Album Swap is a music review podcast where two albums are exchanged and reviewed. Each episode Brian and Fred provide some background, the Good, the Bad and the Boogie as well as other trivia and interesting facts about the music, band, album art and their reactions. Explore the music as we swap albums every episode.
EP 016 Rush & Alvin Youngblood Hart
Two albums featuring musicians' musicians! Alvin Youngblood Hart mixes his San Francisco upbringing with Mississippi Country Blues to create some of the best guitar work we've heard in awhile. Motivational Speaker features some impressive guests including Luther Dickinson and Audley Freed. Hemispheres is Rush's epic prog rock classic. Featuring only 4 songs, it encapsulates the mystical elements of their songs with straight up, rock and roll that Rush perfected over their first six albums.
EP 015 Childish Gambino & Screaming Trees
Episode 15 of the Swap has another great pair of albums. Childish Gambino, the music stage name of actor/director Donald Glover has shades of old school funk and soul but a refreshing weird flavor as well in "Awaken, My Love!" This album has all sorts of hidden gems we discuss. Released in 1992, The Screaming Tree's "Sweet Oblivion" was a mild success during the heyday of Seattle's Grunge movement, but this band was more than just another band from Seattle.
EP 014 Public Enemy & Balsam Range
Episode 14 of features Bluegrass and Rap for a diverse mix. Balsam Range is a five-piece Bluegrass band from Canton, North Carolina and named the band from local Blue Ridge Mountains. Papertown tells the story of Canton as an old paper mill town. The album won several awards including top Bluegrass album for the year and features some great covers including Elmore James "One Way Out" make popular by the Allman Brothers. Public Enemy is from New York City and their 1988 sophomore effort, "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" is considered one of the greatest rap albums of all times. Delivering s strong social message that still resonates today, the album is full of passion and honest emotions and some great beats.
EP 013 Sheer Mag & Donald Fagen
In this episode we swap Sheer Mag's 2017 release "Need to Feel Your Love" and Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly". Released in 1982, "The Nightfly" was Donald Fagen's first solo album after the breakup of Steely Dan. Using many of the same musicians, Fagen crafts one of the masterpieces of it's day and the first digitally recorded album. Hailing from Philadelphia by way of New York, Sheer Mag's first album is chock full of great riffs, angst and grit . With it's low-fi recording style, this album grabs you and never let's go!
EP 012 Primus & Anderson Paak
Anderson .Paak and Primus are the albums swapped in Episode 12. Malibu is the second album from Paak whose attention to detail is not just part of his name but evident in his music. Malibu was a breakthrough album for Paak spawning four singles and a Grammy nomination. Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second album from San Francisco's Primus, released in 1991 and contains the classic song "Jerry was a Race Car Driver."
Episode 12 also debuts a new format. After taking some time to review the first 10 episodes we've decided to change the format a bit. Instead of reviewing all songs we now have a segment called "The Good, The Bad and the Boogie!" We still have some artist background and other segments such as our scoring but the hashtags are gone!
EP 011 The O'Jays And Ryan Adams
Heartbreakers and Backstabbers are discussed in episode 11 where this week's albums are from Ryan Adams and The O'Jays. Backstabbers was a groundbreaking 70s soul/funk release from the O'Jays defining the Philly Soul sound. The hit single Love Train was a huge success along with several other singles from Backstabbers.
Heartbreaker was Ryan Adam's first solo album after the breakup of Whiskeytown. Recording in Nashville with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings the album has tones of Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley and American Roots music. Heartbreaker would be the first of many albums Adams would release in the early 2000s.