The Crash Chords Podcast, our primary podcast and pillar series, is an eternal war for artistic scrutiny. Follow along with our intensive album analyses by diving into the album yourself first — using our Spotify play buttons, when available — and then join us in asking the hard questions. Expect guest panelists, broader topics concerning music as an art form, episode specials, and surprise performances.
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CCP Ep. #251: Colors by Beck
Beck returns (or did he really ever leave) with his newest album Colors, although the guys had to stop themselves from putting a ‘u’ in there. Unlike previous releases, Beck goes for dance with new pop producer Greg Kurstin, which may have wound up being a strange tribute to the 80’s. But Beck never really cares for labels, does he? …Should he?
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CCP Ep. #250: Fifth Anniversary Special | The Honest, Earnest, Authentic, and True Podcast
A Critical Look at Criticism
It’s our FIFTH anniversary! That’s five seasons at fifty episodes a piece, covering nearly that many albums, topics, as well as debates over what many would consider a trifling corner of cultural discourse. Five years has taught us that music truly is a boundless medium. And so, in our album discussions—incorporating everything from literary analogies to politics, psychology, sociology, life, love, pain, sorrow, and ever more complex conditions—we strive to honor artists’ hard labor by (at the very least) participating in combined acts of analysis, brainstorming, ruthless criticism, and garrulous adulation. It’s a mixed bag, but we hope, a fruitful one.
We love music… sometimes a little too much, and sometimes in convoluted, incongruous methods. We frequently force ourselves to combat these anomalies in our closing monologues: junction points where instinct and cogitation duke it out, and where the pursuit of objectivity can seem like a fool’s errand. To be sure, putting in countless hours per week of listening, note-taking, and heavy editing, the ‘devil-may-care’ approach is generally not our way; but we are, alas, an imperfect lot, and we wish now, in our 250th episode special, to express our struggles using critical and satirical works to illustrate our point:
In this episode, we will be:
• Reflecting on the project;
• Discussing the barriers between criticism and analysis;
• Championing the merits of fact-checking;
• Discussing logical fallacies, laws, and rhetorical gibberish;
• Citing examples of specific critics and critical works, from Glenn Gould, to Pitchfork, to Yahtzee, and RedLetterMedia, where language, rhetoric, and satire have all aided the work, for good and for ill;
• Coming to terms with our own fallacies, clichés, and internet nonsense.
As always, we are incredibly grateful for our regular listeners because they’ll know best that we built our own soapbox only to share the space — to inspire public discourse, find common ground, and to encourage passionate communities of all kinds to never settle for less. They’ll know that we try to be judicious, but that at times we are also forgetful, conflicted, determined, and self-correcting. They’ll know that the Crash Chords Podcast is a show that’s in a constant state of re-evaluation, and that that, in essence, is the point of the series! To seek out new music, to try to understand it, to try our best to love it, and pass along everything we can to you, in real time.
Next week’s review:
The Clearing by Rachel Grimes
CCP Ep. #249: Migration by Bonobo
Day 4! It’s our last episode of the season, before our anniversary episode, and the project is Migration by Bonobo, the one-man project of British DJ Simon Green. Green describes Migration as “a study of people and spaces”; we’ll briefly touch on that, but we’re also interested in the artist’s crafty use of texture and soundscapes. Let’s have some analysis, some debate, and finally take a look at the idea of a cathartic experience vs. an antidotal experience.
Fifth Anniversary Special
CCP Ep. #248: Somersault by Beach Fossils
(More like summersault, am I right?) Known as Beach Fossils, the unassuming Brooklyn-based low-fi indie rock band’s latest release is a head-scratcher alright — enjoyable, catchy, yet difficult to explain apart from our, admittedly, singularly-minded compulsion to conform it to the summer season. Let’s kick off the episode with a discussion on the ambiguous “summer album” before diving into Somersault itself by the Beach Fossils.
Migration by DJ Bonobo
CCP Ep. #247: Peasant by Richard Dawson
Day 2! While it might seem that the word “folk” gets applied to just about everything these days, English songwriter Richard Dawson has the apparent distinction of existing both at the primeval and pioneering fronts of that genre. With his unusual cracked vocals crooning over a broken (yes, literally broken) guitar, Dawson gives us Peasant, transplanting us to a Britain of very long ago, where not everything is as it appears and where coarseness and beauty are one and the same. Let’s unpack this project together and share its most attractive (and its most contentious) qualities. Also, what warped or broken instrument would you care to play? We’ve got ours, let’s hear yours!
Somersault by Beach Fossils
CCP Ep. #246: Dying Surfer Meets His Maker by All Them Witches
And we’re back! It’s time to play catch-up as we post some episodes from lost weeks and proceed to count down to our 250th episode, our 5th anniversary spectacular! Expect an episode of the Crash Chords each day ’til Saturday 7/22 — that’s five episodes for five years. Today’s episode gets a bit on the ‘trippy’ side as we explore All Them Witches’ 2015 release, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, a work of neo-psychedelic proportions with a blues heart. You know the drill: let’s break it down, build it up, tear it down again, and have some fun.
Peasant by Richard Dawson
Awesome in-depth music discussions and opinions!
great reviews …. always make me go back and relisten to albums they review that i’ve purchased. just wish there was an easier way i could listen to the original then the review track by track.
Real Quality, love and care
These guys are super funny, intelligent, and seem like fun people to hang out with. They're cool in the best way; that unpretentious, honest acceptance of themselves and others, which reflects in their sharp conversations about music. Definitely recommend!