52 episodes

EarWax is Amoeba Music's first podcast!Hosts Hilary and Cody chat about new releases and in-store events, so you are always up to date on the goings on of the world's largest independent record store.Each week, we tell the story of one particular album. How was it made? Where does it exist in our history? What effect did it have then, and how does it affect us today?EarWax is two longtime record store clerks doing what we do best - learning about and sharing the stories behind the albums we love.

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

EarWax is Amoeba Music's first podcast!Hosts Hilary and Cody chat about new releases and in-store events, so you are always up to date on the goings on of the world's largest independent record store.Each week, we tell the story of one particular album. How was it made? Where does it exist in our history? What effect did it have then, and how does it affect us today?EarWax is two longtime record store clerks doing what we do best - learning about and sharing the stories behind the albums we love.

    Ep. 51: Curtis Mayfield - Curtis

    Ep. 51: Curtis Mayfield - Curtis

    Let's get funky, smooth, and our heads in the game. Curtis Mayfield is coming in hot!Cody and Hilary discuss the scope of Curtis Mayfield's work, and how much his thumbprint is all over the Civil Rights movement. Mayfield's growing voice and subject matter was personal enough for him to step away from the Impressions, setting the stage for a solo career that would see him launched into even greater superstardom."Curtis" is one hell of a stepping stone. It simultaneously captures past and...

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 50: David Bowie - Station to Station

    Ep. 50: David Bowie - Station to Station

    EarWax ushers in the 50th episode by pulling down a true heavy hitter off the shelf - David Bowie's "Station to Station."This record's story is full of unbelievable stories and adversity, both of which were largely self-imposed. Bowie's drive for reinvention is present throughout his discography, and Station to Station is arguably his most pivotal record.Leaving the spaceman firmly in his rearview and with his eyes on Berlin (whether or not he knew that), Bowie marked this transition point in...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 49: The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo

    Ep. 49: The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo

    Change out your granny glasses and paisley shirts for cowboy hats and bolo ties!Hilary and Cody talk bout The Byrds' 1968 "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." A different direction for a very different-looking Byrds, this record took the group to Nashville, where they received a...less than warm reception from the local media.Gram Parsons' influence on this album cannot be overstated, and the result is one of the templates from which country-rock developed.The reputation and influence of "Sweetheart of...

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 48: The Shining OST ft. Mia Lee Vicino

    Ep. 48: The Shining OST ft. Mia Lee Vicino

    Classic film? Yup. Soundtrack with a weird backstory? Yup yup. Siiiiiick guest spot? Three times the yup!West Coast Editor for Letterboxd Mia Lee Vicino drops by the show to tackle the leviathan that is Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining."A score that is also a soundtrack, this film uses original music by electronic music pioneers Wendy Carlos and Rachael Elkind, along with a host of avant garde classical composers whose work was retrofitted throughout the movie.The amount of detail in the cues m...

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ep. 47: Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

    Ep. 47: Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

    An R&B record whose scope is bigger than most prog rock epics, this week's episode covers Janelle Monáe's debut studio album "The ArchAndroid."Cody and Hilary talk about the influence of sci-fi in music before diving into this epic - in a very literal sense - of an album. The love and collaboration that went into this album is apparent not only from the gorgeous tracks on it, but from listening to the folks who made it speak about the process. The fandom for each other's talent, the...

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 46: Pet Shop Boys - Actually

    Ep. 46: Pet Shop Boys - Actually

    Nothing like a healthy dose of synth pop and British government, and that's just what we have this week!Pet Shop Boys' "Actually" is 80s perfection, tackling big issues using outrageously smart songwriting and catchy hooks. The content of "Actually" is still extremely relevant, and this record has aged as well as the Boys themselves. Clever, earnest, and powerful, "Actually" is distilled talent with confidence to spare. Thanks for listening! Check out everything we have going o...

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

ryman9999 ,

Slaps

What a bunch of great folks

ArjKC ,

Great Podcast for Music Lovers

Hilary and Cody are so engaging and easy to listen to. There is a ton of music history and interesting anecdotes. As a collector of vinyl, it feels like I’m in a record store chatting with a couple friendly employees. I love it!

Redbauer ,

Thank you earwax crew. You are amazing.

This is my favorite podcast, I love music and I can learn a lot from earwax.

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