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Jon Beckmann and Eric Jorgensen talk about the records they love and why they love them. From pop-punk, to classic rock, to jazz (and everything in between), Jon and Eric leave no stone unturned in their quest to talk about all of their favorite albums.

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Jon Beckmann and Eric Jorgensen talk about the records they love and why they love them. From pop-punk, to classic rock, to jazz (and everything in between), Jon and Eric leave no stone unturned in their quest to talk about all of their favorite albums.

    009 – Bear’s Den’s Islands

    009 – Bear’s Den’s Islands

    How could Jon and Eric possibly top their last episode when they discussed 2014’s Strange Desire? By analyzing another fantastic 2014 release, of course!  This episode, they talk about UK band Bear’s Den’s folk-pop record, Islands. Close your eyes, grab your banjo, and get ready to sing along!

    Album Details
    Band: Bear’s Den

    Year Released: 2014

    Label: Communion Records

    Producer: Ian Grimble



    Jon’s Favorite Songs

    “Elysium”
    “Above the Clouds of Pompeii”
    “Bad Blood”
    “Agape”
    “Think of England”

    Jon’s Least Favorite Songs

    “Stubborn Beast”

    Jon’s Honorable Mentions

    “Isaac”




    Eric’s Favorite Songs

    “Elysium”
    “Above the Clouds of Pompeii”
    “Bad Blood”
    “Agape”
    “Think of England”

    Eric’s Honorable Mentions

    “Isaac”

    Eric’s Least Favorite Songs

    “Stubborn Beast”





    Episode Links

    Clash magazine’s preview of Islands
    Solo version of “Elysium” by Andrew Davie
    2015 Ivors – nomination for best song of the year, lyrically and musically

    • 1h 4 min
    008 – Bleachers’ Strange Desire

    008 – Bleachers’ Strange Desire

    It’s a Christmas miracle! Jon and Eric are back to celebrate the holiday season with a record that is decidedly un-Christmasy. This episode, they talk about Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers’ album Strange Desire. As Eric (and probably others) put it, it’s Jack’s love letter to the John Hughes movies of the 1980’s. Synths, electronic drums, and vocal effects galore! Plus, a whole slew of catchy tunes.

    Album Details
    Band: Bleachers

    Year Released: 2014

    Label: RCA

    Producer: Jack Antonoff, John Hill, Vince Clarke, and Greg Kurstin

    Wikipedia Description: Strange Desire is the debut album released by American indie pop act Bleachers, led by guitarist Jack Antonoff. The album was released on July 10, 2014, through RCA Records, and produced the singles “I Wanna Get Better”, “Shadow” and “Rollercoaster”.



    Jon’s Favorite Songs

    “Rollercoaster”
    “Who I Want You to Love”
    “Like a River Runs”
    “You’re Still a Mystery”
    “I Wanna Get Better”

    Jon’s Least Favorite Songs

    “I’m Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise”

    Jon’s Honorable Mentions

    “Reckless Love”




    Eric’s Favorite Songs

    “Wild Heart”
    “Rollercoaster”
    “I Wanna Get Better”
    “Like a River Runs”
    “You’re Still a Mystery”
    “Who I Want You to Love”

    Eric’s Honorable Mentions

    “I’m Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise”

    Eric’s Least Favorite Songs



    “Take Me Away”



    Episode Links

    A live version of “You’re Still a Mystery”

    • 52 min
    007 – Nickel Creek’s A Dotted Line

    007 – Nickel Creek’s A Dotted Line

    What better way to start your weekend than by listening to episode two of our two part Nickel Creek spectacular? In this episode, we talk about the (for now) last record that the band has released: A Dotted Line.

    Album Details
    Album: A Dotted Line

    Band: Nickel Creek

    Year Released: 2014

    Label: Nonesuch Records

    Producer: Eric Valentine

    Wikipedia Description:

    A Dotted Line is the fourth major album release and sixth studio album overall by progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek. Produced by Eric Valentine, the album was released on Nonesuch Records on April 1, 2014 in the United States.

    A Dotted Line is the first Nickel Creek album since the band’s hiatus following their 2007 Farewell (For Now) Tour. The release coincided with the trio’s 25th anniversary. A subsequent tour will also begin in April.

    Tracks include initial singles “Destination” and “Love of Mine,” as well as two covers: Sam Phillips’ “Where Is Love Now” and Mother Mother’s “Hayloft.”

    At Paste, Holly Gleason rated the album and eight point two out of ten, writing that the release is “Not merely a product of maturity, Nickel Creek has grown without losing its palpable joy or wondrous ability to make musicianship as accessible as the engaging way their voices draw listeners to them.”

    Brice Ezell rated the album eight out of ten discs, stating that the release “is a work of supreme songcraft; one might call it a ‘return to form’, but from the sound of it, the form was never gone in the first place.”

    Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe gave a positive review of the album, remarking how the release “is a vibrant reminder of Nickel Creek’s youthful promise and proof that it has plenty left to say.”



    Jon’s Favorite Songs”

    “Rest of My Life”
    “Destination”
    “Elsie”
    “Elephant in the Corn”
    “You Don’t Know What’s Going On”

    Jon’s Least Favorite Songs

    “Hayloft”

    Jon’s Honorable Mentions

    “Love is Mine”

    Jon’s Honorable Honorable Mentions

    “Where is Love Now”




    Eric’s Favorite Songs

    “Rest of My Life”
    “Elephant in the Corn”
    “Where is Love Now?”
    “21st of May”
    “Destination”

    Eric’s Honorable Mentions

    “Elsie”

    Eric’s Least Favorite Songs



    “Hayloft”



    Episode Links

    Nickel Creek performing as young children
    Little Cowpoke
    Leading Off, Chris Thile’s first solo album

    • 48 min
    006 – Nickel Creek’s Why Should the Fire Die?

    006 – Nickel Creek’s Why Should the Fire Die?

    A lot has happened in our lives since we posted our last episode (though you’ll have to listen to hear what’s new!). We decided to come back in style with a double-episode spectacular celebrating one of our favorite bands — Nickel Creek! In episode one of two parts, we discuss what we think is the band’s finest record — Why Should the Fire Die?, a dark, brooding, simmering masterpiece. It’s full of doubt, bitterness, and, per usual, absolutely gorgeous songwriting and instrumentation.

    Album Details
    Album: Why Should The Fire Die?

    Band: Nickel Creek

    Year Released: 2005

    Label: Sugar Hill Records

    Producer: Eric Valentine

    Wikipedia Description:

    Why Should The Fire Die? is the third major album release and fifth album overall by progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek. The album was released on Sugar Hill on August 9, 2005 in the United States, and on August 8 in the United Kingdom. Why Should the Fire Die? is the first Nickel Creek album to feature string bassist Mark Schatz.

    The album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200, Nickel Creek’s highest position on the chart to date. Why Should the Fire Die? also topped both the magazine’s Top Internet Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts. By November 2006, the album had sold 258,784 copies. The album earned Nickel Creek two Grammy Award nominations: the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, an award which they previously won for This Side, and the award for Best Country Instrumental Performance (“Scotch & Chocolate”).

    Why Should the Fire Die? was praised by contemporary music critics primarily for its creativity, and for its instrumental quality, with one critic complimenting the album’s “sheer musical brilliance”



    Jon’s Favorite Songs”

    “When in Rome”
    “Somebody More Like You”
    “Jealous of the Moon”
    “Doubting Thomas”
    “Helena”

    Jon’s Least Favorite Songs

    “Evaline”
    “Anthony”

    Jon’s Honorable Mentions

    “Why Should the Fire Die?”




    Eric’s Favorite Songs

    “First and Last Waltz” + “Helena
    “Why Should the Fire Die?”
    “When in Rome”
    “Doubting Thomas”
    “Somebody More Like You”
    “Scotch and Chocolate”

    Eric’s Honorable Mentions

    “Stumptown”

    Eric’s Least Favorite Songs


    Can’t pick one!

    • 59 min
    005 – New Found Glory’s Sticks and Stones

    005 – New Found Glory’s Sticks and Stones

    This episode, Jon and Eric are joined by their pal David Bartels to talk about his pick: Sticks and Stones by pop-punk elder statesmen New Found Glory. Follow along as they share tales of heartbreak, mosh pits, and buying CDs at Best Buy and FYE. And spoiler alert: all three guys picked the same song as their least favorite! We hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as we had recording it.

    Album Details
    Album: Sticks and Stones

    Band: New Found Glory

    Year Released: 2002

    Label: MCA/Drive-Thru Records

    Producer: Neal Avron

    Wikipedia Description: Sticks and Stones is the third studio album by American rock band New Found Glory. It was released on June 11, 2002, through MCA Records. Because of the relationship Drive-Thru Records held with MCA, Drive-Thru’s more successful acts, including New Found Glory, were “upstreamed” to the major label. Between late June and mid-August, the group went on the 2002 edition of Warped Tour. In October and November, the band went tour across the U.S. alongside Something Corporate, Finch and Further Seems Forever.

    The album included the popular singles “My Friends Over You” and “Head on Collision”, both of which performed well on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. This coupled with a headline appearance at the 2002 Warped Tour saw the album certified gold by the RIAA in September.



    David’s Favorite Songs

    “Understatement”
    “My Friends Over You”
    “Something I Call Personality”
    “Head On Collision”
    “The Story So Far”

    David’s Least Favorite Songs

    “Belated”

    Jon’s Favorite Songs”

    “My Friends Over You”
    “Something I Call Personality”
    “Head On Collision”
    “Forget My Name”
    “The Story So Far”

    Jon’s Least Favorite Songs

    “Belated”




    Eric’s Favorite Songs

    “Understatement”
    “My Friends Over You”
    “Sonny”
    “Forget My Name”
    “The Story So Far”

    Eric’s Honorable Mentions

    “Singled Out”

    Eric’s Least Favorite Songs

    “Belated”





    Episode Links

    FYE
    Drive-Thru Records

    • 53 min
    004 – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

    004 – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

    It’s been too long since the release of our last episode, so we’re trying to make it up for it with this one. We talk about Fleetwood Mac’s seminal 1977 album Rumours. Odds are, you’ve heard at least half of its songs, but you may not know much about the record’s backstory or the interesting personal dynamics between band members that influenced its creation. Listen to hear Eric share lots of random bits of trivia about the band and album and Jon patiently put up with listening to them.

    Throw on your bell-bottom and put on your giant headphones — it’s time to talk about Rumours!

    Album Details
    Album: Rumours

    Band: Fleetwood Mac

    Year Released: 1977

    Label: Warner Bros.

    Producer: Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut

    Wikipedia Description: Rumours is the 11th studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut and was released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The record reached the top of both the United States Billboard chart and the United Kingdom Albums Chart. The songs “Go Your Own Way”, “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, and “You Make Loving Fun” were released as singles. Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the album has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Rumours has received diamond certifications in several countries, including the US, Canada, and Australia.

    The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonistic behaviour and interpersonal strife among Fleetwood Mac members; these experiences shaped the album’s lyrics. Influenced by pop music, the record’s tracks were recorded using a combination of acoustic and electric instruments. The mixing process delayed the completion of Rumours, but was finished by the end of 1976. Following the album’s release in 1977, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours.

    Rumours garnered widespread critical acclaim. Praise centred on its production quality and harmonies, which frequently relied on the interplay among three vocalists. The record has inspired the work of musical acts in different genres. Often considered Fleetwood Mac’s best release, it has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of the 1970s and the best albums of all time. In 2004, Rumours was remastered and reissued with the addition of an extra track and a bonus CD of outtakes from the recording sessions. A three-CD reissue of the album was released by Warner Bros. on 29 January 2013. The set included outtakes of songs and concert tracks the band played while on tour in 1977.



    Jon’s Favorite Songs

    “Secondhand News”
    “Dreams”
    “Songbird”
    “Never Going Back Again”
    “The Chain”

    Jon’s Least Favorite Songs

    “You Make Lovin’ Fun”




    Eric’s Favorite Songs

    “Secondhand News”
    “Go Your Own Way”
    “Silver Springs”

    • 45 min

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