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Episode 323: Reputation - Taylor Swift

Episode 323: Reputation - Taylor Swift

With six albums under her belt, Taylor Swift has built a career that has made her one of the biggest pop-stars in the world. So how is it that her latest album, Reputation is such a complete, million unit selling failure?

Kevin and Marcus K. Dowling - both avowed Swift fans - are taking one for the team and attempting to navigate the depths the most narcissistic, cultural appropriating, and, to be clear, worst album of 2017. 

Yea...we're where fun goes to die. 


Episode 301: A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs

Episode 301: A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs

First Up: Taylor Swift is gamifying the ticket industry? What does this mean for YOU and is this latest "big bad" really worth worrying about or should we be setting our sights higher.

Then...when Philadephia's Adam Granduciel started The War On Drugs with fellow mellow-rocker Kurt Vile back in 2006, the music industry was rapidly approaching the era of peak indie. Granduciel's small but intricate soundscapes stood out in a landscape dominated by fuss and flash, and on 2014's Lost In The Dream, the expanded lineup hit their stride with an album that balanced laid-back psychedelics with oceans of heart and soul. Dream earned The War On Drugs a rapidly growing fan base and a major-label deal, the results of which can be hard on their latest LP A Deeper Understanding. Kevin, Marcus, and Paul are digging into the band's latest forays to the edges of the sonicsphere to see if the trip is worth the journey, or The War On Drugs best days are behind them now.

Plus! Denver, CO's The Yawpers Boy In The Well, is the straight shot of rock-and-roll that we all need in 2017. Get a taste of this adrenaline fueled, high concept, punk-Americana masterpiece with the track "Mon Dieu." 


Episode 195: Caveman - Otero War

Episode 195: Caveman - Otero War

Kanye West. He can't, he won't and he don't stop...being an a-hole. (We) Discuss.

Caveman is a killer f@#@ing band who has made couple of killer f@#@ing albums. Their latest effort Otero War continues this trend with a little bit of sci-fi epic for good measure.

Do you love rock and roll? The Mystery Lights looooove rock and roll and they're here with a savage new track to testify for you. Dig it.


Episode 158: Two Inch Astronaut - Personal Life

Episode 158: Two Inch Astronaut - Personal Life

According to Rolling Stone, CD’s are making a comeback. Really real, or just a really slow news week?

Two Inch Astronaut are back with their latest LP Personal Life. Dig yer loud LOUD, and your 90’s inflected Pavement jams HUGE? Tune in and turn it up.

Alt-Country newcomer Marlon Williams is making the jump across the pond to try and hit it big in America. Get acquainted with this New Zealand crooner now because…well, just because dammit.

Nobody puts baby in a corner. And by "baby," we mean To Pimp A Butterfly.


Episode 133: Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete / Ryan Adams - 1989

Episode 133: Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete / Ryan Adams - 1989

This week we call an audible and call em like we see em. First up more TIDAL talk as we figure how to save the music industry for the 178th time. Then it’s the triumphant return of the Dave Rawlings Machine and an obvious deep dive into a lake of feels as we take on Ryan Adams take on Taylor Swift’s 1989. PLUS! Megafaun-er Phil Cook’s latest Southland Missions is a joyful explosion of soul and we’ve got a track for you to hear that proves it.

Tight deadlines. Shifting tastes. These things matter not to podcast jedi. Strap in. Turn it up. Here comes Episode 133 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.


Episode 122: Midyear Madness and Unsung Superjamz

Episode 122: Midyear Madness and Unsung Superjamz

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the midway point of 2015, but besides being a flat circle (obvs) time, the great equalizer, ever marches on. This week on the podcast, guests Marcus Dowling and Quinn Myers join Kevin and Paul as they dig deep into some of the year’s best music that slipped through our cracks/might not have received the attention it deserved down in the basement. It’s  the end of the “list", Taylor, Kendrick, shaolin monks and more on Episode 122 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Episode 121: Obsequiae - Aria Of Vernal Tombs / Elder - Lore

Episode 121: Obsequiae - Aria Of Vernal Tombs / Elder - Lore

This week on the podcast, Kevin and Paul are talkin’ METALLLL! Melding medieval instrumentation with the blackest and loudest sounds found in rock, Tanner Anderson’s Obsequiae project leans hard into the dungeons of old to create ear-quaking cacophonies of doom…but does it satisfy his dark lords? Meanwhile, somewhere in outer space, Boston’s ELDER hurls towards our home.  Their new album Lore promises sweet, sweet oblivion with a side of Yes-worthy prog, but does it rain hellfire supreme from the heaven’s below or does this trio still have a ways to go before their Charisma points are as maxed out as their Strength?

Plus! MORE Apple Music talk, SoundCloud might be breaking the blogosphere , Skyrim addictions and much, much more on Episode 121 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast! This one goes to 11.


Episode 90: - Streaming and You

Episode 90: - Streaming and You

Two weeks ago pop/country superstar Taylor Swift very publicly pulled her entire catalog from streaming music Spotify, and teh internets…well…it asploded. Some artists (like Swift) feel that they’re being “robbed” by this new format; some feel that streaming is not just the future, it’s the savior, of the music industry. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who’s getting paid? How much are they getting paid? Where does the consumer fit into all of this?

Tune in as guests Ali Sternburg (Policy Council, CCIA) and Marcus Dowling stop by the basement and go full “wonk” on the truth, lies, and harsh realities of this technology that impacts musicians and music fans alike. It’s an impassioned discussion about a topic that’s near-and-dear to our hearts on Episode 90 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.