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Episode 300: Generation Soundcloud with April + Vista

Episode 300: Generation Soundcloud with April + Vista

Soundcloud is one of the most ubiquitous "tools" used by artists and industry professionals alike since the collapse of the MP3 blog culture. Communities have built up within it, artists have been discovered through it, and 

Earlier this month, the music service announced that they were laying off 40% of their workforce, closing two offices, and, it was discovered, may only have enough cash to run for another 50 days.

On our 300th episode (!!!) Kevin, Marcus and special guests April George and Matt Vista (April + Vista), are discussing what this collapse could mean for artists, the blogosphere and the industry at large, and figuring out how to save the music industry in the process*

PLUS: Thoughts on the future of the cast, and a listen to a track that is nearest and dearest to our hearts. 

*Spoiler: We don't save the music industry


Episode 274: DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Episode 274: DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar may well be the "best rapper alive" but beyond all the hype, he's an artist who wears his vulnerability on his sleeve. On DAMN., his follow-up-proper to 2015's landmark LP To Pimp A Butterfly, the Compton native takes listener on a journey through his often tortured psyche, the community he comes from, and what it means to have faith in faithless times. 

Come hang with Kevin, Marcus Dowling (Decades, Bandcamp), Ian Taronji (The Lucky So & So's), and Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) as we dive deep into this complex statement from one of today's biggest, and most important stars. 

PLUS! We've got your first taste of the DC-based cosmic collective Nag Champa's upcoming EP for you to sink your MIND into. Buy the ticket. Take the ride...


Episode 257: Prisoner - Ryan Adams

Episode 257: Prisoner - Ryan Adams

This year, the Grammy's made it clear that they may have some...issues to work through. Kevin and Marcus Dowling (Bandcamp/Pitchfork) try to clear the air on how the esteemed organization really functions, and what you, YES YOU, might be able to do to change that.

Ryan Adams is one of the most prolific, and most successful singer/songwriters of the past 20 years. On Prisoner, his 16th LP, he's mining the pain of his recent divorce and the glory of 80's rock n' roll in equal measure? Is it another hit for the man with all the feelz, or is Adams just treading water? Tune in and find out.

PLUS! Ibibo Sound Machine is coming soon to a stereo near you. Get to know them and their single "Give Me A Reason" so you can get hype like us. 


Episode 248: PODJAM! 2017 Cometh!

Episode 248: PODJAM! 2017 Cometh!

Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) and Casey Rae (Sirius XM) join Kevin in the newly upgraded rock-basement to prognosticate about the year before us. We all know about the seismic shift in American politics that is about to take place, but what will it mean for music in 2017? The arts in general? Florida Georgia Line?

Grab your beverage of choice and strap in for 2017's very first PODJAM as we search for answers to these questions and much, much more.


Episode 242: Podjam - State Of The Union 2016

Episode 242: Podjam - State Of The Union 2016

In our final regular podcast of 2016, we're enlisting Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds), Joe Lapan (Owner, Songbyrd Music House), and Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) to work through the year that was here in our hometown of Washington, DC, take a look at the "big picture", and much, Much more. 

PLUS: Thoughts on the tragedy of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, CA. What can we do to help, and what can we do to try and make sure this doesn't happen again. 


Aaron Abernathy w/Nat Turner @ Tropicalia - 10/20/16

Aaron Abernathy w/Nat Turner @ Tropicalia - 10/20/16

On October 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match in Kinshasa, Zaire. Regarding the fight, Ali’s loquacious corner-man Drew “Bundini” Brown noted about Ali fighting in Africa that the bout symbolized the icons going “f]rom the root to the fruit, that's where everything started at. This is God's act, and you are part of it. This is no Hollywood set, this is real.”

Washington, DC-based Aaron Abernathy and his backing band Nat Turner’s performance at quaint, underground Nation’s Capital venue Tropicalia was as rooted in music’s historical traditions and as long as four “Rumbles in the Jungle,” plus similarly as “real” in presentation. Just like Ali, at the end of his 90-minute set, the soulful singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/composer who has just released his first, critically-acclaimed album Monologue emerged exhausted, yet victorious in winning over a jam-packed room of R & B fanatics.


Episode 198: Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Episode 198: Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Word is starting to come out that Apple might be in talks to buy Jay Z's TIDAL. Is this the beginning of the end of the streaming wars or...nah...that's totally what it is.

Laura Mvula's second album The Dreaming Room, is a symphony of soul and jazz that's pushing the boundaries of both genres. Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor at Bandcamp) and Marcus K. Dowling (Getting Overjoin us to celebrate one of this years must hear albums. 

Sara Watkins (Nickel CreekI'm With Her) is back with a new LP, Young In All The Wrong Ways, and we've got the title track for you to get lost in.


Episode 160: Animal Collective - Painting With

Episode 160: Animal Collective - Painting With

It's Kesha vs Dr. Luke in a battle for the very soul of the music industry...maybe.

Animal Collective is back with their latest consciousness expanding opus, Painting With. But is it a blissed out journey of enlightenment, or just a bad trip to bummerville.

Bill Frisell's latest, When You Wish Upon A Star, is a sonic ode to television and movie themes beloved by everyone.

Marcus Dowling is in the house. Like a BOSS. Accept. No. Substitutes. 


Episode 137: RIP Pitchfork?

Episode 137: RIP Pitchfork?

Earlier this week the monolithic music website Pitchfork announced that they had been acquired by monolithic mega-publisher Condé Nast, throwing teh internets into a frenzy. Is this the end of music journalism? The death knell of the modern "tastemaker?" An opportunity for a new golden age of criticism to begin? We invited Marcus Dowling and Random Nerds Editor-In-Chief, Bryce Taylor Rudow to the basement to get to the bottom of it all in this BONUS EPISODE of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.


Episode 70: Purple Rain at 30

Episode 70: Purple Rain at 30

In June of 1984, a diminutive musician from the most unlikely of musical hotbeds started a revolution with the release of his magnum opus, Purple Rain. Part film, part soundtrack, part fiction, part autobiography, and all rock n’ roll, it didn’t just charge across racial divides to conquer the radio, box office AND the album charts, it shattered any notion that we had as a culture that there were limits to what we can create. Pulling from every conceivable style of music and sounding like none, Purple Rain wasn’t just the high water mark of Prince’s career; it was the purest expression of everything he’s done before, or since.

Thirty years after this landmark achievement, Kevin, Adam, Derek, and Marcus “gather(ed) here today” not just to “get through this thing called life,” but to try to figure out just what makes Purple Rain tick, discuss its impact on music today, share stories of growing up with such a grown up record, and more. 


TRACKING: P!nk featuring Lily Allen - "True Love"

TRACKING: P!nk featuring Lily Allen - "True Love"

 

SOUNDS LIKE: What happens when arguably the two female artists that have best excelled at articulating the edge of the pop zeitgeist in the past decade collaborate.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: P!nk's latest single from The Truth About Love - her sixth studio album - does a stellar job of proving that the best pop music comes when artists have absolutely nothing left to prove.