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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

#45 The Chartographers: Billy Joel, Pt. 1

12/15/2018
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When it comes to ending the epic third season of The Chartographers, we had to do it with a Big Shot. That's right: the entertainer himself Billy Joel goes under our pop music microscope, and Evan, Taran, and a special guest in the form of Consequence of Sound's Brice Ezell take on this not-so-innocent man and rank his albums from worst to first. You may hear these rankings and think "... you may be right." /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his...

Duration:01:02:35

#44.5 Happy Hour Minisode: St. Vincent

12/10/2018
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It's the Happy Hour Minisode so you know what that means: Pills! Pills! Pills! Just kidding: this time Evan, Taran, and special guest from CHIRP Radio Bobby Evers are having mimosas while cheerleading her worst-ever song, talk about whether we're bad believers in her high-profile romances, and so much more. When it comes to observing a barely-entertaining podcast, we hope you become our digital witnesses. /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil Never Sleeps" by Iron & Wine off of...

Duration:00:25:56

#44 The Chartographers: St. Vincent

12/3/2018
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We can't turn off what turns us on, and we're of course very turned on by the music of St. Vincent! Join Evan, Taran, and special guest Bobby Evers of CHIRP Radio to show just how cruel we are to the incredible discography of St. Vincent (OK, maybe we show some strange mercy.) It's an enjoyable romp where you may end up laughing with a mouth full of blood! /// 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...

Duration:00:49:31

#43.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Jay-Z

11/27/2018
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After ranking Jay-Z's albums from worst to best, we've determined what his Achilles Heel is: LOOOOOVE! (he can't get enough of it!) But even more than that, leave it to Evan, Taran, and special guest Shannon "PXGiRedman" White to determine what Hov's worst song is, his various beefs, and the expert navigation he and Beyonce have done on making sure no one knows the inner-workings of their relationship. /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil Never Sleeps" by Iron & Wine off of his...

Duration:00:38:14

#43 The Chartographers: Jay-Z, Pt. 2

11/20/2018
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Jigga what? Jigga who? Why it's Jay-Z, of course, and like the lights of New York, we are inspired to finish determining what his best album is. Evan, Taran, and special guest Shannon "PXGiRedman" White may have 99 problems, but determining the LP that stands above the rest is just one of them! /// 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 [ skylarspence.bandcamp.com/ ]. Used with...

Duration:00:51:58

#43 The Chartographers: Jay-Z, Pt. 1

11/12/2018
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That's the anthem, get your damn hands up! That's right, H-to-tha-Izzo is in the building tonight, as is Evan, Taran, and special guest Shannon "PXGiRedman" White. In tackling Jay-Z's extensive discography and ranking it from worst to best, you know how the boys do it: they find a ranking and then it's on to the next one. 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:00:52:18

#42.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Weezer

11/5/2018
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Now that the ranking is done, it's time for The Chartographers to go back to the shack and do the things that we want to do. Evan, Taran, and Lifeline Theatre Company's Bilal Dardai debate all of the important issues: what the band's worst song is, what turned Rivers Cuomo into a bit of a fame whore, and why, visually, the band's mark on the world truly cannot be understated. /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil Never Sleeps" by Iron & Wine off of his 2007 album THE SHEPHERD'S...

Duration:00:33:32

#42 The Chartographers: Weezer

10/28/2018
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Well, it looks like we got ourselves in a perfect situation! This week, Evan, Taran, and Lifeline Theatre Company's Bilal Dardai tackle everyone's favorite nerd-rock champions in the form of Weezer. Are they emo? Are they legends? Are they cheap pop sellouts? All of these questions and more will be answered. We getchoo. /// 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:01:12:32

#41.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Stevie Wonder (1970-1987)

10/21/2018
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We believe that you'll fall in love with this podcast and subscribe forever! All joking aside though, after taking our Stevie Wonder rankings to the front line, Evan, Taran, and special guest Nia O'Reilly Amandes talk about his worst song, his live performances, and that time he spoke a lot of jibberish to a guy with pasta in his hair. Isn't it lovely? /// 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)....

Duration:00:28:54

#41 The Chartographers: Stevie Wonder (1970-1987), Pt. 2

10/15/2018
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That feeling when the #1 ranked Stevie Wonder album is right at your fingertips -- it's now here! Join Evan, Taran, and special guest Nia O'Reilly Amandes as they reach for a higher ground and determine what that best Stevie album is. Consider this episode signed, sealed, delivered -- it's yours! /// 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 [ skylarspence.bandcamp.com/ ]. Used with...

Duration:00:50:00

#41 The Chartographers: Stevie Wonder (1970-1987), Pt. 1

10/8/2018
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Well, we just called to say we love you, Stevie! No need to be superstitious: our first episode ranking the albums of Little Stevie Wonder from 1970-1987 is here, and Evan, Taran, and special guest Nia O'Reilly Amandes wade through everything from his Oscar-winning fluff to his socio-political pop hits. It's a hell of a journey, and we can't wait for you to go on it. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut album PROM KING (Carpark...

Duration:00:53:50

#40.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Tom Petty

10/1/2018
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Those ranking episodes don't come around here no more, but we're not Mary Jane and this ain't our last dance. Instead, Evan, Taran, and special guest Nico Pashka dive in and run down this dream of talking about Tom Petty as hero, Tom Petty as asshole, and Tom Petty as try-hard sex symbol. 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:00:34:06

#40 The Chartographers: Tom Petty, Pt. 2

9/24/2018
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The waiting is the hardest part -- but for you, the wait is over! The debate over the best Tom Petty album has arrived, and Evan, Taran, and special guest Nico Pashka reaches a fever-pitch as the trio really breakdown what makes a true Tom Petty classic. We promise it's a fair ranking. Anything else? We wouldn't do you like that. /// 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:00:37:35

#40 The Chartographers: Tom Petty, Pt. 1

9/16/2018
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You don't know how it feels ... to rank meeeeee. That's right, this week we tackle everything Tom Petty, with Evan, Taran, and special guest Nico Pashka breaking down his disocgraphy and ranking it from worst to first. We hope your favorite Petty album lands near the top instead of free-fallin' near the bottom. 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:00:56:07

#39.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Guster

9/10/2018
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Are you feeling so damn tired? Do you spy something that is red? Well if so, time to sober up with a Happy Hour Minisode about Guster, where Evan, Taran, and Whiskey Delta Films' Dave Coupe discuss the group's worst song, their undeniably distinct live shows, whether or not they're resentful of their success, and oh so much more. 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...

Duration:00:25:31

#39 The Chartographers: Guster

9/3/2018
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The architcets and engineers couldn't design a better podcast if they tried. This week, Evan, Taran, and Whiskey Delta Films' Dave Coupe dive into all things Guster, going from hand-bongo college heroes to oddly synth-heavy rockers of a certain type. We don't front with these rankings though: we're really gunning for those two points for honesty. /// 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...

Duration:00:52:12

#38.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Harry Nilsson

7/23/2018
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Where do you start when everybody starts talkin' about Harry Nilsson? For this incredible Happy Hour Minisode, Evan, Taran, and Pharoah Hound band members/Chartographers All Stars Jon Harvey and J.C. Sciaccotta debate Harry's worst song, discuss his self-destructive tendencies, his Beatles connections, and at one point he gets called "the Jessie J of '70s pop" so, ya know, we're basically counting on there to be some hot comments on this one. /// Our theme song for this episode is "The Devil...

Duration:00:36:08

#38 The Chartographers: Harry Nilsson, Pt. 2

7/16/2018
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When it comes to the hotly-anticipated debate of what the best Harry Nilsson album is, turn on your radio (or podcast app) and listen as Evan, Taran, and Pharoah Hound band members/Chartographers All Stars Jon Harvey and J.C. Sciaccotta get ready to put that lime in that coconut and get into the weeds. It's a hell of a discussion, and we and our arrows don't steer us wrong. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut album PROM KING...

Duration:01:00:38

#38 The Chartographers: Harry Nilsson, Pt. 1

7/9/2018
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We can't 'cast ... if castin' is without you. That's right, for this week's episode, Evan, Taran, and Pharoah Hound band members/Chartographers All Stars Jon Harvey and J.C. Sciaccotta dare to jump into the fire and talk about what everybody's talkin' about: the fascinating, frustrating, and fun career of the impish pop jester that was the one and only Harry Nilsson (Schmilsson). /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut album PROM KING (Carpark...

Duration:01:02:19

#37.5 Happy Hour Minisode: George Michael

7/2/2018
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After these young guns ranked George Michael's albums from worst to best, it's time to sit in a different corner for a new perspective. Evan, Taran, and special guest Carmen Barnes spend this glorious Happy Hour Minisode talking about George's worst song, his lovers, how useful/less his Wham! bandmate Andrew was, and so much more. /// 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...

Duration:00:29:23