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Why do musicians create what they do? Why do they create in that particular way? Mark Linsenmayer (aka songwriter Mark Lint, and host of The Partially Examined Life) talks to songwriters and composers about specific recordings, which are played in full. We cover lyric meanings, writing and recording techniques, arrangements, band dynamics, the stories behind the songs, and even music theory.

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Why do musicians create what they do? Why do they create in that particular way? Mark Linsenmayer (aka songwriter Mark Lint, and host of The Partially Examined Life) talks to songwriters and composers about specific recordings, which are played in full. We cover lyric meanings, writing and recording techniques, arrangements, band dynamics, the stories behind the songs, and even music theory.

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    NEM#177: Susan Cattaneo Leaves Nashville and Finds Herself

    NEM#177: Susan Cattaneo Leaves Nashville and Finds Herself

    Susan teaches songwriting at Berklee and has released six albums since 2009. As she tells us, she started wanting to be a Nashville songwriter, decided to then sing those country songs herself, but decided that it was too much of an act. Her subsequent, meticulously crafted Americana albums in Boston better reflect her unique sensibilities.







    We discuss “Broken Things” (and listen at the end to “Time + Love + Gravity”) from All Is Quiet (2022), “Revival” from Haunted Heart (2014), “Shave” from Heaven to Heartache (2011). Intro: “Work Hard Love Harder” from The Hammer & the Heart (2017). More at susancattaneo.com, or check out her YouTube channel for lots of live clips, official videos, and more.







    She also plays in a duo now called Honest Mechanik, which you can look up on your preferred streaming service, watch some video, or we actually hear about it and play a song, “Love Alone,” as an end-cap on the supporter-exclusive version of the episode.







    Photo by John Cohan







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    • 1 hr 11 min
    NEM#176: Bill Lloyd’s Power Pop from Nashville

    NEM#176: Bill Lloyd’s Power Pop from Nashville

    Bill is a highly successful Nashville songwriter, co-writing country hits for artists like Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, and Robert Ellis Orral as well as his  late ’80s duo Foster and Lloyd. His country collaborations go back to the late ’70s, and he has a long connection to Rusty Young’s latter-day iterations of Poco.







    But his true love has been power pop, starting with the early ’80s duo with David Surface Sgt. Arms (our intro song is “Caught in Traffic,” a 1982 single), and his solo career has always been based around this style, through around ten solo albums.







    We discuss the title track from Don’t Kill the Messenger (2020), “What Time Won’t Heal” (co-written with Graham Gouldman) from Working the Long Game (2018), and “Off and Running” a track from the newly expanded version of his first solo album Feeling the Elephant (1987). End song: “Rough Edges” by Cimarron 615 (a 2022 single of a song that he co-wrote with Rusty Young and Radney Foster, originally recorded for Poco’s Legacy 1989 album). More at billlloydmusic.net.







    Listen to “Lisa Anne,” the big single from his first solo album. Watch a video for “Don’t Kill the Messenger.” Another single from that recent album is “The Girls of Sylvan Park.” Probably my favorite song of his is “The Best Record Ever Made” from 2012. Watch a 2015 live band performance.







    Watch the TV appearance for Sgt. Arms’ “Caught in Traffic.” Here’s that live 1986 performance by Bill Lloyd and the December Boys. Here’s a Foster & Lloyd single, and here they are live. Here’s Bill recently live doing an acoustic Beatles cover.







    Here’s a song he wrote for Sky Kings, his band with Rusty Young and John Cowan. Listen to the Poco version of “Rough Edges.” 







    Here’s the song “Goin’ to Work” that he wrote for Martina McBride, “Trying to Love You” for Trisha Yearwood, his hit written with Robert Ellis Orral, and “World of Hurt” written with and for his long-time collaborator Beth Nielsen Chapman. Here’s a tune from his duet album with Jamie Hoover.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    NEM-Pretty Much Pop Crossover: So-Called Greatest Albums Feat. Mobley, Noah Berlatsky, Jon Lamoreaux

    NEM-Pretty Much Pop Crossover: So-Called Greatest Albums Feat. Mobley, Noah Berlatsky, Jon Lamoreaux

    Summer schedules necessitate that I hold off on posting my next interview and instead give you a discussion about music, recorded in Nov. 2021.







    How does canonization work in popular music? Is Rolling Stone’s 500 Best Albums of All Time list just a modest record of the favorite albums of people associated with Rolling Stone? Is it a statement of what “experts” in popular music enjoy? Does it reflect English-American popularity, and what responsibility to list-makers have to experience and include world music, indie music, and other music by those not powerful enough to have promotional backing?







    Mark is joined by  journalist Noah Berlatsky (who just published The Best Greatest Albums of All Time Ever), musical artist Mobley, and The Hustle podcast host Jon Lamoreaux to discuss the album as a format, music curation, the subjectivity of taste, and our childhood love affairs with particular albums.







    We refer to this 2017 NPR list of 150 greatest albums by women. There’s also a greatest albums list by PopVortex.







    Follow my guests @mobleywho, @thehustlepod, and @nberlat.







    Hear Noah on PMP#36 on criticism, and hear Jon on PMP#99 on the music of your youth. Better yet, subscribe to PMP to get episodes about all sorts of entertainment topics at prettymuchpop.com.







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    • 55 min
    NEM#175: Richie Ramone Builds His Own Brand

    NEM#175: Richie Ramone Builds His Own Brand

    Richie Reinhardt drummed and sang from ’83-’87 along with original Ramones Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee, writing their single “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” (included here as opening music from Animal Boy, 1986) and a few other songs. He added energy to the band at a time when it was needed, and carries that spirit into his solo albums. We discuss his new single “Not Afraid” (written by Marc Diamond), “I Know Better Now” from Entitled (2013, though previously recorded by the Ramones for Halfway to Sanity in 1987), “Human Kind” by Ramones from Too Tough to Die (1984), and “I Fix This” from Cellophane (2016). End song: “The Last Time” (a 2018 single). Read his auto-biography I Know Better Now, My life Before, During and After The Ramones (written with Peter Aaron). For more see richieramone.com.







    Listen to all of “Somebody Put Something in My Drink.” See the video for “I Fix This.” Hear the 2013 version of “Humankind” with Richie singing. Richie is going to be the vampire king in an upcoming film, which is why he covered as the B-side to “Not Afraid” the song “Cry Little Sister,” which was previously used for the Lost Boys soundtrack. 







    Watch a whole live gig from 2020. Here’s a short, “awkward” interview with Joey and Richie from back in the day. Watch Richie live with Ramones; he’s singing the chorus by himself on this song fronted by and written by Dee Dee. Here are some demos Richie made for Ramones with him singing.







    Photo by Niklas Gustavsson. Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media.







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    • 1 hr 1 min
    NEM#174: Drew Grow’s Subconscious is the Through Line

    NEM#174: Drew Grow’s Subconscious is the Through Line

    Drew and his Slang bandmates







    Portland’s Drew Grow has put out around 10 albums since the 90s, gradually developing his jagged, visceral style through several projects. We discuss the title track from Cockroach in a Ghost Town, the debut album from his new band Slang with Janet Wiess, then “Abandon” from the eponymous album by Modern Kin (2014), and “Spider” from his debut solo album Next Lips (2007). End song: “King Gunn” also from the new Slang album. Intro: “Lights” by Careen from Crash Couture (2005).







    Watch the video for “Cockroach in a Ghost Town” and one for another new track, “Wilder.” See Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives live in 2011 and Modern Kin live on KEXP in 2013. Watch him play “Spider” acoustically in a classroom and with the band. Hear all of “Lights.” Another central tune for Drew (that was nearly my episode intro) was “It All Comes Right,” which you can watch him sing with a bunch of cellos.







    Photo by James Rexroad. Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media.







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    • 1 hr 1 min
    NEM#173: Queen Esther Proves It

    NEM#173: Queen Esther Proves It

    Queen Esther was a NY Broadway aspirant before making the leap to putting out her own music mixing Americana with jazz, with her first solo album coming out in 2004 and her fifth in the works right now. We discuss “The Whiskey Wouldn’t Let Me Pray” from Gild the Black Lily (2021), “Somebody Else’s Baby” from The Other Side (2014), and “Trouble” from by Hoosegow (Queen Esther and Elliot Sharp) from Mighty (1996). End song: “Where Is Home?” from Rona (forthcoming). Intro: “Help Me” from Talkin’ Fishbowl Blues (2004). For more see queen-esther.com.







    Visit Queen Esther’s YouTube Channel for her TED Talk and lots of her music, including some interesting covers like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Take It to the Limit.” Here she is live with her band in 2016, and in 2014. Here she is singing a country standard live. And here she is doing a jazz standard live. Listen to all of “Help Me.”







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    • 1 hr 4 min

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