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Episode 296: OK Computer - Radiohead [Discologist]

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 great, why it has withstood the test of time, and how its techno-phobic, anti-fascist themes are almost horrifically as relevant today as they were twenty years ago.


Episode 276: Give Me The Night - George Benson [Discologist]

Episode 276: Give Me The Night - George Benson [Discologist]

WIth over forty albums, both live and in the studio, under his belt, jazz guitarist George Benson is one of the most respected and prolific musicians in music history.

In 1980 he teamed up with hitmaker Quincy Jones and with A LOT of help from their friends, crafted one of the greatest R&B albums/songs of all time.

For some reason, Kevin and Marcus thought it was a really good idea to talk about it.

Break out the Courvoisier and cashmere V-neck, because we're going IN on George Benson's sensational, sensual masterpiece, Give Me The Night!


Episode 259: Bobby Thompson of Revelator Hill

Episode 259: Bobby Thompson of Revelator Hill

After years of laying down the blues as a solo act and sideman extraordinaire, Washington, DC based guitarist Bobby Thompson and some of his closest brothers in arms have joined forces in their new band, Revelator Hill.

It's a conversation you don't want to miss when Bobby drops by the basement to chat about the new album, growing up on a steady diet of rock n' roll, over-the-top guitar nerdery, and more!


Episode 215: Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Episode 215: Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Spotify may be winning the streaming wars, but with a new round of rights negotiations ahead, will they be stopped in their tracks by the labels.

Chicago's Ryley Walker makes guitar music. Heady guitar music. On his latest album, Golden Sings That Have Been Song, we take yet another trip into the cosmos searching for answers that we may never find.

Sylvan Esso is back AF. Witness their new single "Radio". Rejoice.


Episode 192: William Tyler - Modern Country

Episode 192: William Tyler - Modern Country

Noah Berman (Louis Weeks) and Ian Taronji (The Lucky So & So's) are both formidable guitarists with connections to the DC scene. Kevin is also a guitarist, minus the formidable. Together the three are going full wonk on the instrument that has, in no small part, shaped their lives.

William Tyler is a guitarist. He is not connected to the DC scene. He also is not a hack. His new album Modern Country aims to prove that and then some.

Remember that time the band Avers rocked the f@#@ out of 2014 with their album Empty Light? Well, they're back, and we've got the first single off of their upcoming sophomore LP, Omega/Whatever, for you to shove in yer earholes and enjoy.

Any questions?


José González @ 9:30 Club - 3/7/15

José González @ 9:30 Club - 3/7/15

It’s been nearly eight years since José González has put out a solo album, during which time he has been busy with his band Junip, but that changed in February with the release of Vestiges & Claws, his third full-length release under his own name. His solo recordings distinguish themselves from the band by being quieter, more acoustic, and more directly focused on González as a singer-songwriter. So it was no surprise when, on Tuesday night at the 9:30 Club, his show was a sparser affair than when Junip last played at the venue in 2013.


José Gonzalez – “Leaf Off/The Cave”

José Gonzalez – “Leaf Off/The Cave”

SOUNDS LIKE:

Mellow, acoustic singer-songwriter material that still manages to be distinctive. For fans of artists like early Iron and Wine, Alexi Murdoch, or Bon Iver.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

It’s been nearly eight years since we’ve had a solo release from Jose Gonzalez, who has released two albums with his band Junip in the intervening time. In February, the singer-songwriter released Vestiges & Claws, his third solo album, from which “Leaf Off/The Cave” is taken. Little has changed since those earlier albums;