Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.
352. Hannah Joy (Middle Kids) on The National 'Trouble Will Find Me' (2013)
Fresh off releasing the greatest album of 2021, Middle Kids frontwoman Hannah Joy makes a welcome return to the show to talk about The National’s seminal 2013 album ‘Trouble Will Find Me’.
We talk about The National’s reputation as a band who make ‘grower’ albums, how this album represents the culmination of the band’s career to that time, the use of rhythm, space and texture and how that influenced the new Middle Kids album, integrating family dynamics into a band, how to age gracefully as a rock band and the cocktail bar in Portland where the drinks are inspired by National songs.
Plus Hannah reveals the most contentions albums each Middle Kids member has tried to play in the band van while on tour.
351. Murray Cook on David Bowie 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' (1972)
Today I’m joined by Australian music legend Murray Cook (The Wiggles, The Soul Movers) to discuss David Bowie’s nailed-on glam rock classic ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.
Murray tells the tale of how he traded away a Slade LP for this album, we debate its ‘concept album’ bonafides, we gush over the greatness of Spiders guitarist Mick Ronson, why the record was more successful than Hunky Dory, the unique sequencing of the album, how Bowie stayed cool til the end, his “cut up” method of writing lyrics, why he was such an effective collaborator and more.
Best Of - Bob Odenkirk on The Replacements ‘Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash’ (1981)
Best Of - Gretta Ray on Blake Mills 'Break Mirrors' (2010)
Best Of - Hannah Joy (Middle Kids) on My Brightest Diamond ‘Bring Me The Workhorse’ (2006)
350. Sarah Assbring (El Perro del Mar) on Spiritualized 'Let It Come Down' (2001)
Today, the woman being El Perro del Mar, Sarah Assbring, goes from subject of this podcast to a guest, as she joins me in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Spiritualized’s 2001 album ‘Let It Come Down’. We talk about how the album shook up Sarah’s life during a period where she had walked away from performing as a singer-songwriter, how the ambition of the record continues to inspire her, the incredible scope of the album’s orchestrations and emotions, the relationship between the album and religiosity, how Sarah has found her own version of the wall of sound used on this album and how she still harbours ambitions to create a record with a similar scope.