Discord and Rhyme: An Album Podcast
050: Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy (1973) and Aja (1977)

050: Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy (1973) and Aja (1977)

June 30, 2020

SCOOBITY WAH! Returning guest Libby Cudmore’s love for Steely Dan is so immense that we needed two albums to contain it. Much like the Oscars, we’re going without a host for our 50th episode, with Libby joining Rich, Mike, and Dan for 2+ hours of free-for-all Dansplaining. We’re specifically focusing on 1973’s Countdown to Ecstasy, where the Dan functioned as a full band under the command of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and 1977’s Aja, by which point Becker and Fagen had gone studio-only and ditched the band for a revolving door of experienced session musicians. Aja is a much smoother, “FM radio” album in contrast with Countdown’s breezy “AM radio” rock band vibes, but Becker and Fagen’s musical sensibilities and biting sense of humor made sure the Steely Dan identity remained intact throughout. So grab either a big black cow or a glass of scotch whisky and join us, because this is a really fun one.

NOTE: Rated Explicit for naughty language.

Cohosts: Dan Watkins, Rich Bunnell, Mike DeFabio, Libby Cudmore

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/050-steely-dan-countdown-to-ecstasy-1973-and-aja-1977

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MTV’s Never Mind the Mainstream Vol. 2, Tracks 12-16

MTV’s Never Mind the Mainstream Vol. 2, Tracks 12-16

June 23, 2020
Our last round of ignoring the mainstream includes attempting to explain Bjork, discussing celebrity philanthropy, and buzzing your eardrums. 
 
The Sugarcubes - Birthday | Hüsker Dü - Could You Be the One? | Faith No More - We Care a Lot | Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone | Wire - Eardrum Buzz
 
Cohosts: Chris Willie Williams, Rich Bunnell, Dan Watkins
 
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Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie 
049: Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)

049: Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)

June 16, 2020

John enjoyed taking part in the episode on Songs in the Key of Life so much that he demanded to host his own Stevie Wonder episode. This week, John leads Ben, Rich, and Phil in a discussion on Innervisions, Stevie’s 1973 masterwork that showed him capable of making music that could not only entertain but also speak to weightier matters of racism, spirituality, and philosophical introspection. Come join us as we admire an album that hits every bit as hard today as it did upon release, and whose presentation of the full range of human emotions suggests that, no matter how terrible things may seem, there’s always cause to have some hope.

Cohosts: John McFerrin, Ben Marlin, Rich Bunnell, Phil Maddox

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/stevie-wonder-innervisions-1973

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MTV’s Never Mind the Mainstream Vol. 2, Tracks 7-11

MTV’s Never Mind the Mainstream Vol. 2, Tracks 7-11

June 9, 2020
Time for another episode of discussing Never Mind the Mainstream! During which Amanda came down with a mild case of COVID-19 and was therefore unable to come up with a pithy description.
 
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On | Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon | Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart | New Order - The Perfect Kiss | Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
 
Cohosts: Mike DeFabio, Phil Maddox, Rich Bunnell 
 
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Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie 
048: Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique (1989)

048: Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique (1989)

June 2, 2020

So you like samples, huh? Well, have all the samples in the world! In our Deltron 3030 episode, Producer Mike waxed poetic that hip-hop “can contain the whole world,” and the Beastie Boys tried to do exactly that on Paul’s Boutique. Seeking to level up as artists, the Beasties broke with Def Jam, moved to Los Angeles, and teamed up with producers and seasoned crate-diggers the Dust Brothers. The result is a miasma of light-speed references and samples, with a sonic palette drawing from ‘70s funk, old-school hip-hop, and whatever else the Dusts had lying around. It blew Mike’s mind as a teenager and budding producer, and this week he’s leading Rich, Phil and hip-hop noob John through a true bouillabaisse of an album, and a great hip-hop gateway drug for rock fans. Shake your rum-PAH!

Cohosts: Mike DeFabio, Rich Bunnell, Phil Maddox, John McFerrin

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/048-beastie-boys-pauls-boutique-1989

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MTV’s Never Mind the Mainstream Vol. 2, Tracks 1-6

MTV’s Never Mind the Mainstream Vol. 2, Tracks 1-6

May 26, 2020
Back to ignoring the mainstream! In which we analyze R.E.M., criticize Morrissey, and learn that this is not a love song.
 
R.E.M. - Orange Crush | Public Image Ltd. - This Is Not a Love Song | Ramones - Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? | X - Burning House of Love | Ministry - Stigmata | Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday
 
Cohosts: Mike DeFabio, Phil Maddox, Chris Willie Williams
 
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Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie 
047: The Handsome Family - Singing Bones (2003)

047: The Handsome Family - Singing Bones (2003)

May 19, 2020

Far from any road, husband-and-wife duo The Handsome Family create beautiful indie folk/country that uses centuries-old musical traditions as a vehicle to explore, mourn, embrace, or giggle at human nature (and folly) from a perspective all their own. On this episode, Will enlists Amanda, Dan, and Rich to discuss the Handsome Family's sixth and oddest album, Singing Bones. Join us as we examine the way these songs shimmer and simmer, and attempt to determine if that's a result of heat rising from the boiling Albuquerque terrain or because we're listening through the murk of disconsolate ghosts.

WARNING: We said some bad words in this episode, in case that is something you are concerned about.

Cohosts: Chris Willie Williams, Rich Bunnell, Amanda Rodgers, Dan Watkins

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/047-the-handsome-family-singing-bones-2003

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In Memoriam: Adam Schlesinger - Our Favorite Songs

In Memoriam: Adam Schlesinger - Our Favorite Songs

May 12, 2020

We usually take a week off between comps, but one of our favorite songwriters, Adam Schlesinger, passed away in April from complications related to COVID-19, and we wanted to do his career justice. Schlesinger is most famous for the retro soundtrack cut "That Thing You Do" and Fountains of Wayne's 2003 Cars pastiche "Stacy's Mom," but the songwriter was a workhorse, and his career had a truly wild level of variety. Ben, Rich, and Will know Fountains of Wayne the best, so most of the episode is focused on their songs, but we hit on the full kaleidoscope of Schlesinger's career, from his work for the CW sitcom Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to an oddball power pop supergroup fronted by Taylor Hanson.

046: Jethro Tull - Stand Up (1969)

046: Jethro Tull - Stand Up (1969)

May 5, 2020

Jethro Tull started their career as a hardcore blues band. Within a few years, they were a hardcore progressive rock band, writing album-long suites of extraordinarily complex music. While both of those eras are interesting, the brief period between the two - where the band had moved away from the blues, but hadn’t yet completely progged out - is some of the best music of its era. Sadly, it doesn’t get discussed nearly enough these days. In this episode, Phil, along with Ben, John, and Mike, get dive into this era with 1969’s Stand Up - a contender for the best album Tull ever released. So - don your codpiece, jump on one leg, and join in the fun as we discuss one of the best (and most overlooked) rock albums of 1969 (along with several contemporary singles that, while not on the album proper, are far too good to ignore).

Cohosts: Phil Maddox, Mike DeFabio, Ben Marlin, John McFerrin

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/046-jethro-tull-stand-up-1969

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Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 2, Tracks 20-25

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 2, Tracks 20-25

April 28, 2020
Motown time is here again! In which we learn the bonkers recording history of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," equate the Supremes to the Beatles again, and despair at what we've done with our lives compared to Stevie Wonder.
 
Diana Ross & the Supremes - Love Child | Marvin Gaye - I Heard it Through the Grapevine | Stevie Wonder - For Once in My Life | Diana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me | Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes of the Brokenhearted | Brenda Holloway - You've Made Me So Very Happy
 
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Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, John McFerrin, Amanda Rodgers
 
Theme music: "The Motown Song" by Rod Stewart feat. the Temptations
 
Closing credits music by Kenneth Kraylie, originally composed by Andy Partridge with new lyrics by Adam Smith of the Hector Collectors
 

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