Discord and Rhyme: An Album Podcast
030 (feat. Shivam Bhatt): Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory (1999)

030 (feat. Shivam Bhatt): Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory (1999)

August 20, 2019

Progessive metal titans Dream Theater are one of those “love them or hate them” bands that everybody seems to have an opinion on. Phil firmly falls into the “love them” category. On this episode, he and the crew take on one of Dream Theater’s most well-known albums, 1999’s “Metropolis Pt. 2 - Scenes From A Memory”, and get into the nitty gritty about what they like about it and what they don’t like about it. There’s a lot more discord on this episode of Discord And Rhyme than average, as the crew ranges from lovers (Phil) to the more skeptical (everyone else).

See https://discordpod.com/listen/030-dream-theater-metropolis-part-ii-scenes-from-a-memory-1999 for complete show notes. 

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 4, Tracks 16-23

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 4, Tracks 16-23

August 13, 2019
We're nearly at the end! In this episode: the dreaded second return of the Sonics, a cover of "Open Up Your Door" by Will's dad, a proto-Fall song, and a baffling but very cool record company mistake. Early access to these episodes is available at http://www.patreon.com/discordpod.
  • The Sonics - The Witch
  • The Electric Prunes - Get Me to the World on Time
  • The Other Half - Mr. Pharmacist
  • Richard and the Young Lions - Open Up Your Door
  • Paul Revere and the Raiders - Just Like Me
  • We the People - You Burn Me Up and Down
  • The Lemon Drops - I Live in the Springtime
  • Fenwyck - Mindrocker
Hear "Open Up Your Door" by the Lost Cause here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXAvTSJTeWo
 
Theme song based on "This Is Pop," written by Andy Partridge, with new lyrics by Adam Smith
 
Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie 
029: Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (1997)

029: Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (1997)

August 6, 2019

Arguably the rock-geekiest band of all time, Hoboken indie-rockers Yo La Tengo have internalized seemingly every album they've ever heard, and they mix these diverse influences into distinctive and tasty musical stir-fries. Sometimes they're noisy and deliberately sloppy, sometimes they're gorgeous and pensive, but they're almost always engaging, and I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is simultaneously their most accessible and their most eclectic album to date. It also happens to be Will's favorite album ever, so get ready for a heapin' helpin' of superlatives as he hosts this in-depth look at its 16 songs, along with fellow YLT fans Dan, Mike, and Rich. PLEASE NOTE: We said some swears in this one, hence the explicit tag. We just thought you should know.

See https://discordpod.com/listen/029-yo-la-tengo-i-can-hear-the-heart-beating-as-one-1997 for complete show notes.

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 4, Tracks 9-15

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 4, Tracks 9-15

July 30, 2019
A short and sweet one for you today! This episode features a batch of really great songs by bands no one has ever heard of. We're mostly rhyming here, but saved some discord for the end.
  • The Wailers - Out of Our Tree
  • The Harbinger Complex - I Think I'm Down
  • The Dovers - What Am I Going to Do
  • Charlatans - Codine
  • The Mystery Trend - Johnny Was a Good Boy
  • Clefs of Lavender Hill - Stop - Get a Ticket
  • The Monks - Complication
Theme song based on "This Is Pop," written by Andy Partridge, with new lyrics by Adam Smith
 
Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie 
028: The Moody Blues - To Our Children’s Children’s Children (1969)

028: The Moody Blues - To Our Children’s Children’s Children (1969)

July 23, 2019

We are commemorating the 50th anniversary of two world-changing events: the Apollo 11 moon landing and the release of To Our Children’s Children’s Children, the Moody Blues album it inspired. Dense but accessible, spine-chillingly beautiful, and toweringly ambitious, To Our Children’s Children’s Children pushed the band’s sound as far as it could possibly go. The five of us on this episode think it's their very best creation, and we tried hard to convey why we love this music with all our hearts. We can't fully explain what it means to us in a mere two and a half hours, but we sure tried.

See https://discordpod.com/listen/028-the-moody-blues-to-our-childrens-childrens-children-1969 for complete show notes.

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 4, Tracks 1-8

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 4, Tracks 1-8

July 16, 2019
We're in the home stretch! In this episode: the most 1967 title ever, a shockingly good song by a completely unknown band, one of the coolest song intros ever recorded, and the primordial garage-rock classic we've been training for this whole time.
  • The Chocolate Watchband - Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)
  • The Leaves - Too Many People
  • The Barbarians - Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl
  • Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Wooly Bully
  • The Strangeloves - I Want Candy
  • The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
  • The Knickerbockers - One Track Mind
Theme song based on "This Is Pop," written by Andy Partridge, with new lyrics by Adam Smith
 
Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie 
027: The Jam - Setting Sons (1979)

027: The Jam - Setting Sons (1979)

July 9, 2019

Get jammed by Discord & Rhyme! This week, we spotlight British punk rockers The Jam, specifically their 1979 post-punk opus Setting Sons. John, Rich, Dan, and host Ben unpack Paul Weller's dark subject matter and make the case that it can still result in fun — and even uplifting — music. It doesn't hurt that the band's spare, crackling energy makes even the dourest songs danceable, and that the 20-year-old Weller's worldview — cynical and biting, but somehow still hopeful — transcends the grimy streets of late-1970s England. Join four Yanks (plus one expat in an edifying guest appearance) as we discuss how Paul Weller's message resonates with us — even 40 years later, even Over Here, and even in our decidedly un-punky mid-thirties.

See https://discordpod.com/listen/027-the-jam-setting-sons-1979 for complete show notes.

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 3, Tracks 24-30

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 3, Tracks 24-30

July 2, 2019
We're 75% of the way through Nuggets. This episode includes a lengthy digression into the weirdness of J. Edgar Hoover, more questionable Shadows of Knight lyrics, a funny adolescent take on hallucinogens, and the return of Ted Nugent. Don't forget, you can get early access to these episodes through Patreon!
  • Unrelated Segments - Story of My Life
  • The Third Bardo - I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time
  • We the People - Mirror of Your Mind
  • The Shadows of Knight - Bad Little Woman
  • The Music Machine - Double Yellow Line
  • The Human Expression - Optical Sound
  • The Amboy Dukes - Journey to the Center of the Mind
Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie 
026: Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica (1969)

026: Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica (1969)

June 25, 2019

This week, the Discord and Rhyme crew settle in for a breezy, fast ‘n bulbous chat about one of the most infamously impenetrable albums of the 20th century. Sure, we could have made it easy on ourselves and chosen one of Captain Beefheart’s shorter, more accessible records, but where’s the fun in that? On this episode, Dan guides Mike, Phil, and Rich through Beefheart (and the Magic Band)’s 1969 magnum opus Trout Mask Replica, a double (yes, double) album that, depending on who you ask, is either a hugely influential, groundbreaking masterpiece or completely unlistenable noise. Listen as we discuss the insane story behind how the album was made, list the dozens upon dozens of bands and artists who have scrapped the album’s sound for parts in the decades since, and break down why people who enjoy it aren’t just trying to prove how cool they are.

See https://discordpod.com/listen/026-captain-beefheart-and-his-magic-band-trout-mask-replica-1969 for complete show notes.

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 3, Tracks 16-23

This Is Comp: Nuggets Disc 3, Tracks 16-23

June 18, 2019
In this episode: the dreaded return of the Sonics, a critique of punctuation in music, food synesthesia, and a learned discussion of balloon farms. Get early access to bonus episodes at patreon.com/discordpod.
  • The Sonics - Psycho
  • The Lyrics - So What!!
  • The Lollipop Shoppe - You Must Be a Witch
  • The Balloon Farm - A Question of Temperature
  • Mouse & the Traps - Maid of Sugar - Maid of Spice
  • The Uniques - You Ain't Tuff
  • The Standells - Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
  • The Mojo Men - She's My Baby
Opening music: The Hector Collectors 
 
Closing credits music: Kenneth Kraylie