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From PopMatters editor Evan Sawdey, The Chartographers brings together incredible, too-fun voices in cultural criticism to provide the definitive(ish) ranking of an entire artist's discography. New episodes every Tuesday!

From PopMatters editor Evan Sawdey, The Chartographers brings together incredible, too-fun voices in cultural criticism to provide the definitive(ish) ranking of an entire artist's discography. New episodes every Tuesday!
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From PopMatters editor Evan Sawdey, The Chartographers brings together incredible, too-fun voices in cultural criticism to provide the definitive(ish) ranking of an entire artist's discography. New episodes every Tuesday!

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English


Episodes

#36.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Spoon

6/18/2018
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Fair warning: this Happy Hour Minsiode where Evan, Taran, and returning special guest Chris Fort might be a bit too happy, but overall we continue to talk about the worst Spoon song, why they didn't break in the same way that Arcade Fire did, and for some reason talk about Limp Bizkit at one point. When it comes to non-essential listening ... this is the best non-essential episode we've ever done. But it's utterly inessetntial. This is our TELEPHONO, basically. /// Our theme song for this...

Duration:00:20:42

#36 The Chartographers: Spoon

6/11/2018
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They asked us to not make them a target, but ranking indie-rock albums is the way we get by. So this week Evan, Taran, and returning special guest Chris Fort talk about all things related to the Texas titans that are Spoon and rank their fascinating, flowing discography. We have a whole bunch of hot thoughts on this one, rest assured ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut album PROM KING (Carpark Records). Get it and support him here [...

Duration:01:05:27

#35.5 Happy Hour Minisode: OutKast

6/4/2018
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We're bouncing! ... right into another Happy Hour Minisode, that is. Evan, Taran, and special guests Shannon "PXGiRedman" White and Comedy Sportz's Zheryk Badugu tackle all things ATLiens this episode, discussing the worst OutKast song, why they broke up, Big Boi's solo career, and Zheryk then unloads on issues he had during our Kendrick Lamar Happy Hour Minisode from Season 2. You can't miss this! /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil Never Sleeps" by Iron & Wine off of his...

Duration:00:43:47

#35 The Chartographers: OutKast

5/22/2018
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Podsky, wodsky, casty, wasty! When it comes to talking about The Player and the Poet, you know The Chartographers gotta jump in. This week, Evan, Taran, and special guests Shannon "PXGiRedman" White and Comedy Sportz's Zheryk Badugu dive into the land of a million drums to rank OutKast's varied discography from worst to first. The debates may be down and dirty, but the best album comes out the other side so fresh, so clean. /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar...

Duration:01:14:34

#34.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Bjork

5/14/2018
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Put on your headphones and get violently happy: after achieving a true utopia with our rankings, Evan, Taran, and special guest Mikey Andonaegui talk all things Bjork, from her worst song to the music of The Sugarcubes to whatever the hell is happening with DRAWING RESTRAINT 9. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil Never Sleeps" by Iron & Wine off of his 2007 album THE SHEPHERD'S DOG (Sub Pop Records). Get it and support him here [...

Duration:00:31:43

#34 The Chartographers: Bjork

5/6/2018
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Have you been going hunting for a good music podcast? Well look no further than this week's Episodes of The Chartographers, where the gang (Evan, Taran, and special guest Mikey Andonaegui) tackle all things Bjork, ranking her albums from worst to first. "Who is it?" you might be asking of which LP hits our #1 spot, but be patient, 'cos if you complain once more, you'll meet an army ... of fun! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut album...

Duration:01:13:49

#33.5 Happy Hour Minisode: The White Stripes

4/30/2018
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When it comes to picking out the worst-ever White Stripes song, well, we're finding it harder to be a gentleman every day. For what turns out to be the longest Happy Hour Minisode in history, The Chartographers (Evan, Taran, along with special guests Justin Smith and NoiseTrade's Will Hodge) discuss why the broke up, the best Jack White solo venture, how crazy a Third Man vinyl can get, and so much more. It's one hell of a conquest, let us tell you ... /// Our theme song for this episode...

Duration:00:47:19

#33 The Chartographers: The White Stripes

4/22/2018
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Hello, operators! Recorded on a steam-powered gramophone, The Chartographers (Evan, Taran, along with special guests Justin Smith and NoiseTrade's Will Hodge) dive head-first into the weird and fun eccentricities of The White Stripes, figuring out which album successfully fights piranhas and which one is the hardest button to button. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut album PROM KING (Carpark Records). Get it and support him here...

Duration:01:07:12

#32.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Whitney Houston

4/16/2018
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Where did the ranking of our Whitney Hosuton albums leave you? In a Heartbreak Hotel? Or feeling like a million dollar bill? Either way, there's a lot more Whitney to talk about, and Evan, Taran, and special guest Nick Shoda will walk you through Whitney's worst song, seeing her in person, and oh so much more. Things might just get so emotional up in here ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil Never Sleeps" by Iron & Wine off of his 2007 album THE SHEPHERD'S DOG (Sub Pop...

Duration:00:35:45

#32 The Chartographers: Whitney Houston, Pt. 2

4/10/2018
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Same cast, different script. When Evan & Taran invited returning guest Nick Shoda to rank the albums of Whitney Houston, we realized we have nothing if we don't have a #1, which is why our discussion bled over into two epic episodes. We make our way to number one step by step, but you being here is part of the fun. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut album PROM KING (Carpark Records). Get it and support him here [...

Duration:00:53:38

#31.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Steely Dan

3/25/2018
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For Season 3's first-ever Happy Hour Minisode, the Chartographers gang -- Evan, Taran, Left of Left Center's Ned O'Reilly, and Pharoah Hound's J.C. Sciaccotta -- start reelin' in the years by talkin' all things Dan, going over their worst track, Walter Becker's passing, the contracts that were signed, the producers that were involved, and so much more. Listener, don't lose that number, 'cos you now realize the Dan are champions in our eyes. /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil...

Duration:00:36:40

#31 The Chartographers: Steely Dan

3/19/2018
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It's time to brandish your steely knives, 'cos we're throwing back the little ones and pan-frying the big ones in The Chartographers' Season 3 premiere! Evan & Taran return as hosts, and bring along All-Star guests like Left of Left Center's Ned O'Reilly and Pharoah Hound's J.C. Sciaccotta to talk all things Dan. No stone is left unturned, 'cos when it comes to ranking the Dan -- everything must go. /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut...

Duration:01:17:56

The First Annual Chartie Awards!

11/14/2017
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Yes, it's that (very first-ever) time of year! After their biggest season to date, Evan, Taran, and special guest John Gleason Teske host the First Annual Chartie Awards, looking back over two seasons worth of material and handing out awards like Best Mispronunciation, Worst Evan Intro, Most Memorable Artist Impression, and so much more! Plus, dig our countdown of Season 2's five greatest comedic moments, a sneak preview at Season 3, and so much more. It's an awards show like no other,...

Duration:01:44:22

#29 The Chartographers: Broken Social Scene

9/4/2017
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It's all ... gonna break! And by that, we mean it's all going to come together in some sort of K.C. Accidental fashion. Yes, Evan, Taran, and special guest Carlo Lopez go up and down this shoreline to determine what is the single greatest Broken Social Scene song. Yes, the guys go for the sweetest kill while avoiding your run-of-the-mill shampoo suicide, so grab your Feist tour t-shirt and strap in: before you know it, you'll already be halfway home. /// Our theme song for this episode is...

Duration:00:59:27

#28.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Arcade Fire

8/22/2017
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Is our time with Arcade Fire over? Li-iees! Li-iees! Before the power goes out, Evan, Taran, and special guest Ryan Donahue dive straight in to Arcade Fire's worst song, live experience, label drama, and so much more. So controversial, it may just start a suburban war (I'm told), but probably will just give you some creature comfort. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "World Girl Reprise" by Kyle Hollingsworth, off of his 2014 album SPEED OF LIFE, available on SCI Fidelity here...

Duration:00:35:00

#28 The Chartographers: Arcade Fire

8/21/2017
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OK guys, we're ready to start ... In what can only be described as a sprawling new episode, Evan, Taran, and special guest Ryan Donahue stage an Arcade Fire intervention, asking if everything really should be now and whether headlights in fact look like diamonds. What's their best album? Do they really live up to their own hype? Or is it just a reflektor? Whatever it maybe, ideal listening for this episode is in the backseat ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad Touch" by The...

Duration:01:05:11

#26 The Chartographers: Kendrick Lamar

7/24/2017
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It's a wooooooooooorld premiere! Kung Fu Kenny is out there making everything alright, but now, it's up to Evan, Taran, and special guest Shannon "iRedman" White to cut through that whoop-de-whoope/blah-ze-blah and determing what truly is the greatest album from Kendrick Lamar, one of the most vital artists working today. You used to be conflicted, misusing your influence, but not in our case, as all our lives we just wanted money and power ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad...

Duration:01:12:04

#25.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Gorillaz

7/18/2017
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Were you waiting for this Happy Hour Minisode about the world's current favorite animated band? Well tomorrow comes today, and Evan, Taran, and special guest John Gleason Teske round out their discussion of all things Gorillaz by discussing their worst song, ranting about "Hillbilly Man", exploring their live iterations and so much more. It's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up ... it's The Chartographers! /// Our theme song for this...

Duration:00:30:40

#25 The Chartographers: Gorillaz

7/4/2017
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We can guarantee, with certainty that this podcast will leave you feeling happy, feeling glad, it's like sunshine, in a bag. Indeed, The Chartographers return by bringing along acclaimed Chicago actor/director John Gleason Teske to rank the discography of The Gorillaz, Damon Albarn's inexplicable hip-hop-flavored cartoon side-project outside of his beloved Blur. So hop in your windmill and get the cool shoeshine: it's the moments like this that you'll truly remember. /// Our theme song for...

Duration:01:12:54

#24.5 Happy Hour Minisode: The Flaming Lips

6/26/2017
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Finally the podcasters are taking acid! OK, they're really not, but after tackling the monumental task of ranking the Flaming Lips' entire discography from worst to best, it's time for Evan, Taran, and most frequent guest Jon Harvey to stop recording their 24-hour podcast to cut it down to just the freshest stuff: debating the worst Flaming Lips song, praizing the Drozd in all that he does, detailing FEARLESS FREAKS in depth, and so much more. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is...

Duration:00:36:27