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Episode 313: Harmony Of Difference - Kamasi Washington

Bolstered by the success of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and his own, uh, epic 2015 release, The Epic, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, along with the rest of The West Coast Get Down have spent the past few years popularizing jazz to a whole new generation of fans. On Harmony Of Difference, Washington is digging deep and exploring smaller themes like the meaning of life and our place in the universe. Kevin and Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling) sit down to discuss Kamasi's...

Duration: 00:58:15

Episode 212: Go-go As History Vol. 2

On August 15, 2017, Marcus K. Dowling convened the second in a series of panels entitled "Go-Go as DC History," a DC Public Library Go-Go Archive series intended to study the history of the Nation's Capitol through go-go, it's underground-to-mainstream beloved percussive and soulful sonic export. Dowling is joined on the panel by a mix of journalists and musicians with significant awareness of the history not just of the city, but of how the five iconic songs chosen for conversation in...

Duration: 01:58:31

Episode 311: Wildflowers - Tom Petty [Discologist]

David Bowie was from Mars. Prince was from another universe. But Tom Petty? Tom Petty was one of us. And now he's gone. Joining us in the basement to celebrate this legend's passing are our good friends Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling), the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Timothy Anne Burnside, and...Timothy's Mom. It's a bittersweet episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast as we eulogize one of the greatest storytellers of the modern era by...

Duration: 01:37:14

Episode 310: Wide Open - Michael McDonald

Between the domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of over fifty people and injured some 500 more and the passing of music legend Tom Petty, it's been a pretty rough week. Kevin has some thoughts about both. Michael McDonald is a legend and a virtual Zelig of the music industry. He has sung and played on your favorite hits, your favorite band's favorite hits, and delivered a few of em all on his own. Now he's back with Wide Open, his first collection of songs in...

Duration: 01:32:22

Episode 309: Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

David Rawlings has made a career out of being the literal best. His work with Gillian Welch and under the moniker of The Dave Rawlings Machine isn't just a shining example of how "pure" music can succeed; it is peerless. With Poor David's Almanack, Rawlings and crew are growing up (the Machine is no more) and digging deep into the traditions that continue to shape their musical direction and legacy. PLUS! The duo of Penny & Sparrow is taking Nashville, and the world by storm with their...

Duration: 00:50:20

Episode 308: Aromanticism - Moses Sumney

Moses Sumney has a voice from out-of-this world, and soul as deep as an ocean. On his debut LP, Aromanticism, the Los Angeles singer/songwriter swimming in a genre agnostic sea and coming back to land with one of the most unique, and best, albums of 2017. Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) and Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling) join Kevin in the basement to discuss this modern masterpiece. PLUS! Aaron Abernathy's latest Dialogue (out 10/16) takes a hard look at the...

Duration: 01:09:07

Episode 307: Hallelujah Anyhow - Hiss Golden Messenger

MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger may just be the Southern soul we deserve. On their ninth album proper (and fourth for Merge Records) the modern day skiffle-kings are delivering one of their strongest sets yet, and a salve for the troubles that ails ya in 2017. Kevin, Eduardo, and Andre are digging into this laid back, Saturday night groove of an album to let you know if it's worth all the hype. PLUS! Deer Tick is BACK, and they've got not ONE, but TWO albums to announce their return....

Duration: 00:51:36

Episode 306: Purgatory - Tyler Childers


Duration: 01:21:56

Episode 305: Shade - Living Colour

Legendary thrash/metal/punk/funk/jazz pioneers Living Colour have been breaking the mold since the late 80's, and now they're back with one of their most potent collection of songs to date. Shade taps into the band's roots in blues and hip-hop and signals an exciting new chapter in Living Colour's history, just when the world needs them the most. Kevin, Eduardo, and Marcus K. Dowling sit down to work through this powerful return to form one of the most important bands in rock-and-roll...

Duration: 00:59:41

Episode 304: London Southern - Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale may not be a household name, but it should be. With twenty-plus years in the industry behind him and a staggering twenty-seven albums under his belt, Lauderdale isn't just the real deal; He is legend. London Southern takes the country-music veteran back to the music that first inspired him, inviting the listener along on a journey of reflection on and celebration of timeless art that shapes the musical landscape to this day. PLUS! Ben Sollee is back and he's got a killer...

Duration: 00:54:08

Episode 302: American Dream - LCD Soundsystem

In 2011 James Murphy brought an end to one of the biggest and best indie bands that have ever been. Now it's 2017 and LCD Soundsystem is back with a new album and bigger than ever. Live from the cat apartment, Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo are taking on this American Dream to find out if it's the instant classic we all deserve, or just another non-essential comeback album from a band well past their prime. PLUS! The New York Times is talking to women who rock, and Eduardo is spinning a new...

Duration: 01:42:51

Episode 302: Faunaphor (Louis Weeks and Noah Berman)

Together or apart, long time musical collaborators Louis Weeks and Noah Berman have been creating some of the most forward thinking pop music of the past few years. When they started working on their latest project, it was familiar, yet different, and called out for something new. Out of this new collaboration, Faunaphor was born along with an exciting new phase of these old friends careers. At the beginning of the Summer Louis and Noah joined Kevin in the basement to talk about And There...

Duration: 01:17:14

Episode 301: A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs


Duration: 01:22:03

Episode 26: Return Of The Thing


Duration: 01:03:49

Episode 300: Generation Soundcloud with April + Vista

Soundcloud is one of the most ubiquitous "tools" used by artists and industry professionals alike since the collapse of the MP3 blog culture. Communities have built up within it, artists have been discovered through it, and Earlier this month, the music service announced that they were laying off 40% of their workforce, closing two offices, and, it was discovered, may only have enough cash to run for another 50 days. On our 300th episode (!!!) Kevin, Marcus and special guests April...

Duration: 01:46:04

Episode 299: In The Dark - Grateful Dead [Discologist]

By 1987 the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip was starting to wind itself down, but a surprise hit single ("Touch Of Grey") would catapult the band back into the spotlight, inspire an entirely new generation of fans whose size would, in the end, play a large part in the band's untimely demise.To celebrate it's 30th birthday, a group of proud Deadheads recently spent a Friday night in the basement with Kevin to talk through this divisive landmark in the band's history and try to figure out...

Duration: 01:08:30

Episode 298: Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples

With a string of mixtapes, EP's, and one LP behind him, hip-hop's Vince Staples has been making a mark on the new-rap landscape for years now. On his new album Big Fish Theory, he's taking the art form into the future and bringing us all along for the ride.Kevin, Marcus Dowling (Decades/Capital Wrestling), and Joe Lapan (Songbyrd Music House) dig into this landmark effort from the young MC, and consider what this means for the future of hip-hop, where Staples is going to land once he comes...

Duration: 01:14:49

Episode 297: Gaming The Playlist - Spotify and You

In a recent article on artist advocacy site CASH Music, journalist Liz Pelly investigated "The Secret Lives Of Playlists", and what she found out has sparked another cycle of controversy for the world's largest provider of streaming music, Spotify.Is payola running rampant in the world of playlists? Is that really a problem? Do streaming services have a "moral" obligation to artists or has the label system simply evolved, meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Casey Rae (The Priest They...

Duration: 00:42:51

Episode 296: OK Computer - Radiohead [Discologist]

With one of the biggest rock hits of all time ("Creep") and a genre defining guitar-rock classic (The Bends) under their belts, Radiohead had little left to prove when OK Computer was released in the Summer of 1997. Despite that, what they achieved was an album full of fear, anxiety, and beauty that quite literally changed the course of rock music as we know it.On the latest installment of our Discologist series, we're taking a look at everything that made this modern-day masterpiece...

Duration: 01:11:42

Episode 294: Andrea Avery - Author of 'Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano'

At the age of 12, Andrea Avery, a promising young pianist, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. In her debut, Sonata, Andrea tells the story of her struggle to hold on to music in general, and to a piano sonata by Schubert in particular, even as the disease catches up with her. Andrea’s memoir meditates on the lives of great composers as she tries to make sense of what it means to lose the ability to perform music. As it happens, Andrea and Eduardo went to high school together, so they...

Duration: 01:27:49

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