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Episode 404: Julian Lage's 'Love Hurts'

Episode 404: Julian Lage's 'Love Hurts'

On his latest release Love Hurts, jazz guitar wunderkind Julian Lage is making bold steps towards furthering his reputation of being one of the most visible and respected figures the ongoing jazz renaissance of the past few years. Presenting classics of American jazz, folk, and even some rock and roll through the lens of his trio (featuring Jorge Roeder on bass and Dave King on drums) Lage draws listeners old and new into some familiar territory while still managing to get some of his exquisite ya-ya’s out in the process.

Join us as we make a jazz with our guest Casey Rae and dig into the latest from one of the modern eras most exciting and talented voices in jazz, or any other genre.


Episode 366: Sparkle Hard - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Episode 366: Sparkle Hard - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Sparkle Hard, Stephen Malkmus' seventh album with his band The Jicks, finds the indie-rock icon/god experimenting with a more "mainstream" palate, slinging some prerequisite Pavement vibes, and even recording one of the most political songs of his career. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Drew, and (Malkmus-superfan) Eduardo are dissecting the new LP to find out if Malkmus has still got "magic," or if his particular brand of indie-rock has seen it's better days. 

PLUS! Whether they're from a far-away universe or somewhere deep within your mind (it is unclear, tbh), the Austin, Texas-based Golden Dawn Arkestra is inviting YOU along on their journey with the first single from their upcoming LP, Children Of The Sun!


Episode 364: The Prodigal Son - Ry Cooder

Episode 364: The Prodigal Son - Ry Cooder

Over the past fifty years and more than thirty-five albums and soundtracks, guitarist Ry Cooder has pushed boundaries, made history, and proved time and time again why many consider him to be one of the greatest musicians of all time.

On The Prodigal Son - his first album in five years - Cooder is going back to the crossroads to deliver a scathing (and often hilarious) indictment the times we're in through gospel and blues songs that have spoken to our condition for generations. Join Kevin, Eduardo and Drew as they dig into this remarkable artist's past, present, and what his legacy may mean for the future of music worldwide. 


Episode 355: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Wye Oak

Episode 355: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Wye Oak

Over twelve years and six albums, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have proven time and again that their talents know no boundaries. Their new LP The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, finds the experimentation that the duo has been pursuing over the past few years - both within the constraints of Wye Oak and through various solo projects (Flock of Dimes, El Vey, Dungeonesse)  - coalescing into a real evolution of the band that isn't just their strongest release to date, but one of the best albums of 2018. Join us as we try to suppress our fanaticism and explore what makes this record so singular, and such a milestone for one of indie rocks greatest bands.

PLUS! Phil Cook is BACK and here to help you through this life with the first track off of his upcoming LP,  People Are My Drug.


Episode 338: Van Halen - Van Halen [Discologist]

Episode 338: Van Halen - Van Halen [Discologist]

In the late 70's on the Sunset Strip an, ahem,  eruption of pure rock-and-roll was about to occur, and it was to be led by four dudes by the name of Eddie, Alex, David, and Michael. Van Halen didn't just bring "ass-rock" into the 80's, the guitar wizardry of Edward Van Halen revolutionized the electric guitar in every way, from how it was played, to the gear that was used to keep it dialed up to 11.

Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary this monster of rock with our friends Casey Rae (author, 'The Priest They Called Him: William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll') and Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Medium). We're on a quest to find out what makes rock-n-roll tick once and for all - or at least say the word "cock" a lot. 


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;