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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

#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

#37 The Chartographers: George Michael

6/25/2018
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Download this ep / Before you go-go / So you can listen to it / On the road-road! That's right: Evan, Taran, and special guest Carmen Barnes proudly declare that Wham! mastermind George Michael is our Father Figure this week, and rank a combined discography of both Wham! and solo George material. We don't wanna say how quickly we'll get to our #1 pick, but along the way, there will be some Fastlove ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "Can't You See" by Skylar Spence off of his debut...

Duration:00:59:32

#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 2007...

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 PROM...

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 is...

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