A special episode devoted to the life, words, and music of David Cloud Berman. David's songs are played throughout his career on Drag City, first with Silver Jews and later Purple Mountains, including a live recording. Bob Nastanovich, founding member of Silver Jews, also tells stories about the David he knew as a friend, his songs, and how many of them were recorded.
Bob and Mike play tracks from Louisiana legend Clifton Chenier, indie rockers Game Theory, Th' Faith Healers, Phantom Tollbooth, and The dBs, plus powerhouse soul from The Exciters, and two tracks from NYC hobo legend Moondog. Diversions include the legacy of Arhoolie Records and the influence of REM as tastemakers who exposed a whole generation to unheard music.
The world premiere of the new 7' from Crooked Torus, plus a rare live song from Lucinda Williams, a couple tracks from The Bevis Frond, Les Negresses Vertes, Plastic Bertrand, Major Stars, and another rare live track from Camberwell Now, plus Bob and Mike go on a diversion about French punk rock.
Bob and Mike play a diverse range of artists, starting with Inez & Charlie Foxx, then Von Lmo, The Schramms (twice!), Schooly D, Long Fin Killie, and Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble. Also included were diversions on DJing, drummers, and the six songs that Bob played on that were perfect on the first take.
The return of Bob and Mike include the showcase of two new releases on Broker's Tip Records by Piranha Rama and Lucy Arnell, plus a tribute to the late Daniel Johnston, as well as much love for Gene Clark, Rainer Ptacek, and Richard Youngs.
Bukka White is featured with three songs, including a rare live performance from 1967, as well as the world premier of Jack Houston's band The Factory Girls, plus tracks from San Diego punks Drive Like Jehu, Portland band Black Belt Eagle Scout, soul/funk pioneer Don Covay, and veteran rockers NRBQ (who Bob will likely fast forward through if he ever listens to this episode again).
Featured artists are Richard Thompson (including a rare live track), Yellow Magic Orchestra, Eiko Ishibashi, E (with Tahlia Zedek), Amyl and the Sniffers, and classic hip hop from Xanadu, as Bob and Mike bring one of the most fun and most varied shows in a while. Plus Bob and Mike announce the launch of the joint Little Brother/Broker's Tip bandcamp page: littlebroker.bandcamp.com.
Early funk burner from Fugi, plus Etta James, Chicago band Ohmme, Shimmy Disc heroes Bongwater, Touch and Go grunge punk from Killdozer, plus Flop, Rayon, and Odd Pets, as Bob and Mike jump between genres, eras, and all over the globe.
Tracks from releases on Bob's label (Brokers' Tip) and Mike's label (Little Brother Records), plus discussion of UK dub, VA rap, soul, free jazz, and indie rock. Tracks from Post Pink, Nels Cline Trio, LaVern Baker, Sticky Filth, Missy Elliot, African Head Charge, and Gentleman Jesse.
Featured songs from Portolo, The Left Banke, Mdou Moctar, My Dad Is Dead, The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, and The Fatback Band, plus Bob talks a bit about the news surrounding the Pavement reunion that was just announced for 2020.
Sparks are spotlighted with three songs, plus songs from Mac DeMarco, Gurr, Curtis Harding, Sarah Mary Chadwick, and Hany Mehanna are played and discussed, plus Bob gives his pick for the Preakness Stakes.
Sounds from Love Tractor, The Embarrassment, The Dils, Rank & File, The Flesh Eaters, and Curtis Knight with Jimi Hendrix, plus Bob and Mike discuss the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security's controversial disqualification, and the elevation of Country House as the winner.
An epic horse-by-horse preview of all runners in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby from Bob Nastanovich and Mike Hogan, plus songs from Palace Brothers, Mos Def, Rodan, Freschard, Kicking Giant, and Your Food.
Seam and Parquet Courts each get multiple songs and extended discussion (including Seam's cover of "This Ain't No Picnic" by The Minutemen), plus a lost classic from Elyse Weinberg (with Neil Young on guitar), and killer songs from singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis, violinist Gaelynn Lea, and South African jazz legends Dudu Pukwana and Spear. Also, Bob Nastanovich and Mike Hogan discuss scene rivalries in the '90s an Bob compares Parquet Courts to Ween.
Pram and Crackerbash each get two tracks, plus Little Willie John, Team Dresch, Scout Niblett, Trans Am, and Julia Jacklin are played and discussed. Tangents include the Portland scene and poker vs horse racing.
The Monks, The Rezillos, Maxine Funke, The Demics, The Nosebleeds, and The Exbats are played and discussed. Bob and Mike also discuss music criticism in contrast to music fandom, and Mike celebrates Byron Coley as someone who positively influenced his musical tastes.