101 episodes

We love music. You love music. Let's talk about it. From current events, crazy show stories, what we're currently listening to, and anything else that is on our minds—there may even be a special guest on to answer all of your burning questions.

The only way to know is to tune in weekly and find out.

Infectious Groove Podcast OddPods Media Network

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    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

We love music. You love music. Let's talk about it. From current events, crazy show stories, what we're currently listening to, and anything else that is on our minds—there may even be a special guest on to answer all of your burning questions.

The only way to know is to tune in weekly and find out.

    Here's To The Next 100... (Part 2)

    Here's To The Next 100... (Part 2)

    The number 100 can be looked at as a milestone in many facets. Live to 100, and not only are you old as dirt, but you've most likely outlived most of the people you came up with throughout your life—which might seem depressing, and sad but that really is quite an amazing accomplishment. You're also part of a very special club of people that hit that milestone.

    When you're nine years old, $100 feels like a million, and then you grow up and that same $100 feels like $1 because the other $99 is keeping you alive—but that feeling you had as a kid was priceless.

    Hit the highway and when you realize there is no traffic you put the pedal to the medal. When you get to 100 mph and fly past that speed limit sign, you feel like a million bucks. Little do you know, there is a speed trap up ahead. As soon as you see the cop car, you slam on the brakes but you know there is no way you're not done for. You coast by only to realize the cop that would love to give you that nice fat speeding ticket, is preoccupied with taking a nap and you're in the clear (though potentially fun, this scenario is not recommended).

    In the podcasting community making it to 100 episodes is quite the feat. With over 2 million podcasts out there clogging up your internet connection, many don't make it anywhere near recording 100 episodes. This happens for many reasons, and quite simply put, podcasting just isn't for everyone, and that's okay.

    As we started approaching this milestone, we knew we had to put something together that would give back to our listeners and supporters. You guys always hear about what makes music so special to the three of us, but we wanted to be able to hear from all of you. We asked for clips of you telling everyone about an artist or album that greatly impacted your lives, and that is exactly what you gave us. With so many clips in hand, we've split this episode in two, for twice the fun.

    This is part 2, of a 2 part series made up entirely of you, our listeners, and supporters. Without you, there would be no podcast, and there surely wouldn't be 100 episodes in the can. It's with true gratitude and love from the bottom of our hearts that we say thank you. Thank you for making this possible, and thank you for allowing us to hit this milestone with all of you in tow.

    It's season 4, episode 16 of what we hope becomes everyone's favorite music podcast. Here's to the next 100. LET'S GO!!!

    Keep up with all of the music we talk about in each episode by listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast Companion Songs playlist, exclusively on Spotify.

    Infectious Groove Podcast, part of the OddPods Media Network.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Here's To The Next 100... (Part 1)

    Here's To The Next 100... (Part 1)

    The number 100 can be looked at as a milestone in many facets. Live to 100, and not only are you old as dirt, but you've most likely outlived most of the people you came up with throughout your life—which might seem depressing, and sad but that really is quite an amazing accomplishment. You're also part of a very special club of people that hit that milestone.

    When you're nine years old, $100 feels like a million, and then you grow up and that same $100 feels like $1 because the other $99 is keeping you alive—but that feeling you had as a kid was priceless.

    Hit the highway and when you realize there is no traffic you put the pedal to the medal. When you get to 100 mph and fly past that speed limit sign, you feel like a million bucks. Little do you know, there is a speed trap up ahead. As soon as you see the cop car, you slam on the brakes but you know there is no way you're not done for. You coast by only to realize the cop that would love to give you that nice fat speeding ticket, is preoccupied with taking a nap and you're in the clear (though potentially fun, this scenario is not recommended).

    In the podcasting community making it to 100 episodes is quite the feat. With over 2 million podcasts out there clogging up your internet connection, many don't make it anywhere near recording 100 episodes. This happens for many reasons, and quite simply put, podcasting just isn't for everyone, and that's okay.

    As we started approaching this milestone, we knew we had to put something together that would give back to our listeners and supporters. You guys always hear about what makes music so special to the three of us, but we wanted to be able to hear from all of you. We asked for clips of you telling everyone about an artist or album that greatly impacted your lives, and that is exactly what you gave us. With so many clips in hand, we've split this episode in two, for twice the fun.

    This is part 1, of a 2 part series made up entirely of you, our listeners, and supporters. Without you, there would be no podcast, and there surely wouldn't be 100 episodes in the can. It's with true gratitude and love from the bottom of our hearts that we say thank you. Thank you for making this possible, and thank you for allowing us to hit this milestone with all of you in tow.

    It's season 4, episode 15 of what we hope becomes everyone's favorite music podcast. Here's to the next 100. LET'S GO!!!

    Keep up with all of the music we talk about in each episode by listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast Companion Songs playlist, exclusively on Spotify.

    Infectious Groove Podcast, part of the OddPods Media Network.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Are You In It For The Long Haul?

    Are You In It For The Long Haul?

    lon·gev·i·ty
    noun

    - long life.
    "the greater longevity of women compared with men"

    - long existence or service.
    "her longevity in office now appeared as a handicap to the party"

    Longevity used to be the goal when it came to making it big in the music business, but with a growing industry that has gained much-needed independence from all of the overlord record labels, putting in years and years of work to stay relevant seems like a thing of the past.

    But what if someone's goal was to come in, get big, make a bunch of money and then cash out and call it a day? Certainly, that would line up with the agenda of an unwanted record label that needs to stay relevant. All they have to do is appear to be offering exactly what someone is looking for, then both parties have something to gain in the deal.

    Opposite of that, there are artists out there that have been around for what seems like forever. Many of which don't even release music all that often. So how do they stay relevant to an ever-changing industry? It's not only a good question but a loaded one. Some artists have the fortune of a long and flourishing career. But why? It surely can't just be based on talent alone. If you really dig into it, sure there is talent involved (sometimes a lot of it), but there is also so much more. A musician is not only a person, but they're also a business—whether they like it or not. And more often than not that business didn't fund itself upon startup. So if there are enough people involved that depend on you and your "business" to succeed, then you can be damn sure that is exactly what will happen.
    Let's use Walmart as an example. They are constantly in the headlines for the treatment of their employees among other things, but it never really seems to make much of a difference in how they choose to operate. Why? Simply put, there is too much money involved for the powers that be to let the company fail. It would be financially devastating to millions of people, so it is in the best interest of everyone involved to keep the corporate giant marching on. The same type of scenario plays out in the music industry on a daily basis.

    So who gets to decide who is worthy of sustained career growth and industry longevity? We talk that and so much more on this almost 100th episode of your favorite school crossing guard's older brother's masseuse's favorite music podcast. It's season 4, episode 14. LET'S GO!!!

    Keep up with all of the music we talk about in each episode by listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast Companion Songs playlist, exclusively on Spotify.

    Infectious Groove Podcast, part of the OddPods Media Network.

    • 49 min
    IGP Crew Album Review: Jonny Craig - A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer

    IGP Crew Album Review: Jonny Craig - A Dream Is A Question You Don't Know How To Answer

    We're going to keep this short and sweet. If you've heard of (or should I say about) Jonny Craig, then simply forget what you've heard, read, or seen—you know like the Men In Black memory eraser thing, use that. If you have no idea who or what I am talking about, then perfect that is exactly what I want to hear.

    If you would also please refrain from using google and typing this gentleman's name into the search bar, that would also be greatly appreciated. Just simply hit up your favorite streaming service, type in the album's name (which is ungodly long), and start listening. Wow, you're done already? Awesome, now listen again. Man, twice in one hour? You're a champ, and third times a charm—just kidding, kind of. Really though, you can stop now.

    Now, feel free to google away. Most of what you're going to read is true (and unfortunate), I just didn't want it to take away from your listening experience. So what happens when you take a talented singer/songwriter from Canada, mix in a pretty severe drug habit, and an ego the size of Mt. Everest? Well, you get Jonny Craig. You might have also read that he has been kicked out of a handful of bands (some of which he was the founding member), this is also true. But in my honest opinion, his solo work far outweighs the stuff he did with those bands—but per usual, I am just the intern (unpaid) and I really have no clue what I am talking about.

    When all is said and done, we all have our own opinions of Jonny, especially those of us that have met him in person. But at the end of the day, there is a reason why so many of us keep coming back to this album. What's the reason you ask? Hey, how about you listen and find out.

    It's season 4, episode 13 of Jonny's future ex-bandmate's favorite music podcast. LET'S GO!!!

    Keep up with all of the music we talk about in each episode by listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast Companion Songs playlist, exclusively on Spotify.

    Infectious Groove Podcast, part of the OddPods Media Network.

    • 55 min
    Physical Past Digital Future: Will The Album Survive?

    Physical Past Digital Future: Will The Album Survive?

    What is an album? In technical terms, it was ultimately a music industry workaround for not being able to use the term "LP"—thanks Columbia! But for many, the term album means different things. Ask five people, and you might even get five different answers as to what it means for something to be an "album".
    For many, an album is an album when a particular project is completed and turned over to the label for distribution to the masses. But with terms like "Single", "EP", and "LP" being thrown around, the term album can start to get a bit confusing. Back in the day, things like singles and EP's served a specific purpose, which more often than not is non-existent now. Some artists end up releasing half of their albums as singles before the album is ever released (sometimes years in advance). Other artists release more EPs than they do full polished albums when the EP was originally just meant to hold the music fan over until an artist would release a full album. Furthermore, there are even more artists that will release an EP and basically just call it an album, and that's all you get.

    This confusion leads directly back to how we consume music today as a whole. Digital consumption and streaming aren't entirely to blame though. A few years ago, you had to sign your life away to a record label to even have a small shot at making it big. But as time went on and technology improved, record labels became an afterthought for people trying to make it big in the music industry. Since then the music industry has been scrambling to try and figure out how to keep its head above water. Currently, that solution has been held together with the idea that quantity is more important than quality.
    If it seems like you're finding a new artist you've never heard of every time you scroll through Tik Tok, it's not just you—you literally are. There are more artists floating around in the digital music abyss than ever before. You might only ever hear a couple of singles from a particular artist. Even if they end up releasing an album eventually, it more than likely will just end up in the digital abyss of the internet. But a couple of disposable singles have the ability to keep the lights on as long as they keep inviting artists in, just to chur them out, chew them up, and continue the process. You know, the old rinse and repeat. That way the industry isn't putting all of its eggs in one musician's basket hoping that they deliver on time, and with something that is going to sell. Why not spread the egg wealth into an array of small baskets, because there is never a lack of those tiny little bastards is there? This not only oversaturates the market as a whole but creates much of the confusion that we're are talking about here.

    So I'll ask you again, what is an album? Yes, there are Singles, Extended Play, and Long Play (and yes you can help clarify the difference for Michelle), but where does this all fit in? We talk this and so much more on season 4, episode 12 of your favorite UPS delivery driver's little brother's favorite music podcast. LET'S GO!

    Keep up with all of the music we talk about in each episode by listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast Companion Songs playlist, exclusively on Spotify.

    Infectious Groove Podcast, part of the OddPods Media Network.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    IGP Crew Album Review: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

    IGP Crew Album Review: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

    As a musician, what do you do when the first project you're ready to present to the world doesn't get the reaction you were hoping for? For many, that would be enough to call it quits and pursue something else with their time. But for those that are destined to claw their way to the top of the industry, it means that you go back to the drawing board, and coming back with something that will forever change the landscape of the genre you've been working so hard to fit into—but fitting in is the last thing you're worried about.
    You decide that you're going to roll with your raw talent, the talent that was always there but thus far has fallen on deaf ears—only this time you're going to let it all go, and say anything and everything that is on your mind. The more offensive, the better, and nothing, I mean nothing is off the table. Your management thinks you're crazy, your label is wondering why they signed you, and you know deep down it's working—you're working. Couple this with a box of store-bought bleach, and the world is about to meet Slim Shady himself, and he doesn't give a f*ck.

    Now that the dust has settled, you know you've pissed off more than a few people and shook the industry to its core. But that raw edgy unforgiving talent is paying off, but also backfiring as just as quickly. You're this, you're that, you're being censored, and mainstream music is very divided by what you've brought to the table. So what do you do? You give them more of exactly what it is that has made them so quick to overreact in the first place—I mean after all, if you poke the bear enough times, it's eventually going to bite, and with that The Marshall Mathers LP is born.

    Often regarded as Eminem's best album to date, The Marshall Mathers LP set the music industry on fire when it was released in May of 2000. Just when you thought Eminem couldn't be any more offensive and vulgar, he proved everyone wrong. But when it comes down to it, press is press, whether it's good press or bad press. Although it seemed like he pissed off more people than he would have ever imagined. It worked. He worked, and the masses were eating it up like they were Kyle at a buffet.

    The Marshall Mathers LP would debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200, staying there for 8 consecutive weeks. The album sold 1.78 million copies in its first week, which made it among the fastest-selling studio albums in the United States at the time. Rolling Stone also named it the best album of 2000. The Marshall Mathers LP has been included in a variety of lists of the greatest albums of all time. It has sold 21 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, is certified Diamond by the RIAA, and was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards, while "The Real Slim Shady" won Best Rap Solo Performance. To say that this album took the industry by storm would be an understatement.

    Join us as we try and decipher exactly what makes Slim Shady so offensive yet so damn likeable all at the same time. It's season 4, episode 11 of Debbie's lawyer's second cousin's favorite music podcast. LET'S GO!!!

    Keep up with all of the music we talk about in each episode by listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast Companion Songs playlist, exclusively on Spotify.

    Infectious Groove Podcast, part of the OddPods Media Network.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

RyanFought ,

The perfect group of people, great discussion

I love this show. As a life long music nerd this is exactly what I need in a podcast. Russ, Kyle and Michelle are 3 very different music minds, and that’s just right. Coming from 3 different tastes it gives you a real feel for the material on their album reviews, and different perspectives on the discussions they do. Russ’ depth of knowledge keeps everything grounded and I learn something every episode. Kyle comes in with the diversity and gives me a glimpse of music I would otherwise not really hear about. Michelle, though she’ll try to fool you, knows quite a bit about the artists she’s passionate about. This show keeps you laughing and opens your eyes to great music. Thank you guys for making my commute bearable every week. Keep the show coming and the music spinning.
Ryan Fought

it Goes Down in the PM ,

super funny and on point

this is a really cool podcast the episode about music snobbery really spoke to me I have an eclectic taste in music but I am a 100% snob when it comes to hip hop and ANY music that came out in the 90's ( i mean literally anything hip hop country r&b, rock and roll, metal it doesn't matter) but hey you say snob I say curator of excellent music lol anyway great show guys if you love music this podcast is it.

I Saw It On Linden Street ,

Required Listening for Music Fans

I’m normally not a huge listener to music podcasts - don’t get me wrong - I love music and think people should all around listen to more of it. The problem is, unlike some other mediums, music is such an incredibly personal thing to people. When people start talking music, certain things become abundantly clear - genre lines get drawn- flags get planted in the sand and folks mark out their specific fandom hills that they intend to make their stand on- and are subsequently quick to banish genres, styles, and artists who don’t make their cut outright. And it’s for all of those reasons that Infectious Groove can transcend and rise above those “other” music podcasts I have listened to. Their catholicity of taste, their understanding of music history, and their ability to compare apples to apples, while still understanding that each album, artist, and genre they cover are wholly unique and worthy of review. Where else could you have a conversation that includes Garth Brooks, Eminem, Death Metal, Fleetwood Mac, Classic Rock, and Modern Jazz? Russell, Kyle, & Michelle are here to share their love of music- and they do it with adroit efficiency and knowledge. If you are a music fan - YOU NEED to be listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast. Keep up the fabulous work all.

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