Everyone has albums that were special to them at different times in their life. Deeper Cuts brings three people together to listen to those albums. Join Graeme Burk, Shannon Dohar and Rob Jones every week as they listen to an album that meant something one to them and discuss what it means to them now.
Holiday Special 2020
Our annual holiday special has returned and so has our traditional gift exchange! Join Shannon, Graeme and Rob as they exchange albums with each other and find out if their gift a Christmas cracker or a lump of coal. But this time they're not alone: we did this episode live in front of an audience on Zoom! Join the Deeper Cuts trio for Q and A and find out what their pals are bringing as musical gifts for the rest of us. It's a holiday party you don't want to miss... and you have the best seat in the house!
Check out our Spotify playlist our gifts to each other plus the albums discussed this past season (and our COVID Sessions earlier this year). We also have all the albums and songs our listeners recommended in this episode!
4.6: The Muppet Movie (Original Soundtrack) (1979)
Why are there so many songs about rainbows? In this last episode of our fourth season, the Deeper Cuts trio indulge in some comfort listening, true to our well-established Muppet Agenda. This time, it revolves around the soundtrack album to 1979’s The Muppet Movie. Saving his money from a paper route, a young Graeme bought this, his first self-financed music purchase and, as much as he loved the movie, this soundtrack was a separate and equally worthy experience for him. Years later, what value remains to be found between the grooves of this platter that still matters? What are the impressions of Graeme’s fellow musical sojourners who also have a history in Muppet fandom? Join us in this, our season finale, and let’s get movin’ right along!
Our Spotify playlist has everything from this and the rest of this past season (plus our COVID Sessions earlier this year).
Special thanks, as ever, to Alex Kennard for our theme song, to Scot Clarke for our logo and ID graphics and to this season's "Vox Pops": Kim Rogers, Gordon Dymowski, Cory Funk, Petra Mayer, Sarah Friedman and Jason Kurylo.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! We'll be holding a Deeper Cuts Holiday Party live on Zoom on Saturday, November 21 at 3 p.m. (EST). We'll be recording our 2020 Holiday Special in front of a live audience with special Q and A and much more. If you want to take part email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
4.5: Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game (2012)
A year and a half in a new city. A raffle for concert tickets. The tail-end of a slowly declining and not very healthy relationship. It was a time when Shannon realized that things were coming to a head in that phase of her life. This was Shannon's emotional context when she went to a concert as a part of the PBS series The Artist’s Den and saw Rufus Wainwright for the first time. Rufus was singing songs from his then new album, 2012’s Out of the Game and the music, and the artist, attached themselves to Shannon’s spirit as she underwent a life-changing metamorphosis that marked the beginning of her real time in New York City. How can music help us to move forward in our lives? And what do her fellow Deeper Cuts trio members have to say about the record? Are they going to welcome it to the ball, or are we all going to cry bitter tears instead? Pull up a pew, have a seat, and explore those questions, among others, along with us.
You can listen to everything on this album, everything in this season of Deeper Cuts and indeed everything from our COVID sessions earlier this year by checking out our Spotify playlist.
4.4: Sade - Diamond Life (1984)
Remember record stores? Those magical places which seemingly contained all the music in the world? Rob remembers one such record store fondly -- Cactus Records in Oakville -- because it was there he encountered an album that he'd been interested in for years: Sade's sophisiti-pop opus Diamond Life. How were Sade's stylish sounds received by Rob's fellow panelists? What were their favourite record stores of yore? What strategies did everyone employ when they shopped at record stores... and what were their great finds? Come with us, dear listeners, as the Deeper Cuts trio write a collective love letter to the record store.
Discover the albums we’re listening to this season, along with the songs from our COVID Sessions earlier this year, on our Spotify playlist. And visit your local record store... they could use the support right now.
4.3: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (1967)
Parents are good for one or two things. Sometimes, one of them is how they serve as vectors for great music; how to spot it, what to listen for, and how to form your own lifelong love for musical artistry. At a young age, Shannon’s dad helped her hone an appreciation for music by listening to records with her, and particularly ones centered around the guitar. One of the big ones at the time was 1967’s Are You Experienced? by the Jimi Hendrix Experience; a formative album for many generations of music fans. The album was representative of a sea change during a very turbulent time of the late 1960s, a time when politics, technology, and musical forms converged seemingly all at once in one big colourful explosion. But how does the Deeper Cuts trio process all this in 2020? Is it fire or just a bunch of purple haze? How do The Wonder Years, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ken Burns, Les Paul and Mary Ford, and J.R.R Tolkien fit into all of this? Put on your paisley prints and dive in to find out!
You can experience all the albums we’re listening to this season, along with the songs from our COVID Sessions earlier this year, on our Spotify playlist.
(Note for music nerds: we're using the CD version of this album, which adds a couple of tracks not on the original U.S. version of the album)
4.2: Elvis Costello and the Attractions - All This Useless Beauty (1996)
The end of a road can take on many different forms. Sometimes, the road branches off in two or more directions. Sometimes, it’s a dead end. At other times, that road is shrouded in mist with no road signs to indicate what’s ahead. In any of these situations, you have to decide on what to do next to the best of your ability. At the end of his university career, Rob faced the end of a road, and the end of an era while the way forward became suddenly uncertain. During that time, Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ 1996 record All This Useless Beauty was his soundtrack, an album replete with tales of uncertainty, ambiguity, disappointment, and complicated shadows to say the least. How did this inform his perspective at the time? What does he and the rest of the Deeper Cuts trio make of the album all these years later? Join us for our second episode in our fourth season to discover whether it’s beauty resonated or turned out to be useless after all.
Our Spotify Playlist will have the albums we're looking at this season, along with the songs from our COVID Sessions earlier this year.
Wasn’t sure what to expect
I listened to a couple of episodes, Green Day, Joe Jackson, things I was familiar with, and then Back Street Boys who I have detested with a passion...you guys hooked me! Great insightful conversation, good job. BTW, the Beatles wrote and played instrument, ie not a BOY BAND!😄
It's like hanging out in a garage sitting on a ripped up couch and talking with people who really like music and also are pretty thoughful and funny. The Anne Murray episode had me in stitches.
Avoids the War Horses, Hooray!
I'd been looking for a good music discussion podcast to listen to for a while now--one that appeals to my tastes but doesn't rehash the same usual suspects and critics' darlings, but discusses albums in a thoughtful manner. Deeper Cuts fits the bill admirably for me in those respects.
Each week, one of the hosts selects an album that has meant something presonal to them at a given time in their life, and presents it to the group to discuss what songs and aspects of the album worked for each of them (or not) and why. Having three hosts' rotating choices of what album is discussed from week to week ensures variety, and so far the albums presented have run the gamut from records I know inside out, to ones I have a passing familiarity with, and ones I've never heard but ended up quite enjoying. It's quickly become one of the podcasts that goes right to the front of the queue when it drops each week. Definitely recommended.