon Laurie Berkner On Her "Rocketship Run" To The Top Of The Kindie Music Scene

If you have children, then the name Laurie Berkner will be very familiar to you, as she has been a staple of children's music for the last 20 years. In this episode: We sit down with Laurie to discuss her entrepreneurial roots as a musician and indie label owner, the fact that she graduated high school with John Popper from Blues Traveler and Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors, her approach to writing music for children that resonates with parents, her work on off-broadway musicals and her...


Ep. 21: The Next 50 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Should Be...

We put together a list of 50 groups and/or artists you could very well see on next year's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee ballot, along with some who might never even be considered! Also, Jay FINALLY saw Motley Crue's "The Dirt," so we take some time to dish on that as well!


Ep. 20: "Riffing" On The Greatest Guitar Riffs

In this episode: we plug in, turn it up (to eleven of course) and "riff" on the riffs that instantly forecast the awesomeness coming your way! We're talk all the heavy hitters such as: AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica, just to name a few. Plus, thanks to the incredible input from the riders, we dive into a ton of bands that you would never expect to hear in this list, so expect the unexpected.


Ep. 19: I've Heard That Before (The "Musical Ripoffs" Debate)

ALL ABOARD! Attention, Riders: This episode features an in-depth look at the age-old question (the ‘Who Wore It Better’ of the music scene) “DID YOU JUST RIP ME OFF?!” Dr. David Crider, of Upstate NY’s Oswego State University, joins us on a discussion of a few of the notable artists who…ahem…”borrowed” from another artist, and often got slapped with a lawsuit for it! So, lawyer up, and get ready for the Royal Rumble of the RIAA! NEXT STOP: RIPOFFS! Stay back from the closing doors…


Ep. 18: Musical Guilty Pleasures (Guilt Or No Guilt)

In this episode, we open up the brand new rider line to hear from the riders about all the songs we consider our “guilty pleasure” tunes, even if there isn’t the slightest amount of guilt involved. Hell, by reading that description alone, you knew EXACTLY the kind of songs we are referring to. Had we called it “songs that don’t exactly fit into your normal musical wheelhouse,” we may not have gotten a single call!! Oh, and speaking of the rider line, you can now call into us at: (908)...


Ep. 17: A Musical Smorgasbord Of Sorts

In this episode: we leave the comfort of the Tunestiles’ studio and head upstairs to Brian’s back deck, for a round table / post birthday party pow-wow with several friends of the show: Alex Gomez, Jason Alexander (drummer for Colburn & Co.), frequent C&C collaborator Jason Gecek, as well as our kids randomly running amuck. What starts out as a 80’s & 90’s Rap / Hip Hop themed episode soon branches out into rock, punk, soundtracks, bro-country, non-bro-country and some old band tales that...


Ep. 16: Guitar Solos So Hot, They Can't Be Frozen In Carbonite

Have you ever heard a guitar solo that takes an otherwise fantastic song to a whole new stratospheric level of awesome? Us too! In this episode: we discuss the guitar solos that leave you no choice but to stop whatever it is that you're doing, pick up your favorite air guitar and shred along!