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Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.

Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.
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Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.




256. Ainslie Wills on Jeff Buckley 'Grace' (1994)

We finally break the seal on Jeff Buckley's iconic 'Grace' as acclaimed Melbourne melodist Ainslie Wills joins me for a nuanced unpacking of whether Buckley was ahead of his time, the foregrounding of tone in music, falling in love with this album before Buckley died, that cover of 'Hallelujah' and its use in The West Wing and Ainslie's experience covering songs like 'Lover You Should've Come Over'. My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode...


255. Gretchen Peters on Bob Dylan 'Blood on the Tracks' (1975)

Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters joins me to talk about the every songwriter's favorite Bob Dylan record, 1975's 'Blood on the Tracks'. Gretchen talks about how she fell in love with the album as she was getting divorced, the unusually soft edges of Dylan’s songwriting on this record, how he treats women in his lyrics, how his songs always bring you to a place of empathy and the importance of being brutally honest with yourself as a songwriter. My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact...


254. Georgia Maq (Camp Cope) on Lady Gaga 'Joanne' (2016), depression, the Dixie Chicks and more

Today I'm joined by Camp Cope guitarist/singer/songwriter Georgia Maq backstage at LA's Bootleg Theatre to talk Lady Gaga's 2016 album 'Joanne', which saw the dance-pop superstar take a turn towards more intimate production and songwriting. We also talk about depression, grief, the Dixie Chicks, noses, why neither of us look good in hats, Gaga's vocal health, celebrating female friendships in art and more. Subscribe to the podcast in Apple Podcasts here or search 'My Favorite Album'...


253. 'Her Sound Her Story' filmmakers shining a spotlight on gender equality in music

Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and Michelle Grace Hunder have spent four years creating the totally independent documentary 'Her Sound Her Story', a staggering achievement that brings together dozens of incredible female figures from the Australian music industry to unpack their shared and distinct challenges and hopes for change. Claudia and Michelle join me to break down the process of how the film evolved from a photo series to a fully-fledged feature, who they think needs to see the film,...


252. Amanda Shires on Leonard Cohen 'Songs of Love and Hate' (1971)

Singer/songwriter/fiddle wizard Amanda Shires joins me over chicken-fried steak to talk/argue about the great Leonard Cohen and his 1971 masterpiece 'Songs of Love and Hate'. Is the album depressing? What is Leonard Cohen's best song? Is co-writing good and should Amanda do it? Did she steal one of Cohen's coat hangers? Why did she write a song about wanting to hang out with Cohen? What about the cover of 'I'm Your Man' she did? It's a rambling, insightful, funny and sometimes contentious...


251. Steve Jordan on his biggest influences and playing with James Brown, Keith Richards and Neil Young

Today's episode is one of my favorite conversations I've had for the podcast. Legendary drummer/producer/songwriter Steve Jordan surveys his incredible career, from the albums that first inspired him to pick up drumsticks as a child to the songwriting lessons he was taught by Keith Richards, being put through his paces by James Brown on the Letterman show, why he became a producer, his band The Verbs, his love of punk rock, why he loves playing with Neil Young and much more. It's a...


250. The Beatles 'Help!' with guest host Jeff Greenstein and Jeremy Dylan, plus the untold history of My Favorite Album

To celebrate 250 episodes of My Favorite Album, Emmy-winning writer/director and friend of the pod Jeff Greenstein steps into the host chair and Jeremy Dylan slouches into the guest chair, for a deep dive into one of the Beatles best but most underrated albums, 'Help!' We talk about how this captures the Beatles in a transitionary period, how they are starting to break out of the mop top era into more sophisticated and diverse musical and lyrical adventures. Plus Jeff and Jeremy open up...


249. Lindsay Ell re-recorded John Mayer's 'Continuum' in full. This is how she did it and what it taught her.

While making her 2017 album 'The Project', Canadian country star Lindsay Ell was given an assignment by her producer, Sugarland's Kristian Bush. Take her favorite album - John Mayer's 'Continuum' - and re-recorded it front to back, playing every part herself. Today Lindsay takes us through the process of breaking down the album that has most inspired her, how she created her own version of the songs and what the process taught her as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and fan. My...


248. Augie March on Dire Straits 'Dire Straits' (1978)

Dave Williams, drummer of one of Australia's most acclaimed bands Augie March, joins me to discuss the debut self-titled album of idiosyncratic British rockers Dire Straits. Trace the American and English influences of the band, Dave makes the case for the record as a concept album, he reveals which members of Augie March like and hate the band, we speculate about Dire Straits' recent bizarre induction ceremony for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, talk through the Spinal Tap like list of Dire...


247. Trainwreck author Sady Doyle on Tori Amos 'Boys for Pele' (1996)

Sady Doyle is the author of "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why". She joins me on the podcast for a deep dive celebration of the great Tori Amos and her classic album 'Boys for Pele'. We get into it all - gendered slagging off of Tori's music, why her live shows were the original safe space for traumatised outsiders, the conceptual underpinnings of the album, Sady's cameo on one of Tori's live albums, Tori's unheralded influence in modern pop music and much...


246. Terra Lightfoot on Jackson Browne 'Running on Empty' (1977)

Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Terra Lightfoot joins me to talk about Jackson Browne's classic chronicle of life on the road 'Running on Empty'. We talk about how the album was recorded live across Browne's US tour, the different aspects of touring life reflected across the songs, discuss what is the best song named 'Cocaine Blues', why Browne sued the Republican Party for using the title track and Terra recounts her night-long tequila-fueled jam session with Jackson himself. My...


245. The Replacements biographer Bob Mehr on 'Tim' (1985) and writing 'Trouble Boys'

Today's guest literally wrote the book on The Replacements, and today he reveals the inside story of the making of 'Tim', their 1985 album that marked a significant step forward in the band's music and career. Bob explains how the album reflects the power shift between Bob Stinson and Paul Westerberg, what Bob uncovered about the making of Tim while writing ‘Trouble Boys’, why Paul Westerberg is smarter than he wants to let on, why the rest of Bob’s life will be forever linked to the...


244. Bebe Buell on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 'Damn the Torpedoes' (1979)

Rock'n'roll singer/songwriter, fashion model and best selling author Bebe Buell joins me to talk about the classic album 'Damn the Torpedoes' from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Bebe talks about her first meeting with Petty (and Bob Dylan) at an early Heartbreakers gig, the skillful simplicity of Petty's lyrics, the crucial contributions of the Heartbreakers, why she misses organs in rock music, why so many people could identify with Tom Petty songs, what it is like to listen to...


243. Sarah Blasko on Bjork 'Homogenic' (1997), bad hero encounters, the joy of loneliness and more

ARIA-winning Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko takes us back to 1997, when she fell in love with the strength and dynamism of Bjork's album 'Homogenic'. We talk about inheriting a love of Bjork from her older sister, her unfortunate encounters with Bjork in 2008 when they were sharing a festival bill, the icy sonic world Bjork creates on the album, and how the humor and life ambition gave her inspiration in her own path. Australian listeners can catch Sarah on her national tour...


242. Phoebe Bridgers on Bright Eyes 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' (2005)

LA singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers joins me to celebrate a classic album of the mid-naughties, Bright Eyes 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning'. We talk about why Phoebe resisted listening to the album before falling in love with it, how it changed the way she writes songs, where Bright Eyes fits in the 'emo' pantheon, why she can't listen to the songs on shuffle and whether the current political nightmare is influencing her writing the same way the Bush administration influenced Bright Eyes in...


Drummer Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett) on Nirvana 'Nevermind' (1991)

Revisiting my conversation with drummer Dave Mudie in celebration of his latest album with Courtney Barnett being released this week. ----- Dave Mudie, the deft powerhouse drummer who has been the engine room of Courtney Barnett’s CB3 since 2012, joins me to talk about the album that changed music for him - and the rest of the world - Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind. We talk about how a love for Nirvana united Dave, Courtney and bassist Boanes Sloane when they first played together in...


241. Jay Watson (GUM, Pond, Tame Impala) on Sly & the Family Stone 'There's A Riot Going On' (1971)

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and one of Western Australia's favorite sons Jay Watson (GUM, Pond, Tame Impala) joins me to talk about how the sonic world of Sly and the Family Stone's classic 'There's A Riot Going On' has inspired him through the years. We talk about why his uncool taste as a kid has become retroactively cool, liking music because of the context around it, glamorizing self-abuse in musicians, whether you’d be willing to sacrifice great art for the health of your...


240. 7 Aussie artists you should be listening to right now (with co-host Eilish Gilligan)

In a special episode, returning guest Eilish Gilligan joins me to rave on six Aussie artists who are on the verge of making it in the US and why our international listeners should jump on them right now! Alex Lahey Middle Kids Jack River Stella Donnelly Camp Cope Gang of Youths Plus I talk to Eilish about her own great new single and the arresting visuals that go along with it. My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on...


Kacey Musgraves on John Prine 'John Prine' (repost)

To celebrate great new records from both Kacey Musgraves and John Prine, here's the former celebrating the latter. Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves talks her love iconic iconoclast John Prine and his self-titled debut album. Kacey talks about performing with Prine, playing him the song she wrote about him, how his approach to lyric writing inspired her own songs, why she put her Grammy in a Prine exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and wonders why people keep thinking...


239. Oh Mercy on The Go-Betweens 'Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express'

Oh Mercy, aka Melbourne singer-songwriter Alexander Gow, joins me for our first examination of one of Australia's most beloved bands, the Go-Betweens, and their album 'Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express'. Alex talks about discovering the Go-Betweens in high school as he was just starting to write songs, their ‘inviting, un-elitist’ magic, Lindy Morrison’s amazing atypical drumming, the thread between the Go-Betweens and Burt Bacharach, whether Alex is a Grant or Robert guy, the...