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Episode 266: Trophy - Sunny Sweeney

Episode 266: Trophy - Sunny Sweeney

Streaming radio mainstay Pandora has finally revealed their Spotify/Apple Music competitor. Built on the ashes of Rdio, and released well into these streaming wars, will Pandora Unlimited change the game or is it too little, too late? We've got some thoughts.

Sunny Sweeney has made some damn fine country music in her relatively short career. On her latest LP Trophy, she's walking the fine line between growing up and keeping her "bad girl" edge and the result is her strongest album yet. 

PLUS! Senders hail from VALHALLA..err...Boston, and features our good friend Casey Ray on vocal duties. Get ready to rock with a taste of their new self-titled LP.


Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

One of my favorite quotes of all time can be attributed to one Hunter S. Thompson:

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl, Rolling Stone #155

The simple wisdom of that rallying cry has driven myself and so many other creative people I know for as long as I can remember, but never so much as in 2016, because, let me tell ya: SHIT. GOT. WEIRD.

From the death of David Bowie right out of the gate right up to the potential death of our democracy and all of the outrageous pit-stops along the way, 2016 delivered chaos in a way that no other year has in my forty-four years of existence.

It also delivered music.

So much legitimately great music in fact that it's almost pointless to parse any of this into a list when all of it struck to the core of different parts of what makes us human, and did so in a way that we haven't seen before, and likely won't see again for years to come.

Would I trade any of this awesome for maybe a little less chaos? Not a chance. But man alive, do we have great GREAT music to chew on for the next few decades now.

So here you go. A little order to the chaos. It's ultimately as meaningless as anything else I suppose, but to me, these are the things that meant everything in 2016. 


Episode 211: Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle

Episode 211: Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle

Sooooooo..Apple Music just bought Cash Money Records, guys. Hashtag "It's on!"

Lori McKenna is one of the most respected songwriters working "in" Nashville today. On her tenth album , The Bird & The Rifle she's stepping out once again and proving that whether it's behind the scenes or on the big stage, she's one of the best around.

On their latest album, Ambulance, Sweden's The Amazing have embarked on yet another sonic sojourn through the cosmos, and we've got a taste of the title track for you to hitch a ride on.


THE LIST for July 29, 2016: Walk On

THE LIST for July 29, 2016: Walk On

After two long weeks, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions have come and gone.  The speeches are done, the balloons are deflated, and the pundits are finally, mercifully silent. As we scan the aftermath of these twin carnivals of political excess, one truth becomes abundantly clear...none of these career politicians (except Uncle Joe) know how to pick an entrance song.

This week's List is humbly submitted as a non-partisan alternative to the middle of the road pop selections that typically pass for entrance music for our foremost politicians. Yes, some of these selections may be a bit "on the nose" and many would send members of the punditocracy directly to their respective fainting couches...but great leaders make bold choices and what better way to set the tone for your campaign than with a masterful walk up song. - Paul/Eduardo/Kevin/Patrick