Discologist

Episode 324: Automatic For The People - R.E.M. [Discologist]

Episode 324: Automatic For The People - R.E.M. [Discologist]

After the surprise success of their thoroughly weird and seismic shift in their sound on their 1992 Grammy-winning LP Out Of Time, Athens, Georgia's R.E.M., promised a loud, raucous follow up. What they delivered instead was a monument to the joys of melancholy, loss, and the never-ending quest for beauty in the world. 1994's Automatic For The People, seen by many as the high point of the band's career, cemented their status as rock-and-roll legend's, and it's humanity still resonates today, twenty-five years later. 

Join us as we look back on this modern masterpiece and explore how it's meaning has changed for our panel of superfans so many years later, why some of its messages are MORE important today, and much more. 


Episode 299: In The Dark - Grateful Dead [Discologist]

Episode 299: In The Dark - Grateful Dead [Discologist]

By 1987 the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip was starting to wind itself down, but a surprise hit single ("Touch Of Grey") would catapult the band back into the spotlight, inspire an entirely new generation of fans whose size would, in the end, play a large part in the band's untimely demise.

To celebrate it's 30th birthday, a group of proud Deadheads recently spent a Friday night in the basement with Kevin to talk through this divisive landmark in the band's history and try to figure out if it's just true that "every silver lining's got a touch of grey" or if the Dead were, at long last "going to hell in a bucket."


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 282: Sign O' The Times - Prince [Discologist]

Episode 282: Sign O' The Times - Prince [Discologist]

Thirty years has passed since Prince dropped the strangest, most complex, and possibly best album of his career. A mash-up of Prince's past, present, and future, Sign O' The Times wasn't just Prince's boldest artistic statement to date, it was a game-changer for the artist AND the multitudes of artists that would (try to) follow in his footsteps for years to come.

Join Kevin, Marcus Dowling, Sarah Godfrey, and special guest Timothy Anne Burnside from the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a deep dive into what made this album so special and why its secrets, subtleties, and lessons are still being revealed and discovered to this day.


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 272: The Joshua Tree - U2 [Discologist]

Episode 272: The Joshua Tree - U2 [Discologist]

Thirty years ago a little "punk" band from Ireland changed pop music forever with the release of their fifth album, The Joshua Tree. Built on American roots music and soundscapes from the future, The Joshua Tree elevated the Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr from scrappy rock star activists to international superstars.

Join us as we explore the roots of this landmark album, it's impact on the musical landscape then and now, and it's relevance in a world that, 30 years later, is seemingly less changed than any of us could have hoped.


Episode 258: Marquee Moon - Television [Discologist]

Episode 258: Marquee Moon - Television [Discologist]

In 1977 a fussy proto/post punk band from NYC dropped one of the most influential albums in rock n' roll history. Forty years later, we're talking about why this fidgety masterpiece not only influenced and defined a generation of musicians, but why it sounds just as vital and savage as it did way back when.

That's it. That's the pitch.

Are you in, or is you isn't?


Episode 255: Faith - George Michael [Discologist]

Episode 255: Faith - George Michael [Discologist]

By the late 80's, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known to the majority of the world as George Michael, had already seen the heights of fame with his group Wham. He had experienced the power that artists could achieve by uniting their voices with We Are The World, and played an integral part in the video revolution that was MTV.  

But the best was yet to come.

In 1987, Faith, his debut solo album dropped and changed the face of pop music forever. Unabashedly open in matters of the heart, sexuality, and reverence for the rich history of American R&B, George Michael's masterpiece didn't just top the charts, it changed them immeasurably for the better.

Join us as we dive deep into this musical milestone with the help of our friends Sarah Godfrey and Marcus Dowling,

It's a celebration. It's a memorial. It's George Michael's Faith


Episode 246: Fugees - The Score [Discologist]

Episode 246: Fugees - The Score [Discologist]

If you turned on the radio In 1996 your ears were assaulted by the music of artists like Sublime, The Spice Girls, Gin Blossoms, The Prodigy, Alanis Morrisette, and more (the less said about "The Macarena" the better).

Then along came the Fugees.

In our inaugural edition of our new feature Discologist, Kevin is joined in the basement by Eduardo (Nunes)  and Marcus (Dowling) [Pitchfork, Bandcamp] for an epic hang to celebrate an album that changed the music industry and turned three relatively unknown artists into international superstars practically overnight.