Luna Honey’s new album Peace Will Grind You Down, finds the the humanity in the darkness while Blood Orange’s Negro Swan serves as a guide on how to make it through it. We’re checking in with both on our latest feels-packed episode.
U2's finest hour wasn't lifting us up singing about MLK, a spiritual celebration of the history of American music, or even future pop from the edges of our imagination: It was an insistent, eccentric, and infinitely prescient project that almost wasn't, named Zooropa.
Over the past few years, Israel Nash has been building a solid catalog of cosmic folk and country from his home-base in Dripping Springs, Texas, and his, ahem, uplifting new LP Lifted is the latest product of his time in the proverbial desert. PLUS we’re sitting down with Joachim Cooder to talk about his latest EP, Fuschia Machu Picchu!
Erin Rae joins us in the basement to talk about her stellar sophomore release Putting On Airs PLUS our review of Lori McKenna’s stellar new album, The Tree.
The otherworldly jazz titan Kamasi Washington and his friends are back with a fittingly epic follow up his 2015 jazz odyssey The Epic, and the results are out of this world.
HYPE has always been a part of the music/entertainment industry, but in 2018, have we gone too far? Increasingly, it's not enough anymore that an artist delivers a few great hooks. To succeed they have to be the greatest of all time, the savior of the music industry, or, even worse, the voice of a generation, all often without even having a single album under their belts.
On our latest episode, our friends Philip Basnight (Broke Royals) and Rafa (Rafa's One Man Band, Saduardo's actual brother) are joining us for a frank discussion about how we consume, market, share, and celebrate music in the modern era.
Washington, DC's Flasher made minor waves with their self-titled debut in 2016, and now the trio is back with a new label (Domino) and a fun-as-hell new LP, Constant Image. Recalling the late 80's heyday of gothic synthpop, Constant Image's outta time, place, and, most importantly, outta sight sound is the new hotness arriving just in time to save us all from another dreary Summer in the swamp.
PLUS! Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge's long-gestating project The Midnight Hour is finally out in the wild, and we've got a tasty track for you to turn the lights down lowwww and do whatever comes naturally for ya.
On our latest podcast, soul/jazz polymath Kadhja Bonet is back with the follow up to her remarkable 2016 debut, The Visitor, and the more things have changed, the more they have stayed the same. Bursting with the uniquely impossible smoothness and impeccable sophistication that defined The Visitor, Childqueen is a singular that mood feels as fresh as it does timeless. Special guest Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) joins us to journey through this latest weird and wonderful that Bonet has shared.
PLUS! Israel Nash is back with some potent good vibes, and we've got the first single of off his upcoming LP for you to get lost in!
Over the course of her almost twenty-five-year career, Neko Case has proven time and time again that she is a fierce force of nature to be reckoned with, which makes it a little weird to say that Hell-On is her most powerful work to date. Built on the literal ashes of a recent personal tragedy (her Vermont home/studio burned to the ground) and bursting with love over the joy found in even the darkest parts of our lives, Case's latest is a potent reminder of how deeply honest art can change the world, one listen at a time.
PLUS! Kingsley Flood is back with Neighbors & Strangers, there most poignant LP to date, and we're spinning a new single from it to help you fall in love with this raucous Boston/DC band all over again!
Barely a year after releasing his apocalyptic magnum opus Pure Comedy, Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) is back with another sonic journey into depravity. God's Favorite Customer finds the embattled monarch of the "poem zone" taking a break from battling the evils of modern times to engaging in bloody combat with his greatest enemy and nemesis: himself.
Special guests Lindsay Hogan (Talking LIke A Jerk) and Seán Barna join Kevin and Drew as we follow this modern day lizard king down the rabbit hole of his deepest insecurities and regrets to find out what's on the other side for one of this generation's most relentlessly talented (and relentlessly misunderstood) voices.
The soulful North Carolina by-way-of Wisconsin jack of all musical trades returns to the basement for a candid and hilarious chat with Kevin and Eduardo about his new LP, People Are My Drug.
Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.
In part five of our Sounds of Washington, DC series, Chris Richards (pop music critic for the Washington Post) is joining us to talk about the bone-crushing sounds of one of the cities most renowned exports: harDCore. From Bad Brains to Genocide Pact and everything in-between, it's about to get loud on the latest episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.
Before, "indie-rock," before "alternative," there was "college rock" and four arty dudes from Athens, GA were its KINGS. On our latest episode, we're looking back at R.E.M.'s Murmur, one of the most influential "rock-and-roll" albums of all time, thirty-five years after it changed the music forever.
After finally finding their "voice" on The Real Thing, there was nowhere to go but up for Faith No More, which makes it all that more remarkable that an album like Angel Dust exists. Considered by many to be the weirdest album ever released on a major label, Angel Dust fused rap-ish, metal, grindcore, juvenilia, psychedelia, The Commodores - basically everything but the kitchen sink - into what many consider to be one of the defining masterworks of the 1990's.
We're putting that praise to the test as three Faith No More devotee's and Kevin dig deep into an album that thrashes, howls, croons, and, most importantly has the cajones to play a song called "Jizzlobber" straight. Strap in, on, or whatever you damn well please for our latest and greatest episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
Sparkle Hard, Stephen Malkmus' seventh album with his band The Jicks, finds the indie-rock icon/god experimenting with a more "mainstream" palate, slinging some prerequisite Pavement vibes, and even recording one of the most political songs of his career. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Drew, and (Malkmus-superfan) Eduardo are dissecting the new LP to find out if Malkmus has still got "magic," or if his particular brand of indie-rock has seen it's better days.
PLUS! Whether they're from a far-away universe or somewhere deep within your mind (it is unclear, tbh), the Austin, Texas-based Golden Dawn Arkestra is inviting YOU along on their journey with the first single from their upcoming LP, Children Of The Sun!
Synth-rock provocateurs Stronger Sex have gone through several lineup changes over the past few years, but on their debut LP There Is No Stronger Sex the (now) duo of Johnny Fantastic and Leah Gage (both veterans of the DC DIY scene) have found their "final form," and the result is an electric and aggressively danceable album that is one of the most exciting releases of 2018. On our latest episode, Johnny Fantastic is joining Kevin in the basement for a frank discussion about the band's history, the importance of queer representation in the arts, dog-walker life, the value of personal identity, and the ultimate inevitability of Seán Barna.
Over the past fifty years and more than thirty-five albums and soundtracks, guitarist Ry Cooder has pushed boundaries, made history, and proved time and time again why many consider him to be one of the greatest musicians of all time.
On The Prodigal Son - his first album in five years - Cooder is going back to the crossroads to deliver a scathing (and often hilarious) indictment the times we're in through gospel and blues songs that have spoken to our condition for generations. Join Kevin, Eduardo and Drew as they dig into this remarkable artist's past, present, and what his legacy may mean for the future of music worldwide.
On his 15th album, Damien Jurado is coming back down to earth and leaving the cosmic vibes of Maraqopa for more familiar territory. The self-produced The Horizon Just Laughed finds the singer/songwriter coupling the more straightforward folk influences that could be found in his prior work with a 60's/70's pop sensibility to produce one of the most engaging and heartfelt albums of his career.
PLUS! Nashville's Erin Rae has a killer new album (Putting On Airs) coming in June, and we're spinning it's latest, heart-wrenching single "Bad Mind."
Even in the darkest of timelines, Janelle Monáe has always been the most triumphant of superstars, and five long years, Janelle Monáe is finally returning to music to claim her throne.. Featuring the likes of Grimes, Brian Wilson, and everyone in between, Dirty Computer lets its freak flag fly higher than fuck, and the results represent a landmark achievement in pop, hip-hop, funk, and whatever the hell else Monáe feels like proving she's better than the rest of us at.
PLUS! The Australian psych scene is on the rise again and Turtle Skull may be leading the charge. Check out a dank new track "Eden" from their upcoming self-titled EP.
Over the past few decades Country has dominated the music industry by embracing pop and hip-hop sensibilities, which makes Joshua Hedley's debut album Mr. Jukebox all that more refreshing. Forget "saving" country music, Hedley is merely laying down some great storytelling with a little twang, a time-tested recipe for feeling good, even if you're feeling bad. Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo are taking a spin with this surprise hit of 2018, so come along for the ride and feel the love!
PLUS! Philadelphia, PA's Hop Along is back with a new record - Bark Your Head Off, Dog - and it's giving Eduardo ALL of the feels so we're spinning a track to get your heart swelling along with him.