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CCP Ep. #250: Fifth Anniversary Special | The Honest, Earnest, Authentic, and True Podcast

7/22/2017
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A Critical Look at Criticism: It's our FIFTH anniversary! That's five seasons at fifty episodes a piece, covering nearly that many albums, topics, as well as debates over what many would consider a trifling corner of cultural discourse. Five years has taught us that music truly is a boundless medium. And so, in our album discussions---incorporating everything from literary analogies to politics, psychology, sociology, life, love, pain, sorrow, and ever more complex conditions---we strive...

Duration: 01:56:36


CCP Ep. #249: Migration by Bonobo

7/21/2017
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Day 4! It's our last episode of the season, before our anniversary episode, and the project is Migration by Bonobo, the one-man project of British DJ Simon Green. Green describes Migration as "a study of people and spaces"; we'll briefly touch on that, but we're also interested in the artist's crafty use of texture and soundscapes. Let's have some analysis, some debate, and finally take a look at the idea of a cathartic experience vs. an antidotal experience. Continue reading

Duration: 02:17:31


CCP Ep. #248: Somersault by Beach Fossils

7/20/2017
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(More like summersault, am I right?) Known as Beach Fossils, the unassuming Brooklyn-based low-fi indie rock band's latest release is a head-scratcher alright --- enjoyable, catchy, yet difficult to explain apart from our, admittedly, singularly-minded compulsion to conform it to the summer season. Let's kick off the episode with a discussion on the ambiguous "summer album" before diving into Somersault itself by the Beach Fossils. Continue reading

Duration: 02:20:56


CCP Ep. #247: Peasant by Richard Dawson

7/19/2017
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Day 2! While it might seem that the word "folk" gets applied to just about everything these days, English songwriter Richard Dawson has the apparent distinction of existing both at the primeval and pioneering fronts of that genre. With his unusual cracked vocals crooning over a broken (yes, literally broken) guitar, Dawson gives us Peasant, transplanting us to a Britain of very long ago, where not everything is as it appears and where coarseness and beauty are one and the same. Let's...

Duration: 02:29:07


CCP Ep. #246: Dying Surfer Meets His Maker by All Them Witches

7/18/2017
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And we're back! It's time to play catch-up as we post some episodes from lost weeks and proceed to count down to our 250th episode, our 5th anniversary spectacular! Expect an episode of the Crash Chords each day 'til Saturday 7/22 --- that's five episodes for five years. Today's episode gets a bit on the 'trippy' side as we explore All Them Witches' 2015 release, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, a work of neo-psychedelic proportions with a blues heart. You know the drill: let's break it down,...

Duration: 02:06:17


CCP Ep. #245: Life is Good by Flogging Molly

7/1/2017
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After a six-year hiatus, the Celtic Rock staple of many-a merry pub crawler, Flogging Molly, has returned with a new album called Life is Good. (Isn't it though?) Let's spend an inordinate amount of time answering that particular question without answering it at all. Also, let's talk about the music. Then, after all the 'weighing ins' and 'reflecting upons', let's ponder the question of musical self-honesty. Continue reading

Duration: 02:41:53


CCP Ep. #244: Black Origami by Jlin

6/28/2017
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Funneled through the gates of Footwork and IDM are the sounds of Black Origami, a confluence of rhythmic theses, footnotes, and diatribes produced by composer/DJ Jerrilynn Patton (Jlin). Though only her second album, Black Origami is born of a collaboration with Indian dance & movement artist Avril Stormy Unger, and of a kind of artistic freedom she has long been seeking. Let's explore the album together and then return to a fond old subject: objectifying the subjective---or vice-a-versa!...

Duration: 02:26:45


CCP Ep. #243: Noenemies by Flobots

6/18/2017
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Where were you in September 2012? We were fumbling through the Flobots' last album, The Circle in the Square. And now, after many moons, we're tackling them again, hopefully with steadier hands and heads. Jonny 5, Brer Rabbit, KennyO, and company are back at it, releasing their first album in that timespan, Noenemies. We'll discuss the current state of Flobots, the new album and its content, while touching briefly on "having your back against the wall" so to speak---confronting the 'thens'...

Duration: 02:42:11


CCP Ep. #242: Every Where Is Some Where by K.Flay

6/8/2017
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Make way for K.Flay, the indie pop & rap artist whose introspective approach to songwriting and blend of singing styles warrant some proper dissection. Tackling her most recent LP, Every Where Is Some Where, we invite you to join us as we inspect the highlights and mull over a variety of details. With plenty of praise and plenty of debate, where do you stand in the track-by-track? Also stick around for a discussion on the fine line between comfort and propaganda. Continue reading

Duration: 02:29:52


CCP Ep. #241: Humanz by Gorillaz

5/25/2017
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It's time for everyone's favorite (and perhaps only) virtual band! Although we've inspected the work of Damon Albarn before, this is our first chance to take on the Gorillaz, an unrelated ensemble of animated musicians --- 2-D, Mudoc, Noodle, and Russel --- who, as far as we're concerned, are behind the music we're hearing. On their latest album, Humanz, the Gorillaz introduce a bevy of artists, both old and new, to help with the project and take on its variety of subjects. Let's follow...

Duration: 02:29:07


CCP Ep. #240: All the Way by Diamanda Galás

5/18/2017
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Today we're surveying the front lines of musical sensibilities. Avant garde singer, pianist, composer, and painter Diamanda Galás isn't your everyday rom-com soprano. With a voice that's been known to induce fear in a single note, bolstered by a three-and-a-half octave range, Diamanda's followers range from fringe jazz cats to left field metalheads. Let's let the work speak for itself; in this case, the work consists of peculiar re-workings of traditional jazz tunes… with a couple of...

Duration: 02:16:21


CCP Ep. #239: Rosetta by Vangelis

5/11/2017
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Let's traverse the cosmos to check in on our oft-mentioned composer of all things 'space', the one and only Vangelis. Although marrying electronic music to space-oriented themes is fairly intuitive, Vangelis, who cornered the market on it, also happens to have a penchant for paying homage to specific space missions. This time around, that homage is Rosetta, the musical play-by-play of the eponymous ESA probe's voyage to Churyumov–Gerasimenko [comet 67P]. From the origins of the comet to...

Duration: 02:35:12


CCP Ep. #238: Drunk by Thundercat

5/5/2017
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At the behest of listener (and former guest Devin Jackson Mullen of Anxious Kids Make Good People), today we're taking on Drunk, the latest project by Thundercat, the stage name of grammy-award winning bassist Stephen Bruner. Composed by Bruner, but with the help of long-time collaborator Flying Lotus and a myriad of guest artists, Drunk is a 23-track wormhole that explores the inventive and demented mind of the talented bassist --- under any and all of life's circumstances. Let's explore...

Duration: 02:44:51


CCP Ep. #237: Atlas by FM-84

4/27/2017
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Put on your speedos and roll, yes, roll down your windows. Today we're surfing through some retrowave, a genre that's all about those bygone times... but who's kidding who: those times are the 1980s. With a debut album called Atlas, FM-84 (the mostly one-man project of Col Bennett) introduces vocalists Josh Dally, Ollie Wride, and Clive Farrington to help him with his first LP. The idea certainly caught our attention, as did its striking album cover, but ultimately, does it pass the album...

Duration: 02:13:19


CCP Ep. #236: Actually, Extremely by Snooze

4/20/2017
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We are actually, extremely, keenly, and especially excited for today's album. (Really.) You'll want to stick it out to the end for this one as we've got a lot of material lined up for discussion courtesy of math rock band Snooze and their debut album Actually, Extremely. If you're unfamiliar with math rock, take a chance on the genre, take a chance on Snooze, and take a chance on us! Let's kick it off with some album art silliness and dive deep into some hardscrabble analysis. We also have...

Duration: 02:15:05


CCP Ep. #235: Performance by Age Coin

4/4/2017
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Another dip into the wide world of electronica, this week we're tackling an industrial techno album called Performance by Age Coin. Formerly of the band Lower, the duo behind Age Coin are Kristian Emdal and Simon Formann who, according to their label Posh Isolation, have (in Performance) divined "a cracked bump & flex from the condensation of a joyride." Well! Cryptic orders aside, we hope your ears are as prepped as ours for a full analysis of Performance as well as a discussion on the...

Duration: 02:04:24


CCP Ep. #234: Headspace by Issues

3/20/2017
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Once again, we're reaching deep into the grab bag... a mysterious album brought to us by a mysterious listener: The Mysterious Mark H. Past harbinger of Black Messiah and FFS, Mysterious's latest recommendation came with precious few clues, apart from it being dubbed "a curveball", thus distinguishing it from his previous picks. Without letting on too much, the album is called Headspace by the band Issues. (And do bear with us, as, in all great mysteries, the "big reveal" is nothing...

Duration: 02:22:59


CCP Ep. #233: Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

3/13/2017
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You might know him from Something Corporate, or even from Jack's Mannequin; well now, know him from his official solo project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. As the artist appears to have settled on the new stage name (for now), today we'll be looking at the second solo album released under that moniker, Zombies on Broadway. Afterwards, stick around for a discussion on how experiencing a live show or a studio album first can affect one another. Continue reading

Duration: 02:09:52


CCP Ep. #232: Oczy Mlody by The Flaming Lips

2/23/2017
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Oczy Mlody? ...Otshee Mwodee? ...Oxycodone? ...Whatever it is, it's the latest creation by alt rock veterans, The Flaming Lips. Inspired by phrases from a Polish translation of Erkine Caldwell's novel 'Close to Home', Oczy Mlody is certainly a head scratcher, easing us into a dreamlike haze, surprising us in moments, and challenging our rating system like never before. Stick around after the analysis [@2:12:34] for a discussion on evolving perspectives, multiple mindsets, and the effort to...

Duration: 02:40:00


CCP Ep. #231: Smooth McGroove Remixed by GameChops

2/16/2017
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You may have some catching up to do (or some skipping to do) if the following doesn't tickle your fancy... Video game music! Today, we're looking at a smattering of the old and the new (mostly old). But no, this isn't a fit of nostalgia, nor a "best-of" playlist; it's a collection of remixes, specifically of select projects by the popular YouTuber Smooth McGroove whose multi-layered 'a cappella' game theme covers seemed all-too-ripe for the not-so-tender techno touch. Released through...

Duration: 02:20:18

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