Have you ever debated who your favorite band is with your friends? Or, debated who is the best drummer in the world? Or, what's the greatest jazz album of all time? If so, then we've got the podcast for you. On "The List" four friends, and band mates, discuss and argue about all their favorite music. We'll also have exciting guests periodically who chime in as well. Take a listen and see if your list stacks up to ours! For questions about the pod, hit us here www.twitter.com/TheRightFiction
Replay Episode (with added surprises!)- E11 Favorite Classical Composers
Classical music has so much to offer. It can get you hyped (think Philip Glass’ Glassworks IV: Rubric). It can give you those memorable melodies (think Gustav Holst’s Jupiter.) It can even give you your pop music fix (think Tolga Kashif’s “The Queen Symphony,” which is based on the music of the band Queen).
Yes, it can be hard to get into sometimes, but if you are able to take the time to explore classical music, it has much more to offer than you think. On today’s pod we’ll help shine a light on a few composers to start your classical music journey. So, hangout with us for a bit as we give you our favorite classical composers.
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Some artists we mention today include:
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Replay Episode - E39 Favorite Songs With Drum Machine
While the first drum machine was created sometime in the 1100 or 1200's by Ismail al-Jazari, it wasn’t till the 1980’s when the Linn LM-1, was introduced and was adopted by rock and pop artists including Prince and Michael Jackson and the Roland TR-808 began to significantly influenced the development of dance music, especially electronic dance music, and hip hop. As time rolled on, the drum machine was everywhere in pop music to the point where songs today we think might be live drumming are in fact drum machines. As a fans of real drums, the overwhelming use and popularity of drum machines leaves us with quite a few questions of how they have helped or hurt music (and drummers in particular). Well on today’s show we’ll examine this question and much more as we discuss our Favorite Songs With Drum Machine.
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Replay Episode - E41 Favorite Psychedelic Albums
Psychedelic music started in the 1960s and coincided with the rise in use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and mushrooms which facilitated visual and auditory hallucinations. These two forces were so intertwined that a young band called the Warlocks played a key role at the Acid Test Events happening in the mid-60’s in San Francisco that really helped popularize LSD use across the country. And of course, that band eventually changed its name to The Grateful Dead. In fact, Owsley Stanley who established the first major underground LSD factory and who was called the “Acid King” became the Grateful Dead’s financial backer, renting them a house and buying them sound equipment.
So yes, Psychedelic music and Psychedelic drugs go hand and hand. BUT… do they have to? Is the music good on its own merits? I mean can we just listen to psychedelic music without the drugs and truly enjoy it, while not necessarily listening to it as it was originally intended to be heard? We don’t know. However, on today’s pod we’ll explore these questions and more as we share with you our favorite psychedelic albums and why we love them.
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Replay Episode (with added surprises!)- E27 Favorite TV Show Theme Songs with Mutlu (songwriter, musician, singer)
I’m quite old now, but I can still remember all the words to many of the theme songs from the shows I watched growing up. With most of them, I might not have heard them for at least 25 years…. Yet I can remember all the words, melody, and instrumentation for these shows… While this might mean that I watched way too much TV growing up (which is true), it also might mean that the theme songs for these shows were much more than just filler to introduce the show. They were a key ingredient in what made these shows successful in the first place. They set the mood for the show and were a cleanser of sorts for the ads or whatever you were doing before you sat down to watch. In other words these TV show theme songs were very important to your whole television experience AND in many many instances these songs were amazing pieces of music as well.
So, with such an important topic we’ve invited a noted TV Show Theme Song Scholar to Join us on the pod today to discuss our Favorite TV Show Theme Songs. Welcome Mutlu!
Mutlu is an internationally known singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. His music is steeped in Philadelphia’s deep R&B traditions, eagerly absorbing the fundamentals of old-school soul music and incorporating it into his own musical persona. He’s collaborated and toured extensively as a support act with legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates and he’s also gained considerable attention for his work with noted singer-songwriter Amos Lee, with whom he’s toured extensively as a support act and backup vocalist. In addition, Mutlu has shared stages with the likes of Adele, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Todd Rundgren, Shuggie Otis & many more.
His latest album “Good Trouble” was released in 2019 and is an amazing record featuring his eclectic songwriting and stellar vocals. He also has a new venture with Spike Eskin of Right To Ricky Sanchez with their new music podcast - The Carl Landry Record Club - where they discuss their favorite albums and turn people on to new music.
Music website - www.mutlusounds.com
Podcast - www.carllandryrecordclub.com
Replay Episode (with added surprises!)- E12 Favorite Progressive Rock Albums with David Cope (songwriter, musician, singer)
Progressive rock, also known as “prog rock”, joined the musical fray in the late 1960’s as a new offshoot from the waning psychedelic scene. The music was based around elaborate compositions, virtuosic instrumentation, and lyrics that were more akin to a fantasy novel. Some would frame it as a rock and roll interpretation of classical music, but only in the idea of songs as movements, and not so much from musical ideas from the classical era. It was also a pivot away from the traditional, more dance-y rock and roll, and was more of a “listening” music.
While prog rock generally challenges the listener to actively stay engaged. There has been no shortage of very thorough and devout fans to the genre. And specifically to their favorite bands such as Yes, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Genesis, and King Crimson. However, on the flipside, over the years the critics and the wider music listening audience hasn’t embraced prog rock quite the same as the superfans of the genre. These critics label it as pretentious and overindulgent, and barring a few artists breaking through, most prog acts have lived perpetual existences as cult bands.
Should it be this way though? Should more people revisit and explore prog rock for themselves? Find out with us today as we discuss our favorite Prog Rock Albums and why we love them. So, hangout with us for a bit and see if our list matches yours.
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We also have our very first guest today with Mr. David Cope!
David is an amazing musician and prolific songwriter from Philadelphia. His compositions reflect a broad array of styles, from pop and rock songwriting, to classical, to South Indian classical music and more. In the summer of 2012 Dave released his debut album, “Davey Cope & The English Breakfast: A Proper Record”. Since then, Dave has expanded his output, writing music for plays, television and film. He’s had many fantastic projects over the years including LeBon LeBon, Fantasy Square Garden, and Dave Cope and the Sass. And the pandemic hasn’t slowed him down either, releasing two new albums in the past couple months based on themes of life during the pandemic, in addition to some classical music as well!
Please take a moment to check out all his music on his bandcamp page @ davecope.bandcamp.com
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Year One: Recap of "The List"
Over the past year we have had a lot of fun working on this podcast. We’ve also learned a ton of new things, got to chat with some amazing guests, and, of course, listened to some very cool music. Well on today’s show we are going to take you a bit behind the scenes of this podcast and share with everyone what our experience has been over the past year making this show for you. So, hang out with us for a bit and reminisce with us about completing our first year doing a podcast.