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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.




264. Angie McMahon on KD Lang 'Hyms of the 49th Parallel' (2004)

Possessed of a voice and musical depth far beyond her years, Angie McMahon joined me to discuss KD Lang's 'Hymns of the 49th Parallel', a supreme covers album that celebrates Canada's great songwriters from Joni Mitchell to Leonard Cohen to Neil Young. Angie and I unpack why KD is such a supremely great singer, why some covers succeed and some fail, what Angie's covers record would be themed around, whether anyone should cover Joni Mitchell and more. My Favorite Album is a podcast on the...


263. BILLIONS creator Brian Koppelman on the music of the show, from Dylan to Sinatra to Isbell and beyond

Longtime friend of the show, filmmaker Brian Koppelman, joins me to delve into the music of his acclaimed hit Showtime drama series BILLIONS. We go behind the scenes on some of the most compelling musical moments from three seasons of a show that has always found unexpected and fascinating songs to shade and power dynamic scenes and surprising and compelling ways to use some classic tunes. Songs discussed include Follow Brian @briankoppelman on Twitter and listen to his great podcast The...


262. Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield on new The Beatles White Album box set, why Paul won't stop, Taylor Swift and more

“People often dismiss [Paul] as soft and lazy and complacent. In so many ways, he’s the exact opposite of that, to a frightening extreme.” - Rob Sheffield Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles, joins me to preview the new White Album box set and for a wide ranging discussion on all things Fab Four - the way our perception of the Beatles change as we age, how the Rock Band video game got 90s kids into the Beatles, rethinking the story of the White Album, why we see...


261. Stella Donnelly on Broadcast 'Tender Buttons' (2005)

Stella Donnelly is a Western Australian singer-songwriter who wraps uncompromising lyrics in deft playing and aching beautiful melodies. She joins me to talk about the influence on 'Tender Buttons' by British cult favorites Broadcast. We talk about how the album marked a turning point in Broadcast's sound and the life of the band in general, how 'Tears in the Typing Pool' helped Stella find the confidence to tour without a band, the counterpoint between 'ugly' sounds and beautiful words...


260. Jess Kent on Gorillaz 'Demon Days' (2005)

English-born Australian-raised pop singer-songwriter Jess Kent joins me to delve into the weird and wonderful world of Gorillaz and their sophomore album 'Demon Days'. My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature...


259. Ali Barter on Hole 'Live Through This' (1994)

Expert crafter of fiercely melodic guitar rock Ali Barter joins me to celebrate Hole's 'Live Through This'. My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts...


Should you see the new Fleetwood Mac? A post-show verdict with Emma Swift

Last night Emma Swift and I saw the new lineup of Fleetwood Mac at the United Center in Chicago, featuring Neil Finn and Mike Campbell replacing Lindsey Buckingham. We break down the show, the new band dynamic and whether or not it's worth your money. This is a special end of week episode of the podcast. There will be a regular episode coming on Wednesday...


258. Bill Wyman on The Clash 'London Calling' (1979)

The real Bill Wyman - co-creator of Sound Opinions, writer for Vulture, New York Magazine, Salon, the New Yorker and more - joins me for a deep dive into one of rock's most iconic double albums, The Clash's 1979 masterpiece 'London Calling'. The inspiration for the iconic cover, why the biggest hit wasn’t listed on the track listing, the contributions of producer Guy Stevens, what made this more than ‘just’ a punk record, the underrated contributions of the non Joe Strummer members of the...

257. Eves Karydas on Sufjan Steves 'Carrie and Lowell' (2015)

Ahead of the release of her stunning album ‘summerskin’, returning champion Eves Karydas joins me to talk about her unique relationship to Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie and Lowell’. We unpack the journey Eves took between her last visit to the podcast three years ago and how this album accompanied it - moving to the UK, taking time away from music, renewed inspiration and her evolving relationship with her own public persona. We discuss how she fell in love with ‘Carrie and Lowell’ before she knew...


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...