Episode 443: Tropical Fuck Storm's 'Braindrops'

Episode 443: Tropical Fuck Storm's 'Braindrops'

From the ashes of legendary Australian punk mainstay The Drones has risen the mighty Tropical Fuck Storm! On their follow up to 2018’s A Laughing Death In Meatspace, Gareth Liddiard and crew are tearing at the walls of sonic reality yet again, this time as they stare straight-faced into the coming apocalypse. Special guest PJ Sykes joins us to dissect one of the most raucous, and maybe most essential, releases of 2019. You’re probably not ready for Braindrops, but that’s OK…we’re here to help.


Episode 442: Casey (Rae) & William (Burroughs) and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll

Episode 442: Casey (Rae) & William (Burroughs) and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll

Musician. Educator. Podcast Host. Cat dad.

Casey Rae is a man of many talents, and with William Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll he adds “author” to that list. Equal parts history of and on-ramp to all things Burroughs, Cult tells the tales of the long strange trips that artists throughout rock ‘n’ roll history took to worship before their pope of dope,” how the words of one man influenced our modern world in ways we can hardly imagine, and much more!


Episode 441: Brad Mehldau's 'Finding Gabriel'

Episode 441: Brad Mehldau's 'Finding Gabriel'

Brad Mehldau, simply put, is one of the most respected living jazz players on the planet. He’s also one of the most prolific. Think Stephen King levels of prolific, but for music. Many of you may know him from his work covering some Radiohead tunes, but rest assured he is much MUCH more than that. In fact, on his new album Finding Gabriel, he is doing nothing less than searching for the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Suffice to say the album is HEAVY, but it’s also one of the most exhilarating listens of the year in any genre.


Jim James and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC]- 9/4/2019

Jim James and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC]- 9/4/2019

The captivating frontman of My Morning Jacket teamed up with Abrams and the National Symphony Orchestra to play a few selections from the upcoming album, alongside a few other original pieces.


Episode 440: The Messthetics' 'Anthropocosmic Nest'

Episode 440: The Messthetics' 'Anthropocosmic Nest'

Pairing one of today’s most gifted jazz guitarists (Anthony Pirog) with one of rock ‘n’ roll’s fiercest rhythm sections (Brendan Canty and Joe Lally) was always going to be a recipe for success, but on their sophomore LP Anthropocosmic Nest, Washington, D.C.’s The Messthetics are blowing past the old goals and delivering one of the most raucous and satisfying releases of the year. Wildly inventive with surprises awaiting the listener at every turn, Nest is an ecstatic proclamation of skronk-and-circumstance that says not only are The Messthetics BACK, but they’re here to stay!


Episode 439: Taylor Swift's 'Lover'

Episode 439: Taylor Swift's 'Lover'

Now that she’s found true love, on her new album Lover pop domineer Taylor Swift is stepping out of the shade and leaving the H8R/revenge life behind. Or is she? Avoid Swifty Eduardo Nunes joins us to talk through the good, the bad, and the awkward of Swift’s latest which ***SPOILERS*** most definitely does not “…hold the key to pop music’s survival” but also might not be that bad in the end.


Balún @ Songbyrd Music House [DC]- 8/19/2019

Balún @ Songbyrd Music House [DC]- 8/19/2019

Seven people on stage can be a recipe for chaos, but Balún have a method to the madness. The band, originally from Puerto Rico and now based in New York City, melds dream pop, IDM, and the Latin sounds of dembow (a musical rhythm very popular in reggaeton music) to create an exciting addition to the Latinx musical canon, a sound they call "dreambow." 


Episode 438: Purple Mountains

Episode 438: Purple Mountains

On August 7, 2019, beloved indie-rock poet laureate David Berman committed suicide, leaving his family, friends, and fans devasted. Purple Mountains, a sophisticated, sad, and often hilarious look at Berman’s interior and the world at large, is the final statement from an artist whose words and songs are stitched into the DNA of an entire generation. Join as we discuss Berman’s legacy, how depression and anxiety can crush us if we're not careful, and how an album that looks unflinchingly at the abyss can still offer hope in the darkest of nights.

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Beck / Cage the Elephant / Spoon @ Merriweather Post Pavilion [DC] - 8/24/2019

Beck / Cage the Elephant / Spoon @ Merriweather Post Pavilion [DC] - 8/24/2019

Who needs Woodstock when Merriweather's got the Night Running Tour, a festival-worthy lineup co-headlined by Beck and Cage the Elephant with a little help from Spoon and Sunflower Bean? Not too shabby.


Episode 437: Raphael Saadiq's 'Jimmy Lee'

Episode 437: Raphael Saadiq's 'Jimmy Lee'

After several years working behind the scenes, the legendary Raphael Saadiq returns to the spotlight to deliver his most personal, and compelling album to date. Jerry Lee (named after his brother who was an addict who died of AIDS) takes a profoundly human look at not just the consequences of addiction, but the underlying causes. Oppression comes in many forms in this world, and Saadiq explores that theme with compassion, an understanding of just how deeply all of us are connected, and a belief that it is only love that can save us in the end.


Episode 436: Mike and The Moonpies' 'Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold'

Episode 436: Mike and The Moonpies' 'Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold'

Austin, TX's Mike and The Moonpies have come a long way from playing the dancehalls of their native Texas. On their new LP, Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, the quintet is leaving the honky-tonk behind and exploring the sounds of smoothed out 70's Country with the help of their friends the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios, Cheap Silver is bringing countrypolitan "back" in a big way, and the results are a timeless listen that is also one of the years best.