Episode 96: Best of 2014

Episode 96: Best of 2014

2014 was a huge year for great music, so in like fashion we’ve got a HUGE podcast to finish the year out. Paul, Adam, Quinn, Tori, Brian, Carrie and Seàn join Kevin in the basement to talk about their favorite songs, albums and artists of the year, and what everyone is looking forward to in 2015. PLUS! One last round of “Prince is a dick” to decide once-and-for-all if Prince really is…well…you get the picture.

So strap in loyal listeners as the ChunkyGlasses gang takes on the year that was on Episode 96 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – Best Of 2014!


Best Of 2014: Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Best Of 2014: Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Sounds Like:  

The Band had a baby with Television; Midwestern Radiohead

Why You Should Care:

So, an important person in your life likes Wilco. Should you buy this person Alpha Mike Foxtrot, the recently released set of B-sides and live cuts? The answer depends only on your loved one's level of Wilco fandom. The hardcore completists will have chased down these tracks on 90s alt-country compilations, soundtracks, and hard-to-find releases, and may, as a consequence, be underwhelmed by the lack of never-before-heard material. But even the most hardcore fan will find value in the high sound quality of the release, the live cuts, and Jeff Tweedy's track-by-track liner notes, replete with his trademark self-deprecation.


BEST OF 2014: Pretty - "Mustache In Your Face"/ Local Customs: Cavern Sound

BEST OF 2014: Pretty - "Mustache In Your Face"/ Local Customs: Cavern Sound

SOUNDS LIKE:

A spirit in the sky that lost itself in a subterranean hole; the shag floor of the grooviest van on the block.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

It’s no secret that Chicago’s Numero Group is pretty much the raddest practitioner of audio anthropology this side of, well, EVERYONE, but in 2014 they outdid themselves. Drop Purple Snow, a bootie-shaking anthology documenting the “caveman”-era (read: pre-Prince)  Minneapolis sound onto an unsuspecting public? Groovy, but not enough. Release Separate Oceans (reviewed on THIS podcast), a collection of unsung musical hero Ned Doheny’s best (and not-so-best) smooth jams for all the world to groove to? Simply not enough. A deep dive into the hard-rock underground of the 70's COMPLETE WITH IT'S OWN BOARDGAME? NOT. ENOUGH. 

 


Episode 95: Best Of 2014 - DC Edition

Episode 95: Best Of 2014 - DC Edition

Kicking off our two-part wrap up of the year in music, Quinn, Tori and Paul from Hometown Sounds stop by the basement to shine a light on some of the best music DC had to offer this year. Typefighter, The Cowards Choir, Priests, Seàn Barna, Lauren Calve and more all helped make 2014 one of the best years for DC music in recent memory, and it’s only getting better. So tune in as we play some of our favorite tracks and discuss the past, present and future of the scene we know and love on Episode 95 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – Best of 2014 DC EDITION!      

 


Episode 94: Marian McLaughlin

Episode 94: Marian McLaughlin

In our latest podcast (and last regular podcast for 2014) we sit down with the wonderfully unique Marian McLaughlin. Her sublime work on her debut Dèrive , released early in 2014, has led Marian and her musical cohorts from the smallest of smallest of house shows to being featured on NPR’s acclaimed Tiny Desk Concert series and back again. Kevin sat down with Marian to discuss what the future holds for the talented musician including her artspace/home The Holy Underground in Baltimore, her plans - including her in progress Kickstarter -  for her second album Spirit House, and much much more.

It’s the last regular podcast of the year and we’re going out on a high note on ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast Episode 94!

 


Episode 93: Astra Via

Episode 93: Astra Via

Both formidable musical talents on their own, together Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay make up the electro-pop duo known as Astra Via! Prior to the release of their upcoming EP SUPERBESTLUCKYSONGS (due out 12/16 on Aerobic International) Adam sat down with his friends and past collaborators to talk their long, strange trip of a music career, Cracker Barrel, some ugly truths about the industry, and much, much more.

PLUS! Because Astra Via loves you,  A LIVE IN THE BASEMENT performance of SUPERBESTLUCKYSONGS track “Action Junkie” to put in your ears and enjoy early and often!


Episode 92: Hometown Sounds

Episode 92: Hometown Sounds

This week we’re delivering a double-stuffed podcast just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s no secret that the DC music scene has been blowing up, and for the past three years one of the scene’s biggest supporters has been Hometown Sounds. Part internet radio, part blog, and part podcast, Paul Vodra and Tony Porreco have been working overtime to make sure the best and brightest sounds DC has to offer makes it to the place that’s most important: Your Ears.

Recently the pair paid a visit to the basement to chat with Kevin about the scene, podcasting, the ins-and-outs of music licensing and much, much more. So tune in, kick back, and loosen your belt as we serve up our latest episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast with the good gentleman of DC’s one and only Hometown Sounds. 


Episode 91: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

Episode 91: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

It’s been 20 years since we’ve heard from Pink Floyd, but now they’re back to bid one final goodbye and journey on down The Endless River. How does this this mostly instrumental album comprised of Division Bell “outtakes”, and musical vignettes stack up? Journey down the Floyd-hole with Kevin, Paul and Adam as they review the new album and revisit the long-history one of their all-time favorite bands on the podcast they were BORN TO DO - Episode 91 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

 


Wanted Man - "Pardon Me If I Stare"

Wanted Man - "Pardon Me If I Stare"

Sounds Like:

A turbo-charged Southern Culture On The Skids; Hundred Visions if they ‘grew up’ in DC; a garage rawk assault on your good sensibilities; Elvis-cool punkabilly; the bar band that should have been in every fight scene in Road House 

Why You Should Care:  

Part noise, part swing, and all swagger, DC’s Wanted Man have risen up from the basements and back-rooms of the Nation’s Capital to do one thing, and one thing only: ROCK YOU.


Jungle Fire - "Firewalker"

Jungle Fire - "Firewalker"

Sounds Like:

The Budos Band scoring a Quentin Tarantino film.

Why You Should Care:  

No current band is exploring Afro-Cuban rhythms with the talent and precision of L.A.’s Jungle Fire, who released their first LP, Tropicoso, a few short weeks ago.  Formed in 2011 as a one-off, Jungle Fire built its reputation through well-received club dates and as an opening act for the likes of Shuggie Otis and Lee Fields. On its website, the band describes its sound as a "melting pot of Afro-Cuban rhythms, breakbeats, and 70s inspired funk." “Firewalker” demonstrates that an Afro-Cuban funk track can succeed as a dance club single. You cannot resist this beat.